Arizona State Poker Championship starts Aug. 15 at Talking Stick



Most of the talk this month in Arizona is centered on the 10th annual Arizona State Poker Championship at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. This series at the Arena Poker Room will have three warm-up events on Aug. 11, 12 and 13, with buy-ins ranging from $120-$330. The championship event offers three starting flights and runs Aug. 15-19. The prize pool is sure to be more than$1 million as some of the biggest names in poker attend every year.

Super satellites will run Aug. 10 and 14, as well as single- and double-winner single-table shootouts running daily.

WSOPC: Harrah’s Ak-Chin in Maricopa will host its first circuit stop Feb. 12-23. Now we just need an Ante Up Poker Tour or two in Arizona and our tournament players will have plenty of large-scale events.

WSOP RECAP: Though we didn’t have an Arizona player bring home a bracelet from the WSOP this summer, we did have some nice showings in several events. As promised last month, here’s a box with the top finishers from our state in WSOP events 11-65.

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Top Arizona finishers at the 2014 WSOP

Event 11, $1,500 six-max, Luis Contreras, Anthem, 68th, $4,242; Event 14, $1,500 Omaha/8, James Bucci, Parker, third, $109,678; Event 15, $3K six-max, Derek Wolters, Chandler, 34th, $10,614; Event 16, $1,500 2-7 TD, David Gee, Gilbert, sixth, $16,170; Event 17, $1K seniors, Edward Brogdon, Thorndale, 52nd, $10,354; Event 18, $10K razz, Todd Barlow, Scottsdale, third, $114,081; Event 19, $1,500 NLHE, James Barlow, Scottsdale, 67th, $6,068; Event 21, $1K NLHE, Shawn Keller, Chandler, 30th, $8,090; Event 23, $1K turbo, Ryan Snickles, Chandler, 16th, $9,028; Event 25, $2,500 Omaha/Stud, Thomas Keller, Chandler, second, $165,177; Event 26, $1,500 NLHE, James McHenry, Glendale, 109th, $3,356; Event 27, $1,500 HORSE, Kyle Miaso, Scottsdale, 36th, $4,423; Event 29, $2,500 NLHE, Ryan Hughes, Phoenix, 107th, $5,035; Event 30, stud/8, Robert Goldfarb, Scottsdale, 10th, $12,121; Event 31, $1,500 NLHE, Frederick Dudley, Gilbert, 61st, $6,165; Event 33, $1K NLHE, Kevin O’Donnell, Scottsdale, 151st, $2,005; Event 34, $1,500 stud, James Nelson, Gilbert, 36th, $2,524; Event 37, $1,500 PLO, Ryan Hughes, Phoenix, 110th, $2,480; Event 39, $3K NLHE, Derek Wolters, Chandler, 47th, $9,993; Event 43, $1,500 Limit, Jon Seaman, Scottsdale, 18th, $7,459; Event 44, $1,500 NLHE, Van Tran, Goodyear, 54th, $7,932; Event 45, $1K NLHE, Derek Wolters, Chandler, 40th, $6,064; Event 47, $1,500 Ante Only, Ryan Snickles, Chandler, 18th, $8,106; Event 48, $1,500 PLO/8, Tom Schneider, Scottsdale, sixth, $42,142; Event 50. $1,500 eight-game mix, Brian Saltus, Scottsdale, 22nd, $4,714; Event 51, $1,500 Monster Stack, Mark Christensen, Phoenix, 35th, $40,332; Event 54, $3K PLO/8, Doug Baughman, Scottsdale, fourth, $90,853; Event 55, $1,500 NLHE, Michael Mazzeo, Hereford, 32nd, $13,552; Event 56, $1K NLHE, Kevin O’Donnell, Scottsdale, 97th, $2,886; Event 58 $1,500 mixed max, Ryan Hughes, Phoenix, 120th, $2,947; Event 59, $3K Omaha/8, Julie Schneider, Scottsdale, 22nd, $8,957; Event 60, $1,500 NLHE, Andrea Heisig, Glendale, 130th, $3,875; Event 62, $1,111 Little One, G. Pickens, Prescott Valley, 169th, $3,034; Event 63, $1,500 10-game mix six-max, Troy Lozano, Scottsdale, 11th, $7,689; $10K Main Event, Mike Wattel, Chandler, 200th, $44,728.

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