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Annie Duke $100,000 Freeroll Tournament Concludes

Nearly 1,000 Qualifiers Competed for the $50,000 First-Place Prize

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Last week, nearly 1,000 players who qualified for the Annie Duke $100,000 Hold'em Poker Tournament gathered inside the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino to compete for free money, and Carlos Chaves, from Banning, California, walked away with the $50,000 first-place prize.

Players from all over Southern California qualified for the event by playing cash games in the casino's poker room. Players accumulated stamps for every hand that was a full-house or better in hold'em or jacks-full or better in Omaha. Once six stamps were earned, the player was secured a seat. The qualifying period was one month, but the 1,000 available seats were filled in just two weeks.

During the tournament, players and guests were able to meet and receive autographs from World Series of Poker bracelet-winner Annie Duke. Duke said that she was proud to work with a casino that rewards its own players. Three celebrity models were also there to take photos and mingle with the players before competition began.

Amir Wahab, Carlos Chaves, John Miller

Chaves may have taken down half of the prize pool, but he was not the only who got paid. John Miller placed second, which was good for $15,000, and Amir Wahab received $6,400 for third. The rest of the prize pool was divided among the other top 40 players.