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WSOPC heads to San Diego
After some chilly stops in Tunica and Atlantic City, the World Series of Poker Circuit heads to the warmer climes of Harrah's Rincon, located just outside of San Diego.
The Rincon stop on the WSOPC tour has traditionally been very popular, as it gives players practice for upcoming tournaments on the California poker scene, including the L.A. Poker Classic and the Bay 101 Shooting Star.
Historically, top professional players have captured the title at this location. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson's first of his three WSOPC championships was won here during the event's inaugural year in 2005 and Darrell Dicken and Peter Feldman (who is the defending champion) have taken the last two events.
Attendance at the preliminaries has been a little down for the run of events in San Diego, possibly due to the number of other tournaments taking place simultaneously. However, the tournaments have averaged around 300 players for the smaller buy-in events, and have brought out top-notch players from the local poker community.
Mario Valenzuela and Rod Dingler have been very active in the preliminary events, with a victory each, and GiGi Dong was the champion of the ladies event.
When the main phase of the action starts on Tuesday afternoon, many professionals will no doubt take a break from the tournament schedule in Los Angeles to make their way down to San Diego for this one. The $5,000 buy-in will bring a very strong field predicted to number around 150 and play is expected to be competitive.
PokerListings will be there for all the action that takes place in our Live Tournaments section and, by the end of the tournament on Thursday, we'll find out who the latest WSOPC champion is.