Jonathan Hanner Leads 11 Hopefuls after WSOP Circuit Choctaw Main Event Day 2

Day 2 of the WSOP Circuit Choctaw Main Event kicked off with 157 survivors from the tournament’s two starting flights. They were all vying for a spot among those who would survive the ten levels scheduled for the day. By the time the final of those ten levels was completed, there were only 11 players left at the tables of the Choctaw Durant casino.

The finalists will resume play today at noon local time to determine the winner. The $1,675 buy-in event, which will mark the end of WSOP Circuit’s Choctaw Durant stop, attracted a field of 908 entries and re-entries over two starting flights. The considerable interest in the Main Event generated a prize pool of $1.362 million. The money will be split among the top 99 finishers. The bubble actually burst early on Day 2, as action resumed at the host venue with a number of quick eliminations.

Action slowed down a bit over the later stages of play, but it was still quite an exciting experience for both those who participated in the tournament and those on the rail.

What Day 3 of the Main Event Has in Store

As mentioned earlier, the tournament’s final day will begin at noon Oklahoma time with 11 hopefuls. Each of the players is guaranteed a minimum cash of $20,090. However, their eyes will be set to the where the first-place prize of $258,784 will await its rightful owner. The champion will also win a WSOP Circuit gold ring and an automatic seat into the Global Casino Championship. The event will take place next summer and will mark the end of the current season and the beginning of the 2018/2019 one.

The Day 3 survivors at Choctaw Durant will play down to a winner. They will be led by former gold ring winner Jonathan Hanner from Minnesota. Hanner has previously won one gold ring from the WSOP Circuit. He captured the piece back in 2012 when he topped the field of a six-max No-Limit Hold’em event at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

The player started Day 2 of the Choctaw Durant Main Event with an average stack but managed to improve quickly. A one-million pot he scooped after a confrontation with Mason Vieth was of particular help to him.

Hanner will enter Day 3 of the Choctaw Durant Main Event with a total of 2.97 million in chips. Walter Rodriguez from Mexico ranked second in chips at the end of Day 2 with 2.79 million. Day 2 start-of-the-day chip leader Daniel Lowery is, too, still in contention. The player is vying for his sixth WSOP Circuit gold ring and title. It was only two weeks ago when he bested a No-Limit Hold’em event at Harveys Lake Tahoe for his fifth piece of WSOP Circuit jewelry.

Kevin Eyster, a former gold bracelet winner and a two-time gold ring winner, will also be looking to extend his collection of WSOP gold. The player is among the short stacks at present but he will have enough time to improve.

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