Might not be fair to our pals at Heartland Poker Tour — or even the people we don’t know running low buy-in events across multiple US states — to allow WSOP schedules to determine when the sun does not rise on the Gregorian poker calendar as if all players were Chinese Hebrews … but hey, that’s how it works in poker. As much as the nation of Pokerstarzistan might want to go to war to establish their EPT/UKIPT-APPT/ANZPT-NAPT/LAPT(?) clock as the new global standard … the World Series of Poker still sets the international norm for how poker people are supposed to plan/keep track of our lives.
With that said, there are two more events at WSOP-NOLA this week … the ladies event and a seniors event … but leading up to those, WSOP clerics have released official “semi-final” statistics for the 2009-2010 WSOP-Circuit season … which awarded more than $20 million in prize money and 150 gold rings across 11 stops held in Hammond, Indiana (Chicago), Southern Indiana, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City, Tunica, Council Bluffs, Caesars Atlantic City, San Diego (Rincon), St. Louis, Las Vegas, and New Orleans.
For those interested, that accounts for about 1/10 of overall WSOP prize money and more than 2/3 of annual WSOP hardware awarded. Seems Mark “Pegasus” from Georgetown, KY, took down the lion’s share for an unofficial title as Minor League Player of the Year.
Click below for rankings for the 2009-2010 season that came from all that:
MOST GOLD RING WINS:
2 â€“ Mark â€œPegasusâ€ Smith (Georgetown, KY)
2 â€“ John â€˜Cowboyâ€ Land (Dallas, TX)
1 â€“ (146 players)
MOST FINAL TABLE APPEARANCES:
5 â€“ Mark â€œPegasusâ€ Smith (Georgetown, KY)
5 â€“ Christopher Cardenas (Woodridge, IL)
5 â€“ Michael Ashar (Vermilion, OH)
4 â€“ Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY)
3 â€“ (13 players)
8 â€“ Mark â€œPegasusâ€ Smith (Georgetown, KY)
8 â€“ Michael Ashar (Vermilion, OH)
6 â€“ Dwyte Pilgrim (Brooklyn, NY)
5 â€“ (10 players)
It should also be noted that â€œChicago Johnnyâ€ Nowak (Fairview, TX) set a record for most cashes at one WSOP Circuit stop. He recently cashed five times alone at Harrahâ€™s New Orleans.
The top money winner of the season was Dan Livingston (Oak Forest, IL), with $291,749 in earnings. Livingston won the Main Event championship held in Chicago in October 2009. Runner up was Chris Klodnicki (Vorhees, NJ), who accumulated $281,277. Klodnicki won the Harrahâ€™s Atlantic City championship in December 2009.
Next seasonâ€™s WSOP Circuit schedule will be released sometime during the WSOP in Las Vegas. More locations and events are planned for 2010-2011 than ever before.