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A Look Back at the WSOP-C Harrah's Tunica Ring Events

Harrah's Tunica

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team just returned from Tunica, Mississippi, where they were covering the latest Main Event on the World Series of Poker Circuit. The stop marked the halfway point of the 2010/2011 WSOP-C schedule and comprised nine ring events in addition to the Main Event. Here's a look back at all the action, events, and winners from Tunica.

The stop got off to a big start with Event #5, $345 No-Limit Hold’em, the first ring event on the schedule. An astounding 1,032 players entered, making it the second largest field in Harrah’s Tunica history behind only a $500 event back 2006 that drew 1,345 players. That event was eventually won by Bill Wellman, a married father of three, who fought back tears after the win. “This is the greatest accomplishment that I’ve had,” he said. “For years I’ve wanted to take down the ring and then go on and win the bracelet; this is step one.”

As the WSOP-C Tunica stop progressed, it soon emerged that the no one was having more success than Kyle Cartwright. In just his third live tournament, Cartwright defeated a field of 410 players to emerge as the Event #20, $345 No-Limit Hold’em champ. A week later, Cartwright followed up that win with another, that time in Event #44, $555 No-Limit Hold'em. Those two wins combined for $56,789 in winnings, two gold rings, and 100 WSOP-C points, making him the “Casino Champion” and securing a spot in the National Championship $1 Million Freeroll in May.

Here are a few other fun facts regarding the 2010/2011 WSOP-C Tunica stop followed by a recap of each ring event:

  • The first Harrah’s Tunica WSOP-C event took place in August of 2005. The inaugural event saw 873 players enter.
  • Daphne Turner, who defeated Allen Kessler heads-up to win the mixed games event at Harrah’s New Orleans, was the last women to win a WSOP-C ring event until La Sengphet accomplished the feat in Tunica by winning Event #41, $555 No-Limit Hold’em.
  • Sengphet’s boyfriend, David Clark, won a gold ring in Event #1 at the WSOP-C stop in Choctaw last month.
  • Speaking of Sengphet, she had the opportunity to claim the Casino Championship with a fifth-place finish or better in the Main Event. She came close, finishing tenth.

Event #5 (Ring Event #1) - No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stBill WellmanBethalto, IL$54,747
2ndDonald JohnsonCarbondale, IL$33,841
3rdRobert McDanielWest Memphis, AR$25,149
4thRichard GibsonSidon, MS$18,906
5thKevin MilesRising Fawn, GA$14,376
6thSamuel DeversFenton, MO$11,059
7thChristopher WelchNashville, TN$8,607
8thLinda CreasyHendersonville, TN$6,775
9thJordan MyersBartlett, TN$5,397

Event #8 (Ring Event #2) - No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stBradley ClaySouthhaven, MS$28,090
2ndTrent BennettFulton, MS$17,357
3rdRoger FoleyThayer, MO$12,683
4thCharles BelcherRowlett, TX$9,417
5thDavid JacobsWest Palm Beach, FL$7,101
6thLeonard RodgersParagould, AR$5,435
7thNicholas WillieBowling Green, KY$4,221
8thLuther LewisGoodlettsville, TN$3,325
9thJustin KrugerDenison, TX$2,656

Event #14 (Ring Event #3) – Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stJessie BryantConway, AR$11,687
2ndChristopher LogueLakeside, TX$7,223
3rdJay PettlonSt. Louis, MO$5,200
4thMark PharoBirmingham, AL$3,811
5thCasey HayesDemotte, IN$2,842
6thKyle MilamLittle Rock, AR$2,157
7thLindell PriceMemphis, TN$1,665
8thKenneth MclendonTillatoba, MS$1,306
9thDavid WhitisNashville, TN$1,042

Event #17 (Ring Event #4) - No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stJames “Tripp” KirkChamblee, GA$25,220
2ndJames QuickDecatur, TN$15,590
3rdStephen VuylstekeImperial, MO$11,346
4thJerry ThielemierCordova, TN$8,391
5thRadwan KhuriMemphis, TN$6,303
6thRussell BoykerHouston, TX$4,807

Event #20 (Ring Event #5) - No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stKyle CartwrightBartlett, TN$25,678
2ndTyler OlsenLittle Rock, AR$15,869
3rdChristopher DandreaNashville, TN$11,596
4thJoshua CooperMt. Juliet, TN$8,610
5thMaurice HawkinsCoral Springs$6,493
6thJames RappCentervile, OH$4,969
7thDarrell HahsFriedheim, AR$3,859
8thTimothy McNeelyHelena, AR$3,040
9thAustin McCormickChesterfield, MO$2,428

Event #26 (Ring Event #6) - No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stMarshall RuddleSummertown, TN$42,367
2ndBenjamin VogtSt. Peters, MO$26,180
3rdJohn KulishOconto, WI$19,130
4thJoshua JumppCalera, OK$14,204
5thJennifer ReelDu Quoin, IL$10,711
6thJames McMahonOlive Branch, MS$8,198
7thDuy TranBrentwood, TN$6,366
8thMichael PagliariMemphis, TN$5,015
9thDarius BrownCleveland, MS$4,005

Event #29 (Ring Event #7) – H.O.R.S.E.

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stJames MinkHouston, TX$6,983
2ndJeffery WelchGreenfield, IN$4,321
3rdChristopher WolfeRolla, MO$2,844
4thScott CarlsonTampa, FL$1,991
5thJoshua PalmerDaphne, AL$1,475
6thShane PaxtonBauxite, AR$1,154
7thDavid PerkinsOlathe, KS$950
8thStephen WinkelGermantown, TN$820

Event #41 (Ring Event #8) - No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stLa SengphetDallas, TX$32,394
2ndAndy NguyenDallas, TX$20,019
3rdKelli MixCarrollton, GA$14,525
4thMichael VardemanLaneville, TX$10,717
5thD. HarfieldCalifornia$8,037
6thDaniel GeraldNashville, TN$6,125
7thWalter BellSan Antonio, TX$4,740
8thWilliam McMahanNewport, TN$3,725
9thMichael AndersonCheapeake, VA$2,972

Event #44 (Ring Event #9) - No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stKyle CartwrightBartlett, TN$31,111
2ndAllen KronElizabeth, IN$19,236
3rdRandy StottOlla, LA$14,052
4thFerris McManus Jr.Rock Hill, SC$10,417
5thChristopher GreenManhattan, KS$7,834
6thRichard GumGrantie City, IL$5,976
7thSuzanne LackeyUnion, MO$4,623
8thDonna JetterNashville, TN$3,628
9thBrian HuntPearland, TX$2,887

Event #44 (Ring Event #10) – Main Event

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stSam BarnhartLittle Rock, AR$148,612
2ndJesse WhiteBillings, MT$91,881
3rdMary HardenOoltewah, TN$67,122
4thBrian BurneyBranson, MO$49,759
5thMarco PalaciosAustin, TX$37,422
6thJohn NguyenFairview Heights, IL$28,547
7thPreston DerdenHouston, TX$4,623
8thKurt JewellFrankfurt, KY$17,328
9thJohn HolleyDestin, FL$13,789

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