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WSOP Circuit @ Harrah's Rincon - Main Event Day 1
by 2007 World Series of Poker Circuit   
Tuesday, 20 February 2007

$5,000 + $150 NLHE Championship

Wednesday, 21st of February 2007 12:40 AM

Peter 'Nordberg' Feldman - Chip Leader

Here are the remaining 43 players with their chip counts and table/seat assigments for day 2.  They will return Wednesday at noon to continue their quests for poker greatness.

Peter 'Nordberg' FeldmanHarper Woods, MI 128,700134
Joe SebokSan Francisco, CA 119,100149
Steven DianoLas Vegas, NV 114,90067
Erik CajelaisMontreal, QB, Canada95,700133
Danny WongWalnut, CA84,900156
Davidson MatthewToronto, ON, Canada84,30072
Ron FaltinskyMonterey Park, CA 83,300141
Matthew GrahamHouston, TX 77,00063
Gavin SmithLas Vegas, NV 69,100145
Jerry RenfroeSan Luis Obispo, CA 67,500137
Gavin GriffinOrange County, CA 54,100157
Charles SwopeEscondido, CA 51,500151
Steve WongHoofdorp, Netherlands48,50075
Yoon KimMilwaukee, WI 45,100139
Winn RobertonLas Vegas, NV 43,60062
Juan Carlos AlvaradoMcAllen, TX 43,200135
Jeff StoffEncinitas, CA 42,30061
Matt LombardoSan Diego, CA 41,50078
John H. SullivanTempleton, CA 36,10068
Thomas HoverLas Vegas, NV 36,00071
Weikai ChangAlbany, NY 35,900147
Shane 'Shaniac' SchlegerNew York, NY 30,20065
Todd "Dan Druff" WittelesLas Vegas, NV 29,100131
John Thomas SandbergSan Juan Capistrano, CA24,500159
Erick LindgrenLas Vegas, NV 24,40066
Roberta DeLeonSurprise, NC24,10074
Barry GreensteinRancho Palos Verdes, CA23,300155
Richard ClinkCorona, CA 22,500144
Scott DlugosRancho Sante Fe, CA20,60069
Maynard LundstrumMarietta, GA 20,000138
Christopher BonitaWinthrop, MA 19,40079
Allen KesslerHuntington Valley, CA 19,200158
Tim WhiteMaricopa, CA18,90077
Glenn UchiboriHonolulu, HI 17,300148
Jordan SmithCollege Station, TX 16,50076
Vegard NygaardOslo, Norway16,400146
Don FryerLos Angeles, CA 15,600136
Phil PlantierPoway, CA13,70064
Joseph OchoaSan Diego, CA 12,500132
Mack LeeSan Jose, CA 10,800143
Derek HarringtonHenderson, NV 10,800152
Tim AndersLas Vegas, NV 10,30073
Chris "Jesus" FergusonPacific Palisades, CA7,500142
 Totaln chips in play1,810,000  
 Players remaining43  
 Average stack42,093  

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 11:39 PM

Play has ended for today. 43 players remain. They are beginning the bag-and-tag process now. As soon as we get the end of day chip counts, they will be posted here.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 11:28 PM

On the flop of T 9 Q , Scotty Nguyen checked, Ron Faltinsky bet 10K, and Scotty moved in for 12,500 more. Ron called, showing J 9 for bottom pair with the open-ended straight draw. Scotty held A Q for top pair/top kicker. Unfortunately, the last two cards were 8 7 completing the straight for Ron and completing the day for Scotty.

45 players remain with about 10 minutes left to play today.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 11:00 PM

In a 3-way all-in, a short-stacked player and Phil Gordon get all in with Barry Greenstein, who had them both covered. Phil's A7 was ahead; Barry held KJ, and the 3rd player in the big blind held 54 off. Board came J T 9 7 2 and Barry scooped the pot with a pair of Jacks, sending Phil and the other player to the rail.

52 players remain with about 35 minutes left to play today.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 10:48 PM

Davidson Matthew doubled up when his AK stood up against his opponent's AQ.

54 players remain.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 10:28 PM

Kevin 'bel0wab0ve' Saul moved all his chips in, except for the 100 chip he had on his cards. After some thought, Davidson Matthew called. Flop was 4 4 7 and Kevin threw his last chip in, showing A 5 . Davidson was ahead with AJ. Last two cards were T Q and Davidson dragged the pot, sending Kevin to the rail.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 10:22 PM

Level 7: Blinds 400/800 with 100 antes. Cards are back in the air. This will be the last level for today.

63 players remain. Average stack is 28,730.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 10:04 PM

Steve Diano - chip leader at end of level 6

Alex Jacob got his chips in with pocket 5s but ran into the pocket Tens of Joe Sebok.  Alex is now enjoying the view from the other side of the rail. 

Steve Diano has taken over the chip lead with about 92,000. Joe Sebok is in second with about 80K. And they both happen to be seated at the same table.

Max Pescatori has busted out.  He moved in with KJ on a J 7 3 flop, but Steve Wong had pocket 7s and crushed him with the set.

End of level 6 and they are coloring up the green 25 chips, then will take a 15 minute break.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 09:44 PM

Annie Duke's stack was crippled when she got all in with a big Ace against a player with A7 who made a flush. Then she had to get her last chips in quicky, but was not able to pull a miracle and was busted.

In a three-way all-in, Jerry Renfroe held the lead with two black Aces; Davidson Mathew held the two red Jacks and the third player held the two black Jacks. Board came 2 K Q 8 2 and Jerry's Aces held to triple him up, sending one player to the rail. In an interesting aside, Kevin Saul said he folded pocket Queens due to the action, which was a good lay-down, but he would have quadrupled up with the Queen on the flop.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 09:30 PM

The under-the-gun player in seat 3 and Erik Cajelais take a flop of A 7 2 . Erik fires and seat 3 check-called. Turn was the 4 . Seat 3 checked, Erik fired again, and seat 3 moved all in. He had Erik covered by a bit. After a couple of minutes thought, Erik called, showing A Q for top pair. His opponent held K T for the flush draw. River was 4 and Erik claimed the pot with two pair, doubling up to about 48K.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 09:00 PM

Brett Richey and Larry Vance have busted out. Finally, here are the payouts for today's event. 18 places will get paid. The winner will also received a $10K seat to the 2007 WSOP Main Event (with $1,000 travel expense money) and the gold Circuit Championship ring:


Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 08:48 PM

Joe Sebok - chip leader at end of level 5

Level 6: Blinds 300/600 with 75 antes. Play has resumed.

Vaseli Buboi has departed and we have a new chip leader:

Joe Sebok64,000
Peter 'Nordberg' Feldman55,000
Matt Lombardo54,000
Steve Diano51,000
Charles Swope48,000

77 Players remain. Average stack is about 23,500.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 08:13 PM

Kathy Liebert got her last chips in with A4 against Sean Colclough's pocket 6s. No help for Kathy and she was busted.

Gavin Smith has mounted a huge comeback. He just dragged another pot when his AK paired a King on the river to take the pot and bust a short-stacked player who was all-in with a flush draw that didn't materialize. With that pot, Gavin was up to about 36K.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 07:45 PM

Brandon Cantu got his chips in good with pocket Kings versus pocket Tens, but unfortunately a Ten hit the board and Brandon was busted.

Joe Michel got all in against Joe Sebok on the river with the board showing A A 2 x x. Michel's pocket deuces for deuces-full were crushed by Sebok's pocket Aces for quads and the Pro-Joe busted the average Joe.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 07:32 PM

Gavin Smith doubled up when he got all in pre-flop with AK versus pocket 9s. An Ace on the turn gave Gavin the bigger pair and some much-needed chips.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 07:14 PM

Peter 'Nordberg' Feldman - Chip leader at end of level 4

Level 5: Blinds 200/400 with 50 antes. Play has resumed. Apparently Jordan Morgan busted out right before the dinner break.

Here are chip counts from the break:

Peter 'Nordberg' Feldman68,800
Charles Swope50,500
Shane 'Shaniac' Schleger44,000
Vasile Buboi42,700
Matt Lombardo42,000
Matt Graham40,500
Erick Lindgren37,000
Kevin 'bel0wab0ve' Saul36,500
David Daneshgar34,000
Joe Sebok34,000
Erik Cajelais32,500
Steve Wong30,000
Davidson Matthew29,000
Max Pescatori25,000
James van Alstyne22,000
Scotty Nguyen22,000
Chris Ferguson20,000
Weikai Chang20,000
Gavin Griffin19,500
Annie Duke19,000
Phil Gordon19,000
Barry Greenstein17,000
Joe Tehan17,000
John Smith17,000
Allen Kessler16,000
Brandon Cantu16,000
Alex Jacob15,800
Jason Stern15,600
Ken Goldin12,400
Carlos Mortensen11,000
Jonathan Little8,000
Tim Anders7,200
Larry Vance5,400
Gavin Smith4,000
Brett Richey3,000
Kathy Liebert2,500
Totaln chips in play1,810,000
Players remaining102
Average stack17,745

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 05:54 PM

End of level 4 and it's dinner time! Players will return at 7:15pm to resume play.

105 players, that is.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 05:37 PM

Erik Cajelais doubled up a short stack at his table when Erik's pocket 6s failed to improve against the other player's pocket Aces.

Twelve tables remain with 108 players still in the hunt. Play has tightened up as the dinner break approaches.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 04:40 PM

Erik Cajelais - Chip leader at end of level 3

Level 4: Blinds 100/200 with 25 antes. Play has resumed.

Just before the break, Michael Binger busted out. Also, Brandon Cantu was awarded 20 minutes in penalties for double use of the 'F'-word -- once when an opponent mucked out of turn to begin his break and the second time when notified of the first penalty.

Here are chip counts as of the break with the leaders and some other players of interest:

Erik Cajelais49,000
Vasile Buboi44,000
Matt Lombardo41,000
Matt Graham38,600
Shane 'Shaniac' Schleger28,000
Joe Sebok26,000
Kevin 'bel0wab0ve' Saul26,000
John Smith25,000
Jordan 'Ims0Lucky' Morgan24,500
Max Pescatori24,000
Scotty Nguyen23,000
Gavin Griffin21,000
Peter 'Nordberg' Feldman21,000
Davidson Matthew20,000
Phil Gordon18,000
Carlos Mortensen17,000
Joe Tehan17,000
James van Alstyne15,000
Annie Duke15,000
David Daneshgar15,000
Chris Ferguson15,000
Allen Kessler14,000
Erick Lindgren13,000
Kathy Liebert12,000
Weikai Chang11,000
Barry Greenstein10,000
Alex Jacob10,000
Tim Anders8,000
Brandon Cantu8,000
Jonathan Little7,000
Jason Stern6,000
Larry Vance6,000
Brett Richey3,700
Gavin Smith3,000
Totaln chips in play1,810,000
Players remaining125
Average stack14,480

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 04:20 PM

These folks have departed at some point today: Ralph Perry, Robert Williamson III, Chantal McNulty, and Bill Edler.

End of level 3 and time to take 15.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 03:29 PM

Layne Flack moved all in for about 6K on the turn on a board of  T  5  3  K .  Erik Cajelais considered for a couple of moments, then called.  Layne's KJ (top pair) was ahead of Erik's A 8  (nut flush draw) but the river was the 7  and Erik sent Layne to the rail.

Kyle Bowker moved all in pre-flop after a re-raise from Matt Lombardo. After a couple of moments thought, Matt called, showing pocket Kings. Kyle was way ahead with his pocket Aces...until the flop, that is. The board came 2 7 K J 6 and Matt made the set of Kings to bad-beat Kyle out of the tournament. After that hand, Matt had about 37K.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 03:02 PM

Vasile Buboi - chip leader at end of level 2

Level 3: Blinds 100/200. Play has resumed. Here the the chip counts for the leaders, and some other 'players of interest':

Vasile Buboi38,000
Erik Cajelais34,500
John Smith29,600
Gavin Griffin17,000
Matt Graham16,300
Kevin 'bel0wab0ve' Saul15,500
Kyle Bowker15,000
Shane 'Shaniac' Schleger5,500
Totaln chips in play1,810,000
Players remaining151
Average stack11,987

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 02:53 PM

End of level 2 and players are taking 15.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 02:42 PM

Chantal McNulty doubled up to about 2,000 chips when her pocket Tens held up against her opponent's K2.

153 players remain as they approach the end of level 2.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 02:06 PM

Layne Flack swooped in late to join the fray. Final player count is 181, creating a prize pool of $877,850.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 01:36 PM

Level 2: Blinds 50/100. Play has resumed. The chip leader is currently John Smith, with 31,500 chips. There is a crowd of players with between 21K and 22K, but no one else over 22K at this point. 

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 01:21 PM

End of level 1 and players are on a 15 minute break.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 01:03 PM

More players joining today's field: Jordan 'ImsoLucky' Morgan, Justin 'zeejustin' Bonomo, Brett Richey, and Max Pescatori.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 12:56 PM

Amir Vahedi got all in against Matt Graham on a 9-high flop. Amir's pocket Jacks were trailing Matt's pocket Aces. No help for Amir and he has departed today's tournament.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 12:31 PM

Players are still coming in and getting seated. Registration will remain open through level 1, so we will not get a final player count until level 2.

More names in the field: Joe Tehan, Chantal McNulty, Davidson Matthew, Barry Greenstein, Alex Jacob, Amir Vahedi, Erik Cajelais, Shane 'Shaniac' Schleger, and Brandon Cantu.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 12:16 PM

Cards were in the air right on time, but we've been having some network issues, so this update is a bit late.

Level 1: Blinds 25/50.

Some of the notables in today's field: Phil Gordon, Kathy Liebert, Gavin Smith, Bill Edler, Joe Sebok, Larry Vance, Tim Anders, Allen Kessler, Chris Ferguson, Erick Lindgren, Carlos Mortensen, Michael Binger, Ken Goldin, Jason Stern, Ralph Perry, Robert Willimason III, Larry Vance, Peter 'Nordberg' Feldman, Scotty Nguyen, James van Alstyne, and Annie Duke.

Tuesday, 20th of February 2007 11:22 AM

The poker pros are wrapping up the autograph session now. The main event is set to begin at noon. Each player will begin with 10,000 in chips and levels are 75 minutes long, with a 15 minute break after each.


Kaelaine with her winning hand and bracelet

Kaelaine Minton Reporting

Kaelaine won the 2007 World Poker Open Media Tournament at the Goldstrike in Tunica, besting a field of 50 to win the event and the WPO gold bracelet!

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