Industry Insiders: Head of Table Games Bob Barnes Preps for WPT Choctaw

Bob Barnes Choctaw Poker

This weekend from May 13 to 16, the World Tour of Poker (WPT) is in Oklahoma Choctaw Casino & Resort Durant for the third Main Tour event of 2022.

The WPT Choctaw, a $3,800 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament will be played until the final table of six is ​​reached. After that, the remaining players will take a break and then travel to Las Vegas on May 26 for the final table at Luxor’s. HyperX Esports Arena.

The final table will be filmed for television on Bally Sports later in 2022. PokerNews will be on hand to provide exclusive coverage throughout the event.

Another man who will be there is 39 Bob Barneswho is originally from Texas but works at Choctaw as a table games manager, which includes overseeing poker operations.

Head of Poker in Choctaw

Barnes, who has a 13-year-old daughter, has been playing poker since he was a child but broke into the industry in 2006 when he took his first poker class. However, given that he played poker, he was way ahead of what the course had to offer.

“I only went three days in the four-week course because I already knew how to play,” he admitted. “I don’t know when I started playing for fun, but it was at a very young age.”

Barnes used his experience to get a job in the casino industry where he eventually wore many hats before landing his current role.

“The WPT has an amazing staff and goes above and beyond to make every event memorable.”

“I started out as a beverage cashier, pull clerk, floor clerk, table game dealer, table game supervisor, table game manager, poker team manager, team manager Table Games and Table Games Manager,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen in poker. It’s like coming to a new job every day.

While working in other rooms, Barnes discovered that Choctaw stand out from the competition, not just in poker operations, but in what they offer both guests and associates.

“Choctaw pays for college and health care, and there are plenty of opportunities to really do whatever you want to do,” he said. “We organize four major events and have set many records. We have a beautiful property and it keeps growing.

Choctaw WPT

The partnership with the WPT, which began in 2015, has really elevated Choctaw into poker consciousness.

“The WPT has an amazing staff and goes above and beyond to make every event memorable,” Barnes said. “Does it change the mood? I think it is because the WPT attracts guests from all over the world. Are the players excited? Yes, players are always excited when the WPT comes to town, they love the brand.

While no particular memory stands out for Barnes — he’s said his favorite part of each series is just hanging out with his team to execute the event — he does have one goal in mind.

“I don’t have the data in front of me, but I think 2016 was our biggest event,” he said. “I hope we beat him soon.”

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WPT Choctaw Tournament Dates

Date Weather Session
May 13 12 p.m. Day 1a
May 14 12 p.m. Day 1b
May 15 12 p.m. Day 2
May 16 12 p.m. Day 3
May 26 Final table in Las Vegas

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