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WSOP Circuit Event in New Orleans Final Table Set

Josh Arieh Enters Play Today as Chip Leader


Josh AriehThe World Series of Poker Circuit event at Harrah's New Orleans started on Monday with 160 entrants. Today, there are only nine players remaining who will begin battle at noon to claim their piece of the $765,000 prize pool and the title at the Winter Bayou Poker Challenge.

Two-time WSOP bracelet winner Josh Arieh enters the final table as the chip leader with 510,000 in chips. Second in chips is David Fox, who is currently seventh in the Card Player Player of the Year race. Fox is coming to the table with 324,000 in chips. Also at the final table is Andy Philachack, who many may remember as the runner-up to Phil Hellmuth this summer when he won his 11th WSOP bracelet. He is on the shorter side with 35,000 in chips.

The short stack is the Bayou Poker Challenge defending champion. Poker professional Louie Esposito won at Harrah's New Orleans last May for $516,000. Esposito made history as the first player to make it to the final table after winning the same event the previous year, but he has his work cut out for him if wants to claim two consecutive titles, since he is entering the final table with 20,500 in chips.

First place in this event will take home almost $248,000 and the ring. The following is the final table:

  • Seat 1: Ted McCollom, Jr. of Seabrook, Texas
    Chip count: 252,500
  • Seat 2: Philip Sparta of Fairfax, Virginia
    Chip count: 85,500
  • Seat 3: Louie Esposito of Howard Beach, New York
    Chip count: 20,500
  • Seat 4: Bruce F. MacGregor of Port Orange, Florida
    Chip count: 123,500
  • Seat 5: Nic "The Greek" Gellepis of Tallahassee, Florida
    Chip count: 65,000
  • Seat 6: Andy Philachack of Garland, Texas
    Chip count: 35,000
  • Seat 7: Lenny Pruzansky of Richmond, Texas
    Chip count: 174,000
  • Seat 8: David Fox of Coram, New York
    Chip count: 324,000
  • Seat 9: Josh Arieh of Atlanta, Georgia
    Chip count: 510,000

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