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Story submitted by: vitaltilt

This year the World Series of Poker (WSOP) unveiled a new circuit of tournaments. The circuit will have several major buyin tournaments, leading up to the traditional main event, the $10,000 No-Limit Holdem event in Vegas. The main event will take place in July and is estimated to have of over 5000 entries. The inaugural circuit tournament took place in Atlantic City. The second circuit tournament ended this week and took place at the Rincon Casino in San Diego.

The $10,000 buy-in No Limit Texas Hold'em final event (which will be televised on ESPN) at the Rincon turned out to have one of the longest final tables (13 hours). The final event started with 208 entrants and a prize pool of over $1.9 million. At the final table familiar names rubbed elbows with young guns. Two final table faces at the Atlantic City event made it to the Rincon final table, Chad Brown and Chris Ferguson. Brown, an up and coming player, ended the Rincon final table in 3rd place and took home $198,550.

After Brown's departure, only Prahlad Friedman and Chris Ferguson remained. Friedman, a 26-year-old poker pro, has been playing high stakes games for over 4 years and has already a won a gold bracelet in 2003. Friedman may not be a well-known name, but his online poker screenname is. Going by the handle Spirit Rock, Friedman has won enormous sums of money playing in high-stakes online no-limit holdem games, such as the $25-$50 no-limit game at Ultimate Bet.

Ferguson, the 2000 WSOP champion, needs no introduction. Going by the nickname Jesus, he is one of the most familiar poker personalities. After the dust settled (close to 3am) the young gun could not out last the seasoned warrior. Friedman took home $361,365 for second place. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson took home the Rincon circuit championship and $655,220.

For more information, check out the Official WSOP Website.

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