2007 Grand Casino Tunica WSOP Circuit Event

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2007 Grand Casino Tunica WSOP Circuit Event

Grand Casino Tunica
Tunica, Mississippi
September 25 to October 4, 2006


The 2007 Grand Casino Tunica is the 2nd event of the WSOP Circuit Tournament season which will begin on September 24. There will be 17 events in all ranging from the satellite events to the tournament events which are all listed below. A seat to the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event will go to the winner of Event #9 No Limit Hold'em which has a buyin of $5000 + $150. If you want to make room reservations, call 1-800-394-7263 and mention group code C09WSOP. We will post the results of all events here for you to see.

Event Schedule

Monday 9/25/2006 12:00PM
Event #1 - Texas Hold'em (No Limit) $300+$40

834 players with a $242,694 prize pool.

  1. Eric Crain -- $63,105
  2. Raymond Owens -- $33,495
  3. Nick Loader -- $19,416
  4. Michael Wommack -- 16,989
  5. Jared McVay -- $14,562
  6. Gary Huggins -- $12,135
  7. Dan Mitnick -- $12,135
  8. David Clark -- $9,708
  9. Mark Silvers -- $4,854

Tuesday 9/26/2006 12:00PM
Event #2 - No Limit $500+$40

540 entrants with a $261,900 prize pool.

  1. Word Angel -- $75,944
  2. Glyn Banks -- $40,066
  3. Scott Ellegood -- $20,952
  4. Nani Dollison -- $18,333
  5. Joe Simmons -- $15.714
  6. Corrie Wunstel -- $13,095
  7. Ed Pellegrini -- $10,476
  8. Ben Heiks -- $7,857
  9. John Bennett -- $5,238

Wednesday 9/27/2006 12:00PM
Event #3 - Texas Hold'em (No Limit) $300+$40

637 players with a $185,367 prize pool.

  1. L. Brett Thomas -- $50,344
  2. Richard Jentoch -- $26,071
  3. Michael Ciarauino -- $14,384
  4. David Tanner -- $12,586
  5. Orion Fliessbach -- $10,788
  6. Larry Tomaszewski -- $8,989
  7. Jim Harris -- $7,192
  8. Neil Stone -- $5,394
  9. Roger Ballard -- $3,595

Thursday 9/28/2006 12:00PM
Event #4 - Texas Hold'em (Limit) $500+$50

This event had 183 players at the tables each paying $550 for the privilege. Prize pool size reached $88,755 with cash going to the top 18 finishers. After the action began and weeded out 174 hopefuls, the final table sat down to decide the champion. First player out was Doug Paxton in 9th place who was down to his last chip when he was dealt 7 4 and lost to Sonny Perry's pocket K's. Next was Jack Lee in 8th when his all-in preflop in three way action, lost out to Ryan Kennedy who had pocket 8's. Lee held Ac Qc and when the board did not improve either players hand, Lee went home with over $2,600. 7th place went to Jason Munson who lost an all-in move when his A K was called by Wayne Harvey with 10 9 and another 10 hit the board during the hand. Harvey also busted out Salim Kassab in 6th after he hit a Broadway straight on the river. Joseph Baumgartner left in 5th place when his 7 5 was crumbled against Harvey's pocket A's. Ryan Kennedy was busted out in 4th by Wayne Harvey when his pocket Q's lost out to Harvey's hand of A K when the board showed K 6 3 5 5.

Sonny Perry who won a championship ring at New Orleans last season, went out in 3rd when his J 8 lost to J. Hijar's K 9 after the board did not improve either player's hand. Now the heads up begins with Wayne Harvey self described as a "ordinary blue collar family man" and J. Hijar who's family named him just plain "J". Harvey played conservative for the first 40 hands into the heads up and then switched to an aggressive posturing which helped him to win the event. On the final hand, both players raised and called down to the river with the board showing 8 J 5 8 6. Hijar pushed his chips to the center to see what Harvey would do. Harvey called it with A Q and Hijar showed 10 9 and went to pick up his 2nd place cash after his bluff did not work. Wayne Harvey on the other hand went to pick up his 1st place winnings and the gold ring of a champion.

  1. Wayne Harvey -- $28,756
  2. J. Hijar -- $15,088
  3. Sonny Perry -- $8,876
  4. Ryan Kennedy -- $7,100
  5. Joseph Baumgartner -- $5,325
  6. Salim Kassab -- $4,438
  7. Jason Munson -- $3,550
  8. Jack Lee -- $2,663
  9. Doug Paxton -- $1,775
Thursday 9/28/2006 2:00PM
Event #5 - Pot Limit Omaha (Re-buys) $500+$50

The fifth event at Grand Casino Tunica had just 53 players at the tables. Each paid $550 to sit down and play for the gold ring given to the winner of the event signifying that person as champion. With 114 rebuys, the prize pool rose to $80,510 in size. Here are the results of the final table:
  1. Robert Willis -- $28,983
  2. Charles Butler -- $16,102
  3. Tono Sevnsom -- $8,856
  4. Thomas Mixon -- $6,441
  5. Jeffrey Roberson -- $5,636
  6. Matthew Brock -- $4,831
  7. Jordan Brian -- $4,026
  8. Norman Collinsworth -- $3,220
  9. Michael Lucas -- $2,415

Friday 9/29/2006 12:00PM
Event #6 - Texas Hold'em (No Limit) $1000+$60
335 players paid $1,000.00 each to play in this event. The size of the prize pool rose to $324,950 with payouts going to the top 36 finishers. This two day tournament became a one man event by the time things got down to the final table. As he played, he knocked out the first four players in sequential fashion and went on to eliminate four more as he steamrolled to a stunningly decisive win in Event #6 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em. (Actually, there were 10 at the final table and John Gordon defeated everyone.) The victory brought him $100,727 along with a championship gold ring.

After crushing everyone who was seated but one, here is how the last hand went for Gordon. The hand was down to the turn with Ac Jc 6c 8d showing when Terry Quinn moved all-in for 140,000. Gordon had to figure him for either an ace, a flush draw or a jack. Deciding he would have raised pre-flop with an ace, Gordon, correctly put Quinn on second pair. Later saying he had to call, Gordon did so and turned up two red kings. Quinn turned over J 5 which solidified Gordon's win.

  1. John Gordon -- $100,727
  2. Terry Quinn -- $51,992
  3. Craig Thames -- $25,996
  4. Brian Gibson -- $22,747
  5. Ernie Shepherd -- $19,497
  6. Nick Willie -- $16,248
  7. Ricardo Rodriguez -- $12,998
  8. Shea McGuire -- $9,749
  9. Douglas Bruce -- $6,499
  10. Mark Smith -- $3,899

Saturday 9/30/2006 12:00PM
Event #7 - Texas Hold'em (No Limit) $1500+$70

228 players competed for a share of a $331,740 prize pool. Payouts went to the top 27 finishers.

  1. Andy Alina -- $106,161
  2. Ed Corrado -- $58,386
  3. James Williams -- $29,857
  4. Alan Barnes -- $23,222
  5. Todd Phillips -- $19,904
  6. Rogen Chhabra -- $16,587
  7. John Davis -- $13,270
  8. Joe Simmons -- $9,952
  9. James Henson -- $6,635

Sunday 10/1/2006 2:00PM
Event #8 - Ladies Event $200+$30

There were 247 ladies in force at the tables on Sunday. Fees for the tournament contributed to a $47,918 cash pool for the top 27 performers.

  1. Christy Parham -- $15,330
  2. Sharla Lehrmann -- $8,434
  3. Paula Holder -- $4,313
  4. Connie Rice -- $3,354
  5. Carolyn Starnes -- $2,875
  6. Stephanie Zimmerman -- $2,396
  7. Esther Fedorkevich -- $1,917
  8. Nguyet Lee -- $1,438
  9. Sarah Pritchard -- $958

Monday 10/2/2006 12:00PM
Event #9 -- Main Event No Limit Hold'em $5000+$150

For the Main Event, there were 197 players who entered. This caused the money pool to rise to $955,450 in size with payouts going to the top 18. Unfortunately, we were not able to obtain the chip counts and player status for the first day.

Tuesday 10/3/2006 12:00PM
Main Event - Day 2

The following summary is courtesy of Nolan Dalla of WSOP Media:

Ryan Lenaghan, a student at Louisiana State Univerisity, holds the chip lead going into the final day of the $5,000 championship event at the WSOP circuit tour at Grand Casino Tunica. This event reached the final table when the field was narrowed to nine players at 12:30 a.m. With 10 players left, Steve Murphy was all in with pocket 9s against Glyn Banks’ pocket 9s. After Banks flopped a set, Murphy was down to three chips. “You guys don’t stand a chance,” he warned his opponents. Ignoring his warning, several players called when he put in his last chips on the next hand. The pot was checked down. Murphy, with Q-5, paired his 5, but his queen kicker was edged by an A-5, and the table was set. Because of the late hour, final-table action was changed to 1:45 p.m. on October 4 instead of noon. All the players at the final table got into the main event via satellite.

  1. Jae Chang -- 262,000 chips
  2. Harold Mahaffey -- 132,000 chips
  3. Hoyt Lance -- 169,000 chips
  4. Mark Smith -- 130,000 chips
  5. Manelic Minaya -- 305,000 chips
  6. Jody Stanfill -- 317,000 chips
  7. Ronald Huerkamp -- 56,000 chips
  8. Glyn Banks -- 222,000 chips
  9. Ryan Lenaghan -- 373,000 chips
Wednesday 10/4/2006 12:00PM
Main Event - Final Table

Action was underway as the 9 who all earned their seats through satellite play had their focus set on winning a gold championship ring and a 2007 Main Event seat. The first one out in 9th place 5 hands into play was Ronald Huerkamp after his A 10 lost out to Jae Chang's pocket J's. Ryan Lenaghan went out in 8th courtesy of Jody Stanfill’s A 5 when the board finished showing A 8 2 9 9, giving Stanfill two pair. Hoyt Lance finished seventh when he moved all in for his last 102,000 with A Q and ran into Manelic Minaya’s A K. Jae Chang was busted out in 6th when Mark Smith hit his straight on the river card. Chang was crippled earlier when Jody Stanfill took a boatload of chips with a King high straight flush. But Stanfill went to the sidelines in 5th place when Manelic Minaya's pocket 9's held up to Stanfill's pocket 3's.

Harold Mahaffey went out for fresh air in 4th when he lost an all-in move to Glyn Banks. Then professional player Glyn Banks was busted out in 3rd by Mark Smith. At this point it was heads up time between Mark Smith (1,117,000 chips) and Manelic Minaya (854,000 chips). It only lasted a few hands when both players went all-in after a flop of 8 7 2. Minaya led with pocket 9s to Smith’s A J. But then the turn card was an Ace, next card was dead and Mark Smith won with a pair of Aces.
  1. Mark Smith -- $306,003 + WSOP Main Event Seat Package
  2. Manelic Minaya -- $160,557
  3. Glyn Banks -- $94,445
  4. Harold Mahaffey -- $75,556
  5. Jody Stanfill -- $56,667
  6. Jae Chang -- $47,223
  7. Hoyt Lance -- $37,778
  8. Ryan Lenaghan -- $28,334
  9. Ronald Huerkamp -- $18,889

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