Um, Can You Tivo the WSOP-Circuit Final Table?

by , May 21, 2008 | 12:29 am

The final table of the $5k main event at the WSOP-New Orleans goes down tomorrow at 2 pm central. Semi-live video coverage at

Click below for all the official details after the jump. I’ll be paying attention to Marc Fratter, from Clonie’s hometown of Murphy, TX. (Kinda near where my folks live, too.) He seems to have his game on these days, and if so seems well-seated with a medium stack:


SEAT 7: Marc Fratter
CHIP COUNT: 311,000
Marc Fratter is a 36-year-old attorney from Murphy, TX. He has a three-year-old daughter named Kate who loves to play poker with her dad. Fratter was the co-champion of the 2007 Caesars Indiana Poker Championship. He won $117,000 in that tournament. He also cashed in the 2007 Red River Roundup. This is his third time to cash in a major tournament.


Go Mark! I mean Marc!

He’s going up against Timothy “TK” Miles, who won a $1,000 WSOP-Circuit event in New Orleans this past winter and has the chip lead.


The WSOP-Circuit final table, however, is in a tough time slot tomorrow — going up against the UEFA Cup finals, being broadcast live from Moscow. (Bluff Media video honcho and former Fox Football Fone-in host Nick Geber is presumably ocnflicted.) Honestly, the soccer game will probably get most of my attention even though I’m not sure whom to root for — Chelsea vs. Manchester Utd. — since I usually just root against those two teams. (Go Liverpool/Wigan/Blackburn Rovers!)


Chelsea, of course, is are the bad-ass team from the yuppity side of London, loaded with great players, most notably Drogba from the Ivory Coast. Man-U are the working-class faves from Britain’s Second City, with bratty high-paid hotshot Wayne Rooney … who likes to gamble (badly) and used to play Texas Hold’em in a rough-and-tumble Man-U home game.

Again, click below for details on the poker event going up against what is essentially, worldwide, the Super Bowl:

The Fifth Annual Bayou Poker Challenge
Championship Event
Event #15
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $5,000 + $150
Number of Entries: 249
Total Prize Money: $1,196,650
May 19-21, 2008

The Final Table:

1. Floyd Vanderford New Orleans, LA 65,000
2. Check Kelley Staunton, VA 142,000
3. Lou Esposito Howard Beach, NY 116,000
4. Timothy “TK” Miles Tallahassee, FL 687,000
5. Jeff Tims Houston, TX 345,000
6, Ed Jatho Abita Springs, LA 406,000
7. Marc Fratter Murphy, TX 311,000
8. Gabe Costner Albertville, AL 166,000
9. Nick Ceci Peachtree City, GA 256,000
Player Profiles:

SEAT 1: Floyd Vanderford
HOMETOWN: New Orleans, LA
CHIP COUNT: 65,000
Floyd Vanderford is a 39-year-old general contractor from right here in New Orleans. This is his first-ever in-the-money finish in a major poker tournament. In fact, this is the first major tournament Vanderford has ever entered. He qualified to play in this championship event at a cost of just $50, which bought him into a satellite tournament held inside the Harrahs Poker Room last month. That won him a seat into another satellite tournament, which he won – and now here he is at the final table playing for nearly $400,000. Vanderford has a big challenge ahead today as the shortest stack. But, he would probably agree that he is already a “winner” no matter what happens.

SEAT 2: Chuck Kelley
HOMETOWN: Staunton, VA
CHIP COUNT: 142,000
Chuck Kelley is a 47-year-old real estate manager from Staunton, VA. He is an alumnus of Clemson University. With his cash in this tournament, Kelley is guaranteed to pass a personal poker milestone. He will now have over $1 million in career poker tournament winnings. Kelley’s best finish so far was second place at the Borgata Poker Classic in Atlantic City last year. Today, he hopes to achieve his first major victory.

SEAT 3: Lou “The Big Easy” Esposito
HOMETOWN: Howard Beach, NY
CHIP COUNT: 116,000
Lou Esposito is a 32-year-old professional poker player from Howard Beach, NY. If his name sounds familiar here at Harrahs, it’s because Esposito is the defending champion of this tournament, which he won last year. Esposito won the 2007 Bayou Poker Challenge championship, which earned him more than $516,000. If you wonder why Esposito is called “The Big Easy,” it’s because New Orleans has been very good to him. He not only won in 2007, he also made it to the final table of the Bayou Winter Challenge, held right here last December. This makes three straight final table appearances for Esposito here in New Orleans. He also has over $1 million in career tournament cashes. Here’s a scary fact – he only started playing poker in 2006.

SEAT 4: Thomas “TK” Miles
HOMETOWN: Tallahassee, FL
CHIP COUNT: 687,000
TK Miles is a 29-year-old professional gambler from Tallahassee, FL. He says he was “born a gambler, and will die a gambler.” Well, so far so good. Miles currently holds the chip lead at this final table. He has three major tournament victories, including winning a gold ring at the 2007 Bayou Winter Challenge. He was also named “Rounder of the Year” by a leading poker magazine last year.

SEAT 5: Jeff Tims
CHIP COUNT: 345,000
Jeff Tims is a 25-year-old poker pro from Houston, TX. He won Event #12 at this year’s Bayou Poker Challenge, good for nearly $60,000 in prize money. Prior to turning pro, Tims was a small business owner. This is his fifth major poker tournament final table appearance. When he is not playing poker, Tims enjoys golfing, watching movies, and reading.

SEAT 6: Ed Jathro
HOMETOWN: Abita Springs, LA
CHIP COUNT: 406,000
Ed Jatho is a financial consultant from Abita Springs, LA. He says he is 59 years old, and counting. He is a former U.S. Marine helicopter pilot. In fact, his father, brother, son, and nephew are all former Marines – and he has a son on active duty as a Navy Lieutenant. He wants to say hello to his wife Sharon, and five sons and two daughters. This is Jathro’s first final table appearance at a major poker tournament.

SEAT 7: Marc Fratter
CHIP COUNT: 311,000
Marc Fratter is a 36-year-old attorney from Murphy, TX. He has a three-year-old daughter named Kate who loves to play poker with her dad. Fratter was the co-champion of the 2007 Caesars Indiana Poker Championship. He won $117,000 in that tournament. He also cashed in the 2007 Red River Roundup. This is his third time to cash in a major tournament.

SEAT 8: Gabe Costner
HOMETOWN: Originally Albertville, AL and now Long Beach, MS
CHIP COUNT: 166,000
Gabe Costner is a 31-year-old professional poker player. He was a stock broker before turning pro. Costner has over $178,000 in career tournament winnings, but still is primarily known as a cash-game player. An interesting side note about Costner is that once when he was asked what he would like to see change in poker, he answered: “I would take the emphasis off tournament poker and give more credit to the cash players that play everyday and make up the group that consist of the best poker players.” Should Costner win this tournament today, we’ll be sure to ask him again what he thinks about tournament winners getting all the glory.

SEAT 9: Nick Ceci
HOMETOWN: Peachtree, GA
CHIP COUNT: 256,000
Nick Ceci is a 38-year-old demo contractor from Peachtree, GA. He has been happily married 12 years. He has three children – ages 13, 10, and 5. He says he took a few years off from playing poker because his wife was seriously ill. But things are better now and Ceci is back to playing poker. He has already made one final table at this year’s Bayou Poker Challenge. He took eighth place in the $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event.

Blinds are 4,000-8,000 with a 1,000 ante. There is 19:47 remaining in Level 14.

On Wednesday May 21st, the final table begins at 2 pm CST inside the Harrahs Theatre. Video coverage of the final table will be shown at the official WSOP website (www.worldseriesofpoker) and will be carried by Bluff Media starting at 3 pm CST.

Prize Money Payouts and In-the-Money Finishers:

1 $382,928
2 210,610
3 107,699
4 83,766
5 71,799
6 59,833
7 47,866
8 35,900
9 23,933
10 Sahen Fatolla Houston, TX 14,360
11 Jason Brice Houston, TX 14,360
12 Mike Browne Tampa, FL 14,360
13 Matthew Stout Atlantic City, NJ 11,967
14 Blakely Purvis Montgomery, AL 11,967
15 Cory Albertson NA 11,967
16 Suju Abraham NA 9,573
17 Darryll Fish Cape Coral, FL 9,573
18 Jonathan Little NA 9,573
19 Devin Jarreau Baton Rouge, LA 7,180
20 Charles White Houston, TX 7,180
21 Thurman L. Wilson Houston, TX 7,180
22 Richard Drury NA 7,180
23 Robert Quin NA 7,180
24 Johnathan Nathan Atlanta, GA 7,180
25 Michael Cohen Houston, TX 7,180
26 Gary Friedlander Bellaire, TX 7,180
27 Dana Diephouse Baton Rouge, LA 7,180

Former Bayou Poker Challenge Champions:

2007 (winter) – Andy Philachack
2007 (spring) – Lou Esposito
2006 – Peter Feldman
2005 – Walter Chambers
2004 – Boulos Estafanous

14 Comments to “Um, Can You Tivo the WSOP-Circuit Final Table?”

  1. Steve Justice

    Good Luck Marc!!!

  2. ItsOverJonny

    Yeah go Mark/Marc. The real story here is that Lou Esposito, who won this event last year, is back at the final table!

  3. DanM

    Interesting. Lou seems like kinda a bad-ass, too:

    He’s a short stack. But winning any event back-to-back is an amazing feat. Really, seems to be some good action taking shape.

  4. Kevin Mathers


    Not to be a spoiler, but you won’t be seeing Marc for long.

  5. DanM

    Oh, right, the WSOP-Circuit … Bummer to hear. Man-U Chelsea is turning out to be a great game — currently 1-1 in the 74th minute!

    Hang in there Marc, for a little longer please, as this game could go to added time, so I hope yours does too!

  6. Kevin Mathers

    Well the broadcast has started, but play hasn’t begun, and there’s no audio yet. More quality from Bluff Media.

  7. DanM

    So Marc is still the same middle stack?

    Nick Geber is probably a little distracted right now.

  8. Kevin Mathers

    Hand 1 is under way, they’re still in silent commentary mode, Geber’s solo for the moment.

  9. Kevin Mathers

    One improvement though is they’re using ESPN’s graphics (showing betting amounts, pot size, etc).

  10. Kevin Mathers

    Want to be surprised what happens, or wait til later?

  11. DanM

    Oh, right, totally forgot about the delay! How long of a delay is it on — 1 hour?

  12. Kevin Mathers

    1 hour delay, still no sound though.

  13. Steve Justice

    My Partner Marc Fratter finished in 9th place. He went out with QQ against TK’s AA’s. Third player had JJ’s. Sick way to start Tourney. Marc left with $26,000…Nice Job!!! Now were heading to Tulsa.

  14. DanM

    Bummer on Fratter. I mean congrats, still … but 9th place? Former Lodge players are probably snickering, because being “tapped” by me as a player to watch out for often seems to yield similar results.

    Sorry about that, Marc, my bad.

    Good luck in Tulsa, guys!