2011 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Bossier City Results

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The first stop on the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit was held Sept. 8 to 19, 2011. The Horseshoe Bossier City casino in Louisiana played host for the first time and proved to be quite a successful stop. Billed as “12 gold rings in 12 days,” the first series of the new season saw 3,545 entrants competing for a combined prize pool of $1,703,525. In addition, attendance was up by an average of more than 100 players from last year’s first stop, the WSOP Circuit Council Bluffs, whose Main Event drew a modest 251 players.

Speaking of the Main Event, the Horseshoe Bossier City $1,500 Championship surpassed expectations by drawing 475 entries and created a prize pool of $681,125. The top 54 players were paid, and some familiar names earned their first cash of the season: “Captain” Tom Franklin (35th – $3,200), La Sengphet (31st – $3,573), and Tyler Smith (16th – $7,533).

It took two days of intense action to reach the final table. Here’s how the players stacked up at the beginning of the final table:

Seat Player Chips
Seat 1 Ai Duong 397,000
Seat 2 Russell Ivy 742,000
Seat 3 Matt Newcombe 2,000,000
Seat 4 Clay Henry 380,000
Seat 5 Chris Gamboa 652,000
Seat 6 Rob Dreyfuss 1,250,000
Seat 7 David Olson 1,222,000
Seat 8 Kenny Milam 1,310,000
Seat 9 David Nicholson 1,024,000
Seat 10 Jeffrey Frye 741,000

On Monday evening, final-table play began at 7:30 p.m. and last six-and-a-half hours. It’s worth noting that Chris Gamboa earned the title of best all-around player at the Horseshoe Bossier City stop, earning an automatic seat into the WSOP Circuit National Championship. How? He placed third in the Main Event and ended up with three cashes, which were all good for 85 points.

Gamboa’s elimination left David Olson to do battle against David Nicholson, with the latter holding the chip lead at the start of heads-up play. The match lasted just 25 minutes, with the final hand coming after both players got all-in preflop. Nicholson’s {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades} dominated Olson’s {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}. The {K-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop essentially sealed the deal, and after the {3-Diamonds} and {9-Spades} were put out on the turn and river, Olson was eliminated in second place, good for $91,971.

This was Nicholson’s first major tournament win, for which he collected the coveted gold ring and $148,590. Not only that, he also qualified for this season’s WSOP $1 Million Circuit National Championship. After the win, the 25-year-old, who has been playing poker professionally for about three years, said, “I’ve been out here grinding for a while. This really feels good to win. And to have my friends here with me really makes it special.”

2011/2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Event #11 Main Event

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$1,500+$100 475 $691,125
Place Player Hometown Prize
1st David Nicholson Biloxi, MS $148,590
2nd David Olson Dallas. TX $91,871
3rd Christopher Gamboa Katy, TX $67,115
4th Matthew Newcombe Ada, OK $49,754
5th Russell Ivy Carrizo Springs, TX $37,418
6th Ai Duong San Antonio, TX $28,543
7th Clay Henry Many, LA $22,081
8th Robert Dreyfuss Colleyville, TX $17,327
9th Jeffrey Frye Palestine, TX $13,788

Here is a look at the other gold-ring winners from the Horseshoe Southern Indiana stop:

Ring Event Entrants Prize Pool Player Hometown Prize
Event #1 $345 No Limit Hold’em 418 $120,288 Jeffery Overton Marshall, TX $26,460
Event #2 $345 NLHE Re-Entry 616 $177,906 Stephen Hesse Houston, TX $37,351
Event #3 $345 H.O.R.S.E. 119 $34,629 Felicia Johnico Durant, OK $9,985
Event #4 $555 NLHE 205 $99,425 Robert Newman Bossier City, LA $25,498
Event #5 $345 NLHE 264 $76,824 Nghia Le Suwanee, GA $18,489
Event #6 $345 NLHE 343 $99,813 Wes Gauthier Shreveport, LA $22,643
Event #7 $345 NLHE 6-Handed 265 $77,115 David Chishko Oklahoma City, OK $18,563
Event #8 $555 NLHE 226 $109,610 Mark Burford Shreveport, LA $27,063
Event #9 $345 NLHE Turbo 234 $68,094 Gary Burks Gladewater, TX $16,687
Event #10 $1,080 NLHE 167 $161,990 Jordan Smith College Station, TX $43,740
Event #12 $345 NLHE 213 $61,983 Charlie Hooper Dallas, TX $15,494

There next WSOP Circuit stop will be held at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The 12-tournament series runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 10. To see the complete schedule of events, please visit WSOP.COM.

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