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New venue marks latest WSOPC stop
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
|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|
|6th||David Kim||Glenview, Ill.||$14,802|
|7th||Florencio Acevedo||Hammond, Ind.||$11,399|
|8th||Jesse Nunez||Griffith, Ind.||$8,847|
Event 2: $500 No-Limit Hold'em
|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
|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
|2nd||Kelley Ann Kiser||Ashville, Ohio||$6,306|
|3rd||Leah Elizabeth Albritton||Chicago||$3,994|
|4th||Allison Kaulen||Aurora, Ill.||$3,258|
|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
|1st||Justin Filtz||Stevens Point, Wisc.||$29,566|
|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|
|8th||Scott Rokita||Willowbrook, Ill.||$3,962|
|9th||Michael Book||Grevor, Wisc.||$3,048|
Event 6: $200 Pot-Limit Omaha with $100 rebuys
|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
|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.
|1st||Charles Bransford||Des Plaines, Ill.||$13,029|
|2nd||Douglas Lorgeree||Hernando, Miss.||$7,869|
|3rd||Alan Durson||Hinsdale, Ill.||$5,041|
|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
|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|
|9th||David Kaminsky||South Bend, Ind.||$5,300|
Event 10: $300 Omaha Eight-or-Better
|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|