Christopher Carey wins two events at the Cherokee series to earn Casino Champion honors.
Cherokee, N.C. (May 2, 2016) – Christopher Carey is the World Series of Poker’s most recent Casino Championship winner. He won the Casino Championship title at last week’s Harrah’s Cherokee series by winning two gold rings and cashing five times in the 12-event series.
Carey became the 13th player this season to win multiple gold rings. He won his first gold ring in Event #4 - $365 No-Limit Hold’em by defeating Maurice Hawkins heads up. He earned $29,154 for that victory, which was Carey’s largest WSOP score. His second gold ring came in the final event of the series.
Carey dominated the series as far as Casino Championship points go. The race was close throughout most of the series, but Carey took the lead into the final day of the series and then won the final event to run away from the field. Carey finished with 117.5 points and the next closest competitor only had 60 points.
Carey’s series started with a min-cash in the record breaking re-entry event. The re-entry event drew 3,067 entries and was the largest tournament ever at Harrah's Cherokee. Day 2 of the re-entry was the same day as the start of Event #4. He had no intentions to play in Event #4 and only came to Cherokee to play the re-entry event, but after busting the re-entry early on Day 2 he decided to hop in Event #4. He defeated 452 players in Event #4, including Hawkins heads up, to win the tournament and earn his first gold ring.
Carey returned to the series later in the week to play in Event 9 - $580 No-Limit Hold’em. He made a deep run and finished 17th for just over $2,000. His three cashes put him in the lead for Casino Champion with just three events remaining, but his lead was small. He had a 2.5 point lead over Donovan Dean, who won the monster stack event one day prior.
Carey played in the Main Event and cashed again. Carey finished 61st place for his fourth cash of the series. Dean did not cash and Carey extended his lead. There were two events left and Carey had the lead, but was far from clinching the title with several players a victory away from passing him.
He played Event #12 - $365 No-Limit Hold’em, which was the final event of the series, to try to tack on a few more points. He made it to Day 2 of the tournament 5th in chips out of 27 remaining players. Day 2 went well for Carey. When the tournament reached the final table, he was guaranteed enough points to clinch the title. Carey went on to win Event #12 to earn his second gold ring of the series and $19,658. Carey ended up winning $55,764 over the course of the series.
Carey will be back at Harrah’s Cherokee in early August to play in the 2016 Global Casino Championship. The Global Casino Championship features a minimum $1 million prizepool and will award the winner a gold bracelet. All Casino Champions and Main Event winners of the season earn a free seat into the tournament. There are also 52 free seats for the players who earned the most points over the entire season. Anyone winning a gold ring this season, but not earning a free seat, can buy-in to the Global Casino Championship for $10,000. All $10,000 of the buy-in will be added to the $1 million the WSOP is putting in the prizepool.
More information and full point standings for the year-long race are available on WSOP.com.
Carey’s Harrah’s Cherokee cashes:
Event #2 - $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry – 3,067 entries – 313rd place for $616
Event #4 - $365 No-Limit Hold’em – 452 entries – 1st place for $29,154
Event #9 - $580 No-Limit Hold’em – 363 entries – 17th place for $2,087
Event #10 - $1,675 Main Event – 1,008 entries – 61st place for $4,249
Event #12 - $365 No-Limit Hold’em – 273 entries – 1st place for $19,658