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

Kat Bowen

The 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit continued this past week with the second-to-last stop of the season, Harrah’s Philadelphia. That stop’s Main Event begins on Saturday, May 5, so we thought it’d be a good idea to recap the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia action thus far.

One notable event was Event #5: $555 No-Limit Hold’em, which drew 134 players and created a prize pool of $64,505. That event saw circuit regular Katherine “Kat” Bowen, an owner of an Internet service provider from Gladewater, Texas, make the trip to the East Coast in an attempt to earn more points toward the National Championship.

It was a wise decision as she soon found herself at the final table, where some superb plays made her one of the final two players left with a slight chip lead over Steven Skowrownski, a 27-year-old poker pro from Indiana. In the final hand, Skowrownski was all in preflop holding {A-Diamonds}{J-Spades} and in bad shape against the {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} of Bowen. The board ran out nine-high and Bowen captured her first WSOP Circuit gold ring and the $18,197 first-place prize.

“This has been a really great experience and this is my first gold ring, so you can’t beat that,” Bowen said after the win.

Prior to he win, Bowen had amassed 77.5 points on the WSOP Circuit, meaning the additional 50 awarded to her for the win will no doubt be enough to qualify her for this year’s National Championship.

Here's a look at the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia events completed thus far:

Kurt Magalski, winner of Event #1.
Kurt Magalski, winner of Event #1.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #1: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45208$60,528
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Kurt MagalskiHonesdale, PA$15,741
2Charles BaileyWest Chester, PA$9,721
3Timothy FaroGlen Burnie, MD$7,019
4Michael SheldonDresher, PA$5,155
5Nick GormanSouth Lake Tahoe, CA$3,851
6Morgan ClarkWilmington, DE$2,927
7Yechiel MesikaGlen Mills, PA$2,261
8Sai WangDrexel Hill, PA$1,775
9Spyros MalkotsisMerrick, NY$1,416

Douglas McGlothlin, winner of Event #2.
Douglas McGlothlin, winner of Event #2.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #2: No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45395$114,945
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Douglas McGlothlinFelton, DE$25,279
2Jonathan SorscherLynbrook, NY$15,627
3John AlferaArnold, PA$11,448
4Joshua StewartWest Chester, PA$8,500
5Adam CookPasadena, MD$6,409
6Eliezer GonzalezDulles, VA$4,906
7Joseph LibertaBerlin, NJ$3,810
8Ilya SoyferMorganville, NJ$3,001
9Mario RodriguezWilkes Barre, PA$2,397

Peter Ippolito, winner of Event #3.
Peter Ippolito, winner of Event #3.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #3: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$55126$61,110
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Peter IppolitoEast Meadow, NY$17,109
2Jason SteelAlpharetta, GA$10,576
3Kevin MasonWest New York, NJ$7,634
4William PhillipsMetairie, LA$5,609
5Susan FrazierTroy, VA$4,193
6Joseph HebdaSaint John, IN$3,188
7Everett CarltonSt. Paul, MN$2,465
8Theodore PetersonFortuna, CA$1,936
9Chris BackVancouver, BC, Canada$1,545

Ryan Gentry, winner of Event #4.
Ryan Gentry, winner of Event #4.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #4: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45197$57,327
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Ryan GentryLa Jolla, CA$14,908
2Michael WolfStaten Island, NY$9,207
3Lorne KanoverBellmore, NY$6,648
4Michael ValloneHilliard, OH$4,883
5Stephen BredfeldtElizabethtown, PA$3,648
6Robert ParkerStaten Island, NY$2,772
7Andre BrodeurNorristown, PA$2,141
8Jesse MosesNew Castle, PA$1,681
9William StoneAuburndale, WI$1,341

Kat Bowen, winner of Event #5.
Kat Bowen, winner of Event #5.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #5 No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$55134$64,505
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Katherine "Kat" BowenJudson, TX$18,197
2Steven SkowronskiHammond, IN$11,247
3Edward StanishClaymont, DE$8,119
4Kevin McColganDouglassville, PA$5,965
5Robert JohnsonBridgewater, NJ$4,460
6Corey CutrellSeattle, WA$3,391
7Laurence GoldsteinCommack, NY$2,621
8Adam MillerBroomall, PA$2,059
9Drew WoodkeOmaha, NE$1,644

Ari Engel, winner of Event #6.
Ari Engel, winner of Event #6.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #6: Mixed Pot-Limit Hold’em/Omaha

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$4595$27,645
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Ari EngelLas Vegas, NV$8,292
2Brian WoodsLutherville, MD$5,126
3Dejuante AlexanderHouston, TX$3,650
4Anthony ZinnoBoston, MA$2,651
5Brent CarterOak Park, IL$1,964
6Stephen BentSpringfield, PA$1,483
7Eric DoerrNewark, DE$1,140
8Eric MillerSeaford, NY$893
9Robert BresnerNew York, NY$712

Sean Burson, winner of Event #7.
Sean Burson, winner of Event #7.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #7: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$55132$64,505
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Sean BursonHidden Valley, CA$18,063
2Richard AustinLansdale, PA$11,163
3Ryan BlankBaltimore, MD$8,058
4Clifford GoldkindPotomac, MD$5,921
5Dean BuchananKirkland, WA$4,426
6Gordon EngCliffside Park, NJ$3,365
7Kyle CartwrightBartlett, TN$2,601
8Bryan DevonshireHenderson, NV$2,044
9Kevin McColganDouglasville, PA$1,631

Brian O’Donoghue, winner of Event #8.
Brian O’Donoghue, winner of Event #8.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #8: No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$45170$49,470
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Brian O’DonoghueBayside, NY$13,359
2John AlferaArnold, PA$8,255
3Anthony ZinnoBoston, MA$5,942
4David HarrisSalem, NJ$4,355
5Benjamin AndersonBayside, NY$3,248
6Robert ParkerStaten Island, NY$2,465
7Ilya SoyferMorganville, NJ$1,903
8Christopher McGrillHavertown, PA$1,493
9Carlos JuarezPhiladelphia, PA$1,190

Abe Faroni, winner of Event #9.
Abe Faroni, winner of Event #9.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Event #9: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$8094$91,180
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Abraham FaroniPenn Valley, PA$27,353
2Andrew BarberSacramento, CA$16,907
3Joseph CappelloNew Rochelle, NY$12,038
4David CurreFairport, NY$8,744
5Jonathan SorscherLynbrook, NY$6,477
6James BoyleHarve De Grace, MD$4,890
7Ariel AlbiliaSyosset, NY$3,761
8Reggi TrotterArlington, TX$2,349
9Brandon FishKearney, NE$2,349

With several events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino Champion is undetermined. Whoever captures that title, along with the eventual winner of the Main Event, will automatically qualify for the Second Annual $1 Million National Championship. Here's a look at the players who 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
Scott StankoCouncil Bluffs Main Event Winner
Michael NellisCouncil Bluffs Casino Champ
Nikolas StoneHarrah’s St. Louis Casino Champ
Tripp KirkHarrah’s St. Louis Main Event Winner

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 Masek187.5111$147,528
Daniel Blakeman17018$151,798
Stephen Kats160111$57,506
Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon157.517$62,973
Michael Sanders15506$157,516
Benjamin Kramer155112$62,232
Michael Cooper15509$57,051
Chris Parsons15007$74,942
Ryan Gentry14516$72,384
A.P. Phahurat142.509$68,942

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

Don’t miss your chance to qualify for the National Championship. There is only one stop on the WSOP Circuit schedule:

Remaining 2011-2012 WSOPC Schedule

EventLocationDates
Circuit EventHarrah’s New OrleansMay 10 - 21, 2012

*Photos courtesy of Eric Harkins and ImageMasters.

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