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2011 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Bossier City Results

David Nicholson

The first stop on the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit was held Sept. 8 to 19, 2011. The Horseshoe Bossier City casino in Louisiana played host for the first time and proved to be quite a successful stop. Billed as “12 gold rings in 12 days,” the first series of the new season saw 3,545 entrants competing for a combined prize pool of $1,703,525. In addition, attendance was up by an average of more than 100 players from last year’s first stop, the WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs, whose Main Event drew a modest 251 players.

Speaking of the Main Event, the Horseshoe Bossier City $1,500 Championship surpassed expectations by drawing 475 entries and created a prize pool of $681,125. The top 54 players were paid, and some familiar names earned their first cash of the season: “Captain” Tom Franklin (35th - $3,200), La Sengphet (31st - $3,573), and Tyler Smith (16th - $7,533).

It took two days of intense action to reach the final table. Here's how the players stacked up at the beginning of the final table:

Seat 1Ai Duong397,000
Seat 2Russell Ivy742,000
Seat 3Matt Newcombe2,000,000
Seat 4Clay Henry380,000
Seat 5Chris Gamboa652,000
Seat 6Rob Dreyfuss1,250,000
Seat 7David Olson1,222,000
Seat 8Kenny Milam1,310,000
Seat 9David Nicholson1,024,000
Seat 10Jeffrey Frye741,000

On Monday evening, final-table play began at 7:30 p.m. and last six-and-a-half hours. It’s worth noting that Chris Gamboa earned the title of best all-around player at the Horseshoe Bossier City stop, earning an automatic seat into the WSOP Circuit National Championship. How? He placed third in the Main Event and ended up with three cashes, which were all good for 85 points.

Gamboa’s elimination left David Olson to do battle against David Nicholson, with the latter holding the chip lead at the start of heads-up play. The match lasted just 25 minutes, with the final hand coming after both players got all-in preflop. Nicholson’s {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} dominated Olson's {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. The {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop essentially sealed the deal, and after the {3-Diamonds} and {9-Spades} were put out on the turn and river, Olson was eliminated in second place, good for $91,971.

This was Nicholson’s first major tournament win, for which he collected the coveted gold ring and $148,590. Not only that, he also qualified for this season’s WSOP $1 Million Circuit National Championship. After the win, the 25-year-old, who has been playing poker professionally for about three years, said, “I’ve been out here grinding for a while. This really feels good to win. And to have my friends here with me really makes it special.”

2011/2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Event #11 Main Event

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1stDavid NicholsonBiloxi, MS$148,590
2ndDavid OlsonDallas. TX$91,871
3rdChristopher GamboaKaty, TX$67,115
4thMatthew NewcombeAda, OK$49,754
5thRussell IvyCarrizo Springs, TX$37,418
6thAi DuongSan Antonio, TX$28,543
7thClay HenryMany, LA$22,081
8thRobert DreyfussColleyville, TX$17,327
9thJeffrey FryePalestine, TX$13,788

Here is a look at the other gold-ring winners from the Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop:

Ring EventEntrantsPrize PoolPlayerHometownPrize
Event #1 $345 No Limit Hold’em418$120,288Jeffery OvertonMarshall, TX$26,460
Event #2 $345 NLHE Re-Entry616$177,906Stephen HesseHouston, TX$37,351
Event #3 $345 H.O.R.S.E.119$34,629Felicia JohnicoDurant, OK$9,985
Event #4 $555 NLHE205$99,425Robert NewmanBossier City, LA$25,498
Event #5 $345 NLHE264$76,824Nghia LeSuwanee, GA$18,489
Event #6 $345 NLHE343$99,813Wes GauthierShreveport, LA$22,643
Event #7 $345 NLHE 6-Handed265$77,115David ChishkoOklahoma City, OK$18,563
Event #8 $555 NLHE226$109,610Mark BurfordShreveport, LA$27,063
Event #9 $345 NLHE Turbo234$68,094Gary BurksGladewater, TX$16,687
Event #10 $1,080 NLHE167$161,990Jordan SmithCollege Station, TX$43,740
Event #12 $345 NLHE213$61,983Charlie HooperDallas, TX$15,494

There next WSOP Circuit stop will be held at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The 12-tournament series runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 10. To see the complete schedule of events, please visit WSOP.COM.

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