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Previewing the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Bicycle Casino

Michael Rosenbach

The World Series of Poker Circuit kicked off the new year with a special engagement: the first WSOPC stop in Bell Gardens, California. From Jan. 1 through 12, 2012, the Bicycle Casino will play host to 12 ring events, including the $1,600 Main Event, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Only half of the events have finished, but some big stories have already emerged. Michael Rosenbach won his third WSOPC ring when he won Event #4 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em for $22,035. What’s especially incredible is that Rosenbach won all three rings within the last two months, the first two coming at the Harvey’s Lake Tahoe stop. The 29-year-old pro’s performance in November earned him the “Best All Around Player” distinction, which guaranteed him a spot in the National Championship.

Speaking of players who have multiple rings, La Sengphet, who you may recall as last year’s National Championship fourth-place finisher, took down Event #5 $345 No-Limit Hold'em, making her the first woman to win three WSOPC titles. Sengphet outlasted a field of 377 players to claim the $25,242 first-place prize, and in doing so, joined an exclusive list of players that have three or more rings including Kyle Cartwright, Dwyte Pilgrim, and Mark “Pegasus” Smith.

La Sengphet
La Sengphet

This week, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be providing coverage of the Main Event. Here's a look at the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino events completed thus far:

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Huy QuachWest Covina, CA$44,663
2Joshua EvansPlano, TX$27,610
3Ryan BuckholtzEncino, CA$20,250
4Travis CarsonLos Angeles, CA$15,060
5Joseph SacconeVenice, CA$11,350
6Kevin OlstaBartlett, IL$8,670
7Arthur ColeMission Viejo, CA$6,710
8Robert RossStockton, CA$5,260
9Joseph DicksteinLos Angeles, CA$4,175

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #2 No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Stephen GranerHenderson, NV$25,020
2Andrew SapiroAlamo, CA$15,460
3Casey StewartCanyon Country, CA$11,125
4John KralSan Diego, CA$8,155
5Vigen ManukyanTujunga, CA$6,080
6Jeff MadsenLas Vegas, NV$4,615
7Sam RachediVenice, CA$3,565
8Aaron MotoyamaMonterey Park, CA$2,795
9David HassettCanyon Country, CA$2,230

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Event #3 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Adam BishopSparks, NV$20,958
2Mark AllenTorrance, CA$12,960
3Alex LeybermanMar Vista, CA$19,450
4Tom BrabandLas Vegas, NV$7,010
5Christopher SwanCampbell, CA$5,280
6Corey CutrellSeattle, WA$4,035
7Estrella BaltazarTorrance, CA$3,135
8Gregory McCulloughElgin, IL$2,465
9Noah FonoschInland Empire, CA$1,970

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Ring Event #4 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1Michael RosenbachSanta Rosa, CA$22,035
2Daniel IllingworthCarlsbad, CA$13,920
3Dean BuchananKirkland, WA$10,020
4Ryan JonesTorrance, CA$7,345
5Steven RichhartYorba Linda, CA$5,475
6David ClarkDallas, TX$4,155
7Nathan GeiseFort Wayne, IN$3,210
8Damien LeforbesBellflower, CA$2,515
9Brian PatrickGarden Grove, CA$2,005

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Event #5 No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1La SengphetCarrollton, TX$25,242
2John CarrenoLos Angeles, CA$15,600
3Lisa SantyEl Segundo, CA$11,380
4Randy HollandWinnetka, CA$8,440
5Josh SeibertMurrieta, CA$6,360
6Kiet TuanRosemead, CA$4,860
7Alex MassmanCalabasas, CA$3,775
8Casey BerlinLynwood, CA$2,970
9Eli LoewenthalCarmel, IN$2,370

WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino Event #6 No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
1John CoonSan Diego, CA$34,340
2Dustin DobrilovicLos Angeles, CA$21,222
3Andrew BarberSacramento, CA$15,300
4Michael HureyStevenson Ranch, CA$11,280
5Monte LittlefieldTucson, AZ$8,450
6Makya McBeeSanta Monica, CA$6,400
7Harry HongLos Angeles, CA$4,990
8Drew FanningMadison, WI$3,925

With several events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Bicycle 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 12 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
Tuan PhanHarrah’s AC Main Event Winner
Hao LeHarrah’s AC Casino Champ

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 Clark13515$46,532
Matthew Chang112.516$23,149
Beverly Cheney107.506$27,753
Felicia Johnico107.514$21,998
Russell Ivy102.504$65,035
Gregory Joslyn9515$37,533
Thomas Cronin9504$21,396
Matthew Colvin87.517$27,741
Nicholas Long87.515$22,996
John Evans87.505$12,551

*Leading up to the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino 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 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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