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2008 Horseshoe Council Bluffs
WSOP Circuit Tournament

February 18 to February 27, 2008

Event #1 -- No Limit Hold'Em
The kickoff event had 492 players who paid $300 each to get in on the action. A prize pool of 143,172 was split between the final 45 in the tournament.

  1. Joel Brown -- $42,942
  2. Michael Armstrong -- $23,051
  3. Eric Francois -- $11,454
  4. Donald Marchi -- $10,022
  5. Corey Ferger -- $8,590
  6. Glenn Wallin -- $7,159
  7. Duane Gerelman -- $5,727
  8. Larry Cascio -- $4,295
  9. Tim Laws -- $2,863

Event #2 -- No Limit Hold'Em
A total of 223 players signed up for the second event at the Horseshoe. Buyin for the event was $500 each, which helped to create a prize pool of $108,155 that went to the top 27 finishers.

  1. Danny Walker -- $34,608
  2. John Kurtenbach -- $19,035
  3. Larry Christensen -- $$9,734
  4. Scotty Buller -- $7,571
  5. Ron Miller -- $6,489
  6. Steve Spratlen -- $5,408
  7. Daniel Sindelar -- $4,326
  8. Jason Vargas -- $3,245
  9. Blake Cahail -- $2,163

Event #3 -- No Limit Hold'Em Entry fee for the event which drew 374 players to the tables, helped to establish a $108,834 prize pool. This went to the top 36 in the tournament.

  1. David Andrew -- $33,742
  2. Josh Shmerl -- $17,413
  3. Rick Behrendt -- $8,707
  4. Jason Bartholomew -- $7,618
  5. Amy Muller -- $6,530
  6. Christopher Drew -- $5,442
  7. David Sawyer -- $4,353
  8. Sean Johnson -- $3,265
  9. Jeff Hubbard -- $2,177

Event #4 -- No Limit Hold'Em The top 27 out of a 246 player field split the $119,310 prize pool created by the $500 per player entry fee. Tim Sciscoe became the champion of this tournament.

  1. Tim Sciscoe -- $38,178
  2. Tom Petric -- $20,999
  3. Darin Rima -- $10,738
  4. Bob Slezak -- $8,352
  5. Richard Fitzgerald -- $7,159
  6. Drew Woodke -- $5,996
  7. Luke Schneider -- $4,772
  8. Chance Langness -- $3,579
  9. Howard Wolper -- $2,380

Event #5 -- Omaha Hi/Low All the information is not in yet, but we will post it when the WSOP releases the official results. Here are the winners:

  1. Brian Brashaw -- $13,954
  2. Shawn Ng -- $7,522
  3. Steve Quiroz -- $4,307
  4. Bill Short -- $3,445
  5. David Anderson -- $2,584
  6. Manny Varela -- $2,153
  7. Kevin O'Donnell -- $1,723
  8. Richard Walter -- $1,292
  9. Curtis Diede -- $891

Event #6 -- No Limit Hold'Em This two day event drew 156 players who each paid $1,000 to sit at the tables. A prize pool of $151,320 was split between the last 18 finishers.

  1. Nicholas Bickey -- $49,029
  2. Joe Siedlik -- $25,724
  3. Sonny Nicewarner -- $15,132
  4. Jason Bartholomew -- $12,106
  5. Dan Hicks -- $9,079
  6. Steven Hipes -- $8,566
  7. Duane Gerelman -- $6,053
  8. Ron Picow -- $4,540
  9. Everett Carlson -- $3,026

Event #7 -- Limit Hold'Em This Limit Hold'Em Event attracted 100 players, each posting a buy in of $300. So the prize pool of $29,100 was divided between the top 18 finishers.

  1. Frank Dukich -- $9,429
  2. Dmitri Soudakov -- $4,947
  3. Patrick Galloway -- $2,910
  4. John Biebel -- $2,328
  5. Leon Johnson -- $1,746
  6. David Hiers -- $1,455
  7. Andrew Stauss -- $1,164
  8. Jim Hansen -- $873
  9. Vic Hoffman -- $582

Event #8 -- No Limit Hold'Em Buy in for the event was $1,500 per person. Number of players reached 109 to create a $158,595 prize pool that was divided between the last 18 standing.

  1. Kou Vang -- $51,383
  2. David Dicken -- $26,961
  3. Blake Cahill -- $15,860
  4. Jeff Bryan -- $12,688
  5. Michael Sortino -- $9,516
  6. Jovan Sudar -- $7,930
  7. Phil Mader -- $6,344
  8. William Burdick -- $4,758
  9. Mark Fernandes -- $3,172

Event #9 -- H.O.R.S.E. With a buy in of $500 each, 87 players sat down to play this challenging and fun version of poker. A prize pool of $42,195 was split with those who made the final table.

  1. Teddy Nassif -- $15,400
  2. Kevin O'Donnell -- $9,283
  3. Tony Merksick -- $5,485
  4. Karl Tretter -- $4,009
  5. Yuval Bronshtein -- $2,954
  6. Umeme Hoye -- $2,110
  7. Michael Altman -- $1,688
  8. Daniel Sindelar -- $1,266

High Heels Poker Tour -- Ladies Event

  1. Lorraine Bane -- $7,438
  2. Kim Strong -- $4,132
  3. Rebecca Dallam -- $2,273
  4. Jeanette Levitt -- $1,653
  5. Marlene Toplin -- $1,446
  6. Brooke Rardin -- $1,240
  7. Kathy Hartwick -- $1,033
  8. Julene Anderson -- $826
  9. Lisa Reck -- $620

Main Event -- $5000 Buy In 3 Day Event
The Main Event was spread over 3 days with 99 players handing over $5000 each to enter. A resulting prize pool of $484,137 was split between only those lucky enough to make the final table. For the winner awaits a gold Championship ring, a seat at the WSOP Main Event plus $1,000 spending money along with a six figure payday. Not bad for 3 days work!

Day 1 saw 62 eliminations with 27 moving on to Day 2, leaving only 9 for the final table on Day 3. As a bit of incentive for the final table players, the casino brought out the entire prize pool on a platter with the Championship ring for all to see...right before the first hand of action! And that was enough to have the players raise the competitiveness of the table to where all was said and done after 6 hours of play.

First to go out in 9th was Howard Wolper who had A 2 that was beaten with the pocket 3's of Michael Martin. Fifteen minutes later, Ron Koenemann laid claim to the 8th place payout when his all in with A 6 suited was silenced by the pocket Q's of Bernard Lee. Dan Jensen left in 7th after his K J was outdone by the A Q of Keith Murrell. Sam Shamburg tossed his card to the center after seeing the pocket Q's of Benjamin Hock, and left the building in a 6th place finish. Keith Murrell holding A K, had his tournament bid for champion stopped in 5th place by the Jack high straight of Michael Martin. Bernard Lee who was short stacked, went in with Q J against Martin who held A 5 suited. None of the cards dealt improved the position of either player so Bernard Lee was busted in 4th. Crowd favorite Nicholas Manganaro who went all in short stacked with J 10 suited, lost to Michael Martin who won the hand King high. Manganaro slowly walked to the cashier to take his reward for 3rd.

Benjamin Hock became champion when his two pair (10/6) was able to finish off the flush draw of Michael Martin. So 28 year old Benjamin Hock, who left his profession of a chef 8 months ago received a big payday and a seat to the Main Event to be held at the RIO!

  1. Benjamin Hock -- $169,327
  2. Michael Martin -- $94,263
  3. Nicholas Manganaro -- $52,039
  4. Bernard Lee -- $37,965
  5. Keith Murrell -- $33,273
  6. Sam Shamburg -- $28,582
  7. Dan Jensen -- $23,981
  8. Ron Koenemann -- $19,199
  9. Howard Wolper -- $14,508

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