Merck wins Choctaw’s Fall Poker Classic



The Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., hosted its annual Fall Poker Classic as Sam Merck of Weatherford, Texas, captured the main event, beating more than 553 players to collect $112,650 for the win. Runner-up J.B. Harrington of Tuttle, Okla., earned $69,674.

In January, Choctaw hosts its annual World Series of Poker Circuit stop. The series runs Jan. 2-20 and features a $1,675 buy-in$1 million guarantee main event among the 12 ring tournaments.

• The Heartland Poker Tour’s initial visit to Indigo Sky saw Reginald “Shawn” Roberts of Springfield, Mo., outlast Oklahoma City’s Bill Donnally in a 97-hand heads-up match for his second HPT title and its $52,237 first prize. Donnally earned $31,342.
Look for Downstream Casino’s Fish n Chips event and Hard Rock Casino’s Hard Rock Poker Open to be covered in our January issue.

CHEROKEE CASINO WEST SILOAM SPRINGS: The poker room will host its Reindeer Games tournament series Dec. 6-15, featuring events with $100-$125 buy-ins leading up to a $350 no-limit hold’em main event. Tourneys include ante only, double-stack, $15K guarantee deepstack, re-entry and rebuy, plus a crazy pineapple event.

HOLLYWOOD KANSAS: News is still expected regarding Hollywood Casino Kansas Speedway’s involvement in the second season of the Hollywood Poker Open.

Last year, Hollywood Casino qualified players into a freeroll satellite event (based upon hours of monthly play) that qualified players into the June championship in Las Vegas. The HPO championship will return to the M Resort in Las Vegas in June.

PLO/8 GROWTH: Here is some interesting cash-game news. Boot Hill Casino’s somewhat shared player base with Kansas Star Casino has driven demand for a pot-limit Omaha/8 cash game.

The game has caught on at Kansas Star in the past few months and now Boot Hill is spreading an uncapped $1-$2 game Thursday nights.
For its part, Kansas Star’s growth in PLO/8 has been joined by successful interest in $3-$6 limit hold’em that frequently morphs into half-kill and even a limited dealer’s choice game.

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