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Saturday, December 5, 2015 2:20 PM Local Time
Buy-In: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 368
Prize Pool: $110,400
James McAuley wins Event #9 - $365 No-Limit Hold'em to earn his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.
Cherokee, N.C. (December 5, 2015) -- James McAuley has just won the ninth event at the Harrah's Cherokee series to earn his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and the top prize of $24,286. McAuley has been playing the Harrah's Cherokee Circuit series' since they began in April of 2013.
"Ever since the WSOP has been here [in Cherokee]. I have been here," said McAuley.
In the first Harrah's Cherokee series ever McAuley cashed twice, including reaching one final table. Since that series he has only cashed one other time before this event.
"It feels pretty good. It's been a long time," said McAuley about winning the gold ring.
McAuley had the support of a large rail during his final table. When the final card of the tournament hit the river McAuley jumped out of his seat to share his excitement with his rail.
"I had a coach named James Kenny who had been very good to me. He helped me to stay focused and not make any mistakes, not overplay hands like I normally do. Congrats to him with me," said McAuley.
McAuley is a land surveyor from Chesterfield, S.C. He has been a land surveyor since the age of 21. He said he can attribute some of his success from poker to his math skills that he has obtained from being a land surveyor.
Event #9 was the ninth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit
schedule at Harrah's Cherokee. The $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament
attracted 368 players generating a $110,400 prize pool. The top 45 players were paid.
Day 1 began Thursday at 4 p.m. and lasted 15 levels. Day 2
began Friday at 3 p.m. with 45 players remaining. The tournament
concluded at about 1 a.m. Saturday at the beginning of Level 27.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 1:12 AM Local Time
James McAuley(pictured) has just won the ninth event at the
World Series of Poker Harrah's Cherokee series. The land surveyor from Chesterfield, S.C.
bested 368 players in the $365 No-Limit Hold'em event to pocket $24,286
his first career WSOP Circuit gold
ring. He also earns 50 Casino Championship points for his victory.
A full report on McAuley's win will be made available tomorrow.
Friday, December 4, 2015 7:42 PM Local Time
The final table has been reached in Event #9 - $365 No-Limit Hold'em. The nine final table players are all guaranteed a minimum payout of $2,296. The eventual champion will earn $24,286, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.
Here is a look at the final table chip counts and seating assignments.
Seat 1: Eric Thompson - 1,016,000 (100 BBs)
Seat 2: Michael Lemanksi - 535,000 (53 BBs)
Seat 3: Jason Mayfield - 106,000 (10 BBs)
Seat 4: Stephen Nussrallah - 725,000 (72 BBs)
Seat 5: Henock G. - 115,000 (11 BBs)
Seat 6: Viet Vo - 200,000 (20 BBs)
Seat 7: James McAuley - 570,000 (57 BBs)
Seat 8: Eric Musso - 205,000 (20BBs)
Seat 9: Ryan Tepen - 173,000 (17 BBs)
- 11 minutes remain in Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Friday, December 4, 2015 2:58 PM Local Time
Cards will the in the air shortly in Event #9 - $365 No-Limit Hold'em. There are 45 players remaining and Eric Thompson is the chip leader. Thompson finished runner-up in this same event last year at Cherokee. This year he is looking to finish one spot higher to earn his first gold ring and the top prize of $24,286.
Start of Day 2 chip counts and seating assignments can be found above under the "Reports" tab.
Friday, December 4, 2015 2:44 AM Local Time
Friday, December 4, 2015 2:44 AM Local Time
Day 1 ended with the money bubble bursting. There are 45 players remaining and they are all guaranteed a cash of at least $499 tomorrow. Cards will get in the air at 3 p.m.
Here is a look at the top chip counts.
A complete list of chip counts and seating assignments can be found above under the "Reports" tab.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 11:42 PM Local Time
It has been standard for the guaranteed prizepools to be more than doubled. This is the sixth of the first nine tournaments where the prizepool ended up being more than twice the guarantee. This event had a $50,000 guaranteed prizepool. The tournament ended up drawing 368 entries to generate a $110,400 prizepool.
The top finisher will earn $24,286, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points. The top 45 spots will be paid with the 45th place finisher earning $499.
Here is a look at the final table payouts:
Complete payouts can be found above under the "Prizepool" tab.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 4:31 PM Local Time
Thursday, December 3, 2015 4:30 PM Local Time
Event #9 - $365 No-Limit Hold'em - Day 1 - 4 p.m.
- Players begin with 10,000 chips
- Blinds begin at 25/50
- Registration remains open until the beginning of Level 9 (~8:30 p.m.)
- Re-entry is not allowed
- Levels 1-12 are 30 minutes long, levels 13-21 are 40 minutes long and levels 22+ are 50 minutes long
- There is no dinner break on Day 1
- Day 1 is scheduled to last 15 levels
- Day 2 begins Friday at 3 p.m.
- $50,000 guaranteed prizepool