Jesse Rockowitz Leads 2017 WPT Choctaw Main Event Day 1B

Day 1B of the 2017 WPT Choctaw $3,700 Main Event continued the success of Day 1A, with the overall field eventually swelling up to 902 entries. There were 562 entries to join the tournament on Saturday during its second flight, but only 167 of them bagged and tagged for the night.

Jesse Rockowitz led the pack by the time all twelve levels, scheduled to be played at Choctaw Casino, were completed. The player accumulated a stack of 343,300 yesterday. And he performed more than well during the Main Event’s second starting flight. Rockowitz was consistent in his effort to build a solid stack, and his consistency apparently paid him well.

The player entered the WPT Choctaw Main Event with live tournament earnings of a little less than $1.4 million. He has cashed in multiple events over the years, but his best accomplishment was his WSOP gold bracelet from a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em he took down during the 2010 edition of the series. He also collected a first-place prize of $721,373 for his performance.

Several important hands helped Rockowitz build and maintain his stack and the hand that saw the elimination of 80-year-old player Mack Lambert was one of them. Rockowitz busted his table mate in Level 10. Here it is interesting to note that Lambert was among the ClubWPT qualifiers to have joined the Main Event’s field.

Commenting on his Day 1B at Choctaw, Rockowitz told WPT reporters that he had “smooth sailing” with nice hands coming his way. The player made a lot of sets and straights throughout the day, which he took the best possible advantage of.

Other notables to have made it throughout the event’s second starting flight were Samuel Bernabeu, one-time WPT champion Jordn Cristos, as well as Aaron Mermelstein, who is eying his WPT title number three. Mermelstein entered the tournament on Day 1A, but was eliminated.

Players who failed to survive on Day 1B included WPT’s Tony Dunst, 1998 WSOP Main Event champion Scotty Nguyen, and TJ Cloutier, among many others. However, they have one more chance to join the event, as registration remains open until the start of Day 2. Action is set to resume today at noon local time at the poker tables of Choctaw Casino.

The survivors from Day 1A and Day 1B will all return to the host venue. Day 1A chip leader Daniel Lowery will start Day 2 play as the overall chip leader with his stack of 347,200 in chips. There are as many as 256 hopefuls left in contention from the two starting days, but they will certainly be joined by more participants today. Official information is yet to be released, but given the great interest in the event, it can be said with certainty that the $2-million guaranteed prize pool has already been exceeded.

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