2006 Caeesars Las Vegas WSOP Circuit Event

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2006 Caesars Las Vegas Circuit Tournament
April 27th to May 11th, 2006
Caesars Las Vegas Casino

As we wind down on the 2006 WSOP Circuit Tournament events, we are now going to Caesar's in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can call 1-877-427-7243 for room reservations. Below is the schedule for the tournament if you should decide to enter. We are looking for a number that anyone can call to reach the poker room so that questions can be asked, and when we get it we'll post it. Good luck to all who enter.

April 27th Thursday
Satellites Begin 9 AM Daily

April 28th Friday Event 1
Noon $500 + $50 No-Limit Hold’em

Bob Dillon was the winner of the first event beginning at noon at Caesar's Las Vegas. Not only did he pocket a nice sum for his efforts, but received a WSOP gold ring as well. Bob was one of 652 entrants which helped to create a prize pool of $326,000 for this tournament.

  1. Bob Dillon -- $88,537
  2. David Kanesky -- $45,852
  3. Jed Kutaka -- $25,298
  4. Steve Gersch -- $22,135
  5. Jason Kaylor -- $18,973
  6. John Stout -- $15,811
  7. Brian Essenter -- $12,649
  8. Jim Pechac -- $9,487
  9. Michael Billings -- $6,324
7:00 PM $200+$25 No-Limit Hold’em
Xian Hua became the winner of the second event that started at 7 p.m. There were 284 entrants and a $55,096 prize pool
  1. Xian Hua $17,631
  2. Jean Gaspard $9,691
  3. Grant Smith $4,959
  4. Jianhua Zhou $3,857
  5. Leandro Alvarez $3,306
  6. Venerando Villarino $2,755
  7. Julian Lobigas $2,204
  8. Shahrad Cohanim $1,653
  9. Joe Sutton Jr. $1,102

April 29th Saturday Event 2
Noon $1,000 + $60 No-Limit Hold’em

Allen Cunningham won the second WSOP Circuit tournament event at Caesar's. The competition was tough as Brad Daugherty, David Tran, James Van Alstyne, An "The Boss" Tran, Robert Goldfarb and Chris Bigler were in the running. Allen also received the WSOP gold ring for the win as well. Payouts went down to 27th place. A total of 340 players came to the tables, creating a prize pool of $340,000. Final table results are below:

  1. Allen Cunningham -- $105,534
  2. Steve Hiltz -- $58,045
  3. David Tran -- $29,682
  4. James Wheatley -- $23,086
  5. Dave Baverman -- $19,788
  6. Paul Neimela -- $16,490
  7. Ronnie Jackson -- $6,596
  8. Yohanes Muruz -- $9,894
  9. Brad Daugherty -- $6,596
April 29th Saturday Event 2
7:00 PM $200+$25 No-Limit Hold’em

The second event was won by Alex Aminor who was one of 290 entrants. Alex took home the lion's share of a $58,000 prize pool. Congratulations Alex!
  1. Alex Aminor -- $18,000
  2. Henry McGrath -- $9,901
  3. Robert Tyburski -- $5,063
  4. Stassi Vullo -- $3,938
  5. Neil Yekell -- $3,376
  6. Danny Hall -- $2,813
  7. Bruce Mack -- $2,250
  8. Ngoc Hoang -- $1,688
  9. Ed Steele -- $1,125

April 30th Sunday Event 3
10:00 AM $200 + $30 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em

Martine Oules went home $10,372 richer after winning the Ladies No Limit Hold Em tournament. Martine was one of 162 entrants which helped to make a $32,400 prize pool. Payouts for the tournament went to the top 18 finishers. Here is how the final table ended up:

  1. Martine Oules -- $10,372
  2. Wendy Strow -- $5,720
  3. Jean Harlan -- $3,143
  4. Mirasol Lontoc -- $2,514
  5. Bente Nielson -- $1,886
  6. Jessica Son -- $1,571
  7. Faye Sonntag -- $1,257
  8. Crystal Steele -- $943
  9. Reka Hallgato -- $629
April 30th Sunday Event 4
Noon $1,500 + $70 Limit Hold’em

Professional player Pat Poels added another win to his belt proving himself the best of a 92 player field. Because of the number of participants, only the final table got paid here. $138,000 was the prize pool size.
  1. Pat Poels -- $48,189
  2. Paul Lee -- $26,772
  3. Paul Darden Jr -- $14,725
  4. Tam Ho -- $10,709
  5. Chris "Syracuse" Tsiprailidis -- $8,370
  6. Kip Williams -- $8,032
  7. Chris Trotter -- $6,693
  8. Manley Freid -- $5,354
  9. John Corenz -- $4,016
April 30th Sunday
7:00 PM $200 + $25 No-Limit Hold’em

260 players began this tournament, but Bruce Angeski was the number one finisher. Bruce received the most of a $52,000 prize pool and payouts went out only to the final table players which are listed below.
  1. Bruce Angeski -- $16,138
  2. Randy Gosewehr -- $8,877
  3. David Nadeau -- $4,540
  4. Mitchell Mantin -- $3,531
  5. Wade Sullivan -- $3,026
  6. Christopher Brinkley -- $2,522
  7. Angelo Germano -- $2,018
  8. Neil Irwin -- $1,513
  9. Rolando Asuncion -- $1,009

May 1 Monday Event 5
Noon $1,000 + $60 No-Limit Hold’em

Event 5 winner Steve Frederick showed he was the best of 188 players on Monday. Steve got the majority of a $188,000 prize pool. Here is how the final table finished:

  1. Steve Frederick -- $60,178
  2. James Droke -- $33,190
  3. Brian Taylor -- $18,236
  4. Christopher Zurawski -- $14,589
  5. Abraham Tannous -- $10,942
  6. Erika Obst -- $9,118
  7. Stuart Hosen -- $7,294
  8. Jenny Kang -- $5,471
  9. William Davis -- $3,647
May 1 Monday Event 5
7:00 PM $200 + $25 No-Limit Hold’em

Ken Wong was the champion of the No Limit Hold'Em tournament that took place in the evening on May 1st. Ken was one of 239 participants who contributed to a $47,800 prize pool. Payouts took place to the top 18th finishers. Final table results are below:
  1. Ken Wong -- $15,301
  2. Ashley Bartoletti -- $8,439
  3. Malik Dagostino -- $4,637
  4. Daniel Lowe -- $3,709
  5. Robert Meyer -- $2,782
  6. Alan Uemura -- $2,318
  7. Shawn Glines -- $1,855
  8. Christian Tuetene -- $1,391
  9. Lionidas Vargas -- $927
10:00 PM $500+$50 Mega Satellite

May 2 Tuesday Event 6
10:00 AM $500 + $50 Senior No-Limit Hold’em

131 players entered the Senior No Limit Hold'Em tournament and Earl Kim came out the champion. Earl took home the most of a $65,500 prize pool which was very good seeing that only the final table finishers got any cash. Here is how the final table ended up:

  1. Earl Kim -- $22,873
  2. Larry Watson -- $12,707
  3. Gordon Rubbo -- $6,989
  4. Arthur Bressler -- $5,083
  5. Robert Swickard -- $4,447
  6. Todd Herman -- $3,812
  7. Ben Reynolds -- $3,177
  8. Johnny Kuhl -- $2,541
  9. Blake Buffington -- $1,906
May 2 Tuesday Event 7
12:00 Noon $5,000 + $100 WSOP Circuit H.O.S.E

In a star fest of 51 players, David Williams bested his "mentor" Marcel Luske to win the 7th event at Caesar's. David was also up against names like Al Ardebili, Juan Carlos Mortensen and others so he had his work cut out for him. On top of the cash he also received the gold WSOP circuit ring, the mark of winners. Because of the low number of entrants, payouts went to the top 8. Final table results are below:
  1. David Williams -- $91,250
  2. Marcel Luske -- $50,000
  3. Al Ardebili -- $32,500
  4. Allen Kessler -- $23,750
  5. Juan Carlos Mortensen -- $17,500
  6. David Levi -- $12,500
  7. Andy Bloch -- $10,000
  8. David Plastik -- $7,500
May 2 Tuesday
7:00 PM $200 + $25 No-Limit Hold’em

Joseph Whitlock won the evening event, coming out on top of a 225 player field. Joseph pocketed the biggest slice of a $45,000 prize pool for his efforts. Below are the top nine who made the final table:
  1. Joseph Whitlock -- $14,402
  2. Charlie Diamantopoulos -- $7,944
  3. Hans Eriksson -- $4,365
  4. Stasso Vullo -- $3,492
  5. Daniel Eichhorn -- $2,619
  6. Luis Gonzalez -- $2,183
  7. Linda Martz -- $1,746
  8. Kevin Madaya -- $1,310
  9. Philip Lowery -- $873

May 3 Wednesday Event 8
12:00 Noon $1,000 + $60 No-Limit Hold’em

Norm Ketchum showed he is also still in top form as he won Event number 8 at Caesar's. Norm received a WSOP gold circuit ring for the win on top of the cash. 211 players came to the tables and helped to create a $204,670 prize pool for the tournament. Results are below:

  1. Norm Ketchum -- $67,541
  2. Theo Tran -- $37,250
  3. Mike Sica -- $37,250
  4. Felipe Roman, Jr -- $16,374
  5. Ron Stritzinger -- $12,280
  6. Dan Schmiech -- $10,234
  7. Tony Cousineau -- $8,187
  8. Scott Obst -- $6,140
  9. Brett Thomas -- $4,093
May 3 Wednesday Event 8
7:00 PM $200+$25 No-Limit Hold’em

Andrew Rodgers became the winner of the evening tournament. Andrew was one of 215 entrants that helped to create a $41,710 prize pool.
  1. Andrew Rogers -- $13,763
  2. Joel Rubin -- $7,591
  3. Sergio Chavez -- $4,171
  4. Alain Ynigo -- $3,337
  5. Steven Musket -- $2,503
  6. Dan Jose -- $2,086
  7. Adam Gardiner -- $1,668
  8. Thamer Eramya -- $1,251
  9. Jim Lea -- $834

May 4 Thursday Event 9
12:00 Noon $1,000 + $60 Pot Limit Omaha Multiple Rebuy

Daniel Alaei had to work hard to earn his money on this tournament, dealing with top players like Darrell "Gigabet" Dicken, James Van Alstyne, Jason Stern, Mickey Mills and Blair Rodman. Only 47 players competed at the tables for this event making 76 rebuys, which sent the prize pool up to $119,310.

  1. Daniel Alaei -- $42,951
  2. Jordan Morgan -- $23,862
  3. Jason Stern -- $13,124
  4. Dallas Wottlin -- $9,545
  5. Mickey Mills -- $8,352
  6. Blair Rodman -- $7,159
  7. Constantine Moustakis -- $5,966
  8. Darrell "Gigabet" Dicken -- $4,772
  9. James Van Alstyne -- $3,579
May 4 Thursday Event 9
7:00 PM $200+$25 No-Limit Hold’em

240 players entered the tournament later that day, but Chris Berg won it. He won the most of a $48,000 prize pool. Below are the final table figures:
  1. Chris Berg -- $15,362
  2. Todd Soluri -- $8,474
  3. Robert Rinaldi -- $4,656
  4. Carl Hollinger -- $3,725
  5. Gerald Cheatham -- $2,794
  6. Chris Gibase -- $2,328
  7. Charles Benner -- $1,862
  8. Chris Crockett -- $1,397
  9. Suresh Vadhva -- $931

May 5 Friday Event 10
12:00 Noon $2,000 + $70 No-Limit Hold’em

Kia Mohajeri came out number one with a final table that included Michael Mizrachi which is no easy feat. Kia was one of 145 players who helped to build up a $281,300 prize pool for the tournament.

  1. Kia Mohajeri -- $101,268
  2. Rie Kanno -- $56,260
  3. Daryll Futch -- $30,943
  4. Michael Mizrachi -- $22,504
  5. Felipe Roman, Jr -- $19,691
  6. Tom Lanham -- $16,878
  7. Chance Walker -- $14,065
  8. Henry Nguyen -- $11,252
  9. Jeff Killian -- $8,439
May 5 Friday Event 10
7:00 PM $200 + $25 No-Limit Hold’em

Congratulations are in order for Alberto Castro as the winner of the evening tournament held at 7:00 PM. A total of 205 entered and $41,000 was the size of the prize pool. Payouts went to the top 18 players.
  1. Alberto Castro -- $13,123
  2. Chris Gibase -- $7,238
  3. Mike Boyle -- $3,977
  4. Carlos Fuentes -- $3,182
  5. Julian Lobigas -- $2,386
  6. Russell Redmon -- $1,989
  7. Todd Radunsky -- $1,591
  8. Brian Finger -- $1,193
  9. Stuart Abram -- $795

May 6 Saturday Event 11
12:00 Noon $2,500 + $80 No-Limit Hold’em

Bobby Bright also did well on Saturday ending up first with a final table that had Barry Greestein and Scott Fischman. 118 players were at this tournament resulting in a $286,150 prize pool. Results are below:

  1. Bobby Bright -- $103,012
  2. Jordan Morgan -- $57,230
  3. Steve Coniglian -- $31,477
  4. Barry Greenstein -- $22,892
  5. David Byer -- $20,031
  6. Scott Fischman -- $17,169
  7. David Daneshgar -- $14,308
  8. Dan Hicks -- $11,446
  9. Mark Cole -- $8,585
May 6 Thursday Event 11
7:00 PM $200 + $25 No-Limit Hold’em

As another sign that women are willing to play just as hard as the men to win, Lisa Steiner became the champion of the evening event. Lisa was one of 153 that sat down at the tables, creating a $30,600 prize pool. Payouts went to the top 18 at the event.
  1. Lisa Steiner -- $9,794
  2. Mike Ezell -- $5,402
  3. David Unkefer -- $2,968
  4. Norman Connolly -- $2,375
  5. Steven Thornton -- $1,781
  6. Duke Komoto -- $1,484
  7. William Brown -- $1,187
  8. Clayton Barrow -- $890
  9. Richard Capparelli -- $594

May 8 Monday Noon $10,000 Championship Main Event Day 1
Now that the WPT championships are finished and the WSOP ready to begin on June 2nd, the names in the game are assembling in Las Vegas. This WSOP Circuit Main Event has the best of the best in it. 209 players sat down at the tables to get the majority of a $1,964,600 prize pool after becoming champion. The final table payout structure is below with money going to the top 18:

  1. $648,320
  2. $357,557
  3. $196,460
  4. $157,168
  5. $117,876
  6. $98,230
  7. $78,584
  8. $58,938
  9. $39,292
Play went very fast as the numbers were whittled down to 64 by day's end. T.J. Cloutier went out on the very first hand. Others eliminated include Fabrice Soulier, Barry Greenstein, J.C. Tran, Chip Jett, Phil Ivey, Mike Matusow, Michael Mizrachi, Amir Vahedi and John Juanda. Some of the names who survived Day 1 are Scotty Nguyen, John D'Agostino, John Gale, Mimi Tran, Ted Forrest, Erik Seidel, Joe Awada, Carlos Mortensen and Chris Ferguson. Below are the top 9 with chip counts:
  1. Ralph Perry -- 108,575 Chips
  2. Daniel Fuhs -- 91,050 Chips
  3. Sean McCabe -- 87,350 Chips
  4. Erick Lindgren -- 83,650 Chips
  5. Tim Phan -- 68,400 Chips
  6. Steve Sung -- 65,275 Chips
  7. David Benyamine -- 63,600 Chips
  8. David "Devil Fish" Ulliott -- 58,500 Chips
  9. Sam Chung -- 57,125 Chips

May 9th Tuesday Noon $10,000 Championship Main Event Day 2
From 64 more big names went to the sidelines until there were 27 left. Top players like Erick Lindgren, Mimi Tran, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, Carlos Mortensen, John D’Agostino, Chris Ferguson and Scotty Nguyen within 6 1/2 hours for today round. Things moved wildly today, for example 5 minutes into the tournament David Levi went all in and was called by Greg Morris with the table showing 10s 8c 4s. Morris showed pocket 10s and Levi immediately mucked his hand and forfeited the pot to Morris.

Stay with us as the action continues to be hot! Below are the top 9 with chip counts:

  1. Jeff King -- 168,200 chips
  2. Ralph Perry -- 156,300 chips
  3. Tony Cousineau -- 153,000 chips
  4. Danny Fuhs -- 149,600 chips
  5. David Benyamine -- 136,700 chips
  6. Blair Rodman -- 115,400 chips
  7. Sean McCabe -- 114,900 chips
  8. Tim Phan -- 112,500 chips
  9. Erik Seidel -- 108,200 chips

May 10th Wednesday
Event 14
10:00 AM $1,000+$60 No-Limit Hold’em 1 Day
May 10th Wednesday Noon $10,000 Championship Main Event Day 3
The action continued to be fast at the tables, as players were busted out after the very first hand. The day started out with 27 but took two hours to get to position 18 which is where the money starts. And although Erik Seidel and David Benyamine were active in Day 3, both were eliminated without making the final table. Action for the final round of play will begin at noon and once the results are in we will post the name of the winner. Here are the final table players with chip counts:

  1. Sean McCabe -- 510,500
  2. Ralph Perry -- 336,000
  3. Tom Schneider -- 323,500
  4. John Spadavecchia -- 197,500
  5. Bob Bright -- 197,000
  6. Blair Rodman -- 195,000
  7. Tony Cousineau -- 119,000
  8. Danny Fuhs -- 117,000
  9. Bill Baxter -- 93,500

May 11th Thursday Noon $10,000 Championship Main Event Final Table
In a change of pace, the action slowed quite a bit for the final table players. 2 hours went past before the first player Blair Rodman was eliminated. But in the 7+ hours it took to finish the event, if your name was John Spadavecchia you ruled the roost. Tony Cousineau, Bill Baxter, Ralph Perry and Sean McCabe were taken out by this new champion.

And when it came down to the heads up for the win, here is what happened. Sean McCabe went all in on the button pre-flop with 9s 6c and John Spadavecchia called it holding Ks 3h. The flop showed Kd 7d 7c, turn card was Qh and the river was Ad giving John two pair plus the title of champion and all the cash that comes with it!

  1. John Spadavecchia -- $648,320
  2. Sean McCabe -- $357,557
  3. Ralph Perry -- $196,460
  4. Daniel Fuhs -- $157,168
  5. Bill Baxter -- $117,876
  6. Robert Bright -- $98,230
  7. Tom Schneider -- $78,584
  8. Tony Cousineau -- $58,938
  9. Blair Rodman -- $39,292

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