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2014/2015 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S CHEROKEE (North Carolina)

Friday, December 05, 2014 to Monday, December 08, 2014

Event #10A/B: $1,675 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $1,195,500
  • Entries: 797
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, December 8, 2014 8:37 PM Local Time

Jake Bazeley

Jake Bazeley broke through for his first WSOP-related victory Monday night in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N.C. Bazeley, a 31-year-old professional poker player from Cincinnati, earned $239,096, a Circuit gold ring and a berth in the season-ending National Championship following the hard-fought win.

Despite laying claim to nearly $2 million in tournament earnings, Bazeley owned just two career victories prior to Monday night. While his resume boasts runner-up finishes in both a $1,500 bracelet event and a Circuit Main Event, Bazeley hadn’t broken through on the WSOP stage until he made the journey south to Cherokee. With those close calls in his rearview mirror, Bazeley put all his confidence in his solid play and left the rest up to the cards.

“I never really go by leaderboards and points and stuff like that,” Bazeley said. “I’m just more about making money and at the same time having fun and being competitive with it. Winning is winning. I don’t really do it to get points or a ring or anything. I just want to win.”

Bazeley began the third and final day of play in the Cherokee finale second of 12 remaining players and well within reach of an elusive title. Play moved fast to start and the field narrowed to the official nine-handed final table in less than an hour. Early on, Bazeley, who remained second in chips at the time, looked down at aces and after a few rounds of betting, saw chip leader Hai Le six-bet shove jacks into him. Bazeley snap called and earned a pot worth nearly 7,000,000 chips — almost half those in play. Bazeley retained his sizable lead all the way to three-handed play and looked down at pocket kings. Again his opponent did the betting for him when Caleb Brown moved all in and again Bazeley snap called. Brown held queens and never improved. From there, Bazeley went into heads up play against Chad DeBerry with about a 3-to-1 advantage and the rest was history.

“I just had some hands in fortunate spots where people just weren’t folding to me,” Bazeley said of his good fortune. “I got very lucky to wake up with some hands in the right situations.”

One player who didn’t share in Bazeley’s good fortune was fellow tournament pro Darryll Fish. Fish who also lays claim to nearly $2 million in career earnings, moved all in holding    on an      board. His opponent, Le, called and instantly tabled    for a set. Fish never improved and with that, Bazeley’s most feared foe hit the rail shy of the final table.

“It hasn’t even set in yet,” Bazeley said of the win. “I’ve been working so hard to get a win and been so close. Poker, you can get close and you still get paid well, but you don’t get that fully satisfied feeling until you win. Hopefully when this sets in I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished what I wanted to.”

Bazeley made the trip to Cherokee with close friends Fish, Jared Jaffee and the Massey brothers Aaron and Ralph. Together, the quintet accounted for four in-the-money finishes and more than $263,000 in earnings in the championship event alone. After his victory, Bazeley gave a nod to those who helped him along the road to the winner’s circle.

“That just makes these tournaments so much better,” Bazeley said of sharing the victory with friends. “They’re very long days. When you’ve got someone else to enjoy the ups and downs of poker with you it just makes it so much better.”

Bazeley’s life wasn’t always about poker. While a senior in high school, his basketball team qualified for the state championship game and he ended up being offered a Division II college scholarship. He logged four years playing for Christian Brothers University in Memphis and two years coaching there. During his playing years, he and his teammates would often be confined to their rooms on game nights. To pass the time, they’d play poker and this marked Bazeley’s introduction to the game.

“We’d have a lot of nights where we weren’t allowed to go out partying because we had games and we’d just sit around and play cards,” Bazeley said. “Eventually you just meet more and more poker friends and get into different games and different formats.”

The Main Event marked the last of the ring events on the Harrah’s Cherokee schedule. The $1,675 finale drew 797 entries — nearly 20 percent more than last year — creating a $1,195,500 prize pool. The early stages of play were headlined by 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, this year’s APAC Main Event champion Scott Davies and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour. Seymour and Raymer took two shots at it, but ultimately came up dry of an in-the-money finish. Davies, meanwhile, capped off a hot year with a 33rd place finish and $5,475 score. Others to finish in the money included David Nicholson (77th, $2,977), Ralph Massey (71st, $3,240), Jaffee (69th, $3,240), Brian Reinert (54th, $3,873), Nicholas Palma (52nd, ($3,873), Tyler Morris (32nd, $5,475), Viet Vo (24th, $8,536), Kyle Cartwright (21st, $10,126) and Fish (11th, $18,148).

“Harrah’s Cherokee is my favorite Circuit stop of the year,” Bazeley said of the North Carolina property. “The fields are massive and everyone here is having a good time. They’re really nice and treat you well.”

With Bazeley’s victory comes the conclusion of the Harrah’s Cherokee Circuit series (the first of two on the schedule this year), but WSOP action starts up again this Thursday at Harrah’s Atlantic City. More on that series is available on

Harrah’s Cherokee final table results:

1st: Jake Bazeley - $239,096
2nd: Chad DeBerry - $147,405
3rd: Caleb Brown - $108,671
4th: Raymond “Trey” Walton - $80,995
5th: Dan Gilmer - $61,174
6th: Ray Kazerouni - $46,804
7th: Hai Le - $36,260
8th: Corey Bierria - $28,441
9th: Mark Dumonski - $22,583

Full results available under the "Results" tab above.

Monday, December 8, 2014 7:02 PM Local Time

Jake Bazeley

Chad DeBerry raises to 175,000 from the button and Jake Bazeley (pictured) three-bets to 505,000. Deberry thinks for a moment and then announces he is all-in. Bazleley asks for a count. The total comes to 3.33 million and Bazeley calls. The cards are flipped:


The flop comes     giving Bazeley a set. The turn is the   leaving DeBerry drawing dead to the river.

Bazeley wins the Harrah's Cherokee Main Event for $239,096. DeBerry will take home $147,405 for his runner-up finish.

Jacob Bazeley - 1st Place
Chad DeBerry - Runner-Up

Monday, December 8, 2014 6:55 PM Local Time

Jake Bazeley opens the pot for 165,000 and Chad DeBerry moves all in from the big blind. Bazeley asks for a count and the dealer counts down DeBerry's stack to 1,840,000. Bazeley calls and DeBerry is at risk.


Bazeley stands from the table as the dealer lays the     flop.

"Well that takes care of that," Bazeley says of his slim chances to win the hand.

The board completes with the   turn and   river and DeBerry doubles through Bazeley.

Chad DeBerry - 3,810,000 (47 BBs)
Jake Bazeley - 12,130,000 (151 BBs)

Monday, December 8, 2014 6:44 PM Local Time

Jake Bazeley makes it 165,000 to go from the button and Chad DeBerry calls.

The flop brings the     and both players check.

The turn is the   and DeBerry checks. Bazeley makes it 175,000. DeBerry calls.

Fifth street falls the   and DeBerry checks a third time. Bazeley bets 400,000. DeBerry calls. Bazeley tables    for top pair top kicker. DeBerry's cards hit the muck.

Jake Bazeley - 12,300,000 (153 BBs)
Chad DeBerry - 3,640,000 (45 BBs)

Monday, December 8, 2014 6:39 PM Local Time

Jake Bazeley opens for 165,000 on the button and Chad Deberry calls.

The flop comes     and both players check.

The turn brings the   and DeBerry leads for 200,000. Bazeley calls.

The river is the   and DeBerry bets 750,000. Bazeley quickly calls and Deberry turns over   . Bazeley mucks his hand and Deberry drags in the pot.

Chad DeDeberry - 4,240,000 (53 BBs)
Jake Bazeley - 11,700,000 (146 BBs)

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Monday, December 8, 2014 6:29 PM Local Time

Chad DeBerry opens for 175,000 and Jake Bazeley makes it 450,000. DeBerry calls.

The flop comes     and Bazeley leads for 350,000. DeBerry calls and they're off to the turn.

Both players check the   turn.

The river completes the board with the  . Bazeley checks. DeBerry reaches into his stack and throws forward a bet of 550,000.

"How much?" Bazeley asks.

The dealer breaks down the bet and Bazeley calls. DeBerry tables    for a rivered straight.

"I should have shoved the turn," Bazeley says.

His cards hit the muck and DeBerry takes the pot.

Chad DeBerry - 3,300,000 (41 BBs)
Jake Bazeley - 12,640,000 (158 BBs)

Monday, December 8, 2014 6:09 PM Local Time
Monday, December 8, 2014 5:57 PM Local Time
Level: 30
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 10,000
Monday, December 8, 2014 5:53 PM Local Time

Chip counts:

  1. Jake Bazeley - 11,305,000 (141 BBs)
  2. Chad DeBerry - 4,635,000 (57 BBs)

Remaining payouts:

  • 1st - $239,096 + gold ring and National Championship berth
  • 2nd - $147,405
Monday, December 8, 2014 5:50 PM Local Time

Jake Bazeley and Chad DeBerry are now on a 15-minute break.

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Monday, December 8, 2014 5:50 PM Local Time

Caleb Brown

Caleb Brown (pictured) is on the button and opens for 125,000. Chip leader Jake Bazeley three bets to 300,000 from the small blind. Chad DeBerry folds from the big blind and it's back on Brown. He counts out the 300,000-chip call, shuffles it, then moves all in. Bazeley snap calls and Brown sees the bad news.

Caleb Brown:   

Brown's queens are second best to Bazeley's kings and he needs to spike a set to stay alive.

The board runs out      , no help to Brown. He is eliminated in third place for $108,671 while Bazeley takes the chip lead into heads up play against Chad DeBerry.

Jake Bazeley - 11,305,000 (188 BBs)
Caleb Brown - Eliminated in third place ($108,671)

Monday, December 8, 2014 5:35 PM Local Time

The table short stack Caleb Brown has chipped up with little contest. He now holds 2,200,000 chips which is 36 big blinds. Meanwhile, chip leader Jake Bazeley claims 8,700,000 which is 145 big blinds and Chad DeBerry sits in the middle with 5,040,000 or 84 big blinds.

Monday, December 8, 2014 5:16 PM Local Time

Chad Deberry raises to 125,000 from the button. Caleb Brown folds in the small blind and Jacob Bazeley calls in the big blind. The flop comes     and Bazeley checks. Deberry bets 125,000 and Bazeley calls. The turn is the   and this time Bazeley leads for 250,000. Deberry pauses and then calls. The river brings the   and both players check.

"Two pair," says Bazeley. He shows    and Deberry mucks.

Jacob Bazeley - 8,500,000 (141 BBs)
Chad Deberry - 5,800,000 (96 BBs)
Caleb Brown - 1,250,000 (20 BBs)

Monday, December 8, 2014 5:03 PM Local Time

Jake Bazeley opens the button for 125,000 and Caleb Brown comes along from the big blind.

The dealer burns and turns a     board and Brown checks. Bazeley bets 135,000. Brown calls.

Third street brings the   and both players check. They're off to the river.

The board completes with the   and Brown checks a third time. Bazeley reaches into his stack for 400,000 worth of blue chips and plops them in the middle. Brown calls.

"Flush," Bazeley says tabling   . Brown's cards hit the muck and Bazeley rakes in the pot. He is now the chip leader.

Jake Bazeley - 8,200,000 (136 BBs)
Caleb Brown - 1,450,000 (24 BBs)

Monday, December 8, 2014 4:30 PM Local Time
Level: 29
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 10,000
Monday, December 8, 2014 4:29 PM Local Time

The remaining three players are on a quick, five-minute break. Here's a look at their seating assignments and chip counts followed by the remaining payouts and updated final table eliminations. Each player is now assured a six-figure score.

Seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: — emtpy —
Seat 2: — empty —
Seat 3: Jacob Bazeley - 6,600,000 (110 BBs)
Seat 4: — empty —
Seat 5: — empty —
Seat 6: — empty —
Seat 7: Chad DeBerry - 7,100,000 (118 BBs)
Seat 8: — empty —
Seat 9: Caleb Brown - 2,100,000 (35 BBs)

Remaining payouts and updated final table results:

1st - $239,096 + gold ring and National Championship berth
2nd - $147,405
3rd - $108,671
4th: Raymond “Trey” Walton - $80,995
5th: Dan Gilmer - $61,174
6th: Ray Kazerouni - $46,804
7th: Hai Le - $36,260
8th: Corey Bierria - $28,441
9th: Mark Dumonski - $22,583

Monday, December 8, 2014 4:28 PM Local Time

Robert "Trey" Walton

Raymond "Trey" Walton raises all-in for his remaining stack of about 500,000 from the small blind. Jacob Bazeley looks down at his cards and instantly calls from the big blind. The cards are turned over.


The flop comes     leaving Walton drawing to only a runner-runner flush to win the hand. The turn is the   and Walton is drawing dead to the river. The meaninglessness river card falls and Bazeley rakes in the pot. Walton is eliminated from the tournament in 4th Place.

With this finish Walton has won the Casino Championship by collecting 90 points in two cashes at the series. He will be joining one of the three remaining players at this year's National Championship.

Jacob Bazeley - 6,600,000 (132 BBs)
Trey Walton - Eliminated

Monday, December 8, 2014 4:13 PM Local Time

It folds to chip leader Chad DeBerry in the small blind and he makes it 125,000 to go. Caleb Brown calls from the big blind and they are heads up to the flop.

The board comes     and DeBerry leads for 150,000. Brown calls.

The turn is the   and DeBerry leads again, this time for 375,000. Brown calls.

Fifth street comes the   and DeBerry reaches deep into his stack for a bet of 975,000. Brown breaks down a stack of blue and shuffles it with his free hand. He thinks for a minute or two before he decides to send his cards to the muck. DeBerry rakes in a pot that extends his chip lead over Jake Bazeley.

Chad DeBerry - 7,500,000 (150 BBs)
Caleb Brown - 2,000,000 (40 BBs)

Monday, December 8, 2014 4:02 PM Local Time

Dan Gilmer

Play folds to Dan Gilmer on the button. He raises to 100,000 and then Chad Deberry three-bets to 275,000 from the small blind. The big blind folds and Gilmer counts out his chips. After a few seconds he four-bets all-in. Deberry pushes out chips to call and the cards are flipped.


The flop comes     giving Deberry the commanding lead in the hand. The turn is the   and the river is the  . Deberry becomes the chip leader and Gilmer is eliminated from the tournament in 5th place.

Chad Deberry - 6,700,000 (134 BBs)
Dan Gilmer - Eliminated

Monday, December 8, 2014 3:50 PM Local Time

Caleb Brown opens the pot for 100,000. Current Casino Championship points leader Trey Walton moves all in for 695,000 and it's on Bazeley on the button. Bazeley eyes Brown's stack and gets an official count of Walton's all in.

"I call," Bazeley says sliding forward seven blue 100,000 chips.

The remaining players fold including Brown and Walton is all in holding    against Bazeley's   .

The board runs out       and Walton doubles through Bazeley.

Trey Walton - 900,000 (18 BBs)
Jake Bazeley - 4,650,000 (93 BBs)