Previewing the 2011-2012 World Series of Poker Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe

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For the past week, Harveys Lake Tahoe has played host to the World Series of Poker Circuit. Like all the other stops, this one features 12 ring events, culminating in a $1,600 Main Event that began Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

The stop has already completed 75 percent of its scheduled events, and it’s already proven quite the success, especially for Alexandru Masek, who took down Event #8 for $15,236. What’s special about that win is that it marked the San Diego Law School graduate’s fourth WSOP Circuit gold ring, putting him just one win behind the all-time leader, Mark “Pegasus” Smith.

“I don’t ever look at the payout when I’m playing,” Masek said in his post victory interview. “All I look at is the (gold) ring. The win meant everything to me in this tournament.” He went on to add: “I went to the WSOP the last two years. I would love to win a gold bracelet more than anything. But in the meantime, I would love to win another ring — or two.”

This weekend, the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be providing coverage of the Main Event.

Here’s a look at the WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe through the first nine events:

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #1 No-Limit Hold’em

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$45 260 $75,660
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 David Clark Dallas, TX $18,208
2 Shawn Van Asdale Reno, NV $11,249
3 Prak Pich Sacramento, CA $8,127
4 Robert Nicholson Castro Valley, CA $5,981
5 Michael Rosenbach Santa Rosa, CA $4,481
6 Iris Kuzu Kelseyville, CA $3,415
7 Aryeh Cohen Brooklyn, NY $2,645
8 Frank Williams Danville, CA $2,083
9 Taylor Skeels San Carlos, CA $1,666

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #2 NLHE Re-Entry

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$45 (Re-Entry) 521 $151,611
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Josh Roberts Folsom, CA $32,300
2 Drew Caseri Merced, CA $19,974
3 Jedidiah Hoffman Reno, NV $14,592
4 Andrew Barber Sacramento, CA $10,817
5 Bryan Borders Santa Rosa, CA $8,135
6 Matthew Weber Sacramento, CA $6,206
7 Samuel Lee San Francisco, CA $4,801
8 Adriano Wise San Jose, CA $3,767
9 Robert Gallina Vero Beach, FL $2,998

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #3 H.O.R.S.E.

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$45 85 $24,735
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Mark Bonsack Maple Valley, CA $7,484
2 Joseph Mongkoluaaree Minden, NV $4,625
3 Jeffrey Cox Reno, NV $3,237
4 Jon Wallace South Lake Tahoe, CA $2,358
5 Ho Le Sacramento, CA $1,735
6 Robert Furia Granada Hills, CA $1,296
7 John Richardson Sacramento, CA $1,039
8 Isaac Crow Downey, CA $866
9 Clifford Paine Sacramento, CA $745

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #4 NLHE

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$500+$55 101 $48,985
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Michael Rosenbach Santa Rosa, CA $13,874
2 Ian Remmel South Lake Tahoe, CA $8,570
3 Vincent Remmel South Lake Tahoe, CA $6,188
4 Darren Williams Martinez, CA $4,545
5 Steve Johnson Northridge, CA $3,395
6 Anthony Winters Patterson, CA $2,555
7 Julius Estrada Alameda, CA $1,965
8 Joshua Pender Rockhill, SC $1,539
9 Donald McCormack Perris, CA $1,227

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #5 NLHE

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$45 188 $54,708
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Daniel Aran San Jose, CA $13,874
2 Dan Natarelli Simi Valley, CA $8,570
3 Ziv Fromovich Sunnyvale, CA $6,188
4 Stephen Knapp Rancho Cordova, CA $4,545
5 Gregory Derov Reno, NV $3,395
6 Vincent Fucillo Merced, CA $2,580
7 Christopher Simone San Jose, CA $1,993
8 Jeremy Davis Tucson, AZ $1,565
9 Sean Drake Sacramento, CA $1,249

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #6 NLHE

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$45 221 $64,311
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Rudy Sisson Sacramento, CA $15,741
2 Reid Harris III St. Simons, GA $9,729
3 Aryeh Cohen Brooklyn, NY $7,081
4 Jimmy Rogers Payson, AZ $5,236
5 Paul Evans Mount Shasta, CA $3,933
6 Peter Sullivan Roscoe, IL $3,000
7 Jeffrey Surdez Discovery Bay, CA $2,323
8 Gary Isaacson Brentwood, CA $1,826
9 Jarrett Fenlon Richmond, CA $1,456

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #7 NLHE

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$45 199 $57,909
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Nicholas Long South Lake Tahoe, CA $14,705
2 Steve Kujubu Sacramento, CA $9,084
3 Ivan Holmes Berkeley, CA $6,559
4 Merwick J. Black Pollock Pines, CA $4,817
5 Clay Richardson South Lake Tahoe, CA $3,599
6 Paul Kossluk Ashland, OR $2,735
7 Joshua Roberts Garland, TX $2,122
8 Neil Curran Park City, UT $1,659
9 Beverly Cheney Grandbury, TX $1,323

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #8 NLHE

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$45 206 $59,946
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Alexandru Masek San Diego, CA $15,236
2 Scott Stewart Lakewood, CA $9,411
3 David Holder Norman, OK $6,795
4 Gregory Sayabalian Gardnerville, NV $4,991
5 Brett Schwertley Omaha, NE $3,728
6 Garilyn Nelson Ogden, UT $2,835
7 Shain Matthews Marysville, CA $2,189
8 Rex Clinkscales Las Vegas, NV $1,719
9 George Saca Sacramento, CA $1,371

WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Ring Event #9 NLHE

Buy-in Entrants Prize Pool
$300+$45 186 $54,126
Place Player Hometown Prize
1 Troy Declue Wildomar, CA $13,724
2 Jeffrey Rowland Fortville, IN $8,476
3 Manuel Lozano Santa Monica, CA $6,120
4 Erie Mankin Sacramento, CA $4,495
5 David Williams Palo Cedro $3,358
6 David Brody Las Vegas, NV $2,552
7 Leonard Swisher Modesto $1,971
8 Travis Atkins Placerville, CA $1,548
9 Rip Fritzer La Mesa, CA $1,235

With three events yet to be determined, the race for the WSOP Circuit Hammond Casino Champion is wide open. Whoever captures that title, along with the eventual winner of the Main Event, will automatically qualify for the Second Annual $1 Million National Championship. That event is limited to 100 players, and so far only six have qualified:

National Championship Qualifiers

Player Qualified
David Nicholson Horseshoe Bossier City Main Event Winner
Chris Gamboa Horseshoe Bossier City Casino Champion
Robert Castoire Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event Winner
Mark “Pegasus” Smith Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino Champion
Bob Chow Horseshoe Hammond Main Event Winner
Drazen Ilich Horseshoe Hammond Casino Champion
Gene Dudek IP Biloxi Casino Champion
Jerry Monroe IP Biloxi Main Event Winner

In addition to the qualifiers, players who earn enough points on the National Leaderboard will be able to buy-in to the National Championship:

WSOPC National Leaderboard Top Ten*

Player Points Rings Cashed Earnings
Felicia Johnico 107.5 1 4 $21,998
Beverly Cheney 105 0 5 $27,117
Russell Ivy 102.5 0 4 $65,035
Thomas Cronin 95 0 4 $21,396
Peter Mavro 87.5 0 5 $11,892
Benjamin Kramer 85 1 4 $28,848
John Evans 85 0 4 $11,921
Scott Schwalich 80 1 3 $34,846
Robert Newman 77.5 1 3 $29,930
David Clark 77.5 1 3 $21,143

*Leading up to the WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe stop.

Don’t miss your chance to qualify for the National Championship. There are still plenty of opportunities to play, including any of the remaining stops on the WSOP Circuit schedule.

Remaining 2011-2012 WSOPC Schedule

Event Location Dates
Circuit Event Harrah’s Atlantic City Dec. 1 – 12, 2011
Circuit Event Bicycle Casino Jan. 1 – 12, 2012
Circuit Event Choctaw Durant Jan. 12 – 23, 2012
Circuit Event Caesars Palace (Las Vegas) Jan. 19 – 30, 2012
Circuit Event Harrah’s Tunica Feb. 2 – 13, 2012
Circuit Event Palm Beach Kennel Club Feb. 16 – 27, 2012
Circuit Event Caesars Atlantic City March 1 – 12, 2012
Circuit Event Harrah’s Rincon March 15 – 26, 2012
Circuit Event Horseshoe Council Bluffs March 29 – April 9, 2012
Circuit Event Harrah’s St. Louis April 12 – 23, 2012
Circuit Event Harrah’s Chester April 26 – May 7, 2012
Circuit Event Harrah’s New Orleans May 10 – 21, 2012

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