Events #1 - #7 are in the books at the 2010 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond, outside of Chicago.
Event #1, the $350 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament was the largest poker event ever held in the seven-year history of the WSOP Circuits. In fact, this was the biggest poker turnout ever in the Chicago area. There were officially 1,611 entrants, including 261 alternates. This author was one, finally sitting down at 4pm for the noon event.
The event winners are:
|EVENT 1 - Brett Schwertley, a 27-year-old semi-pro poker player from Omaha, NE. His win was his first, and paid $77,438 in prize money.|
|EVENT 2 - Chad Graves of Greenfield, WI took down $59,539. This was Chad's first cash.|
|EVENT 3 - John Nguyen, a 26-year-old poker pro from Fairview Heights, IL was dealt 5d 4c on the last hand of the tournament. He managed to shove all in on the turn with a straight draw, against his opponents two pair. He caught the miracle card on the river to take it down.|
|EVENT 4 - Cheech Barbaro, from Chicago, IL a 36-year-old bartender and semi-professional player, beat a field of 225 in this H.O.R.S.E. event.
|EVENT 5 - Juan Rodriguez bested a field of 608 players and won his first major tournament, collecting $36,439. No word on what happened to his elbows.
|EVENT 6 - Ian Wiley of Las Vegas, NV beat out 322 players in the 6-Handed NL Event to take down $152,960 and the coveted gold ring.
|EVENT 7 - Brent Keller of Horsham, PA took down the Limit Omaha 8 event and pocketed $13,255.