WSOPC event short on players, long on talent

Douglas Carli

Event 9 at the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) at Caesars Indiana was an experimental one as tournament directors decided to add H.O.R.S.E. to the lineup. It may not make the cut next year seeing as only 40 people signed up, but it gave pro Douglas Carli a chance to flex his poker muscles.

Carli (pictured), 51, from Alliance, Ohio, learned poker at age six and earned a degree in math to compliment his poker knowledge.

With eight prior final tables at WSOPC tournaments, including three fifth-place finishes in championship events, Carli was a favorite to win the H.O.R.S.E. event, and he didn't disappoint.

Despite the low turnout for the $1,000 buy-in event, the tournament lasted about 16 hours as players battled their way through Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Stud and Eight-or-Better games.

Douglas Carli's experience and stamina paid off in the amount of $16,835 when play finally wrapped up and he had galloped to victory.

Since all the games are limit, it took nine hours to drop from the initial 40 players down to the eight that made the final table. Those who made it, and their chip counts, were:

  • Pat Cissell, 35,000
  • Michael Mitchener, 47,000
  • Douglas Carli, 35,175
  • Michael Schneider, 31,000
  • Michael Lutes, 35,000
  • Kevin Rosner, 6,700
  • Jim Weir, 10,500
  • Sam Martin, 39,000

Rosner, 35, from Shelbyville, Ind., was the first out. His K-10 lost to Martin's pocket aces during Hold'em, which was the first game of the final table. Next came the Omaha Hi-Lo round where Mitchener and Weir took their bows and left the game.

The remaining five players lasted through Razz, Seven-Card Studd and the Eight-or-Better rounds to make it to the break. When they returned and started out with Hold'em again, another player finally fell.

Martin was hemorrhaging chips and went all-in from the big blind with T-3. Schneider joined him with T-9 and closed up a straight to knock out Martin when the flop came J-8-2 with a 7 on the turn.

With four players left and the tournament only paying out to the top three spots, it was the unlucky Cissell who was the bubble boy when he busted out in the next round of Omaha.

At 2 a.m., the players talked about cutting a deal and calling it a night, but ended up playing another round of Razz and Seven-Card Stud. Finally at 3:15 a.m., they agreed to call it a night and come back at 4 p.m. to finish off the game.

Play resumed with Eight-or-Better and all three players made it to see the Hold'em round. Then Carli finally finished off Schneider and Lutes to claim his win.

The results for those who cashed are:

1st Douglas Carli $16,835
2nd Michael Lutes $10,095
3rd Michael Schneider $6,730

With the close of Event 9, that brings the WSOPC to its $5,000 main event. It kicked off today at noon and will play through Friday. The winner will get his share of the prize pool plus a new shiny ring and a seat in the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Stay tuned to to see who rises to the top to become a contender at the WSOP this year.

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