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Storm into New
Orleans:
World Series of
Poker Circuit
Returns to the Big
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2006 World Series of Poker Circuit
Harrah’s New Orleans
Bayou Poker Challenge
May 25, 2006
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Poker Players Storm into New Orleans:
World Series of Poker Circuit Returns to the
Big Easy
Championship Event
End of Day One
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $9,800 (+200)
Number of Entries:  170
Number of Players Remaining:  57
Total Prize Money:  $1,615,000
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End of Day One Standings (Chip Counts):
Gavin Smith
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NAME
CHIP COUNT
TABLE
SEAT
Smith, Gavin
106,900
4
3
Mahmood, Ayaz
91,500
7
6
Gordon, Ben
83,125
3
4
Ivey, Phil
71,600
1
2
Corkins, Hoyt
69,775
6
8
Bloch, Andy
68,500
1
7
Harris, David
65,775
6
4
Newman, Jess
63,325
5
4
Rodriques, Gerald
47,675
5
8
Prescott, Allie
46,175
5
3
Glorioso, Charles
42,275
2
7
Russell, Matt
41,600
2
3
Sousa, Todd "Zeus"
41,000
2
9
Diephouse, Dana
38,700
4
8
Feldman, Peter
37,775
2
6
Tran, Mimi
36,900
1
1
Farrell, Ryan
36,750
7
4
Marsh, Chris
35,950
7
1
Bach "B" Vu
35,800
7
2
Reily, Torrey
32,200
2
2
Segura, Broc
31,025
7
7
Townsend, Brian
30,950
4
7
Lineberry, Charles
30,225
1
5
Henrickle, William
28,450
6
7
Griffin, Jason
27,875
3
8
Juanda, John
27,050
1
8
Finley, James
26,750
1
3
Chris M. Ingram
25,075
2
1
O'Connor, Tim
22,825
6
5
Schmitt, Joseph
22,425
5
2
Babin, David
22,000
6
1
Archer, Dee
21,900
3
9
Abdullah, George
20,575
4
2
Wright, Charles
19,250
7
5
Lazar, Steve
18,550
5
5
Brown, Kenny
17,225
2
5
Edler, Bill
17,125
4
1
Bozeman, Russ
16,000
6
2
Mitchell, Scott
15,525
3
7
Lefkowitz, Matt
14,550
7
3
Carli, Doug "Rico"
13,400
5
7
Pittman, John
13,050
4
6
Hachem, Joe
12,500
1
6
Spadavecchia, Vincent
12,225
7
9
Petro, Joe
11,175
1
9
Singer, David
11,050
6
9
Bradley, Owen
10,800
4
5
Bartlett, Ronnie
10,750
5
1
Alvarado, Jose
9,725
6
6
Cole, Mark
8,900
3
1
Andrews, Michael
8,525
6
3
Cospolich, Brian
6,325
2
4
Schaultz, Paul
5,950
3
6
Gottschalk, Darrell
5,275
7
8
Wisiak, Robert
5,150
4
4
Comer, Adam
3,500
3
5
Katz, Ronald
3,450
2
8
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Gavin Smith is the Chip Leader
in WSOP Circuit Championship at Harrah’s New Orleans

Day One ends as many of the biggest names go bust;
57 players set to return for Day Two  

The second annual Bayou Poker Championship began with a rousing
rendition of the National Anthem and words of tribute for the city of New
Orleans.

“I’m not sure this has ever been done by anyone in poker before,”
announced Jack Effel, Tournament Director for the World Series of Poker
Circuit moments before the start of the main event.  “I want to take this
moment to dedicate the $10,000 championship event to the wonderful
people of the city of New Orleans, who have been such wonderful hosts.  
You are the real champions!”

Next, 2005 World Series of Poker Champion Joe Hachem spoke for many
poker pros when he took the microphone and announced that he decided
to come to New Orleans from his home in Melbourne, Australia especially to
demonstrate his support for the city.  Further, Hachem pledged 10 percent
of his tournament winnings in this event towards the Katrina Relief Fund.  
He encouraged his fellow poker competitors to do the same.  Many players
signed a pledge banner near the front of the tournament area, agreeing to
make a donation with any winnings.

After remarks by Poker Room Manager Rick Korte and a special appearance
by New Orleans Police Officer Lucious Jackson, the entire Showroom of the
Harrah’s New Orleans Casino erupted in cheers, and the $10,000 buy-in
championship event began.  

Former WSOP gold bracelet winners in the main event included Chris
“Jesus” Ferguson, Barry Greenstein, Joe Hachem, Phil Ivey, John Juanda,
Kathy Liebert, Mike Matusow, Yosh Nakano, Erik Seidel, and John
Spadavecchia.  Other top pros included Gavin Smith, Eric Lindgren, Hoyt
Corkins, Josh Arieh, and Andy Bloch.  Last year’s WSOPC-New Orleans
champion Walter Chambers played.  Also, two-time event winner at this
year’s tournament Bach “B” Vu was in attendance.

However, most of the big names busted-out on Day One leaving a wide
mix of players with different backgrounds and levels of experience to
return for Day Two.

Currently, at the top of the standings is Gavin Smith, a Canadian native
who now lives in Las Vegas.  Smith has exploded onto the poker scene in
recent years, with several final table appearances and at least one million
dollar win (last year, at the Mirage in Las Vegas).  Smith also made it to a
final table at the 2005 World Series of Poker at the Rio.  If he goes on to
win, this would be his first WSOP-related victory.

Play is expected to get more intense over the next day.  ESPN will provide
full coverage, including the final table, which will take place on Sunday
afternoon at 2 pm.  Play will continue tomorrow until 27 players remain.  
Prize money will go to the top 18 finishers – including first prize, $532,950.  
Play resumes tomorrow at 12 noon CST.
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