Gazes leads WSOPC AC main event

Bill Gazes

If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, what better way than chasing down a little green in the 120-table poker room at Harrah's in Atlantic City?

You wouldn't be alone, as the latest installment in the World Series of Poker Circuit series is already drawing some of the largest fields in WSOPC history. And by the end of tomorrow the winner of the last WSOPC Championship Event of 2008 will have been declared.

The Atlantic City stop of the WSOPC features 14 events during the two weeks of play, with buy-ins that range from $230 to $5,150. Many of those events are in the books already, with the list of winners looking like this:

  • Event 1, $340 No-Limit Hold'em
    Metin Guven Esen, Wading River, N.Y. $85,032

  • Event 2, $560 No-Limit Hold'em
    Emil Lebovich, Fair Lawn, N.J. $86,380

  • Event 3, $560 No-Limit Hold'em
    Michael Morgovsky, Brooklyn, N.Y. $47,895

  • Event 4, $560 No-Limit Hold'em
    Maurice Hawkins, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. $48,360

  • Event 5, $340 No-Limit Hold'em
    Massoud Nikjouian, Woodbridge, Va. $56,364

  • Event 6, $560 No-Limit Hold'em
    Menan Saydam, Arlington, Va. $53,630

  • Event 7, $1,080 No-Limit Hold'em
    Lahcen Imkhaoun, Celebration, Fla. $82,880

However, the big game is still to be decided, and it should be a few days of hot poker action. Some of the best up-and-coming poker players on the East Coast will battle it out for a $10,000 seat in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event at The Rio in Las Vegas in addition to the six-figure prize money for a victory.

After Day 1 the chip leaders looked like this:

  • Bill Gazes - $336,700
  • Mike Leah - $274,400
  • Allen Bari - $240,000
  • Chris Reslock - $184,200
  • Joanne Monteavaro - $177,300
  • Matt Matros - $171,500
  • Eugene Fouksman - $151,000
  • Kyle Bowker - $138,100
  • Charles Furey - $112,000
  • Chau Minh Nguyen - $110,700

Last year it was 21-year-old John Racener of Port Ritchie, Fla. who took home the $379,392 and the WSOPC ring for first place in the Main Event. The top finishers in 2007 were as follows:

1stJohn Racener$379,392
2ndEric Buchman$208,666
3rdFeming Chan$106,704
4thJoseph Brooks$82,992
5thThomas Patrick Fee$71,136
6thDavid Fox$59,280

Racener is playing well in 2008 and should be considered a contender to repeat if he plays. His career earnings sit at over $1 million, including a $37,481 cash at the 2008 World Series of Poker in Event 10, Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo.

PokerListings will be on the scene Tuesday to bring you live action from the main event final table. You can check it out in the Live Tournaments section.

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