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Jack Binion WSOP Circuit Main Event - Day 1
2006, Jason Kirk  

In August 2005, the World Series of Poker Circuit made its first stop in Tunica, Mississippi. The events were well-attended one the whole, and once the tournaments were all finished the wait began for big events to return to Grand Casino. Once January 2006 rolled around, the wait was over - the Jack Binion WSOP Circuit arrived early in the month, with a full schedule of events in a variety of games. Once all the preliminary events had been completed there was only one score left to settle - the matter of who would become the Main Event champion.

Like any other tournament, the only way to wind down to a final table, heads-up match, and eventual champion was to start from square one. In the case of the WSOP Circuit main event that meant starting with 241 entrants and a $2,289,500 prize pool, as well as a host of popular professional players vying for the top prize of $755,525 against a field of enthusiastic amateurs and satellite winners. Among the familiar names present in the starting field were Josh Arieh, Tex Barch, Billy Baxter, Andy Black, Andy Bloch, Humberto Brenes, Todd Brunson, TJ Cloutier, Hoyt Corkins, Allen Cunningham, John D'Agostino, Sammy Farha, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Layne Flack, Ted Forrest, Chau Giang, Barry Greenstein, Hasan Habib, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Tuan Le, Kathy Liebert, Erick Lindgren, Mike Matusow, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Carlos Mortensen, Daniel Negreanu, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Minh Nguyen, David Pham, John Phan, Erik Seidel, Mark Seif, Mike Sexton, Gavin Smith, Mimi Tran, Amir Vahedi, David Williams, Robert Williamson III, and Steve Zolotow.

The first day's action saw the elimination of the majority of the tournament field, as all but 77 players were sent to the rail - or to the airport so they could board a flight for their next tournament. Among those busted before the dinner break were Hoyt Corkins, John Phan, David Williams, John D'Agostino, Michael Mizrachi, Barry Greenstein, and Ted Forrest. Among the players with firmly established track records, Layne Flack and Mike Matusow were two of the most successful over the course of the day. Flack ended with $53,400 in chips, and Matusow - who endured some of the toughest seating assignment of any player in the tournament - finished the day's play with $52,075. Right on his heels was Fred Cabral, with $54,200 in chips. Gavin Smith, Jean-Robert Bellande, Bill Edler, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda and Erik Seidel all finished the day with over $30,000 in chips.

It seemed that for every busted professional player there was a success story from an unknown (or little-known) player. One of the most impressive unknowns was Brian Lamkin, who ended the day in 5th place with $60,950 in chips. Then there was Jessica Brown, who finished the day with $50,800 in chips, far ahead of Kathy Liebert, the only other remaining woman in the tournament. Several players with success on the WSOP Circuit since last year also survived to Day Two, including Bryant King and Don Mullis, who finished 2nd and 3rd at the end of play, and Brandon Adams, who ended up with $42,600 in chips.

Day Two of play in the Main Event will kick off at noon CST on Wednesday, January 25th, in the poker room at Grand Casino Tunica. Play will continue until 27 players remain, regardless of how many levels are required to reach that number.

Chip Counts:

1 Josh Prager $ 89,825
2 Bryant King $ 69,975
3 Don Mullis $ 66,400
4 Hertzel Zalewski $ 63,375
5 Brian Lamkin $ 60,950
6 Fred Cabral $ 54,200
7 Don Barton $ 54,050
8 Willis Fillers $ 54,000
9 Layne Flack $ 53,400
10 Robert Schulz $ 53,025
11 Chris Bell $ 52,250
12 Mike Matusow $ 52,075
13 Johnny Donaldson $ 51,225
14 Jessica Brown $ 50,800
15 Kia Mohajeri $ 50,650
16 Jean-Robert Bellande $ 50,600
17 Gavin Smith $ 49,500
18 Phil Galfond $ 47,525
19 Wendell Barnes $ 45,800
20 Randy 'Downtown' Brown $ 45,000
21 George Bronstein $ 43,650
22 Ben Robinson $ 42,800
23 Bill Edler $ 42,650
24 Brandon Adams $ 42,600
25 Daniel Negreanu $ 38,500
26 Sean McCabe $ 37,600
27 Daniel Alaei $ 37,400
28 Michael Tait $ 37,350
29 Albert Cardenas $ 37,325
30 Chad Brown $ 36,975
31 Roland Israelashvili $ 36,550
32 John Juanda $ 34,950
33 Mike Beasley $ 34,700
34 Dan 'The Man' Rogers $ 33,350
35 Erik Seidel $ 32,250
36 Miguel de los Santos $ 30,925
37 Amnon Filippi $ 29,350
38 Tony Calender $ 28,925
39 Galen Kester $ 28,875
40 Bill Gazes $ 26,500
41 Khosrow Naraghian $ 26,475
42 Karlo Lopez $ 25,325
43 Miguel Mateo $ 24,350
44 Ernest Shepherd $ 24,275
45 Jeff Seibert $ 23,000
46 Vincent Mack $ 22,750
47 Reza Payvar $ 21,400
48 Lee Markholt $ 21,375
49 Todd Brunson $ 19,975
50 Frank Kassela $ 19,975
51 Ozzie Kalil $ 19,850
52 Tex Barch $ 19,775
53 Richard Tatalovich $ 19,525
54 Bruce Sturgeon $ 19,200
55 Humberto Brenes $ 18,575
56 Chris 'Jesus' Ferguson $ 18,100
57 Jeff Gibralter $ 17,475
58 Surinder Sunar $ 17,375
59 Chau Giang $ 16,500
60 Tom McCormick $ 16,375
61 Padraig Parkinson $ 15,525
62 Allen Kessler $ 14,175
63 Kathy Liebert $ 14,000
64 Larry Satterwhite $ 13,925
65 Russ Sherrod $ 13,750
66 Tony Cousineau $ 11,850
67 David 'The Dragon' Pham $ 11,700
68 John Yancey $ 11,025
69 Andrew Black $ 10,800
70 Dutch Boyd $ 10,275
71 Bob Stupak $ 10,225
72 Philippe Rouas $ 8,950
73 Mike Weyer $ 8,450
74 Mark Gregorich $ 8,325
75 Charles V. Butler $ 7,725
76 Timmy Townshend $ 6,500
77 Jeff Wood $ 4,950

Payout Schedule

1 $755,525
2 $416,690
3 $228,950
4 $183,160
5 $137,370
6 $114,475
7 $91,580
8 $68,685
9 $45,790
10-12 $32,055
13-15 $27,475
16-18 $22,895
 


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