New venue marks latest WSOPC stop

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The World Series of Poker Circuit debuted a brand new stop this season at the Horseshoe Hammond. With Event 1 breaking the 1,000-player mark to kick off the tournament series, the main event starting today has the potential to be a big one.

The Horseshoe Hammond puts the WSOPC almost right on the doorstep of Chicago. Just 20 minutes from the Windy City, there's a whole lot of potential for a big poker crowd.

Along with the 1,187 who picked up the $345 tab for Event 1, the events so far have seen a range of playing fields from 142 into the 500 range.

Even though it's close to Chicago, players in the tournament series have come from as far away as the Dominican Republic, British Columbia, California and more. And they have nothing to be disappointed about for their journey either.

The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond is a brand-new facility that recently reopened after a $500 million renovation and expansion.

According to WSOPC officials, one company executive said the Hammond casino was not only the No. 1 casino in the region, but that it can compete with anything on the Las Vegas Strip.

The poker room itself is in full swing with 34 tables, offering all games, all limits and a private high-limit room named Benny's Back Room in honor of Benny Binion.

After a week of action, players will now settle into their seats at the poker tables for the $5,000 main event. It is expected to take three days of play to reach a winner, who will not only get the top cash prize, but also wins a seat in the $10,000 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event.

PokerListings will be on the scene every step of the way to bring you live updates, photos, interviews, reports and more from Horseshoe Hammond. When the action begins today, you can check it out in the Live Tournaments section.

It's likely that a few of the players who've taken part in some of the events throughout the week will take to the felt again today as well, especially those with a little extra tournament winnings burning holes in their pockets.

Here's how the final tables for the 10 preliminary events leading up to the main event played out:

Event 1: $300 No-Limit Hold'em

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Perry Ernest Naperville, Ill. $70,597
2nd David Lindquist Benson Harbor, Mich. $45,426
3rd Matthew Dunn Fort Wayne, Ind. $27,562
4th Antonio Scott Maywood, Ill. $23,138
5th Todd Huynh Chicago $18,885
6th David Kim Glenview, Ill. $14,802
7th Florencio Acevedo Hammond, Ind. $11,399
8th Jesse Nunez Griffith, Ind. $8,847
9th Randy White Chicago $6,295

Event 2: $500 No-Limit Hold'em

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Frederic Winter La Grange, Ill. $55,159
2nd Matthew Sekeres Burlington, Wisc. $34,928
3rd Scott Kahoun La Grange Park, Ill. $21,447
4th Ronald Kruk Osceola, Ind. $17,525
5th Leon Hamrick Tulsa, Okla. $14,339
6th Musa Mustafa Orland Park, Ill. $11,275
7th Ryan Julius Peoria, Ill. $8,824
8th Alfredo Ceballos Jr. Chicago $6,986
9th Kenneth Norman Homewood, Ill. $5,147

Event 3: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Michael Foster Chicago $40,275
2nd Christopher Gentile Plainfield, Ill. $24,318
3rd Joel Nichols Marion, Ohio $15,579
4th Michael Parisi Wood Dale, Ill. $12,159
5th Thomas G. Macey Chicago $9,499
6th Michael J. Lutes Bloomington, Ind. $7,600
7th Robert S. Panitch Northbrook, Ill. $6,080
8th William Fockelmann Clayton, Mo. 44,940
9th James Kasputis Rockford, Ill. $4,180

Event 4: $200 Ladies Only No-Limit Hold'em

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Linda Tucker Chicago $10,196
2nd Kelley Ann Kiser Ashville, Ohio $6,306
3rd Leah Elizabeth Albritton Chicago $3,994
4th Allison Kaulen Aurora, Ill. $3,258
5th Karen Hakimian Chicago $2,627
6th Nesli Ohare Indianapolis, Ind. $2,102
7th Carol Jacobson Whiting, Ind. $1,682
8th Maria DiPaulo Lake In The Hills, Ill. $1,366
9th Diane Pavlik Bloomingdale, Ill. $1,051

Event 5: $500 No-Limit Hold'em

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Justin Filtz Stevens Point, Wisc. $29,566
2nd Patrick Heneghan Chicago $18,288
3rd Aaron Steury Fort Wayne, Ind. $11,582
4th John Bravos Mt. Prospect, Ill. $9,449
5th Harvey Bundy III Winnetka, Ill. $7,620
6th Curtis VanGilder Port Byron, ill. $6,098
7th Maurice Nelson Chicago $4,877
8th Scott Rokita Willowbrook, Ill. $3,962
9th Michael Book Grevor, Wisc. $3,048

Event 6: $200 Pot-Limit Omaha with $100 rebuys

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Joel Casper Chicago $19,475
2nd Alec Milam Chicago $11,760
3rd Csaba Vicen South Bend, Ind. $7,534
4th Karl Sederberg Bloomingdale, Ind. $5,880
5th Terry Harden Terre Haute, Ind. $4,594
6th Edward Chana Elgin, Ill. $3,675
7th Jason Rice Kenosha, Wisc. $2,940
8th Va Shon Watkins Aurora, Ill. $2,389
9th Brian Schwartz Buffalo Grove, Ill. $2,021

Event 7: $700 No-Limit Hold'em

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Eric Dam Evansville, Ind. $31,774
2nd Gary Allen Valparaiso, Ind. $19,166
3rd Steven Verrett Cross Plains, Wisc. $12,278
4th George Dietz III Oak Park, Ill. $9,583
5th Shannon Fahey Arlington Heights, Ill. $7,487
6th Frank Berrettoni So. Chicago Heights, Ill. $5,989
7th Eric Eklund Kenoasha, Wisc. 44,791
8th Michael Kalinsky Cummings, Ga. $3,893
9th Joseph Darnell Merrillville, Ind. $3,294

Event 8: $300 H.O.R.S.E.

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Charles Bransford Des Plaines, Ill. $13,029
2nd Douglas Lorgeree Hernando, Miss. $7,869
3rd Alan Durson Hinsdale, Ill. $5,041
4th Desmond Portano Chicago $3,934
5th David Rogowski Lockport, Ill. $3,074
6th Mark Provenzano Melrose Park, Ill. $2,459
7th John Guarisco Melrose Park, Ill. $1,967
8th Thomas Wilson Winnetka, Ill. $1,598

Event 9: $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Marc Emond Chicago $51,072
2nd Sung Hong Chicago $30,837
3rd Robert Scewczyk Lockport, Ill. $19,755
4th Stuart marshak Deerfield, Ill. $15,418
5th Samuel Oberlin Grand Rapids, Mich. $12,046
6th Brian Brunner Carmel, ind. $9,637
7th Cary Bone So. Barrington, Ill. $7,709
8th Joel Casper Chicago $6,264
9th David Kaminsky South Bend, Ind. $5,300

Event 10: $300 Omaha Eight-or-Better

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Anthony Marchese Chicago $11,799
2nd Sung Hong Lombard, Ill. $7,124
3rd Richard Garrison Merrillville, Ind. $4,564
4th Bruce Dubin Oak Park, Ill. $3,562
5th Brett Nichols Munster, Ind. $2,783
6th Scott Bohlman Melrose Park, Ill. $2,226
7th Kyle Schertz Metamora, Ill. $1,781
8th Bill Rother Libertyville, Ill. $1,447
9th Tim Moran Orland Park, Ill. $1,224


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