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2010 Harrah's Atlantic City
Harrah's Atlantic City
World Series of Poker Circuit Event
777 Harrah's Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ
December 4 - December 20, 2009
The 2010 Harrah's Atlantic City circuit stop will happen from December 4th to the 20th for those looking for
some hot poker action. To take advantage of special rates, visit Harrah's by clicking this link.
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this is the latest release from Harrah's.
Event #1 -- No Limit Hold'Em
In fantastic WSOP Circuit fashion, the first event had 1,056 players in it! And the modest buy in
of $340 created a prize pool of $307,296 which went to the last 99 players. On the first day of the
event, 957 were eliminated leaving 99 to return on Day 2. Then it took another 7 hours of play to
narrow the field down to the final table with play at level 27 having blinds at 20,000/40,000 and a
5,000 chip ante. First to go in 9th was Saleh Levy, turning over the rest of his stack over to Dante
Magtoto. In 8th place was Casey Jarzabek who lost to the set of 9's held by Massoud Nikjouian. Then in
7th was Steven Rodriguez after losing to the pocket K's of Desmond Chan. Chris Goez laid claim to the
6th place prize money when he was overcome by the Ace kicker of Magtoto. Jeremy Solomon also finished
in 5th by the Ace kicker of Nikjouian. A 4th place finish belonged to Desmond Chan, losing to the
heart flush made by Nikjouian. Next to go in another WSOP Circuit final table finish was
Dwyte Pilgrim in 3rd, who had his chance to earn a third circuit championship ring stopped by the
pocket Q's of Magtoto.
At one point during the heads up between Magtoto and Nikjouian, they stepped to the side to
try and cut a deal but when the faces of the players showed that negotiations blew up, it was
back to the tables. The hand of victory came when Nikjouian went all-in preflop with A 6 verses
the Q 9 of Magtoto. Another Queen on the turn earned Magtoto his first championship gold ring along
with some nice cash to boot.
- Dante Magtoto -- $61,459
- Massoud Nikjouian -- $32,205
- Dwyte Pilgrim -- $26,120
- Desmond Chan -- $23,047
- Jeremy Solomon -- $19,974
- Chris Goez -- $16,901
- Steven Rodriguez -- $13,828
- Casey Jarzabek -- $10,755
- Saleh Levy -- $7,682
Event #2 -- No Limit Hold'Em
The second event at Atlantic City had 621 entries who paid $560 each for a seat. This created a pool
size of $301,185 that went to the last 63 finishers. On the first day, 611 players were sent off
to the sidelines, leaving 10 to comeback the next day at 7:30 PM. When William Heger was busted in
10th place taking home $3,012, the final table was determined and play continued.
First to go in 9th place was Gabi Hecker when his A 9 could not overcome the pocket 8's held by
Micah Raskin. Following in 8th was Joe Pittillo, losing to the A K of Maurice Hawkins. Kambiz Behbani
picked up the cash for 7th after his pocket 9's were beaten down by the set of Aces made by
Charles Slayden. A 6th place finish was in store for Micah Raskin after meeting the set of Kings
Shawn Sniffin picked up on the flop. Maurice Hawkins took home the winnings for 5th place after
his pocket 10's lost to the paired Aces Slayden made on the flop. But then the poker angel said
thumbs down for Charles Slayden and sent him to the cashier's cage for the 4th place money when his
pocket 8's lost to the paired 9's of Andrew Egan. Then Egan went out in 3rd, losing to the 9 kicker
belonging to Sniffin. The winning hand for Sniffin came when he used his pocket A's to answer
an all-in call from Carli holding K 6, which held up to the river.
- Shawn Sniffin -- $60,237
- Doug "Rico" Carli -- $32,980
- Andrew Egan -- $27,107
- Charles Slayden -- $24,095
- Maurice Hawkins -- $21,083
- Micah Raskin -- $18,071
- Kambiz Behbani -- $15,059
- Joe Pittillo -- $10,541
- Gabi Hecker -- $7,530
Event #3 -- No Limit Hold'Em
There were 567 players who entered this event, paying $340 each for the right. A pool of $164,997
went to the top 54 finishers. What was amazing about this event was that the winner Mark "Pegasus"
Smith ties Men Nguyen's record with a fourth WSOP circuit win. Something else many do not know about
Smith is that he only began playing this game in 2004. "Five years ago, I never even heard of Texas Hold�em,"
said Smith of his late induction to the game.
When the final table was established, blinds were at 12,000/24,000 and ante was at 3,000. First to
go in 9th was Tim Crawford after his pocket J's were outdone by the paired Aces of John Shimansky Jr.
Next, Dylan Mich took home the cash for 8th place and Andrew Robertson grabbed the money for 7th when his opponent
paired his Ace card, defeating Robertson. Paired Aces from Shaun Gonzales were also
responsible for eliminating Andrew Badecker in 6th. Steve Wenpetren was gone in 5th after Shimansky
made a gutshot straight draw on the turn. And a flush from Shimansky busted Jeffrey Vanchiro in 4th place.
But an all-in with pocket 7's met with heavy resistance from the pocket A's held by Mark Smith, resulting
in a 3rd place finish for Shimansky.
When the heads up started, both players had already decided to make a deal to split the cash and play
for the ring. Ring number 4 came for Smith when he made two pair (8's and 2's) by the river card, vaulting him
into the WSOP Circuit history books.
- Mark "Pegasus" Smith -- $34,649
- Shaun Gonzales -- $18,232
- John Shimansky Jr. -- $14,850
- Jeffrey Vanchiro -- $13,200
- Steve Wenpetren -- $11,550
- Andrew Badecker -- $9,900
- Andrew Robertson -- $8,250
- Dylan Mich -- $6,600
- Tim Crawford -- $4,950
Event #4 -- No Limit Hold'Em (Turbo)
This one day event had 567 players who each received 8,000 chips to do their best in 25 minutes
levels. They buy in was $230 per player. By 2:00 AM, the next day there were 10 left in the field.
The official nine were not determined for another 90 until Walter Writt left in 10th place.
Now while we don't have the information as to how bustouts occured, we do know that Joe Gillies and
Gary Wright decided to split the money for first and second and just draw from the deck to
determine who would take the ring. Joe Gilles came out on top with two Kings and is the new event champion.
- Joe Gillies -- $31,622
- Gary Wright -- $15,953
- Norman Hu -- $14,230
- Le Kimhoan -- $12,649
- John Webb -- $10,277
- Anthony Fung -- $8,696
- Eric Lisica -- $7,906
- Brian Allan -- $5,534
- Lee Strueck -- $3,953
Event #5 -- No Limit Hold'Em
A field of 385 players paid $560 each to get in on the 5th event at Harrah's Atlantic City.
Pool size rose to $186,725, going to the top 36 finishers. Day one saw the 385 players whittled down
to a final table of 9.
On day 2 the final table began action with blinds at $10,000/$20,000 and ante of $3,000
right before 6:00 PM. First to leave in 9th was Stanley Kivel after his all-in bid with A 10 suited lost
to the paired Jacks of Mike Beasley. He was followed by Zack Marshal in 8th. In 7th was Ilya Soyfer who had his pocket A's
cracked by the set of 4's made by Peter Campo. Next to go was Charles Beck in 6th when his pocket 4's
succumbed to the pocket J's held by Peter Campo. Finishing in 5th in an impressive run was 83 year old
David Ebedenbaugh. What makes Ebedenbaugh's feat so much more incredible is that he only started playing
1 year ago! Another victim of Campos was Greg Fishberg in 4th when Campos produced a dominating
pocket 7's which held to the river.
At this point, the remaining players decided to make a deal with the money and just play for the ring.
Mike Beasley went out finishing 3rd, after Chris Belkavich made a straight on the flop. Then in the heads up, the hand of
victory came when Campos made two pair by the river (K's and 4's), sending Belkavich to the cashier's cage
- Peter Campos -- $41,080
- Chris Belkavich -- $22,780
- Mike Beasley -- $18,673
- Greg Fishberg -- $14,938
- David Ebedenbaugh -- $13,071
- Charles Beck -- $11,204
- Ilya Soyfer -- $9,336
- Zack Marshal -- $7,469
- Stanley Kivel -- $5,602
Event #6 -- No Limit Hold'Em (Turbo)
A grand total of 777 players paid $230 each for a seat. The pool rose to $150,738 which went to
the top 72 finishers. These 1 day events are designed to be fast and can be brutal as all
players will play for 25 minute levels.
At 1:37 AM, the 10th place elimination happened and the final table got started with blinds at
$25,000/$50,000 and $5,000 ante. First to go was Don Jones who lost when his opponent paired his
Ace card. Next in 8th was Eric Miller who put his pocket Kings to the test and watched them fail
to the pocket A's of another player. Following them to the rail were Devin Rivera in 7th,
Jeremy Cole in 6th, Charles Jones in 5th and Joe Fallows in 4th.
By the time there were only 3 left, those players after 16 1/2 hours of play decided to chop the
cash and end it. So that is how Thao Thiem received his first gold WSOP circuit ring.
- Thao Thiem -- $30,148
- Nick Pompo -- $15,827
- Clayton Fletcher -- $13,566
- Joe Fallows -- $12,059
- Charles Jones -- $9,798
- Jeremy Cole -- $8,291
- Devin Rivera -- $6,783
- Eric Miller -- $5,276
- Don Jones -- $3,768
Event #7 -- No Limit Hold'Em
It took one day to reduce the 525 player field down to 9 for the final table. Just after 7:35 PM on
Day 2 action picked up where it left off with blinds at $15,000/$30,000 and ante of $5,000. First to
go in 9th was Louis Debrocco when his opponent paired his Queen card on the flop. Estaban Rodriguez
finished in 8th place after losing his chips in a 3 way hand between him Ronald Vitello and Adam
Spinozzi. Adam Spinozzi soon followed in 7th. Edward Sullivan ended up in 6th when he lost to the
Ace high hand of Jeremy Cole. Then it was Gregory Rudolph's turn to head for the rail in 5th after Vitello
made a straight on the river. One of two women at the table Concetta Rinaldi pushed to the middle
with pocket 4's to be called by Cole with A K. The flop showed A A K and that was enough to send Rinaldi
to the cashier's cage in 4th. The second lady Marcelia "Peachez" Keene decided to make her stand with
pocket Q's and was called by Vitello with pocket 5's. The flop revealed another 5 which sent "Peachez"
away with a 3rd place cash in.
Vitello went into heads-up action against Cole with nearly a 3-1 chip lead over his opponent but
found himself on the other end of the ratio after losing an all in calling Cole all-in on the turn
with middle pair to Cole's top pair. The final hand came moments later when Cole moved all in with
4c-4s against Vitello's A-8 suited. The board hit 8c-Kc-9c giving Vitello top pair but Cole the
flush draw. The flush failed to materialize for Cole and the closing credits began to roll. Cole
earned $16,882 while Vitello took home $32,083 for their efforts.
- Ronald Vitello -- $32,083
- Jeremy Cole -- $16,882
- Marcelia "Peachez" Keene -- $13,750
- Concetta Rinaldi -- $12,222
- Gregory Rudolph -- $10,694
- Edward Sullivan -- $9,167
- Adam Spinozzi -- $7,639
- Estaban Rodriguez -- $6,111
- Louis Debrocco -- $4,583
Event #8 -- No Limit Hold'Em
A total of 354 were in the field after paying the $1,080 entry fee. The resulting pool rose to
$343,380 which went to the top 36 finishers. Day 1 had enough action to finish with 54 players still
in the field. It took almost another 7 hours to get down to the 9 for the final table.
Well these tired players put things into gear when final table play was started. In the first 20 minutes
Eric Cohen (9th), Jesse Klein (8th) and Paul Richardson (7th) were gone to the rail. Sixth place went to
Alexander Deutsch after meeting the set of 6's made by Jeremy Maher. Andrew Malott was gone in 5th when
his all-in with pocket 3's met with pocket 6's of another player which held to the river. Fatmir Cukovic
was 4th after Josh Smith paired his Ace card on the turn. Maher lost to the Ace kicker of Alexander
Queen and finished in 3rd place. The final hand saw Queen all-in vs. Smith after the turn on a board
of Ah-8s-Kd-8c-7h. Smith showed Qd-8d for trips, Queen mucked and it was over. Queen earned
$41,892 for second while Smith banked $75,544.
- Josh Smith -- $75,544
- Alexander Queen -- $41,892
- Jeremy Maher -- $34,338
- Fatmir Cukovic -- $27,470
- Andrew Malott -- $24,037
- Alexander Deutsch -- $20,603
- Paul Richardson -- $17,169
- Jesse Klein -- $13,735
- Eric Cohen -- $10,301
Event #9 -- Ladies No Limit Hold'Em Championship
This ladies event was a good one that lasted 15 hours from start to finish. There were 169 players
who came to the tables after paying the buy in of $340. A pool of $49,179 resulted which went to
the top 18 remaining.
By the time the final table was formed, it seemed the ladies turned up the intesity! One player
Taryn Crumlish had won one Ladies title in 2009 and wanted another one badly. Kathy Kennedy lost to
Taryn and picked up the cash for 9th place after Taryn paired her 6 card for the win. Taryn then paired
an Ace card on the flop to bust Jamie Kerstetter in 8th place. Next in 7th was Donna Dicrescento who
lost to the Jack kicker of Helen Spooner. Then Barbera Ganin lost to the paired Kings of Taryn and
finished in 6th. Next to get run down on the Crumlish highway was Brenda Lyons in 5th after meeting
the pocket Q's of Taryn. A few minutes later Christina Thompson saw a flop of Q 10 9 and went all-in,
and was snap called by Crumlish with a flopped straight after she turned over the J 8 cards which
held to the river. Christina finished in 4th place. Helen Spooner was down to a blind when she made
her move and lost, finishing in 3rd place. Below is the WSOP version of the heads up:
At about 1:00 am, heads-up action saw Crumlish against Albert. Crumlish, with a 2-1 chip lead and not shy about taunting her opponents, tried in her own special way to extend an olive branch to Albert.
"If you want to make a deal, we can make a deal," she declared. "But you cannot beat me heads-up."
Calm and graceful, Albert held her own. "Well, I go home with 7,000 anyway, so we'll see what happens."
It was a back and forth battle between Crumlish and Albert with the chip lead changing places about three times. After about 90 minutes, the hand of the night saw the two players in the pot with a 7-high flop. Both went all-in with Crumlish showing A-7 for top pair, and Albert turning over pocket 8�s.
Crippled, Crumlish was soon all-in with 9d-4c only to be dominated by Albert's 9h-7h. Although a four hit the flop, it was accompanied by a 7. Deuces on the board and river ended the match and Albert was victorious.
Event #10 -- No Limit Hold'Em Circuit Event Championship
- Cynthia Albert -- $11,582
- Taryn Crumlish -- $6,885
- Helen Spooner -- $5,410
- Christina Thompson -- $3,934
- Brenda Lyons -- $3,443
- Barbera Ganin -- $2,951
- Donna Dicrescento -- $2,459
- Jamie Kerstetter -- $1,967
- Kathy Kennedy -- $1,475
The 3 Day event had 195 players pay $5,150 each for a shot at the big money. Pool size grew to
$926,835 for the top 18 finishers with the champion taking home $215,915. After eliminations
took place to form the final table over the first two days, the final table began at 3:00 PM
with blinds at $15,000/$30,000 and a ante of $4,000.
First to leave in 9th place was Eugene Fouksman after his all-in with pocket J's were overcome
by the pocket Q's of Ryan Karp. In 8th was Farzad Rouhani after losing to the top pair (K's and 9's)
of Grayson Ramage. Then Wayne Lewis finished in 7th due to the set of 7's belonging to Kyle Bowker.
Charles Furey ended up in 6th when his pocket 9's were crushed by the pocket A's of Chris Klodnicki.
Ryan Karp collected the cash in 5th after Klocnicki paired his Ace card on the turn. Picking up the
cash for 4th was Pahuja Mukul courtesy of the pocket 7's of Kyle Bowker. Grayson Ramage who is just
21 years old, finished in 3rd due to the two pair (8's and 9's) belonging to Klodnicki.
Heads up saw Klodnicki with over an 8-1 chip lead over Kyle Bowker. The one-on-one match-up did not
last very long. The final hand had Bowker all-in with 5-7 off, dominating Klodnicki's 4-7, however
a four on the flop and another on the river sealed Bowker's fate as the runner-up and Klodnicki was
crowned Harrah's Resort Atlantic City's WSOP Circuit Main Event champion. Klodnicki earned $215,915
for first, a $10,000 buy-in into the 2010 WSOP Main Event as well as the diamond-encrusted WSOP
Circuit Main Event championship ring.
Main Event Champion Chris Klodnicki
- Klodnicki, Chris -- $215,915
- Bowker, Kyle -- $128,357
- Ramage, Grayson -- $100,852
- Mukul, Tahuja -- $73,347
- Karp, Ryan -- $67,178
- Furey, Charles -- $55,010
- Lewis, Wayne -- $45,842
- Rouhani, Farzad -- $36,673
- Fouksman, Eugene -- $27,505
Event #11 -- No Limit Hold'Em (Turbo)
The $230 buy-in event was a one-day turbo with 8,000 starting chips
and 25 minute blind levels. The event started with 485 entrants and came down
to nine at about 1:15 am. The final table began with blinds of 20,000/40,000 and antes at 5,000.
Finishing in 9th place was Kevin Ma who ran into the straight made by Joe Gillies. Dominick Succardi
claimed the cash for 8th and Joe Gillies did the same for 7th. Professional player Will "The Thrill" Failla
was stopped cold by the pocket A's of Michael Huckedy, finishing 6th. Jason Spence was busted in
5th when he lost to the Ace high hand of James Tankersley. And Matthew Levy lost to the
paired Jacks of James Tankersley ending up 4th. Then James Tankersley finished in 3rd after
meeting the two pair (10's and 4's) of Michael Huckedy.
At 3:00 AM the heads up began with blinds at $40,000/$80,000 and ante of $10,000. Stacks
of both players were about even. The hand of victory came when Huckedy went all-in and was
called after both players saw a flop of 5d Ad Ks. Reuther had pocket 7's and Huckedy had 8d Jd
for the flush draw. Turn card was a 9 and the river card was an Ace, giving Steve two pair (A's and 7's)
and his first WSOP circuit event championship.
- Reuther, Steve -- $20,182
- Huckedy, Michael -- $11,291
- Tankersley, James -- $9,409
- Levy, Matthew -- $7,527
- Spence, Jason -- $6,586
- Failla, Will "The Thrill" -- $5,645
- Gillies, Joe -- $4,705
- Succardi, Dominick -- $3,764
- Ma, Kevin -- $2,823
Event #12 -- No Limit Hold'Em Deep Stack
This first of two "deep stacks events" had 186 entries paying $1,600 for a seat. Prize pool rose
to $270,630. On Day 3 of the event there were 10 still left in competition. Within 15 minutes,
a player busted and the final table was underway.
First bustout for 9th place occured when Peter Malkoun had his pocket 9's crushed by the 6 3 offsuit held
by Lee Childs when it turned into a straight by the river. Will "The Thrill" Failla collected the
money for an 8th place finish after losing to the set of Jacks made by another player. In 7th was
Greg Joslyn who lost his all-in move with pocket 7's to a player holding pocket 10's which held to the
river. Gordon Eng made his all-in move with pocket J's and lost to the pocket A's held by Childs, ending
up in 6th place. Jesse Cohen was the 5th place finisher after his bid with pocket 8's were run over
by the full house (6's/Q's) made by Josh Brikis. Andrew Youngblood in 4th, made a dash for the cash after
being beaten down by the two pair made by Lee Childs. Steve Geonnotti really got the bad end of a hand
when his full house (9's/4's) broke apart when it hit the quad 4's made by Lee Childs, resulting in
a 3rd place finish for Geonnotti.
By the time heads up began it was very much in Childs's favor. Lee Childs had more than a 10 to 1 chip
lead over Josh Brikis in the beginning. Blinds and antes were at 3,000/10,000/20,000. In the
tournament's closing hand, Childs raised to 40,000 before Brikis moved all-in for his remaining
339,000. Brikis' Kc-9c was dominated by Lee's Ad-9c. The board came 3s-6s-5s-10c-Qd and the
tournament was over. For first place, Lee picked up a nice $63,733.
- Lee Childs -- $63,733
- Josh Brikis -- $37,888
- Steve Geonnotti -- $29,769
- Andrew Youngblood -- $21,650
- Jesse Cohen -- $18,944
- Gordon Eng -- $16,238
- Greg Joslyn -- $13,532
- Will "The Thrill" Failla -- $10,825
- Peter Malkoun -- $8,119
Event #13 -- No Limit Hold'Em
It seemed that everyone wanted to get in on this 1 day event. A total of 521 players hit the tables,
paying $230 each for a seat. A pool of $101,274 was the result and was awarded to the last 54 standing.
At the end, Ashira Lavine came out on top of a 17 hour marathon as the new champion. She gave credit
to the WSOP Academy for preparing her for this event. It took 13 hours to get to the final table for
Once the final table was underway, Zohar Pereg left in 9th place after his A 9 offsuit lost the to
pocket J's of another player. Michael Haney picked up the money for 8th place when he lost all of his chips but one
to a player's straight. (Haney was gone on the next hand.) Next, a set of 3's ended Bob Miller's quest
for the ring, resulting in a 7th place finish. In 6th place was David Weeks who saw a Ace high straight
from another player as the winning hand. Following soon after them were Greg Kolo in 5th,
Adam Chipiuk in 4th and Wooyand Lin in 3rd.
According to the WSOP, here is what happened during the heads up:
Heads up play began at 3:50 am with blinds and antes at 10,000/40,000/80,000. Ben Utt had with
nearly a 2-1 chip lead over Lavine. The hand of the night took place when Utt moved all-in on
Lavine from the small blind with Ad-2d. Lavine made the call with As-8h. The board missed both
players, swinging the 3-1 chip lead in Lavine's favor. The final hand came when Utt moved his
remaining million all-in with Jd-9c. Lavine called with Ac-8h. Lavine flopped the set with
8s-8d-6s while an ace on the turn gave her the full house and the victory.
- LAVINE, ASHIRA -- $21,226
- UTT, GARRETT -- $11,169
- LIN, WOOYANG -- $9,097
- CHIPIUK, ADAM -- $8,086
- KOLO, GREGORY -- $7,075
- WEEKS, DAVID -- $6,064
- MILLER, ROBERT -- $5,054
- HANEY, MICHAEL -- $4,043
- PEREG, ZOHAR -- $3,032
Event #14 -- No Limit Hold'Em
This No Limit Hold'Em 2 day event drew 269 players to the tables, each paying $340 per seat. A pool of
$78,279 grew out of the entry fees and went to the top 18 finishers. The newest champion Dan Angell,
is the son of pro player Wayne Angell. After watching his son play poker and doing well at it,
Wayne saw Dan's potential and decided to back his son's first major tournament entry. Angell's
potential was soon realized as he played his way through the two-day tournament all the way to
the final nine.
The final table began at 3:30 pm with blinds and antes at 1,000/5,000/10,000. First to go in 9th was Jim Frey
who could not stand up against the pocket 10's of Dan Angell. Next in 8th was Steve Desantis
when his pocket J's were no match for the paired Kings belonging to Steve Suarez. Sean Bailey was
gone in 7th after his A J crumbled under the pocket kings of another player. Jim Aloupis lost to the
Ace high hand of Suarez and finished 6th. Mark Steitz claimed 5th place winnings after falling to the Jack high
hand of another player. Karim Youssef got a really bad beat after his all-in with pocket A's were
pummeled by Suarez who called with pocket 2's...only to see them make a set on the flop. Youssef
finished in 4th place. Tony Flanagan ended up in 3rd after losing to the flush hand made by
After about an hour of play, the final hand saw Suarez raise pre-flop 100k. Angell moved all-in
and Suarez called. Dan showed 3s-3h while Suarez turned over Ad-10s. The flop came Kd-6s-Jc.
The turn was a 6h and the river a 2h to give Angell the win. First place earned Angell $18,004
and a Circuit Event ring while Suarez collected $10,255 for second.
- Angell, Dan -- $18,004
- Suarez, Stephen -- $10,255
- Flanagan, Tony -- $7,828
- Youssef, Karim -- $6,262
- Steitz, Mark -- $5,480
- Aloupis, James -- $4,697
- Bailey, Sean -- $3,914
- Desantis, Steven -- $2,740
- Frey, James -- $1,957
Event #15 -- No Limit Hold'Em Deep Stacks
The second of two deep stack events offered at the WSOP Circuit at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, the $2000
+ (150) buy-in tournament attracted 112 entrants, including notable players such as Michael Binger,
Liv Boeree and Brock Parker, who shipped two bracelets during the 2009 World Series of Poker. A pool of
$217,280 was split among the top 18 finishers.
Final table play came down to two at about 10:42 pm with blinds and antes at 1,000/5,000/10,000 and Minaya
holding a marginal chip lead over M. Pahuja. Heads-up play lasted over four hours. After the first
hour of play and with little ground having been made between M. Pahuja and Minaya, the two decided
to make a deal. While the terms were not disclosed, it was decided that they would play on for the
WSOP Circuit Event gold ring. The next three hours was a colossal battle as Minaya was unable to
build on his marginal chip lead. Finally, after 3:00 am, the final hand saw both players all-in with M. Pahuja turning over Ad-9h
and Minaya showing Qs-Kd. The flop was 7c-8d-Qh, giving Minaya the lead. A harmless 5c hit the
turn, but an Ac on the river ended the grueling duel with M. Pahuja the victor. First place
officially paid $51,169 and a WSOP Circuit Event ring. Second paid $30,419.
- Mukul Pahuja -- $51,169
- Manny Minaya -- $30,419
- Eugene Castro -- $23,901
- Dean Schultz -- $17,382
- Joshua Smith -- $15,210
- Vineet Pahuja -- $13,037
- Brock Parker -- $10,864
- Robert Kalteux -- $8,691
- Alan Colon -- $6,518
Event #16 -- No Limit Hold'Em
Even with a huge snow storm the night before, a field of 296 players paid $340 for the buy in and
took a seat. Eliminations whittled the field down to 9 for the final table for day 2. Play got undeway at 4:00
pm and the first bust came 25 minutes into action. Jeffrey Greenstein was gone in 9th place closely
followed by Patrick Reynolds in 8th. Rohan Singh lost to the Broadway straight of Kenneth Owens and had to settle for
a 7th place finish. But then Owens lost to the flush made by Darish on the flop, forcing him to pick
up the winnings for 6th. Then, just like 3 dominoes in succession Paul Molinari was busted in 5th,
Patrick O'Sullivan in 4th and Sachin Ramrakhani in 3rd losing to a blistering hand belonging to Darish.
In the beginning of the heads up, Darish had a 10 to 1 chip lead over Matthew Chin. Quickly Darish
made an offer of $1K for the ring. Chin agreed and it was over with Jay Darish now the owner of
the last gold ring of this tournament leg.
- Jay Darish -- $19,811
- Matthew Chin -- $11,284
- Sachin Ramrakhani -- Unknown
- Patrick O'Sullivan -- $6,891
- Paul Molinari -- $6,030
- Kenneth Owens -- $5,168
- Rohan Singh -- $4,308
- Patrick Reynolds -- $3,015
- Jeffrey Greenstein -- $2,153
Event #17 -- No Limit Hold'Em 2010 WSOP Main Event Entry
December 20 Sunday
1 Day Event
Buy in $1,100
No information was passed along for this event as it was a competition for a seat to the Main Event.
Somewhere out there is a lucky and happy guy or gal. Cogratulations to whoever it was that won.