Hammond, IN (October 20, 2011)—The Main Event is fast approaching and preliminary events at Horseshoe Hammond have set the bar high with enormous turnouts and stacked final tables.

“The success of our event so far has been a real testament to the players,” said tournament director Charles Ciresci. “We appreciate their continued support of our efforts here in Hammond and we strive to exceed their expectations year after year.” 

Event #1 kicked off the WSOP Circuit at Horseshoe Hammond in record-breaking fashion. 3,001 players turned out for the $350 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry tournament making it the largest WSOPC event ever and breaking the old attendance record by almost 1,400 entrants!

The almost $900,000 prizepool created a first place prize of $124,438 that found its way into the pocket of 25-year-old Wisconsin native, Aaron Bieck.

Event #3 followed suit with a final table that boasted the likes of Kyle Cartwright, Michael Souza and Scott Schwalich. Those three players alone account for an amazing seven WSOP rings, more than 45 WSOP and WSOPC cashes and over $1.2 million in career WSOP earnings.

Valentin Vornicu, a 28-year-old math tutor originally from Romania, came out the victor earning $51,000 for his first place finish.

All WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond champions, as well as all players at each final table, have received pre-paid seats into the Main Event that were added into the prizepool by Horseshoe Hammond.

“The seats we give away to the Main Event add immeasurable value to our entire series,” Horseshoe poker room manager, Jason Newman, said.. “We do everything we can to give the players the best return on their investment.”

"With a $1.5 million guaranteed prizepool and a $1,600 price tag it is sure to provide the star-studded field and thrilling final tables we are accustom to seeing here."

Beginning Friday, October 21 at 12 p.m. CST, the Main Event will bring electricity to the property that no other tournament does.

It will follow a re-entry format, meaning players eliminated in Day 1A can re-enter Day 1B which begins the following day. Day 1A will begin at 12 p.m. Friday, October 21 and 1B will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, October 22. This means players get two chances at calling themselves a Main Event Champion and winning a seat to the $1 Million National Championship where they will play for a WSOP gold bracelet.

Two seats to the National Championship will be awarded from this stop. One seat will go to the winner of the Main Event and a second seat will be given to the individual who earns the most WSOPC ranking points.

The race to Las Vegas is heating up as we have a seven-way tie at the top of the leaderboard.  All seven of those players have their pre-paid Main Event seats, so things are sure to get interesting as the series draws to a close in Hammond. 

Tournament play takes place in The Venue, a 3,400 seat concert hall on the second floor of the casino. For the past week and until the conclusion of the Main Event, The Venue is transformed to the poker Mecca of the Midwest. Almost 100 tables fill the vast tournament space and almost 50 extra tables in the first-floor poker room accommodate overflow players.

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