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WSOP -- Council Bluffs Circuit Event Series Begins Tomorrow

The $5,000 Championship Event Headlines Series of 18 Events in Iowa

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The next stop on the World Series of Poker Circuit event schedule begins tomorrow at the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The tournament series kicks off with a $300 no-limit hold’em event and ends with the $5,000 no-limit hold’em Circuit championship that will award thousands to the winner, as well as a seat in the 2009 WSOP main event.

Games will be spread in limit and no-limit hold’em, six-handed no-limit hold’em, Omaha eight-or-better, pot-limit Omaha, and H.O.R.S.E. There will also be a no-limit hold’em ladies championship event on Sunday, Feb. 15. The Horseshoe will be running mega-satellites daily leading up to the main event at 3 p.m. ($330 buy-in) and 7 p.m. ($550 buy-in) every weekday. There will also be an additional $550 mega-satellite at noon on Sunday, Feb. 22, the day before the Circuit championship begins. In addition to the mega-satellites for the championship event, the Horseshoe will run single-table satellites for all preliminary events daily during the tournament series from 9 a.m. until 3 a.m. All preliminary events begin at noon, unless they are the second prelim scheduled on that day, in which case the second event begins at 4 p.m. Here is a look at the tournament series schedule:

NOTE: All preliminary events are two-day events

Thursday, Feb. 12: Event No. 1 -- $300 no-limit hold’em
Friday, Feb. 13: Event No. 2 -- $500 no-limit hold’em
Saturday, Feb. 14: Event No. 3 -- $300 no-limit hold’em
Sunday, Feb. 15: Event No. 4 -- $500 no-limit hold’em
Sunday, Feb. 15: Event No. 5 -- $200 ladies championship
Monday, Feb. 16: Event No. 6 -- $1,000 no-limit hold’em
Monday, Feb. 16: Event No. 7 -- $300 Omaha eight-or-better
Tuesday, Feb. 17: Event No. 8 -- $1,500 no-limit hold’em
Tuesday, Feb. 17: Event No. 9 -- $300 H.O.R.S.E.
Wednesday, Feb. 18: Event No. 10 -- $300 no-limit hold’em
Wednesday, Feb. 18: Event No. 11 -- $300 limit hold’em
Thursday, Feb. 19: Event No. 12 -- $500 no-limit hold’em
Thursday, Feb. 19: Event No. 13 -- $300 six-handed no-limit hold’em
Friday, Feb. 20: Event No. 14 -- $300 no-limit hold’em
Saturday, Feb. 21: Event No. 15 -- $500 no-limit hold’em
Sunday, Feb. 22: Mega-satellites
Monday, Feb. 23-25: Event No. 16 -- $5,000 no-limit hold’em Circuit championship
Monday, Feb. 23: Event No. 17 -- $300 pot-limit Omaha
Tuesday, Feb. 24: Event No. 18 -- $300 no-limit hold’em



2008 WSOP Council Bluffs Circuit championship

Michael MartinBuy-in: $5,000
Number of Entries: 99
Total Prize Pool: $469,150
First-Place Prize: $169,327
Places Paid: 9

Final-Table Results:

1: Ben Hock -- $169,327
2: Michael Martin (pictured at right) -- $94,263
3: Nicholas Manganaro -- $52,039
4: Bernard Lee -- $37,965
5: Keith Murrell -- $33,273
6: Samuel Shamburg -- $28,582
7: Don Jensen -- $23,981
8: Ron Koenemann -- $19,199
9: Howard Wolper -- $14,508