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WSOP Circuit -- Tunica Championship Event Begins

The Final Table Will Crown a Champion on Wednesday

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David JohnsonThe $5,000 no-limit hold’em championship at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop in Tunica, Mississippi, began today. The championship event comes at the tail end of a tournament series that featured 18 preliminary events. (Check out the results below.) All of the preliminary events spread no-limit hold’em at various buy-ins.

The ladies no-limit hold’em event was won by Donna Jetter, and Rogers Patterson won the seniors no-limit hold’em title. The largest preliminary event was a $300 no-limit hold’em event that began on Saturday, Jan. 23. The tournament attracted 800 players, and it was won by David Johnson (pictured right), who took home $47,321 in prize money.

Players began with 15,000 in chips in the championship event, and blinds began at 25-25. Levels will be 50 minutes long at the start of the event and 90 minutes long at the final table. All tournament days will begin at noon. The championship event attracted a field of 96 players and the total prize pool was $449,750. Notable professionals that are playing in the event include Tommy Vedes, Paul Wasicka, Dwyte Pilgrim, Allen Kessler, Matt Stout, and Gavin Smith.

Here is a look at the full schedule for the championship event:

Monday, Feb. 8: Day 1 (play 14 levels)
Tuesday, Feb. 9: Day 2 (play down to final table)
Wednesday, Feb. 10: Final table

WSOP Circuit Tunica Preliminary Results:

Event No. 1 ($300 no-limit hold’em): Michael Crump — $20,185 (304 entries)
Event No. 2 ($300 no-limit hold’em): Jonathan Elliot — $19,401 (293 entries)
Event No. 3 ($500 no-limit hold’em): Shawn Brown — $32,397 (286 entries)
Event No. 4 ($33 no-limit hold’em): David Johnson — $47,321 (800 entries)
Event No. 5 ($200 senior’s no-limit hold’em): Rogers Patterson — $16,356 (409 entries)
Event No. 6 ($200 no-limit hold’em): Derek Puza — $22,218 (573 entries)
Event No. 7 ($200 no-limit hold’em): Robert Hankins — $16,314 (408 entries)
Event No. 8 ($300 no-limit hold’em): John White — $17,129 (249 entries)
Event No. 9 ($300 no-limit hold’em): Raymond Mcghee — $15,715 (230 entries)
Event No. 10 ($400 no-limit hold’em): Luther Lewis — $22,604 (242 entries)
Event No. 11 ($500 no-limit hold’em): Herbert Tapscott — $25,369 (210 entries)
Event No. 12 ($200 ladies no-limit hold’em): Donna Jetter — $7,091 (162 entries)
Event No. 13 ($300 no-limit hold’em): Larry Hicks — $12,792 (180 entries)
Event No. 14 ($300 no-limit hold’em): Austin Schaal — $14,425 (207 entries)
Event No. 15 ($300 no-limit hold’em): Robert Hahs — $15,715 (230 entries)
Event No. 16 ($400 no-limit hold’em): John Land — $18,579 (196 entries)
Event No. 17 ($500 no-limit hold’em): Scotty Meena — $27,605 (234 entries)
Event No. 18 ($1,000 no-limit hold’em): Barry Schultz — $51,534 (202 entries)