WSOPC Tahoe nearing final event

Marc Karam
Marc Karam wins a WSOPC Tahoe event.

The World Series of Poker Circuit at Harvey's Tahoe has been pretty busy the last few days with Events 5 through 8 playing out.

Event 5 took place Monday and was a $300 No-Limit Hold'em tournament. With 365 players registering for the event, the prize pool ended up at $106,215. California resident Todd Williamson landed at the top of the heap to take home the biggest share of that prize pool.

Williamson came to the final table short-stacked with only $35,500 in chips compared to the chip leader's $401,000. Three hours later, he'd battled back from the brink and won the event.

The final table played out as follows:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Todd Williamson Vacaville, Calif. $27,666
2nd Stephen Dodson Satellite Beach. Fla. $16,729
3rd Marc Mestrovich Manteca, Calif. $11,206
4th Craig Dixon Pine Grove, Calif. $7,541
5th Kathy Fowler Sacramento, Calif. $5,629
6th Jason Baldwin Folsom, Calif. $4,461
7th Matthew Simpson Sacramento, Calif. $3,346
8th Ken Daniels Pollack Pines, Calif. $2,496
9th Drew Farrar Las Vegas $1,221

Two events took place Tuesday at Tahoe. First up was Event 6, $500 No-Limit Hold'em. After the 163 players had all paid to play, the prize pool topped up at $79,055.

Being a winery owner in Napa Valley plus owning two gourmet restaurants in San Francisco, Dan Webster may not have needed the $23,752 prize for first place, but the win was just as sweet.

Webster had previously won a Bay 101 event and a Pot of Gold tournament in 2006. Now he adds a WSOPC event to his poker resume.

With cards no longer in the air, the final table read:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Dan Webster San Francisco $23,752
2nd Jeremy Joseph Buffalo, N.Y. $13,914
3rd Jason Reed San Diego, Calif. $9,566
4th Becky Billeci Brentwood, Calif. $6,641
5th Michael Klayer Lodi, Calif. $5,020
6th Darin Honorof S. Lake Tahoe, Calif. $3,874
7th Dan Chung Sacramento, Calif. $3,083
8th Tony Barchetti Las Vegas $2,293
9th Jared Frank Peru, Ind. $1,660

The second event on Tuesday was the $500 H.O.R.S.E. event. The playing field was a little smaller, with only 91 players willing to take on the mixed game event, but there were a couple familiar faces in that crowd who made it into the money.

Paul Clark
Eskimo lives!

The winner was Marc Karam, who came in second at the European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo in April. Joining him at the final table was Eskimo Clark.

Many of you may remember that Clark had a few health scares during the 2007 World Series of Poker, but he's still bellying up to the felt to take on tournaments.

Clark ended up in fourth place to receive $3,641 of the $44,135 prize pool, while Karam took home $11,916 for first place.

The final-table results were:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Marc Karam Ottawa, Canada $11,916
2nd Jeff Welch Greenfield, Ind. $6,804
3rd Heath Powers Stockton, Calif. $4,413
4th Paul "Eskimo" Clark New Orleans, La. $3,641
5th David Bockhold Cameron Park, Calif. $2,979
6th David Hurley Sacramento, Calif. $2,427
7th Travis Atkins Apple Hill, Calif. $1,986
8th Mary Melton Elk Grove, Calif. $1,545
9th Doug Englekirk Zephyr Cove, Nev. $1,214

Harvey's Tahoe also hosted two more events on Wednesday, but so far only the first event's results have been released. That was Event 8, $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em, which pulled in 62 players to create a $50,140 prize pool.

The top nine players were paid in the event, and it was John Murphy, from Danville, Calif., who topped the list to take home the $21,379 first-place prize. Murphy is a 25-year-old professional who's been playing poker seriously since he finished 13th in the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event.

The final table finished as follows:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st John Murphy Danville, Calif. $21,379
2nd Paul Kobel Oakland, Calif. $11,429
3rd Michael Kinney Sandpoint, Idaho $7,998
4th Rick Defer Sacramento, Calif. $5,654
5th Joel Monteith Modesto, Calif. $4,330
6th Chris Braun Pollock Pines, Calif. $3,428
7th Dan Alspach Las Vegas $2,647
8th Mark Pritchett Woodland, Calif. $1,924
9th David Rudolph San Francisco $1,354

Nolan Dalla said that since the WSOPC at Tahoe began a week ago, the poker room and tournament area have been standing room only. The tables not used for the tournament were filled to capacity with cash games.

In response to the tremendous attendance and player demand, an 11th event has been added to the schedule. A $200 No-Limit Hold'em tournament will play Sunday, the final day of the WSOPC's main event.

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