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Previewing the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs

Stephen Kats

The 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit continued in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on March 29. The Horseshoe Council Bluffs will host 12 ring events, many of which have already been completed. On Saturday, April 7, the stop will culminate in a $1,600 Main Event, which the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will live report.

Keep reading for an update on completed ring events thus far, including Event #2: $350 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry. That event drew 585 players over two starting days, making it the largest poker tournament ever held in the greater Omaha area.

After three days of play, 29-year-old professional poker player Stephen Kats emerged victorious and captured the $35,745 first-place prize. Kats, a graduate from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in business, is no stranger to Council Bluffs; in fact, it’s the venue where he captured his first gold ring.

“I’m happy I won,” Kats said after claiming his second WSOP Circuit ring. “It was a long session with a lot of grinding . . . Whatever happens, happens. It’s all about thinking positive in this game.”

Brent Glantz, winner of Event #1
Brent Glantz, winner of Event #1

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Ring Event #1: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$50355$103,305
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Brent GlantzLincoln, NE$23,764
2Michael NellisOmaha, NE$14,689
3Douglas HutchesonCouncil Bluffs, IA$10,716
4Brendan WaiteLincoln, NE$7,948
5James PursleyDenver, CO$5,988
6Derek BetkaWahoo, NE$4,580
7Mark “Pegasus” SmithGeorgetown, KY$3,554
8Gary LambertQuincy, IL$2,797
9Quang PhamOmaha, NE$2,233

Stephen Kats, winner of Event #2
Stephen Kats, winner of Event #2

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Event #2: No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$50585$170,235
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Stephen KatsOmaha, NE$35,745
2Brett HumphusSan Antonio, TX$22,112
3Timothy NimitzCaldwell, KS$16,169
4Brandon FishKearney, NE$11,998
5Mark FinkSioux Falls, SD$9,028
6Phil StelzerColumbia, MO$6,886
7Bruce SchlichtingRockford, IL$5,325
8Charles HansonSioux Falls, SD$4,174
9Edward MarickSalina, KS$3,316

Patrick Kellogg, winner of Event #3
Patrick Kellogg, winner of Event #3

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Event #3: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$50211$61,401
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Patrick KelloggMonona, WI$15,348
2Jason MayfieldCabot, AR$9,488
3Dale BeaudoinLas Vegas, NV$6,905
4Ryan HartmannMinneapolis, MN$5,107
5Longlith BoutchantharajFort Worth, TX$3,836
6Michael HolmWoodridge, IL$2,926
7Kevin MclaughlinOmaha, NE$2,266
8Joseph CappuccioHammonton, NJ$1,781
9Roland IsraelashviliForest Hills, NY$1,420

Dave Kerrigan, winner of Event #4
Dave Kerrigan, winner of Event #4

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Ring Event #4: H.O.R.S.E.

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$50119$34,629
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Dave KerriganOmaha, NE$10,390
2Michael SandersLondon, AR$6,421
3Ari EngelLas Vegas, NV$4,572
4Christopher ConradTampa, FL$3,321
5Daniel HakimianNorthbrook, IL$2,460
6Jamal TaylorDenver, CO$1,857
7Matthew SolbergWatertown, SD$1,428
8Kirk FlomMeriden, KS$1,119

Jonathan Hanner, winner of Event #5
Jonathan Hanner, winner of Event #5

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Event #5: No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$50197$57,327
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Jonathan HannerBellevue, NE$15,765
2Michael NellisOmaha, NE$9,739
3Kyle GoldenLincoln, NE$6,882
4Lorraine JonesDenham Springs, LA$4,890
5Jacob PhillipsOzark, MO$3,495
6Mark BonsackCle Elum, WA$2,513

Duane Gerleman, winner of Event #6
Duane Gerleman, winner of Event #6

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Ring Event #6: Limit Omaha Eight or Better

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$50128$37,248
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Duane GerlemanRidgeway, IA$10,428
2Terry StorkOmaha, NE$6,446
3Steven RockSalina, KS$4,653
4Michael LynchAppleton, WI$3,419
5Kelly VandemheenOmaha, NE$2,566
6David NicholsonPerkinston, MS$1,943
7Eric VarnadoTopeka, KS$1,502
8Paul SokoloffToronto, ON$1,180

Brian Boyanovsky, winner of Event #7
Brian Boyanovsky, winner of Event #7

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Ring Event #7: No Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$50255$74,205
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Brian BoyanovskyAlbert City, IA$18,178
2Leo WhittLouisville, KY$11,233
3Cameron ShonkaLincoln, NE$8,116
4Drew DumanskiRichardson, TX$5,973
5Shawn MeyerDavenport, NE$4,475
6Walter GardnerAuburn, KS$3,410
7Giacomo ParisiIowa Falls, IA$2,642
8Daniel BlakemanHouston, TX$2,080
9David CumminsAustin, TX$1,664

Aaron Ruppert, winner of Event #8
Aaron Ruppert, winner of Event #8

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Ring Event #8: No Limit Hold’em Turbo

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$50178$51,798
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Aaron RuppertNorman, OK$13,983
2Scott SharpeLeawood, KS$8,643
3Sarah HaleLas Vegas, NV$6,221
4Jeff EadesOmaha, NE$4,560
5Joel MerwickLincoln, NE$3,401
6Bruce HoytGilbert, AZ$2,581
7Amanda MusumeciPhiladelphia, PA$1,992
8John ComitoDes Moines, IA$1,563
9Kou VangSt. Paul, MN$1,246

Darrell Prevail, winner of Event #9
Darrell Prevail, winner of Event #9

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Ring Event #9 No Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$80147$142,590
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Darrell PrevailSioux City, IA$39,925
2Joel MerwickLincoln, NE$24,677
3Ryan TepenChesterfield, MO$17,812
4Jamie KerstetterJersey City, NJ$13,088
5James RussellChesterfield, MI$9,785
6Paul SokoloffToronto, ON$7,439
7Matt LawrenceTulsa, OK$5,751
8Jovan SudarOmaha, NE$4,517
9Bryan MoonChicago, IL$3,606

Brent Carter, winner of Event #10
Brent Carter, winner of Event #10

WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Ring Event #10 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ $100 Rebuys

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$5058$16,878
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Brent CarterOak Park, IL$21,135
2Tim BurtGrenada, MS$13,075
3David NicholsonPerkinston, MS$8,566
4Kevin O’DonnellSeward, NE$5,917
5Adam LaskeyFargo, ND$4,339
6Joseph AnteloSt. Augustine, FL$3,325

With several events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino Champion is undecided. 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 a handful of players have qualified:

National Championship Qualifiers

PlayerQualified
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
Freddy DeebBicycle Casino Main Event Winner
Huy QuachBicycle Casino Champ
Raja KattamuriChoctaw Casino Champ
Abraham ArayaChoctaw Main Event Champion
Gary BoldenCaesars Palace Casino Champ
Kevin CalenzoCaesars Palace Main Event Winner
Matthew WeberHarrah’s Tunica Casino Champ
Kurt JewellHarrah’s Tunica Main Event Winner
Charles FlettPalm Beach Casino Champ
James HarndenPalm Beach Main Event Winner
Tuan PhanHarrah’s AC Main Event Winner
Hao LeHarrah’s AC Casino Champ
Joseph KuetherHarrah’s Rincon Main Event Winner
Jonas MackoffHarrah’s Rincon 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*

PlayerPointsRingsCashedEarnings
David Clark202.518$74,868
Alexandru Masek162.518$135,308
Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon157.517$62,973
Daniel Blakeman15016$141,388
Chris Parsons15007$74,942
Benjamin Kramer150110$52,354
Stephen Kats140110$52,354
Michael Cooper13508$55,659
Dan Natarelli13516$44,646
Rex Clinkscales13509$39,780

*Leading up to the WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Council Bluffs stop.

Don’t miss your chance to qualify for the National Championship. There are still a few opportunities to play, so be sure to check out one of the remaining stops on the WSOP Circuit schedule.

Remaining 2011-2012 WSOPC Schedule

EventLocationDates
Circuit EventHarrah’s St. LouisApril 12 - 23, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s ChesterApril 26 - May 7, 2012
Circuit EventHarrah’s New OrleansMay 10 - 21, 2012

*Photos courtesy of Eric Harkins and ImageMasters.

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