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Recap of the WSOP-Circuit Harrah's New Orleans Ring Events


For the past week and a half, the World Series of Poker Circuit has been at Harrah’s New Orleans for the last stop of the 2010-2011 season. Currently, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team is just off Bourbon Street reporting on the $1,600 Main Event. Of course, the winner of that tournament will win an automatic seat in the National Championship coming up in just a couple of weeks. Furthermore, that event will be followed by the $10,000 Regional Championship, which awards seats to the National Championship to everyone who make the final table.

Each WSOP Circuit stop hosts ten gold-ring events. Players can earn National Leaderboard points, based upon their performance in those events, and hopefully accumulate enough to qualify for the National Championship. In addition, the player who earns the most points at each stop (the "Casino Champion") automatically qualifies for that event. Right now in New Orleans, that player looks to be Brian Walsingham. He has racked up 100 points by taking down two of the ring events (Event #4 $355 No-Limit Hold’em & Event #8 $1,085 No-Limit Hold’em), earning $105,405 in the process.

Perhaps the biggest story to come out of Harrah’s New Orleans was Event #7 $355 No-Limit Hold’em, which drew 646 players. That meant it was the biggest turnout for any poker tournament held in New Orleans since May 20, 2005. With a prize pool of $186,048 at stake, it was a familiar face in “Captain Tom” Franklin who emerged victorious and collected the $38,139 first-place prize. Franklin, a well-known professional, claimed his first WSOP-C ring, which will no doubt complement his 1999 WSOP bracelet.

There is still one ring event scheduled to be held after the Main Event, Event #10 $355 No-Limit Hold’em, but right now all eyes are on the Main Event. As always, you can catch our coverage of the Main Event by visiting our Live Reporting page. We’ll also be bringing you live updates from the $10,000 Regional Championship beginning on Thursday, May 19, 2011. In the meantime, you can find a summary of the ring events leading up to the Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event below.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1John CampbellBaton Rouge, LA$28,288
2Adam LippertBrooklyn, NY$18,108
3Andrew PhillipsPalm Coast, FL$13,228
4Brett TortorichNew Orleans, LA$9,806
5Kyle CartwrightBartlett, TN$7,375
6Doug CoxNorthport, AL$5,626
7Samuel AnsleySouthlake, TX$4,352
8Clint SchaferBaton Rouge, LA$3,415
9Paul VoAustin, TX$2,717

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #2 Mixed Pot Limit Omaha/Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1John HolleyDestin, FL$8,380
2Dustin WertzNew Orleans, LA$5,179
3David NicholsonPerkinston, MS$3,688
4Michael SchneiderCovington, GA$2,679
5Doug CarliAlliance, OH$1,984
6Jeff WingetBelleville, IL$1,498
7Phillip HuiSan Antonio, TX$1,152
8Thomas Ryan HopkinsSan Antonio, TX$902
9David ClarkDallas, TX$719

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #3 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Daniel DoucetOpelousas, LA$21,116
2Daniel GalindoSan Antonio, TX$13,056
3Mark UtterbackSan Antonio, TX$9,482
4David JacksonJonesboro, GA$7,004
5Randy GordonN/A$5,258
6Kyle CaslinSaint Charles, MO$4,010
7Richard KeranenDenham Springs, LA$3,106
8Lance ReineN/A$2,442
9Lance HoneycuttN/A$1,948

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #4 No Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Brian WalsinghamWinston, GA$26,801
2Lyle WalkerDenham Springs, LA$16,561
3William PutmeyerHampton Cove, AL$12,102
4Nhu NguyenHouston, TX$8,985
5Charlie CibulaRiver Forest, IL$6,775
6Eric WitmerGonzales, LA$5,186
7Nicholas CeciPeachtree City, GA$4,027
8Jeremy SwansonSt. Amant, LA$3,172
9Kenny MilamLaplace, LA$2,533

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #5 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Zhen CaiLakeworth, FL$33,753
2AP PhahuratTulsa, OK$20,859
3Kennii NguyenChicago, IL$15,135
4Dennis CrowleyPearland, TX$11,166
5Mario SilvestriColleyville, TX$8,375
6Ly DoSan Antonio, TX$6,382
7Richard ReadPicayune, MS$4,939
8John RossNiagara, Falls, NY$3,881
9Alex MaturiOak Park, IL$4,939

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #6 Pot Limit Omaha

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Walter WrightLas Vegas, NV$14,544
2Cory WoodMurfreesboro, TN$8,989
3Mark ThoennesGreenville, SC$6,400
4Trey BrabhamAustin, TX$4,649
5Nick JivkovDes Plaines, IL$3,444
6Daniel GalindoSan Antonio, TX$2,599
7James LeeYukon, OK$1,999
8Phil NgoOklahoma City, OK$1,566
9Gregory DouglasTulsa, OK$1,248

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #7 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1“Captian” Tom FranklinGulfport, MS$38,139
2Lawrence WayneHouston, TX$23,600
3Joel MerwickLincoln, NE$17,309
4Johnathan WestraGainesville, FL$12,872
5Ryan Bradley FreemanKaty, TX$9,702
6George MeniaBaton Rouge, LA$7,410
7Trent TemplesBogalusa, LA$5,734
8Mark LindleyKaty, TX$4,494
9Abel HinojosaHouston, TX$3,568

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #8 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Brian WalsinghamWinston, GA$78,604
2Lawrence WayneHouston, TX$48,594
3Allie PrescottLas Vegas, NV$35,450
4Anthony PrusacHouston, TX$26,295
5Paul OdumCanton, GA$19,808
6Dan SchmiechHouston, TX$15,150
7Loc Van NguyenHouston, TX$11,758
8Eli LoewenthalCarmel, IN$7,759
9Yong AnLas Vegas, NV$6,005

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