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Previewing the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Atlantic City

Peter Ippolito

Since Dec. 1, Harrah’s Atlantic City has played host to the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit. Several ring events have concluded, but the stop culminates in a $1,600 Main Event that begins Saturday, Dec. 10.

The stop has already attracted huge fields and generated juicy prize pools. In fact, it has drawn pros from up and down the East Coast, including Chris Tryba and Peter Ippolito. Interestingly, both these men made the final table of Event #5 $555 No-Limit Hold’em, with Tryba coming in third and Ippolito capturing his second WSOP Circuit ring. Ippolito, a pro poker player from East Meadow, New York, completed a come-from-behind victory to capture $37,926 in prize money, joining the list of players with two gold rings.

This weekend, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be providing coverage of the Main Event. Here's a look at the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City events completed thus far:

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Ring Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Richard SmithRemington, VA$41,995
2John JohnstonHoward Beach, NY$25,987
3Thao LeNA$19,061
4Sean PerryColumbia, MD$14,175
5Huy LeAtlantic City, NJ$10,684
6Michael FleschManassas, VA$8,160
7Joshua ShmerlWauconda, IL$6,314
8Tomer KravitzPrinceton, NJ$4,950
9Scott StrubelFords, NJ$3,929

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Ring Event #2 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45 (Re-Entry)888$258,408
1Jeffrey GurfinkelBrooklyn, NY$50,446
2Leonid VizirovChalfront, VA$31,173
3Erik GormanMatthews, NC$22,962
4Miriam DuboisHackensack, NJ$17,136
5Oliver EntinePhiladelphia, PA$12,956
6Douglas ConantSutton, WV$9,921
7Eric NathanColumbia, MD$7,694
8Christopher KushaStaten Island, NY$6,041
9Adam FeldmanWyomissing, PA$4,801

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Ring Event #3 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Michael LinsterLevittown, NY$35,529
2Wai ChengRandolph, NJ$20,717
3Gregory GlassmanBrooklyn, NY$15,032
4Douglas CressiGlen Cove$11,091
5Lorne KanoverBellmore, NY$8,318
6Jackson KimballClarkston, MI$6,339
7Mohammed MunafRichardson, TX$4,906
8Dean SchultzStow, OH$3,855
9Joseph MesserLos Angeles, CA$3,076

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Ring Event #4 No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Dustin MannsMedia, PA$33,922
2Anthony HillColumbia, CT$20,978
3Tod LiangBrooklyn, NY$15,340
4Matthew ChangRockville, MD$11,383
5Kevin TsaoForest Hills, NY$8,565
6Phillip VeraManassas, VA$6,533
7Richard SmithRemington, VA$5,052
8Anthony ZinnoBston, MA$3,960
9Daniel ChanNew York, NY$3,146

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Ring Event #5 No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Peter IppolitoEast Meadow, NY$37,926
2Robert ParkerStaten Island, NY$23,447
3Chris TrybaLas Vegas, NV$17,105
4David LauferSaylorsburg, PA$12,687
5An HwangCentreville, VA$9,558
6Jeffrey GurfinkelBrooklyn, NY$7,310
7Scott DaviesLas Vegas, NV$5,673
8David ZeitlinBrooklyn, NY$4,465
9Jonathan RiceCumberland, MD$3,565

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Ring Event #6 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Jeremy BurlesonStanley, NC$28,646
2Jamie KerstetterJersey City, NJ$17,813
3Gregory JoslynMiddletown, NY$12,604
4Chinmay PatelBrigantine, NJ$8,924
5Roman ValersteinNewtown, PA$6,410
6Daniel IscoviciStaten Island, NY$4,649
7Dennis SummersCharlottesville, VA$3,406
8Jackson KimballClarkston, MI$3,406
9Ali KalidAtlantic City, NJ$2,522

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Ring Event #7 No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Ryan HallNewark, DE$33,989
2Jayakrishnan NairRedmond, WA$21,005
3Charles ClarkWebster, NY$15,241
4Charles FureyAtlantic City, NJ$11,245
5David CurreFairport, NY$8,433
6Dylan DrazenAstoria, NY$6,427
7Mike SicaNorth Brunswick, NJ$4,974
8Ara MelikianScarsdale, NY$3,909
9Henry NegronBronx, NY$3,118

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Ring Event #8 Limit Omaha Eight or Better

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Menachem RosenbergBrooklyn, NY$14,148
2Richard RettinoBay Shore, NY$8,740
3George KostaVentnor City, NJ$6,311
4Kevin NettlesLos Angeles, CA$4,635
5Charles LevinsohnMonmouth Beach, NJ$3,463
6John CernutoLas Vegas, NV$2,361
7Allyn MarshallElberon, NJ$2,032
8Mei ChungCollege Park, MD$1,596
9Chris BackVancouver, BC$1,273

With several events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City Casino Champion is wide open. Whoever captures that title, along with the eventual winner of the Main Event, will automatically qualify for the Second Annual $1 Million National Championship. That event is limited to 100 players, and so far only six have qualified:

National Championship Qualifiers

David NicholsonHorseshoe Bossier City Main Event Winner
Chris GamboaHorseshoe Bossier City Casino Champion
Robert CastoireHorseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event Winner
Mark “Pegasus” SmithHorseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion
Bob ChowHorseshoe Hammond Main Event Winner
Drazen IlichHorseshoe Hammond Casino Champion
Gene DudekIP Biloxi Casino Champion
Jerry MonroeIP Biloxi Main Event Winner
Michael RosenbachLake Tahoe Casino Champ
Bryan SchultzLake Tahoe Main Event 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*

David Clark112.514$42,377
Beverly Cheney107.506$27,753
Felicia Johnico107.514$21,998
Russell Ivy102.504$65,035
Thomas Cronin9504$21,396
Nicholas Long87.515$22,996
Peter Mavro87.505$11,892
Benjamin Kramer8514$28,848
John Evans8504$11,921
Scott Schwalich8013$34,846

*Leading up to the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City stop.

Don’t miss your chance to qualify for the National Championship. There are still plenty of opportunities to play, including any of the remaining stops on the WSOP Circuit schedule.

Remaining 2011-2012 WSOPC Schedule

Circuit EventBicycle CasinoJan. 1 - 12, 2012
Circuit EventChoctaw DurantJan. 12 - 23, 2012
Circuit EventCaesars Palace (Las Vegas)Jan. 19 - 30, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s TunicaFeb. 2 - 13, 2012
Circuit EventPalm Beach Kennel ClubFeb. 16 - 27, 2012
Circuit EventCaesars Atlantic CityMarch 1 - 12, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s RinconMarch 15 - 26, 2012
Circuit EventHorseshoe Council BluffsMarch 29 - April 9, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s St. LouisApril 12 - 23, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s ChesterApril 26 - May 7, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s New OrleansMay 10 - 21, 2012

*Photo courtesy of Eric Harkins and ImageMasters.

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