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Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic Has Another Champion

On April 17, 2007, the Bellagio Five Star World Poker Classic continues with the conclusion of the $3,120 no-limit hold'em poker event and the start of the $5,180 no-limit poker tournament. The poker series will reach its conclusion with a 1 week World Poker Tour Championship with a $25,000 buy-in cost that starts on Saturday, April 21, 2007.

Also that day, the $2,620 no-limit poker event was won by Jesse Martin. After besting about 330 players, Martin took home a total of $289,740 in his biggest win to date, although he did win $23,825 and $33,197 back in 2005.

Scott Clements, whose total tournament winnings reach nearly $1 million, placed 2nd in the event, winning $163,205. Before this event, Clements won a total of $151,873 after finishing in 8th place at the WPT in the Caribbean last January.

Mr. Paul Spitalnic finished in 3rd place, winning $81,605, which is his biggest payout to date. Next is Paul Alterman came in 4th place, taking home a total of $26,625.

Noah Boeken finished in 5th place, taking home a total of $34,975 for his efforts. The $3,120 no-limit poker hold'em event will feature the 15 remaining players, like Erick Lindgren, James Worth, Anna Wroblewski, Mads Anderson and Peter Feldman.

Table one features Jared Hamby, who is known in the circle of the game of poker as "The Waco Kidd". Over 5 days, the 25 year old has won 2 of the first 7 poker events, taking home $522,735 in total winnings. The first tournament that Hamby participated in was Event#3, with a $2,500 buy-in cost at the no limit poker hold'em tournament that attracted 251 players and had a cash prize of $223,780 for the 1st place winner.

He fought it out with Jeff Shulman, Editor of Card Player Magazine, for the championship. Hamby's 2nd event was Event#7, a no limit hold'em poker event with a $2,000 buy-in cost that attracted 483 participants. Hamby faced Kathy Liebert in the heads-up for the 1st prize of $298,955. The Five Star World Poker Classic continues in Las Vegas with the World Poker Tour World Championship that began on April 21, 2007 in Las Vegas.


05/03/2007, Thursday
Matthew Dorst

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