Poker pro, Kyle Cartwright, adds seventh gold ring to already-impressive career.
Biloxi, Mississippi (September 18, 2016) – Kyle Cartwright came away with his third World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event title on Monday. The 29-year-old maneuvered 343 entrants in Event #10: $1,675 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event to win $118,332 and his seventh gold ring. It was his second Main Event title at the IP Biloxi Circuit stop.
The tournament took four days to complete, including two separate starting flights. Cartwright made it through Flight B, bagging a top-15 stack going into Day 2.
From there, Cartwright went on to have a dominant Day 2. He entered the unofficial table with just over one million in tournament chips. Then, ended the day as outright chip leader, holding a stack worth 2,750,000. This set up a Day 3 strategy for Cartwright.
“I was going to play aggressive because I heard so many guys saying ‘I want a pay jump’ and stuff like that,” Cartwright explained. “So, I was playing a lot of hands; I mean I had no playback at me. If they played back at me they had it.”
When it was down to the final four players, Cartwright was in position to crush his three remaining opponents. However, a fateful hand was won by fellow poker pro, TK Miles. The all-in hand put a dent in Cartwright’s chip lead and gave Miles new life, ultimately leading the two competitors to a faceoff for the title.
“I mean, he is by far the best player I have ever faced heads up. That’s not even a question. He was tough, but I kind of figured him out after a while,” said Cartwright.
All in all, the heads-up battle took just over four hours. Miles did take over the chip lead for a time; but, in the end, it was Cartwright who finally scooped all the chips in play.
Cartwright now has a total of 63 cashes and WSOP earnings just over $1,250,000, not to mention a gold bracelet to his name. The New Orleans native, now living in Arlington, Tennessee, slowed down when it comes to the Circuit grind though.
“Tournaments, I don’t play too many anymore, but when I do I’m kind of successful. I should probably play more, but the cash at home is so good to where I don’t even want to travel anymore,” Cartwright explained. “I just stay close to home.”
Event with less frequency on the WSOPC, Cartwright still found a way to improve his already stellar career, adding a seventh gold ring to his résumé.
Final Table Results:
1st: Kyle Cartwright - $118,332
2nd: TK Miles - $73,157
3rd: Judge Leo Boothe - $53,369
4th: Kevin Benoit - $39,586
5th: Chris McLean - $29,820
6th: Bob Beck - $22,808
7th: Bob Chow - $17,699
8th: Cody Stanford - $13,933
9th: Saeed Nia - $11,123