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Industry Insiders: Table Video games Manager Bob Barnes Prepares for WPT Choctaw

Bob Barnes Choctaw Poker

This weekend from Could well perhaps 13-16, the World Poker Tour (WPT) is at Oklahoma’s Choctaw On line casino & Resort Durant for the third Fundamental Tour occasion of 2022.

The WPT Choctaw, a $3,800 acquire-in no-restrict help’em tournament will play out correct up till the final desk of six has been completed. After that, the remaining gamers will resolve a atomize and then trail to Las Vegas on Could well perhaps 26 for the final desk at the Luxor’s HyperX Esports Area.

The closing desk will doubtless be filmed for television on Bally Sports activities later in 2022. PokerNews will doubtless be in attendance offering novel coverage at some stage in the occasion.

One more man who will doubtless be there is 39-three hundred and sixty five days-stale Bob Barnes, who hails from Texas but works at Choctaw as Table Video games Manager, which incorporates overseeing poker operations.

Heading Up Poker at Choctaw

Barnes, who has a 13-three hundred and sixty five days-stale daughter, has conducted poker ever since he changed into moderately one but broke into the trade facet of issues abet in 2006, which is when he took his first poker class. Alternatively, given he conducted poker, he changed into far sooner than what the path had to provide.

“I handiest went for three days in the four-week class on yarn of I already knew pointers on how to play,” he admitted. “I don’t know when I started taking part in for fun but it surely changed into at a stunning younger age.”

Barnes ragged his experience to acquire a job in the casino trade where he indirectly wore many hats outdated to touchdown his recent aim.

“The WPT has an unbelievable verbalize of workers participants and goes above and beyond to build every occasion memorable.”

“I started out as a beverage cashier, pull tab clerk, floor clerk, desk games seller, desk games supervisor, desk games supervisor, poker shift supervisor, desk games shift supervisor, and desk games supervisor,” he rattled off. “You by no formula know what is going to happen in poker. It’s like you are coming to a recent job every day.”

Whereas he’s worked at a form of venues, Barnes has learned that Choctaw separates itself from the competition, now now not handiest in poker operations but in what they offer every guests and colleagues.

“Choctaw pays for faculty and healthcare and there are so a lot of opportunities to attain surely without reference to you are searching for to attain,” he acknowledged. “We sprint four major events and like verbalize very many data. Now we like a unbelievable property and it retains growing.”

WPT Choctaw

The partnership with the WPT, which began abet in 2015, surely elevated Choctaw in the poker consciousness.

“The WPT has an unbelievable verbalize of workers participants and goes above and beyond to build every occasion memorable,” acknowledged Barnes. “Does it trade the atmosphere? I like it does as WPT brings guests in from in every single set the field. Dwell gamers acquire enraged? Yes, gamers are continuously enraged when WPT comes to town they love the logo.”

Whereas no particular memory stands out for Barnes – he acknowledged his favorite part about every series is unprejudiced spending time with his group executing the occasion – he does like a aim in tips.

“I don’t like the info in entrance of me but I like 2016 changed into our greatest occasion,” he acknowledged. “With moderately of luck we can beat it quickly although.”

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WPT Choctaw Match Dates

Date Time Session
Could well perhaps 13 12 p.m. Day 1a
Could well perhaps 14 12 p.m. Day 1b
Could well perhaps 15 12 p.m. Day 2
Could well perhaps 16 12 p.m. Day 3
Could well perhaps 26   Final Table in Las Vegas

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Chad Holloway

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Govt Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.