The 14th annual Wildhorse Resort & Casino Fall Poker Round-Up held Nov. 2-11 gave many players another reason to be thankful this holiday season.

A Hermiston card player was among those who cashed in among the top of one of the events during the tournament. Phillip Ferguson placed second with $5,941 during the Sunday, Nov. 5 No-Limit Shoot Out. A total of $39,500 was given out to top finishers of the 192 entries.

Other local finishers, the event and their payouts included:

•No-Limit Hold ‘em Nov. 3: Ryan Elizares (8) of Weston, $1,942; Ward Walker (29) of Pendleton, $475; Emmanuel Ayala (34) of Hermiston, $475.

•No-Limit Hold ‘em Nov. 4: Denny Edwards (6) of Hermiston, $3,938.

•No-Limit Shoot Out Nov. 5: Jimmy Schlenker (17) of Hermiston, $700; Jeff Ball (18) of Pendleton, $700; Richard Hampton (22) of Pendleton, $700.

•Turbo No-Limit Hold ‘em Nov. 7: Ryan Elizares (5) of Weston, $1,333.

•Seniors No-Limit Hold ‘em Nov. 8: Rose Colvin (23) of Condon, $400

•No-Limit Hold ‘em Nov. 10: Denny Edwards (21) of Hermiston, $850; Temo Calderon (33) of Boardman, $725

•No-Limit Hold ‘em Nov. 11: Rich Hampton (26) of Pendleton, $1,250.

•Turbo No-Limit Hold ‘em Nov. 11: Sergio Perez (9) of Hermiston, $487; Chanty Pin (10) of Hermiston, $325.

The big winner of the 2017 Fall Poker Round-Up All-Around was David Smith of Boise. In addition to bragging rights and cash, he walked away with a championship jacket and a silver bracelet. Placing second was Brian Son of Meridian, Idaho, and Troy Stinnett of Warrenton came in third.

Wildhorse Resort & Casino hosts three large poker tournaments each year, the fall event being the largest. Nearly 3,900 participants came from across the United States and Canada to vie for more than $863,000. More than $1.9 million was paid out during the three poker tournaments held in 2017. For more information, visit

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