2006 Harrah's New Orleans WSOP Circuit Event

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2006 Harrah’s New Orleans Circuit Tournament
May 18th - 28th
Harrah's New Orleans Casino

May 18th Thursday No-Limit Hold'em
In the first event at the Harrah's in New Orleans, Bach Vu was named the winner. Buy in for the event was $500+$50 for all 545 participants. Prize pool grew to $264,325.

  1. Bach Vu -- $79,298
  2. Dave Gafford -- $42,556
  3. Richie Garren -- $21,146
  4. Bruce Thompson -- $18,503
  5. Jack Harrod -- $15,860
  6. Troy Davis -- $13,216
  7. Doug Freiss -- $10,573
  8. Jimmy Davenport -- $7,930
  9. James Crow -- $5,287

May 19th Friday No-Limit Hold'em
After making a manly effort, Roy Studley was declared the winner of the No Limit Hold Em event on Friday. Roy came to the top of a group of 606 players! With all players paying $500 + $50 to enter, the prize pool rose to $293,910.

  1. Roy Studley -- $85,224
  2. John Powers -- $44,968
  3. Manelic Minaya -- $23,513
  4. William O'Reilly -- $20,574
  5. Craig Thames -- $17,635
  6. Brian Waystack -- $14,696
  7. Andrew Fernandez -- $11,756
  8. Adam Green -- $8,817
  9. Shawn Kibel -- $5,878

May 20th Saturday No-Limit Hold'em
Bach Vu is in the spotlight again as the winner of another event just two days after winning the first event at Harrah's. Bach Vu took the lion's share of a $382,180 prize pool which was created by the 394 players paying $1000 each to enter.

  1. Bach Vu -- $118,475
  2. Lester Waquin -- $61,149
  3. Brett Kimes -- $30,574
  4. Charles Lineberry -- $26,753
  5. Harrison Agnew III -- $22,931
  6. Kelley Clark -- $19,109
  7. Trey Ourso -- $15,287
  8. Grady Abraham -- $11,465
  9. Allen Gregoire -- $7,644

May 21st Sunday Ladies No-Limit Hold'em L.I.P.S.
For a $200 entry fee, Annette Martin got a major return on her investment as she won the Ladies No Limit Hold'em tournament taking home over 14 grand. Annette was one of 225 women who competed for a share of the $43,650 prize pool. Below are the final table results:

  1. Annette Martin -- $14,402
  2. Tracy Bumpus -- $7,944
  3. Lindsay Witmer -- $4,365
  4. Lauren Stoute -- $3,492
  5. Tanya Canty -- $2,619
  6. Lisa Holt -- $2,183
  7. Patricia Hamann -- $1,746
  8. Susan Kaufman -- $1,310
  9. Lisa Kjellin -- $873

May 22nd Monday No-Limit Hold'em
Jonathan Cheramie came out on top of a field of 443 players to win the No Limit Hold Em event Monday. All entrants paid $500 to enter helping to create a prize pool in the amount of $214,855. Here is how the final table ended up:

  1. Jonathan Cheramie -- $66,609
  2. Raoul Robert -- $34,377
  3. Jorge Moran -- $17,188
  4. Jason Su -- $15,040
  5. Tony Hatley -- $12,891
  6. Bridget Fredericks -- $10,743
  7. Rodney Guidry -- $8,594
  8. Jay Franklin Benjamin -- $6,446
  9. Jay Childress -- $4,297

May 23rd Tuesday No-Limit Hold'em
Thomas McEachin won the No Limit Hold'Em tournament on Tuesday receiving the winner's gold WSOP circuit ring and a lot of cash. Thomas was one of 395 entrants paying $500 each to play. Prize pool was $191,575 in size. Below is how the final table turned out:

  1. Thomas McEachin -- $66,609
  2. Mitch Bono -- $30,652
  3. Ronnie Yarbrough -- $15,326
  4. Craig Gullung -- $13,410
  5. Robbie Matthews -- $11,495
  6. Adam Simoneaux -- $9,579
  7. Robert Clint Schafer -- $7,663
  8. Ronald Bartlett -- $5,747
  9. Marlon De Los Santos -- $3,832

May 25th Thursday Main Event Day 1
WPT player of the year Gavin Smith is the chip leader on Day 1 of the Main Event at Harrah's in New Orleans. A number of big names were seen such as Joe Hachem, Vincent Spadavecchia, David Singer, Stephen Lazar and John Juanda. 170 players came down to the Big Easy to compete for a share of the $1,615,000 prize pool. Payouts will go to the top 18 finishers. The final table payout structure is as follows:

  1. $532,950
  2. $293,930
  3. $161,500
  4. $129,200
  5. $96,900
  6. $80,750
  7. $64,600
  8. $48,450
  9. $32,300
By the time the dust settled, 57 made it to the next round of Day 2. Here is how the top 9 fared:
  1. Gavin Smith -- 106,900 Chips
  2. Ayaz Mahmood -- 91,500 Chips
  3. Benjamin Gordon -- 83,125 Chips
  4. Phil Ivey -- 71,600 Chips
  5. Hoyt Corkins -- 69,775 Chips
  6. Andrew Bloch -- 68,500 Chips
  7. David Harris -- 55,775 Chips
  8. Jess Newman -- 63,325 Chips
  9. Gerald Rodriguez -- 47,675 Chips

May 26th Friday Main Event Day 2
We are now down to 27 players in this tournament. The battle continues as players like 2005 WSOP Main Event Final Table player Stephen Lazar, Vincent Spadavecchia, 2005 WSOP champ Joe Hachem, Mimi Tran and John Juanda were sent to the sidelines Friday. Andy Block and David Singer are among those remaining to play the next round in order to decide who will make up the final table. Here is how the top 9 fared:

  1. Peter Feldman -- 143,700 Chips
  2. Phil Ivey -- 138,600 Chips
  3. Brian Townsend -- 135,600 Chips
  4. Gavin Smith -- 116,900 Chips
  5. Hoyt Corkins -- 100,000 Chips
  6. Dana Diephouse -- 99,100 Chips
  7. Timothy O'Connor -- 98,300 Chips
  8. Allie Prescott -- 90,400 Chips
  9. David Babin -- 88,700 Chips

May 27th Saturday Main Event Day 3
There will be 10 players for the final table at the Main Event. Eliminations were tough and slow as the remaining players like Phil Ivey (14th) and David Singer (13th) had to leave one by one. We will post the official results for the final table once they are released. Below are the 10 who made it to the last round:

  1. Gavin Smith -- 645,800 Chips
  2. Peter Feldman -- 223,400 Chips
  3. Benjamin Gordon -- 170,600 Chips
  4. Allie Prescott -- 163,500 Chips
  5. George Abdallah -- 148,900 Chips
  6. Dana Diephouse -- 109,400 Chips
  7. Brian Townsend -- 102,000 Chips
  8. David Babin -- 86,900 Chips
  9. Matt Russell -- 34,200 Chips
  10. Kenny Brown -- 17,600 Chips

May 28th Sunday Main Event Final Table
Peter Feldman came out the winner of the Main Event at Harrah's New Orleans, beating out Gavin Smith who gave a champion style performance staying in the top 5 throughout the tournament. Peter on top of the cash earned, received a beautiful WSOP ring and a freeroll invitation to the Tournament of Champions for his effort. Below are the results of how the final table ended:

  1. Peter Feldman -- $532,950
  2. Gavin Smith -- $293,930
  3. Matt Russell -- $161,500
  4. George Abdallah -- $129,200
  5. Kenny Brown -- $96,900
  6. Dana Diephouse -- $80,750
  7. Allie Prescott -- $64,600
  8. Benjamin Gordon -- $48,450
  9. David Babin -- $32,300
  10. Brian Townsend -- $22,610

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