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2017/18 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S CHEROKEE (North Carolina)

Thursday, April 12, 2018 to Sunday, April 15, 2018

Event #2: $365 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $782,400
  • Entries: 2,608
  • Remaining: 0
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04/15/18 11:34:24 PM PDT (about 92 days and 19 hours ago)
 
Matthew Higgins Wins Event #2, No-Limit Hold'em $500K Guaranteed for $101,326
 

The third time is the proverbial charm, at least for Rossville, Georgia's Matthew Higgins. Higgins closed out a near wire-to-wire victory to win $101,326 and his first Circuit gold ring in Event #2, No-Limit Hold'em $500K Guarantee, after entering the day with a commanding lead and continuing to gain ground through most of Day 2 before closing out a fast-paced final table.

Higgins' early dominance of this event brought back thoughts of two similar Circuit main events here at Harrah's Cherokee, where he surged to an opening-day lead but faltered short of a Circuit win. That wasn't the case this time out, though he did have a momentary setback, dropping four million in chips just before the dinner break, dropping briefly into third. Once the players returned, though, Higgins regained those chips and more, never relinquishing the lead again.

Higgins closed out his final opponent, Narimaan "Nick" Ahmadi, to a loud eruption from his considerable rail, earning his largest-ever WSOP cash. All six of Higgins' career WSOP cshes have come in Circuit events in Cherokee.

Ahmadi's solid second-place showing, worth, $63,530, was likewise his best WSOP cash. The same was true for third-place finisher Raveesh Asnani, who collected $48,923 this night.

"It feels amazing," said Higgins. "I've been close a bunch of times." He noted his breakthrough win here reversed his bad luck at his last Cherokee final table, when he crashed out after getting his chips in with ace-king against ace-queen pre-flop. This time around, though, the luck found Higgins right through to the winner's celebration.

04/15/18 06:33:24 PM PDT (about 92 days and 24 hours ago)
 
Matthew Higgins Leads at Unofficial Final Table
 
Event #2 $365 No-Limit Hold'em $500K Guaranteed has reached an unofficial 10-player final table. Day 1 leader Matthew Higgins has accumulated more chips throughout the day, and he's arrived at the final table with about 8.7 million in chips. That's almost double the 4.7 million of his closest competitor, Matt Silva, with Fred Battle third at about 3.3 million.
04/15/18 08:38:18 AM PDT (about 92 days and 10 hours ago)
 
Event #2 Resumes at Noon, Matthew Higgins Leads
 
Matthew Higgins leads a field of 130 survivors into Day 2 of Event #2, $365 No-Limit Hold'em $500K Guaranteed. Higgins bagged his 870,000 chips late on Saturday, and takes a healthy lead into Sunday's noon restart in this event.
04/14/18 10:18:03 PM PDT (about 93 days and 20 hours ago)
 
Flight 2D Action Concludes, Matthew Higgins Leads the Way
 

Play has ended for the night in starting flight 2D, as the field was winnowed to its hard cutoff point of 66 players, or five percent of the field. Leading the way in this flight is Matthew Higgins, who bagged a massive 870,000 in chips, nearly twice as many as his nearest competitor in 2D play.

Higgins and the 65 other survivors from this flight will join an additional 64 survivors from flights 2A, 2B, and 2C. All 130 players will return at noon on Sunday, when the field will play down to a winner.

Complete reports by chip count, last-name alpha, and by Sunday's seat assignment are available under the "Reports" tab. Posts detailing both the 2D survivors and those who cashed but were eliminated before the chips were bagged will follow here shortly.

 

04/14/18 10:17:36 PM PDT (about 93 days and 20 hours ago)
 
Flight 2D Survivors and Chip Counts
 
Here are the 66 players who survived flight 2D of Day 1 and will return tomorrow at noon for Day 2 play. These 66 players are led by Matthew Higgins. Higgins leads both this flight and the tourney as a whole with his 870,000 in chips.

Matthew Higgins - 870,000
James Freeze - 465,000
Teodoru Balan - 455,000
Ralph McDesmond - 401,000
Michael Plaxco - 385,000
Steven Frischkorn - 361,000
Narimaan Ahmadi - 355,000
Virgil Beddingfield - 322,000
Thomas Spaid - 295,000
Luke Davis - 284,000
John Murphy Styles III - 276,000
Wesley Marr - 270,000
Billy Swaringen - 266,000
Massimo Dinienzo - 265,000
Jerry McCarter - 265,000
Chris Edwards - 263,000
Garry Simms - 262,000
Dale Jones - 255,000
Nelson Robinson - 251,000
Aarron Fields - 250,000
Glen Shane Collins - 247,000
Willie Allen Stone - 238,000
Darrell Hardin - 230,000
Joshua Nager - 222,000
Arthur Eggers - 222,000
Oliver David - 215,000
David Harmon - 214,000
Christopher Alen - 199,000
Donnee Upson - 194,000
Fred Battle - 193,000
Kenneth Gortney - 188,000
Tyler Joyner - 186,000
Brandon Craswell - 176,000
Michael Cole - 170,000
James Holland III - 169,000
Doug Carli - 161,000
DavidJ uden - 160,000
Michael Tuominen - 160,000
Dexter Burns - 159,000
Mike Bennett - 159,000
Charles F. Rich - 159,000
Tony Peacock - 157,000
Sean Thomson - 143,000
Johnny Landreth - 143,000
Dennis Johnson - 136,000
Sam Masters - 136,000
Stephanie Alderman - 131,000
T J Shulman - 122,000
Charley Burns - 117,000
Joseph Hanna - 103,000
Bernard Denny - 96,000
Daniel Bonet - 95,000
Richard Ricardo - 95,000
Carlos Loving - 92,000
Steve Baysa - 90,000
Loc Nguyen - 79,000
Shawn Kunkle - 78,000
Eric Grosberger - 72,000
James Hatley - 69,000
Charles W. Creech - 64,000
Holly Meliel - 58,000
Daniel Hoyle - 55,000
Daniel Nelms - 54,000
Grey Collier - 48,000
Josh Limehouse - 47,000
Alan Sacks - 19,000
04/14/18 09:59:12 PM PDT (about 93 days and 21 hours ago)
 
Flight 2D Cashers List
 
Here are the 69 players who cashed in Flight 2D but who were eliminated before the night's action was complete:

67th: Ryan Brady - $972.00
68th: Joseph Cond - $972.00
69th: Kelly Wolfe - $972.00
70th: Timothy Cockburn - $972.00
71st: John Bowman - $972.00
72nd: Gabriel Bratu - $972.00
73rd: Salim Majlaton - $893.00
74th: Charles Phillips - $893.00
75th: Jason Brauda - $893.00
76th: William Smith - $893.00
77th: Andrew Koski - $893.00
78th: William Hilson - $893.00
79th: Andre Ridges - $893.00
80th: Cynthia Mahaffey - $893.00
81st: John Humphries - $893.00
82nd: Todd Skinner - $822.00
83rd: Danny Burgess - $822.00
84th: Richard Jentzsch - $822.00
85th: Zvi Cymberknopf - $822.00
66th: James Webb - $822.00
87th: Christopher Kastler - $822.00
88th: Christopher Latham - $822.00
89th: RoyWestover - $822.00
90th: Jerry Ellerbee - $822.00
91st: James Porter - $755.00
92nd: Jerre Swan - $755.00
93rd: Ryan Reid - $755.00
94th: Charles Johnson - $755.00
95th: Robert Kellogg - $755.00
96th: Calvin Smith - $755.00
97th: John Thorpe - $755.00
98th: James Garst - $755.00
99th: Kenneth Kormanis - $755.00
100th: John Mansell - $695.00
101st: Eugene Davis - $695.00
102nd: Tomas Butavicius - $695.00
103rd: Gregory Lewis - $695.00
104th: Ricky Hill - $695.00
105th: Rasool Muhammad - $695.00
106th: Casey Keith - $695.00
107th: Robert Beith - $695.00
108th: Thomas Larson - $695.00
109th: Dell Taylor - $640.00
110th: Joshua Snodgrass - $640.00
111th: Derrick Holbrook - $640.00
112th: Jason Abney - $640.00
113th: Bryan Naylor - $640.00
114th: Danial Castle - $640.00
115th: Allen Kessler - $640.00
116th: Jeremy Harris - $640.00
117th: Joseph Dasta - $640.00
118th: William Henderson - $589.00
119th: David McQuinn - $589.00
120th: Danny Wilson - $589.00
121st: Jeffrey Blau - $589.00
122nd: Clinton Cartwright - $589.00
123rd: n/a - $589.00
124th: Gregory Pearson - $589.00
125th: Stanley Williams - $589.00
126th: Simon Philip - $589.00
127th: Brian McDaniel - $589.00
128th: Daniel Prevatt - $589.00
129th: Brian Geyer - $589.00
130th: James Hopkins - $589.00
131st: Melvin Bennett - $589.00
132nd: Harold Mahaffey - $589.00
133rd: Jeffrey Orr - $589.00
134th: Kenneth Stacy - $589.00
135th: Jerry Harris - $589.00
04/14/18 07:33:15 PM PDT (about 93 days and 23 hours ago)
 
Into the Money in Flight 2D
 
A short while ago, starting flight 2D narrowed to 135 survivors and reached the payout spots. The min-cash number here is $589, and the field may be trimmed to as few as 66 players when action concludes later this evening.
04/14/18 01:56:13 PM PDT (about 93 days and 5 hours ago)
 
Field Doubles as 2D Registration Closes
 
Today's massive tournament for starting flight 2D will more than double the size of the field. With the late-registration period closed and the numbers just calculated, there are 1,317 more entrants today into Event #2. That brings the overall field size to 2,608 paid entries.

135 of today's 1,317 entrants will make the money this evening, with a min-cash in this flight worth $589. Roughly half of the 135 players who make the money will survive today's action and return for tomorrow's Day 2, joining the survivors from the other three starting flights.
04/14/18 07:27:13 AM PDT (about 93 days and 11 hours ago)
 
Action Underway Soon in Flight 2D
 
Action will soon begin in the last of four starting flights in Event #2, No-Limit Hold-em $500K Guarantee at WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee. Getting underway at 11 AM is flight 2D of this big-field event, and a massive turnout is building.

This event offers a $500,000 guarantee and through the first three flights, 1,291 entries have been registered. Here are the basics for Flight 2D:

-- 10,000 in starting chips;

-- 30-minute levels through Level 18, 45-minute levels thereafter;

-- Unlimited re-entry;

-- Late registration or re-entry available until the start of Level 9 in each flight;

-- All flights will play 20 levels or down to final 5% of players, whichever comes first; players will play into the money on each flight;

-- All flights will merge into Day 2 beginning at 12:00 PM on Sunday, April 15th.
04/14/18 12:42:40 AM PDT (about 94 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Flight 2C Day 1 Wraps With 24 Players Moving On
 

Action has ended for the night in Flight 2C. 24 players from the flight's 481 total entrants bagged chips at the end of play, led by Greenville, North Carolina's Gerard Coyle at 534,000. That total tops all three starting flights so far, though the massive field projected for Saturday's 2D starting flight may produce other big stacks.

 
Here are the 24 survivors, along with their chip counts:
 
Gerard Coyle - 534,000
John Graff - 502,000
Steven Mayes - 418,000
William O'Neal - 343,000
William Anderson - 284,000
Walt Jones - 270,000
Brad Poland - 219,000
David Barber - 206,000
Russell Sullivan - 202,000
Joshua Huie - 183,000
Matt Silva - 174,000
Bryan Yang - 170,000
Mel Lyon - 160,000
Chris Taylor - 159,000
Michael Lambert - 149,000
Richard Tucker - 136,000
James Powell - 133,000
Ronnie Elliott - 127,000
Michael Cooper - 112,000
Romaine Lewis - 108,000
Michael Schneider - 92,000
Dennis Salkic - 78,000
David Fellman - 43,000
Isai De La Rosa - 17,000
 
These players will return at noon on Sunday when all four starting flights are combined.
 
Thirty more players cashed in Flight 2C but were bounced from the field in the late hours. Here are those players:
 
25th: Nesrin Can - $967
26th: William Borchert - $967
27th: Thomas Larson - $967
28th: Dexter Burns - $844
29th: Adrian Turner - $844
30th: Christopher Kastler - $844
31st: Donovan Dean - $746
32nd: n/a - $746
33rd: Gregory Lewis - $746
34th: Michael McDaniel - $668
35th: Jeffrey Mahon - $668
36th: Adrian McCullough - $668
37th: John Cooley - $605
38th: Jay Blumenstock - $605
39th: Ryan McAllister - $605
40th: Hartford Campbell - $605
41st: Phong Nguyen - $605
42nd: Jason Maeroff - $605
43rd: Vance Harris - $605
44th: Mark Linsenbigler - $605
45th: Bradley Kimbrell - $605
46th: Tonya McMillian - $554
47th: James Dixon - $554
48th: Eric Emerson - $554
49th: Charles Phillips - $554
50th: Zachary Caldwell - $554
51st: Matthew Zimmerman - $554
52nd: n/a - $554
53rd: James Travis Gilbert - $554
54th: Joshua Thompson - $554

04/13/18 10:19:03 PM PDT (about 94 days and 20 hours ago)
 
Flight 2B Day 1 Complete as 28 Players Advance
 
Action has ended for the day in Flight 2B, with 28 players advancing to Sunday's Day 2 play. Leading the way among the 2B survivors was Cameron Glendenning, who bagged 509,000 at the end of play.
 
Here are the 28 survivors, along with their chip counts:
 
Cameron Glendenning - 509,000
Raveesh Asnani - 504,000
Matthew Emmel - 401,000
Brad Shelnutt - 377,000
Brett Biegler - 354,000
Curtis Fay - 288,000
David Champion - 235,000
Shadrach Tercy - 231,000
Christopher Edwards - 223,000
Harold Kizzire - 222,000
Richard Jacobs - 203,000
Steven Baber - 199,000
Thomas McLeanAnderson - 197,000
Vismantas Maridosius - 181,000
Thomas Minnich-Weber - 174,000
Mike Wommack - 162,000
Basil Oates - 161,000
Navroz Padania - 156,000
Bud Gibson - 132,000
John Shepherd - 126,000
Darrell Cochran - 124,000
Erik Morian - 103,000
Kent Walter - 99,000
John Cofhlin - 98,000
Heath Claxton - 91,000
William Rogers IV - 68,000
Matthew Bertalot - 65,000
Patrick Joyce - 18,000
 
These players will return at noon on Sunday when all four starting flights are combined.
 
Another 35 players earned a cash in Flight 2B but were eliminated before night's end. Here are those players:
 
29th: Kenneth Gortney - $952
30th: Edward Auslander - $952
31st: Samuel Masters - $837
32nd: Zdenek Cicala - $837
33rd: David Dees - $837
34th: Richard Clapp - $745
35th: Darren Martin - $745
36th: Darius Baker - $745
37th: Gregory Armand - $669
38th: Brent Langley - $669
39th: Robert Walker - $669
40th: Stephen Henderson - $669
41st: Gregory Hall - $669
42nd: Troy Nowlin - $669
43rd: Brenda Threadgill - $669
44th: Tyrone Watson - $669
45th: Dennis Walsh - $669
46th: Lewis Campbell - $609
47th: Jeffrey Whisnant - $609
48th: Samuel Beach - $609
49th: Melvin Dukes - $609
50th: Brian Teusink - $609
51st: Keith Barnette - $609
52nd: Cody Pack - $609
53rd: Ralph Pinkston - $609
54th: Thomas Spaid - $609
55th: Rifali Almunir - $561
56th: Hossein Malekabadi - $561
57th: Libby Wilson - $561
58th: Robert Ervin - $561
59th: Stanley Williams - $561
60th: Ryan Brady - $561
61st: Michael Kerlin - $561
62nd: Matthew O'Meara - $561
63rd: Christopher Manousaridis - $561
04/13/18 06:50:28 PM PDT (about 94 days and 24 hours ago)
 
Registration Closed in Flight 2C
 
Late registration has closed in starting flight 2C, and the official numbers are in. 481 more entrants were logged in today's second of two starting flights. When combined with the 572 entrants from today's 2B flight and 238 more from yesterday's 2A, a total of 1,291 entries have been made to date. And, still on tap is tomorrow's 2D starting flight, expected to be the largest of the four. 
04/13/18 02:55:31 PM PDT (about 94 days and 4 hours ago)
 
Flight 2C Underway in Cherokee
 
Players who missed entering (or re-entering) today's Flight 2B didn't have long to wait for another chance, as Flight 2 is also off and running in the spacious Harrah's Cherokee event center. Late registration for the 2C flight will remain open well into the evening, until the start of this flight's Level 9.
04/13/18 02:46:24 PM PDT (about 94 days and 4 hours ago)
 
Late Registration Closes for Flight 2B
 
It's another big day for poker at Harrah's Cherokee, where registration has closed for starting flight 2B of Event #2. This flight produced a total of 572 entries, and of those, 63 players will earn a cash. Roughly half of those players will survive the evening's action and move on to Sunday's Day 2 play.
04/13/18 08:09:01 AM PDT (about 94 days and 10 hours ago)
 
Action Begins in Event #2B, $365 No-Limit Hold'em $500K Guarantee (Re-entry)
 

Action is underway in the first of two starting flights in Event #2, No-Limit  Hold-em $500K Guarantee at WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee. Just starting as of 11 AM is flight 2B of this big-field event, with flight 2C starting later today.

This event offers a $500,000 guarantee and 238 entrants were on hand for yesterday's 2A flight. Here are the basics:

  • 10,000 in starting chips;
  • 30-minute levels through Level 18, 45-minute levels thereafter;
  • Unlimited re-entry;
  • Late registration or re-entry available until the start of Level 9 in each flight;
  • All flights will play 20 levels or down to final 5% of players, whichever comes first;.players will play into the money on each flight;
  • All flights will merge into Day 2 beginning at 12:00 PM on Sunday, April 15th.
04/13/18 12:25:30 AM PDT (about 95 days and 18 hours ago)
 
Flight 2A Day 1 in the Books
 
Action is complete on Day 1 of Flight 2A. 12 players from this first of four starting flights will return to Sunday's combined-flight Day 2. The top spot when the chips were bagged is shared by Eric Sutton of Dechard, TN and Stephen Ralph of Franklin, TN, each with 367,000 in chips.
 
Here are the chip counts for the flight's 12 survivors:
 
1. Eric Sutton - 367,000
2. Stephen Ralph - 367,000
3. Tuan Nguyen - 312,000
4. Jonathan Guess - 273,000
5. Derek Norton - 245,000
6. David Folmer - 198,000
7. Dorothy Adams - 189,000
8. Steven Snyder - 180,000
9. Jack Nelson Rose - 87,000
10. Christopher Wilson - 63,000
11. Derek Alley - 52,000
12. Steve K. Kendrick - 47,000
 
Those 12 players will return on Sunday, when Event 2 combines flights and plays down to a winner.
 
In addition to those who advanced, 12 more players earned payouts this evening:
 
13th: Stephen Merritt - $1,097
14th: Tyler Nelson - $1,097
15th: Cory Brockett - $1,097
16th: David Evans - $913
17th: Jeffery Warren - $913
18th: Matthew Joyner - $913
19th: Nelson Bigles - $770
20th: Bradley Kimbrell - $770
21st: Robert Gardner - $770
22nd: Kevin Parker - $659
23rd: Scott Roberts - $659
24th: Ralph McDesmond - $671
04/12/18 06:08:22 PM PDT (about 95 days and 0 hour ago)
 
Flight 2A Logs 238 Entries
 
Late registration has closed for the first of four starting flights in Event 2, $365 No-Limit Hold'em ($500,000 Guarantee) at WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee. This "2A" flight, the first of four flights getting underway through Saturday, drew 238 entrants. 24 of those players will cash, and roughly half of those 24 will survive the night's action and move on to Sunday's Day 2 play.
04/12/18 02:17:30 PM PDT (about 95 days and 4 hours ago)
 
Event 2A Structure Sheet
 
Here's the detailed structure sheet for the first of Event 2's four starting flights.
04/12/18 02:07:25 PM PDT (about 95 days and 4 hours ago)
 
Play Begins in Event #2A, $365 No-Limit Hold'em $500K Guarantee (Re-entry)
 


Action is underway in the second of two official events beginning today at WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee. Off and running at 4 PM is the first of four starting flights in Event #2A, $365 No-Limit Hold'em. This two-day tourney begins here, with the other three Day 1 flights starting tomorrow and Saturday before the field combines for Sunday's finale.

This event offers a $500,000 guarantee and is sure to draw a massive field. Here are the basics:

  • 10,000 in starting chips;
  • 30-minute levels through Level 18, 45-minute levels thereafter;
  • Unlimited re-entry;
  • Late registration or re-entry available until the start of Level 9 in each flight;
  • All flights will play 20 levels or down to final 5% of players, whichever comes first;.players will play into the money on each flight;
  • All flights will merge into Day 2 beginning at 12:00 PM on Sunday, April 15th.


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