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It’s been busier than ever in the Atlantic City-Philadelphia region for poker players. In the past couple of months, there has been a frenzy of tournaments, including World Series of Poker Circuit, DeepStacks Poker Tour, the Borgata Open and other respectable local events. Among the highlights was the DeepStacks Northeast Pennsylvania Poker Open at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes Barre, Pa.

The $100K guarantee $1,100 main event (April 13-15) drew 111 entrants. Wilkes Barre’s Michael Murphy took home the trophy, $33,180 and a seat into the DSPT national championship at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut in November. The final hand was a three-way all-in between the champion, Thomas Koral and Anthony Casagrande. Murphy’s pocket queens beat Casagrande’s A-J and Koral’s 10-10.

In other Pennsylvania tournament news, the WSOPC visited Harrah’s Philadelphia in May, as the main event was a $300K guarantee re-entry with a $1,675 buy-in. Players who busted with their first entry into Day 1B could also buy in to Day 2. The final count was 355 entrants with 36 in the money. Some of the notable pros in the field were Chris Klodnicki, Matt Glantz, Ari Engel, Allen Kessler and Alik Sitnyakovsky.

In the end, it was Rex Clinkscales who captured the main event and $121K. He finished 10th in this same event in 2012.

The WSOPC also had a historic moment when Chris Reslock won his seventh ring, just three days after his sixth, breaking the all-time record. Reslock has won three rings this year, not to mention a bracelet in 2007. With his most recent ring, Reslock won the Casino Championship points race at Harrah’s Philadelphia, a seat to the $1 million tournament at Harrah’s New Orleans and a seat in the WSOP national championship.

CHARITY EVENT: The Revel will host a $110 charity tournament June 22 to benefit local firefighters. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and cards are in the air at noon. A $50 add-on is allowed after the third level and there’s a $10 celebrity bounty on certain players. For more information, call 856-258-6754 or email allhandsworkingcharity@gmail.c om.
— Email her at Jo Kim at anteupjokim@gmail.com.

WSOP Circuit, Harrah’s Philadelphia, April 25-May 6

Event 1 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 175 • Pool: $52,500
Fred Roetker, $14,175
Event 2 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 643 • Pool: $192,900
Sean Britt, $39,545
Event 3 • $580 NLHE
Entries: 99 • Pool: $49,500
Dog MacKinnon, $14,850
Event 4 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 161 • Pool: $48,300
Tom Midena, $13,041
Event 5 • $365 H.O.S.E.
Entries: 96 • Pool: $28,800
Peter Ippolito, $8,640
Event 6 • $580 NLHE
Entries: 130 • Pool: $65K
Chris Reslock, $18,200
Event 7 • $365 6-Max
Entries: 215 • Pool: $64,500
Kevin McColgan, $17,415
Event 8 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 159 • Pool: $47,700
David Zeitlin, $12,879
Event 9 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 168 • Pool: $50,400
Anthony Magistrale, $13,608
$1,675 Main Event
Entries: 351 • Pool: $526,500
Rex Clinkscales, $121,095
Event 11 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 98 • Pool: $29,400
Chris Reslock, $8,820
Event 12 • $365 NLHE
Entries: 108 • Pool: $32,400
Todd Bales, $9,720