Ten Years of the Wildhorse Spring Poker Round Up

It’s probably a little tough to remember, but there was a time when every Tom, Dick, and Harriet didn’t have their own poker tournament series.

Ten years ago, the Wildhorse Poker Round Ups were huge, and even though the Spring edition is the middle child to the Fall and baby Summer series, the Main Event in 2008 had a prize pool of $300,000 and a buyin of $1K. That’s the High Roller buyin these days.

I wasn’t a regular at Wildhorse back then (heck, I’m not a regular there now, the first time I cashed in a tournament there was last fall), so I can’t claim to know the factors in play, but there was this recession thing that started in the fall of 2008, Then there was Black Friday—where money got locked up for players on PokerStars and Full Tilt—just before the start of the 2011 Spring series.

Here’s a little chart for select events from 2008–2017, showing the winner, buyin, number of entries, and prize pool. Over the years the series schedule has changed, with many events moving from day to day between two weekends. Some events have stayed more or less untouched, others have disappeared completely (Ladies?). Soak in the info and good luck next week in Pendleton!

First Saturday

Angel Iniquez
$220 | 442 | $87K
Charlie Prom
$215 | 439 | $86K
Angela Jordison
$215 | 448 | $88K
Shaun Bishop
$215 | 453 | $91K
Brent Becker
$215 | 479 | $96K
Ben Smith
$215 | 478 | $96K
Max Young
$320 | 381 | $119K
Todd Akiyama
$315 | 415 | $131K
Dennis John
$315 | 460 | $157K
Ben Walker
$315 | 633 | $196K

Big O

Jon Williams
$220 | 132 | $26K

HORSE*

Denny Edwards
$220 | 121 | $26K
Ted Naff
$215 | 118 | $24K
Greg Wilson
$215 | 126 | $27K
Jerry Hughes
$215 | 135 | $29K
Steven Stencil
$215 | 125 | $27K
Nicholas Decktor-Korn
$215 | 138 | $34K
David Frey
$220 | 94 | $23K
Steven Stencil
$215 | 165 | $37K
Jeffrey Dobrin
$215 | 213 | $43K
Randy Thomson
$215 | 213 | $48K

Omaha Hi/Lo

Jason Adams
$220 | 202 | $41K
Steve Chanthabouasy
$215 | 187 | $39K
Orlando Gallegos
$215 | 189 | $39K
William Smith
$215 | 190 | $40K
Brent Becker
$215 | 211 | $44K
Matthew Ramshaw
$215 | 220 | $46K
Anthony Glidden
$220 | 196 | $43K
Jake Peasley
$215 | 191 | $42K
Cowan Dawson
$215 | 219 | $48K
Bob Moore
$265 | 233 | $63K

Shootout

Joseph Becker
$220 | 168 | $35K
Michael St. Pierre
$215 | 189 | $39K
Angela Jordison
$215 | 214 | $44K
Robert Quiring
$215 | 244 | $50K
Mitchell Johnson
$215 | 238 | $49K
Shawn Hall
$215 | 228 | $47K
Jim Stevens
$220 | 165 | $37K
Greg Lindberg
$215 | 185 | $41K
Steven Cauthers
$215 | 214 | $46K
Rick Skloot
$265 | 287 | $77K

Seniors ‡

Ricky Gore
$220 | 261 | $53K
Michael Koons
$215 | 267 | $54K
Mike Thorpe
$215 | 250 | $51K
Mike O’Callaghan
$215 | 244 | $47K
Jay Zeman
$215 | 236 | $49K
John O’Donnell
$215 | 229 | $47K
Glen Ludwig
$220 | 200 | $43K
Tim Maki
$210 | 168 | $34K
Jim Bronson
$215 | 160 | $33K
Bryan Anderson
$215 | 229 | $47K

Ladies †

Sun Henson
$110 | 98 | $13K
Diana Radford
$165 | 113 | $19K
Carmen Acevedo
$115 | 155 | $20K
Nancy Greive
$215 | 114 | $27K
Amy Mensing
$215 | 180 | $43K

High Roller

Ryan Dahl
$1100 | 56 | $53K
Charlie Prom
$1000 | 76 | $72K
Bruce Peterson
$1500 | 51 | $68K
Steve Chanthabouasy
$2000 | 34 | $67K

Main Event

Ryan Dahl
$540 | 342 | $172K
Monty Ford
$520 | 341 | $172K
Azariah Wojteczko
$520 | 316 | $160K
Steven Stencil
$520 | 306 | $158K
Brent Becker
$520 | 343 | $176K
Chad Wassmuth
$520 | 349 | 179K
Anthony Glidden
$520 | 272 | $142K
Chase Bianchi
$515 | 331 | $176K
Jerry Lechner
$515 | 417 | $219K
Lori Deveny
$1015 | 280 | $300K

* Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo was substituted for HORSE in 2011; Limit Hold’em replaced HORSE in 2012.
† In 2008, the Ladies event was a stop on the Ladies International Poker Series tour.
‡ The 2014 Seniors entry number was reported as 299 but that does not match with the prize pool.