Jake Bazeley wins second WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event title, outlasts a massive 1,127-person field
Following four days of action at Harrah’s Cherokee North Carolina, Jake Bazeley took down the latest WSOP Circuit Main Event for a cash prize of $311,616 and a shiny gold ring. Exactly four years ago, the player from Cincinnati, Ohio topped the field of the same event at the same host casino for his debut gold ring from the series.
Commenting on his latest poker success and on doubling the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event title, Bazeley said that this time he felt more prepared for what he got himself into and more comfortable as he had been there before.
Back in 2014, Bazeley entered the Main Event through its first starting flight, maintained a marginal stack, and eventually scooped the title. This time around, the player entered through Flight B, ended the starting flight stage with the third-largest stack, and despite a somewhat poor start of Day 3, when he was occupying the bottom half of the chip counts chart, the player navigated quite easily through that final day to eventually scoop the title.
The Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event, traditionally one of the busiest on the WSOP Circuit schedule, drew 1,127 participants this time around and they created a massive prize pool of $1,707,405. There were payouts for the top 117 finishers.
Day 3 Recap
The final day of the major tournament kicked off at noon local time on Monday with 15 survivors from the previous days and Kyle Cartwright as the chip leader. Cartwright was vying for gold ring number eighth and WSOP Circuit Main Event title number four and he came really close to winning those.
Action unfolded quite quickly at the host casino. It was not long before the final table of nine was set. And it took a relatively short time before the field was reduced to just five players. Pace then slowed down significantly as none of the remaining hopefuls was ready to give up on the title or at least on a higher payout that easily.
All of the players left at the table at the time had their double-up moments, chips swung back and forth for a while, until Mai Chaitib departed in fifth place for $81,904. Ian Holt and Toby Boas left not long after, good for $107,567 and $143,012, respectively.
With that, Bazeley and Cartwright were the only two players left around the event’s final table. Bazeley headed into heads-up with a massive chip lead. Cartwright managed to double up at the start of the match and to lock up some chips to play with. Both players played for a title that would further cement their WSOP Circuit success.
However, it was Bazeley who had the last say in the end. He tabled pocket tens against Cartwright’s [Ac][Qh] on what turned out to be the final hand in play. A board of [10c][7c][2h][Jh][4d] rolled out to secure Bazeley with the title, his second one from the WSOP Circuit, a second one he won at Harrah’s Cherokee.
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