Harrah's New Orleans WSOP Circuit TournamentHarrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 11 to May 23, 2007
Event #1 -- No-Limit Hold'em $500
The last WSOP circuit tournament for the season got off to an excellent start with 530 participants. With a $500 + $50 entry fee, the prize pool reached $257,050. Final outcome of this tourney is below:
Event #2 -- No Limit Hold'Em
There were 546 players for the second event at Harrah's New Orleans. All entrants paid $500 to sit at the tables for their share of a $264,810 prize pool. Here are the final table results:
Event #3 -- No-Limit Hold'em $1,000 + $60
There were 179 players who helped to build the $173,630 prize pool, which was split up with the top 18. Final outcome of this tourney is below:
Event #4 -- No Limit Hold'Em $500 + $50
A prize pool of $178,965 was created from the 369 players who entered the fourth tournament at Harrah's. The top 21 finishers were recipients of the money with Tim Hebert taking home the biggest slice of the pie. Here are the final table results:
Event #5 -- Seven Card Stud Event 5 $300 + $30
Not that many players wanted to play Seven Card Stud as 104 sat down to play. With a buyin of $300, a prize pool of $30,264 was created. Money went to top 16.
Event #6 -- No Limit Hold'Em $500 + $50
For those who thought No Limit Hold'Em was the game to play, 357 paid $500 each to enter event number 6. The cash pool of $173,145 was divided up between the top 36 players. Here are the final table results:
Event #7 -- Pot-Limit Omaha w/rebuys $500 + $50
The pace has slowed down somewhat with only 71 players sitting down to the Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys tournament. Prize pool amount reached $113,590 after 163 rebuys took place. In the end, payouts went to the 9 who made the final table. Here are the finishing results:
Event #8 -- No Limit Hold'Em $500 + $50
In this tournament, 387 sat down to play and helped to make a $187,695 cash pool for the top 36 players.
Event #9 -- No Limit Hold'Em $1,000 + $60
A prize pool of $258,020 was created from the 266 entrants for this tournament. Money went to the top 27 finishers.
Event #10 -- No Limit Hold'Em $500 + $50
A sizable group of 622 players helped to make a $302,670 cash pool that went to the top 63 finishers. The heads up between Nisim Cohen and Anita Vasquez almost gave the WSOP Circuit a female champion. We'll have to keep an eye on Anita to see what happens in the future. Here are the final table results:
Event #11 -- No Limit Hold'Em $1,500 + $70
As we move closer to the Main Event, the money begins to show itself. There were 322 each paying $1570 to sit down and play at event 11, making a prize pool of $468,510. Top 36 saw cash for their efforts.
Event #12 -- Ladies Only No-Limit Hold'em $200 + $25
For $225 each, 301 ladies sat down to compete for a championship ring. Lauren Larter took home the ring and the majority of a $112,875 prize pool. ( That prize pool figure may have to be updated, we're looking into it.) The top 36 finishers took home money in this tournament. Here are the final table results:
Main Event -- No-Limit Hold'em Championship $5,000 + $150 Day 1
There were 346 players who came out for this event, creating the largest prize pool of the tournament which reached $1,667,100. Payouts, according to Harrah's will go to the top 36 players. Here is the payout schedule:
Main Event -- No-Limit Hold'em Championship $5,000 + $150 Day 2
For the second day in a row, Phil Gordon is the chip leader. The day began with 85 and finished when the 9 for the final table were determined. Final table action will begin May 23rd at 2:00 p.m.
Main Event -- No-Limit Hold'Em Championship $5,000 + $150 Final Table
This final table of the season was memorable. Unfortunately Phil Gordon's two day chip leader dominance was ended, but this only heightened the action of the tournament. Scott Mitchell went out in 9th after his bluff with Q 3 was totally crushed by Clint Schafer holding pocket K's. Bobby Wisiak laid claim to 8th after his A 7 also ran into a pair of pocket K's this time held by Phil Gordon. David McLeroy left in 7th after his K Q lost out to the A 6 of Lou Esposito when the remainder of the cards bricked out.
Lou took the chip lead from Phil Gordon when he went all in with 500,000 and Gordon called. Gordon showed pocket K's....and Lou had pocket A's which dominated the hand and allowed him to double up, leaving Phil with about 500,000 in chips. Then another elimination happened when J.D. Estilette put it all-in with pocket 8's only to run into Esposito with pocket K's, leaving J.D. in the cold with a 6th place finish. Anthony Longoria went out in 5th after his A 5 suited lost out to Phil Gordon's A 7. In the end, Phil's 7 was the better kicker. From this point, Gordon actually built up his stack to over 1 million but lost it all in two devastating hands with Clint Schafer for a 4th place finish. Next to go was David Fox in 3rd when his pocket 7's ran into another Esposito pocket A's.
When heads-up play began, Lou Esposito enjoyed nearly a 3 to 2 chip lead having 2,085,000 to about 1,400,000 for Clint Schafer. The battle lasted two hours until the decisive hand was dealt. After the flop of 8 6 4 Esposito bet out K 6. Schafer with 6 7 went all-in and Esposito called. Schafer had a pair, with an inside straight draw. Espositoís king was the better kicker. Two blanks...a Jack on the turn and a 4 on the river sealed Schaferís demise and Lou Esposito became the Harrah's New Orleans WSOP Circuit champion!
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