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Event #9 - WSOP Circuit H.O.R.S.E Results & Report

Caesars Indiana WSOP Circuit Event

Event #9 - WSOP Circuit H.O.R.S.E
Horseshoe Southern Indiana
11999 Casino Center Drive SE
Elizabeth, IN, 47117, US
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Douglas Carli AKA "Rico" H.O.R.S.E Expert Doug Carli Wins Horse Race After 16-Hour Marathon
Any handicapper would have had to rate Douglas "Rico" Carli as an odds-on favorite in the H.O.R.S.E. race which was event...
Profile: Douglas Carli AKA "Rico"
Date: April 2, 2007 Time: 12:00 PM

Buy-In: $1,000 + $60
Prizepool: $33,660
Entries: 40
Game Type: H.O.R.S.E

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Douglas Carli AKA "Rico" $16,835
2 USA Michael Lutes $10,095
3 USA Michael Schneider AKA "Car Wash" $6,730

Tournament Report

H.O.R.S.E Expert Doug Carli Wins Horse Race After 16-Hour Marathon

Any handicapper would have had to rate Douglas "Rico" Carli as an odds-on favorite in the H.O.R.S.E. race which was event nine in the WSOP Circuit tour at Caesars Indiana. Among his numerous cashes are eight prior final tables at Circuit tourneys, including three fifth-place finishes in championship events. In 2005, Card Player ranked him 23rd in the world overall and fourth in final tables. And, playing all games, he's very comfortable with H.O.R.S.E. and came in third last year in one at the Jack Binion WSOP Circuit at Grand Tunica.

Besides his superior experience, notably in stud games, he also has lots of stamina, which came in handy in an event which ran for 16 hours. So it was no surprise when he ran off with victory tonight, winning $16,835.

Carli, 51, is a professional poker player from Alliance, Ohio. He has a degree in math and learned poker at age six from his father and brothers. He is married and his hobbies are golf and bowling. He likes to project a misleading image as the tightest player in the world, and said he can carry off being middle-aged.

H.O.R.S.E. was entered into the tournament line-up as an experiment, one which may not be repeated, since it drew only 40 players. "What's H.O.R.S.E.?" "What's razz?" puzzled players were asking.

"Next time we"ll play triple-draw and Chinese poker," cracked Craig Carman, one of the tournament directors.

H.O.R.S.E consists of five games, hold'em, Omaha high-low, razz, stud, and eight-or-better, each game played consecutively in 30 minute rounds.

The final table consisted of eight players, because of the stud games in the mix, though only three players got to cash out. Since all games were limit, it took nine hours to drop from 40 to eight.

Here were the starting chip counts:

SEAT 1 Pat Cissell 35,000
SEAT 2 Michael Mitchener 47,000
SEAT 3 Douglas Carli 35,175
SEAT 4 Michael Schneider 31,000
SEAT 5 Michael Lutes 35,000
SEAT 6 Kevin Rosner 6,700
SEAT 7 Jim Weir 10,500
SEAT 8 Sam Martin 39,000

The first game was hold'em, with 300-600 limits and 24 minutes on the clock. At that point, Sam Martin, with 39,000, was the chip leader. Four other players were in the 30,000 range, while three were short-chipped with 10,000 or less.

First out, in hold'em, was Kevin Rosner. He had K-10 and lost to Martin's pocket aces.

Rosner, 35, is from Shelbyville, Indiana. He's been playing three years, and this is his first WSOP Circuit attempt. He is a college grad, likes basketball, is engaged, and describes his poker highlight as playing heads-up with his fiancé.

Next we were playing Omaha high-low, Limits of 500 and 1,000, where we lost two more players. Michael Mitchener departed in this round when the best he could show was two jacks, losing to Michael Schneider's straight.

Mitchener is from Bonner Springs, Kansas, and collected $1,693 for finishing ninth in the seventh event, $500 pot-limit Omaha.

The other player to depart was Jim Weir, the lowest-chipped starter. There was three-way action. Carli flopped kings and 7s, and then two running diamonds gave him a king-high flush. Weir tossed in his cards in annoyance (apparently from being outdrawn) without showing them, and we were down to five.

Weir, 47, from Tampa, Florida, married with two children, is a pro player with a graduate degree as a gemologist, his occupation before graduating to poker. He started playing with his family at age eight, and has been to World Series events since 1994. This year he has two final tables, at the World Poker Open and Tunica.

Next up: razz (7-card-stud low), playing with 200 antes, 300 high-card bring-in, 1,000-2,000 limits. Everybody survived.

Next: 7-card stud with 200 antes, 500 low-card bring-in, 1,500-3,000 limits, and nobody went broke. Then, 7-stud eight or better, same limits, same results: still five left.

The players returned from break to take up hold'em, playing 1,000-2,000 limits. It was now 1 a.m. Hey, guys, how about quit horsing around and maybe changing to no-limit?

Finally, with the round drawing to a close, we lost our fifth player. Sam Martin was rapidly losing chips and was finally all in from the big blind with just 10-3. Michael Schneider had the button with 10c-9c, had an open-ender on a flop of J-8-2, and closed it with a 7 on the turn.

Martin is a 35-year-old software engineer from Morgantown, West Virginia, married, with one child due in a month. He has an engineering degree, has playing poker five or six years, and his best finish was second in the Orleans Open.

The remaining players finally got in the money in the next round of Omaha. when Pat Cissell went out. He was dealt J-4-3-2 and busted out chasing a low. The flop came 9-7-6, but then a queen and a king left him empty-handed, while Carli, with Q-Q-2-K won with a set.

Cissell, from Louisville, works for UPS, graduated from the University of Louisville and began playing with family and friends about eight years ago. This was the first Circuit event for the bubble boy, who has three small tournaments wins on his resume.

When the round ended at 2 p.m., the three finalists began discussing a possible deal and whether to keep playing or go to bed. Michael Lutes wanted to keep playing, Carli wanted to leave, and that left the tie-breaking decision up to Schneider. Finally, Lutes offered a compromise of playing another round and then deciding.

The game was now razz, 500 antes, 1,000 bring-in, 3,000-6,000 limits. At that point, Carli and Schneider both had about 75,000 chips to 44,000 for Lute. "Try to knock me out," Lute offered. Not that easy. He was all in and survived three times, once in razz and, when he suggested one more round, twice more in stud high. Finally, at 3:15 a.m., the boys finally gave it up and agreed to return at 4 p.m. the next day. When they left, Carli had 106,000, Schneider 67,000, while Lutes was still hanging on with 27,000. Good night.

Play resumed the next day with a round of eight-or-better, 1,000 antes, 1,500 bring-in, 4,000-8,000 limits. But it wasn"t until the next round of hold'em, with 4,000-8,000 limits, that the last two players were eliminated. After folding on the river when Carli bet into a board of 7-5-2-5-6, Schneider was left with 2,000. It went in on his big blind the next hand. He had only 8-5 to 9-4 for Carli, and a board of J-9-3-10-10 left him in third place, worth $6,730.

Schneider, 40, is from Covington, Georgia, where he owns a car wash. His nickname, of course, is "Car Wash." A college grad, he's been playing poker for 10 years, and this is his second year playing Circuit events. He had a prior cash in Commerce Casino's Los Angeles Poker Classic, where he placed 22nd in a $1,000 no-limit event.

Heads-up, Lutes had a slight chip disadvantage: 19,000 against 181,000 for Carli. "I"ve seen sicker dogs get well," he commented. Maybe, but this dog was about to be put to sleep. He dropped out of the first hand, was all in and survived the second, and then expired on the third. He raised with Jc-5c and Carli put him all in holding Ad-9h. The board came K-7-6-A-4, and Carli crossed the finish line about 20 lengths ahead.

Lutes, 46, is from Bloomington, Indiana, is in real estate and has two children. He taught himself poker 10 years ago. His four final table finishes include two fourths in Circuit events here, in $500 pot-limit Omaha and $500 no-limit. His poker highlight was finishing 37th in a $1500 no-limit event at the World Series. His payout for finishing second was $10,095.

—Max Shapiro

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