Saturday, April 21, 2012

WSOP St. Louis Report (Pt. 2)

The Worlds Series of Poker Circuit in St. Louis is winding down, and the Main Event begins today. When I left off in Part One, results from the first three events were in the books. Event #4 was a Re-Entry Event which fielded a whopping 1066 runners, generating a prizepool over $310,000. Roy Riley from Decatur, Illinois defeated Javier Zarco of Madrid, Spain headsup for the WSOP gold ring and over $57,000.


St. Louisan William Byrnes wins Event #5
Event #5 was a Turbo NL event and local William Byrnes an attorney from Wentzeville, defeated a field of 277 players, taking down $19,025 for the victory and defeating Chicago native Chris Campbell headsup for the victory. Aaron Massey also from Chicago finished sixth. Amanda Musumeci just missed the final table.

Event #6 fielded a field of 355 players and Adam Laskey from Fargo, North Dakota emerged victorious, taking down $23,449 in the process. Locals Paul Fehlig and David Horton made the final table, finishing 5th and 6th respectively. Event #7 was the six-handed event and drew 323 runners. Nikolas Stone, born in Turkey and now from Auburndale, Wisonsin took down $21,770 and the WSOP gold ring. 2011 World Series of Poker Circuit National Champion Sam Barnhart finished sixth, and local Scott Hall finished third. Turnouts at Harrahs remained strong mid-week, and the cash games have been juicy. Poker room manager Denise Taykowsi and Bill Bruce, boss of Poker Tournament Consultants have worked well together, and this series has been conducted like a symphony. Poker players like to complain, there has been virtually nothing to complain about.

SIDENOTE: Read my post "Amarillo Slim, Nolan and Scotty" It is about poker legend Amarillo Slim, who is very ill and reports earlier this week reported he "may not make it through the night". A friend of the family contacted me and asked that I disseminate an address well wishers could send cards to. I took it a level higher, and passed this information on to WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla who is in town covering this series. I will keep you updated on Slim's status, he is doing a bit better.

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