Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino WSOP Circuit Tournament

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Harrah's New Orleans WSOP Circuit Tournament

Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 11 to May 23, 2007

The Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino WSOP Circuit Tournament is the last stop before the big one in Las Vegas which will begin June 1st. All tournaments listed are two days in length unless stated.

May 11
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:
  1. Wendell Welch -- $74,545
  2. Rock Roach -- $39,329
  3. C.W. Souther -- $20,329
  4. Payne Farrell -- $17,994
  5. Todd Julich -- $15,423
  6. Brian Langston -- $12,853
  7. Jonathan Goldberg -- $10,282
  8. Todd Hannie -- $7,712
  9. Logan Richetti -- $5,141
May 12
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:
  1. Philip Sparta Jr -- $76,795
  2. Zachary King -- $40,516
  3. Warren Jurkowitz -- $21,185
  4. Gabriel King -- $18,537
  5. Gary Lundgren -- $15,889
  6. Thomas Key -- $13,241
  7. Darryll Fish -- $10,592
  8. Jacob Peterson -- $7,944
  9. Judson Joplin -- $5,296
May 13
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:
  1. Mario Villa -- $57,996
  2. Tony Seunsom -- $30,430
  3. Rodney Barkis -- $17,900
  4. Bruce Little -- $14,320
  5. Robert Moore -- $10,740
  6. Yong An -- $8,950
  7. Arnoldo Cabrera -- $7,160
  8. Chris Walker -- $5,370
  9. Johnathan Westra -- $3,580
May 14
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:
  1. Tim Hebert -- $55,479
  2. Mihail Karasoulis -- $28,634
  3. Mike Beasley -- $14,317
  4. Greg Gasperecz -- $12,528
  5. Dino Tedesco -- $10,738
  6. Jay McDonald -- $8,948
  7. Ben Chan -- $7,159
  8. Rick Mims -- $5,369
  9. Wilbur Futhey -- $3,579
May 14
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.
  1. Lewis Osburn -- $9,836
  2. Mitch Jones -- $5,448
  3. David Fry -- $3,329
  4. Nichola Livzza -- $2,421
  5. Keith Ezykowich -- $1,967
  6. Mark Rubin -- $1,513
  7. Gerard Rodrigues -- $1,211
  8. Robert Rosengarten -- $908
  9. Anthony Graphia -- $545
May 15
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:
  1. Mitch Merritt -- $53,675
  2. Matt Brady -- $27,703
  3. Bill Hobbs -- $13,852
  4. Jose Corban -- $12,120
  5. Billy McBrayer -- $10,389
  6. Roy MacPherson -- $8,657
  7. Todd Tregre -- $6,926
  8. Ivan Martin -- $5,194
  9. Donna Murray -- $3,463
May 15
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:
  1. Matthew Humphrey -- $40,856
  2. Larry Satterwhite -- $22,698
  3. George Challita -- $12,484
  4. Mike Lovelace -- $9,079
  5. Ryan Lenaghan -- $7,944
  6. Elmer Thomas -- $6,909
  7. Ronald Giglio -- $5,675
  8. Mohammed Shahlaei -- $4,540
  9. Ricardo Rodriguez -- $3,405
May 16
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.
  1. Andrew Hoechstetter -- $58,185
  2. Matt Culberson -- $30,031
  3. Marc Truong -- $15,016
  4. Donald Nicholson -- $13,139
  5. Gary Clark Jr. -- $11,262
  6. Jeremy Loenick -- $9,385
  7. David Fox -- $7,508
  8. Charlie Oliver -- $5,631
  9. Barry Clancy -- $3,754
May 17
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.
  1. Terry Garner -- $82,566
  2. Travis Smith -- $45,412
  3. Kevin Kaylor -- $23,222
  4. Craig Blau -- $18,061
  5. Jeffrey Brown -- $15,481
  6. Adam Green -- $12,901
  7. Andy West -- $10,321
  8. Mark Wilds -- $7,741
  9. Billy Seber -- $5,160
May 18
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:
  1. Nisim Cohen -- $84,468
  2. Anita Vasquez -- $43,742
  3. David Scarano -- $24,134
  4. Tuck Trentham -- $21,117
  5. Michael Booth -- $18,100
  6. Kit Riley -- $15,084
  7. Aaron Bladwin -- $12,067
  8. Jay Bender -- $9,050
  9. Brett Kimes -- $6,033
May 19
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.
  1. Harold Ballow -- $145,238
  2. James Copher -- $74,962
  3. Chris Lovelace -- $37,481
  4. Matt Culberson -- $32,796
  5. Senovio Ramirez III -- $28,111
  6. Dan Atkins -- $23,426
  7. James Henson -- $18,740
  8. Jacob Peterson -- $14,055
  9. Phil Hall -- $9,370
May 20
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:
  1. Lauren Larter -- $18,102
  2. Ashley Quach -- $9,343
  3. London Gallagher -- $4,672
  4. Phylis Blanton -- $4,088
  5. Kellie Kopp -- $3,504
  6. Theresa Williams -- $2,920
  7. Rachelle Park -- $2,336
  8. Tami Rable -- $1,752
  9. Derra Perumean -- $1,168
May 21
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:
  1. $516,801
  2. $266,736
  3. $133,368
  4. $116,697
  5. $100,026
  6. $83,355
  7. $66,684
  8. $50,013
  9. $20,005
For Day 1, tournament pro Phil Gordon has the lead taking a chance to win his biggest cash ever in tournament poker. He did well reaching the top as 261 eliminations took place, leaving 85 to move on to Day 2. As a reminder Harrah's New Orleans is hosting the final stop of the WSOP Circuit season, which ends on Wednesday. After this it's on to Las Vegas baby!
  1. Phil Gordon -- 187,400 chips
  2. Louie Esposito -- 103,300 chips
  3. John Wallen -- 101,000 chips
  4. J.D. Estilette -- 97,300 chips
  5. Matt Culberson -- 77,200 chips
  6. Dell Harville -- 77,100 chips
  7. Rachel Bonura -- 74,800 chips
  8. Larry Wright -- 73,900 chips
  9. Brian Potashnik -- 69,900 chips
May 22
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.
  1. Phil Gordon -- 1,167,000 chips
  2. David Fox -- 400,000 chips
  3. David McLeroy -- 384,000 chips
  4. J.D. Estilette -- 377,000 chips
  5. Clint Schafer -- 327,000 chips
  6. Louie Esposito -- 326,000 chips
  7. Bobby Wisiak -- 206,000 chips
  8. Scott Mitchell -- 177,000 chips
  9. Anthony Longoria -- 118,000 chips
May 23
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!
  1. Lou Esposito -- $516,801
  2. Clint Schafer -- $266,736
  3. David Fox -- $133,368
  4. Phil Gordon -- $116,697
  5. Anthony Longoria -- $100,026
  6. J.D. Estilette -- $83,355
  7. David McLeroy -- $66,684
  8. Bobby Wisiak -- $50,013
  9. Scott Mitchell -- $33,342
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