2007 Caesar's Indiana II WSOP Circuit Event

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2007 Caesar's Indiana II WSOP Circuit Event

Caesar's Indiana Hotel and Casino
Elizabeth, Indiana
March 26 to April 4, 2007

The 2007 Caesar's Indiana II WSOP Circuit Event marks the second visit this season on the circuit tournament.

March 26 Event #1 -- No-Limit Hold'em $300 + $40
A healthy 714 players came out for the first event at Caesar's Indiana Casino, each paying $300 for the privilege. The top 72 players divided the $202,624 cash prize pool that was created for the tournament.

  1. William Latta -- $54,708
  2. Charlie Dawson -- $28,671
  3. Michael Egy -- $16,210
  4. Brad Sturgeon -- $14,184
  5. Geoffrey Boes -- $12,157
  6. Steven Symsick -- $10,131
  7. Dwight Gurtz -- $8,105
  8. Brent Phillips -- $6,079
  9. William Hagan -- $4,052

March 27 Event #2 -- No-Limit Hold'em $500 + $50
The next tournament at Caesar's attracted 304 entrants and built a $142,290 prize pool for the winners. Money went to the top 37 finishers.

  1. Steve Miller -- $44,110
  2. Kevin Stammen -- $22,766
  3. Dan Quade -- $11,383
  4. John Lanese -- $9,960
  5. Andrew Wade -- $8,537
  6. Michael Tucci -- $7,115
  7. Robert Briggs -- $5,692
  8. James Williams -- $4,269
  9. James Whitley -- $2,846

March 28 Event #3 -- No-Limit Hold'em $300 + $40
469 players started Event 3, but only the top 45 saw the cash. The prize pool size reached $131,329 for this tournament.

  1. John Garcia -- $39,399
  2. Justin Stigger -- $21,144
  3. William Coyle -- $10,506
  4. Antonio Pansera -- $9,193
  5. Robert French -- $7,880
  6. Jason Campbell -- $6,566
  7. Shawn Cunix -- $5,253
  8. Joe Disney -- $3,940
  9. John Hemphill -- $2,627

March 29 Event #4 -- No-Limit Hold'em $500 + $50
A $135,015 prize pool was divided amongst the top 27 finishers. There were 289 in this tournament.

  1. Christopher McMillian -- $43,205
  2. Toby Clark -- $23,763
  3. Brad Gillespie -- $12,151
  4. Matthew Humphrey -- $9,451
  5. Bill Kanipe -- $8,101
  6. David Seib -- $6,751
  7. Antonio Pansera -- $5,401
  8. Hershel Callahan -- $4,050
  9. Donald Sinkhorn -- $2,700

March 30 Event #5 -- No-Limit Hold'em $1,000 + $60
$220,860 was the cash pool amount for tournament #5 at Caesar's Indiana Hotel and Casino. There were 233 players with the money going to the top 27 entrants.

  1. Brian McKain -- $70,675
  2. Ronnie Kevin -- $38,871
  3. Brad Hood -- $19,877
  4. Tony Gong -- $15,460
  5. John Sullivan -- $13,252
  6. Tony Bolahood -- $11,043
  7. Steve Weigel -- $8,834
  8. Keith Correll -- $6,626
  9. Ivan Carter -- $4,417

March 31 Event #6 -- No-Limit Hold'em $500 + $50
453 competitors came to this tourney, creating a cash pool of $214,555 which was shared between the final 45 players.

  1. John Quinlan -- $64,367
  2. Larry Bueter -- $34,543
  3. Michael Walker -- $17,164
  4. Thomas Smith -- $15,019
  5. Ed Bashuk -- $12,873
  6. Don Bostick -- $10,728
  7. Dan Quade -- $8,583
  8. Fred Russell -- $6,437
  9. Brian Brookshire -- $4,291

March 31 Event #7 -- Pot-Limit Omaha w/Multiple Rebuys $500 + $50
With event #6 No Limit Hold'Em taking place the same day, not many entered this tournament. Actually, there were only 62 players that played and made 127 rebuys. A prize pool of $56,445 was the final tally and was split with those that made the final table.

  1. John Brandenburg -- $20,320
  2. Mohammad Yennes -- $11,289
  3. Ben Ponzio -- $6,209
  4. Lawrence Kozlove -- $4,516
  5. Vinh Ho -- $3,951
  6. Jeffrey Jones -- $3,387
  7. Kenneth Auker -- $2,822
  8. Michael Sanders -- $2,258
  9. Mark Mitchener -- $1,693

April 1 Event #8 -- Ladies Only No-Limit Hold'em $200 + $25
248 ladies took to the tables for event #8 at Caesar's Indiana Hotel and Casino. The final 27 split up a cash pool of $42,962 with Veronica Heath taking home the lioness's share.

  1. Veronica Heath -- $13,748
  2. Carla Keding -- $7,561
  3. Jessica Dawley -- $3,867
  4. Renee Shepherd -- $3,007
  5. Lisa Gray -- $2,578
  6. Alma Egnew -- $2,148
  7. Nancy Aguinaga -- $1,718
  8. Reylinda Meyer -- $1,289
  9. Sheila McInerny -- $859

April 2 Event #9 -- H.O.R.S.E. $1,000 + $60

Okay, you thought event #7 was small, this was actually tiny! 40 players signed up for this one with only 3 at the final table receiving money. The prize pool did reach $33,650 due to the buy in. Maybe everyone is saving their cash for the Main Event which will take place tomorrow. Hmmmmm?

  1. Douglas Carli -- $16,835
  2. Michael Lutes -- $10,095
  3. Mike Schneider -- $6,730

April 3 Event #10
No-Limit Hold'em WSOP Circuit Championship Main Event
Day 1 $5000

There were 154 names that signed up for this Main Event with the winner receiving a freeroll seat to the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas later in July this year plus $1000 for traveling expenses. But that did not mean there was a shortage of talent for the tables! Seen at the tables were Men "The Master" Nguyen, Ed Corrado, Barry Greenstein, Neal Harding, Scott Fischman, Adam Friedman and Young Phan.

A prize pool of $736,900 was established for this tourney with money going to the top 18 players. The final table payout schedule looks like this:

  1. $238,756
  2. $125,273
  3. $73,690
  4. $58,952
  5. $44,214
  6. $36,845
  7. $29,476
  8. $22,107
  9. $14,738
At the end of the day 33 players were left. Here are the top 9 with chip counts:
  1. Adam Friedman -- 126,100 chips
  2. Dennis Anness -- 115,000 chips
  3. Troy Sutton -- 92,500 chips
  4. Stephen Boyle -- 89,400 chips
  5. Scott Fischman -- 75,400 chips
  6. Young Phan -- 73,800 chips
  7. Shawn Quillin -- 71,000 chips
  8. Barry Greenstein -- 69,000 chips
  9. Tim McCarthy -- 65,300 chips

April 4 Event #10
No-Limit Hold'em WSOP Circuit Championship Main Event
Day 2 $5000

Play began at 12:15 p.m. PDT for the 33 remaining players. As a matter of fact it was so lively that there were only 20 left by 1:30 p.m. By 1:50 p.m. the bubble was breached and the remaining 18 would at least see some cash for their efforts. The bustouts continued with Young Phan taking out Barry Greenstein in 17th place when his pocket 10's turned into a set, crippling Barry's AQ and sending him to the sidelines. Adam Freidman, yesterday's chip leader, went out in 16th after his AK was crushed when an opponent's A 10 was paired on the flop.

An example of overplaying a hand came up when Tim McCarthy asked Armando Pagliari if he could beat pocket Jacks after Armando's all-in move. Armando immediately said yes. (Tim actually got permission from to floor to ask.) Tim called and turned over pocket Q's to Armando's A 10 offsuit. Board showed K 3 K 3 6 and Armando was sent home in 14th place.

By 5:15p.m., the final table had been reached and everybody packed their chips and got ready for tomorrow. Here are the names of those who made the final table:

  1. Young Phan -- 502,000 chips
  2. Dennis Anness -- 385,000 chips
  3. Scott Fischman -- 207,000 chips
  4. Tim McCarthy -- 178,500 chips
  5. Stephen Boyle -- 93,500 chips
  6. Bryan Sapp -- 71,000 chips
  7. Men "The Master" Nguyen -- 43,500 chips
  8. George Lusby -- 40,500 chips
  9. Dean Schultz -- 25,000 chips

April 5 Event #10
No-Limit Hold'em WSOP Circuit Championship Main Event
Final Table $5000

The battle for the title of champion began at 2:00p.m. PDT. On the second hand, Scott Fischman busted out in 9th as his 4 to a royal flush draw was beaten by Young Phan's three of a kind Jacks. Over the next 3 hours, three more were gone namely Dean Schultz in 8th, George Lusby in 7th and Stephen Boyle in 6th. Meanwhile, Men "The Master" had been winning hands and accumulating more chips. Dennis Anness went out in 5th, when his pocket AK lost out to Bryan Sapp's full house Q's/A's. Tim McCarthy wrapped up 4th place when his A 6 lost to Young Phan's pocket 5's. Young Phan was also responsible for sending Bryan Sapp home in 3rd place.

This meant the heads up was between Young Phan holding 1,007,000 chips and Men "The Master" Nguyen with 539,000. Fifteen minutes into play Men doubled up by winning an all-in move with a full house against Young. Another 10 minutes later, it was all over. Here is what happened. Both players went all in pre-flop with Men having pocket 6's and Young having A 10 offsuit. The board showed 3 J J 2 4 and that is how Men "The Master" Nguyen made an incredible come from behind victory, showing why he is "The Master."

  1. Men "The Master" Nguyen -- $238,756
  2. Young Phan -- $125,273
  3. Bryan Sapp -- $73,690
  4. Tim McCarthy -- $58,952
  5. Dennis Anness -- $44,214
  6. Stephen Boyle -- $36,845
  7. George Lusby -- $29,476
  8. Dean Schultz -- $22,107
  9. Scott Fischman -- $14,738

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