Calton, Short earn titles at SNPC IV

Perry Calton
Perry Calton can start counting his SNPC IV event winnings.

Action continued to be fast and furious as the first week of the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge IV unspooled at the Cherokee Casino Resort in Catoosa, Okla.

On Sunday, 119 runners came to the felt for the $300 Limit Hold'em event, building a $29,360 prize pool. Also up for grabs was a seat into the $5,000 Championship Event that begins Nov. 18. Surging ahead of the field was Lawton, Okla.'s Perry Calton, who exclaimed, "Whooo, doggie!" upon taking down the crown.

Calton was the jester of the tournament as he entertained his tablemates and the crowd with his banter. But his comedy did have an edge to it; at one point in the tournament, after seeing his opponent suck out against him, he said only half-jokingly, "The next time you're talking to the poker gods, put in a good word for me!"

This day, Calton was blessed by those same gods. He captured the Limit title, earning $11,714 and the seat in the Championship Event. The final table looked like this:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Perry Calton Lawton, Okla. $11,714
2nd Miguel Degollado Ulysses, Kan. $6,723
3rd Carolyn Redman Kansas City, Mo. $4,948
4th Ron Whitlock Charlton, Mass. $2,025
5th DeWayne Allen Tulsa, Okla. $1,585
6th Shannon Thompson Tulsa, Okla. $1,291
7th Keith Murrell Kansas City, Mo. $998
8th Richard Call Warsaw, Mo. $704
9th William Sextou Oklahoma City, Okla. $557

Johnny Short
Short trip to win.

Monday saw the elders step up for the $100 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em tournament, which was blitzed by 297 players. The participants built a $26,730 prize pool to be divided among the 27 contenders who would be paid for their efforts, with $8,556 going to the champion.

The final table was dominated by Sooners, with six of the final nine seats occupied by residents of Oklahoma. In the end, though, it was an out-of-town player, Johnny "Blaze" Short of Joplin, Mo., who walked away with the top prize and the trophy in the seniors tournament.

When the oldsters had finished proving their mettle, the upshot was as follows:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Johnny Short Joplin, Mo. $8,556
2nd Weldon Hyman Clinton, Okla. $4,704
3rd George Ward Lawton, Okla. $2,406
4th Robert Redman Kansas City, Mo. $1,871
5th Roy Mowry Tulsa, Okla. $1,604
6th Kenneth Kinslow Okemah, Okla. $1,337
7th Robert Preuss Minneapolis, Minn. $1,069
8th Fred Rahal Tulsa, Okla. $802
9th Rita Estes Tulsa, Okla. $535

Tournaments continue throughout this week as Seven-Card Stud, Pot-Limit and No-Limit events will take place. The largest event so far during the Challenge, the $500 No-Limit tournament, will be Saturday.

The action is far from over, though, as the $5,000 Championship Event looms on the horizon and several professionals are expected to make their stop in Catoosa for the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge IV.

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