Recap of the WSOP-Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Events

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For the past week and a half, the World Series of Poker Circuit has been at Harrah’s New Orleans for the last stop of the 2010-2011 season. Currently, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team is just off Bourbon Street reporting on the $1,600 Main Event. Of course, the winner of that tournament will win an automatic seat in the National Championship coming up in just a couple of weeks. Furthermore, that event will be followed by the $10,000 Regional Championship, which awards seats to the National Championship to everyone who make the final table.

Each WSOP Circuit stop hosts ten gold-ring events. Players can earn National Leaderboard points, based upon their performance in those events, and hopefully accumulate enough to qualify for the National Championship. In addition, the player who earns the most points at each stop (the "Casino Champion") automatically qualifies for that event. Right now in New Orleans, that player looks to be Brian Walsingham. He has racked up 100 points by taking down two of the ring events (Event #4 $355 No-Limit Hold’em & Event #8 $1,085 No-Limit Hold’em), earning $105,405 in the process.

Perhaps the biggest story to come out of Harrah’s New Orleans was Event #7 $355 No-Limit Hold’em, which drew 646 players. That meant it was the biggest turnout for any poker tournament held in New Orleans since May 20, 2005. With a prize pool of $186,048 at stake, it was a familiar face in “Captain Tom” Franklin who emerged victorious and collected the $38,139 first-place prize. Franklin, a well-known professional, claimed his first WSOP-C ring, which will no doubt complement his 1999 WSOP bracelet.

There is still one ring event scheduled to be held after the Main Event, Event #10 $355 No-Limit Hold’em, but right now all eyes are on the Main Event. As always, you can catch our coverage of the Main Event by visiting our Live Reporting page. We’ll also be bringing you live updates from the $10,000 Regional Championship beginning on Thursday, May 19, 2011. In the meantime, you can find a summary of the ring events leading up to the Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event below.

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$55 473 $136,224
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 John Campbell Baton Rouge, LA $28,288
2 Adam Lippert Brooklyn, NY $18,108
3 Andrew Phillips Palm Coast, FL $13,228
4 Brett Tortorich New Orleans, LA $9,806
5 Kyle Cartwright Bartlett, TN $7,375
6 Doug Cox Northport, AL $5,626
7 Samuel Ansley Southlake, TX $4,352
8 Clint Schafer Baton Rouge, LA $3,415
9 Paul Vo Austin, TX $2,717

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #2 Mixed Pot Limit Omaha/Hold’em

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$55 96 $27,648
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 John Holley Destin, FL $8,380
2 Dustin Wertz New Orleans, LA $5,179
3 David Nicholson Perkinston, MS $3,688
4 Michael Schneider Covington, GA $2,679
5 Doug Carli Alliance, OH $1,984
6 Jeff Winget Belleville, IL $1,498
7 Phillip Hui San Antonio, TX $1,152
8 Thomas Ryan Hopkins San Antonio, TX $902
9 David Clark Dallas, TX $719

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #3 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$55 312 $89,856
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Daniel Doucet Opelousas, LA $21,116
2 Daniel Galindo San Antonio, TX $13,056
3 Mark Utterback San Antonio, TX $9,482
4 David Jackson Jonesboro, GA $7,004
5 Randy Gordon N/A $5,258
6 Kyle Caslin Saint Charles, MO $4,010
7 Richard Keranen Denham Springs, LA $3,106
8 Lance Reine N/A $2,442
9 Lance Honeycutt N/A $1,948

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

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$55 423 $121,824
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Brian Walsingham Winston, GA $26,801
2 Lyle Walker Denham Springs, LA $16,561
3 William Putmeyer Hampton Cove, AL $12,102
4 Nhu Nguyen Houston, TX $8,985
5 Charlie Cibula River Forest, IL $6,775
6 Eric Witmer Gonzales, LA $5,186
7 Nicholas Ceci Peachtree City, GA $4,027
8 Jeremy Swanson St. Amant, LA $3,172
9 Kenny Milam Laplace, LA $2,533

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

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$500+$65 293 $140,640
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Zhen Cai Lakeworth, FL $33,753
2 AP Phahurat Tulsa, OK $20,859
3 Kennii Nguyen Chicago, IL $15,135
4 Dennis Crowley Pearland, TX $11,166
5 Mario Silvestri Colleyville, TX $8,375
6 Ly Do San Antonio, TX $6,382
7 Richard Read Picayune, MS $4,939
8 John Ross Niagara, Falls, NY $3,881
9 Alex Maturi Oak Park, IL $4,939

WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Ring Event #6 Pot Limit Omaha

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$500+$65 101 $48,480
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Walter Wright Las Vegas, NV $14,544
2 Cory Wood Murfreesboro, TN $8,989
3 Mark Thoennes Greenville, SC $6,400
4 Trey Brabham Austin, TX $4,649
5 Nick Jivkov Des Plaines, IL $3,444
6 Daniel Galindo San Antonio, TX $2,599
7 James Lee Yukon, OK $1,999
8 Phil Ngo Oklahoma City, OK $1,566
9 Gregory Douglas Tulsa, OK $1,248

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

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$55 646 $186,048
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 “Captian” Tom Franklin Gulfport, MS $38,139
2 Lawrence Wayne Houston, TX $23,600
3 Joel Merwick Lincoln, NE $17,309
4 Johnathan Westra Gainesville, FL $12,872
5 Ryan Bradley Freeman Katy, TX $9,702
6 George Menia Baton Rouge, LA $7,410
7 Trent Temples Bogalusa, LA $5,734
8 Mark Lindley Katy, TX $4,494
9 Abel Hinojosa Houston, TX $3,568

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

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$1,000+$85 356 $341,760
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Brian Walsingham Winston, GA $78,604
2 Lawrence Wayne Houston, TX $48,594
3 Allie Prescott Las Vegas, NV $35,450
4 Anthony Prusac Houston, TX $26,295
5 Paul Odum Canton, GA $19,808
6 Dan Schmiech Houston, TX $15,150
7 Loc Van Nguyen Houston, TX $11,758
8 Eli Loewenthal Carmel, IN $7,759
9 Yong An Las Vegas, NV $6,005

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