2008 Caesar's Indiana II WSOP Circuit Tournament

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2008 Caesar's Indiana II WSOP Circuit Tournament

San Diego, California
March 30 - April 13, 2008

Event #1 -- No Limit Hold'Em
The first event at Caesar's Indiana had 416 players each pay $340 to enter the tournament. Money went to the top 45 who split up a pool of $115,906.

  1. David Burch -- $34,772
  2. Ricky Stinson -- $18,661
  3. Robert Jolley -- $9,272
  4. Kevin Davis -- $8,113
  5. Jason Ainsworth -- $6,954
  6. Matthew Andrews -- $5,795
  7. Alan Tavel -- $4,636
  8. Lewis Campbell -- $3,477
  9. William Phister -- $2,318

Event #2 -- 1/2 NL Hold 'Em - 1/2 PL Omaha
In this first of a kind at Caesar's Indiana, 155 entrants paid $340 for the buy in. A prize pool of $39,955 was split up between the top 18 finishers.

  1. Nima Hasannejad -- $12,945
  2. Edward Sullivan -- $6,792
  3. Bryan Saap -- $3,996
  4. Richard Austin -- $3,196
  5. Admon Tomma -- $2,397
  6. Richard Guthrie -- $1,998
  7. Hamid Shami -- $1,598
  8. Patrick Curran -- $1,199
  9. Lloyd Borba Jr. -- $799

Event #3 -- No Limit Hold'Em
Only the top 27 out of the 261 entrants got a piece of the $121,435 prize pool. This two day event cost players $550 for the buy in.

  1. Craig Brumfield -- $38,859
  2. Jerry Payne -- $21,373
  3. Jeff Burns -- $10,529
  4. Patrick Peercy -- $8,500
  5. Karec Terrell -- $7,286
  6. Jeff Sluzinski -- $6,071
  7. Mark Smith -- $4,857
  8. Chris Jones -- $3,643
  9. Larry Kozlove -- $2,429

Event #4 -- No Limit Hold'Em
A total of 661 players came to the tables for this tournament. The $340 entry fee contributed to a $181,450 prize pool, which was divided up between the top 63 finishers.

  1. Tim Laws -- $49,238
  2. Mark Wright -- $25,498
  3. Justin Scott -- $14,068
  4. Daniel Hill -- $12,310
  5. Matt Ready -- $10,551
  6. Brian Tweedy -- $8,792
  7. Stephen Raz -- $7,034
  8. Thas Haas -- $5,275
  9. Doug (Rico) Carli -- $3,517

Event #5 -- No Limit Hold'Em
A total of 430 players paid $550 to sit down at the tables. Size of the prize pool reached $215,000 and was divided between 45 lucky finishers.

  1. Tim Vance -- $61,020
  2. Brian Roberts -- $32,747
  3. Bob Miller -- $16,272
  4. Chad Hahn -- $14,238
  5. Cy Dixon -- $12,204
  6. Bill Varga -- $10,170
  7. David Cupps -- $8,136
  8. Patrick Peercy -- $6,102
  9. Daniel Numan -- $4,068

Event #6 -- Ladies No Limit Hold'Em
Two hundred and thirty four ladies were at the tables for Event #6. The prize pool of $40,246 was created by the buyin fees of $225 for all entrants. Monies were divided between the top 27 finishers.

  1. Kelly Kiser -- $12,879
  2. Patricia Till -- $7,083
  3. Janet Branson -- $3,622
  4. Jennifer Legowski -- $2,817
  5. Carrie Oster -- $2,415
  6. Rita Davison -- $2,012
  7. Rikki Herriman -- $1,610
  8. Amanda Zeger -- $1,207
  9. Linda McDonald -- $805

Event #7 -- No Limit Hold'Em
A prize pool of $83,314 was created by the 304 players who came to the tables for event number 7. Cash went to the top 34 players and each paid $340 to get in.

  1. Kevin Davis -- $25,837
  2. Sean Hodge -- $24,997
  3. Joseph Pietro -- $13,330
  4. Robert Spicuzza -- $6,665
  5. Robert Miller -- $5,832
  6. Sharon Bonds -- $4,999
  7. Cary Aronson -- $4,166
  8. Fred Russell -- $3,333
  9. Scott Dorsch -- $1,666

Event #8 -- Six Handed No Limit Hold'Em
One hundred and fourty six players each paid $550 for the right to play in event 8. Money went to the last 18 sitting who split the %65,660 prize pool.

  1. Mike Cordell -- $21,274
  2. Simon Mancini -- $11,162
  3. Lou White -- $6,566
  4. Doug Carli -- $5,252
  5. Michael Stephens -- $3,940
  6. Shelia Carwile -- $2,626
  7. Michael Brown -- $1,970
  8. Hong Nguyen -- $1,313
  9. Kevin Mills -- $1,051

Event #9 -- 1/2 NL Hold 'Em - 1/2 PL Omaha
As we get closer to the Main Event, 100 players each paid $550 to sit at these tables. The two day event saw the top 18 finishers split a prize pool of $43,350.

  1. Robbie Frank -- $14,045
  2. Doug (Rico) Carli -- $7,370
  3. Russell Merrill -- $4,335
  4. Donald Godsey -- $3,468
  5. Steven Mitchell -- $2,601
  6. Jason Song -- $2,167
  7. Mark Dreshai -- $1,734
  8. Tom McGrath -- $1,300
  9. Eric Dam -- $867

Event #10 -- No Limit Hold'Em
The surviving 36 entrants received part of a $100,774 prize pool. All participants paid $340 each to get in the tournament.

  1. Brett Henthorn -- $31,240
  2. Dennis Schroder -- $16,124
  3. Henry Barnes -- $8,062
  4. Cy Dixon -- $7,054
  5. Tommy Pruitt -- $6,046
  6. Donald Crail -- $5,039
  7. Darrell Lackey -- $4,031
  8. Steven Mitchell -- $3,022
  9. Richard Woehler -- $2,015

Event #11 -- No Limit Hold'Em
With a buyin of $1,060 per player, 241 showed up for this tournament. That brought the prize pool up to $228,620 which was split between the top 27 finishers.

  1. Dale Robinson -- $73,154
  2. Bernard Lee -- $40,237
  3. David Dao -- $20,576
  4. Jason Benanzer -- $16,003
  5. Ed Koppe -- $13,717
  6. Matt Sterling -- $11,431
  7. William Johnson -- $9,145
  8. Caleb Banks -- $6,859
  9. Mike Aberle -- $4,572

Event #12 -- Main Event
With a buyin of $5,150, 117 players got in the Main Event to grab a piece of a $556,450 prize pool. Money went to the top 18 who made it over the three day event. (But just as a note, due to the low number of players, it only went two days.) Day 1 did see a few notables such as Doug (Rico) Carli, Benjamin Hock, John Racener, Bernard Lee, 2007 WSOP Main Event champion Robert Cheung and Lou Esposito. Action for day 1 saw the field whittled down to 18 by 4:00 a.m. The second day began at 12 noon which was only 8 hours later.

It took 3 hours to reach the final table, but an additional 7 hours to eliminate down the the final two players. On the final hand, both players went all in preflop, Wilbur Futhey with A K to Steven Merrifield holding A 10. The board showed 6 Q Q 10 J, giving Futhey the straight and the championship win. As champion Wilbur will receive a six figure payday, a $10,000 buy in for the Main Event at the RIO, $1000 spending money and a gold ring with diamonds that all Main Event circuit champions wear.

  1. Wilbur Futhey -- $180,290
  2. Steven Merrifield -- $94,597
  3. Dale Poynter -- $55,645
  4. Doug (Rico) Carli -- $44,516
  5. Benjamin Hock -- $33,387
  6. Jason Mann -- $27,823
  7. Giovanni Marcacci -- $22,258
  8. Jerry Martin -- $16,694
  9. Michael Iacovone -- $11,129

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