First-timers run strong at Bayou Poker Challenge

It's been a good week for first-timers at the Bayou Poker Challenge, with several events taken by players without a major tournament title under their belt. And Nisan Cohen just joined the club, bagging his first in $500+$50 No-Limit Hold'em at Harrah's New Orleans.

Event 10 at this year's World Series of Poker Circuit series stop in New Orleans, the tourney saw 622 players square up the buy-in hoping to become the next first-timer to break into the big time.

And Cohen, a 35-year-old store owner from Gainesville, Fla., was the best of the bunch, eventually seizing the chip lead mid-way through the final table and cruising to his first major tournament victory, taking $84,468 plus the gold WSOP Circuit ring.

Taking second was Anita Vasquez, from Houston, Texas, joining Jennifer Harman as the only female to take second place in a Circuit event and leaving Lisa Pickell still the only female WSOP Circuit event winner.

The rest of your final table looked like this:

PlaceNameCountryPrize
1stNisan CohenGainesville, Fla.$84,468
2nd Anita Vasquez Houston, Texas$43,742
3rd David Scarano Seattle, Wash.$24,134
4th Tuck Trentham Deland, Fla.$21,117
5th Mike Booth Jacksonville, Fla.$18,100
6th Kit Riley Dallas, Texas$15,084
7th Aaron Baldwin Oxford, Ga.$12,067
8th "Player Jay" Bender Atlanta, Ga.$9,050
9th Taylor Black Mobile, Ala.$3,318

The $5,000 main event at the Bayou Poker Challenge kicks off today at noon and runs until Wednesday.

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