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The Grand Casino Tunica 2006 Tournament Circuit Event is the first of 12 and marks the beginning of the 2006 World Series of Poker season. Gregg Markow became the first 2006 World Series of Poker event champion by winning the Main Event at Grand Casino Tunica. As Gregg will now be the first to advance to the 2006 Tournament of Champions, remember to use this page as reference when watching the play on ESPN!

Grand Casino Tunica
2006 Tournament Circuit Event
August 11 - 25, 2006

Main Event Results
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Thursday, August 11:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $300 + $40

This was the first tournament of the 2006 WSOP season. At 12 noon, Day 1 had 873 players each paying $300 + 40 to enter, play down to the 9 for the final table. This created a prize pool of $254,425. All players started out with $1500 in chips playing hard as each level lasted 50 minutes. The in the money positions paid out to 81st place. Here are the final table results:
  • #1 Ray Gasses -- $66,065
  • #2 Robert Schulz -- $35,060
  • #3 Vincent Mack -- $20,325
  • #4 Mitchell Smith -- $17,785
  • #5 Harrel Hardin -- $15,245
  • #6 Brad Wilson -- $12,700
  • #7 Bryan Coons -- $10,160
  • #8 Tim Hirsch -- $7,620
  • #9 Johnathan Tillman -- $5,080
Friday, August 12:
Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $500 + $50

Limit Hold'Em became the 2nd tournament played and was won by Campbell Davis. He took home $59,240 after becoming champion. 394 people competed for the lion's share of a $191,090 prize pool. Here are the results of the final table:
  • #1 Campbell Davis -- $59,240
  • #2 Billy Boutte -- $30,575
  • #3 Lamar Hampton -- $15,285
  • #4 Mike Budde -- $13,375
  • #5 Ben Durham -- $11,465
  • #6 Ricky Henderson -- $9,555
  • #7 Coury Mascagni -- $7,645
  • #8 Richard Levy -- $5,735
  • #9 Martin Warren -- $3,820
Saturday, August 13:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $1,000 + $60

Event number 3 had Tony Lay as the winner receiving $115,175 for his efforts. 383 players paid $1000 each which was used to create a $371,510 prize pool. Here are the tournament results:
  • #1 Tony Lay -- $115,175
  • #2 William Wetzel -- $59,440
  • #3 Dennis Perry -- $29,720
  • #4 Craig Mordock -- $26,005
  • #5 Juan Vazquez -- $22,290
  • #6 Larry Greenway -- $18,575
  • #7 John Bitting -- $14,860
  • #8 Sam Besinger -- $11,145
  • #9 Darrell Struck -- $7,430
Sunday, August 14:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $500 + $50

The #4 Event was No Limit Hold'Em and Donaldson Brown is that tournament's champion. Donaldson received $79,175 for coming out on top. A prize pool of $264,845 was created after 544 players paid $500 + $50 to enter.
  • #1 Donaldson Brown -- $79,175
  • #2 Jason Gladden -- $42,480
  • #3 Lee Neely -- $21,105
  • #4 Sid Herald -- $18,470
  • #5 Buck Buchanan -- $15,830
  • #6 Robert Schulz -- $13,190
  • #7 Josh Turner -- $10,555
  • #8 Guy Choate -- $7,915
  • #9 Terry Dopson -- $5,225
Monday, August 15:
Pot Limit Omaha w/rebuys - Buy in $500 + $50

The number #5 tournament was Pot Limit Omaha, and the winner was George Abdallah who took home $66,695. This event had 134 players, creating a prize pool of $185,270. Below are the final table results:
  • #1 George Abdallah -- $66,695
  • #2 Frank Kassela -- $37,055
  • #3 Gene Bauerlein -- $20,380
  • #4 Jack Huff -- $14,820
  • #5 Elmer Thomas -- $12,970
  • #6 Charles Edwards -- $11,115
  • #7 Charles Goldhammer -- $9,265
  • #8 David Decker -- $7,410
  • #9 Jim Payton -- $5,560
Tuesday, August 16:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $300 + $40

John Durant was the winner of the Event #6 No Limit Hold'em tournament. John took home $54,395 after becoming champion. 644 players paid $300 + $40 to enter the event. The prize pool was $187,405.
  • #1 John Durant -- $54,395
  • #2 John Evans -- $28,675
  • #3 John Charpentier -- $14,990
  • #4 Scott Daily -- $13,120
  • #5 Jason Lomis -- $11,245
  • #6 Adam Green -- $9,370
  • #7 Tony Brown --$7,495
  • #8 Ray Norcum -- $5,620
  • #9 Steven Seibert -- $3,750
Wednesday, August 17:
Pot Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $500 + $50

The Pot-Limit Hold'em tournament had Harold Barber as the winner. Harold put $40,965 in his pocket for the win. 264 players paid $500 each to participate, building a $128,040 prize pool.
  • #1 Harold Barber -- $40,965
  • #2 David Ashby -- $22,535
  • #3 Brian Taylor -- $11,525
  • #4 Mike Cordell -- $8,965
  • #5 Matt Smith -- $7,680
  • #6 Tom White Jr. -- $6,400
  • #7 Damon Ramirez -- $5,120
  • #8 Doralice Proia -- $3,840
  • #9 John Roveto Jr. -- $2,560
Thursday, August 18:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $1,000 + $60

  • #1 Don Mullis -- $100,255
  • #2 Michael Borovetz -- $55,145
  • #3 Dave Brown -- $28,200
  • #4 Mike Cox -- $21,930
  • #5 Marc Aubin -- $18,800
  • #6 Jeff Cohen -- $15,665
  • #7 Tom Kandris -- $12,530
  • #8 Robert Sanchez -- $9,400
  • #9 Jim Michael -- $6,265
Friday, August 19:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $1,500 + $80

Mark Fledderman was the winner of the No Limit Hold'Em touranment and was rewarded with $118,750 for his efforts. 255 entrants contributed to a $371,025 prize pool.
  • #1 Mark Fledderman -- $118,750
  • #2 Corry A Bierria -- $65,300
  • #3 Thomas McGrath -- $33,390
  • #4 Mark Seif -- $25,970
  • #5 Justin Gaines -- $22,260
  • #6 Yesniel Pulido -- $18,550
  • #7 Nate Ross -- $14,840
  • #8 Jack Ward -- $11,130
  • #9 Paul McKinney -- $7,420
Saturday, August 20:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $2,000 + $80

Billy Mahan was the winner of the Event #10 No Limit Hold'Em tournament here at Grand Casino Tunica. Billy picked up $131,250 as the victor of a 205 player field. The prize pool was $397,700.
  • #1 Billy Mahan -- $131,250
  • #2 Sharon Levine -- $72,380
  • #3 Mike Sica -- $39,770
  • #4 Manelic Minaya -- $31,815
  • #5 John Myung -- $23,860
  • #6 Guy Choate -- $19,885
  • #7 Mark Compton -- $15,910
  • #8 Scott Grisham -- $11,930
  • #9 Bill Seber -- $7,955
Sunday, August 21:
11am - LIPS Ladies No Limit Hold'Em

Event #11 which was the Ladies No-Limit Hold'em tournament can name Azur Sohnrey as the winner. Azur took home $13,775 for the win. 223 players paid $200 + $30 each to enter, creating a $44,600 prize pool.
  • #1 Azur Sohnrey -- $13,775
  • #2 Sunshine Hutchison -- $7,600
  • #3 Carina Jett -- $4,175
  • #4 Carolyn Starnes -- $3,340
  • #5 Jennifer Golin -- $2,505
  • #6 Angel Word -- $2,090
  • #7 Dina Brown -- $1,620
  • #8 Robyn Galloway -- $1,217
  • #9 Amy Booher -- $835

ESPN Main Event No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $10,000
Main Event Day 1 179 players entered the Main Event tournament at Grand Casino Tunica. You had a number of top names there like Michael Gracz, Carlos Mortensen, Mimi Tran, Erik Seidel, Barry Greenstein, Kathy Liebert and Scotty Nguyen. (In the future more championship tournaments may have smaller number of players due to overlapping of major events from the WSOP, WPT and others.) Play continued until there remained 69 players for Day 2. John Juanda and Tom Franklin pulled away from the field, each amassing over 85,000 chips. The average chip stack for the players on Day 2 will be a little under 26,000. Top prize to the winner is $572,970 from a $1,736,300 prize pool. Here are the top players and chip counts for Day 1:

  • #1 Tom Franklin -- 85,850
  • #2 John Juanda -- 85,425
  • #3 Gregg Merkow -- 59,225
  • #4 Cliff Pappas -- 50,975
  • #5 Chip Jett -- 49,100
  • #6 Bryant King -- 48,825
  • #7 Senthil Kumar -- 48,175
  • #8 Ronald Mitchell -- 47,925
  • #9 Scott Levy -- 41,000
Main Event Day 2 From 69 players, it took close to 5 hours and 45 minutes to get down to 27 players. Among those eliminated were Tom Franklin and Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. Day 3 will get under way at 12:00 noon on August 24th. Here are the top 9 players with chip counts:
  • #1 Johnny Clements -- 209,800
  • #2 Bryant King -- 180,300
  • #3 Ronald Mitchell -- 131,100
  • #4 John Juanda -- 119,000
  • #5 Gregg Merkow -- 117,900
  • #6 Jeff Wood -- 104,300
  • #7 Ed Corrado -- 78,500
  • #8 Kathy Liebert -- 76,400
  • #9 Bobby Law -- 73,300
Main Event Day 3 With 27 players at the tables the number was reduced to 9. Some who did not make the final table, but at least finished in the money were #18 James Van Alstyne $17,365, #12 Kathy Liebert $24,310 and #16 Chip Jett $17,365. Here are the final table players with chip counts:
  • #1 Bryant King -- 376,500
  • #2 Bobby Law -- 360,500
  • #3 Johnny Clements -- 315,500
  • #4 Steve Rassi -- 194,000
  • #5 John Juanda -- 158,000
  • #6 Gregg Merkow -- 133,000
  • #7 Jeff Wood -- 122,500
  • #8 Sonny Perry -- 70,500
  • #9 Darrell Struck -- 61,000
Main Event Final Table Gregg Merkow was the victor in the heads up match with Bobby Law to become champion at the first 2006 WSOP tournament, earning $561,175 and a gold and diamond circuit tournament champion ring. Gregg will advance to compete in next year's Tournament of Champions. In the winning hand, after Gregg called Bobby Law's all in, he produced a As 7h to go against Bobby's 5h 5d. The dealer laid down Ah 8d 3c 4d 8s giving Gregg the higher two pair and the win. Here is how the final table results came out:
  • #1 Gregg Merkow -- $561,175
  • #2 Bobby Law -- $309,490
  • #3 Sonny Perry -- $170,050
  • #4 Jeff Wood -- $136,040
  • #5 Steve Rassi -- $102,030
  • #6 Bryant King -- $85,025
  • #7 Johnny Clements -- $68,020
  • #8 John Juanda -- $51,015
  • #9 Darrell Struck -- $34,010

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