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Previewing the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe

Alexandru Masek

For the past week, Harveys Lake Tahoe has played host to the World Series of Poker Circuit. Like all the other stops, this one features 12 ring events, culminating in a $1,600 Main Event that began Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

The stop has already completed 75 percent of its scheduled events, and it’s already proven quite the success, especially for Alexandru Masek, who took down Event #8 for $15,236. What’s special about that win is that it marked the San Diego Law School graduate’s fourth WSOP Circuit gold ring, putting him just one win behind the all-time leader, Mark “Pegasus” Smith.

“I don’t ever look at the payout when I’m playing,” Masek said in his post victory interview. “All I look at is the (gold) ring. The win meant everything to me in this tournament.” He went on to add: “I went to the WSOP the last two years. I would love to win a gold bracelet more than anything. But in the meantime, I would love to win another ring — or two.”

This weekend, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be providing coverage of the Main Event.

Here's a look at the WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe through the first nine events:

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45260$75,660
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1David ClarkDallas, TX$18,208
2Shawn Van AsdaleReno, NV$11,249
3Prak PichSacramento, CA$8,127
4Robert NicholsonCastro Valley, CA$5,981
5Michael RosenbachSanta Rosa, CA$4,481
6Iris KuzuKelseyville, CA$3,415
7Aryeh CohenBrooklyn, NY$2,645
8Frank WilliamsDanville, CA$2,083
9Taylor SkeelsSan Carlos, CA$1,666

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #2 NLHE Re-Entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45 (Re-Entry)521$151,611
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Josh RobertsFolsom, CA$32,300
2Drew CaseriMerced, CA$19,974
3Jedidiah HoffmanReno, NV$14,592
4Andrew BarberSacramento, CA$10,817
5Bryan BordersSanta Rosa, CA$8,135
6Matthew WeberSacramento, CA$6,206
7Samuel LeeSan Francisco, CA$4,801
8Adriano WiseSan Jose, CA$3,767
9Robert GallinaVero Beach, FL$2,998

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #3 H.O.R.S.E.

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$4585$24,735
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Mark BonsackMaple Valley, CA$7,484
2Joseph MongkoluaareeMinden, NV$4,625
3Jeffrey CoxReno, NV$3,237
4Jon WallaceSouth Lake Tahoe, CA$2,358
5Ho LeSacramento, CA$1,735
6Robert FuriaGranada Hills, CA$1,296
7John RichardsonSacramento, CA$1,039
8Isaac CrowDowney, CA$866
9Clifford PaineSacramento, CA$745

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #4 NLHE

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$55101$48,985
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Michael RosenbachSanta Rosa, CA$13,874
2Ian RemmelSouth Lake Tahoe, CA$8,570
3Vincent RemmelSouth Lake Tahoe, CA$6,188
4Darren WilliamsMartinez, CA$4,545
5Steve JohnsonNorthridge, CA$3,395
6Anthony WintersPatterson, CA$2,555
7Julius EstradaAlameda, CA$1,965
8Joshua PenderRockhill, SC$1,539
9Donald McCormackPerris, CA$1,227

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #5 NLHE

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45188$54,708
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Daniel AranSan Jose, CA$13,874
2Dan NatarelliSimi Valley, CA$8,570
3Ziv FromovichSunnyvale, CA$6,188
4Stephen KnappRancho Cordova, CA$4,545
5Gregory DerovReno, NV$3,395
6Vincent FucilloMerced, CA$2,580
7Christopher SimoneSan Jose, CA$1,993
8Jeremy DavisTucson, AZ$1,565
9Sean DrakeSacramento, CA$1,249

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #6 NLHE

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45221$64,311
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Rudy SissonSacramento, CA$15,741
2Reid Harris IIISt. Simons, GA$9,729
3Aryeh CohenBrooklyn, NY$7,081
4Jimmy RogersPayson, AZ$5,236
5Paul EvansMount Shasta, CA$3,933
6Peter SullivanRoscoe, IL$3,000
7Jeffrey SurdezDiscovery Bay, CA$2,323
8Gary IsaacsonBrentwood, CA$1,826
9Jarrett FenlonRichmond, CA$1,456

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #7 NLHE

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45199$57,909
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Nicholas LongSouth Lake Tahoe, CA$14,705
2Steve KujubuSacramento, CA$9,084
3Ivan HolmesBerkeley, CA$6,559
4Merwick J. BlackPollock Pines, CA$4,817
5Clay RichardsonSouth Lake Tahoe, CA$3,599
6Paul KosslukAshland, OR$2,735
7Joshua RobertsGarland, TX$2,122
8Neil CurranPark City, UT$1,659
9Beverly CheneyGrandbury, TX$1,323

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #8 NLHE

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45206$59,946
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Alexandru MasekSan Diego, CA$15,236
2Scott StewartLakewood, CA$9,411
3David HolderNorman, OK$6,795
4Gregory SayabalianGardnerville, NV$4,991
5Brett SchwertleyOmaha, NE$3,728
6Garilyn NelsonOgden, UT$2,835
7Shain MatthewsMarysville, CA$2,189
8Rex ClinkscalesLas Vegas, NV$1,719
9George SacaSacramento, CA$1,371

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #9 NLHE

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45186$54,126
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Troy DeclueWildomar, CA$13,724
2Jeffrey RowlandFortville, IN$8,476
3Manuel LozanoSanta Monica, CA$6,120
4Erie MankinSacramento, CA$4,495
5David WilliamsPalo Cedro$3,358
6David BrodyLas Vegas, NV$2,552
7Leonard SwisherModesto$1,971
8Travis AtkinsPlacerville, CA$1,548
9Rip FritzerLa Mesa, CA$1,235

With three events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Hammond Casino Champion is wide open. Whoever captures that title, along with the eventual winner of the Main Event, will automatically qualify for the Second Annual $1 Million National Championship. That event is limited to 100 players, and so far only six have qualified:

National Championship Qualifiers

PlayerQualified
David NicholsonHorseshoe Bossier City Main Event Winner
Chris GamboaHorseshoe Bossier City Casino Champion
Robert CastoireHorseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event Winner
Mark “Pegasus” SmithHorseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion
Bob ChowHorseshoe Hammond Main Event Winner
Drazen IlichHorseshoe Hammond Casino Champion
Gene DudekIP Biloxi Casino Champion
Jerry MonroeIP Biloxi Main Event Winner

In addition to the qualifiers, players who earn enough points on the National Leaderboard will be able to buy-in to the National Championship:

WSOPC National Leaderboard Top Ten*

PlayerPointsRingsCashedEarnings
Felicia Johnico107.514$21,998
Beverly Cheney10505$27,117
Russell Ivy102.504$65,035
Thomas Cronin9504$21,396
Peter Mavro87.505$11,892
Benjamin Kramer8514$28,848
John Evans8504$11,921
Scott Schwalich8013$34,846
Robert Newman77.513$29,930
David Clark77.513$21,143

*Leading up to the WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe stop.

Don’t miss your chance to qualify for the National Championship. There are still plenty of opportunities to play, including any of the remaining stops on the WSOP Circuit schedule.

Remaining 2011-2012 WSOPC Schedule

EventLocationDates
Circuit EventHarrah’s Atlantic CityDec. 1 - 12, 2011
Circuit EventBicycle CasinoJan. 1 - 12, 2012
Circuit EventChoctaw DurantJan. 12 - 23, 2012
Circuit EventCaesars Palace (Las Vegas)Jan. 19 - 30, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s TunicaFeb. 2 - 13, 2012
Circuit EventPalm Beach Kennel ClubFeb. 16 - 27, 2012
Circuit EventCaesars Atlantic CityMarch 1 - 12, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s RinconMarch 15 - 26, 2012
Circuit EventHorseshoe Council BluffsMarch 29 - April 9, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s St. LouisApril 12 - 23, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s ChesterApril 26 - May 7, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s New OrleansMay 10 - 21, 2012

Be sure to follow our live updates from the WSOP-Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event.

*Photo courtesy of Eric Harkins and ImageMasters.

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