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WSOP-Circuit Harrah's St. Louis Ring Event Update

Event #7 Winner Keith Woernle

Earlier this week we previewed the World Series of Poker Circuit's latest stop at Harrah’s St. Louis with recaps of the first two ring events. As the week progressed, the WSOP Circuit continued with eight more ring events, which culminated in the Main Event. As always, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team is providing coverage of the Main Event, but here's a look at how the events leading up to the Main Event played out.

Ring #2 for Jewell

Many may remember 25-year old Kurt Jewell for his victory in the $1,600 Main Event at the Horseshoe Hammond circuit stop back in October, for which he earned $242,909 and secured his spot in the National Championship. In February, Jewell final tabled another Main Event at Harrah’s Tunica, but had an epic meltdown when he busted in eighth place after holding nearly half the chips in play with nine left. Lucky for him, he managed to redeem himself in St. Louis by winning his second ring and $13,206 by taking down Event #3, which just so happened to be his first Omaha 8 tournament ever. “I was literally googling Omaha 8 to see what the optimal starting hands were and to get some tips,” Jewell said after the win.

WSOP Circuit St. Louis Ring Event #3 Omaha High Low Eight or Better

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Kurt JewellFrankfort, KY$13,206
2Eliot SpiroSt. Louis, MO$8,158
3Tom FranklinGulfport, MS$5,891
4Jim RyeLaurie, MO$4,326
5Nathan HoganChesterfield, MO$3,232
6Kristopher TongCosta Meda, CA$2,456
7La SengphetCarrollton, TX$1,897
8Alexander HoffWentzville, MO$1,490
9Thomas HenryJackson, MO$1,189

Basketball Player Turns WSOP Circuit Ring Winner

Ben Logan, a 26-year-old from Tiverton, Rhode Island, is nearly seven feet tall and once played D1 basketball at Brown University. While he was the 2002-2003 Lindys Sports pre-season rookie of the year, Logan adds another title to his resume, that of WSOP Circuit ring winner. He accomplished the feat after besting a field of 138 players in Event #4 $345 buy-in H.O.R.S.E., worth $10,755 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.

WSOP Circuit St. Louis Ring Event #4 H.O.R.S.E.

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Benjamin LoganBristol, RI$10,755
2Ryan TepenChesterfield, MO$6,647
3Martin WarrenRolla, MO$4,798
4Kristopher TongCosta Mesa, CA$3,525
5Samuel BarnhartBenton, AR$2,635
6Shaun BurnettLacona, IA$2,004
7Michael MannWesterly, RI$1,549
8Andrew BarberRocklin, CA$1,217

Casino Champ in the Making?

The WSOP-C Harrah’s St. Louis stop had an early points leader in Hugh Jordan Drummond, who managed to notch a third-place finish in Event #1 and followed that up with a victory in Event #5. Between the two final tables, Drummond eliminated twelve opponents and amassed enough WSOP Circuit points to put him atop the casino-points leaderboard. An online poker pro from Vancouver, Canada, who is used to playing $100-$1,000 sit-and-go’s, Drummond outlasted 393 players to claim the $24,611 first-place prize. “I’m pretty elated,” he said after the win. “I never expected to win when I came out here.”

WSOP Circuit St. Louis Ring Event #5 No Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Hugh Jordan DrummondVancouver, Canada$24,611
2Richard RobertsMoore, OK$15,209
3Bobbie TalbotHernando, MS$11,113
4Timothy ReedySaint Ann, MO$8,251
5Matt LawrenceTulsa, OK$6,222
6Paul GilesSt. Louis, MO$4,762
7Nikolaj PoulsenManchester, MO$3,698
8Michael SouzaSan Deigo, CA$2,913
9Aaron MasseyFt. Myers, FL$1,884

Nguyen-ing Again!

Huy Nguyen, a 25-year-old accountant from Norman, Oklahoma, claimed his second WSOP Circuit ring at Harrah’s St. Louis by outlasting 204 players to claim the Event #6 NLHE Six-Handed title and the accompanying $25,241 first-place prize. If you recall, Nguyen won his first ring in January when he beat 807 players at the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Choctaw, good for $232,706.

While this field was much smaller, it was no less impressive. Nguyen entered heads-up play against Jim Mink with a 2-1 chip advantage and eventually grew it to a 7-1 lead. In the last hand, Nguyen moved all-in with {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Mink called with the {A-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}. The board ran out {J-Clubs}{2-Spades}{4-Spades}{9-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and the rest is history.

WSOP Circuit St. Louis Ring Event #6 NLHE Six-Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Huy NguyenNorman, OK$25,241
2Jim MinkHouston, TX$15,592
3Jeffery WelchGreenfield, IN$11,258
4Jonathan DahlbergSaint Charles, MO$8,268
5Cory DruryFlorissant, MO$6,177
6Jennifer ReelDu Quoin, IL$4,694

Woernle a Winner in Event #7

Event #7, a $555 NLHE tournament, drew 276 players and drew a familiar face at the final table in Las Vegas pro Ari Engel, who went on to finish third. In the end, it was Keith Woernle who prevailed and claimed the $31,477 prize and his first WSOP-C gold ring. Woernle made an impressive comeback in heads-up play, down 5-1 to opponent Joel Shulruf, in a battle that lasted over two hours. On the final hand, both players were all in on a board reading {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{10-Diamonds} with Shulruf, the player at risk, holding {10-}{10-} for a set, but behind the {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} flush of Woernle. The {J-Diamonds} river blanked and that was that.

WSOP Circuit St. Louis Ring Event #7 NLHE

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Keith WoernleMontgomery, AL$31,477
2Joel ShulrufBuffalo Grove, IL$19,455
3Ari EngelLas Vegas, NV$14,117
4Gary WelchPerryville, MO$10,415
5Don NormanMarion, IL$7,811
6Shawn ArnoldTulsa, OK$5,953
7Noah NodineOklahoma City, OK$4,607
8Jovan SudarOmaha, NE$3,620
9Darren DwyerSalem, IL$2,888

You can check out our live coverage of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s St. Louis Main Event (which is happening now) in our live reporting section, which will include updates on the likes of Greg Raymer, Dennis Phillips, Josh Brikis, and Amarillo Slim Preston. In the meantime, don’t miss your chance to qualify for the National Championship and your shot at the $1 million freeroll. There are still plenty of opportunities to play, including any of the remaining stops on the WSOP Circuit schedule.

Remaining 2010/2011 WSOP Circuit Schedule

Circuit EventHarrah’s St. LouisMarch 31-April 13, 2011
Circuit EventCaesars Palace (Las Vegas)April 14-30, 2011
Circuit EventHarrah’s ChesterApril 27-May 9, 2011
Regional ChampionshipHarrah’s New OrleansMay 9-May 22, 2011

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