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Florida State Poker Championships, events 1 through 4


Here are the results of the early tournaments at the Isle's Florida State Poker Championships, provided by the casino.
There are two opening days for the main event, Friday and Saturday:

The rest of the remaining schedule: a $550 No-Limit tournament, 1 p.m. June 17; $60 satellites for Florida State Championship, 2 and 7 p.m. June 18; $800 Florida State Championship, with two starting days, at 2:30 p.m. June 19 and 20, continuing through June 22 or 23.

More info: 954-972-2000, ext. 5123 or 5124.

Event 1: $330 buy-in to the six-handed no-limit tournament:
Name Home Town $

1 Kevin McBride Boca Raton $11,000
2 Jeffrey Balsewich Boynton Bch $9,500
3 Steven Senter Plantation $8,500
4 Ezekiel Eberly Ft Meyers $3,690
5 Alex Ripps Boca Raton $2,706
6 Sal Kamal Coral Springs, FL $2,214
7 Jay Green Boca Raton $1,624
8 Mike Amato Boca Raton $1,181
9 Michael Tait Hallandale, FL $1,132
10 David Fetzner Jensen Bch, FL $1,082
11 Chaim Halpern Boynton Bch, Fl $1,033
12 Richard Gettino Weston, FL $984
13 Shane Biggar Coral Springs, FL $935
14 Daniel Gimbel Jupiter, FL $886
15 Donald Keneipp Ft. Lauderdale, FL $836
16 Walter Scovronski Hardeeville, SC $787
17 Todd Rich Loxahatchee, FL $738


Florida Ladies' Championship ($200 buy-in)

Name Home Town $

1 Susan Tolson Fort Lauderdale, FL $3,917.00
2 Lisa Woodburn Margate, FL $2,398.00
3 Christy Pham Kissimmee, FL $1,562.00
4 Georgia Felgev Lantana, FL $1,085.00
5 Sirima Hecht Deerfield Beach, FL $792.00
6 Lisa Adams Boca Raton, FL $608.00
7 Ruth Gaskins GreenAcres, FL $488.00


Event 3: $225 buy-in, which drew 253 players:
1 $13,977.00 Robert Zelinjka Delray Beach
2 $8,194.00 Francisco Regalado Miami
3 $5,302.00 Jerome Weinberg Lake Worth
4 $3,374.00 Scott Debenidetto Boca Raton
5 $2,410.00 Johnathan Gold Boca Raton
6 $2,073.00 Allen Epstein West Palm Beach
7 $1,591.00 Michael Sarabjit Miramar
8 $1,157.00 Richard Bratter Ocala
9 $1,109.00 Seth Gregg Elovitz Pompano Beach
10 $1,060.00 Max Gesenhues Fort Meyers
11 $1,012.00 Gus Decarlo Aventura
12 $964.00 Ravi Varma Palm Beach Gardens
13 $916.00 Thomas Battaglia Pompano Beach
14 $868.00 Orlando Comrie Davie
15 $819.00 Nissin Vaknin Davie
16 $771.00 Christy Pham Kissimmee
17 $723.00 Tim Morgan Pompano Beach
18 $675.00 Daniel Genachte Deerfield Beach
19 $627.00 Hosney Boutros Fort Lauderdale
20 $598.00 Arnold Erenstoft Margate, FL
21 $400.00 Doug Eddy Hollywood, FL
22 $400.00 Dan Kolchkov Pompano
23 $400.00 Marene Ledo Miami
24 $400.00 Tony Aobano Deerfield
25 $400.00 Brian Sekel Oakland, NJ
26 $400.00 Mike McBribe Lighthouse Point

Event 4: $330 tournament, with $100 bounties. The tournament drew 230 players, a record, according to director of poker operations Mike Smith:
1 Tony Petruzzi Boca Raton, FL $4,869.00
2 Toufik Beloulki Sunrise, FL $4,869.00
3 Aleem Chandrani Fort meyers $4,869.00
4 Daniel Letts Miami, FL $4,869.00
5 Ray Nalbandian Tamarac, FL $4,869.00
6 Tim Morgan Pompano, Fl $4,869.00
7 David Fetzner Jensen Beach $4,869.00
8 Alan Winters Gainsville, FL $1,068.00
9 Walt Vanzuidam Lighthouse Point, FL $1,024.00
10 Brandon Terry Kady, TX $979.00
11 Ken Campos Miami, FL $935.00
12 Michael Mack Tamarac, FL $890.00
13 Gil Nagar Hollywood, FL $846.00
14 Devin Barta Coral Springs, FL $801.00
15 Amy Devoe (who got a seat via AIFP) Oakland Park,FL $757.00
16 Jorge Aristizabal Parkland, FL $712.00
17 Roy Goodman Pompano, Fl $668.00
18 Nick Visconti Boca Raton, FL $623.00
19 Anna Calder Hallandale, FL $579.00
20 Eric Kolodny Aventura, FL $534.00
21 Robert Drexler Delray Bch, FL $500.00
22 David Weaver Ft. Laud., FL $500.00
23 Mark Yee WPB,FL $500.00

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