Women shine at Rincon’s WSOPC stop

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The recent World Series of Poker Circuit at Harrah’s Rincon turned out to be a nice one for the ladies, who made some impressive showings. Five of the 12 ring events featured women at the final table. 

Donna Delfin made Rincon WSOPC history by becoming the first woman there to win a ring, taking down Event 5. And this comes on the heels of her impressive showing in the WSOPC at Harveys Lake Tahoe, making two final tables, including a second-place finish. 
Pro Nancy Birnbaum claimed her second ring after winning Event 8, and she won the ladies event.

Other notable final-table appearances: Event 2, Michelle Owen and Mary Anne Madruga, seventh and ninth, respectively; main event, Phuong Tran, third; Event 11, Ting Ho, fourth; and I finished fourth in Event 12.

SUPER BOWL AT SYCUAN:  The poker room is calling it “Attack of the Big Game” jackpot bonus, and here are the details for cash players during the big game: All jackpot-eligible tables will receive a $100 rack attack two hours before kickoff; $100 rack attacks will be given out for every point scored. Beginning at noon, all jackpot-eligible (no missed blinds) players will receive one drawing ticket every 30 minutes for the cash drawings. Additional drawing tickets can be earned with a full house or better in hold’em and Omaha players earn one entry ticket with any nines full or better. Cash drawings will be at 10 p.m. when eight names will be drawn from the barrel and each winner will receive $250. Get there early.

PALA POKER: A seven-way chop determined the winners of the New Year’s Day tournament that earned $1,260 for the American Red Cross Hurricanes 2012 Fund. The tournament drew 65 players and the top seven earned $377 each (Bob Muehlberg, Sharon Thorson, Tammy Murray, Showguang Lee, Kristen Penney, Vinnie Engen and Roger Bennett).

The third annual Pala Open will be Feb. 2-10. Visit palacasino.com for schedule information.

— LoriAnn Persinger is Ante Up’s Southern California Ambassador. Email her at anteuploriann@gmail.com.

WSOP Circuit, Harrah’s Rincon, Dec. 6-17

Event 1 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 205 • Pool: $61,500
Alex Masek, $15,989
Event 2 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 157 • Pool: $47,100
Michael Souza, $12,718
Event 3 • $365 H.O.R.S.E.
Entries: 71 • Pool: $21,300
Matthew Schultz, $7,241
Event 4 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 400 • Pool: $120K
Michael Wynn, $26,405
Event 5 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 141 • Pool: $42,300
Donna Deflin, $11,844
Event 6 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 135 • Pool: $40,500
Jimmy Nguyen, $11,341
Event 7 • $365 6-Max
Entries: 126 • Pool: $37,800
Valentin Vornicu, $10,858
Event 8 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 162 • Pool: $48,600
Nancy Birnbaum, $13,122
Event 9 • $1,125 NLHE
Entries: 85 • Pool: $85K
Jessie Bryant, $27,202
$1,675 Main Event
Entries: 306 • Pool: $459K
Jon Chehanske, $107,862
Event 11 • $580 NLHE
Entries: 107 • Pool: $53,500
Fedor Truntsev, $16,048
Event 12 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 103 • Pool: $30,900
Atrayon Trevino, $9,270