2007 Harrah's Rincon San Diego WSOP Circuit Event

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2007 Harrah's Rincon San Diego WSOP Circuit Event

February 11 to February 21, 2007
Harrah's Rincon Casino
San Diego, California


February 11
Event #1 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The first event had 646 players sit down to kickoff the WSOP Circuit tournament at Harrah's in San Diego. All players paid $300 each and contributed to a $187,986 prize pool. Cash went to the top 63 finishers. Here are how the final table players ended up:

  1. Duane Mills -- $52,636
  2. Justin Froyd -- $27,258
  3. Tim Frostad -- $15,039
  4. Paul Smith -- $13,159
  5. Andrew Gillette -- $11,279
  6. Joseph Ochoa -- $9,399
  7. Frankie Marino -- $7,519
  8. Danny Hsu -- $5,640
  9. Michael Arents -- $3,760

February 12
Event #2 -- No Limit Hold'Em

Stepping up the entry fee to $500 had 186 individuals participate in the second tournament. The top 18 split a $90,210 prize pool. Eric Abate ended up as champion and took home the lion's share of the money.

  1. Eric Abate -- $29,228
  2. Joe Griffith -- $15,336
  3. (No name given) -- $9,021
  4. Michael Jukich -- $7,217
  5. Darius Hastings -- $5,413
  6. Michael Parshall -- $4,511
  7. Ray Blodgett -- $3,608
  8. Steve Yamamuro -- $2,706
  9. Al King -- $1,804

February 13
Event #3 -- No Limit Hold'Em

A cozy 89 players each paid $1,000 to play in the 3rd event at Harrah's Rincon. The cash pool was $86,330 with payouts only going to those who made the final table. Here are the final table results:

  1. Justin Hagan -- $31,079
  2. Chris Bonita -- $17,266
  3. Jacob Frank -- $9,496
  4. Jason Stern -- $6,906
  5. Joseph Ochoa -- $6,043
  6. Don Fryer -- $5,180
  7. Rick Fox -- $4,317
  8. Charles Chan -- $3,453
  9. Michael Heintschel -- $2,590

February 14
Event #4 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The cash pool hit $57,715 for the 119 entrants for this tournament. Even though all paid the $300 entry fee, only the top 18 saw the money. Here is how the final table did:

  1. Kenneth Berliner -- $18,700
  2. Michael Souza -- $9,812
  3. Shawn Hart -- $5,772
  4. Mike Lancaster -- $4,617
  5. David Williams -- $3,463
  6. Ed Tucker -- $2,886
  7. William Ullauri -- $2,309
  8. Laurie Swaney -- $1,713
  9. Jeff Tecca -- $1,154

February 14
Event #5 -- H.O.R.S.E.

In probably what was the smallest turnout for an WSOP Circuit event to date, 24 players paid $1000.00 each to enter the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Big surprise considering how well this did in the WSOP in Vegas last year. Prize pool reached $23,280 with the top 3 getting paid.

  1. Chris DeFalco -- $11,640
  2. David Boyett -- $6,984
  3. Teddy Nassif -- $4,656

February 15
Event #6 -- No Limit Hold'Em

313 players paid the $300 entry fee to play in Event #6 tournament. Tony Lee rose to the top of the field as champion and received the lion's share of a $91,083 prize pool. Payouts went to the top 36 finishers.

  1. Tony Lee -- $28,236
  2. James Roush -- $14,573
  3. Conrad Monica -- $7,287
  4. Rick Olmedo -- $6,376
  5. T.J. Stubs -- $5,464
  6. James Bates -- $4,554
  7. Tony Swancy -- $3,643
  8. Robert DeLeon -- $2,732
  9. Chris Stewart -- $1,822

February 16
Event #7 -- No Limit Hold'Em

A total of 202 players paid $500 a seat to play in this tournament. $97,970 was the resulting prize pool which was split between the top 27 finishers. Here are the top 9 with earnings:

  1. Jimmy Duh -- $31,350
  2. Tony Abesamis -- $17,243
  3. Chris Farmer -- $8,817
  4. Yarom Limor -- $6,858
  5. Alex Ray -- $5,878
  6. Beau Towers -- $4,899
  7. Michael Pancer -- $3,919
  8. Russ Tarpey -- $2,939
  9. David Naimark -- $1,959

February 17
Event #8 -- No Limit Hold'Em

146 players were at the tables for Event #8. All players paid $1,000 a piece to enter, resulting in a $141,620 cash pool. Osman Kibar was the champion, receiving a beautiful gold WSOP Circuit ring and the biggest share of the money for his efforts. Payouts went to the top 18 players in the tournament.

  1. Osman Kibar -- $45,885
  2. Stephen Elesley -- $24,075
  3. Mark Fowler -- $14,162
  4. Thomas Maser -- $11,300
  5. Mike Perez -- $8,497
  6. Keith Wintermans -- $7,081
  7. Bruce Moller -- $5,665
  8. John Zou -- $4,249
  9. Don Eiges -- $2,832

February 18
Event #9 -- No Limit Hold'Em

80 players did turn out for the 9th event at Harrah's in San Diego. With a $1,500 entry fee the prize pool reached $116,400. This was split up between only those who made the final table. Here are the results:

  1. Jason Stern -- $41,904
  2. Rick Salzman -- $23,280
  3. Derek Harrington -- $12,804
  4. Brandon Fishman -- $9,312
  5. John Farrell -- $8,148
  6. Greg Mihaly -- $6,984
  7. Gregory Stein -- $5,820
  8. Bryon Killilea -- $4,656
  9. Paul Nichols -- $3,492

February 19
Event #10 -- Ladies Only No Limit Hold'Em

$200.00 was the entry fee for 147 ladies for the 10th tournament at this circuit stop. The cash pool was $24,953 for the top 18 finishers.

  1. Linda Schmidt -- $8,085
  2. Tammy Brown -- $4,242
  3. Carolyn Stoll -- $2,495
  4. Jane Haupt -- $1,996
  5. Kristi Blakey -- $1,497
  6. Michele Kish -- $1,248
  7. Denise Molloy -- $998
  8. Rose Stein -- $749
  9. Alice Hang -- $499

February 20
Event #11 -- $5000 Main Event Championship Day 1

The championship event at Harrah's Rincon had 181 players, but this field was full of top pros like Barry Greenstein, Gavin Griffin, Kathy Liebert, Max Pescatori, Robert Williamson III, Annie Duke, Layne Flack, Tood Wittles, Scotty Nguyen, Chris Ferguson and Carlos Mortensen. All of them are WSOP bracelet holders. Erik Lindgren, Gavin Smith, James Van Alstyne and Phil Gordon were also among the big players at the tables and have won World Poker Tour tournaments plus other events. This prize pool hit $877,850 with cash going to the top 18 finishers. Here is the payout schedule for the final table:

  1. $280,859
  2. $147,364
  3. $86,685
  4. $69,348
  5. $52,011
  6. $43,343
  7. $34,674
  8. $26,005
  9. $17,337
This tournament will be split over 3 days of play. There were 148 eliminations that took place on Day 1, leaving 43 to continue on to the next round. Here are the top players with chip counts:
  1. Peter Feldman -- 128,700
  2. Joe Sebok -- 119,100
  3. Steven Diano -- 114,900
  4. Erik Catelais -- 95,700
  5. Danny Wong -- 84,900
  6. Matthew Davidson -- 84,300
  7. Ron Faltinsky -- 83,300
  8. Matthew Graham -- 77,000
  9. Gavin Smith -- 69,100

February 21
Event #11 -- $5000 Main Event Championship Day 2

From 43 players, we are now down to the 9 for the final table. Eliminations throughout the day sent players like Joe Sebok, Steve Wong, WeiKai Chang, Todd Witteles, Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Ron Faltinsky to the rail. But for those who made the money, the lowest anyone was paid was $10,402 so they did receive a good return on investment.

For the second day in a row, Peter Feldman is the chip leader. Should he win, he will be the 2nd player in the history of the WSOP Circuit Tournament Series to win 2 titles. The first is Chris Ferguson. Here are the final table players and their chip counts:

  1. Peter Feldman -- 444,000
  2. Gavin Griffin -- 390,500
  3. Erik Cajelais -- 270,500
  4. Danny Wong -- 244,500
  5. Shane Schleger -- 205,500
  6. David Matthew -- 119,500
  7. Gavin Smith -- 71,000
  8. Yoon Kim -- 45,500
  9. Jerry Renfroe -- 19,000

February 22
Event #11 -- $5000 Main Event Championship Final Table

Peter Feldman became the second person to win a WSOP Circuit tournament after becoming champion of the Harrah's Rincon event. After the elimination of the 7th final table player, the heads up began between Peter Feldman (1,000,000 chips) and Davidson Matthew (800,000 chips). The final hand for them happened when Matthew (A 4) moved all in after a flop of A K 10, and was called by Feldman (A K). The board showed a turn card of 9 and the river was a 3. Feldman's top pair held up and he became the winner. He will receive a gold and diamond ring, the big cash and a freeroll seat to the Main Event in Las Vegas later this year. Here are the finishing standings:

  1. Peter Feldman -- $280,859
  2. Davidson Matthew -- $147,364
  3. Gavin Griffin -- $86,685
  4. Danny Wong -- $69,348
  5. Erik Cajelais -- $52,011
  6. Shane Schleger -- $43,343
  7. Gavin Smith -- $34,674
  8. Yoon Kim -- $26,005
  9. Jerry Renfroe -- $17,337

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