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Previewing the 2012-2013 World Series of Poker Circuit River Rock

River Rock

The fifth stop of the 2012/2013 World Series of Poker Circuit is currently taking place north of the U.S. border for the first time ever. The River Rock Casino Resort located in Richmond, British Columbia — just a short distance from Vancouver — is hosting 12 rings events, culminating this weekend with the $1,675 Main Event.

River Rock’s Main Event features three Day 1s — Nov. 2 through 4 — each day beginning at 12 p.m. local time. Players will be given the opportunity to re-enter twice, allowing one entry per starting day. For example, players eliminated on Day 1a can re-enter on Day 1b and/or Day 1c, and players eliminated on Day 1B can re-enter on Day 1C.

Aside from being the first-ever WSOP Circuit event in Canada, the stop has also made headlines by offering two online ring events in partnership with PlayNow.com. Events 11 ($320 buy-in) and 12 ($530 buy-in) are open to residents of British Columbia and Quebec and will take place Nov. 18 and 25, respectively.

Here's a look at the WSOP Circuit River Rock events completed thus far:

Mike Kim, winner of Event #1
Mike Kim, winner of Event #1

WSOP Circuit River Rock Ring Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65410$123,000
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Mike KimSurrey, BC$27,059
2Charles “Woody” MooreLas Vegas, NV$16,722
3Glenn LandCoquitlam, BC$12,219
4Chen YongRichmond, BC$9,072
5Evan ThomasVictoria, BC$6,841
6Jeremy HoweDelta, BC$5,236
7Nguyen PhanVancouver, BC$4,066
8Curtis BerntsenVancouver, BC$3,203
9David RogueVancouver, BC$2,558

Flemming Lund, winner of Event #2
Flemming Lund, winner of Event #2

WSOP Circuit River Rock Ring Event #2 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$80296$148,000
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Flemming LundVancouver, BC$35,523
2Glen HoCoquitlam, BC$21,951
3Shannon GleneskVernon, BC$15,928
4Louis LamSaint-Leonard, QC$11,751
5Brant TaylorDelta, BC$8,813
6Joanne LewisBurnaby, BC$6,716
7George ZawadzkiBowen Island, BC$5,198
8Jason McLeanMile Rance, BC$4,085
9Mark FraserMission, BC$3,259

Adina Mazzucco, winner of Event #3
Adina Mazzucco, winner of Event #3

WSOP Circuit River Rock Ring Event #3 Pot-Limit Omaha

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65205$61,500
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Adina MazzuccoCoquitlam, BC$15,989
2Andrew WanVancouver, BC$9,878
3Bryan AndersonLangley, BC$7,132
4Dan DenghelBrunaby, BC$7,132
5Ayaz AmianiCampbell River, BC$3,913
6Hugh Jordan DrummondVancouver, BC$2,974
7Janis CampbellDawson City, YT$2,297
8Taras KrippsNaramata, BC$1,804
9Dilovan HusseinEdmonton, AB$1,439

Matthew O’Brien, winner of Event #4
Matthew O’Brien, winner of Event #4

WSOP Circuit River Rock Ring Event #4 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$125354$354,000
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Matthew O’BrienOttawa, ON$81,422
2Charles ShapiroWest Vancouver, BC$50,335
3Keith WintermansNorth Vancouver, BC$36,720
4Duck-Sin JongBurnaby, BC$27,327
5Shane SandhuNew Westminster, BC$20,518
6Douglas LamsonAbbotsford, BC$15,693
7Adam CummingsVictoria, BC$12,178
8Andy LeMount Lake Terrace, WA$9,586
9Anthony KookNorth Vancouver, BC$7,653

Dean Engemoen, winner of Event #5
Dean Engemoen, winner of Event #5

WSOP Circuit River Rock Ring Event #5 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$80347$173,500
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Dean EngemoenChilliwack, BC$39,903
2Carson WongVancouver, BC$24,670
3Lillian ChanVancouver, BC$17,997
4Sang Hyo ParkVancouver, BC$13,349
5Braden HallAbbotsford, BC$10,056
6Bashar RamahiSturgeon Country, AB$7,691
7Paul VassalloWhite Rock, BC$5,968
8Philip ElliottVancouver, BC$4,698
9Andre GroulxRichmond, BC$3,751

Victor Chen, winner of Event #6
Victor Chen, winner of Event #6

WSOP Circuit River Rock Ring Event #6 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$65381$114,300
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Victor ChenVancouver, BC$25,143
2Terry ChenVancouver, BC$15,539
3SandraWongBurnaby, BC$11,355
4Ian ModderNorth Vancouver, BC$8,431
5Tony FazeliRichmond, BC$6,357
6Richard GettyBurnaby, BC$4,866
7Wipada ButwongVancouver, BC$3,779
8Ping HuangCoquitlam, BC$2,976
9Liying ZhangVancouver, BC$2,377

With several events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit River Rock 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:

National Championship Qualifiers

PlayerQualified
Josh WilliamsHorseshoe Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Winner
Mike LeahHorseshoe Hammond Casino Champion
Dan HeimillerHorseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event Winner
Jonathan TaylorHorseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion
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
Charles “Woody” Moore15007$46,997
Caufman Talley142.525$82,963
Ashly Butler112.514$25,415
Rex Clinkscales11004$28,874
Ari Engel10514$68,762
Aaron Massey10514$24,300
Blake Barousse102.523$59,916
John Dolan10014$63,916
Austin Buchanan92.505$40,964
Chris Conrad8503$16,077

*Leading up to the WSOP Circuit River Rock stop.

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

DateEvent Location
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.com.

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