The inaugural Card Player Poker Tour, held on July 26th through August 6th,, 2012, at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, was the 2nd largest tournament ever held on the property, drawing an incredible 6,261 entrants and awarding a total of $1,841,411, surpassing each and every posted guarantee.
The $1,000 Main Event alone, which boasted a $500,000 guarantee, shattered expectations by attracting a field of 800, with 81 players paid at least $1,892 from the $760,000 overall prize pool. The Main Event final table was broadcasted live on CardPlayer.com to thousands of viewers, and in the end, 25-year-old poker pro Maxx Dansky emerged victorious, taking home the $152,008 payday.
“There were just so many opportunities that I had in the last few months,” said Dansky. “I’m just happy that everything went my way this time and I can let go of all that other frustration.”
The Main Event featured a number of notable players, such as Card Player’s own Barry Shulman, as well as Adam Geyer, Jimmy Tran, Grant Hinkle, Seneca Easley, A.P. Phahurat, Richard Lee, Allyn Jaffery Shulman and Clint Tolbert. The most notable finisher was NBA point guard Eric Maynor, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Maynor admitted that he was a relative newcomer to the game, but that didn’t stop him from finishing in 40th place, good for $2,736. Other notable finishes included T.J. Cloutier (16th), Gregg Merkow (34th), Dennis Phillips (66th) and Berry Johnston (71st).
The Main Event Final Table results are as follows:
1. Maxx Dansky -- $152,008
2. Miguel Hernandez -- $93,708
3. Michael Newport -- $69,084
4. Carlos Valdivieso -- $51,490
5. Keith Carter -- $38,889
6. Jason Brewer -- $29,754
7. Travis Riffle -- $23,051
8. Ricky Green -- $18,080
9. Tana Karnchanakphan --$14,356
“It’s more than we expected, more than we could have asked for,” said tournament director Bill Bruce. “The entire series has been great. The players are happy and everyone has been impressed with the turnout.”