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2009 Harrah's New Orleans WSOP Circuit Event

Harrah's New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 8 to May 20, 2009

Event #1 -- No Limit Hold'Em

With a reasonable buyin of $340, there were 572 players who showed up to the tables. The top 54 saw a piece of the $166,452 cash pool.

  1. Casey Lang Chiasson -- $48,272
  2. Charles Kirk Danna -- $25,468
  3. Norman Rockwell -- $13,317
  4. Allen Perry -- $11,652
  5. Chip Ervin -- $9,987
  6. Daniel Walsh -- $8,323
  7. Matthew Bourgeois -- $6,658
  8. Dennis Booze -- $4,994
  9. Jacob Naquin -- $3,329
Event #2 -- Limit Omaha Hi/Low (8 or Better)

This two day event took place on the same day as Event #1, but at 5:00 PM. A total of 81 showed up with another $340 for the buy in. And only the final table players saw any money from the $23,571 pool.
  1. Robert Campbell -- $8,485
  2. Vittario Iemolo -- $4,714
  3. Thomas Witherspoon -- $2,593
  4. David Moyer -- $1,886
  5. J.R. Hamilton -- $1,650
  6. Janie Martinez -- $1,414
  7. Rusty Moss -- $1,179
  8. Ian Crozier -- $943
  9. Brad Millar -- $707
Event #3 -- No Limit Hold'em

A prize pool of $165,385 was created from the 341 entrants paying $550 each for a seat. But the money went to the last 36 in the standings.
  1. Nancy Birnbaum -- $51,269
  2. Todd Wood -- $26,461
  3. Tyler Smith -- $13,230
  4. Keechi Settlemyre -- $11,576
  5. Shawn Quillin -- $9,923
  6. Larry Price -- $8,269
  7. John Payne -- $6,615
  8. David Chocheles -- $4,962
  9. Randal Dubois -- $3,308
Event #4 -- Pot Limit Hold'Em

Pot Limit Hold'Em attracted 75 players, bringing an entry fee of $340 per seat. Prize pool hit $21,825 and went to the 9 who made the final table. Here are the results:
  1. Patrick Peercy -- $7,857
  2. Preston Derdon -- $4,365
  3. Corrie Wunstel -- $2,400
  4. Joe Nieten -- $1,746
  5. Danny Grassi -- $1,528
  6. Wayne LeBlanc -- $1,310
  7. Elliot Howze -- $1,091
  8. Ali Jafari -- $873
  9. Thomas Pullens -- $655
Event #5 -- No Limit Hold'Em

There were 128 players who paid $550 for the buy in, creating a pool of $62,080 for the top 18 finishers.
  1. Jesse Jackson -- $20,115
  2. Joe Pepe -- $10,554
  3. D.D. Wininger -- $6,208
  4. John Sullivan -- $4,966
  5. Chris Chevalier -- $3,725
  6. Bobby Toye -- $3,104
  7. Elias Hourani -- $2,483
  8. Daniel Jimenez -- $1,862
  9. Thomas Culbertson -- $1,242

Event #6 -- No Limit Hold'em

During the evening around 5 PM, 142 players paid $340 each for a seat here. Prize pool reached $41,322 and went to the top 18.

  1. Brian Belle -- $13,388
  2. Lewis D. Campbell -- $7,024
  3. Beanz McGriff -- $4,132
  4. Larry Vance -- $3,306
  5. Jerrard Parfait -- $2,479
  6. J.R. Hamilton -- $2,066
  7. Kai Landry -- $1,653
  8. Michael Andrews -- $1,240
  9. Dwight Lemoine -- $826

Event #7 -- No Limit Hold'em

A total of 156 players signed up for event 7, paying $550 for a seat. Pool rose to $75,600 and went to the last 18 in the field.

  1. Joe Phelps -- $24,513
  2. Steven Faillici -- $12,862
  3. Chris Lang -- $7,566
  4. Brian Delatte -- $6,053
  5. Christian Mascagni -- $4,540
  6. Sue Whigham -- $3,783
  7. Ali Jafari -- $3,026
  8. Scott Weinberg -- $2,270
  9. Lance Cone -- $1,513

Event #8 -- Pot Limit Omaha

Later in the evening, 74 gathered to play in this event paying the buyin of $550. This resulted in a pool of $35,890 that went to the players who made the final table.

  1. George Guzman -- $12,921
  2. Ryan Lenaghan -- $7,178
  3. Robert Campbell -- $3,947
  4. Randy Edmonson -- $2,871
  5. Danny Grassi -- $2,512
  6. Ron Ware -- $2,153
  7. David Halpern -- $1,753
  8. John "Texas Troll" Tollefsen -- $1,436
  9. Mark Gallagher -- $1,077

Event #9 -- No Limit Hold'em (6 Handed)

Buy-in: $550
Players: 172
Prize pool: $83,420 that went to the top 18.

  1. Michael Raimon -- $24,192
  2. John Riola -- $15,016
  3. Bradley Jones -- $9,593
  4. Timothy Miles -- $6,674
  5. Mike Anderson -- $4,588
  6. Chris Morrison -- $3,337
  7. John Holsonback -- $2,503
  8. Brennan Benglis -- $2,503
  9. Sergio Alvarez -- $2,086

Event #10 -- No Limit Hold'Em

Buy-in: $340
Players: 263
Prize pool: $76,533 that went to the top 28.

  1. John Lallo -- $18,560
  2. Alex Wood -- $11,479
  3. Scott Frost -- $7,270
  4. Aaron Cole -- $5,931
  5. Michael Hallen -- $4,783
  6. Chris Hildebrandt -- $3,826
  7. Philip Sparta -- $3,061
  8. Curtis Terry -- $2,487
  9. Kristopher Smithson -- $1,913

Event #11 -- No Limit Hold'Em

Buy-in: $340
Players: 323
Prize pool: $99,993 that went to the top 36.

  1. Chris Tipper -- $22,558
  2. Johnny Stephenson -- $13,863
  3. Michael Huckman -- $8,694
  4. Paula Halata -- $7,049
  5. Quentin Stephens -- $5,639
  6. Bobby Henderson -- $4,465
  7. Unknown -- $3,525
  8. Joseph Sylvester Jr. -- $2,820
  9. Donald Veloz -- $2,115

Event #12 -- Pot Limit Hold'Em/Omaha

Buy-in: $550
Players: 99
Prize pool: $48,015 that went to the top 9.

  1. John "Texas Troll" Tollefsen -- $15,365
  2. Brent Keller -- $9,603
  3. Chad Burns -- %6,122
  4. Birol Lermi -- $4,321
  5. David Nixon -- $3,481
  6. George Guzman -- $2,881
  7. Donald Harris -- $2,401
  8. Jason Brice -- $2,041
  9. James Haley -- $1,800

Event #13 -- No Limit Hold'Em

Buy-in: $1,070
Players: 262
Prize pool: $254,140 that went to the top 27.

  1. Robert Rosengarten -- $61,629
  2. Abdul Al-magableh -- $38,121
  3. Manny Minaya -- $24,143
  4. Chad Ferrell -- $19,696
  5. Chean Chin -- $15,884
  6. William Souther -- $12,707
  7. Ryan Gafford -- $10,166
  8. James Jewett -- $8,260
  9. Alan Ramkhalawan -- $6,354

Event #14 -- Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better

Buy-in: $340
Players: 114
Prize pool: $33,174 that went to the top 18.

  1. Keith Ezykowich -- $8,791
  2. Anthony Bertuccio -- $5,307
  3. Anthony Douglas -- $3,400
  4. Alton Torregano -- $2,654
  5. Mitchell Smith -- $2,073
  6. Brent Carter -- $1,659
  7. Michael Scherer -- $1,327
  8. Thomas Elliot -- $1,078
  9. Geoff Bouvier -- $912

Event #15 -- No Limit Hold'Em

Buy-in: $340
Players: 540
Prize pool: $158,304 that went to the top 54.

  1. Kai Landry -- $35,620
  2. Gaven Arza -- $22,558
  3. Vincent Dellapi -- $13,582
  4. Shawn Pilot -- $11,319
  5. Jonathan Evans -- $9,261
  6. Clint Schafer -- $7,282
  7. Bryan Williams -- $5,699
  8. Dennis Terry -- $4,512
  9. Christopher Duprey -- $3,324

Event #16 -- Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys

Buy-in: $340
Players: 94
Prize pool: $62,274 including 407 rebuys that went to the top 9.

  1. Leonid Shteyn -- $19,928
  2. Robert Campbell -- $12,455
  3. Ed Rodger -- $7,939
  4. Brandon Jarrett -- $5,605
  5. Nick Graphia -- $4,515
  6. Charles Wight -- $3,736
  7. Justin Jones -- $3,114
  8. Joe Harwood -- $2,647
  9. Shahnam Mohajerin -- $2,335

Event #17 -- No Limit Hold'Em

Buy-in: $550
Players: 375
Prize pool: $181,875 that went to the top 36.

  1. Dave Gafford -- $43,650
  2. Michael Murphy -- $26,826
  3. Vlad Ventsko -- $16,823
  4. Richard Estep -- $13,641
  5. Benjamin Thomas -- $10,913
  6. Michael Nguyen -- $8,693
  7. Richard Kirsch -- $6,820
  8. Ken Weidner -- $5,456
  9. Tony Taylor -- $4,092

Event #18 -- Pot Limit Omaha

Buy-in: $1,070
Players: 29
Prize pool: $29,100 that went to the top 3.

  1. Brent Keller -- $14,550
  2. Jason Gladden -- $8,730
  3. Thomas Randack -- $5,820

Event #19 -- Ladies Championship No Limit Hold'Em

Buy-in: $340
Players: 184
Prize pool: $53,544 that went to the top 18.

  1. Lisa Wilder -- $14,189
  2. Annette Martin -- $8,567
  3. Tabatha Michel -- $5,488
  4. Sue Tolson -- $4,283
  5. Terri Turner -- $3,347
  6. Amee Dave -- $2,677
  7. Lisa Atwin -- $2,142
  8. Trish Marks -- $1,740
  9. Judy Lablanc -- $1,472

Event #20 -- Championship Event

Buy-in: $5,150
Players: 167
Prize pool: $798,950 divided up between the top 18

Day 1
This group of players had lots of amateurs and few pros, but the pros in the field were well noted. Dwyte Pilgrim who has been hot this year winning 2 Championship events this year with rings to prove it was seen as well as Kai Landry and Philip Sparta both having 2 rings behind their reputations. Plus Allen Kessler, Ester Taylor, Soheil Shamseddin, Michael Binger, Matt Brady and Wilbur Futhey had seats to the event as well. With 20,000 in chips to start and 8 levels of play, everyone kept their eyes on the prize. Here is the payout schedule:

  1. $211,722
  2. $127,832
  3. $81,892
  4. $63,916
  5. $49,934
  6. $39,948
  7. $31,958
  8. $25,966
  9. $21,971
Early bustouts include Kai Landry after his two pair with Q J were overrun by the Broadway straight of another player. Allen Kessler lost the remainder of his stack in a 3 way pot, and walked to the rail. And in a bad beat, both Ester Taylor and Michael Schneider were both eliminated on the same hand when another player hit quad Queens. Michael Binger also lost to the two pair of another player and headed out for some fresh air.

Dwyte Pilgrim got off to a rocky start falling to as low as 6,000, but managed to get it together and end the day with over 170,000 chips. Player Billy Kopp ended the day with just over 260,000, being one of the 63 players who will take to the tables on Day 2.

Day 2
The goal is to play down to 9 for the final table. After WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla had a selected player give the order to "shuffle up and deal", things were underway. Early on Brent Carter was eliminated when he met the pocket A's of Eric Cloutier after making his all-in move. Matt Ross took a bad beat after making two pair (A's and 5's) on the flop eventually moving all his chips to the middle, only to have another player make a set on the river. Before the river card, the other player only had 1 pair. Needless to say, Ross was upset upon making the way to the sidelines. David Dao also was put to pasteur after meeting the pocket A's of Matt Brady.

As we hit the money bubble it was Dwyte Pilgrim who busted out at position 18 adding another WSOP cash to his list of accomplishments. After Dwyte there were 8 more busts before arriving at the 9 for the final table. And they are:
  1. Jean Gaspard -- 804,000 chips
  2. Billy Kopp -- 644,000 chips
  3. Daniel Walsh -- 553,000 chips
  4. Kenny Miliam -- 389,000 chips
  5. Justin Allen -- 303,000 chips
  6. Ken Christopher -- 232,000 chips
  7. Steven McKoy -- 182,000 chips
  8. Anita Vasquez -- 118,000 chips
  9. Kurt Scheer -- 115,000 chips
Final Table
Action took off at 2:15 PM and took less than 6 hours to name the champion. First bust was Kurt Scheer in 9th after losing to the full house of Jean Gaspard (10's/J's). In 8th place was Kenny Milan who could not overcome the pocket K's of Billy Kopp. Unhappy Justin Allen who was crippled by the Broadway straight made by Jean Gaspard, left in 7th place after losing to the pocket 4's of Gaspard. The last woman standing was Anita Vasquez who finished in 6th place from the full house (Q's/K's) belonging to Ken Christopher. Daniel Walsh laid claim to 5th place after his all-in with pocket 10's met the pocket A's of Ken Christopher.

The pace slowed somewhat with the remaining players poking and prodding for weaknesses...taking their time doing so. Jean Gaspard maintained his position with over 1.7 million chips waiting for someone else to bustout with the other 3. Then after 2 hours of this Steven McKoy picked up the money for a 4th place finish after losing to the set of Aces belongning to Ken Christopher.

After that, the players took a break for 15 minutes. Well actually it was longer than that. But when they did return, tournament officials announced they made a 3 way deal with the winnings. In the deal, Jean Gaspard pocketed $161,175 the ring and the freeroll seat to the WSOP Main Event, Billy Kopp took second with a $123,837 payday and Ken Christopher claimed 3rd and a sizable $111,097 for his efforts.
  1. Jean Gaspard -- $211,722 (actually $161,175)
  2. Billy Kopp -- $127,832 (actually $123,837)
  3. Ken Christopher -- $81,892 (actually $111,097)
  4. Steven McKoy -- $63,916
  5. Daniel Walsh -- $49,934
  6. Anita Vasquez -- $39,948
  7. Justin Allen -- $31,958
  8. Kenny Milam -- $25,966
  9. Kurt Scheer -- $21,971

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