Here are Arizona’s top WSOP finishers so far



With three straight days of temps topping 110 degrees, it was nice to stay inside and check out results of how our Arizona players have fared thus far at the World Series. The following is a list of the top finisher from our state in the events that had completed at press time.

Event 1, $500 casino employee, Daniel Johnson of Phoenix, 58th, $1,292; Event 3, $1K pot-limit Omaha, Ray DiDonato of Phoenix, 25th, $6,213; Event 4, $1K NLHE, Raphael Chee of Tonalea, 31st, $8,382; Event 6, $1,500 shootout, Luis Silva of Phoenix, 44th, $4,411; Event 7, $1,500 razz, Rebecca Kerl of Chandler, 17th, $3,659; Event 8, $1,500 NLHE, Moe Parvan of Phoenix, 198th, $7,430 and Event 9, $1K NLHE, Kevin O’Donnell of Scottsdale, 63rd, $4,539.

Congratulations to these cashers and everyone else from Arizona who took money out of these events. Now, what do you say we win a bracelet before the series ends? Good luck!

FT. MCDOWELL CASINO: Players will receive high-hand spins for quads or better and Aces Cracked can win $300.

BUCKY’S CASINO: Compete in weekly qualifying rounds to win your way into the Northern AZ Hold’em Championship. Please check with the poker room for specific details.

CLIFF CASTLE: The Aces Cracked promotion is still running Sunday-Friday and $100 royal-flush payouts are available daily. Tournaments are Monday-Saturday, which includes the $90 buy-in at noon each Saturday. Extra chips can be earned by playing live before the tournaments.

HON-DAH RESORT: The Tournament of Queens will be July 20 at 11 a.m. for the women and the Tournament of Kings is slated for Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. for the men. Each tournament has a $50 buy-in with two optional $20 rebuys.

TALKING STICK RESORT: As the WSOP and other summer series wind down in Las Vegas this summer, many of the Arizona players start targeting the Arizona State Poker Championship at the Arena Poker Room.

The 10th annual offering of this tournament runs Aug. 15-19 and will be packed as usual. If you would like to try to sneak into this tourney at a fraction of the $1,100 buy-in, super satellites will be July 6, July 13, Aug. 10 and Aug. 14. Shootouts and double-entry shootouts are running until the big event.

For the second year in a row, warm-up tournaments will take place the few days leading up to the championship and here’s the schedule for those: Aug. 11 ($120), Aug. 12 ($225) and Aug. 13 ($330).
Good luck to all of you, and I hope to be listing your name in the WSOP results next issue.

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