Ft. Lauderdale’s Guzman wins Nawlins’ WSOP circuit event in PLO

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George Guzman of Ft. Lauderdale, a 49-year-old professional poker player who concentrates mostly on live-action games, won the $550 buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournament at Harrah’s New Orleans. The event attracted 78 players to the two-day competition.

Guzman, a former electrical engineer, started the final table as one of the chipleaders
and was a consistent force throughout the four-hour battle. It marks Guzman’s first major tournament victory. He’s cashed twice at the WSOP in Las Vegas, an it was Guzman’s third time to cash at the WSOP circuit event this year (twice in New Orleans and once in Tunica).

Guzman won $12,921 and the prized gold WSOP Circuit ring.

Robert Campbell, a professional player from Miami, finished third. His bid to win a second gold ring this week fell short as he was short-stacked during much of play at the final table. Last Saturday, Campbell won Event No. 2 (O8/B) at Harrah’s New Orleans. He now has 29 career cashes and over $100,000 in tournament winnings. In Campbell’s victory he defeated fellow Floridian Vittario “Victor” Iemolo when it got to heads up. Iemolo is a 44-year-old poker player originally from New York who now lives in Sarasota. This was Iemolo’s third cash in a major tournament, which includes an in-the-money finish at the 2006 WSOP.