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The Grand Casino Tunica II 2006 Tournament Circuit Event markes the second time the WSOP Circuit has stopped in Tunica Mississippi. All events will be held in the newly refurbished Grand Casino Tunica Poker Room. For anyone interested in playing in the tournament, please contact Grand Casino Tunica at 800-946-4946.

Grand Casino Tunica II
2006 Tournament Circuit Event
January 4 to January 17, 2007

Wednesday, January 4:
Satellites and Live Action Begins

Thursday, January 5:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $500 + $50
Robert Sciammarella wins the first event at Grand Casino Tunica. Besides the money he also received a freeroll entry worth $10,000 to the Main Event for this tournament. This was the reward for coming out on top of a 940 player field. Prize pool was $395,934 in size. Here is how the final table ended up:

  1. Robert Sciammarella -- $115,905 and a freeroll seat in the Final Event
  2. Shaun Stephen -- $61,535
  3. Jake Naumer -- $35,670
  4. Barry Mitchell -- $31,215
  5. Nicholas Willie -- $26,755
  6. Danny Dorcey -- $22,295
  7. James Barnwell -- $17,835
  8. David Kruger -- $13,375
  9. Tom Wentzel -- $8,920

Friday, January 6:
Omaha Pot-Limit Hold'Em w/rebuys - Buy in $500 + $50
Michael Weyer won the second event which was Pot Limit Omaha by outplaying everyone in a field of 320 entrants. With the rebuys, the prize pool rose to $218,250. Here are the final table results:

  1. Michael Weyer -- $68,710
  2. Tom "Captain" Franklin -- $37,900
  3. Jacob Elbaz -- $20,825
  4. Roger Kamuf -- $16,660
  5. Elmer Thomas -- $12,495
  6. Tony Kassouf -- $10,415
  7. Jason Stern -- $8,330
  8. Dutch Boyd -- $6,250
  9. Lance Grigsby -- $4,165

Saturday, January 7:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $500 + $50
This event had a huge turnout with 1345 players entering, and had to be split over 2 days! The resulting prize pool was $569,145 in size. Gregg Merkow came out as champion of the tournament. Below are the final table results:

  1. Gregg Merkow -- $160,555
  2. Stanley Statkiewicz -- $80,750
  3. David Ruddle -- $51,385
  4. D.D. Wininger -- $44,965
  5. Kyle Cadman -- $38,540
  6. Howard Reid -- $32,115
  7. David Rice -- $25,695
  8. Tony Lay -- $19,270
  9. Martin Warren -- $12,845

Sunday, January 8:
Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $500 + $50
With the results of the 4th event in, Robert Willis won the Limit Hold'Em event at Grand Casino Tunica. Approximately 450 players entered the event, helping to create a prize pool of $229,405. Here are the final table results:

  1. Robert Willis -- $65,800
  2. Bruce Davis -- $35,325
  3. Jim Spain -- $17,550
  4. Ernie Scherer -- $15,360
  5. Teddy Nassif -- $13,165
  6. Gary Poff -- $10,970
  7. Chris Venne -- $8,775
  8. Mickey Mills -- $6,580
  9. Don Epp -- $4,390

Monday, January 9:
Seven Card Stud - Buy in $500 + $50
Burt Bronson had to fight off a determined Ann Budde to take the Seven Card Stud event win. But Ann did make WSOP Circuit history by having the highest finish in a circuit event by any woman period. (Outside of the LIPS tournament events.) About 150 players entered the event creating a prize pool of $79,805. Here are the final table results for the 5th tournament at Grand Casino Tunica:

  1. Burt Bronson -- $29,470
  2. Ann Budde -- $16,325
  3. Rupert Reid -- $9,975
  4. Yuebin Guo -- $7,255
  5. Art Youngblood -- $5,895
  6. Ray Weaver -- $4,535
  7. David Velke -- $3,630
  8. Timmy Townsend -- $2,720

Tuesday, January 10:
Pot Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $500 + $50
George Bronstein proved himself the best of a field of 317 entrants to win the Pot Limit Hold'Em event. George besides winning the lion's share of an approximate $155,000 prize pool, received a beautiful gold ring as champion. The final table results are below:

  1. George Bronstein -- $46,035
  2. John Yoo -- $25,300
  3. Hung van Nguyen -- $12,935
  4. Ken Robinson -- $10,060
  5. Joshua Harris -- $8,625
  6. Joe Enright -- $7,185
  7. Brett Jungblut -- $5,750
  8. Sean Morrison -- $4,310
  9. James Mackey -- $2,875

Wednesday, January 11:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $500 + $50
Thomas McGrath competed in a field of 671 players to win a WSOP gold ring and a freeroll seat to the Grand Casino Tunica II Main Event. Proving that senior citizens can still kick butt at the poker tables, he took the biggest slice of an estimated $335,500 prize pool. The final table results are below:

  1. Thomas McGrath -- $88,330 and a seat in the Grand Casino Tunica Main Event II
  2. Allan T. Demaree -- $45,740
  3. Anthony Battistella -- $25,235
  4. Jason Stern -- $22,080
  5. Rodney Loveday -- $18,925
  6. Todd Tucker -- $15,770
  7. Stanley Dupree -- $12,615
  8. Eric Yates -- $9,465
  9. Todd Thomas -- $6,310

Thursday, January 12:
Omaha Hi/Low Split - Buy in $500 + $50
Out of a field of 392 entrants, Robert Turner came out on top winning event number 8 at Grand Casino Tunica and now has the WSOP circuit gold ring to prove it. Prize pool size was $190,120. Final table results are below:

  1. Robert Turner -- $58,960
  2. Ernie Scherer -- $30,420
  3. Jim Sears -- $15,210
  4. Claude Sigman -- $13,310
  5. David Cupps -- $11,405
  6. Chris Ritter -- $9,505
  7. Luis H Santoni -- $7,605
  8. Rick Blest -- $5,705
  9. Robert S. Nevens -- $3,800

Friday, January 13:
Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $1,000 + $60
Event number 9 saw 141 players step up to the tables, but Charles Glorioso took the glory and the gold ring by winning the tournament. Size of the prize pool reached $136,770. Final table results are below:

  1. Charles Glorioso -- $45,635
  2. J.L Spain -- $25,355
  3. Shawn Ostertag -- $13,945
  4. Derek Taylor -- $10,410
  5. Robert Rogers -- $8,875
  6. Ralph Amadeo -- $7,650
  7. Russell Salazar -- $6,340
  8. Tony Hough -- $5,070
  9. Billy Boutte -- $3,805

Saturday, January 14:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $1,000 + $60
Ronnie Yarbrough proved himself the best of a 301 player field to take the 10th tournament event at Grand Casino Tunica. Prize pool amount climbed to $281,970. The top 9 players are listed below with winnings:

  1. Ronnie Yarbrough -- $90,240
  2. Ky MacPhearson -- $49,625
  3. Chuck Thompson -- $25,375
  4. Robert Spicuzzo -- $19,740
  5. Mike Beasley -- $16,920
  6. Michael Metz -- $14,100
  7. Ernest Shepherd -- $11,280
  8. Jason Stern -- $8,460
  9. Robert Hatton -- $5,640

Sunday, January 15:
Omaha Pot Limit w/rebuys - Buy in $1,000 + $60
James Van Alstyne was the winner of the 11th event, taking home over $41,000. James was one of a 220 player field which after calculating the rebuys, created a $136,770 prize pool. Below are the final table results:

  1. James Van Alstyne -- $41,445
  2. James Newberry -- $23,025
  3. Dallas Wottlin -- $12,665
  4. Richard Gaudio -- $9,210
  5. Steven Ladowsky -- $8,060
  6. Steve Sparks -- $6,910
  7. Rick Ellerman -- $5,755
  8. Frank Kassela -- $4,605
  9. George Pitsilides -- $3,455

Monday, January 16:
No Limit Hold'Em Shootout - Buy in $500 + $50
The No Limit Hold'Em Shootout was one of two events held on the 16th. Wendell Barnes took the win for this tournament receiving a WSOP Circuit gold ring and a $10,000 seat the the Main Event. 220 players paid to sit down at the tables, creating a prize pool of $96,700. The event results are below:

  1. Wendell Barnes -- $29,975 and freeroll seat to the Main Event
  2. Mike Post -- $16,440
  3. David Segal -- $9,670
  4. David Hurley -- $7,735
  5. Norm Ketchum -- $5,800
  6. Soon Cho -- $4,835
  7. William Johnson -- $3,870
  8. Michael Uvalle -- $2,900
  9. James Neal -- $1,935

Monday, January 16:
Seven Card Stud Hi/Low Split - Buy in $500 + $50
Event #13 was the second event held on January 16th. Doug Saab took the lion's share of a $69,840 prize pool after proving himself the best of a 144 player field. The top 8 final table players were:

  1. Doug Saab -- $25,490
  2. Glenn Kirsky -- $15,365
  3. Danny Chapman -- $9,080
  4. Timothy McBride -- $6,635
  5. Joe Appel -- $4,890
  6. Craig DiSalvo -- $3,490
  7. Scott Wood -- $2,795
  8. Jay Coniglio -- $2,095

Tuesday, January 17:
Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $1,500 + $70
A very happy Sirious Jamshidi won $25,215 in the 14th event at Grand Casino Tunica. Sirious was one of 55 players who helped contribute to a $70,025 prize pool.

  1. Sirious Jamshidi -- $25,215
  2. Ozzie Kalil -- $14,005
  3. Mike Gambony -- $7,705
  4. Frank Kassela -- $5,600
  5. J.L Spain -- $4,900
  6. Doug Gibson -- $4,200
  7. Derek Taylor -- $3,500
  8. Darrell Dicken -- $2,800
  9. Bob Redman -- $2,100

Tuesday, January 17:
3 Draw Lowball Limit - Buy in $2,000 + $80
How easy can it be to increase your chances to win a tournament title? Well if you were one of the 27 entrants to this event, your odds increased significantly. With a $2000 plus entry fee, the prize pool did reach $52,380 of which Chris Fargis took home $22,000 after the win. The event results are below:

  1. Chris Fargis -- $22,000
  2. Terrance Jennings -- $12,045
  3. Doug Booth -- $6,810
  4. Bill Dyer -- $5,240
  5. Ricky Byrd -- $3,665
  6. Frank Kassela -- $2,620

Wednesday, January 18:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $1,500 + $70
The 16th event held on January 18th had Bill Edler as the champion. Bill was one of 112 players reaching for the biggest slice of the $152,960 prize pool pie. The top 9 final table players were:

  1. Bill Edler -- $55,065
  2. Blake Buffington -- $30,590
  3. James Van Alstyne -- $16,825
  4. Srinivasa Yarlagadda -- $12,235
  5. Dominick Spadevecchia -- $10,705
  6. James MacKey -- $9,180
  7. Robert Sargent -- $7,650
  8. Keith Barrett -- $6,120
  9. James Curtis -- $4,590

Thursday, January 19:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $2,000 + $80
Ed Corrado was the winner of event #17, receiving the most of a $137,440 prize pool. There were 76 players that entered the competition. Here are the final table results:

  1. Ed Corrado -- $49,475
  2. Jay Vogel -- $27,490
  3. Michael White -- $15,120
  4. Charles Lineberry -- $10,995
  5. Daniel Waldberg -- $9,620
  6. Randy King -- $8,245
  7. Jason Johnson -- $6,870
  8. Glen Robertson -- $5,500
  9. Steven Seibert -- $4,125

Friday, January 20:
No Limit Hold'Em (6 handed) - Buy in $2,000 + $80
Ayaz Mahmood was the winner of the short handed event receiving the most of a $203,700 prize pool and a gold WSOP Circuit championship ring. Ayaz was one of 105 players who entered. The top 9 finished in this order:

  1. Ayaz Mahmood -- $73,920
  2. Kyle Bowker -- $36,805
  3. Walter Strakowski -- $21,305
  4. Tony Cousineau -- $15,495
  5. Amnon Filippi -- $11,620
  6. David Hurley -- $9,685
  7. Larry Builfuss -- $7,750
  8. Randy Holland -- $7,750
  9. Virgil Beddingfield -- $5,810

Saturday, January 21:
No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $1,000 + $80
There were 413 players, prize pool was $400,610.

  1. Frederick Conforti -- $131,105
  2. Norm Ketchum Jr. -- $62,500
  3. William Edler -- $31,250
  4. Wayne Philpot -- $27,345
  5. Charles Hatley -- $23,435
  6. Rufus Yates -- $19,530
  7. Frank Kassela -- $15,625
  8. Patrick Heneghan -- $11,720
  9. Harry Sherrod -- $7,810

Sunday, January 22:
Ladies Event No Limit Hold'Em (1 day event) - Buy in $300 + $40
There were 297 entrants, prize pool was $86,425.

  1. Lisa Adams $28,665
  2. Allison Brauer $14,945
  3. Deborah Shank $7,645
  4. Eason Anastasia $5,945
  5. Joan Marsh $5,095
  6. Janice Campanello $4,245
  7. Shannon Boshears $3,395
  8. Jaqlyn Lam $2,550
  9. Tina Berstrom $1,700

Sunday, January 22:
Limit Hold'Em (HORSE) - Buy in $3,000 + $100
50 players entered to create a prize pool of $145,500 and here are the results:

  1. Juan Carlos Mortensen -- $53,105
  2. John D'Agostino -- $32,010
  3. Douglas Carli -- $18,915
  4. Jeffrey King -- $13,825
  5. Patrick Poels -- $10,185
  6. J.W. Smith -- $7,275
  7. Dutch Boyd -- $5,820
  8. George Lynch -- $4,365

January 24 - 27
ESPN Main Event No Limit Hold'Em - Buy in $10,000

Main Event Day 1
The first day of the Main Event at Grand Casino Tunica brought 241 players to the tables who each paid $10,000 to enter. Total prize pool ended up at $2,289,500. The final table payouts will be as follows:

  1. $755,525
  2. $416,690
  3. $228,950
  4. $183,160
  5. $137,370
  6. $114,475
  7. $91,580
  8. $68,685
  9. $45,790
Now if you have been following the WSOP Circuit event and the recently completed WPT Jack Binion's World Poker Open and are seeing some of the same names in both tournaments, you're not losing it. Both events are being held in the same city at different casinos, so you know these guys and gals are hustling! A number of top players came such as Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Johnny Donaldson, Gavin Smith, Chad Brown, Surinder Sunar, Bill Gazes, Reza Payvar, Chris Ferguson and Kathy Leibert. Some who came and busted out were Phil Ivey, T.J. Cloutier, Alex Prendes Jr., Nenad Medic, Andy Bloch, Josh Arieh and Mike Sexton. When the dust settled, 77 players will move on to play on Day 2. Here are the top chip leaders from Day 1:
  1. Josh Prager 89,825 Chips
  2. Bryant King 69,975 Chips
  3. Don Mullis 66,400 Chips
  4. Don Barton 64,050 Chips
  5. Hertzel Zalewski 63,375 Chips
  6. Brian Lamkin 60,950 Chips
  7. Fredrico Cabral 54,200 Chips
  8. Willis Fillers 54,000 Chips
  9. Layne Flack 53,400 Chips
Main Event Day 2
77 players sat down at 10:10 a.m. to begin the second day at Grand Casino Tunica's Main Event. The goal is to continue until there are three tables left, (27 players), for Day 3. There was no time wasted in eliminations as Dutch Boyd went out in the first seven minutes, followed by David "The Dragon" Pham and Chris Ferguson within the following three minutes. Additional players who went to the sidelines were Andy Black of 2005 WSOP Main Event Final Table fame, Bob Stupak, Erik Seidel, Jean Robert Bellande, Reza Payvar, Kathy Liebert, Surinder Sunar, Johnny Donaldson, Gavin Smith and Mike Matusow. The pace was moving very quickly to where 3 hours into Day 2, there were 45 players left!

But Lee Markholt had a smooth time mostly winning chips through solid play along with doubling up his chips at one point to become 3rd in the standings. Another pro who avoided being victimized was Daniel Negreanu, taking care to build his chips in an attempt to make the final table. Here are the top chip leaders from Day 2:
  1. Don Barton -- 244,200 Chips
  2. Brian Lamkin -- 218,900 Chips
  3. Lee Markholt -- 169,600 Chips
  4. Daniel Alaei -- 140,900 Chips
  5. Daniel Negreanu -- 140,000 Chips
  6. Earnest Shepherd -- 132,500 Chips
  7. Khosrow Naraghian -- 131,500 Chips
  8. Brandon Adams -- 111,400 Chips
  9. Bryant King -- 110,300 Chips
Main Event Day 3
From the 27 players who began the 3rd day, we now have the final table participants. And here is how the day's action took place. Within the first 10 minutes of play, Todd Brunson son of Doyle Brunson left in 27th place after his pocket K's could not hold up to Brian Lamkin's pocket A's. Brian also took out another player Khosrow Naraghian (24th) who went all in with pocket 5's with another pair of pocket A's, so you know Brian had a very good day. Pocket A's also helped Chad Brown bust out another player (Miguel Mateo 24th), increasing his chip stack and the chances to make the final table. Daniel Negreanu received his chips by again relying on solid play, winning with pocket K's and 3 of a kind hands to make his seat at the final table.

Anyone who made it to Day 3 tried to get a final table seat as numerous players continued to double up their chips after someone else whittled their stack down. Unfortunately only 9 can make it and here are the final table players and their chip counts:
  1. Brian Lamkin -- 600,000 chips
  2. Daniel Negreanu -- 410,000 chips
  3. Kia Mohajeri -- 331,000 chips
  4. Wendell Barnes -- 237,000 chips
  5. Robert Schulz -- 229,000 chips
  6. Bryant King -- 200,000 chips
  7. Lee Markholt -- 177,000 chips
  8. Chad Brown -- 123,000 chips
  9. Brandon Adams -- 103,000 chips
Main Event Final Table
Daniel Negreanu became the champion of the Main Event at Grand Casino Tunica Event II. This is how the winning hand went for Daniel. Daniel has the button and both he and Bryant King see the table flop Kc Qh 4d. King checked, Daniel bets, King raises then Daniel goes all in (Kc 9c) and is immediately called by King (Kd 3h). Both players are paired with K's but Daniel has the better kicker. The turn card is 5c and the river is 7d. So Daniel wins the tournament by a kicker. Here are the final table results:
  1. Daniel Negreanu -- $755,525
  2. Bryant King -- $416,690
  3. Kia Mohajeri -- $228,950
  4. Lee Markholt -- $183,160
  5. Brian Lamkin -- $137,370
  6. Brandon Adams -- $114,475
  7. Wendell Barnes -- $91,580
  8. Robert Schulz -- $66,624
  9. Chad Brown -- $45,790

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