2006 Harrah's Rincon San Diego WSOP Circuit Event

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2006 Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort Circuit Tournament
February 26 - March 8, 2006
Harrah's Rincon San Diego, California

Harrah's Rincon Casino in San Diego, California marks the 9th stop in this season's WSOP Circuit Tournaments. With the dates ranging from 2/26 to 3/8, players should enjoy this casino which is tucked out of the way with a nice environment. We will post the event results on this page as they are completed. Now if you are planning to participate in these tournaments, you can call 760-751-3100 for more information although it is just the hotel operator who will forward you to a recording. The events are subject to change without notice so if you are hoping for a smooth sequence of events like gentle foreplay and someone yells "Brace yourself!", at least you were warned.

There are ongoing satellite tournaments for the Rincon Main Event going on through February 27, 2006. They run Monday through Friday and are held on 9:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 9:30pm, 11:30pm Monday to Thursday and 9:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm on Friday. Players also have the choice of paying $35, $50 or $120 for entry fees for the satellites.

February 26, 2006 Sunday Event #1
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $300 + $40

455 players turned out for the first event at Harrah's Rincon on Sunday. And by paying $340 to enter, a prize pool of $132,405 was created. Norm Ketchum was the winner of the event taking home almost $40,000.

  1. Norm Ketchum -- $39,722
  2. Giebrehiwet Goitom -- $21,317
  3. Greg Banner -- $10,592
  4. Richard Hemphill -- $9,268
  5. Jay Abujawdeh -- $7,944
  6. Vanfinliv Navarro -- $6,620
  7. Robert Joiner -- $5,296
  8. Ray Blodgett -- $3,972
  9. Rick Collins -- $2,648
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $175 + $25
For part 2 of that day's No Limit Hold'Em tournaments, Max Shapiro was the winner taking home over 13 grand. Max came out on top of a 244 player field to take the lion's share of a $41,419 prize pool.
  1. Max Shapiro -- $13,668
  2. Don Godfrey -- $7,538
  3. Paul Smith -- $4,142
  4. Frank Giammarino -- $3,314
  5. Ron Howard -- $2,485
  6. Terrance William -- $2,071
  7. Matthew Godbey -- $1,657
  8. Adam Legg --$1,243
  9. Rhonda Vouky -- $828

February 27, 2006 Monday Event #2
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $500 + $50

The first event of the second day brought in 165 players to the tables. With the entry fees each player put out, the prize pool rose to $80,025. Edward Nassif was the winner of this tournament.

  1. Edward Nassif -- $26,408
  2. Dan Barnett -- $14,565
  3. Jeff Gross -- $8,003
  4. Shawn Becker -- $6,402
  5. Sean Prosser -- $4,802
  6. Aaron Donovan -- $4,001
  7. Paul Smith -- $3,201
  8. Robert Cochran -- $2,401
  9. Joel Tushnet -- $1,601
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $175 + $25
For part 2 of this day's tournaments, we have Timothy Glass as the winner, taking home $9,019 for the win, showing himself the best of 161 players. The reduced amount of the buyin made this prize pool of $27,330 smaller than the previous one, but do you care when you can say you won a WSOP circuit tournament title?
  1. Timothy Glass -- $9,019
  2. James Greer -- $4,974
  3. Ali Lari -- $2,733
  4. Renato Espiritu -- $2,186
  5. Keith Barrett -- $1,640
  6. Satish Vitha -- $1,366
  7. Joseph Tellez -- $1,093
  8. Ron Howard -- $820
  9. Sally Harris -- $547

February 28, 2006 Tuesday Event #3
Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $300 + $40
Michael Odeh received $13,724 as the winner of the Limit Hold'Em tournament at Harrah's Rincon. Michael was one of 131 players who entered the event, contributing to a $38,121 prize pool. Below are the final table results:

  1. Michael Odeh -- $13,724
  2. Justin Metze -- $7,624
  3. Massoud Setayesh -- $4,193
  4. Vincenzo Abate -- $3,050
  5. Barbara Enright -- $2,668
  6. Jim McCabe -- $2,287
  7. David Luttbeg -- $1,906
  8. Donald Marchi -- $1,525
  9. Matt Schultz -- $1,144
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $175 + $25
Kevin Blakey was the victor of the second WSOP circuit tournament event, taking home over 8 grand for the win. There were 158 entrants and a $26,821 prize pool to boot!
  1. Kevin Blakey -- $8,851
  2. Aaron Amundsen -- $4,881
  3. Regan Bennett -- $2,682
  4. Brian Warnock -- $2,146
  5. Mark Elliott -- $1,609
  6. Ron Howard -- $1,341
  7. Rick Collins -- $1,073
  8. Xao Yang -- $805
  9. John Stark -- $536

March 1, 2006 Wednesday Event #4
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $500 + $50

Sirous Baghchehsaraie was named the winner of the 4th event at Harrah's in San Diego. 202 players contributed towards a $97,970 prize pool. Below are the final table results:

  1. Sirous Baghchehsaraie -- $32,330
  2. Albert Wallake -- $17,831
  3. Matt Lombardo -- $9,797
  4. Andrew Yeh -- $7,838
  5. John Witherell -- $5,878
  6. Earnest Shepherd -- $4,899
  7. David Kopacz -- $3,919
  8. William Guerena -- $2,939
  9. Gregory Stein -- $1,959
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $175 + $25
Peter Lynn came out on top of the day's second WSOP circuit tournament event. Peter was one of 177 players who showed up at the tables to grab their share of the $30,046 prize pool.
  1. Peter Lynn -- $9,915
  2. Eugene Viado -- $5,468
  3. Richard Yelland -- $3,005
  4. Fernando DeVera -- $2,404
  5. Charles Lineberry -- $1,803
  6. Cherise Blakey -- $1,502
  7. Rick Collins -- $1,202
  8. Tyler Dunigan -- $901
  9. Teresa Garcia -- $601

March 2, 2006 Thursday Event #5
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $1,000 + $60

With a top notch effort, Gary Dolenga proved himself the best of a 153 player field. The prize pool rose to a size of $148,410.

  1. Gary Dolenga -- $48,975
  2. Constantinos Maniatis -- $27,011
  3. SuJu Abraham -- $14,841
  4. Michael Knight -- $11,873
  5. Adam Kagin -- $8,905
  6. Norm Ketchum Jr. -- $7,421
  7. David Boyett -- $5,936
  8. Steve Frederick -- $4,452
  9. James Worth -- $2,968
No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $175 + $25
Jesse Fields won the 2nd daily WSOP Circuit tournament taking home $8,739 of a $26,481 prize pool. 156 players entered the event and below is how the final table turned out:
  1. Jesse Fields -- $8,739
  2. Charles Sheppard -- $4,820
  3. Kevin Grice -- $2,648
  4. Paul Smith -- $2,118
  5. William Neill -- $1,589
  6. Mike Kaplitz -- $1,324
  7. Chris Stewart -- $1,059
  8. Bradley Howard -- $794
  9. Mike Odea -- $530

March 3, 2006 Friday Event #6
12:00PM No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $500 + $50
With 194 players paying $550 to enter, the prize pool went up to $94,090 before Philip Routsis decided to claim his share as the winner of Event #6.

  1. Philip Routsis -- $31,050
  2. Raed Abukartomy -- $17,124
  3. Michael Gebhardt -- $9,409
  4. Kevin Lu -- $7,527
  5. Donald Pursley -- $5,645
  6. Robin Galloway -- $4,705
  7. Jerome Strzelecki -- $3,764
  8. Christopher Turner -- $2,823
5:00PM No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $300 + $30
Stuart Stone won the 2nd WSOP Circuit event of the day. Stuart was among 155 entrants, contributing to a $45,105 prize pool.
  1. Stuart Stone -- $14,885
  2. James Sileo -- $8,209
  3. Sandra Foley -- $4,511
  4. Jacob Frank -- $3,608
  5. Kiley San Martin -- $2,706
  6. Michael Odeh -- $2,255
  7. Richard Jobbins -- $1,804
  8. Keith O'Hara -- $1,353

March 4, 2006 Saturday Event #7
11:00AM Ladies Invitational No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $200 + $25
125 ladies entered the L.I.P.S. tournament at Harrah's in San Diego. And Kelly Alberger pocketed the majority of the $22,750 prize pool for the event AND a gold WSOP Circuit tournament ring for the win. Congratulations!

  1. Kelly Alberger -- $8,190
  2. Jane Haupt -- $4,550
  3. Rose Marie Morris -- $2,503
  4. Crystal Osgood -- $1,820
  5. Julie Buse -- $1,593
  6. Sherry Godfrey -- $1,365
  7. Carol Seber -- $1,138
  8. Deborah Jones -- $910
  9. Kristin Ann Martinez -- $683
5:00PM No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $175 + $25
Rob Eubanks became the champion of the second event for the day. Rob was one of 228 players who helped build a $38,703 prize pool for the tournament.
  1. Rob Eubanks -- $12,772
  2. Bob Lee -- $7,044
  3. Troy Benjamin -- $3,870
  4. Russell Wiggins -- $3,096
  5. Frank Schram -- $2,322
  6. John Ly -- $1,935
  7. Bruce Springer -- $1,548
  8. Steve Waldron -- $1,161
  9. Thomas Woolen -- $774

March 5, 2006 Sunday Main Event
12:00PM Championship No Limit Hold Em - Day 1 BuyIn: $10,000
109 players entered the Main Event tournament at Harrah's San Diego. The prize pool was established at $1,057,298. Some of the big names in the game did show up like Lee Markholt, Dustin Woolf, Kathy Liebert and John Juanda. Once the dust settled, there were only 26 players that made the cut for Day 2. We haven't been able to confirm that ESPN will be taping the event, which may account for the fact that not much information is being made available. Here are the chip leaders and chip counts from Day1:

  1. Andy Bloch -- 145,300 Chips
  2. Darrell Dicken -- 105,200 Chips
  3. Juan Vazquez -- 62,000 Chips
  4. Weka Chani -- 56,900 Chips
  5. Lee Markholt -- 56,700 Chips
  6. Tom McCormick -- 56,100 Chips
  7. Kevin Blakey -- 54,000 Chips
  8. Alex Jacob -- 52,600 Chips
  9. David Schoenherr -- 49,800 Chips
5:00PM No Limit Hold Em BuyIn: $175 + $25
This event that took place on the 5th of March was a seperate tournament from the Main Event. Marc Tazbaz became the winner of this one. He came out on top of a 96 player field, taking home $5,867 of a $16,296 prize pool as a reward.
  1. Marc Tazbaz -- $5,867
  2. Doug Becklin -- $3,259
  3. Jeff Gross -- $1,793
  4. David Peters -- $1,304
  5. Michael Duinigan -- $1,141
  6. Anthony Jhagroo -- $978
  7. Johnny Torres -- $815
  8. Cory Hathaway -- $652
  9. Craig Sterling -- $489

March 6, 2006 Monday Main Event
Day 2
From 26 to the final nine, Kathy Liebert is the chip leader going into the competition for the title of champion. Competition should be good as noted players Darrell Dicken and Andy Bloch along with others, providing a good mix. We will provide payouts once the event has finished and the information is released.

  1. Kathy Liebert -- 230,000 Chips
  2. Adam Kagin -- 225,200 Chips
  3. Darrell Dicken -- 214,700 Chips
  4. Andy Bloch -- 181,200 Chips
  5. Gary Lent -- 81,400 Chips
  6. Yoshio Nakano -- 57,400 Chips
  7. WeiKai Chang -- 56,000 Chips
  8. Tom McCormick -- 26,000 Chips
  9. Jim Pechac -- 18,100 Chips

March 7, 2006 Tuesday Main Event
Final Table
Sorry about the late entry, had to spend a few days in the hospital because of the ol' heart. Now, Darrell Dicken became the winner of the Main Event at Harrah's Rincon receiving a nice $372,780, a championship WSOP circuit ring and a freeroll seat to the Tournament of Champions.

  1. Darrell Dicken -- $372,780
  2. WeiKai Chang -- $207,100
  3. Kathy Liebert -- $113,905
  4. Gary Lent -- $82,840
  5. Jim Pechac -- $72,485
  6. Adam Kagin -- $62,130
  7. Andrew Bloch -- $51,775
  8. Yoshio Nakano -- $41,420
  9. Tom McCormick -- $31,065

March 8, 2006 Wednesday Main Event
12:00PM Championship No Limit Hold Em - Final
Due to the low number of entrants, a 4th day of the Main Event did not take place.


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