2006 Harrah's Atlantic City WSOP Circuit Event

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2006 Harrah’s Atlantic City Circuit Tournament
February 7 - 17, 2006
Harrah's Atlantic City Casino

Tuesday, February 7:
No Limit Hold'em $500 + $60
Nick Frangos won the first tournament event at Harrah's Atlantic City casino. Nick receives a nice WSOP Circuit gold ring along with the prize money he earned. 438 players entered the fray, creating a prize pool of $219,000.
  1. Nick Frangos -- $67,890
  2. Mike Hofeld -- $35,140
  3. Louis Del Brocco -- $17,520
  4. Vitaly Kouyazin -- $15,330
  5. Dean Schultz -- $13,140
  6. Michael King -- $10,950
  7. John Zoldak -- $8,760
  8. Nick Feoli -- $6,570
  9. James Lewis -- $4,380
Wednesday, February 8:
No Limit Hold'em $500 + $60
Mike Montuori proved himself the best of a 390 player field to win the second tournament at Harrah's Atlantic City. The prize pool amount rose to $195,000. Here are the final table results:
  1. Mike Montuori -- $60,450
  2. Scott Auerbach -- $31,200
  3. Mike Purdy -- $15,600
  4. Leonard Green -- $13,650
  5. Peter Lios -- $11,700
  6. Rory Edward McHugh -- $9,750
  7. Hoa Nguyen -- $7,800
  8. Thomas Clark -- $5,850
  9. Alexander Ossip Jr -- $3,900
Thursday, February 9:
No Limit Hold'em $500 + $60
Steven Seiden from Pomona, New York rose to the top of 403 competitors to win the No Limit Hold'Em tournament, receiving a gold WSOP circuit championship ring in the process. Steve got the lion's share of a $201,500 prize pool. The final table results are below:
  1. Steven Seiden -- $62,465
  2. Jim Downend -- $32,240
  3. John DeFrancis -- $16,120
  4. Carlos Colon Jr -- $14,105
  5. Chris Tryba -- $12,090
  6. Edward Alberts -- $10,075
  7. James Weston -- $8,060
  8. Leon Brown -- $6,045
  9. Al Pistone -- $4,050
Friday, February 10:
No Limit Hold'em $1000 + $80
Chris Reslock who won the WSOP Circuit Tournament Main Event at the Showboat in Atlantic City once again makes his presence felt by winning another event here at Harrah's. Chris came out on top of 249 entrants to receive the gold ring and over $80,000 for his efforts. He probably has his focus set on winning another Main Event, so we will have to keep our eyes open to see what he does next!
  1. Chris Reslock -- $82,170
  2. Adam Green -- $45,318
  3. John Gilcher -- $24,900
  4. Mike Davis -- $19,920
  5. Evan Glaser -- $14,940
  6. Troy O'Neal -- $12,450
  7. Tom Martelli -- $9,960
  8. Dennis Comey -- $7,470
  9. Attilio Bitundo -- $4,980
Sunday, February 12:
No Limit Hold'em $2,000 + $100
Shawn Yesko was the winner of Sunday's No Limit Hold'Em tournament. Shawn was one of 125 entrants who contributed to a prize pool of $249,000. Here are the final table results:
  1. Shawn Yesko -- $90,000
  2. Adam Green -- $50,000
  3. Lou Esposito -- $27,500
  4. Dennis Perry -- $20,000
  5. Vinod Vangimalla -- $17,500
  6. Mike Sica -- $14,500
  7. Mike Barletta -- $12,500
  8. John Spadavecchia -- $10,000
  9. Paul Schmidt -- $7,500
Saturday, February 11:
No Limit Hold'em $1,500 + $90
Todd Terry won tournament event 5 at Harrah's Atlantic City. This tournament had 195 players with a prize pool of $292,500.
  1. Todd Terry -- $96,525
  2. Dao Lin -- $53,235
  3. Gary Gibbs -- $29,250
  4. Raymond Millard -- $23,400
  5. Vanessa Rousso -- $17,550
  6. Joseph "Black Cat" Lopes -- $14,625
  7. Wes Daub -- $11,700
  8. Geoffrey Creagh -- $8,775
  9. Avdo Djokovic -- $5,850
Monday, February 13:
No Limit Hold'em L.I.P.S $200 + $30
A starry eyed Michelle Ferrante won the No Limit Hold'Em event for the ladies, receiving a gold ring and a beautiful pendant for her efforts. Michelle was one of 219 women who entered the event. All entrants contributed to a $43,800 prize pool. Here are the final table results:
  1. Michelle Ferrante -- $13,827
  2. Lua Tran -- $7,626
  3. Ashley McClenon -- $4,190
  4. Kimberly Demare -- $3,352
  5. Gail Ellspermann -- $2,514
  6. Sharla Lehrmann -- $2,095
  7. Li Gaeta -- $1,676
  8. Kim Bye -- $1,257
  9. Kelly Pasierb -- $838
Tuesday, February 14:
Main Event Day 1 $10,000
For this Main Event, there were a total of 124 entrants paying 10 grand a piece which contributed to a $1,202,800 prize pool. Payouts for those making the final table will follow in this order:
  1. $433,008
  2. $240,560
  3. $132,308
  4. $96,224
  5. $84,196
  6. $72,168
  7. $60,140
  8. $48,112
  9. $36,084
For this tournament there will be no ESPN coverage which may have contributed to the low turnout, (besides the fact that it's Valentine's Day right ladies?), plus lots of snow. A few big names made it to the tables such as Chris Ferguson, Chris Reslock, Sam Grizzle, Nick Frangos, Chris Tsiprailidis and Neal Gersony.

At 12:00 noon the action started fast with Chris Ferguson going out after bad luck on the river time after time again. By 4:00 p.m. there were 60 players left. Harrah's stated that with the number of entrants, they wanted to play down to 27 players. but they stopped at 40. Play will take up again at noon on the 15th. Here are the top 9 with chip counts:
  1. Stevent Jacobs -- 99,600
  2. Vincenzo Abate -- 91,200
  3. Ray Millard -- 65,275
  4. Herbert Cheng -- 62,825
  5. Brett Richey -- 54,750
  6. Sam Grizzle -- 51,475
  7. Troy O'Neal -- 51,050
  8. Tom Martelli -- 49,275
  9. Louis Lazzinnaro -- 46,925
Wednesday, February 15:
Main Event Day 2 $10,000
Well we never were able to sort out the confusing data for Day 2 such as why the chip leader had more on Day 1 than on Day 2, but here are the results as reported:
  1. Brian Jensen -- 99,000 Chips
  2. Herbert Cheng -- 93,500 Chips
  3. Eric Panayiotou -- 89,000 Chips
  4. Abraham Korotki -- 84,700 Chips
  5. Mike Sica -- 81,500 Chips
  6. Troy O'Neal -- 69,500 Chips
  7. Mark Cole -- 65,600 Chips
  8. Steven Jacobs -- 61,300 Chips
  9. Tom Martelli -- 60,700 Chips
Thursday, February 16:
Main Event Day 3 $10,000
From 27 competitors, we have come to the 9 final table players. Beginning at 12 noon this round took about 13 hours to complete. Players grudgingly held onto their chips and did not give them up easily. We did have 6 go out in the first 2 hours....and play slowed down from there. At one point it was 5 hours between eliminations. Sam Grizzle who fought hard to make the final table, even taking sizable pots from Herbert Cheng, went out in 10th place just missing the final table. Herbert Cheng began the day 2nd in chip count and managed to hold his slot keeping his seat, even becoming the chip leader at some points in Day 3. But with the chip counts so close to one another, we might end up with another day of conservative play that will make patience a factor when trying to pry chips away from Herbert and Brian Jensen. Below are the top 9 with chip counts and final table play will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Feb 17th:
  1. Brian Jensen -- 191,500 Chips
  2. Herbert Cheng -- 168,000 Chips
  3. Abraham Korotki -- 160,500 Chips
  4. Steve Jacobs -- 149,500 Chips
  5. Ed Corrado -- 147,500 Chips
  6. Jody Garaventa -- 137,500 Chips
  7. Harry White -- 109,000 Chips
  8. Jianhua Zhou -- 108,500 Chips
  9. Ernest Shepherd -- 68,000 Chips
Friday, February 17:
Main Event Final Table
Abraham Korotki became the winner of the Main Event at the Harrah's Atlantic City tournament. (He has only been playing poker for 9 months). The hand that won for Abraham took place about 10:45 p.m. when he raised Brian Jensen who immediately said he was all in. Abraham called with pocket 4's and Brian showed his Kd Td. The flop showed Jh Ts 4c, next card was 7h and the river was 3s giving Abraham trips and the win.
  1. Abraham Korotki -- $433,008
  2. Brian Jensen -- $240,560
  3. Steven Jacobs -- $132,308
  4. Jody Garaventa -- $96,224
  5. Herbert Cheng -- $84,196
  6. Ed Corrado -- $72,168
  7. Earnest Shepherd -- $60,140
  8. Harry White -- $48,112
  9. Jianhua Zhou -- $36,084
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