WSOPC lands in Big Easy, six champs crowned

Tahoe Howard Andrew
Howard Andrew place ninth in Event 3 of the WSOPC New Orleans.

Making its first wintertime stop in New Orleans, the World Series of Poker Circuit rolled into Harrah's for the Winter Bayou Poker Challenge last Monday.

The numbers at the tables have been consistent, bringing out players who've met with success not only on the WSOPC but also in Las Vegas, participating in the "Big Show" at the Rio. The preliminary events have generated prize pools sometimes reaching over $100,000 and have crowned worthy champions.

Event 1

In Event 1, 380 runners stepped to the line for the $300 No-Limit Hold'em event on Monday, amassing a $110,580 prize pool with a first-place prize of $34,280. A veteran of the southern swings for the WSOPC, Matthew Terral (who has cashed in two other stops on the WSOPC this year) took down the championship over a worthy field of contenders at the final table:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Matthew Terral Shreveport, La. $34,280
2nd Wendell Welch Baton Rouge, La. $17,693
3rd Bradley Soshes Houston, Texas $8,846
4th Tuan Tran Houston, Texas $7,741
5th Michael Nadeau Clearwater, Fla. $6,635
6th Craig Andras Thibodeaux, La. $5,529
7th Eric DeSoto Luling, La. $4,423
8th Chean Chin Kenner, La. $3,317
9th Gabe Costner Albertville, Ala. $2,212

Event 2

Tuesday upped the stakes as 224 players put up $500 for the No-Limit Hold'em event featuring the runner-up from this year's Bayou Poker Classic from May, Clint Schafer. Schafer used his finish at that tournament earlier this year to earn two cashes at the Rio this summer (including a 166th-place finish in the Main Event) and he also cashed in this event, albeit at the bottom of the pay scale in 25th place.

Phillip Sparta added to his jewelry collection by earning his second WSOPC ring this year (he also won a $500 event in the preliminary events during the May tournament), taking home the top prize of $34,765 out of the $108,640 prize pool. He was joined at the final table by the others also listed below:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Phillip Sparta Fairfax, Va. $34,765
2nd Ryan Farrell Kenner, La. $19,121
3rd Billy McBrayer Duncanville, Ala. $9,778
4th Charlie Oliver Baton Rouge, La. $7,605
5th Caywood Vanstratum Cookeville, Tenn. $6,518
6th Tony Barchetti Stateline, Nev. $5,432
7th Jeffrey Purpera Baton Rouge, La. $4,346
8th Birol Lermi New Orleans, La. $3,259
9th Anthony Taormina Metairie, La. $2,173

Event 3

Wednesday's event was another $500 No-Limit Hold'em tournament which drew a slightly smaller field due to the midweek date. The 187 players built a prize pool slightly under $100,000 ($90,695) and featured a couple of notable names.

World Series of Poker double bracelet winner Howard "Tahoe" Andrew was the first one to leave the final table and he was soon followed in seventh by Matthew Brady, who finished fifth in the $1,500 Six-Handed event this summer during the WSOP and also cashed in the Main Event.

In the end, Russ Floyd outlasted the field and captured the $29,385 first-place check and the prestigious WSOPC ring. The final table looked like this:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Russ Floyd Austin, Texas $29,385
2nd Lam Luu Harvey, La. $15,418
3rd Michael Prestonback Des Allemands, La. $9,070
4th Andrew Becker Chalmette, La. $7,256
5th John Short Pearl River, La. $5,442
6th Richard Becker Austin, Texas $4,535
7th Matthew Brady Upper Darby, Penn. $3,638
8th Samuel Zurik Metairie, La. $2,721
9th Howard Andrew Walnut Creek $1,814

Event 4

Event 4, a $300 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, once again faced the midweek challenge as it drew in 208 players, building a $60,528 prize pool. At the end of the evening of poker, Eddie Rayl walked away the top dog, earning $19,269.

Other finishers at the final table were:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Eddie Rayl Fitzgerald, Ga. $19,269
2nd Bradley Oubre Luling, La. $10,653
3rd Mark Eastman Naples, Fla. $5,448
4th Dana Murse Millbrook, Ala. $4,237
5th Joseph Strokes Cocoa, Fla. $3,632
6th Richard Cannette Biloxi, Mo. $3,062
7th Curtis Terry Metairie, La. $2,421
8th Jeffrey Quin Metairie, La. $1,816
9th Alan Hunter Marietta, Ga. $1,211

Event 5

Thursday brought 221 poker players to the felt for a $500 No Limit Hold'em tournament which was remarkable by the appearance of 2005 WSOP Limit Hold'em bracelet winner Dan Schmiech. Schmiech was able to wade through a large portion of the field but left the event in 13th place.

With the majority of the $107,185 going to the participants at the final table, Shane Turner staked his claim to the title and the championship ring awarded to the victors. Turner was able to beat the following players at the final table:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Shane Turner Bushnell, Fla. $34,299
2nd Carl Giesse Houston, Texas $18,865
3rd Jason Barnes Orlando, Fla. $9,647
4th Gregory Aumann Spring Hill, Fla. $7,503
5th Scott Beck Carrollton, Texas $6,431
6th Mark Ellerbe Richmond, Texas $5,359
7th Don Todd Davie, Fla. $4,287
8th James Rush Kerrville, Texas $3,216
9th James Digaetano Port Orange, Fla. $2,144

Event 6

On Friday, the 281 participants in the $300 No-Limit Hold'em tournament had the opportunity to divide up the $81,771 prize pool that was available. Twenty-seven players would get paid for their efforts and, in the end, it was Timothy Martin who survived the day to win the tournament and the $26,167 first-place check.

Martin was joined by the following players at the final table:

Place Name Hometown Prize
1st Timothy Martin New Orleans, La. $26,167
2nd Khalid Dghalm Lawrenceville, Ga. $14,392
3rd Dominic Tramonte Wadsworth, Ohio $7,359
4th Freddie Burnsed Kent, Wash. $5,724
5th Ronnie Bardah Stoneham, Mass. $4,906
6th Andrew Hoechstetter Houston, Texas $4,089
7th Charles Miller Southaven, Mo. $3,271
8th James Bullard Wills Point, Texas $2,453
9th Ryan Halsrud New Orleans, La. $1,635

More action played out Saturday and even more will come today as the final event leading up to the main event takes place. Stay tuned to for the final results and a preview of the $5,000 main event beginning Monday.

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