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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | WSOP 2008 Circuit Events

The Fifth Annual Bayou Poker Challenge - WSOP Circuit Event #15 - Championship Event Day 1

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World Series of Poker Circuit
2007-2008 Season
Harrah’s New Orleans Casino and Hotel

The Fifth Annual Bayou Poker Challenge
Championship Event
Event #15
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $5,000 + $150
Number of Entries: 249
Total Prize Money: $1,196,650
May 19-21, 2008

Official Standings – End of Day One:

Last Name First Name Hometown Table Seat Chip Count
David Fox NA 10 8 102,100
Lou Esposito Howard Beach, NY 12 4 102,100
Mike Browne Tampa, FL NA NA 96,000
Senovio Ramirez Mercedes, TX 14 8 88,900
Ed W. Jatho, Jr. Abita Springs, LA 14 4 81,600
Purvis Blake Montgomery, AL 13 7 80,600
Chuck Kelley Staunton, VA 16 1 80,200
Timothy Miles Tallahassee, FL 10 4 78,400
Marc Fratter Murphy, TX 10 5 75,400
Matt Stout Atlantic City, NJ 14 7 63,900
Gary Friedlander Bellaire, TX 15 6 59,900
Devin Jarreau Baton Rouge, LA 13 9 57,000
Jeff Tims Houston, TX 14 9 55,300
Chris Marsh NA NA 5 55,000
Anita Vasquez Houston, TX 10 3 54,500
Michael Cohen Houston, TX 12 9 49,100
Rob Quin NA 10 7 48,000
Drew Hart Brandon, FL 13 2 47,700
Daryll Fish Cape Coral, FL 16 9 46,800
Suju Abraham NA 9 4 45,600
Ryan Lenaghan Movile, AL 14 1 42,500
Lee Wilson Houston, TX 9 9 42,300
Beverly Cheney Granbury, TX 10 1 41,000
Kyle Molik Elgin, IL 12 6 40,000
Gabe Costner NA 10 2 38,900
Jon Nathan Atlanta, GA 10 6 37,800
David Babin Montz, LA 9 3 35,700
Jack Schanbacher Pittsburgh, PA 16 3 34,800
Jeff Coutroulis Tampa, FL 16 2 34,600
Gil Morgenstern Sao Paulo, Brazil NA NA 34,300
Philip Sparta Fairfax, VA NA NA 31,300
Fatolla Shahen Houston, TX 9 6 30,400
James Henson Lake Jackson, TX 14 6 28,300
Cory Albertson Houston, TX 11 9 28,000
Clint Schafer Baton Rouge, LA 11 5 27,300
Jonathan Little NA 11 3 27,300
Dana Diephouse Baton Rouge, LA NA NA 27,100
Soren Eriksen Denmark 12 8 26,200
Floyd Vanderford New Orleans, LA 11 7 25,700
Joe Cutler New York, NY 12 7 25,500
Glenn Hyde Atlanta, GA NA NA 25,300
Rick Drury NA 12 5 24,900
Jason Brice Houston, TX 15 5 24,500
Allen Kessler Philadelphia, PA 14 2 23,300
Ed Corrado NA 13 8 22,600
Charles Wright Houston, TX 9 7 22,200
Tom Sartori NA NA NA 21,500
Edward Sabat Los Angeles, CA 15 9 21,100
Joseph Brooks Egg Harbor, NJ 12 1 20,500
John Ryan Orlando, FL NA NA 20,100
Jim Pritchard Duluth, GA 13 1 19,000
Ali Akram NA NA NA 18,500
Eli Lizka McAllen, TX NA NA 17,300
NA NA 15 7 16,700
Ben Gordon Pensacola, FL NA NA 16,600
Tim Vance NA 13 4 16,200
Brian Cospolich New Orleans, LA 11 2 15,600
Nick Ceci Peachtree, GA NA NA 15,300
Derek Feldman Cocoa, FL 11 6 14,000
Herbie Montalbano New Orleans, LA NA NA 13,200
Robert Jones Houston, TX 11 8 12,700
Michael Andrews New York, NY NA NA 12,400
Matt Sterling Brownstown, IN 11 4 11,100
Boris Kravets Elizabeth, NJ 16 7 10,300
Jimmy Tran Las Vegas, NV NA NA 10,200
Doug Carli Alliance, OH 16 8 10,000
Paul Prudhomme New Orleans, LA NA NA 9,600
Matt Brady Upper Darby, PA 12 2 6,300
Collier Merrill Pensacola, FL 14 5 4,300

Final WSOP Circuit Event of the Season Begins at Harrah’s New Orleans

David Fox and Lou Esposito are the Co-Chip Leaders at End of Day One in Main Event Finale

New Orleans, LA – The final tournament of the 2007-2008 World Series of Poker Circuit season began today at the fifth annual Bayou Poker Challenge. This is the last tournament of the final stop on the nine-month schedule, which began last summer and visited 12 different poker destinations. The fourth season of the World Series of Poker Circuits was widely popular once again, attracting more than 30,000 entries nationwide. More than $25 million in prize money was awarded to winners.

The $5,000 buy-in Bayou championship event attracted 249 entries. The total prize pool amounts to $1,196,650. The top 27 finishers in this event will collect prize money. The tournament winner will receive $382,928 for first prize. The winner will also receive a WSOP Circuit gold ring and an entry into the 2008 World Series of Poker main event, which will take place in Las Vegas in July.

At the end of Day One, David Fox is the co-chip leader with 102,100 in his stack. Last year’s champion, Lou Esposito also has an identical count with 102,100. There are only 69 players remaining.

The main event is being played at the Harrahs New Orleans Casino and Hotel. This year’s tournament attracted several notable poker players, including former WSOP gold bracelet winners Josh Arieh, Steve Billirakis, T.J. Cloutier, and Bill Edler. Other famous players included Gavin Smith, Steve Dannenmann, Chris Bell, Allie Prescott, Allen Kessler, Young Phan, and Matthew Stout. Former Bayou Poker Challenge champions Lou Esposito, Peter Feldman, and Walter Chambers also participated. Also worth noting was the participation of WSOP Circuit “unofficial MVP,” Doug Carli, from Alliance, Ohio. Carli has more cashes and final table appearances than any other player.

World-renowned chef and restaurateur Paul Prudhomme was in attendance and played in the main event. Prudhomme opened this year’s tournament as the honorary emcee. The owner of K-Paul’s restaurant in the famous French Quarter is a regular player inside the Harrahs New Orleans Poker Room. He was one of the survivors at the conclusion of play in Day One.

The championship event will be played over the next two days. On Day Two, the field will be reduced from 69 players down to the final nine. Then on Wednesday May 21st, the nine survivors will take their seats at the final table. Coverage of the final table will be shown at the official WSOP website (www.worldseriesofpoker) and will be carried by Bluff Media starting at 2 pm CST.

Payouts:

1 $382,928
2 210,610
3 107,699
4 83,766
5 71,799
6 59,833
7 47,866
8 35,900
9 23,933
10 14,360
11 14,360
12 14,360
13 11,967
14 11,967
15 11,967
16 9,573
17 9,573
18 9,573
19 7,180
20 7,180
21 7,180
22 7,180
23 7,180
24 7,180
25 7,180
26 7,180
27 7,180

Former Bayou Poker Challenge Champions:

2007 (winter) – Andy Philachack
2007 (spring) – Lou Esposito
2006 – Peter Feldman
2005 – Walter Chambers
2004 – Boulos Estafanous


For more information, please contact:
Nolan Dalla -- WSOP Media Director at (702) 358-4642
Or visit our official website: www.worldseriesofpoker.com

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