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Preliminary Results from the 2011-2012 WSOP Circuit Harrah's New Orleans

Andy Hwang

For the past year, the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit has hosted 17 stops across the country and one in South Africa. Now, the final stop on the schedule is taking place at Harrah’s New Orleans, providing the last chance for players to qualify for the 2nd Annual $1 Million National Championship. This weekend, the stop culminates with a $1,600 Main Event where the winner will automatically earn a seat in July’s National Championship.

Prior to that, there have been a slew of preliminary events where players have been racking up points for the National Leaderboard. One of these events was Event #1: $355 No-Limit Hold’em, which attracted 945 players and became the largest poker tournament ever held in New Orleans by surpassing the previous record of 833 players set on May 18, 2005.

After four days of intense play, a stacked final table was set with Yung “Andy” Hwang, Charles “Woody” Moore, and Josh Evans eventually making it to three-handed play. Moore has proven himself time and again on the Circuit, having won last year’s WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event and making multiple final tables this year, but he came up short of his second gold ring. The good news is that in addition to his $23,853 payday, Moore’s third-place finish earned him enough points to qualify for the National Championship for the second year in a row.

That left Hwang and Evans to do battle heads up, which lasted about 45 minutes. In the final hand, Evans moved all-in with {A-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} only to run into Hwang’s {K-Hearts}{K-Spades}. The board ran out an uneventful {Q-Spades}{J-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs}, and Evans was dispatched in second place for $32,317 with enough points qualify him for a seat in the National Championship.

Meanwhile, Hwang collected the $52,249 first-place prize and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. What’s more, he earned enough points to join Evans and Moore near the top of the National Leaderboard and essentially locked up a spot in the National Championship.

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

Andy Hwang, winner of Event #1.
Andy Hwang, winner of Event #1.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #1: No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$55945$274,995
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Yung HwangSugar Land, TX$52,249
2Josh EvansPlano, TX$32,317
3Charles “Woody” MooreLas Vegas, NV$23,853
4Steve HesseHouston, TX$17,847
5Lacey CoffeyHouston, TX$13,521
6Dwayne VetterHouston, TX$10,372
7Jose SerratosDetroit, MI$8,054
8Todd CowanMetairie, LA$6,333
9John FinnanMetairie, LA$5,037

John Fagg, winner of Event #2.
John Fagg, winner of Event #2.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Event #2: No-Limit Hold'em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$500+$65320$160,000
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1John FaggTerre Haute, IN$36,472
2Vafa KamaliPurvis, MS$22,550
3Frank AlpandinarBaton Rouge, LA$16,378
4Brent RonquilleLafitte, LA$12,097
5Clifford FisherAddison, TX$9,082
6Robert AlvaradoSan Antonio, TX$6,926
7Clyde DuetCut Off, LA$5,326
8Rufus YatesNew Iberia, LA$4,218
9Gary LambertQuincy, IL$3,366

John Harris, winner of Event #3.
John Harris, winner of Event #3.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Event #3: Pot-Limit Omaha

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$55167$50,100
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1John HarrisDallas, TX$13,121
2Stephen SuHouston, TX$8,106
3Robert CoteCypress, TX$5,783
4Ronald MapesMiramar Beach, FL$4,198
5Adam LaskeyFargo, ND$3,103
6Uyen TranRound Rock, TX$2,336
7Michael “Carwash” SchneiderCovington, GA$1,789
8Carter MyersBreckenridge, MI$1,395
9Howard AndrewWalnut Creek, CA$1,107

Loni Harwood, winner of Event #4.
Loni Harwood, winner of Event #4.

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

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$55345$103,500
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Loni HarwoodStaten Island, NY$23,090
2Peter MavroLas Vegas, NV$14,275
3Russell SartinLacombe, LA$10,413
4Longlith BoutchantharajFort Worth, TX$7,724
5Thomas MosierBloomington, IN$5,818
6Randolph ReynoldsJacksonville, FL$4,450
7Dominic GabaldonIowa City, IA$3,453
8Paul PhillipsWeatherford, TX$2,718
9Jonathan BiddleBay St. Louis, MS$2,170

Jonathan Tamayo, winner of Event #5.
Jonathan Tamayo, winner of Event #5.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Event #5: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$55440$132,000
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Jonathan TamayoHumble, TX$28,168
2Robert ColeCypress, TX$17,407
3Christy PhamLake Mary, FL$12,719
4Justin FossenPearl, MS$9,444
5Dennis CrowleyPearland, TX$7,121
6David SmithWalls, MS$5,450
7John DolanBonita Springs, FL$4,233
8Thomas ManningWaco, TX$3,334
9Gloria WhimperConyers, GA$2,663

William Foxen, winner of Event #6.
William Foxen, winner of Event #6.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Event #6: No-Limit Hold’em Six Handed

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$55335$100,500
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1William FoxenCold Spring Harbor, NY$22,421
2Adam ZschauBloomington, IL$13,861
3Peter SullivanRoscoe, IL$10,112
4Preston DerdenHouston, TX$7,500
5Brandon BowyerRiverside, CA$5,650
6Peter IppolitoEast Meadow, NY$4,321

James Calcagno, winner of Event #7.
James Calcagno, winner of Event #7.

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

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$300+$55395$118,500
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1James CalcagnoSan Antonio, TX$25,287
2Joshua SchonColleyville, TX$15,626
3George BursavichBaton Rouge, LA$11,418
4James ManningWaco, TX$8,478
5Raymond LuongTucker, GA$6,393
6La SengphetCarrollton, TX$4,893
7Josh PenderRockhill, SC$3,800
8Raphael LatsonPearland, TX$2,993
9Soojung KimOcean Springs, MS$2,390

Jacob Naquin, winner of Event #8.
Jacob Naquin, winner of Event #8.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Event #8: No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-inEntrantsPrize Pool
$1,000+$80232$232,000
PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Jacob NaquinDestin, FL$56,260
2Ryan TosocChicago, IL$34,773
3Nicolas GellepisTallahassee, FL$25,308
4Huy NguyenOklahoma City, OK$18,716
5Dominic GabaldonIowa City, IA$14,058
6Daniel WeinmanAtlanta, GA$10,723
7Brett SchwertleyOmaha, NE$8,303
8Chris ConradTampa, FL$6,526
9Leroy SpiresLas Cruces, NM$5,205

With several events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans 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
Kevin McColganHarrah’s Philadelphia Casino Champ
Christopher BonnHarrah’s Philadelphia 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 Clark24019$82,321
Alexandru Masek187.5111$147,528
Daniel Blakeman172.519$152,521
Kyle Cartwright162.519$91,082
Stephen Kats160111$57,506
Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon157.517$62,973
Michael Sanders15506$157,516
Benjamin Kramer155112$62,232
Michael Cooper15509$57,051
Rex Clinkscales155010$47,986

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

*Photos courtesy of Eric Harkins and ImageMasters.

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