The 100 WSOP Circuit National Championship Qualifiers

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With the conclusion of the $10,000 Regional Championship at Harrah’s New Orleans, the 2010-2011 World Series of Poker Circuit completed its 100-player lineup for the inaugural National Championship $1 Million Freeroll. The WSOP-C began nine months ago, visited 15 venues, offered 154 gold-ring events, and drew more than 20,000 poker players to its tournaments. Now, the top 100 ranked players will head to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this weekend (May 27-29) for their shot at a $1 million prize pool and a WSOP bracelet.

How did the WSOP-C’s final roster come to be an eclectic mix of pros and amateurs? Well, there were four different opportunities for players to qualify. Fifteen spots were awarded to the $1,500 Main Event winners from each stop, 15 spots were given to the Best All-Around Player (aka Casino Champion) at each stop, 36 seats were reserved for all the players who managed to make the final table at the four Regional Championships, and 37* “at-large” spots were awarded to the top point earners on the WSOP-C National Leaderboard.

*There were some double qualifiers who allowed for more spots to be applied to the National Leaderboard. In addition, 18-year-old John Riordan, who won the Main Event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club stop, was not eligible to play the National Championship because of his age. The legal age to play in Las Vegas is 21. As such, his spot was converted to one additional at-large position.

The cutoff for qualifying players ended up being 100 points for the season; however, there were 18 players with 100 points and only three spots available. The tiebreaker was the amount of money earned, so Stephen Kats ($43,522), David Paredes and Dan Perper ($39,346 each) were awarded the seats. This left a number of 100-point earners on the outside looking in, including notables like David “Bakes” Baker, Beth Shak, Victor Ramdin, Eugene Katchalov, and Chris Tryba.

Here is a look at the 100 players who’ll be competing in the National Championship.

Player Qualification Points Rings Cashes Winnings
James Anderson Midwest Regional Champion 500 1 1 $525,449
Chris Bell Eastern Regional Champion 500 1 1 $358,295
Ali Eslami Western Regional Champion 500 1 1 $282,242
A.J. Jejelowo Southern Regional Champion 500 1 1 $235,956
Chris Klodnicki Eastern Regional Final Table 475 0 2 $253,757
Matt Waxman Harrah’s Atlantic City Main Event Champion 435 1 4 $189,147
Gabe Patgorski Midwest Regional Final Table 375 0 1 $324,770
Tim West Western Regional Final Table 375 0 1 $174,443
Gary Friedlander Southern Regional Final Table 375 0 1 $145,442
Allie Prescott Southern Regional Final Table 325 0 3 $107,977
Bernard Lee Midwest Regional Final Table 320 0 2 $242,950
Ketan Pandya Eastern Regional Final Table 300 0 1 $159,851
Duane Blanchard Western Regional Final Table 300 0 1 $124,204
Harry Cullen Southern Regional Final Table 300 0 1 $95,214
Curt Kohlberg Midwest Regional Final Table 275 0 1 $174,807
Micah Raskin Eastern Regional Final Table 275 0 1 $117,457
Steve Brecher Western Regional Final Table 275 0 1 $90,223
Dwyte Pilgrim Western Regional Final Table 275 0 4 $86,015
Allen Kessler Southern Regional Final Table 267.5 0 3 $46,033
Dave Sands Midwest Regional Final Table 250 0 1 $131,299
Todd Terry Eastern Regional Final Table 250 0 1 $87,808
David Peters Western Regional Final Table 250 0 1 $66,834
Scott Lipshutz Southern Regional Final Table 250 0 1 $48,673
Kurt Jewell Hammond Main Event Champion 242.5 2 6 $285,378
Shannon Shorr Midwest Regional Final Table 235 0 2 $101,171
Miller Dao Western Regional Final Table 230 1 3 $88,734
Kyle Cartwright Tunica Casino Champion 227.5 3 5 $207,205
Andy Frankenberger Eastern Regional Final Table 225 0 1 $66,758
Dana Kellstrom Western Regional Final Table 225 0 1 $50,455
Charles "Woody" Moore S. Indiana Main Event Champion 210 1 7 $145,027
Brandon Adams Midwest Regional Final Table 200 0 1 $77,556
Jason Burt Eastern Regional Final Table 200 0 1 $51,607
Huy Nguyen Choctaw Main Event Champion 190 2 4 $271,536
Tony Hartmann Midwest Regional Final Table 180 0 2 $63,695
Nicholas Mitchell Eastern Regional Final Table 175 0 1 $40,538
Dylan Wilkerson Western Regional Final Table 175 0 1 $30,397
Kunal Patel Southern Regional Final Table 175 0 1 $26,401
Mstr Lynch Rincon Casino Champion 170 2 4 $157,227
Mark Owens Midwest Regional Final Table 150 0 1 $48,615
Seth Fischer Eastern Regional Final Table 150 0 1 $32,362
Jeremy Gaubert Southern Regional Final Table 150 0 1 $12,000
Seneca Easley Rincon Main Event Champion 135 1 5 $81,413
Samuel Barnhart Tunica Main Event Champion 132.5 1 4 $154,357
Ian Wiley Hammond Casino Champion 132.5 1 4 $64,360
Brian Ali Caesars Atlantic City Main Event Champion 130 1 2 $158,911
Bobbie Talbot IP Biloxi Casino Champion 125 0 6 $63,444
Brian Walsingham New Orleans Casino Champion 120 2 4 $111,144
Christopher Johnson Caesars Palace Main Event Champion 110 1 2 $157,426
Travis Lutes IP Biloxi Main Event Champion 110 1 2 $96,855
Stanley Quinn Lake Tahoe Main Event Champion 110 1 2 $88,438
Robert Georato Council Bluffs Casino Champion 107.5 1 6 $33,696
Jonathan Poche New Orleans Main Event Champion 100 1 1 $121,017
Kenny Nguyen Chester Main Event Champion 100 1 1 $94,901
Blair Hinkle Council Bluffs Main Event Champion 100 1 1 $88,555
Jesus Cabrera Harrah’s Atlantic City Casino Champion 95 0 2 $77,440
Adam Hui Caesars Palace Casino Champion 95 0 3 $60,860
Andrew Barber Lake Tahoe Casino Champion 95 0 4 $20,744
Robert Scott Chester Casino Champion 92.5 0 3 $61,369
Mun Nguyen Caesars Atlantic City Casino Champion 87.5 1 2 $33,831
Kevin Manley S. Indiana Casino Champion 87.5 1 2 $25,498
Phil Stelzer St. Louis Casino Champion 82.5 0 2 $63,703
Traci Brown Choctaw Casino Champion 75 0 1 $143,462
Mike Morton Palm Beach Casino Champion 75 0 1 $130,057
Tom Franklin At-large 197.5 1 8 $74,929
Brett Schwertley At-large 187.5 2 10 $120,420
Kevin Calenzo At-large 170 0 8 $94,586
Roland Israelashvili At-large 170 1 6 $64,433
Nick Jivkov At-large 165 1 5 $105,202
Tuan Bui Le At-large 165 2 7 $56,001
Jeremy Schwartz At-large 162.5 1 4 $75,238
La Sengphet At-large 155 2 7 $67,094
Shiva Dudani At-large 152.5 1 5 $73,799
Joshua Evans At-large 140 0 7 $85,142
Drazen Ilich At-large 135 1 4 $70,272
Joel Merwick At-large 135 0 7 $43,516
Justin Kruger At-large 132.5 1 6 $41,113
Mark Sykes At-large 130 0 5 $69,952
Matt Lawrence At-large 130 0 10 $52,781
Peter Ippolito At-large 130 1 5 $40,962
Trevor Deeter At-large 125 0 9 $30,398
Jessie Bryant At-large 125 2 5 $29,770
Brent Keller At-large 125 2 3 $25,207
Will Souther At-large 120 1 4 $64,312
Bruce Hoyt At-large 117.5 1 6 $16,665
David Clark At-large 112.5 1 9 $59,525
Steve Zolotow At-large 112.5 0 3 $43,034
Michael Foster At-large 112.5 0 7 $42,893
John Holley At-large 112.5 1 4 $31,436
Peter Mavro At-large 112.5 0 11 $16,200
Dennis Summers At-large 110 1 3 $39,317
Scott Clark At-large 110 1 4 $18,233
Michael Traylor At-large 107.5 0 7 $54,941
Matthew Lope At-large 107.5 1 4 $50,807
Nadir Babck At-large 105 1 7 $26,835
Brett Richey At-large 105 0 2 $25,574
Casey Hayes At-large 102.5 0 4 $35,158
Doug Carli At-large 102.5 0 8 $16,839
Stephen Kats At-large 100 0 7 $43,522
David Paredes At-large 100 0 1 $39,346
Dan Perper At-large 100 0 1 $39,346

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