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2019/20 WSOP Circuit - HARRAH'S CHEROKEE (North Carolina) The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, December 06, 2019 to Sunday, December 08, 2019

Event #10: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $1,515,000
  • Entries: 1,000
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, December 9, 2019 10:01 PM Local Time
Erik Gorman Wins WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee Main Event ($260,480)

Erik Gorman

The World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Cherokee $1,700 Main Event is now history and taking home the top prize of $260,480 was Erik Gorman, who topped a field of a smooth 1,000 entries to win his first gold ring.

Donning his Baltimore Ravens apparel throughout his run, the Maryland resident captured the ring after he had come close on a few other occasions, particularly in 2014 when he finished third in the same tournament. This win more than doubles his career WSOP earnings, adding $260,480 to his previous total of $216,606.

Final Table Results

1Erik GormanMaryland$260,480
2Hannah GuthrieMontgomery, AL$160,978
3Michael KassemKingsport, TN$120,770
4Ryan JonesBurlington, NC$91,459
5Fikret KovacBanja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina$69,920
6Kyle CartwrightBartlett, TN$53,968
7Marshall WhiteBoone, NC$42,058
8Ken AldridgePleasant Garden, NC$33,098
9Randall RothwellDayton, TN$26,304
10Spencer ChamplinScarborough, ME$21,114

Road to Title

It was a classic worst-to-first story as Gorman began the day dead last in chips out of the returning 15 players. However, on the second and fourth hands of the day he immediately shot his stack up toward the top. That quickly changed his perspective moving forward on the day.

"Yeah. Those two hands were sick. I was like, I have a chance now," he said after the win.

Gorman would remain among the chip leaders for the rest of the day, helped in large part by the hand he identified as a key one to help him win. It happened when Kyle Cartwright shipped pocket nines right into Gorman's pocket aces with two tables remaining. Gorman battled his way down to the final table and from there played solid poker, often maneuvering his way to getting the best of his competitors during short-handed play.

After beginning heads up almost even in chips, Gorman found himself whittled down to a 3:1 chip disadvantage against Hannah Guthrie. That is when a bit of good fortune would save Gorman when he got it in behind on the turn, his two pair up against a flush. The river filled up his boat to give him the dramatic survival. He would take down the title just a couple of hands later.

Action of the Day

Outside of Gorman's victory, the story of the day was Guthrie, a player out of Alabama. A newcomer with only three modest cashes previously, she was able to navigate her way through the sea of monsters that the final day offered to find herself on the cusp of the title and eventually the second-place finish for a whopping $160,978.

That sea of monsters came in the form of many of the Circuit's most well known and most successful players. Last December's Cherokee champion Jake Bazeley's attempt to go back-to-back ended quickly as he was eliminated in 14th place.

The bust outs would continue until the final table was reached where a total of 16 WSOP circuit rings and two WSOP bracelets were represented. The owner of two of those circuit rings, Spencer Champlin, was the first player to bite the dust at the final table when he was eliminated in 10th place. After Randall Rothwell bowed out in ninth, WSOP bracelet winner Ken Aldridge fell in eighth place. Marshall White's elimination in seventh place would see the ring total reduced by another four.

The most decorated player at the final table with eight circuit rings and one bracelet was Cartwright, who was eliminated in sixth place leaving two-time circuit ring winner Ryan Jones as the only player remaining with a previous ring. When Jones was eliminated in fourth place it guaranteed there would be a new ring winner. Michael Kassem's elimination in third place set up the aforementioned heads-up battle that saw Gorman conquer the loaded field.

WSOPC Harrah's Cherokee Ring Winners

Here's a look at all those who captured rings at Harrah's Cherokee:

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $250 NLH Double Stack323$64,600Lenol Clark$14,378
Event #2: $400 NLH Multi-Flight2,249$741,840Ray Langston$96,921
Event #3: $400 NLH Turbo552$182,160Sam Cynamon$35,304
Seniors Event #1: $250 NLH1,006$201,200Carol Porter$34,534
Event #4: $600 NLH393$202,395Todd Mercer$42,907
Event #5: $400 NLH 6-Max634$209,220Josh Johnson$40,330
Event #6: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha287$147,805Joey Fabre$33,837
Event #7: $400 Monster Stack1,193$633,930Leif Force$97,676
Event #8: $1,125 NLH267$267,000Todd Mercer$62,282
Event #9: $400 NLH333$109,890Aria Homayounnejad$24,330
Event #10: $1,700 Main Event1,000$1,515,000Erik Gorman$260,480
Event #11: $400 NLH Turbo350$115,500Taylor Williams$25,184
Event #12: $400 NLH Turbo438$144,540Jaeyoung Wi$29,755
Seniors Event #2: $250 NLH576$115,200Michael Gunning$22,057
Event #13: $400 NLH Double Stack471$155,430Ricardo Eyzaguiree$31,386

Thanks to winning two events and two other small cashes for $106,421 in earnings, Todd Mercer was crowned the WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee Casino Champion with 105 points. That meant the three-time ring winner won a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship.

Todd Mercer
Casino champ Todd Mercer

That does it for the PokerNews coverage of the WSOPc Main Event in Cherokee. However, we're currently offering live updates from the WSOP Circuit Bicycle Casino $1,700 Main Event, which is happening now Follow that tournament here.

Monday, December 9, 2019 9:03 PM Local Time
Eric Gorman Wins Cherokee Main Event ($260,480)

Erik Gorman

Congrats to Eric Gorman on winning the WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee Main Event for $260,480, the gold ring, and a seat into the 2020 Global Casino Championship!

A full recap and winner's quotes will follow shortly.

Monday, December 9, 2019 9:02 PM Local Time
Hannah Guthrie Eliminated in 2nd Place ($160,978)

Hannah Guthrie

Immediately after falling behind in chips thanks to the miracle river, Hannah Guthrie jammed over a raise from Erik Gorman and was snap-called.

Hannah Guthrie:   
Erik Gorman:   

The board did not provide any hope for Guthrie as it came       and her tournament was over in second place for a $160,978 score.

Erik Gorman30,000,00013,000,000
Hannah Guthrie0-13,000,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 8:54 PM Local Time
Gorman Hits River Boat to Survive

Heads Up Play

The flop came    . Hannah Guthrie bet 900,000 and Erik Gorman called.

The turn was the   to put a third diamond on the board. Guthrie bet 1,900,000. Gorman thought a few moments and moved all in for 8,500,000 and he was snap-called by Guthrie.

"Uh oh that's not good," said Gorman as he turned over the   , which was well behind the    flush of Guthrie.

But the river saved Gorman's tournament life as the   binked to fill up Gorman and launch him from out the door to the chip lead.

Erik Gorman17,000,0003,000,000
Hannah Guthrie13,000,000-3,000,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 8:35 PM Local Time
Guthrie Takes Heads-Up Lead

The flop read    , Hannah Guthrie bet 1,400,000, and Erik Gorman called.

The turn was the   to further wet the board. Action went check-check. The river came the   and both players checked again.

Guthrie showed    while Gorman mucked to give Guthrie the slight chip lead.

Hannah Guthrie16,000,0003,900,000
Erik Gorman14,000,000-3,000,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 9, 2019 8:32 PM Local Time
Michael Kassem Eliminated in 3rd Place ($120,770)

Michael Kassem

Michael Kassem moved all in from the button, he was called by Erik Gorman out of the small blind. The big blind got out of the way.

Michael Kassem:   
Erik Gorman:   

The board ran out       and Kassem was eliminated in third place.

Erik Gorman17,000,0002,200,000
Michael Kassem0-3,100,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 8:23 PM Local Time
Kassem Getting Short

Michael Kassem three-bet to 825,000 preflop. Erik Gorman quickly jammed over the top. Kassem folded after a few moments to shrink his stack to a dangerously low level as Gorman continues his winning ways, taking down moderate pot after moderate pot in the last few orbits.

Erik Gorman14,800,0006,150,000
Hannah Guthrie12,100,0001,700,000
Michael Kassem3,100,000-6,000,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 8:10 PM Local Time
Gorman Jams to Gain Some

The flop read    . Hannah Guthrie led out with a bet of 1,000,000 over to Erik Gorman, who was on the button. He eyed Guthrie for a moment before moving all in.

Guthrie got the count of 7,450,000 and thought a few seconds before folding to give Gorman some chips to move up.

Hannah Guthrie10,400,000-1,100,000
Erik Gorman8,650,000-750,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 7:52 PM Local Time
Three-Handed Chip Counts
Hannah Guthrie11,500,000-800,000
Erik Gorman9,400,0000
Michael Kassem9,100,000-100,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 7:46 PM Local Time
Ryan Jones Eliminated in 4th Place ($91,459)

Ryan Jones

From the small blind, Ryan Jones moved all in over the top of a raise from Erik Gorman, who called the jam quickly,

It was a flip for Jones's tournament life.

Ryan Jones:   
Erik Gorman:   

The board ran our safe for Gorman as it came       and Jones was eliminated in fourth place.

Erik Gorman9,400,0007,200,000
Ryan Jones0-6,800,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 9, 2019 7:32 PM Local Time
Jones Nabs After Dinner Double

Erik Gorman moved all in from the big blind. Ryan Jones was in the big blind and called quickly.

Jones was in trouble with the    against the    of Gorman.

The flop came     the turn gave Jones the lead as the   came off. And the river was the   to secure the double for Jones.

Ryan Jones6,800,0003,400,000
Erik Gorman2,200,000-3,100,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 7:23 PM Local Time
Level 33 started
Level: 33
Blinds: 100,000/100,000
Ante: 200,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 6:39 PM Local Time
Dinner Break

Players are now on their dinner break which will be for 45 minutes.

Monday, December 9, 2019 6:32 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
Hannah Guthrie12,300,0000
Michael Kassem9,200,0001,250,000
Erik Gorman5,300,000-1,100,000
Ryan Jones3,400,000-1,200,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 6:28 PM Local Time
Fikret Kovac Eliminated in 5th Place ($69,920)

Fikret Kovac

Fikret Kovac jammed all in preflop and was snap called by Hannah Guthrie.

The hand of the day made another appearance as Kovac was thoroughly dominated with    against yet another set of rockets as Guthrie held the   .

The flop gave slim hope to Kovac as it came     but the turn   and river   came up empty for him and he was eliminated in fifth place.

Hannah Guthrie12,300,0004,000,000
Fikret Kovac0-3,100,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, December 9, 2019 6:23 PM Local Time
Guthrie Hits Trip Queens On Turn to Survive

Hannah Guthrie

There was a preflop all-in in process for a huge pot.

Hannah Guthrie was at risk holding    while Ryan Jones had the   .

The flop was great for Jones as it came     eliminating the ace as an out for Guthrie. The turn was a   to make trips for Guthrie and the river was a   to secure the double.

Hannah Guthrie8,300,0003,900,000
Ryan Jones4,600,000-3,700,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 6:20 PM Local Time
Three Barrel Barrage From Jones

In a blind-on-blind battle, the flop came    . Hannah Guthrie bet 225,000 from the small blind, Ryan Jones raised to 600,000, and Guthrie called.

The turn was the  . Jones fired again, this time for 900,000. Guthrie called again after a moment.

The river came the  . Jones fired a third barrel worth 1,200,000 and Guthrie played with her chips and thought it out for a while before opting to fold.

Ryan Jones8,300,0001,600,000
Hannah Guthrie4,400,000850,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 6:08 PM Local Time
Kovac Jams on Jones

After a bet and call on the flop the turn came to make the board read     . Fikret Kovac then moved all into Ryan Jones.

Jones thought it out long and hard but eventually folded after over a minute.

Ryan Jones6,700,0001,400,000
Fikret Kovac3,100,0000
Monday, December 9, 2019 5:48 PM Local Time
Kyle Cartwright Eliminated in 6th Place ($53,968)

Kyle Cartwright

The eliminations continued at a rapid pace as Kyle Cartwright moved his short stack into the middle preflop and was called quickly by Michael Kassem.

Cartwright's tournament life was at stake with the    against the    of Kassem.

The board ran out       and Cartwright was gone in sixth place.

Michael Kassem7,950,000450,000
Kyle Cartwright0-1,200,000
Monday, December 9, 2019 5:45 PM Local Time
Marshall White Eliminated in 7th Place ($42,058)

Marshall White

Soon after the previous elimination, there was another preflop all-in.

Marshall White was at risk with the    against the    of Ryan Jones.

The board ran out a clean       and White was eliminated in seventh place for $42,058.

Ryan Jones5,300,0001,600,000
Marshall White0-2,350,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander