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WSOP Circuit Event At Palm Beach Kennel Club Draws 2,607 Players

Anh Lu Tops Record Field For $182,750 Prize


Anh LuThe first of 12 events at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Palm Beach Kennel Club attracted the biggest tournament field in Florida history. A total of 2,607 put up the $555 buy-in for a shot at the lion’s share of the $1,250,345 prize pool, which easily beat out the property’s $1 million guarantee.

The turnout was so strong that players began lining up for seats as early as 4 a.m. on Saturday, a good seven hours before play was scheduled to begin.

The line grew so long that scalpers showed up to try and sell entry to the tournament to those at the back of the line for as much as $2,000. Police were eventually called in to maintain some order.

Though some players were turned away, tournament officials created another starting flight to accomodate an additional 220 players, along with allowing alternates to jump in at the later levels.

The three-day event came to an end on Monday, with 50-year-old Anh Lu taking home the top prize of $182,750. The nail technician from Bradenton, Florida also picked up a gold WSOP Circuit ring.

Here are the final results and the POY points awarded.

1. Anh Lu — $182,750 (600 POY Points)
2. Charles Flett — $113,759 (500 POY Points)
3. Jerry Ard — $86,611 (400 POY Points)
4. Josh Kay — $66,874 (300 POY Points)
5. Jose Silverman — $52,014 (250 POY Points)
6. Phong Nguyen — $40,772 (200 POY Points)
7. Harrison Gimbel — $32,214 (150 POY Points)
8. Devon Garbus — $25,648 (100 POY Points)
9. Michael Cox — $20,594 (50 POY Points)



almost 10 years ago

1.2 million dollar purse - 180k to the winner? That doesn't seem right.


over 9 years ago

Half of the prize pool to the final table,
is that not enough?


almost 10 years ago

$55 juice on a $500 entry fee isn't really that bad. And payouts should be flattened out so that the one guy who happens to get lucky and wins the tournament doesn't get paid 80 times as much as the guy finishing 20th for example.


almost 10 years ago

$10 dealer add on, also. Everybody was talking like first was gonna be 300k. Obviously, with a field that big, you have to flatten payouts. But, I did think it would be well over 200k. It was total anarchy and chaos there. They were not prepared for this tournament.