WSOP Tournament Circuit: Horseshoe Council Bluffs

The latest 2007 World Series of Poker tournament circuit event, held at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, IA, began yesterday and runs through February 7th, culminating with a $5,000 buy-in Championship Event. They are currently running satellites ranging in price between $60 and $110.

Schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, January 29 - $300 NLHE
Tuesday, January 30 - $500 NLHE
Wednesday, January 31 - $300 NLHE
Thursay, February 1 - $500 NLHE
Friday, February 2 - $1,000 NLHE
Saturday, February 3 - $1500 NLHE
Saturday, February 3 - $300 Limit Hold'em
Mon, Feb. 5 - Wed, Feb. 7
$5000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event

2006 Tournament of Champions - Update

Action began yesterday and now just ten players remain in the 2006 Tournament of Champions. It is quite amazing how many big names are in the final ten. By chip count:

Andrew Black  94175
Daniel Negreanu  44325
Daniel Bergsdorf  24500
Kido Pham  23825
Mike Matusow  21300
Chris Ferguson  16600
Mike Sexton 16100
Darrell Dicken  15425
Gus Hansen  7375
Chris Reslock  6375

The final hand of the day yesterday was Andrew Black's AT vs. Aaron Kanter's AK. Kanter went all-in but unfortunately for him the flop brought both an A and a T to give Black two pair. Kanter went home in 11th place.

What do you guys think - is Matusow going to win it for the second year in a row? Predictions?

Daniel's Protege Takes Second Place

Seems that being Daniel Negreanu's Poker Protege is a good thing. A very good thing, in fact. Brian Fidler, who won Daniel's contest last month, has placed second in the Lake Tahoe World Series of Poker Circuit Event. Brian won $206,800 for his efforts.

As protege, Fidler won one-on-one instruction with Negreanu as well as entries into four different $10,000 main event poker tournaments, of which this was his first.

First place in the event went to Clinton Baskin who took home $372,240.

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Countdown: 2006 Tournament of Champions

The final tournament series before the 2006 Tournament of Champions is now running at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. The $10,000 Championship Event begins this Friday, June 16th, but preliminary events have been running since June 6th.

The TOC will be held at the Rio in Las Vegas on June 25/26, during the first week of the World Series of Poker. Here is a look back at the winners of each Championship Circuit Event of the 2005/2006 season:

Grand Casino Tunica, August 11-25, 2005
The first event of the 2005/06 season was held at the Grand Casino Tunica. Gregg Merkow of Plano, Texas took down the Championship Event, earning $561,175 for his efforts. Merkow has since placed first in two events this year, the $3000 No Limit Hold'em event at the 2006 Gold Strike World Poker Open, and the $500 NLHE event at the Jack Binion World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit, also held in Tunica.

Harrah's Las Vegas, September 6-16, 2005
Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson is certainly a man that needs no introduction. Jesus won the Main Event at Harrah's, taking home $362,088. His lifetime tournament earnings are in excess of $5.3 million dollars.

Grand Casino Biloxi, September 29-October 12, 2005
This event was cancelled due to the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region.

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Harrah's WSOP Circuit begins today

The World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit has moved to it's next stop - Harrah's New Orlean's. Action begins in the Big Easy today with a $500 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event.

The full tournament schedule is as follows:

May 18th: $500 No Limit Hold'em
May 19th: $500 No Limit Hold'em
May 20th: $1,000 No Limit Hold'Em
May 21st: $200 Ladies No Limit Hold'em
May 22nd: $500 No Limit Hold'em
May 23rd: $500 No Limit Hold'em
May 25th: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship

For those of you playing ESPN's Fantasy Poker Challenge, the championship game for this tournament is the next event to make picks on. 

Caesars World Series of Poker Circuit - Results

The World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit event at Caesar's Palace wrapped tonight, and John Spadavecchia took down the championship. The total prize pool was $1,964,600, of which he earned $648,320 for his efforts after beating a field of 209 players.

Spadavecchia has been playing on the poker circuit for years, but this is by far his largest reported cash to date in a major tournament.

Top nine finishers and their prize money is as follows:
1 - John Spadavecchia $648,320
2 - Sean McCabe $357,557
3 - Ralph Perry $196,460
4 - Danny Fuhs $157,168
5 - Billy Baxter $117,876
6 - Bob Bright $98,230
7 - Tom Schneider $78,584
8 - Tony Cousineau $58,937
9 - Blair Rodman $39,292

For a complete rundown of the event, go visit Jason 'Spaceman' Kirk's reports at Bluff Magazine.

Caesars WSOP Circuit Main Event Update

The $10,000 buy-in Main Event began yesterday at the World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit event at Caesars Palace, and Ralph Perry of Las Vegas is currently leading the pack, starting today with over $100,000 in tournament chips.

Though Perry's name may not be instantly recognizable to some, he is certainly a force at the tables. He has placed in the top 8 places in nine tournaments over the past few years, including the 2002 World Series of Poker Championship Event where he placed third, losing only to winner Robert Varkonyi and second place finisher Julian Gardner.

Top ten chip counts going into today's action are as follows:

1  Ralph Perry     108,575
2  Daniel Fuhs     91,050
3  Sean McCabe    87,350
4  Erick Lindgren     83,650
5  Tim Phan     68,400
6  Steve Sung     65,275
7  David Benyamine     63,600
8  Devil Fish Ulliott     58,500
9  Sam Chung     57,125
10 Yossi Strasser     55,275

Places 11 through 50 are listed on the continuation.

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Cunningham Rocks the Circuit

Allen Cunningham, often referred to as the most underrated player in poker, has taken down another win. This time it was in the $1k buy-in event at the 2006 World Series of Poker Circuit event currently running at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Cunningham collected $106,161 for this win, making his career tournament earnings total an excess of $3.5 million.

Last year, Allen placed first in four tournaments including the $3k event at the 5th Annual Five Diamond Classic at the Bellagio, the 3k event at the Plaza's Ultimate Poker Challenge, and the $1500 NLHE event at the 2005 World Series of Poker.

Also placing in the money at the same tournament as Cunningham was David Tran of El Monte, California. David took third place and collected $29,857 for his efforts. This is the 8th tournament cash for David Tran in 2006 alone.

Poker Tournaments: May 2006

Even with less than two months to go until the 2006 World Series of Poker, tournaments around the country are showing no signs of slowing down. If anything, there seems to be more every month. Here is a look at what is happening in May:

Currently running:

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is currently hosting a WSOP Tournament Circuit event, with individual events ranging between $200 and $5000 buy-ins. The $10,000 buy-in Championship Event begins on May 8th and runs through the 11th.

Garden City Casino in San Jose, California, is currently running their 2006 7th Annual WSOP Warm UP. This tournament series features lower buy-ins - all events are either $180 or $200 to enter. The tournament wraps on May 8th.


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Caesars Atlantic City WSOP Circuit Event Results

Between March 21-31, Caesars Atlantic City hosted the 9th World Series of Poker circuit event of the 2005-2006 season. Winner Jeffrey King received $345,708, a circuit ring (as pictured, below) and an entry into the 2006 Tournament of Champions.

Final table standings and prize money awarded at Caesars AC:

   1. Jeffrey King $345,708
   2. Ralph E Porter $192,060
   3. Jamie Ligator $105,633
   4. Ben Bianco $76,824
   5. Eric Panayiotou $67,221
   6. Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson $57,618
   7. Herbert Cheng $48,015
   8. Mickey Appleman $38,412
   9. Lou Esposito $28,809

There are still three regular circuit events scheduled which count towards this year's Tournament of Champions:

Caesars Palace Las Vegas – April 28-May 11
Harrah's New Orleans – May 18-28
Harrah's Lake Tahoe – June 6-16

Mike Matusow won the TOC (and one million dollars) last year, but my money is on Chris Ferguson to take down the event in 2006.


April Poker Tournaments

March was a busy month for tournaments, but it looks like April is going to be just as crazy. Here is a quick look at some of what is coming up over the next thirty days:

2006 Foxwoods Poker Classic
This series of tournaments held at the newly redesigned Foxwoods Resort Casino began March 27th and will continue through April 9th. The Championship Event, which has a $9700 plus $300 buy-in, will be a World Poker Tour televised event and begins April 6th.

The 2006 'Oklahoma Johnny' Hale Open
Tulsa, Oklahoma. Small series of tournaments with a $500 buy-in main event April 8/9.

4th Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
Held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada, this tournament series runs between April 5th and April 24th. The $25,000 buy-in WPT Championship Event begins on April 18th.

2006 Stars and Stripes
This series at the Bicycle Casino spans twenty days and features touraments with buy-ins between $100-$300. The main event is a $500 entry, beginning on April 19th.

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Harrah's Rincon Tournament Results

The 2006 World Series of Poker circuit event at Harrah's Rincon in San Diego, California, concluded yesterday with Darrell 'Gigabet' Dicken of Waterloo, IA, winning the top prize of $372,780 and an entry into the 2006 WSOP Tournament of Champions. This year alone, Dicken has finished in the money in three other tournaments - two events at the 2006 Gold Strike World Poker Open, as well as the 2006 Jack Binion WSOP circuit event in Tunica.

Despite Andy Bloch's chip lead on Monday, he was unable to place higher than 7th, bringing home a $51,755 payday. Kathy Liebert, a highly consistent tournament player, took third place after her all-in raise with A-K lost to Darrell Dicken's A-Q on a board of A-Q-T-3-3.

Final standings and prize money earned are as follows:
1 Darrell Dicken $372,780
2 WeiKai Chang $207,100
3 Kathy Liebert $113,905
4 Gary Lent $82,840
5 Jim Pechac $72,485
6 Adam Kagin $62,130
7 Andy Bloch $51,775
8 Yoshio Nakano $41,420
9 Tom McCormick $31,065

March Poker Tournaments

Remember the days when major poker tournaments were few and far between? That certainly isn't the case anymore. Here is a look at what is coming up in the month of March, check back for information and updates on each of these tournaments:

The Winnin 'O' the Green Poker Tournament is currently running at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California, culminating with a $2500 buy-in main event between March 24-26.

2006 World Poker Challenge, held at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada, kicks off on Thursday, March 9th and runs until March 30th. This tournament will feature a World Poker Tour televised main event.

Card Player Cruises presents the 5th annual Party Poker Million between March 12-March 19. Last year Michael Gracz won this tournament. This is no longer a World Poker Tour event.

2006 WSOP Tournament Circuit Event at Caesar's Atlantic City runs between March 21 and March 31st. The  main event will feature a $10,000 buy-in NLHE tournament.

2006 Foxwoods Poker Classic begins March 27th and runs through April 9th ending with a World Poker Tour televised $10,000 buy-in main event.

2006 Sport of Kings tournament held at the Hollywood Park Casino begins on March 29th.

WSOP Circuit Event - Harrah's Rincon

The 2006 WSOP Circuit Event at Harrah's Rincon in San Diego began yesterday with 109 entrants competing for a total prize pool of $1,057,298. Andy Bloch is currently leading the pack with T145,300 chips. Also still in the running are Kathy Liebert and John Juanda, though they are both relatively short-stacked in comparison to Bloch with T29,000 and T25,000 chips respectively.

Top ten players heading into today's competition are as follows:

1 Andy Bloch 145,300
2 Darrell Dicken 105,200
3 Juan Vazquez 62,000
4 Weka Chani 56,900
5 Lee Markholt 56,700
6 Tom McCormick 56,100
7 Kevin Blakey 54,000
8 Alex Jacob 52,600
9 David Schoenherr 49,800
10 Tyler Birss 43,300

Check back for updates on this tournament!

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