WPT Choctaw Day 2 field is set, Jesse Jones leads while qualifiers survive

Terrance Reid
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Posted on: May 7, 2023 12:23 pm EDT

Everyone loves an underdog story.

There are plenty of Goliaths in the field returning for Day 2 here at the WPT Choctaw Main Event. But, many eyes are on the two Davids as well. Both ClubWPT qualifiers put their chips in bags and return today to continue their quest for satellite-infused glory.

Both Day 1 flights are finished, and Day 2 is set to begin today. Exactly 300 more entrants took part in Day 1b here at the Choctaw Casino and Hotel, bringing the total number of entries for the marquee event to 612. The prize pool grew to $2,142,000, and first place will take home $400,740 and a seat in the WPT World Championship in December.

On top of the field is Jesse Jones from Springfield, Missouri with 631,000. Jones has several tournament scores in Choctaw, and now he’s in a good position to add a big one to the list.

WPT Choctaw Day 2 top ten chip counts

PlacePlayerChip CountBig Blinds
1Jesse Jones631,000252 big blinds
2Bryan Campanello611,000244 big blinds
3John Reynolds518,000207 big blinds
4Andrew Moreno510,500204 big blinds
5Paul Gunness496,000198 big blinds
6Bin Weng435,000174 big blinds
7Lou Barlow428,000171 big blinds
8Phu Vo402,000161 big blinds
9Rusty Farrin391,000156 big blinds
10David Uvaydov383,000153 big blinds

You won’t see either ClubWPT qualifier on that list, but they both bagged above-average stacks heading into today’s play. Jonathan Powers bagged 190,500, while Felipe Diaz locked up 168,000. Like a Hollywood script you’d see Vince McMahon in, both qualifiers drew seats right next to each other on table 25 today. We’ll see if they battle each other or if they go after other chips at the table.

Jon Powers ClubWPT Qualifier at Choctaw
Jon Powers qualified for this Main Event via ClubWPT

“Getting to Day 2 is part of the process,” said Diaz. “Tomorrow, I’m going to sleep in late, have a good breakfast, and try to play my A game. Tonight, three fingers of bourbon and a bite to eat.” Near the end of the day, Diaz was moved to a table with the boisterous Steven “Cuz” Buckner, and he handled it well. “It was great! It didn’t affect me at all. He took a shine to me, he was a lot of fun. I like having people like that at the table, it’s so much fun.”

Felipe Diaz with Vince McMahon
Felipe Diaz with Vince McMahon

The remaining 191 players will come back to Level 11 and play 10 more levels today. It’s expected that the money bubble will burst today sometime around the scheduled dinner break. The field will pay the top 77 players with a min-cash worth $6,980.

The action gets underway at 12:00 pm local time with blinds of 1,500/2,500/2,500. Surviving players will return right here for Day 3 tomorrow, while Day 4’s final table will be held in Las Vegas on May 26th.