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WPT -- Southern Poker Championships Begins Today

The World Poker Tour Makes its Second Stop in Biloxi


The World Poker Tour Southern Poker Championship begins today at noon at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. This is the second time that the Beau Rivage will host a WPT event, the first was the WPT Gulf Coast Poker Championship that took place in September 2007. The $10,000 WPT no-limit hold’em championship event will run for four days total, from Jan. 14-17. The final table is set to take place at 5 p.m. CST on Saturday. You can follow along with the action in daily news reports on this week. Players will begin with 30,000 in tournament chips, and the levels are scheduled to be 90 minutes long. There will be a 10-minute break after each level. Blinds will start at 50-100. Here is a look at the schedule for this event:

Wednesday, Jan. 14: Day 1 -- Five levels (All preliminary days begin at noon CST)
Thursday, Jan. 15: Day 2 -- Play down to 36 players
Friday, Jan. 16: Day 3 -- Play to down to final table of six players
Saturday, Jan. 17: Final table (Begins at 5 p.m. CST)

2007 Gulf Coast Poker Championship

Bill Edler WinsBuy-in: $10,000
Number of Entrants: 256
Total Prize Pool: $2,463,200
First-Place Prize: $747,615
Places Paid: 27

The first WPT event hosted in Biloxi was the site of the greatest comeback in WPT history. Bill Edler was knocked down to just two 1,000 chips before he staged one of the greatest comebacks ever in a poker tournament to win the event.

Final Tables Results:

1: Bill Edler -- $747,615
2: David Robbins -- $411,185
3: John Sitton III -- $216,768
4: John Davidson -- $163,540
5: Tim Frazin -- $140,177
6: “Captain” Tom Franklin -- $116,814

Notable Cashes: Jonathan Little (seventh), Surinder Sunar (ninth), Bernard Lee (11th), Vanessa Rousso (12th), Clint Schafer (13th), Bob Slezak (20th), T.J. Cloutier (21st), Haralabos Voulgaris (22nd), Chad Brown (23rd), Lee Markholt (26th).