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2010 Horseshoe Hammond
World Series of Poker Circuit Event

Horseshoe Hammond
Chicago, Illinois
October 16 -- October 25, 2009

The 2010 Horseshoe Hammond World Series of Poker circuit tournament is the kickoff event for the new season. A total of 13 events will take place, with the Championship Main Event being Event #11 which will be played over a 3 day period starting on October 23rd. All new WSOP Circuit champions that are made during this season will receive a solid gold ring as pictured to the left.

In all, there will be 11 stops this season, with poker tournaments being held from the East Coast to the West Coast. After these are completed, then it will be off to the RIO in Las Vegas for a mind numbing 57 events where the best in the world gather to compete for a WSOP gold bracelet which signifies becoming a world champion. Last but not least are the WSOP Europe tournaments held in London, England in which players have a last chance to earn a bracelet before the season is out. Stay with us to keep up with what is going on in the world of poker.

Event #1 -- No-Limit Hold'em

Josh Shmerl The Horseshoe Hammond attendance set a new WSOP Circuit record as 1,412 players came to enter the event. This officially begins season number 6 that started on October 16 and will end on May 2010. Buy in was $300 + $45 which created a $405,692 cash pool for the top 144 players. Pictured is the newest champion Josh Shmerl who had to work hard against this sizable field and was rewarded with the beautiful gold ring of WSOP Circuit champions for his efforts.
  1. Josh Shmerl -- $79,107
  2. Aaron Massey -- $48,683
  3. C.J. Sullivan -- $31,997
  4. Chris Vankirk -- $22,313
  5. Stuart Marshak -- $16,431
  6. Elvin Simpson -- $12,698
  7. George Snow -- $10,345
  8. Nick Frost -- $8,804
  9. Jeff Lou -- $7,854
Event #2 -- No-Limit Hold'em
With an entry fee of $550, there were 550 players who showed up at the tables. This made a prize pool of $261,550 that was split between the top 54 finishers. Attendance is up 10% over last year, so even with a recession/depression, No Limit Hold'em is still showing its popularity. Here is how the final table turned out:
  1. Marvin Thompson -- $60,156
  2. Darryl Ronconi -- $37,164
  3. Steve Quirin -- $24,376
  4. Jason Newburger -- $16,967
  5. Phil Sourn -- $12,445
  6. Benjamin Beebe -- $9,607
  7. Cullen Kurzmann -- $7,786
  8. Mark "Pegasus" Smith -- $6,612
  9. John Nguyen -- $5,869
Event #3 -- No-Limit Hold'em
This No Limit Hold'Em tournament had 223 players in the field, each paying $1,000 + $100 for a seat. Cash pool rose to $211,110 that was divided up between the top 27 finishers.
  1. Justin "Fluffdog" Filtz -- $51,727
  2. Brian Zimcosky -- $31,962
  3. Drew Youngblood -- $21,195
  4. Shawn M. Reed -- $14,997
  5. Matthew Humphrey -- $11,301
  6. Mike Picardi -- $9,019
  7. Chris McMillian -- $7,602
  8. Michael "MJ" Bernstein -- $6,751
  9. Eric Matulis -- $6,300
Event #4 -- Ladies Poker Championship No-Limit Hold'em

Nadya Magnus A total of 183 ladies came to the tables to play No Limit Hold'Em. Entry fee was $200 + $35 which contributed to a $33,502 pool that went to the top 18 in the field. The winner Russian born Nadya Magnus spends much of her free time playing poker online. She says she plays almost every day. She fell in love with the game after going to Las Vegas for the first time in 2007.

She received a gold pendant with a nice chain instead of a huge gold ring for her efforts. Hopefully we will see more of such a committed player in the future!
  1. Nadya Magnus -- $8,877
  2. Patty Till -- $5,494
  3. Alicja Duda -- $3,638
  4. Katie Smith -- $2,596
  5. Emily Bayer -- $1,940
  6. Barbara Alonzo -- $1,548
  7. Marlene Twait -- $1,303
  8. Haley Hintze -- $1,156
  9. Amanda Heidbrick -- $1,079
Event #5 -- No Limit Hold'Em

This two day event had 635 players paying $300 + $45 for a seat at these tables. The cash pool rose to $179,585 which went to the top 63 finishers. Here are the final table results:
  1. David "the Knight" Sesso -- $40,392
  2. Bob Grim -- $24,962
  3. Gary Kreymer -- $16,384
  4. Mike Lee -- $11,371
  5. Jean "Prince" Gaspard -- $8,324
  6. Greg Koutelidakis -- $6,409
  7. Robert Rusak -- $5,179
  8. Christopher Cardenas -- $4,382
  9. Joaquin Sosa -- $3,874
Event #6 -- Pot Limit Omaha

This gets the vote for the teeny weeny tournament with just 24 players entering. The $2,125 buy in made a $46,560 pool for the top 3 players! Here are the finishing results:
  1. Jason Newberger -- $23,280
  2. Scott Mandel -- $13,968
  3. Jim Egerer -- $9,312
Event #7 -- Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em

There were 234 players who paid $500 + $55 to get in on event 7 action. Pool size reached $108,290 which was divided up between the last surviving 24 players.
  1. Nick Frost -- $30,324
  2. Jeffrey Lenz -- $18,744
  3. Johnny Neckar -- $12,144
  4. Andy Magolis -- $8,233
  5. Curt Householder -- $5,829
  6. Timothy Begley -- $4,302
  7. Rostislav Chizhevsky -- $3,286
  8. Dylan Thomassic -- $3,286
  9. Charlie Cibula -- $2,459
Event #8 -- Pot Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys

A total of 117 players came to the tables and made 464 rebuys, creating a pool of $63,898. Buyin was $200 + $35 per player and the pool was divided up between the top 14. Interestingly enough, during the final table play, the last 3 decided to make a deal with Jeff Boudreau coming out as champion. Terms of what happened were not discussed outside of those three.
  1. Jeff Boudreau -- $18,529
  2. Eric Rindal -- $11,502
  3. James Siple -- $7,668
  4. Joe Magiera -- $5,559
  5. Chris Viox -- $3,962
  6. Jonathan Depa -- $3,131
  7. Michael Piccillo -- $2,556
  8. Jon Ulrich -- $2,173
  9. Michael Foster -- $1,853
Event #9 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The buyin for this event was $2,000 + $125 for the 106 participating players. This created a pool of $200,440 that went to the top 14 in the field.
  1. Tuyen "Twin" Ngo -- $58,126
  2. Drew Youngblood -- $36,079
  3. Gary Datro -- $24,053
  4. Ray Wu -- $17,438
  5. Chad Freid -- $12,427
  6. Steffan Naas -- $9,822
  7. Susie Zhao -- $8,018
  8. Will Durkee -- $6,815
  9. Michael Johnson -- $5,813
Event #10 -- H.O.R.S.E.

Eric Crain In all, there were 119 players who stepped up with $500 + $55 to play the game known as H.O.R.S.E. The pool of $52,515 went to the top 16 finishers. This is the second gold ring for pro player Eric Crain. His first came at Tunica three years ago.

H.O.R.S.E. is an acronym for the five most popular poker games played inside American cardrooms today. H.O.R.S.E. tournaments include a rotation of the following games -- Hold'em, Omaha High-Low Split, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split (also called Eight-or-Better). Many purists consider H.O.R.S.E. to be the ultimate test of poker skill, since it requires that players play all games well in order to win. Here are the final table results:
  1. Eric Crain -- $14,703
  2. Mark Dimberg -- $9,089
  3. John Klawitter -- $6,016
  4. Joseph Kunst -- $4,247
  5. Bradley Libson -- $3,186
  6. Michael Komarek -- $2,530
  7. Matthew Rosen -- $2,120
  8. Kevin McClayton -- $1,870
  9. Jonathan Rogers -- $1,427
Event #11 -- Championship Main Event Day 1 ($5,000 + $200 buyin)

Now it's time for the big money to come out for the Main Event. A total of 248 players paid $5200 for a seat, helping to create a pool of $1,190,800 which went to the top 27 finishers. The winner, to be determined on Sunday, receives $291,749 -- plus a seat into next year's WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas, valued at $11,000.

At the end of Day 1, there were 93 that moved on to Day 2. Here are the top 9 with chip counts:
  1. Mike Blocksidge -- 222,000 chips
  2. Anthony Veckey -- 195,900 chips
  3. Cameron Chachere -- 190,000 chips
  4. Nick Frost -- 172,800 chips
  5. William Miner -- 156,900 chips
  6. Daniel Livingston -- 155,500 chips
  7. Thanasi G. Floros -- 147,200 chips
  8. Chris Viox -- 145,500 chips
  9. Jimmy Gladwell -- 142,300 chips
Day 2

In today's tussle, we lost a number of players one of which was Dwyte Pilgrim finishing 19th and cashing in with $11,086, (This means Pilgrim has now cashed in five of the last six WSOP Circuit Main Events a most impressive feat.).

There will be 17 players who will fight for the ring tomorrow. Here are the top 9:

Chip Leader Joshua Goldstein
  1. Joshua Goldstein -- 1,030,000
  2. Daniel Livingston -- 867,000
  3. Frank Rusnak -- 733,000
  4. William Miner -- 650,000
  5. Thanasi G. Floros -- 598,000
  6. Eric Eklund -- 581,000
  7. Nick Frost -- 469,000
  8. Mike Blocksidge -- 425,000
  9. Chris Gentile -- 416,000


Day 3 -- Final Table

Once the field was narrowed down to nine and the final table began, the chip leader was Tom G. Floros (with 1,410,000). He enjoyed a slight lead over Tao Mosele (with 1,340,000). But four players were with within striking distance, at around 1 million in chips. Three of the finalists began play with short stacks and needed help to move into contention.

When heads-up play began, Dan Livingston enjoyed a decisive chip advantage. He was at least a 10 to 1 favorite over Tom Floros. The final duel lasted about 30 minutes before Livingston finally prevailed. The final hand came when Livingston was dealt J-3 of diamonds versus Floros Q-10 offsuit. After the flop came K-10-3 and two diamonds, all of Floros chips went into the pot. The turn was a bank. But a diamond on the river gave Livingston a flush and the victory.

The tournament began at noon on October 23rd and was played over three days. Play lasted 14 hours on Day One ending up with 84 survivors. The following day, play lasted 12 hours ending up with 17 survivors. Day Three play lasted 13 hours. The entire duration of the tournament lasted about 40 hours. Last year's champion was the former WSOP gold bracelet winner Steve Billirakis. He did not enter this year's event and failed to defend his title.

Championship Main Event Winner -- Dan Livingston
Championship Main Event Winner -- Dan Livingston

  1. Dan Livingston -- $291,749
  2. Tom Floros -- $180,287
  3. Chris Gentile -- $119,556
  4. Tad Mosele -- $84,594
  5. William Schweinebraten -- $63,744
  6. William Miner -- $50,871
  7. Joshua Goldstein -- $42,881
  8. Jacob Bazeley -- $38,082
  9. Michael Parisi -- $35,533
Event #12 -- No Limit Hold'Em

The buy in for this event was $500 + $55 for the 328 players who participated. Pool size rose to $159,080 and went to the last 36 remaining. Here is how the final table turned out:
  1. Fred Winter -- $38,173
  2. Eric Stolz -- $23,595
  3. Tanya Murphy -- $15,550
  4. John Schoeder -- $10,886
  5. Robert Findysz -- $8,067
  6. Melvin Schwust -- $6,309
  7. Christopher Sweigert -- $5,192
  8. Vito Brown -- $4,486
  9. Keith Orland -- $4,060
Event #13 -- No Limit Hold'Em

Phillip Zigulich For the last shot at WSOP Circuit glory here in Chicago, 574 players lined up paying $300 + $45 for a seat in the last event held. Pool size rose to $167,034 for the top 54 in the field. When heads-up play began, Phillip Zigulich enjoyed the chip lead. It did not take long for him to defeat his final opponent. The final table ended in relatively quick fashion, closing in at just over two hours.

The winner collected $38,424 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. This was his first time to cash in a WSOP Circuit event. On his advice for other players who might be thinking about trying out tournament poker: "I am not a professional. I am just an amateur player. It can happen to you go play!"
  1. Phillip Zigulich -- $38,424
  2. Songjie Zhou -- $23,734
  3. Josh Rupprecht -- $15,568
  4. David Earnest -- $10,835
  5. Eric Nguyen -- $7,947
  6. Rami Jaber -- $6,135
  7. Ellen Narkis -- $4,973
  8. Jennifer Kasten -- $4,223
  9. Musa Mustafa -- $3,748
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