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2009 Harrah's Tunica WSOP Circuit Event

Harrah's Tunica
Tunica, Mississippi
January 20 - February 9, 2009

The 2009 Harrah's Tunica WSOP circuit event will feature a total of 26 events with 4 Mega Satellites that will take place. Depending on the event, the length will either be 1 or 2 days in length.

Event #1 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The kickoff event at Harrah's Tunica had 514 players pay $340 for a seat at the tables. This two day event generated a prize pool of $149,574 that was split up between the top 54 finishers.

  1. Ronald Sewell -- $37,384
  2. Mark "Pegasus" Smith -- $18,697
  3. John Martinez -- $9,722
  4. Ricky Jr. Blackburn -- $5,235
  5. Ethan Foulkes -- $4,487
  6. Dorian Grant -- $4,113
  7. Chad Smithson -- $3,739
  8. Adam Young -- $2,991
  9. Charles Kent St. Clair -- $2,618
Limit Hold'Em

There were 92 players in this 1 day Limit Hold'Em tournament. Prize pool reached $17,848 and went to the 10 who made the final table.
  1. James Naifeh -- $4,462
  2. Carroll Hopkins -- $3,570
  3. Edgar Taylor -- $2,677
  4. Jerry Miller -- $1,785
  5. James Lavery -- $1,428
  6. James Hansen -- $1,249
  7. Roger Bice -- $1,071
  8. John Parish -- $892
  9. Xiao He -- $357
  10. Richard Doty -- $357
Event #2 -- No Limit Hold'Em

A total of 446 players paying $340 each to enter helped to generate a prize pool of $129,786. Cash went to the top 45 in the event.
  1. Perry Ernest -- $32,448
  2. Vincent Meeks -- $16,742
  3. Charlie Dawson -- $9,085
  4. Glenn Hyde -- $4,867
  5. Yevgeniv Kluyenko -- $3,245
  6. Brenda Bittle -- $2,920
  7. James Berry -- $2,596
  8. Perry Webb -- $2,271
  9. Daniel Vo -- $1,882
Omaha Hi/Lo Split Pot Limit

There were 240 players at the tables. Everyone paid a fee of $230 for a seat. Cash pool grew to $39,576 and was split between the top 27.
  1. John Gilbert -- $9,890
  2. Daid Dacus -- $5,739
  3. Chris Lillie -- $3,166
  4. Carl Maddy -- $2,177
  5. Barry Shulz -- $1,979
  6. Chris Hanke -- $1,781
  7. Fred Hills -- $1,583
  8. Daniel Roblee -- $1,385
  9. Michael Snyder -- $1,187
Event #3 -- No Limit Hold'Em

In all, 509 players paid $340 each for a seat to this event. Money pool rose to $148,119 and went to the last 54 in the field.
  1. Michael Ratcliff -- $37,024
  2. Kevin Miles -- $18,515
  3. Robert Hankins -- $9,628
  4. Roy Rhodes -- $5,184
  5. Kenneth Gortney -- $4,444
  6. Ed Hougham -- $4,073
  7. Jody Mitchell -- $3,703
  8. William Ellis -- $2,962
  9. Joseph Joiner -- $2,592
7 Stud Hi/Lo Split

This one day event attracted 115 players who paid a buy in of $230. Pool size rose to $22,310 and went to the final table of 8.
  1. Daniel Nicewander -- $8,144
  2. Craig DiSalvo -- $4,908
  3. Brad Huddle -- $2,900
  4. Stephen Pasier -- $2,119
  5. Joseph Joinedr -- $1,562
  6. Bill Wrye -- $1,116
  7. Rhudy Maxwell -- $892
  8. Craig Norals -- $669
Event #4 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The players keep on coming to the WSOP circuit tournaments! A total of 469 showed up, paying $550 per seat in this two day event. Prize pool rose to $227,465 and went to the top 46.
  1. Reginald Roberts -- $56,860
  2. Scotty Carroll -- $29,343
  3. Chad Wiedenhoeft -- $15,923
  4. Brian Roberts -- $8,530
  5. Clint Landman -- $5,687
  6. MIke Pressley -- $5,118
  7. Jimmy Collier -- $4,549
  8. Clifft Sykes -- $3,981
  9. Ryan Enis -- $3,298
6 Hand No Limit Hold'Em

There were 270 participants that paid the entry fee of $230 for this 1 day event. Cash pool grew to $52,380 and went to the top 24 remaining in the field.
  1. Stephen Teeter -- $14,664
  2. Jeff Gould -- $7,857
  3. Radwan Khuri -- $4,452
  4. Lewis Campbell -- $3,536
  5. Fred Offermann -- $2,881
  6. Steven Powers -- $2,357
  7. Rick Dupree -- $1,833
  8. Vitaliv Vosmak -- $1,702
  9. Tim Chism -- $1,571
Event #5 -- No Limit Hold'Em

This was a well attended WSOP circuit event with 905 players at the tables. Buy-in was $340 resulting in a $263,335 pool that was divided up between the top 64 finishers.
  1. Nic Vita -- $65,840
  2. Ethan Foulkes -- $32,919
  3. Tim Beck -- $17,118
  4. Jonathan Shiohira -- $9,217
  5. Michael Jordan -- $7,901
  6. Dan Little -- $7,242
  7. Russel Harriman -- $6,584
  8. John Ellis -- $5,267
  9. Michael Wingo -- $4,609
Seniors No Limit Hold'Em

With a buy-in of $230, a total of 276 players came to this event. Pool hit $53,544 in size and went to the top 27.
  1. James Spain -- $13,389
  2. Charles Deatherage -- $7,764
  3. Paquette George -- $4,284
  4. William Underhill -- $2,945
  5. Michael Smith -- $2,677
  6. Harrold Mabe -- $2,409
  7. Dorothy Gantt -- $2,142
  8. Bob Campbell -- $1,874
  9. Joe C Dowdy -- $1,606
Event #6 -- No Limit Hold'em

In all, 390 players signed up for this tournament paying $440 for the buy-in. The pool rose to $151,320 and went to the top 37.
  1. Mark Fleddermann -- $37,826
  2. Brian Roberts -- $20,428
  3. Bruce Sturgeon -- $10,592
  4. Wesley King -- $7,586
  5. Roger Foley -- $6,809
  6. Darren Dwyer -- $5,675
  7. Charles Casavant -- $4,918
  8. Justin Dykes -- $3,783
  9. Matt Chaney -- $2,648
Ladies No Limit Hold'Em

A pool of $51,798 was divided between the top 27 finishers out of the field of 267 entrants. Buy in for the ladies was $230.
  1. Penny Helton -- $12,948
  2. Theresa Gilbert -- $7,511
  3. Carol Tomlinson -- $4,144
  4. Della Jones -- $2,849
  5. Sue Smith -- $2,590
  6. Corrie Smith -- $2,331
  7. Allison Whissell -- $2,072
  8. Esther Fedorkevich -- $1,813
  9. Kathy McKay -- $1,554
Event #7 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The buy-in for the 621 entrants was $230, resulting in a $120,474 pool. The payout schedule saw the top 63 finishers receive money.
  1. Kevin Waldee -- $30,104
  2. Robert Castoire -- $15,059
  3. L.C. Olney -- $7,831
  4. Bryan Williams -- $4,217
  5. Brandon Barlow -- $3,614
  6. Wayne Holt -- $3,313
  7. James Milan -- $3,012
  8. Jonathan Fain -- $2,409
  9. Gregory Estep -- $2,108
Seven Card Stud

This one day event saw 72 players take to the tables. And with a $230 buy in, the pool stopped at $13,968 and went to the eight who made the final table.
  1. Jonathan Junca -- $5,098
  2. Christopher Bibb -- $3,073
  3. Kyle Hinnerichs -- $1,812
  4. Timothy Smith -- $1,307
  5. Neal Cooke -- $978
  6. Richard Baker -- $678
  7. Barbara Enright -- $559
  8. Don Hardie -- $419
Event #8 -- No Limit Hold'Em

This two day event saw 470 entrants pay $230 each for a seat to play No Limit Hold'Em. Pool size grew to $91,180 and went to the top 45 finishers.
  1. Dennis Booze -- $22,798
  2. Michael McKee -- $11,762
  3. Frank Mayo -- $6,383
  4. Annette Sturgeon -- $3,419
  5. Jamie Walker -- $2,280
  6. Bob Roberts -- $2,052
  7. Jody Mitchell -- $1,824
  8. Ryan Gregor -- $1,596
  9. Darryl Jr. Harris -- $1,322
Pot Limit Omaha

This quick one day event had 140 players in it and paid $230 each for their seats. Cash pool reached $27,160 and was divided between the last 18 standing.
  1. Miquel Candelario -- $6,791
  2. Linda Hackney -- $4,346
  3. Steve Stein -- $2,716
  4. Robert Rowland -- $2,281
  5. Curtis Conners -- $1,901
  6. Gloria Tschetschot -- $1,630
  7. William Rector -- $1,358
  8. Nic Veta -- $1,086
  9. Brian Rutland -- $815
Event #9 -- No Limit Hold'Em

Held on January 28 and 29, there were 363 players who paid $340 for the entry fee. The pool reached $105,633 and went to the top 37 finishers.
  1. Ken Smith -- $26,420
  2. Joey Huey -- $14,260
  3. Andrew Saldael -- $7,394
  4. "dmac" McCarthy -- $5,282
  5. Charlie Dawson -- $4,753
  6. Jeremy Sanders -- $3,961
  7. John Humphries -- $3,433
  8. Andrianto Tan -- $2,641
  9. William Davidson -- $1,849
H.O.R.S.E.

This multi-game event drew 133 players. Buy-in was $230 each and contributed to a pool size of $25,802. Money went to the top 16 in the field.
  1. Benjamin Bauman -- $8,386
  2. Elmer Link -- $4,644
  3. Dan Howard -- $2,838
  4. Dan Pickard -- $2,064
  5. Bergan Edwards -- $1,677
  6. Sue Byrd -- $1,290
  7. Norman Collingsworth -- $1,032
  8. David Mackey -- $774
  9. Daniel Carter -- $464
Event #10 -- No Limit Hold'Em

A grand total of 316 players paid $440 each to get in on the action for Event number 10. Pool size grew to $122,608 and was split between the top 37 in the field. Recognizable names at the tables were Chris Moneymaker who placed 2nd, David Lieberman, Glyn Banks and Doug "Rico" Carly.
  1. Kenny Long -- $30,650
  2. Chris Moneymaker -- $16,552
  3. Jim Naifeh -- $8,583
  4. Richard Ferro -- $6,130
  5. Glyn Banks -- $5,517
  6. David Lieberman -- $4,598
  7. Matt Haugen -- $3,985
  8. Neal Cooke -- $3,065
  9. Dina Rylander -- $2,146
No Limit Hold'Em

This one day event fared well with 255 players showing up. The pool was $49,470 that went to the top 27 in the field. Buy in was $230.
  1. Paula Halata -- $12,365
  2. John Sanchez -- $7,173
  3. Chris Nash -- $3,958
  4. Ryan Smith -- $2,721
  5. Jim Coogler -- $2,474
  6. Darrell Cox -- $2,226
  7. Bradley Harkness -- $1,979
  8. Gary Harbison -- $1,731
  9. Miguel Candelario -- $1,484
Event #11 -- No Limit Hold'Em

An increased entry fee of $550 helped to create a pool in the amount of $201,760. This was split among the top 45 players in the tournament out of a field of 416.
  1. Michael Carter -- $50,439
  2. Sean McMahon -- $26,027
  3. Danny Nelson -- $14,123
  4. Steve Weigel -- $7,566
  5. Michael Sabbia -- $5,044
  6. Phillip Wells -- $4,540
  7. Tom Wright -- $3,985
  8. Dean Bobel -- $3,065
  9. Allen Kessler -- $2,146
No Limit Hold'Em

There were 336 players at the tables for the one day event, each paying $230 for a seat. Prize pool rose to $65,184 and went to the top 36 remaining.
  1. Terry Cates -- $16,291
  2. Steven Reynolds -- $8,800
  3. Glyn Banks -- $4,563
  4. William Souther -- $3,259
  5. Sam Peroulas -- $2,933
  6. Wayne Phipot -- $2,444
  7. George Barton -- $2,118
  8. Brian Hart -- $1,630
  9. Jason Becher -- $1,141
Event #12 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The closer we get to the champion event, the larger the money gets as 321 players ponied up $1,080 for a seat to event 12. $311,370 was the resulting pool size and went to the last 36 in the field.
  1. Justin Truesdell -- $77,836
  2. Chris Love -- $42,035
  3. Leon Morford -- $21,796
  4. Philip Sparta -- $15,596
  5. Jim Pieczynski -- $14,012
  6. Donald Crabtree -- $11,676
  7. Giovanni Marcacci -- $10,120
  8. Biggs Powell -- $7,784
  9. Brian Fernbacher -- $5,449
No Limit Hold'Em

A big number of 476 players came to the tables, each paying $230 for a seat. The prize pool of $92,344 was divided up between the last 46 finishers.
  1. Perry McGinnis -- $23,093
  2. Scott Standridge -- $11,912
  3. Shannon McDonough -- $6,464
  4. Zachary Huett -- $3,463
  5. Dianna Mullins -- $2,309
  6. Ronnie Nelson -- $2,078
  7. Patrick Meeks -- $1,847
  8. Ryan Rubin -- $1,616
  9. Mark "Pegasus" Smith -- $1,339

Event #13 -- Mega Satellite Tournaments

There were no figures given by the WSOP on these, as they were designed to have players earn their way into the Circuit Championship Event for less than the $5,150 entry fee.

Event #14 -- Circuit Championship Event

This 3 day event had 154 players pay $5,150 per seat. Cash pool reached $746,900 and went to the top 19 finishers. Here are the highlights:

Day 1
A number of big names came to play such as Gavin Smith, Kathy Liebert, Allen Kessler, Bill Edler, Sabyl Landrum, 2003 WSOP Main Event Champion Chris Moneymaker and Matt Stout. All entrants started with 20,000 chips each. On top of money and a fantastic ring worn by winners of the Championship events. Moneymaker made a quick exit after his all-in with pocket K's lost to a set of J's.

Day 2 and the Final Table
The second day took less than 3 hours for the nine to be named for the final table. Gavin Smith finished in 10th place, just outside of the final table when his move with pocket 8's lost to the full house of his opponent.

On the final day, it took just under six hours of play to determine the champion. The winning and final hand went as follows. Both players saw a flop and turn card of 4c Kd 10d Ad. After a couple of raises and reraises, Landry moved all-in and was called by Dao. Landry turned over Qh Js and Dao had Jd 7s for a royal flush draw! But the river card was a 6s, meaning the Kai Landry was the new champion and on his way to the Main Event in July!

  1. Kai Landry -- $183,974
  2. David Dao -- $117,744
  3. Matt "ALL IN AT 420" Stout -- $73,590
  4. Leonard Eidson -- $61,816
  5. Jeremy Byrum -- $51,513
  6. Mike Leah -- $44,154
  7. Glenn Hyde -- $36,795
  8. Bryan McCoy -- $29,436
  9. Frank Wyville -- $22,077

Event #15 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The last event at Harrah's Tunica had 133 players paying $230 each for a seat. Pool grew to $25,802 and went to the top 19 finishers.

  1. Kevin Weber -- $6,451
  2. John Holloway -- $4,128
  3. David Kopac -- $2,580
  4. Charles Sutton -- $2,167
  5. Corey Roberts -- $1,806
  6. Allen Rodgers -- $1,548
  7. Kenneth Gortney -- $1,290
  8. Dexter Brown -- $1,032
  9. Victor Lee -- $774

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