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WSOPC: Harrah's Atlantic City Underway

We've not gotten a full update on who won what, but the Harrah's Atlantic City stop on the World Series of Poker Circuit is in full swing and Richard Smith has already beaten a field of over 700 other players to take the top spot in Event #1, a $300(+45) No Limit Hold 'Em tournament with a prize pool of $204,864 that paid out the top 72 players. Smith hails from Warrenton, VA and is a 22-year-old part-time poker player. He earned $41,995 in prize money for the victory, securing his biggest victory ever at the tables. 

Second place went to John Johnston, a 32-year-old trainer from Howard Beach, NY. He held up remarkably well over two days of poker but Smith's unrelenting aggressiveness finally put the poker part-timer down. He got $25,987 for his play, though, which is a nice enough consolation prize.

Harrah's Atlantic City is a big part of the WSOP Circuit. It was the first casino to host a tournament for the event back in 2005 and since then has proven to be a popular stop. indeed.  It’s one of only four Caesars properties to host a WSOP Circuit stop during all eight seasons – the other casinos being Harrah’s Rincon (San Diego), Harrah’s New Orleans, and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe.  

With his victory, Smith moves into the top spot as the early leader in this WSOP Circuit stop's "Best All-Around Player" standings.  The player who accumulates the most overall points in Atlantic City’s twelve combined gold ring tournaments receives a pre-paid entry into the $1 million 2011-2012 WSOP Circuit National Championship, to be held in Las Vegas next May.  At least two players from this tournament series are going to qualify for the WSOP Circuit National Championship, which is classified as a WSOP gold bracelet event.  The other automatic qualifier will be the winner of Harrah’s Atlantic City’s Main Event championship.

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