2007 Grand Casino Tunica WSOP Circuit Event

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2007 Grand Casino Tunica WSOP Circuit Event

January 8 - 17, 2007
Grand Casino Tunica Casino
Tunica, Mississippi


This 2007 Grand Casino Tunica WSOP Circuit Event is the second visit to Grand Casino Tunica for this season, with the first taking place September 25th last year.

Monday 1/8/2007
Event #1 No-Limit Texas Hold'em $500+$50

The first event at Grand Casino Tunica had 694 players, each paying $500 to enter this tournament. Prize pool reached $336,590 and payouts went to the top 63 which was far more generous than usual in a tournament. Here is how the players at the final table faired:

  1. Ron Brown -- $94,245
  2. Eric Abate -- $48,806
  3. Chris Back -- $26,927
  4. Ty Wilson -- $23,561
  5. Norman Contreras -- $20,195
  6. Gary Link -- $16,830
  7. Perry Ryan -- $13,464
  8. Marvin Britt -- $10,098
  9. Peter Kwong Shing Au -- $6,732

Tuesday 1/9/2007
Event #2 No-Limit Texas Hold'em $1000+$60

The second tournament at Grand Casino Tunica had 181 players that paid $1,000 to get in at the tables. Prize pool reached $175,570 with payouts going to the top 18 finishers. Here is how the final table made out:

  1. Terry Hill -- $56,884
  2. Robert Meier -- $29,847
  3. Jim Lindsay -- $17,567
  4. Blake Hall -- $14,046
  5. George Austin -- $10,534
  6. Jimmy Smith -- $8,779
  7. Ty Rundquist -- $7,023
  8. John Martin -- $5,267
  9. Charles Pate -- $3,511

Wednesday 1/10/2007
Event #3 No-Limit Texas Hold'em $500+$50

540 showed up to the tables for event 3. The cash pool rose to $261,900 which became property of the top 54 finishers.

  1. Corey Sanders -- $75,939
  2. David Nunez -- $40,071
  3. Parker Binion -- $20,952
  4. Mark Lucas -- $18,333
  5. Nick Andricopulos -- $15,714
  6. Julio Fernandez -- $13,095
  7. Mitch Sporleder -- $10,476
  8. Kevin Elwood -- $7,857
  9. Daniel Gilpen -- $5,238

Thursday 1/11/2007
Event #4 Omaha 8 or Better $500+$50

Greg Jamison rose to the top of 214 players to become the champion of event 4 at Grand Casino Tunica. Cash went to the 27 finalists who shared the $103,790 prize pool..

  1. Greg Jamison -- $33,212
  2. John Bouin -- $18,267
  3. Thomas Witherspoon -- $9,341
  4. Jason Stern -- $7,265
  5. Reuben Nixon -- $6,227
  6. Sean Patrick McMahon -- $5,190
  7. Ted Brooks -- $4,152
  8. Suzanne Matzura -- $3,114
  9. Nathan Wiesner -- $2,076

Thursday 1/11/2007
Event #5 No-Limit Texas Hold'em $1500+$70

$256,080 in prize money was split up amongst the top 18 players for event 5. Official notes have 176 entries for this tournament.

  1. David Robbins -- $82,971
  2. Jeff Burns -- $43,534
  3. James Mankowski -- $25,608
  4. Kenneth Blanton -- $20,486
  5. Charlie Potter -- $15,365
  6. Paul Nichols -- $12,804
  7. James English -- $10,243
  8. Tony Cason -- $7,682
  9. Lance Popp -- $5,122

Friday 1/12/2007
Event #6 No-Limit Texas Hold'em (6 handed) $1000+$60

235 players came to the tables for event 6 to get their share of a $227,950 prize pool. Money went to the top 24 in the field. Here is how the final table played out:

  1. Hal Cromwell -- $71,360
  2. Mark Miley -- $39,891
  3. Chester Gwin -- $23,934
  4. Hewitt Poland -- $17,096
  5. Bob Allen -- $14,132
  6. Mary Jones -- $11,169
  7. Matt Sterling -- $8,890
  8. Danny Fraser -- $6,382
  9. Nelson Herchberger -- $4,103

Saturday 1/13/2007
Event #7 H.O.R.S.E. $1000+$60

112 players sat down to play one of the hottest card games going, H.O.R.S.E. For those who don't know, H.O.R.S.E. is a combination of Hold’em (both Limit and No-Limit), Omaha, Razz, Stud and Stud Eight or Better. The game is played with different combinations of the above for each level in a tournament. A prize pool of $108,640 was created and money went to the top 16. Final table results are below:

  1. Michael Conti -- $35,307
  2. Andy Alina -- $19,555
  3. Yuebin Guo -- $11,950
  4. David Bach -- $8,691
  5. Bobby Moon -- $7,062
  6. J.J. Joseph -- $5,432
  7. Brian McKain -- $4,346
  8. Damon Ramirez -- $3,259
  9. Peter Moore -- $1,956

Saturday 1/13/2007
Event #8 No-Limit Texas Hold'em $500+$50

The pace stepped up on Saturday as 750 players and a $363,750 prize pool had the tables full. Donaldson Brown rose to the top of the field to become champion and money went to the top 72 finishers.

  1. Donaldson Brown -- $98,184
  2. Lyde Wagers -- $51,471
  3. Dale Poynter -- $29,100
  4. John Bradley -- $25,463
  5. Jim Johnson -- $21,825
  6. Peter Martin -- $18,188
  7. Scott Bell -- $14,550
  8. John Marinca -- $10,913
  9. Quang Tieu -- $7,275

Sunday 1/14/2007
Event #9 Ladies No-Limit Texas Hold'em $200+$30

There were 465 ladies at Event #9 for this tournament, all competiting for a share of the $90,210 prize pool that was created. Erin Elwood received the lion's share with the rest going to the top 45.

  1. Erin Elwood -- $27,060
  2. Alani Delrios -- $14,524
  3. Sally White -- $7,217
  4. Kelley Reynolds -- $6,315
  5. Noui Phrathep -- $5,413
  6. Ruth Chodwiewicz -- $4,511
  7. Donna Cobb -- $3,608
  8. Kimberly Kirby -- $2,706
  9. Cindy Burks -- $1,804

Monday 1/15/2007
Event #10 Main Event - No-Limit Texas Hold'em $5000+ $150

Lots of big names were among the 377 player field for Day 1 of the "Main Event" at Grand Casino Tunica. Names like Vanessa Rousso, Eric Cloutier, David Singer, Nam Le, Tony Cousineau, Dan Nassif, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, Tom Schneider, Ed Corrado, Bill Edler, Eric Froelich, and "Eskimo" Clark. The prize pool reached $1,817,450 and here is the payout schedule for the final table:

  1. $563,402
  2. $290,792
  3. $145,396
  4. $127,222
  5. $109,047
  6. $90,873
  7. $72,698
  8. $54,524
  9. $36,349
Money will go to the top 36 finishers. Blinds began at $25/$50 with each player having $10,000 in chips. All tournament levels will be 75 min long. 2 hours into the tournament, Devilfish Ulliott was busted after his suited A K lost out to an opponents pocket K's. Chad Brown also left after his pocket Q's were blown out by an opponent who had Qs Js and made his flush hand by the river. Other departures include John Phan, Kido Pham, Barry Greenstein, Men "the Master" Nguyen, Thomas Wahlroos, Jonathan Little, John Spadavecchia, Chris Gregorian. By the time the day ended there were 80 left for Day 2. Here are the top 9 with chip counts:
  1. Chang Huang -- 190,600 chips
  2. Dennis Anness -- 127,600 chips
  3. Hilbert Shirey -- 88,000 chips
  4. John Davis -- 85,500 chips
  5. Gregg Merkow -- 77,500 chips
  6. Michael Mizrachi -- 77,400 chips
  7. Jim Lindsay -- 76,000 chips
  8. Keith Lehr -- 75,200 chips
  9. Young Cho -- 71,900 chips

Tuesday 1/16/2007
Event #10 Main Event, Day 2

With 80 players returning to the tables, the action continued until there were 9 left. Blinds began at 1600/800 with a 200 ante. Things went fast as 10 players were eliminated in the first 30 minutes. Among the busted were Eric Cloutier, Allen Kessler, Dan Nassif, Vanessa Rousso, Norm Ketchum, Nam Le and Gregg Merkow. By 1:45 a.m. the next day the final table had been established and players bagged their chips. Here are the final table players:

  1. Dennis Perry -- 1,050,000 chips
  2. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi -- 669,000 chips
  3. Larry Vance -- 506,000 chips
  4. Peter Martin -- 410,000 chips
  5. Andi Chang -- 378,000 chips
  6. Matt Dean -- 240,000 chips
  7. Elvin Simpson -- 215,000 chips
  8. Lance Allred -- 166,000 chips
  9. Gioi Luong -- 146,000 chips

Wednesday 1/17/2007
Event #10 Main Event, Final Table

Dennis Perry won the Main Event at Grand Casino Tunica! On top of the $563,402 he earned, he will receive a big beautiful gold and diamond ring plus a $10,000 freeroll seat to the Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas. The final table lasted 6 hours in length. First casualty was Elvin Simpson when his pocket 9's were beat by Michael Mizrachi's pocket 4's when a 4 came up on the river. Mizrachi was also responsible for busting out Andi Chang in 8th position. It was Matt Dean who went out in 7th place after losing to Lance Allred's pocket Q's. (Dean also finished 7th at the 2004 Main Event final table.) And Michael Mizrachi walked from the table in 6th place after his A K could not overcome Dennis Perry's pocket A's. Peter Martin held on for 5th place and Larry Vance (4th) and Lance Allred (3rd) also became victims of Dennis Perry's steamroll to the top.

Details on the final hand were sparse, but basically Dennis Perry's pocket K's ran over Gioi Luong holding pocket 6's and that was good enough for a championship.

  1. Dennis Perry -- $563,402
  2. Gioi Luong -- $290,792
  3. Lance Allred -- $145,396
  4. Larry Vance -- $127,222
  5. Peter Martin -- $109,047
  6. Michael Mizrachi -- $90,873
  7. Matt Dean -- $72,698
  8. Andi Chang -- $54,524
  9. Elvin Simpson -- $36,349

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