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Lou Garza Comes Into WPT Choctaw Main Event Day 2 as Overall Chip Leader

The second starting flight of the WPT Choctaw Main Event was played on Saturday at the host casino. Day 1B of the tournament drew 476 entries to bring the total field to 755 participants. Lou Garza ended that second starting flight as the chip leader and was one of the 137 players to advance into Day 2 of the Main Event.

Garza has no previous cashes from the WPT, but if he keeps his momentum into the second day of play, he could well make it to one of the paid places or even scoop the title. However, this would not be an easy task as there were many seasoned poker pros to advance into Day 2.

Garza collected 531,500 in chips last night after surviving all the levels scheduled for Day 1B. The player cemented his leading position late into the night by winning two major pots, one of which saw him play against Mark Threadgill. The latter’s [Kc][Jc] clashed into Garza’s [10s][9h] on a [Kh][Jh][8c][Ad][7s] board.

The second important hand involved Garza and Ralph Massey. Massey moved all in with [Ad][7s], but his opponent’s [Ac][Kh] held up.

Here it is also important to note that Garza will enter Day 2 of the Main Event as the overall chip leader from the two starting flights. Viet Vo lead the way after Day 1A, but he is well behind Garza with his stack of 458,500 in chips.

More Highlights from the WPT Choctaw Championship

As mentioned above, Day 1B of the event brought 476 entries to the felt. As many as 279 entrants registered on Day 1A. The tournament’s overall field thus reached 755 contenders who created a prize pool of $2,548,225. The top 95 finishers will get paid, with min-cashes being worth $5,865. The winner will take home the amount of $469,185 for their accomplishment.

Combined, as many as 207 players manged to secure their seats into Day 2 of the event. They will resume play at noon local time today and the plan is to play to the final 32. This means that the money bubble will burst at some point. Organizers have announced that an action clock would be brought at the tables once play is one table away from the bubble burst.

Andy Van Blair and former WPT Main Event champion Tony Ruberto were among the players to bag the largest stacks on Day 1B. Coming into Day 2 with 201,000 in chips, three-time WPT champ Anthony Zinno will take a shot at a fourth title from the series. The winner of the inaugural WPT Choctaw Main Event, Jason Brin, will too return for Day 2 action with 206,000

There were also many notables who did not make it through Day 1B. Former WPT champions Layne Flack, Seth Davies, and James Romero were few of these.

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Goans May Be Banned from Local Casinos as Part of Larger Industry Re-Regulation Drive

Residents of the Indian state of Goa might be banned from local casinos from next year, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. The state currently has 15 operational casinos – six riverboat ones, floating across the Mandovi River, and nine onshore ones located at luxury five-star hotel resorts.

Chief Minister Parrikar explained that the proposed ban would be part of a larger policy aimed at re-regulating the state’s casino gambling industry. The piece of legislation is set to be introduced to the Assembly later this month.

If the policy gains the necessary support in the state’s main legislative body, it would ban locals from the gaming areas of the casinos. These would thus be available to tourists only. Chief Minister Parrikar revealed that a mechanism for the prevention of Goans from gambling at the state’s casinos would be put in place once a gaming commissioner who will oversee the industry and its pending re-regulation is appointed.

The appointment of an official who would be tasked with monitoring the industry’s development under the new rules would, too, be explained in greater detail in the new policy, which is currently being crafted by Goa lawmakers.

Located in western India, Goa is one of the country’s smallest states in terms of population. It is currently home to around 1.8 million people. However, it has become particularly popular with tourists due to its stretches of beach land.

Relocation of the Six Riverboat Casinos

Goa’s Chief Minister also provided information about the planned relocation of the six offshore casinos onto dry land. The facilities will be relocated to specially designated entertainment zones, which would be better detailed in the new policy.

The six casinos will be issued licenses to operate on dry land if they submit their application within a year after the implementation of the new gambling policy, Chief Minister Parrikar said on Friday. The official went on to explain that licenses for the operation of casinos in the designated entertainment zones will be valid for 10 to 15 years due to the large investment running such properties requires.

Goa’s riverboat casino relocation reform has been in the making for several years now but has never made it to eventual implementation, but Mr. Parrikar said he is committed to introducing and implementing the changes by the end of the month. He also said that the necessary rules and details about the appointment of a gaming commissioner in the state would be rolled out by the end of the year.

Analyst Grant Goversten from brokerage firm Union Gaming Securities Asia Ltd. has said in a note from earlier this year that Goa’s casino market has the potential to generate annual gross gaming revenue of up to $1 billion as it transitions its riverboat casino operations onto dry land as part of larger entertainment zones.

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