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QUALIFYING PLAYERS, FINAL TABLE: Seated left to right, from front: Edgar Sandoval (back to camera), Daniel Rodriguez, , Maverick Marquee, Rob Vinson, Iwona Filuciak, Tournament Director S. Michael Bishop (standing), Neville White, Merri Furlong, Milton Kwan, Diana Migala





1st: Merri Furlong

1st: Chris Turner

2nd: Diana Migala

2nd: Marcia Keat

3rd: Maverick Marquee

3rd: Bret Sarason

4th: Neville White

4th: Willy Johnson

5th: Daniel Rodriguez


6th: Iwona Filuciak


7th: Edgar Sandoval


8th: Milton Kwan


9th: Chris Lackore


10th: Larry Shaw


11th: Rob Vinson



This was a tremendous Final Table Championship! The chip leadership changed hands many times. Congratulations to all players!

STARTING STACK: Each player starts with 10000 units. Units are free and have no exchange for cash, prizes, or other things of value. Each player also has one "re-entry" option for another stack of 10000 units, but only after they have gone "all-in" and busted out.

340pm 50/100 Holdem Play begins with 50-100 blinds
345pm 50/100 Holdem In early play, Neville White makes an all-in bet and is called by Jared Gunn and Milton Kwan. White's pocket aces turn to aces full and White takes down a huge pot. Picture is below, with aces in foreground.

410pm 50/100 Holdem Ritta Jilwaya is all-in against Maverick Marquee who shows pocket Kings. Marquee holds up and Jilwaya must re-enter. Picture is below.

440pm 200/400 Omaha Edgar Sandoval makes an ace flush on the turn to beat Larry Shaw's 3 Queens. Sandoval is at bottom right with winning hand.

455pm 350/700 5-Stud Larry Shaw's pair of deuces triple up on 5th street to bust Rob Vinson and take down a huge pot. Winning hand is at top right in picture below.

530pm 600/1200   Larry Shaw busts out.
535pm 1000/2000   Blinds hit 1,000 / 2,000
630pm 5000/10000   Milton Kwan and Edgar Sandoval bust out
700pm 7000/14000 Omaha Diana Migala makes a King-high heart flush to beat Neville White's 3 Queens.

705pm 7000/14000 Omaha Diana Migala's Ace-Queen holds up for two pair to beat Neville Whites' pair of Aces, queen kicker. White busts out in 4th place. Picture is below.

707pm 7000/14000   The final table is down to three players. From left: Diana Migala, Rob Vinson (dealer), Maverick Marquee, and Merri Furlong.

715pm 10000/20000 Holdem After nearly 4 hours of play, the final hand comes when Merri Furlong's pair of 6's hold up to beat Diana Migala's Ace High. Picture is below.

  CONSOLATION   On the consolation table (not pictured), Chris Turner outlasted all players to finish 1st and claim a guaranteed seat to the 2006 Grand Championship. Marcia Keat was runner-up.


Congratulations to all players who made the Summer 2006 Tournament of Champions a memorable event!