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Pechanga Sending 18 Players to WSOP

Qualifiers Have Been Going on Since Last July

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Pechanga Resort and Casino is sending 18 players to the World Series of Poker and they recently had a party to celebrate.

The party brought all the winners together one last time before the players compete in the ladies only tournament or the WSOP main event. They received a catered dinner and went home with a "goodie bag" worth $250.

Nine male card players and one female player took the casino's Big Showdown title from July through May. The Big Showdown, held on the last Saturday of every month, awards its winner a $10,000 seat to the WSOP.

Pechanga's Ladies Only tournaments, which began in October, will be sending eight players to compete in the ladies event of the WSOP. Ladies tournaments are held at the Pechanga Poker Room on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and award its winner a $1,000 buy-in to the ladies event in Las Vegas.

Ladies Only players competing in the ladies WSOP event are: Linda Trubee, Katie Roach, Chellie Campbell, Carolyn Williams, Suzanne Gray, Linda Thiele, Yang Armentrout and Lisa Hong.

Big Showdown players competing in the WSOP main event are: Doug Oakley, JP Mountain, Matt Gilsdorf, Michael Knight, Duane Steen, Scott Shone, Edward Hansen, Andrey Wilkins, Scott Takeshita, Chris Benites and Kristina Battista.