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Caesars Palace Classic Update

Heads-Up Tournament Increased to 128 Players

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Here is a look at the news from the first week at the Caesars Palace Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NOTE: Event No. 12 ($1,000 heads up no-limit hold’em) has increased the size of the field to 128 players to accommodate player demand. The original size of the field was set for 64 players.

The highlights for week one from the Caesars Palace Classic included an appearance by the most decorated Olympian in history, swimmer Michael Phelps. Phelps played in Event No. 2 ($1,500 no-limit hold'em), where he made the final table and placed ninth, and he also played in Event No. 5 ($1,000 no-limit hold'em), where he suffered a bad beat during day 1 that knocked him out of the tournament. Card Player caught up with Phelps for an interview and video this past week at Caesars.

Professional players that made final tables at Caesars Palace this past week include Clint Schafer, David Plastik, Justin Young, Tom McEvoy, O'Neil Longson (Won Event No. 3 -- $500 pot-limit Omaha), Mike Nguyen, Charles Townsend, Richard Tatalovich, Yarom Limor, Jared Okun, Brandon Garrity, Yosh Nakano, Surinder Sunar, and Card Player’s own Barry Shulman, who won Event No. 4 ($500 no-limit hold'em).

Tournament Results:

Event No. 1 - $500 no-limit hold’em

Entrants: 287

  1. Andrew Zuzulo: $66,489
  2. Jon Hait: $35,685
  3. Robert Mitchell: $17,732
  4. Christian Panilio: $15,515
  5. Joseph Curlee: $13,299
  6. Clint Schafer: $11,082
  7. Yohannes Muruz: $8,866Michael Phelps
  8. Tzachi Lupo: $6,649
  9. Rodger Weber; $4,433

Event No. 2 - $1,500 no-limit hold’em

Entrants: 187

  1. Julian Parmann: $84,442
  2. Ky Macpherson: $44,307
  3. Khai Tran: $26,063
  4. Brandon Demes: $20,850
  5. Justin Young: $15,638
  6. Kiet Tuan: $13,032
  7. Kory Mitchell: $10,425
  8. David Plastik: $7,819
  9. Michael Phelps: $5,213

Event No. 3 - $500 pot-limit Omaha

Entrants: 97

  1. O’Neil Longson: $16,936
  2. Garrett Schwartzbach: $9,409
  3. Esther Taylor: $5,175
  4. David Wilkinson: $3,764
  5. Joe Parille: $3,293
  6. William Rector: $2,823
  7. Tom McEvoy: $2,352
  8. Kevin Calenzo: $1,882
  9. Jason Mann: $1,411

Event No. 4 - $500 no-limit hold’em

Barry ShulmanEntrants: 287

  1. Barry Shulman: $39,944
  2. Barrie Eget: $21,970
  3. Yunus Jamal: $11,235
  4. Galit Malkin: $8,738
  5. Chris Hooper: $7,490
  6. Rocky Hartley: $6,242
  7. John Roveto: $4,993
  8. Dan Huynh: $3,745
  9. John Bunch: $2,497

Event No. 5 - $1,000 no-limit hold’em

Luke PriourEntrants: 175

  1. Luke Priour: $51,756
  2. Jason Mann: $27,158
  3. Gary Do: $15,975
  4. Antonios Reungeris: $12,780
  5. Joseph Akinseti: $9,585
  6. Mike Nguyen: $7,988
  7. David Frazee: $6,390
  8. Scott Zakheim: $4,793
  9. Al Cocaizzi: $3,195

Event No. 6 - $500 limit hold’em

Entrants: 67

  1. Lawrence Fuji: $11,967
  2. Eric Rivkin: $6,499
  3. Steven Sparks: $3,574
  4. Eric Kwan: $2,600
  5. David Muvcha: $2,285
  6. Charles Townsend: $1,950
  7. Samuel Bensinger: $1,625
  8. Bruce Gifferd: $1,300
  9. Robert McCramey: $975

Event No. 7 - $500 no-limit hold’em

Entrants: 328

  1. Michael Goldstein: $47,708
  2. Jason Adler: $26,238
  3. Kwinsee Tran: $13,417
  4. Romauld Pucior: $10,436
  5. Lyscott Durant: $8,945
  6. Ronald Pollaro: $7,454
  7. Kiet Tuan: $5,963
  8. Mario Coria: $4,472
  9. Joseph Phanhyasung: $2,982

Event No. 8 - $2,000 no-limit hold’em

Justin KramerEntrants: 115

  1. Justin Kramer: $79,509
  2. Brandon Garrity: $44,172
  3. Yosh Nakano: $24,295
  4. Jason Sander: $17,669
  5. Carl Landrum: $15,460
  6. Martin Lawton: $13,252
  7. Surinder Sunar: $11,043
  8. Bob Wyndle: $8,834
  9. Jared Okun: $6,626

Event No. 9 - $500 Omaha eight-or-better

Entrants: 156

  1. Robert Bugh: $24,513
  2. Linda Drucker: $12,862
  3. John Reiss: $7,566
  4. Yarom Limor: $6,053
  5. Andrew Yeh: $4,540
  6. Lawrence Berg: $3,783
  7. Barry Wethmann: $3,026
  8. Lowell Davis: $2,270
  9. Richard Tatatolvich: $1,513

Remaining Caesars Palace Classic Events:

•  Thursday, Oct. 23, noon: Event No. 10 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em) -- Ends Tomorrow

•  Thursday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m.: Event No. 11 ($500 H.O.R.S.E.) -- Ends Late Tonight

•  Friday, Oct. 24, noon: Event No. 12 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em heads up)

•  Friday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m.: Event No. 13 ($500 pot-limit hold’em/pot-limit Omaha)

•  Saturday, Oct. 25, noon: Event No. 14 ($500 no-limit hold’em)

•  Sunday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.: Event No. 15 ($300 ladies no-limit hold’em)

•  Sunday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.: Event No. 16 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em six handed)

•  Monday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.: $500 Mega Satellite

•  Monday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.: $1,000 Mega Satellite

•  $10,000 no-limit hold’em championship

-- Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon: Day 1

-- Wednesday, Oct. 29, noon: Day 2

-- Thursday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m.: Final table