The 2007/2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit tournament series is coming to a close with only three of the 12 events remaining. This fact leads to one exciting and heavily anticipated conclusion: the 2008 World Series of Poker is right around the corner! This year’s WSOP kicks off on May 30th with the $10000 buy-in World Championship Pot Limit Hold’Em event, defended by Allen Cunningham, and continues through July, ending with the 13 day Main Event. But, before the action begins there are still Circuit Events in Indiana, Vegas, and lastly New Orleans.
The Circuit schedule begins shortly after the previous year’s Main Event ends. For 2007/2008, the first groups Circuit events were in Tunica, Mississippi at the Grand Casino Resort. The $5150 Main Event was won by Jordan Morgan, a 23 year old, successful live tournament and online player. Morgan has over $500,000 in World Series cashes and over a million dollars in total tournament cashes.
On the second stop, the Circuit moved to Caesars Indiana where the $5000 Main Event was taken down by Carlos Oz. After Indiana, the events moved to Harvey’s Lake Tahoe where Chris “Jesus” Ferguson took home over $200,000 for his Main Event Circuit victory. Then, moving to Harrah’s New Orleans, we saw the $5000 Circuit Championship Event won by Andy Philachack. Andy’s win was his first major, but he had 2nd place finishes in No Limit Hold’Em WSOP and WPT events. Then there was Harrah’s Atlantic City where the Main Event, also $5000, was won by young and successful tournament player John Racener, bringing his Circuit event winning to over $500,000. After Atlantic City the circuit returned to Tunica where they upped the stakes. This time around, the Main Event was a $7500 buy-in and the title, worth over $400,000, went to Bart Tichelman for his first major tournament win. Next, the Circuit moved out west to Harrah’s Rincon, outside of San Diego. There, in the $5000 Circuit Championship, Mike Pickett outlasted a final table of including Gavin Smith and Lee Watkinson to take down the $200,000 first prize. After a western visit, the Circuit ran back to the Midwest, making a stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The smallish field for the Main Event was conquered by Benjamin Hock, for his first World Series cash. Most recently, the Circuit was back to Atlantic City. There the Main Event was taken down by successful tournament player Eric “Sheets” Haber.
On March 30th, the circuit returns to Harrah’s Indiana for another round. Then, Caesars Las vegas beginning April 20th. And finally rounding out the Circuit season, another round in New Orleans beginning May 9th. Coming up will be more extensive coverage to finish off the last circuit events, leading us into what will definitely be an awesome 2008 World Series of Poker.