Historical past of the World Sequence of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis


All through the previous 12 months and alter, PokerNews has traced the historical past of varied World Sequence of Poker Circuit occasion stops. Now, it is time to take a look at the cease that is WSOP Circuit historical past: WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis, which was the very first cease on tour approach again in 2005 when the concept to unfold the WSOP model all through the nation first obtained off the bottom.

Since then, the Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis cease has endured, internet hosting a hoop sequence every season with out fail, even an abbreviated one in 2020 that ended abruptly because of the pandemic.

January 2005: The First Circuit Occasion

Although it stays billed because the 2004-05 season, the primary arms dealt on the Circuit did happen in January 2005 at Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis. The seven-event sequence culminated in what was then a $10,000 Fundamental Occasion, which drew 249 runners for a prize pool of $2,365,500.

Stars of the sport equivalent to Chris Ferguson, Chad Brown and Erick Lindgren made the ultimate desk however none would be capable of topple the ultra-aggressive Canadian upstart Henry Tran. Tran bested Lindgren heads as much as win $780,615.

In a 15-plus 12 months profession that is seen him edge as much as nearly $2 million cashes thus far, that determine stays his finest rating in addition to his solely Circuit ring.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Henry Tran Vaughan, Canada $780,615
2 Erick Lindgren Henderson, Nevada $430,521
3 Nicky Frangos White Plains, New York $236,550
4 Mimi Tran Cerritos, California $189,240
5 Aaron Bartley Cary, North Carolina $141,930
6 Stan Goldstein Los Angeles, California $118,275
7 Chad Brown Margate, Florida $94,620
8 Chris Ferguson Pacific Palisades, California $70,965
9 John Esposito Las Vegas, Nevada $47,310

February 2006: Korotki Wins First of Two

A slight ding within the buy-in $9,700 and a much bigger dip within the entries to 124 meant the prize pool for the second go-round was about half the scale at $1,202,800 in 2006.

Commensurate with the lower in prize cash, a much less star-studded ultimate desk emerged, although there was nonetheless a good-looking sum of $433,008 up high. That quantity went to Abraham Korotki of New Jersey after getting by Denmark’s Brian Jensen heads up.

Equally to Tran, the win jump-started a poker profession that has seen Korotki pile up $1.9 million in cashes. In contrast to Tran, nonetheless, he did handle to snag a second ring, and it could be a number of years down the road at this very cease.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Abraham Korotki Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey $433,008
2 Brian Jensen Aars, Denmark $240,560
3 Steven Jacobs New York, New York $132,308
4 Jody Gararienta N/A $96,224
5 Herbert Cheng Elmhurst, New York $84,196
6 Edward Corrado Naples, Florida $72,168
7 Ernest Shepherd Lizella, Georgia $60,140
8 Harry White Hughesville, Pennsylvania $48,112
9 Jianhua Zhou N/A $36,084

December 2006: Racener’s Rise Begins

The next season of Circuit motion would see the Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis cease shifted to December, so it befell in the identical calendar 12 months because the prior cease. A minimize within the buy-in to $4,900 would see a much bigger discipline of 237 end up however roughly the identical prize pool of $1,161,300 collected.

The winner of the occasion could be Rick Rossetti for $368,096. Nonetheless, Rossetti would by no means recapture that form of glory once more, although he has maintained a constant report of cashes and popped up for a number of scores within the 2020 on-line bracelet sequence.

As a substitute, a special star emerged from the ultimate desk: third-place finisher John Racener. Racener earned $103,527 for his first recorded stay money and would go on to WSOP glory with a bracelet and greater than $8.5 million in cashes headlined by his runner-up end on the 2010 Fundamental Occasion.

As you may see beneath, he had some Circuit success as nicely.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Rick Rossetti Linwood, New Jersey $368,096
2 Alex Gomez N/A $202,453
3 John Racener Tampa, Florida $103,527
4 Feming Chan West Windsor, New Jersey $80,521
5 Ken Goldin Clearwater, Florida $69,018
6 Michael Bernstein Chicago, Illinois $57,515
7 Ray Ho Lin N/A $46,012
8 Drew Gliem Trenton, New Jersey $34,509
9 Tam Ly Lansdale, Pennsylvania $23,006

December 2007: Racener Runs it Again

An identical discipline of 244 got here out for the $5,000 Fundamental Occasion the next December to create a prize pool of $1,195,600. For the primary time, the occasion obtained stay protection on PokerNews, archived proper right here.

As soon as once more, Racener would discover himself making a run to the ultimate desk. This time, Racener shared the desk with fellow future WSOP Fundamental Occasion ultimate tablist Eric Buchman. The 2 entered the ultimate desk with massive stacks and as it could occur, they’d wind up heads up.

This time, Racener completed the job he’d began the 12 months earlier than. He received $379,392 and his first and thus far solely Circuit ring, although in fact larger and higher issues have been forward in his profession.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 John Racener Tampa, Florida $379,392
2 Eric Buchman Hewlett, New York $208,666
3 Feming Chan West Windsor, New Jersey $106,704
4 Joseph Brooks Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey $82,992
5 Thomas Patrick Payment N/A $71,136
6 Dave Fox Coram, New York $59,280
7 Adrian Velez N/A $47,424
8 James Nelson N/A $35,568
9 Sam Skolnik Las Vegas, Nevada $23,712

December 2008: Roberts Grabs His Solely Circuit Ring

Brent Roberts
Roberts received his solely Circuit ring.

The turnout dipped to 179 for the next 12 months’s $5K Fundamental Occasion, so the prize pool ducked beneath seven figures for the primary time, hitting $867,100.

A handful of future WSOP stars made the ultimate desk. Each Allen Bari and Kyle Bowker, who would go on to win seven figures in bracelet occasions over the course of their careers, fell a bit shy of the title with fifth- and third-place finishes, respectively.

As a substitute, it could be one other recognizable reg, Brent Roberts, who snagged a hoop and $280,040. Roberts would ultimately surpass $500K in WSOP cashes and pile up greater than $370K on the Circuit, however he has but to seek out himself again within the winner’s circle at the same time as his complete match winnings surpassed $2.4 million.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Brent Roberts Las Vegas, Nevada $280,040
2 Phillip Reed N/A $147,707
3 Kyle Bowker Walton, New York $86,710
4 Robert McLaughlin Washington, D.C. $69,368
5 Allen Bari West Orange, New Jersey $52,026
6 Timothy Kelly Thorold, Canada $43,355
7 Dwyte Pilgrim Brooklyn, New York $34,684
8 Scott Zakheim Davie, Florida $26,013
9 Alex Camejo N/A $17,341

December 2009: Klod’s Solely Ring, One other Shut Name for Bowker

Chris Klodnicki
Klodnicki had a troublesome ultimate few opponents (c/o WSOP).

The match legend identified to many as “SLOPPYKLOD,” Chris Klodnicki has piled up hundreds of thousands in winnings each stay and on-line however solely has one Circuit ring, and that got here on the $5,000 Fundamental Occasion in Atlantic Metropolis in 2009.

In a barely bumped up discipline of 195 — prize pool of $926,835 — Klodnicki had a whale of a ultimate 4 to cope with. Future WPT Participant of the Yr Mukul Pahuja would take fourth, on-line legend Grayson “gray31” Ramage obtained third, and none apart from earlier 12 months’s third-place finisher Kyle Bowker made it heads up. Sadly for Bowker, he was solely in a position to do one higher as Klodnicki held a giant chip lead heads up and didn’t let it slip it away.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Chris Klodnicki Philadelphia, Pennsylvania $215,915
2 Kyle Bowker Walton, New York $128,357
3 Grayson Ramage Austin, Texas $100,852
4 Mukul Pahuja Coconut Creek, Florida $73,347
5 Ryan Karp West Chester, Pennsylvania $67,178
6 Charles Furey Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey $55,010
7 Wayne Lewis Galloway, New Jersey $45,842
8 Farzad Rouhani Brigantine, New Jersey $36,673
9 Eugene Fouksman Manalappan, New Jersey $27,505

December 2010: Waxman Wins First Decrease-Priced Fundamental

Matt Waxman
Waxman collected Circuit gold a couple of years earlier than his bracelet.

The WSOP opted to shift across the format of the Circuit for the 2010-11 season, downsizing the Fundamental Occasions to $1,650 and including the factors race main towards the season-ending $1 million Nationwide Championship. Brief-lived Regional Championships have been additionally added, with one held at Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis.

Nonetheless, the Fundamental could be on the aforementioned $1,650 worth level for the primary time, drawing 352 entries for a prize pool of $512,160.

As soon as once more, a future WSOP bracelet winner took it down, this time Matt Waxman. The Florida professional would win $117,979 and go on to bracelet glory in 2013, a part of $1.1 million in WSOP earnings and counting.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Matt Waxman Fort Lauderdale, Florida $117,797
2 Ismael Cabrera Marietta, Georga $72,824
3 Mark Sykes Hamden, Connecticut $53,126
4 Chris Bonita Winthrop, Massachusetts $39,406
5 David Cubeta Falls Church, Virginia $29,685
6 Dennis Summers Charlottesville, Virginia $22,704
7 Tam Ly Lansdale, Pennsylvania $17,618
8 Brandon Croft Sumter, South Carolina $13,869
9 Manish Patel Burlington, New Jersey $11,073

A On line casino Championship leaderboard was saved for the primary time to award one other seat to the Nationwide Championship, and it could be second-place Fundamental Occasion finisher Ismael Cabrera taking the honors. That putting was a giant issue because the factors have been distributed otherwise again then, enabling Cabrera to carry off East Coast legend Chris Reslock by the slimmest of margins.

December 2011: Phan Makes Maiden WSOP Rating a Massive One

Tuan Phan
Phan had zero WSOP cashes on the time.

The buy-in was barely minimize to $1,600 however a a lot larger turnout of 618 boosted the prize pool significantly to $899,190 in 2011.

Future excessive curler common and multiple-time main match champion Anthony Zinno would make a deep run solely to go down in sixth place for $36,372, a mere fraction of the hundreds of thousands that awaited him down the highway.

Two Virginians, Tuan Phan and Hao Le would meet heads up, with the previous popping out on high for $188,190. It was Phan’s very first time cashing a WSOP occasion, and it could practically be his final as he managed only one extra within the intervening years.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Tuan Phan Vienna, Virginia $188,190
2 Hao Le Fairfax, Virginia $116,796
3 Marc Roy Montreal, Canada $85,405
4 Larry Riggs Maysville, North Carolina $63,375
5 Manh Nguyen Homestead, Pennsylvania $47,684
6 Anthony Zinno Boston, Massachusetts $36,372
7 Kevin Kaikko Princeton, New Jersey $28,127
8 Denis Gnidash Truthful Garden, New Jersey $22,048
9 Michael Devinsky Middletown, New Jersey $17,516

Whereas Le could not fairly seize the title, he did get the comfort prize of On line casino Champion very similar to Ismael Cabrera earlier than him, profiting from the heavier factors weight to second-place Fundamental Occasion finishes. Le had additionally gotten third within the opening $365 occasion and it was sufficient to attain him 80 factors to high the 72.5 of Jeffrey Gurfinkel.

December 2012: Teasdale Wins Fundamental, Fish Named On line casino Champ

Adam Teasdale
Teasdale earned by far his greatest WSOP rating.

A near-identical discipline of 616 turned out for the once more barely altered worth level of $1,675 within the December 2012 Fundamental Occasion, making for a prize pool of $924,000.

The star energy of earlier years wasn’t current, because it was as an alternative little-known Adam Teasdale from North Carolina who emerged for the $194,040 first-place prize, topping Minnesota professional Wade Woelfel within the course of. It stays Teasdale’s solely ring and dwarfs the remainder of his profession cashes mixed by a couple of 2-to-1 ratio.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Adam Teasdale Wilmington, North Carolina $194,040
2 Wade Woelfel Mankato, Minnesota $120,018
3 Pedro Rios Houston, Texas $87,762
4 Sung Kim New York, New York $65,124
5 Terry Grimes Yonkers, New York $49,000
6 Aaron Overton Philadelphia, Pennsylvania $37,376
7 Barry Leventhal Brooklyn, New York $28,903
8 Ed Modlin Jamesville, North Carolina $22,656
9 Trevor Deeter Langhorne, Pennsylvania $18,000

A 14th-place end within the Fundamental Occasion alongside along with his first Circuit ring (and a $50K rating) within the multi-flight occasion gave Nebraska native Brandon Fish sufficient factors to snag On line casino Champion honors. He completed comfortably away from Fundamental Occasion third-place finisher Pedro Rios.

December 2013: Lapinta Tops Smaller Area

The sector dipped a bit to 578 in 2013, making for a prize pool of $867,000.

A Circuit standout and a future bracelet winner would each make the ultimate desk however neither could be the final standing as each James Dorrance and Jeremy Wien, respectively, would go down pretty early in eighth and sixth. Joseph Lapinta would acquire the entire chips and win $182,070, certainly one of solely two Circuit cashes on his ledger to this present day.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Joseph Lapinta Toms River $182,070
2 Joseph Wertz Montoursville, Pennsylvania $112,615
3 John Jones Spotsylvania, Virginia $82,384
4 Keith Donovan New Milford, New Jersey $61,106
5 Fabrizio Sarra N/A $45,977
6 Jeremy Wien Mount Kisco, New York $35,070
7 Melad Marji Oneida Fortress, New York $27,120
8 James Dorrance Hershey, Pennsylvania $21,259
9 Kevin Kernan Warwick, Rhode Island $16,889

Richard Block has simply 5 Circuit cashes to his credit score, however the two highest finishes got here in well timed vogue in shut proximity to at least one one other on the 2013 Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis cease. He received the $580 occasion for $28,373 after which adopted up a couple of days later with third place in a $365 for $7,895. These two finishes have been sufficient for the title of On line casino Champion.

December 2014: Pahuja Finishes the Job

Mukul Pahuja
Pahuja completed the job from the sooner fourth-place run.

Again in 2009, Mukul Pahuja had come near a Fundamental Occasion win at Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis solely to see Chris Klodnicki take the honors at a extremely powerful ultimate desk. One other meat grinder of a finale emerged in 2014 — numbers dipped to 460 entries for $690,000 within the prize pool — however this time Pahuja completed the job.

Within the midst of a profession breakout that will see him WPT Participant of the Yr, Pahuja topped a ultimate desk that featured East Coast standouts Joseph Liberta, Mike Dentale Jesse Cohen,and Jake Toole, whom Pahuja bested heads up. Adam Teasdale additionally made a repeat final-table run following up his win two years earlier.

Pahuja earned the second of three rings and $148,345.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Mukul Pahuja Coconut Creek, Florida $148,345
2 Jake Toole Hoboken, New Jersey $91,722
3 Gajan Jeganathan Monmouth Junction, New Jersey $67,006
4 Mike Dentale Brooklyn, New York $49,673
5 James Petolicchio Sewell, New Jersey $37,357
6 Adam Teasdale Wilmington, North Carolina $28,497
7 Jesse Cohen Ardmore, Pennsylvania $22,046
8 Joseph Liberta Berlin, New Jersey $17,298
9 David Matthews Columbus, Ohio $13,766

After ending third within the Fundamental Occasion the earlier 12 months, John Jones adopted up with On line casino Champion honors in 2014. He had three ultimate desk runs, ending first within the $580 for $17,100, ninth in a $365 for $1,148 and third in a $365 six-max for $8,345.

March 2016: A New Slot

Robert Kuhn
Kuhn bested a ultimate desk with some powerful execs.

For the 2015-16 season, the Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis cease was moved to the mid-March slot as The Bike in L.A. took over early December. The transfer did nothing to stem the sliding participation as simply 370 entries have been recorded for a prize pool of $555,000, the property’s lowest since 2010.

Once more, there have been a slew of sturdy gamers on the ultimate desk. Joseph Liberta made it back-to-back years within the ultimate 9 however may solely enhance his standing one spot to sixth. Jared Jaffee, Joe Cappello, and Ari Engel additionally made deep runs however could not discover their option to gold.

Future WSOP.com bracelet winner Robert Kuhn could be the final man standing to win $122,098 and thus far his solely Circuit ring.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Robert Kuhn Las Vegas, Nevada $122,098
2 Nenad Cvetkovic Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey $75,452
3 Dorian Rios N/A $55,134
4 Ari Engel Las Vegas, Nevada $40,937
5 David Cossio Las Vegas, Nevada $30,869
6 Joseph Liberta Berlin, New Jersey $23,626
7 Joseph Cappello New Rochelle, New York $18,348
8 Jared Jaffee Brooklyn, New York $14,452
9 Oliver Entine New York, New York $11,544

Whereas Engel could not fairly end the Fundamental with a hoop, he did earn sufficient factors with that fourth-place end mixed along with his eighth ring win — he now has 10 — within the $580 to seize a ticket to the newly minted World On line casino Championship. Leaderboard grinders all over the place have been undoubtedly relieved because the prolific Engel was at all times identified for gathering greater than his share of factors and cashes, that means a possible at-large bid was opened up.

March 2017: Korotki Completes a Brace

Abraham Korotki
Korotki received the occasion twice, greater than a decade aside.

The WSOP caught with the March slot for the 2016-17 season however attendance fell even additional to 341, for a record-low prize pool of $511,500.

Although it paled compared to his earlier win value $433K approach again in 2006, Abraham Korotki was undoubtedly nonetheless thrilled to collect in $117,645 and a second Circuit ring greater than a decade after his first.

He beat Alex Rocha heads up. Different notable finishers included earlier 12 months’s runner-up Nenad Cvetkovic in fifth for $29,647 and match star Shannon Shorr in eighth for $13,851.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Abraham Korotki Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey $117,645
2 Alex Rocha Flagler Seashore, Florida $72,730
3 Edward Duncan Oneida, Tennessee $53,085
4 Henry Edmondson Oceanport, New Jersey $39,355
5 Nenad Cvetkovic Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey $29,647
6 Brian Paneth Brooklyn, New York $22,675
7 Jeremy Stein Washington, D.C. $17,596
8 Shannon Shorr Las Vegas, Nevada $13,851
9 Julie Cornelius Rockville, Maryland $11,059

It could be New Jersey sensation Dan Buzgon, one of the prolific gamers in Circuit historical past with 126 cashes and counting, who claimed On line casino Champion honors. He simply dusted the remainder of the competitors with three cashes and extra importantly two wins, delivery two $365 turbos for a mixed $24,455, touchdown 17.5 factors away from second place.

March 2018: Second of 5 for Porbandarwala

Soheb Porbandarwala
Porbandarwala has turn into a profitable grinder.

Numbers inched additional downward in March 2018 with 306 entries for $459,000 within the prize pool.

A pair of ring winners met heads up for $107,862 up high as it could be Peter Vitantonio dealing with off with Soheb Porbandarwala. The fast-rising Porbandarwala, who had grabbed a six-figure win within the massive Foxwoods reentry the season earlier than, added a Fundamental Occasion win to his checklist by besting three-time ring winner Vitantonio.

Porbandarwala has continued to have success within the ensuing years, including three extra rings, together with two on-line the place he has been one of the profitable gamers within the regulated U.S. markets.

Additionally of be aware was a fourth-place end by WSOP mixed-game grinder Matt Glantz.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Soheb Porbandarwala Stamford, Connecticut $107,862
2 Peter Vitantonio Wickliffe, Ohio $66,693
3 Jason Maeroff Atlanta, Georgia $48,438
4 Matt Glantz Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania $35,779
5 Scott Sisler Novi, Michigan $26,861
6 Billy Cashwell Stedman, North Carolina $20,485
7 Jeffrey Miller Jupiter, Florida $15,868
8 Kevin Grabel Southampton, Pennsylvania $12,476
9 Daniel Monosson Plainview, New York $9,956

Min Wang had a spectacular efficiency on the cease with three cashes — two firsts and a runner-up. The ring wins got here in $580 Double Stack and a $365 common occasion whereas the runner-up got here in a single-day occasion. Wang completed with a staggering 137.5 factors, that means even Vitantonio’s wonderful outcomes that included a hoop win with the runner-up end did not get him shut.

March 2019: No. 4 for Eriquezzo

Ryan Eriquezzo
Eriquezzo has had a ton of success within the Northeast.

One of the profitable gamers in Circuit historical past has undoubtedly been Ryan Eriquezzo. With greater than $700K in earnings, 4 rings, and not one however two wins within the season-ending bracelet occasion, Eriquezzo has made his mark on the Circuit like few others.

His native Northeast has been a very profitable stomping floor, and Eriquezzo entered the 2019 Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis cease having already received a earlier Circuit Fundamental at sister property Caesars Atlantic Metropolis. He added one other ring, his fourth, topping a discipline of 357 on the new $1,700 worth level, which had produced a prize pool of $540,855.

Place Participant Hometown Prize
1 Ryan Eriquezzo Danbury, Connecticut $124,397
2 Denis Gnidash Truthful Garden, New Jersey $76,904
3 Kurt Lichtman New York, New York $56,103
4 Richard Hanheide Clintondale, New York $41,613
5 Ryan McKnight Harrisburg, Pennsylvania $31,348
6 John Forlenza Matawan, New Jersey $23,976
7 Ross Gottlieb Columbus, Ohio $18,605
8 Renata Colache Clayton, New Jersey $14,646
9 Daniel Park Bayside, New York $11,693

Michael Marder placed on fairly the blitz on the cease as he cashed six out of a attainable 13 occasions. They weren’t the entire min-cash selection both as he discovered himself at 4 ultimate tables. There, he’d financial institution two fourths and a ninth earlier than snagging his first ring and $10,394 within the $400 post-lim. He piled up 132.5 factors, often a simple option to win On line casino Champion, however it was barely sufficient to edge Porbandarwala who had six cashes of his personal.

At a Look: Historical past of WSOPC Harrah’s Atlantic Metropolis

Version Fundamental Occasion Champ Prize On line casino Champion
January 2005 Henry Tran $780,615 N/A
February 2006 Abraham Korotki $433,008 N/A
December 2006 Rick Rossetti $368,096 N/A
December 2007 John Racener $379,392 N/A
December 2008 Brent Roberts $280,040 N/A
December 2009 Chris Klodnicki $215,915 N/A
December 2010 Matt Waxman $117,797 Ismael Cabrera
December 2011 Tuan Phan $188,190 Hao Le
December 2012 Adam Teasdale $194,040 Brandon Fish
December 2013 Joseph Lapinta $182,070 Richard Block
December 2014 Mukul Pahuja $148,345 John Jones
March 2016 Robert Kuhn $122,098 Ari Engel
March 2017 Abraham Korotki $117,645 Dan Buzgon
March 2018 Soheb Porbandarwala $107,862 Ming Wang
March 2019 Ryan Eriquezzo $124,397 Michael Marder

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