Two days after Penn State University suffered its most lopsided gridiron defeat in 114 years, a Nittany Lion from another arena of competition made his alma mater proud with a record-setting performance at Horseshoe Casino Hammond.
James Dorrance, a 27-year-old Penn State grad, topped the biggest Main Event field in World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit history at The Shoe on Oct. 28. The victory was worth $418,526 to the Hersey, PA native who traveled to Indiana because of the $2 million guarantee the tournament boasted.
He and the 1,716 other players who competed in the Main Event got a lot more than they had bargained for. The tournament ended up with a prize pool of $2,575,500 which was shared by 189 players.
In addition to the cash, WSOP Circuit ring, and bragging rights to being the winner of the largest Circuit Main event ever, Dorrance earned a seat in the WSOP National Championship which will be held in Atlantic City next spring.
Aside from the fact Horseshoe’s tournament attracted top professional poker players from around the world, including bracelet winner and renowned poker star T.J. Cloutier, there was a sentimental favorite with local ties who received the most applause.
Diane Dines, who hails from Crown Point, is a regular in the small stakes no-limit hold’em games at Horseshoe. Incredibly, and much to the delight of her rooting gallery, Diane made it to the final table and finished third overall.
She won her seat in the tournament during a special promotion that was held in the Horseshoe poker room earlier this year.
Little did she realize at the time that she would parlay that bit of good fortune into a $193,832 pay day, not bad for someone who was playing $1/$2 no-limit hold’em at the time she won the seat!
When Dines was eliminated, she walked away from the final table to a standing ovation. Incredibly, it was only the second tournament in which she had ever competed.
Diane sat down at the Final Table with a chip total of 1,210,000, the lowest among the nine players. Play started shortly before 3:00 p.m. and concluded about 10:30 p.m.
Other Midwest-based players who cashed in at the Final Table were Steve Maniaci from Harper Woods, Michigan (4th Place - $146,855), Steven Hansley from Mishawaka, Indiana (7th Place - $68,173), Millard Hale from Kalamazoo, Michigan (8th Place - $53,905), and Michael Oshana from Hanover Park, Illinois (9th Place - $43,088).
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HORSESHOE: Le Cheng, Horseshoe’s elegant Asian gaming area, offers an outstanding selection of games, including Pai Gow Tiles, Big Baccarat, Mini Baccarat Dragon Bonus, and a private room with EZ Baccrat. The décor was inspired by the Chinese Silk Road, the legendary passage between the Mediterranean Sea and China that dates back to the first century BC. The adjacent Foo Noodle Bar serves traditional favorites daily.
MAJESTIC STAR: The Triple Treasure Quest aboard Majestic Star I will be held Nov. 19 and Nov. 26 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the promotional area. Two winners will be randomly selected every half hour to select from three treasure chests to reveal their Promo Cash prize. If three turkeys are drawn the winner will receive $5,000 in Promo Cash. Players may earn entries each promotional day from 6:00 a.m. until 8:55 p.m.