Dealing begins today for WSOPC main event

The Winning Hand

All the cards have been dealt for preliminary events and now it's time for the World Series of Poker Circuit main event at Harvey's Lake Tahoe to begin.

Last season the WSOPC main event at Lake Tahoe saw 127 players put up the $5,000 buy-in for a shot at the resulting $604,950 prize pool plus a seat in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

A familiar name at the final table was Scott Clements, but it was Michael Arents who conquered the field to take first place and the $196,005 top prize.

The cards will be in the air starting at noon (PST) today with three days of Texas Hold'em slated to determine the latest champion. will be there from start to finish as Matt Showell and Martin Derbyshire bring you live updates, photos, interviews and more direct from the poker room floor at Harvey's. Check out their handiwork in the Live Tournaments Section.

Perhaps you'll spot some of the preliminary event winners in the field, the latest of whom was Evan Schwartz during Wednesday's $500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament.

The event drew 135 players, creating a $65,475 playing pool and a $19,675 top prize for Schwartz. This is Schwartz's second straight year to win an event at the WSOPC at Lake Tahoe. He also made the final table of a 2007 World Series of Poker event, going out in fourth place.

The final table played out on Wednesday as follows:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Evan Schwartz Oakland, Calif. $19,675
2nd Steve Dodson Satellite Beach, Fla. $11,523
3rd Jason Stern San Jose, Calif. $7,922
4th Jason Southwell Las Vegas $5,499
5th Rob Schubert Orinda, Calif. $4,157
6th Hai Leu Sacramento, Calif. $3,208
7th Steve Lamar Salida, Calif. $2,553
8th Brandon Burnsed Roseville, Calif. $1,898
9th Darren Bortmas Roseville, Calif. $1,375

Previous preliminary event winners for the 2007 WSOPC Harvey's Lake Tahoe are:

  • Event 1: Hoang To
  • Event 2: Merwick Black
  • Event 3: Sinh Nguyen
  • Event 4: Barbara Brown Harney
  • Event 5: Todd Williamson
  • Event 6: Dan Webster
  • Event 7: Marc Karam
  • Event 8: John Murphy

Because of high levels of demand by players in the tournament this year, another event has been added to the schedule. A $200 No-Limit Hold'em event will be offered Sunday, the final day of the main event.

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