Wencheng "Richard" Huang, licensed as a brain surgeon in his native China, and who has a medical equipment company in this country, performed a successful operation at the final table to run off with a win in the fourth event of the Harrah's WSOP Cicruit event at Harrah's Atlantic City, $500 no-limit hold'em. The key hand for him came in the late stages of the final table when he was all in for 324,000 with Kh-9h against Harry Frankel's pocket 7s. He caught two more kings to win and take a big lead which he never gave up.
It took 191 hands and seven hours of grueling play, but a determined Sung "Sam" Joo, an electrician and high-stakes side-game player, finally wore down his final opponent, full-time player and real estate investor Will "The Thrill" Failla. Victory in event three of Harrah's WSOP Circuit tour at Harrah's Atlantic City, $500 no-limit hold'em, paid $44,480.
Actually, the three finalists (including Thomas O'Connor) made a deal to lock up $25,000 each and play for the remaining money and ring, even though, tournament rules compel everyone to sign for the official amount of their finish.
Chad "Li'lholdem" Batista is 25, slightly built and looks like he's barely 16. He dresses street-fashion with turned-around caps and oversized clothes, he's had "not much" education, his work experience consists of one week as a telemarketer, and at the poker table he chatters away, plays unpredictably and seems in a state of perpetual excitement.
Rob "Hutch" Hutcherson, a 36-year-old commercial real estate manager who would rather play craps and horses than poker, was the 280th alternate in the opening event of Harrah's WSOP Circuit tour at Caesars Indiana. He was ready to ask for his buy-in back, but when he learned he'd have to forfeit his $40 entry fee, he decided to play. Good decision, because he ended up scoring a lopsided victory to win the $300 no-limit hold'em event and pocket $65,825.
Sam "Bones" Morris, a 32-year-old assembly worker at Ford Motor Company, made his first-ever tournament cash-in a big one as he took first place in $500 limit hold'em, the second event in the WSOP Circuit at Caesars Indiana. The victory for the Leitchfield, Kentucky resident was worth $26,240. Bones (the nickname he got growing up as a beanpole) gave his wife credit for the win. "I was down to the felt twice the first night," he said. "But she told me not to worry and just have a good time, and that gave me a good attitude."
Mark "Pegasus" Smith, who breeds and races thoroughbreds, found himself far behind Manelic "Manny" Minaya in the late stages of the $5,000 Championship event of the WSOP Circuit tour at Grand Casino Tunica. But he got out his whip, surged ahead and crossed the finish line first to win $306,003 plus a seat in next year's WSOP main event, along with the striking gold ring that heralds his title.
Dealer Turned Pro L. Brett Thomas Wins $300 No-Limit after Long Heads-Up Match
L. Brett Thomas, a 41-year-old one-time used car manager who later became a poker dealer at the Buffalo Run Casino in Oklahoma, decided to turn pro after earning $50,000 for finishing fourth at the Oklahoma State Championship early this year. Tonight he topped that figure, winning $51,902 by finishing first in event #3 of the WSOP Circuit series at Grand Casino Tunica.
Great Granny's Bird Charm Helps Young Pro Eric Crain
Win Grand Tunica Opener
Tunica, Ms-- Combine World Series action with Southern hospitality, and what do you get? Answer: an over-capacity mob of 834 enthusiastic players turning out for the opening event of the WSOP Circuit series' second stop at Grand Casino Tunica.
Surgery Nurse Angel Word Cuts Up Final Table to Win WSOP Grand Tunica Event 2
She may not have been the most famous woman player at today's final table - Nani Dollison, who has won three WSOP bracelets, surely held that distinction - but Angel Word also played like a champion, mixing it up fearlessly with the boys as she battled her way to victory in the second event of the Harrah's WSOP Circuit tour at the Grand Tunica Resort and Casino.