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Kosta "Gus" Sengos Played in the Event for Free

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A man who played in the $5,150 World Series of Poker Circuit event at Horseshoe Council Bluffs Casino in Iowa for free won.

Yesterday Kosta "Gus" Sengos, who won his way into the event by playing bar league poker at a Sioux City, Iowa watering hole, outlasted 141 players to win $219,576. The top 18 players cashed and received at least $8,132.

The top 10 finishers are as follows:

  • Ninth place: Everett Carlton, St. Paul, Minn., $13,554
  • Eighth place: Thad Wolff, Omaha, $20,331
  • Seventh place: John Kincaid, Omaha, $27,108
  • Sixth place: Larry Vance, Torrence, Calif., $33,885
  • Fifth place: Doug Carli, Alliance, Ohio, $40,662
  • Fourth place: Jeff Banghart, Bennington, Neb., $54,216
  • Third place: Sam Von Duhn, Chicago, $67,770
  • Second place: Paul Kraus, Los Angeles, $115,209

In addition to the top prize, Sengos also receives an entry into the 2007 World Series of Poker main event this summer as well as $1,000 spending money.

"I'm speechless," Sengos said. "I don't know what to say. It's absolutely amazing."

T.J. Cloutier, Phil Gordon, and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson were some of the more popular players to play in this event. None of them cashed.

The prize pool hit $688,700. The last WSOP Circuit event, held in Tunica, attracted 377 people and generated a prize pool of about $1.8 million.

The next Circuit event takes place at Harrah's Rincon in California from Feb. 11-22. Please click here for a schedule and click here for the complete results of the Circuit event in Iowa.