Guess who's coming to Tunica?

Allen Kessler
Yeah, baby. It's Kessler time.

The World Series of Poker Circuit series has returned to the once-proud poker hotbed of Tunica, Miss., and this morning will see the kick-off of the big finale - the $5,150 No-Limit Hold'em main event.

Preliminary events at the newly remodeled Harrah's Casino have been running since Jan. 20, with 13 of them featuring buy-ins under $1,000 and with turnouts in general noticeably devoid of any sort of star power.

But hey - Ryan Young, though that professional triumvirate got out of the way quickly, finishing ninth through seventh respectively.

With the heaviest hitters then sent to the sidelines, that cleared the way for a man named Bart Tichelman to take the title and the $428,210 first prize.

Tichelman came into the final table eighth in chips, but steadily chipped up as his competitors fell by the wayside, shifting into high gear in the endgame to clinch his first WSOPC ring. Then, as is so common with Circuit winners, he faded into obscurity and was never heard from again.

Will Tichelman return to defend his title? Or is dude chilling on Grand Cayman with a daiquiri and a couple island honeys? Who knows?

Admittedly, today's main event may not be star-studded or glamorous, likely consisting of 150 or so old white men chucking clay around a room.

But if anyone can make it interesting, it's the faithful reporting team, who have made the trek to Tunica so you don't have to. Besides, what else are you going to do while you're nursing that Super Bowl hangover?

Main Event action starts up at noon Central Time and will continue until Wednesday evening. Check out all of the highlights in our live tournaments section.


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