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© 2006, Jason Kirk ¬†

Over $1.3 million in prize money has been given away over the course of the first week of the 2006 World Poker Open, and the tournament has been living up to its name. Six players from countries outside the United States have cashed in WPO events so far, including Event #2 champion Hoe Puan of Puchong, Malaysia, and 2-time money winner Raul Paez of Barcelona, Spain. Also turning in a noteworthy performance so far is Farzad Rouhani of Germantown, Maryland. Mr. Rouhani cashed in the first 3 events of the WPO consecutively.

Event #1, the $1,000+60 no-limit hold'em event, drew 289 entries. The final 3 tables of the tournament split up the prize pool of $280,330. Ted Garner of Huntersville, NC, outlasted tournament regular Joe Bartholdi of Las Vegas, NV, and claimed the $95,311 first prize.

Event #2, the $1,500+70 no limit hold'em event, had a modest field of 140 entries. The final 2 tables divided up the $203,700 prize pool. In only his second career WPO cash, Puan Hoe of Puchong, Malaysia, took home $75,368 for outlasting Donald Emery of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Event #3, the $2,000+80 no limit hold'em event, drew 141 entries, and the final 2 tables split up the $273,540 prize pool. Local tournament fixture Galen Kester of Senatobia, MS, earned $101,212 and added to his collection of gold bracelets with his win over Stephen Hipes of Manchester, MO.

Event #4, the $1,000+60 no-limit hold'em event, drew a healthy field of 480 entries. The final 50 players were paid from a whopping $465,600 prize pool. Jeremy Phipps of Dayton, OH, made the second WPO cash of his career a big one - he took down over $136,621for outlasting veteran Las Vegas professional and WSOP bracelet holder An Tran.

Event #1 - $1,000+60 No Limit Hold'em
World Poker Open, Gold Strike, Tunica, MS
$280,330 prize pool, 289 entries


Place Name Hometown Prize

1 Ted Garner Huntersville, NC $95,311
2 Joe Bartholdi Las Vegas, NV $58,869
3 Carlos Fuentes Pamplona, Spain $29,435
4 Roger Foley Thayler, MO $16,820
5 Sid Herald Hazard, KY $12,615
6 Greg Brooks Bono, AZ $9,812
7 Doug Saab Trussville, AZ $7,008
8 James Kish Clearwater, FL $5,607
9 Chris Cellery Chula Vista, CA $4,485
10 John Gravagna Chicago, IL $3,364
11 Vince Trotter Sevierville, TN $3,364
12 Jimmy Smith Norman, OK $3,364
13 Royce Chambers Galveston, IN $2,803
14 Nic Brownson San Francisco, CA $2,803
15 Kerry Heller Brentwood, TN $2,803
16 Walter Weiss Deerfield, IL $2,243
17 Steven Edwards Belvidere, IL $2,243
18 David White Midland, TX $2,243
19 Farzad Rouhani Germantown, MD $1,682
20 Emad Alabsi Cleveland, OH $1,682
21 Andrew Kelsall Lutz, FL $1,682
22 Perry Webb Griffithville, AZ $1,682
23 Ted McNeely Myrtle Pt, OR $1,682
24 Jeff Ortega Kansas City, MO $1,682
25 David Shoop Witchita Falls, TX $1,682
26 Marty Mendez Buffalo, MO $1,682
27 George Waller Seattle, WA $1,682

Event #2 - $1,500+70 No Limit Hold'em
World Poker Open, Gold Strike, Tunica, MS
$203,700 prize pool, 140 entries


Place Name Hometown Prize

1 Puan Hoe Puchong, Malaysia $75,368
2 Donald Emery Myrtle Beach, SC $44,814
3 Raul Paez Barcelona, Spain $22,407
4 Bau Le Atlantic City, NJ $12,222
5 Scott Idsinga Grand Rapids, MI $9,167
6 Tony Hellmann Louisville, KY $7,130
7 Jeff Ortega Kansas City, MO $5,093
8 Russ Carlson Blackhawk, CO $4,074
9 Daniel Delnoce Tocca, GA $3,259
10 John Bolton Overland Park, KS $2,444
11 Garland Walters Munsfordsville, KY $2,444
12 Jacob Elbaz Houston, TX $2,444
13 William Payne N. Richland Hill, TX $2,241
14 Chris Ball Dallas, TX $2,241
15 Robert Doyle North Palm Beach, FL $2,241
16 Dan Schmiech Houston, TX $2,037
17 Glen Bean Biggs, CA $2,037
18 Farzad Rouhani Germantown, MD $2,037

Event #3 - $2,000+80 No Limit Hold'em
World Poker Open, Gold Strike, Tunica, MS
$273,540 prize pool, 141 entries


Place Name Hometown Prize

1 Galen Kester Senatobia, MS $101,212
2 Steven Hipes Manchester, MO $60,179
3 Brian Mizok Scranton, PA $30,089
4 Fred Sigur Chalmette, LA $16,412
5 Liz Lieu Los Angeles, CA $12,309
6 Chris McCormack Las Vegas, NV $9,574
7 Chris Trotter Ringgold, GA $6,839
8 Tony Boles Cumming, GA $5,471
9 Joe Foley Mustang, OK $4,377
10 Albert Shaw Lawton, OK $3,282
11 Mike Haney Marion, AR $3,282
12 Gary Crow Flowery Branch, GA $3,282
13 Earl Holmes Valdosta, GA $3,009
14 Men "The Master" Nguyen Bell Gardens, CA $3,009
15 Farzad Rouhani Germantown, MD $3,009
16 William Payne N. Richland Hill, TX $2,735
17 Robert Park Orlando, OK $2,735
18 Bruce Van Horn Ada, OK $2,735

Event #4 - $1,000+60 No Limit Hold'em
World Poker Open, Gold Strike, Tunica, MS
$465,600 prize pool, 480 entries


Place Name Hometown Prize


1 Jeremy Phipps Dayton, OH $136,621
2 An "The Boss" Tran Las Vegas, NV $81,972
3 Noah Nodine Norman, OK $43,263
4 Scooter Crutcher Birmingham, AL $25,047
5 David Tran El Monte, CA $18,216
6 Rukhsana Guevarra Winnipeg, MB, Canada $12,751
7 Brian Taylor Macon, GA $9,108
8 Angela Mijalis Shreveport, LA $7,286
9 Timothy Back Jr Miamisburg, OH $6,376
10 Blake Bohn Eden Prairie, MN $5,465
11 Canh Phan Richardson, TX $4,554
12 Will OīBrien Robinsonville, MS $4,554
13 Tony Hartmann Richfield, MN $4,554
14 Jose Torres Hollywood, FL $4,554
15 Samuel Whitt Lima, OH $4,554
16 Larry Greenway Dahlonega, GA $3,643
17 Randy Holland Winnetka, CA $3,643
18 Alan Denaree Scarsdale, NY $3,643
19 John Selix Pewaukee, WI $3,643
20 Brendan Watson Novi, MI $3,643
21 Davood Mehrmand Frankfurt, Germany $2,732
22 Phillip Wade Conyers, GA $2,732
23 Darrell Dicken Waterloo, IA $2,732
24 Michael Parisi Wood Dale, IL $2,732
25 Issa Tadros Oak Lawn, IL $2,732
26 Curtis Smith Ringold, GA $2,732
27 Eston Brown Austin, TX $2,732
28 James Ray Daphne, AL $2,732
29 Zac Butler Poplar Grove, IL $2,732
30 Ondre Sekanina Bluffton, SC $2,732
31 Sam Alshurieki Pensacola, FL $2,277
32 Raul Paez Barcelona, Spain $2,277
33 Charlie Dawson Lexington, KY $2,277
34 Donald Emery Myrtle Beach, SC $2,277
35 Anatole Parthes Paris, France $2,277
36 Roger Solheim Frankfort, KY $2,277
37 Thomas Vita Chalmatte, LA $2,277
38 David Russell Tampa, FL $2,277
39 Royce Davis Mabank, TX $2,277
40 Carl Corley Newman, GA $2,277
41 Hilbert Shirey Winter Haven, FL $1,822
42 James Mijalis Shreveport, LA $1,822
43 Johnny Landreth Lanett, AL $1,822
44 Dan DelNoce Toccoa, GA $1,822
45 Chris Ball Dallas, TX $1,822
46 Junior Rackley Von Ormy, TX $1,822
47 Charlie Oliver Baton Rouge, LA $1,822
48 Dallas Wottlin Sunnyvale, TX $1,822
49 Matt Pryor Irving, TX $1,822
50 Mike Schneider Covington, GA $1,822
 


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