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Previewing the 2012-2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana

The 2012-2013 World Series of Poker Circuit presented by Southern Comfort 100 Proof continued this past week with the third of 20 stops — the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The stop, which will feature 12 ring events, culminates this weekend with the $1,675 Main Event.

One of the most exciting stories from the stop came in Event #6: $365 No-Limit Hold’em, which attracted 225 and created a prize pool $67,500. The final table of that event, which was reached after just one day of play, featured a couple of recognizable players. The first was three-time ring winner and Las Vegas pro Ari Engel, who began the final table tied for the chip lead with Craig Jackson, while the other was Jonathan Taylor, the National Championship points leader after winning rings at the first two stops of the season (Biloxi and Bossier City).

Unfortunately, Taylor was denied his third piece of gold after beginning the final table short-stacked and falling in fifth place; however, he did extend his lead on the National Leaderboard by 25 points. On the other hand, Engel managed to make it all the way down to heads-up play against James Sloat, a 45-year-old pro from Fort Meade, Maryland. The two began the heads-up battle essentially even in chips, but ultimately, Sloat bested his foe and collected his first gold ring and accompanying $16,538 first-place prize.

Here's a look at the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana events completed thus far:

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Ring Event #1: $300+$65 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65265$79,500

Justin Cox, winner of Event #1.
Justin Cox, winner of Event #1.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Justin CoxMorning View, KY$19,147
2Justin RiceCommerce Township, MI$11,831
3Saad GhanemLaurel, MD$8,548
4Barbra WalstonCincinnati, OH$6,291
5Michael CrumpMaryville, TN$4,713
6Timothy McCarthyMunster, TN$3,591
7Kyle FleishmannLouisville, KY$2,783
8Rodney CrawfordLouisville, KY$2,191
9Brandon KarnesWahiaiwa, HI$1,753

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Event #2: $300+$65 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65768$229,050

Patricia Till, winner of Event #2.
Patricia Till, winner of Event #2.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Patricia TillAvon, IN$45,810
2Austin BuchananWinter Park, FL$28,242
3Michael MeyersShelby Township, MI$20,821
4Sandeep SikandIndianapolis, IN$15,519
5Ernest SmithShepherdsville, KY$11,721
6Robert BrandlClinton, TN$8,968
7Philip SpartaFairfax, VA$6,948
8Delbert CampbellLost Creek, KY$5,450
9Brian PaulusNew Hope AL$4,327

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Event #3: $500+$80 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$80149$74,500

John Gallaher, winner of Event #3.
John Gallaher, winner of Event #3.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1John GallaherLebanon, TN$20,482
2Gary EmbertonMorgantown, IN$12,660
3Ryan ClarkHurricane, WV$9,138
4Dean SchultzStow, OH$6,715
5Landon LongGreenfield, IN$5,020
6Robert OsborneOwensboro, KY$3,817
7Lance PaulsenCalhoun, KY$2,951
8Scott CarrollPekin, IL$2,318
9Bruce SturgeonBedford, IN$1,850

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Ring Event #4: $300+$65 NLHE Six-Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65207$62,100

Chris Karambinis, winner of Event #4.
Chris Karambinis, winner of Event #4.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Chris KarambinisPark Ridge, IL$15,795
2Sean PramukWest Chester, OH$9,758
3Michael ValloneHilliard, OH$7,046
4Doug “Rico” CarliAlliance, OH$5,175
5James TedrowYoungwood, PA$3,866
6Aaron SteuryFort Wayne, IN$2,938
7Miguel OrtizSomerset, KY$2,270

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Ring Event #5: $300+$65 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65123$36,900

Scott Carroll, winner of Event #5.
Scott Carroll, winner of Event #5.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Scott CarrollPekin, IL$9,954
2Reyna BinkleyGreenbrier, TN$6,153
3Daniel GilmerAshland, OH$4,441
4Kenneth VranekBatavia, IL$3,264
5Rocky MenardMurray, KY$2,440
6William ArbaughEvansville, IN$1,855
7Kevin DavisShepherdsville, KY$1,434
8Stephen BinkleyOrlinda, TN$1,127
9David WalshHickory, NC$900

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Ring Event #6: $300+$65 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65225$67,500

James Sloat, winner of Event #6.
James Sloat, winner of Event #6.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1James SloatFort Meade, MD$16,538
2Ari EngelLas Vegas, NV$10,222
3Craig JacksonCamden, OH$7,440
4Kristopher BradshawScottville, MI$5,502
5Jonathan TaylorPhil Campbell, AL$4,133
6Chris NewcombNashville, TN$3,153
7Byron TiptonCabot, AR$2,441
8Hong NguyenEvansville, IN$1,919
9Thomas MunsonIndianapolis, IN$1,531

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Ring Event #7: $300+$65 Pot-Limit Omaha

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65106$30,450

Cory Zbinden, winner of Event #7.
Cory Zbinden, winner of Event #7.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Cory ZbindenHinckley, IL$9,135
2Adam FosterPortland, IN$5,647
3Delbert CampbellLost Creek, KY$4,021
4Bryan DillonProspect, KY$2,921
5Richard JohnsonDes Peres, MO$2,164
6Allan SturmsLewis Center, OH$1,634
7Christopher BibbO Fallon, MO$1,257
8Dustin MountsLexington, KY$984
9Jonathan CaryFrankfort, KY$785

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Ring Event #8: $300+$65 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65246$72,450

John Taitt, winner of Event #8.
John Taitt, winner of Event #8.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1John TaittLittleton, CO$17,751
2Bryan SchultzCarpentersville, IL$10,968
3Hong NguyenEvansville, IN$7,924
4David LeonardGahanna, OH$5,832
5Wesley BucknerCleveland, TN$4,369
6Eric WestAustin, TX$3,330
7Scot ObryanLouisville, KY$2,580
8Chad EveslageRamsey, IN$2,031
9Zachary EstesAlton, IL$1,625

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Ring Event #9 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$80175$86,150

Michael Reed, winner of Event #9.
Michael Reed, winner of Event #9.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Michael ReedTerre Haute, IN$23,261
2Darryl RonconiNaperville, IL$14,375
3Steven Gurney-GoldmanNew York, NY$10,348
4Andrew DakoskiStow, OH$7,584
5Brian PilkingtonLapel, IN$5,657
6Rex ClinkscalesLas Vegas, NV$4,293
7Dennis SolomonBurlington, KY$3,314
8Kristopher BradshawScottville, MI$2,600
9Christopher UnderwoodMooresville, IN$2,073

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Ring Event #10 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65196$58,800

Aaron Massey, winner of Event #10.
Aaron Massey, winner of Event #10.

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Aaron MasseyChicago, IL$15,288
2Nancy BirnbaumAtlanta, GA$9,444
3Trent GoertzBastrop, TX$6,820
4Tyler VinyardSpringfield, IL$5,008
5Drennon RackleyRinggold, GA$3,742
6Ilias KellikidisNorridge, IL$2,843
7Cecil WhiteColumbia, MO$2,197
8Christopher BartleyBardstown, KY$1,725
9Freddie ArdoinLacassine, LA$1,376

With several events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion is undetermined. Whoever captures that title, along with the eventual winner of the Main Event, will automatically qualify for the Second Annual $1 Million National Championship. Here's a look at the players who have qualified:

2012-2013 WSOPC National Championship Qualifiers

PlayerQualified
Quan NguyenBossier City Casino Champion
Jeff GibralterBossier City Main Event Champion
Kyle CartwrightIP Biloxi Main Event Winner
Cory WoodIP Biloxi Casino Champion

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
Jonathan Taylor14025$37,141
Caufman Talley107.524$79,544
Charles “Woody” Moore10506$30,275
John Dolan10014$63,916
Austin Buchanan05$40,964 
Rex Clinkscales87.503$24,581
Ashly Butler87.512$21,534
Chris Conrad8503$16,077
Somphone Sengsouvanh77.503$13,042
Benjamin Reason72.512$17,214

*Leading up to the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop.

Here's a look at the remaining schedule for the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit:

DateEvent Location
Oct. 11-22, 2012Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago)
Oct. 27 - Nov. 7, 2012River Rock (Vancouver, Canada)
Nov. 8-19, 2012Harveys Lake Tahoe
Nov. 29 - Dec. 10, 2012Harrah’s Atlantic City
Dec. 6-17, 2012Harrah’s Rincon
Jan. 3-14, 2013The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles)
Jan. 10-21, 2013Choctaw Durant (Dallas/Oklahoma)
Jan. 24 - Feb. 4, 2013Harrah’s Tunica (Mississippi)
Feb. 7-18, 2013Caesars Palace (Las Vegas)
Feb. 14-25, 2013Palm Beach Kennel Club (Florida)
Feb. 28 - March 11, 2013Caesars Atlantic City
March 14-25, 2013Horseshoe Cleveland
March 27 - April 8, 2013Foxwoods (Connecticut)
April 4-15, 2012Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina)
April 11-April 22, 2013Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Iowa)
April 25 - May 6, 2013Harrah’s Philadelphia
May 9 - May 20, 2013Harrah’s New Orleans
May 21-23, 2013Harrah’s New Orleans (National Championship)

For more information on the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit season, visit WSOP.com.

*Photos courtesy of WSOP Circuit Blog.

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