SNPC IV enters second week of action in Tulsa

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The Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge IV, being held at the Cherokee Casino in Catoosa, Okla., is now deep into its second week of play. Several players have been able to take advantage of the tournament schedule to walk away with titles and seats to the $5,000 Championship Event, which will commence play Nov. 18.

Monday saw action in the $200 No-Limit Hold'em event, supplemented with the addition of a cruise for the winner of the tournament. The event saw 235 poker players step up to partake in the event, building a prize pool of $39,500 to be divided among the top 27 players.


In the end, Fort Worth, Texas' Todd Laviolet was able to scoop up the $12,410 first place check and the highly sought after cruise that went along with the funds. The final table played out as follows:


Place Name Hometown Prize 
1st Todd Laviolet Fort Worth, Texas $12,410 
2nd Louie Aamer Tulsa, Okla. $6,952 
3rd Bill Burks White Oak, Texas $3,555 
4th Gerald Hughes Neosho, Mo. $2,765 
5th Edward Parvu Mountain Home, Ark. $2,370 
6th James Grimes Houston, Texas $1,975 
7th Scott Linsenmeyer Stillwater, Okla. $1,580 
8th Michael Hopkins Elkland, Mo. $1,185 
9th Dennis Holter Tulsa, Okla. $790 

On Tuesday, it was an opportunity for the Omaha specialists to come to the felt for action. The $200 Omaha Eight-or-Better (Hi-Lo) competition drew in 182 players who battled it out for the first prize of $11,411. Eighteen players got a piece of the $34,580 prize pool and taking the lion's share was Jim "Mississippi" Williams of Bella Vista, Ark. The final-table finishers were:


Place Name Hometown Prize 
1st Jim Williams Bella Vista, Ark. $11,411 
2nd Patricia Quinlan Lenexa, Kan. $6,294 
3rd Dennis Otto Corpus Christi, Texas $3,458 
4th Mauk Spears Gainsville, Texas $2,766 
5th David Mackey Fayetteville, Ark. $2,075 
6th Vincent Ware Hernando, Miss. $1,729 
7th Colin Barlow Ballwin, Mo. $1,383 
8th Daniel Zehm Van, Texas $1,037 
9th Jim Shaw Lawton, Okla. $692 
  Tuesday also saw the $175 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty tournament start play at 6 p.m. with 246 players putting up the buy in. Each player would have a $25 bounty on their heads, which ensured that there was plenty of action at all the tables.


Twenty seven players earned something for their efforts (along with the bounties taken during the run of the event), with the top prize of $7,083 and the title going to Jason Benanzer in the end.


The other final-table finishers looked as such:


Place Name Hometown Prize 
1st Jason Benanzer Clayton, Okla. $7,083 
2nd Matt Newcombe Ada, Okla. $3,897 
3rd Andrew Sterkel Guthrie, Okla. $1,993 
4th A.J. Jafari Houston, Texas $1,550 
5th Charbel Bou Labouz Tulsa, Okla. $1,328 
6th David Wintroub Omaha, Neb. $1,107 
7th Nathan Pal Mishawaka, Ind. $886 
8th Frank Howerton Grove, Okla. $664 
9th John Millsap Tulsa, Okla. $443 
 Tournament action on Wednesday turned to the $200 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event, where 193 runners came to the line. Twelve people would divvy up the $31,520 prize pool with tournament veteran Eric Crain, who has done well in World Series of Poker Circuit events throughout the Midwest, taking down the first place trophy and the $11,032 prize.


The final table finished like this:


Place Name Hometown Prize 
1st Eric Crain Murphysboro, Ill. $11,032 
2nd Pete Lawson Sandy, Utah $5,989 
3rd Courtney Farrel Norman, Okla. $3,782 
4th Ronald Whitlock Charlton, Mich. $2,837 
5th Britt Wasson Tulsa, Okla. $2,049 
6th Zachery Abbott Ada, Okla. $1,576 
  The $100 Seven-Card Stud also took place on Wednesday with 123 participants. Due to the smaller field, only the final table would make any money.


In the end, the two survivors at the final table, Brandon Breeding and Joseph Karriman, decided to chop the championship after playing into the early hours.  They both earned $3237 of the remaining prize money and were followed by these players:


Place Name Hometown Prize 
1st Brandon Breeding Lake Kiowa, Texas $3,237 
 Joseph Karriman Grove, Okla. $3,237 
3rd Samuel Clements Liberty, Mo. $1,439 
4th Darren Rogers Verdigris, Okla. $1,052 
5th Mojgan Stringham Houston, Texas $775 
6th Billy Talor Durant, Okla. $554 
7th Brian Hottinger Shawnee, Okla. $443 
8th Brian Clark Frisco, Texas $332 

Thursday also saw two events taking place, with the $200 Pot-Limit Hold'em event starting the day at 11 a.m. A prize pool of $15,180 was built from the 107 players who entered, with only the final nine taking away any of the largess offered by the event. 

 Adam Murphy of Wagoner, Okla., was the victor of the event, winning a $6,071 check and a seat into the $5,000 Championship Event, but the event was also notable as it was the second final table finish of the SNPC for Daniel Zehm. 


The final-table finishers were: 
Place Name Hometown Prize 
1st Adam Murphy Wagoner, Okla. $6,071 
2nd Ted Brooks Axtell, Texas $3,491 
3rd Matthew Terral Shreveport, La. $1,822 
4th Matt Wilson N. Richland Hills, Texas $1,063 
5th Daniel Zehm Van, Texas $835 
6th Doug Rust Cypress, Texas $683 
7th Gary Maize Park Hill, Okla. $531 
8th T.J. Toney Edmond, Okla. $380 
9th Scott McKinney Oklahoma City, Okla. $304 

The second event on Thursday, the $100 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, drew an astounding 350 players to the Cherokee Casino for action. The prize pool built by these numbers amounted to $31,500 broken up among 36 players. 

 Tulsa, Okla.'s Mary Watt took the crown and the $9,765 check, with the the final table finishing as such:


Place Name Prize 
1st Mary Watt $9,765 
2nd Leon Mueller $5,040 
3rd Douglas Rogers $2,520 
4th William Nichols $2,205 
5th Danny Vo $1,890 
6th Charles Moore $1,575 
7th Cory Brown $1,260 
8th Scott Krupa $945 
9th David Summers $630 

There is still more than a week of preliminary action remaining in the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge IV. There are large events on the way, including a $1,000 buy-in event next Wednesday and a $500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament (with re-buys) on Thursday. 


All of the events lead to the start of the $5,000 Championship Event on Nov. 18, expected to be attended by the namesake of the tournament, Scotty Nguyen, defending champion "Kido" Pham and a host of other top professionals.


As you can see, poker action isn't limited to Vegas with the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge continuing its run for the next ten days.

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