Things are heating up in the United States, at least when it comes to live tournaments and everyone is preparing anxiously for the World Series of Poker.
The main event will take place in Las Vegas as always, but meanwhile professionals and amateurs travel from one city to the other trying to make the most of the stops of the World Series of Poker Circuit.
A fabulous event was hosted by Harrah’s New Orleans and the number of players exceeded expectations, with more than 550 players participating.
Not surprisingly, the guaranteed prize pool was exceeded and with each player paying $1675 for a chance to sit down at the tables, a lot of money was up for grabs.
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An eclectic mix of professionals and amateurs competed for the money and the final table was populated by players belonging to both categories.
Damjan Radanov was one of them and his experience recommended him as one of the favorites to win the first prize and a gold ring. He didn’t have it easy and twice he found himself on the verge of elimination, but he got lucky when he needed it most and made three handed play with a healthy stack in front of him.
He emigrated from Serbia many years ago and he embraced poker right from the start, but his voyage to the top of the food chain was not a joyride.
Perseverance paid off and thanks to this victory, his bankroll was increased significantly as the talented player cashed in on almost $150,000.
It was $40,000 more than what the runner-up got which is still a lot of money given the fact that David Nicholson also crossed the psychological threshold into six digit area.
Both players have expressed their intention of participating in the World Series of Poker main event this year, so a fraction of the money won here will be spent on the buy-in.
|1||Damjan Radanov||Memphis, TN||$147,514|
|2||David Nicholson||Perkinston, MS||$107,939|
|3||Jared Ingles||Dry Prong, LA||$78,928|
|4||Hugo Perez||Plano, TX||$58,569|
|5||John Lauve||Baton Rouge, LA||$44,068|
|6||Anthony Sanchez||Houston, TX||$33,614|
|7||Tai Cao||Lafayette, LA||$25,994|
|8||Joseph Alesna||Richwood, TX||$20,376|
|9||John Holley||Destin, FL||$16,188|