Kogel edges massive field for Choctaw’s WSOPC main event title

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Nathanael Kogel of Pflugerviller, Texas, won his second World Series of Poker Circuit ring, besting the 983-entry field in the $1,700 main even at Choctaw Resort Casino in Durant, Okla.

The $1M guarantee was crushed with a $1.4M prize pool. It was a formidable final table as a whopping 11 rings were shared by three of the final five, including Dave Alfa (fifth, $68K), Andrew Barfield (fourth, $90K) and Maxwell Young (third, $119K). Jesus Martinez was second ($158K). Marquis McCain was sixth ($53K) and well-known Lily Kiletto was seventh ($41K). Mason Vieth of Windthorst, Texas, made back-to-back final tables (Event 10, eighth, $6K; main event, eighth, $32K).

The WSOPC returns Jan. 2-13.

AMERISTAR: Players earn $1 an hour in comps and a $15 food voucher for four consecutive hours of play in the 13-table room. Promotions include a variety of mini-bad-beats, earning the loser a minimum of $250.

CASINO KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Daily High Hand Rollovers feature prominently in this 12-table room and there’s a popular $25-$50 mixed game Tuesdays at 1.

CHEROKEE CASINO WEST SILOAM SPRINGS: Ask about the quads-or-better progressive jackpot at this eight-table room.

HARD ROCK TULSA: Sam Washburn of Yellville, Ark., won the RunGood Poker Series Main Event ($43K) as 372 entries generated a $223,200 prize pool.

The WSOPC returns March 12-23 with a 13-event lineup. Monthly $10K tournaments are the first Sunday of each month ($160, noon).

RIVER SPIRIT: The 12-table room hosts daily 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. tournaments with a senior event on Wednesday at 5.

RIVERWIND: Promos include $50 high hand Mondays, $100 splash pot Tuesdays (1-5 p.m.) on $2-$5 games and $100 high hands on Wednesday and Thursday during select times. There are several weekly tournaments, culminating with a last Saturday of the month $330 NLHE re-entry.

WINSTAR WORLD CASINO: Feb. 11-17 is the Presidents Day Series, featuring seven events, including a multi-flight $500 main event. — Megan Moore

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