Hallenbeck wins $37,713 at WSOP event
Theodore Hallenbeck of Anacortes, Wash., beat out a field of 108 players to win a $1,000 buy-in, No-Limit Hold’Em tournament at the World Series of Poker Lake Tahoe Circuit Event on Wednesday at Harveys Resort and Casino in Stateline.
Hallenbeck earned $37,713 for his first-place finish and was followed by Palo Alto’s Gerald Reed, who finished second and won $20,9452, and Shannon Shorr of Birmingham, Ala., who finished third and pocketed $11,524.
Reno’s Tony Chang finished fourth ($8,381), Genoa’s Tony Prestigiacomo took sixth ($6,286) and Carson City’s Mark Winter placed ninth ($3,143).
The ESPN-televised, $10,000 buy-in main event begins Friday at Harveys and concludes with the final table on Monday. The main event field will include some of poker’s biggest names, including Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, the 2000 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions main event winner; David Williams; Eric Siedel; John Juanda; and Daniel Negreneau.
The main event’s first-place payout is expected to be about $500,000. Tournament play will be taped on ESPN and air later this year.