World Poker Challenge underway in Reno

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The World Poker Challenge (WPC) has been going on since March 8, and so far no less than 13 events have been played. The big one is, however, yet to come - the $5,000 main event starts on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PDT).

With the World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship at the Bellagio just a month away, the poker season is coming to an end.

The World Poker Challenge at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev. is thus one of the last chances for the pros to fine tune their game before the big final.

The WPC is a top poker tournament in its own right; it has been included on the T.J. Cloutier in the opening year and Phil Ivey in 2003.

Last year 592 players paid the $5,000 buy-in for a total prize pool of $2,845,700. Michael "Doughboy" Simon became champion and took home a little over $1 million in prize money.

Jason Stern finished in second place and Tom Schneider in third.

Lots of great poker action can be expected in 2007 as well when the main event kicks off Sunday.

Of course, will be there to give you the latest live updates, interviews and blogs. You can follow the action in our Live Tournaments Section.

Here is a list of the winners so far in the 2007 World Poker Challenge:

$200 No-Limit Hold'emAndrew Schulz $11,618
$500 No-Limit Hold'em David Luttbeg $18,228
$500 No-Limit Hold'em Steve Austin $24,868
$500 No-Limit Hold'em Douglas Holcomb $17,209
$300 Limit Hold'em Hien Tran $9,371
$300 No-Limit Hold'em Arkadiy Tsinis $14,627
$300 Omaha Hi-Lo Alan Kumas $13,270
$300 Limit Hold'em Shawn Roberts $10,083
$500 No-Limit Hold'em Scott Gould $23,490
$500 No-Limit Hold'emDjango Broomfield$31,432
$500 No-Limit Hold'em Jared Smith $21,792
$500 Pot-Limit Omaha William Appel $12,731
$500 No-Limit Hold'em John Vakorros $11,712

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