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WSOPC New Orleans Attendance Up 16%
With three of first five events drawing 300-plus players, attendance at this year’s World Series of Poker Circuit Bayou Poker Challenge in New Orleans is up 16%.
In fact, through five events at Harrah's New Orleans, a total of 1,389 people have played versus 1,197 at the same time last year.
The series kicked off with Connecticut pro Ryan Eriquezzo taking the first tournament of the 19-event schedule. Eriquezzo banked $34,656 after besting a field of 547 in the $300+$40 No-Limit Hold'em event.
Houston pro Chris Gamboa then booked his first major tournament win taking down a $500+$50 NLHE event that drew 314 players. The winner's take was $35,313.
The third event on the schedule, a $500+$50 Six-Handed event, saw Texan Jimmy Nickens earn $18,197 for the win, outlasting a field of 140.
Steven Hustoft then won the $500+$50 Mixed Pot Limit event for $8,225 beating a small field of 53 and semi-retired commercial real estate developer Michael Scott missed his flight back to Florida to claim victory in a $300+$40 NLHE event that saw another 335 players enter.
The WSOP Circuit at Harrah's New Orleans continues through May 19.
This is the sixth straight year Harrah's New Orleans has been a part of the WSOP Circuit marking the 11th and final WSOP Circuit stop of the 2009-2010 season.