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Jeff Trudeau leads the final 219 players in the Main Event going into Day 2 Sunday at Noon

August 12th, 2018 (Cherokee, NC) - Day 1B of the Main Event wrapped up on Saturday night, closing the entries at 1,056 in total (647 on Day 1B) for a prize pool worth $1,599,840. This event will pay out 108 spots with 219 players coming back for Day 2 on Sunday at Noon. 

Chips were flying all day, but it was Austria's Eyal Bensimhon who made waves throughout the day, bagging the second-biggest stack with 393,000. He made some big moves early on in the tournament and never really looked back. Most notably, Bensimhon opened the pot preflop, flopped a set and got the entire stack of someone with a flush draw. Leading at the end of Day 1B is Louis Garza with 476,000, followed by Bensimhon (393,000). Max McCurdy (375,000), and Matt Erst (373,500).


Going into Day 2 of the Main Event are 219 hopefuls, with Jeff Trudeau leading the way with 510,000 chips. Behind him is Day 1B chip leader Louis Garza (476,000), Eyal Bensimhon (393,000), Max McCurdy (375,000) and Matt Ernst (372,500). Some of the notables also still in are JJ Liu, Robert Hankins, Daniel Lowery, Ryan Phan, Dylan Wilkerson, Chris Conrad, Bryan Devonshire, Scott Stewart, and Maurice Hawkins. 

Day 2 will fire up at Noon to play 10 levels at 60-minutes each. Play will then conclude and players will come back on Monday at Noon to play down to a winner. 

Sunday is the start of the Seniors Event #2 at 9:00AM for $250 and a $75,000 guarantee. Later on at 2:00PM is the two-day Event #13 for $400 with a double stack. Details of both events can be found below.

Schedule of Events: Sunday, August 11th


Event #11 Main Event: Day 2 $1,700 No-Limit Hold'em - $1,000,000 GTD

  • Cards in the air at Noon
  • 219 players come back
  • 60-minute levels
  • Jeff Trudeau leads with 510,000
  • Play concludes after 10 levels
  • Day 2 is on Sunday at 12PM
  • Structure

$250 Seniors' Event - $75,000 GTD

  • Cards in the air at 9:00AM
  • 50+ years or older
  • 10,000 starting stack
  • 30-minute levels
  • Unlimited re-entries
  • Registration closes at ~6:45PM at the start of Level 13
  • Play concludes once a winner is crowned
  • Structure

Event #13: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack - $50,000 GTD

  • Cards in the air at 2PM
  • 30,000 starting stack
  • 30-minute levels
  • Unlimited re-entries
  • Registration closes at the start of Level 13 at ~8:50PM
  • Play concludes at the end of Level 22
  • Day 2 is on Monday at 1PM
  • Structure

The full schedule of events for the WSOP Circuit at Harrah's Cherokee can be found here.


Casino Champion

The player with the most points accumulated throughout this Circuit stop will win a free seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship next year. In addition to this, the winner of the Main Event will also win a seat into the GCC. Points will be updated once a winner is crowned at the end of each event.

The current leader is Aaron Lasater with 80 points for three cashes, including one win. Curtis Terry is in second place with 65 points, and several players are behind him with 50.

Event Results

Event #1: $400 NLH Double Stack - Dominique Dunn tops 596 entries to win $41,300
Results | Report | Winner's Photo

Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Stack - Mike Cox tops 2,661 entries to win $115,516
Results | Report | Winner's Photo

Event #3: $400 NLH Turbo - Lakisha Slaughter tops 584 entries to win $40,471
Results | Report | Winner's Photo 

Event #4: $600 NLH - Curtis Terry tops 414 entries to win $46,905
Results | Report | Winner's Photo

Event #5: $400 NLH 6-Max - Whit Brannon tops 511 entries to win $37,105
Results | Report | Winner's Photo

Event #6: $400 PLO - William Kopp tops 346 entries to win $26,261
Results | Report | Winner's Photo

Event #7: $400 NLH 8-Max - Shadrach Tercy tops 499 entries to win $37,051
Results | Report | Winner's Photo

Meet the Winners

Event #1 - Dominique Dunn
Havelock, North Carolina’s own Dominique Dunn is on cloud nine after winning his first ever tournament and booking his second career cash. “This is liberating. This is a great, great feeling for anyone that is a recreational player. To be able to achieve something of his magnitude is a great feeling” gushed the newly crowned champion.

Dunn started playing poker two years ago and says he is self-taught. He has been practicing with friends and said, “I came out here to bet on myself and it worked.” “I don’t have a big ol’ bankroll. I’m 25 years old – a broke college kid. I work at Walmart” continued Dunn. He is currently studying psychology and is a family-oriented guy. “This is beyond measure for me. I’m going to take a moment and collect myself just enjoy the night with my friends. I can assure you that this won’t be my last run.”

Event #2 - Mike Cox
Mike Cox was victorious in Event 2: $400 No-Limit Hold’em after coming in to the final table with the chip lead, and then booking the win from there in less than two hours. “I was 11th in chips starting today. It was kinda smooth – I hit a few bumps but you can’t win all the hands.”

The card dealer from Sumter, South Carolina has been playing poker for 20 years and this is his biggest cash, with his last one being a little over $20,000. This is also Cox’s first ever tournament win, which was clearly a big deal to him being that he plays poker and deals it for a living.

Event #3 - Lakisha Slaughter
Early in the tournament, Lakisha Slaughter was down to 125 in chips at 50/100 and was basically forced all in from the big blind. Miraculously, she was able to spin this up into a massive win on one entry to book her biggest career cash and first tournament win.

“It’s amazing. I mean, it feels good. I felt like I was due. I try to not miss one (a tournament) because I feel like it might be my turn” laughed Slaughter. One of her final table mates bluffed her earlier and showed. “If you bluff me don’t show me, because I’m never folding to you. But I didn’t tell him my secret because I didn’t want him to use it against me.” It worked out because he ran a bluff on the final table and she caught him, propelling her to the win.

Event #4 - Curtis Terry
Curtis Terry was overcome with emotion after winning Event 4 for his biggest career cash worth $46,905 and his second World Series of Poker Circuit ring.

“It feels awesome. I had to dig deep.” Terry certainly did that, coming back from being second-last in chips at the start of the final table. “I just really started focusing because I really wanted it. I’ve won before, but I just really wanted this one.”

Terry is a car salesman and plays poker as a hobby, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to book a win. “I’m just glad and thankful to God that I finally pulled this one off.”

Event #5 - Whit Brannon
Whit Brannon is the latest Circuit ring winner at Harrah’s Cherokee and it clearly means a lot to him. “It feels awesome. I came fourth in this event two years ago. It was really exciting to get the monkey off the back.” Brannon pocketed $37,105 for the win, his biggest career cash and first ever live tournament victory.

Brannon travels for these events every couple of years, chasing the dream of winning a tournament. “It’s a huge day. You’ve just gotta try as hard as you can and it’ll pay off.”

Event #6 - William Kopp
William Kopp is no stranger to mixed games, booking a win in Event #6: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha for $26,261 and his second Circuit ring. “It feels good. Especially after a lot of close calls this year.” Kopp is referring to his 11th place finish at the 49th World Series of Poker this past summer, pocketing $52,626 in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. When asked if he’s a mixed game player, specifically in the four-card realm, he said, “I wouldn’t say it’s my game, but I feel comfortable. I’d say I’m a hybrid – I can play anything.” 

Kopp took up the game of poker early on. “When I was a kid I’d play at the kitchen table with the family. When I turned 18 I started traveling and playing wherever I could play at that age.” The two-time Circuit winner travels wherever he can drive to, and plans to see if he can rack up some more points this week. 




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