Tuesday, December 7, 2021 12:14 AM Local Time (about 51 days and 19 hours ago)
2021 Harrah's Cherokee Main Event Champion - Donald Crabtree
Donald Crabtree won his first World Series of Poker Circuit bracelet and earned a payday of $329,828 on Monday, December 6 when he took down the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event. Crabtree, a Juliet, Tennessee native, earned the victory by defeating Scott Davis, who was also after his first ring, during heads-up play.
The marquee tournament attracted a total 1,375 entries over two starting flights and smashed the $1 million guarantee with a prize pool of $2,083,125 — the largest ever for a Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event.
Crabtree, who previously had $118,651 to his name in WSOP cashes, in part from a 220th place finish in the 2009 WSOP Main Event, said in a winner’s interview that he has been playing poker since 2005 and felt “overwhelmed” to win his first ring and cash for his best-ever score.
“It’s definitely better,” Crabtree said when asked about previous tournament scores. “Way better.”
Final Table Results
1st Place - Donald Crabtree - $329,828
2nd Place - Scott Davis - $203,849
3rd Place - Asaf Ben Shushan - $154,985
4th Place - Youssef Aly - $118,780
5th Place - Adam Ross - $91,770
6th Place - David Mzaruelov - $71,480
7th Place - Scott Reginatto - $56,134
8th Place - Rohit Kwatra - $44,449
9th Place - Jayson Henderson - $35,491
10th Place - Brian Altman - $28,577
Day 3 Action
Youseff Aly of Coopertown, Tennessee was the antagonist of Day 3 and took it upon himself to needle, taunt, and take digs at his opponents whenever possible.
"The poker game I play in my basement is stronger than this whole table,” Aly said at one point.
Georgia’s Adam Ross, who was looking for a second title in the Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event title after winning the event in 2018, ultimately fell short and was eliminated in fifth place for $91,770. Ross held the chip lead five-handed until a crucial hand where he doubled up Aly, who held the nut flush to Ross’ second nut flush. Aly was not humble or empathetic about being on the winning end of the massive cooler.
“I cracked him (Ross),” Aly later told the table. “I was going to call the paramedics for him.”
Aly took a big chip lead four-handed and threatened to “crack” his other opponents but was ultimately the next to go as his stack dwindled down and he got the rest of his chips in with eight-six against the ace-king of Asaf Ben Shushan. Shushan hit an ace on the flop and the rest is history.
Ross wasn’t the only player at the final table who Aly took aim at. Three-time Circuit ring winner Brian Altman, who was sent home in tenth place when he ran ace-jack into the big slick of Ross, was an early target of “the best poker player in Tennessee.”
"I will chop with anyone else at this table other than Mister ‘Oh, I'm a pro.’ Alt-man. Alt-MAN,” Aly said at the start of the final table, mispronouncing Altman’s name in various ways.
Crabtree said he did his best to not let Aly’s antics impact his poker play.
“We had one loudmouth. He gives a rough time,” said Crabtree. “It just irritates you.”
He continued, “I had to keep my head clear, so I just stayed focused on what I was trying to do. I knew what he was trying to do … they try to intimidate you a lot. I’ve been on other tables where people try to intimidate you. So I just stay cool and do what I do.”
Heads-up play began when Shushan ran queen-ten into the pocket kings of the eventual champion and was sent out in third place.
Crabtree entered the heads-up battle with a chip advantage and took a big lead by winning a string of small and medium pots. The final hand of the tournament occurred when Davis moved all-in with a straight draw and Crabtree called with trips. Davis couldn’t get there on the river and secured the victory for Crabtree, who celebrated with his twin brother and sister-in-law on the rail.
Other players who made Day 3 but came up short of Main Event glory include Christopher Carey, Scott Smile, Dylan Lemery, Matt Bond and Shanmukha Meruga.
That wraps up Main Event coverage on the tail end of an exciting and eventful WSOP Circuit stop at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 12:10 AM Local Time (about 51 days and 19 hours ago)
Donald Crabtree, 2021 Harrah's Cherokee Main Event Champion
In the final hand of the Main Event, Scott Davis limped in on the button and Donald Crabtree checked his option in the big blind.
Crabtree checked on the flop of and Davis bet 2,000,000 Crabtree called. Crabtree checked again on the turn and Davis moved all-in for around 4,500,000. Crabtree snap-called.
Scott Davis -
Donald Crabtree -
Davis was on a straight draw while Crabtree had trip nines and a straight draw himself. The river bricked off for Davis with the , locking up the victory for Crabtree for a score of $329,828 and his first Circuit ring, as well as a seat to the Tournament of Champions.
Scott Davis finished as the runner-up for $203,849.
Donald Crabtree - 41,000,000
Scott Davis - Eliminated in 2nd place for $203,849
Scott Davis, runner-up
A full recap and winner's story will be posted tonight.
Monday, December 6, 2021 11:57 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 19 hours ago)
After losing a string of pots in a row, Scott Davis jammed all in preflop from the small blind and was called by Donald Crabtree.
The flop gave Davis a set at once as it came [3h . The turn was the and the river came the to give him a double.
Donald Crabtree - 33,650,000
Scott Davis - 7,600,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 11:43 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 20 hours ago)
Donald Crabtree limped in from the button and called when Scott Davis raised to 1,400,000.
Crabtree checked on the flop and Davis checked back. Crabtree then bet 1,500,000 on the turn and Davis called.
Crabtree fired another barrel of 3,000,000 on the turn and Davis called. Crabtree turned over for kings full of jacks to win the pot.
Donald Crabtree - 27,000,000
Scott Davis - 14,000,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 11:36 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 20 hours ago)
Scott Davis limped the button. Asaf Ben Shushan jammed all in from the small blind. Donald Crabtree re-jammed from the big blind and Davis folded.
Ben Shushan looked to the ceiling and cursed as he already knew he was in trouble and indeed he was as Crabtree revealed the which was well ahead of the of Ben Shushan.
The flop came . The turn was the to give a straight draw but the river came the which was the last card of his tournament as he was eliminated in 3rd place and secure the largest score of his poker career, topping his previous best, the 2nd place finish he had in the 2019 Horseshoe Tunica Main Event.
Donald Crabtree - 27,750,000
Scott Davis - 13,500,000
Asaf Ben Shushan - Eliminated in 3rd Place for $154,985
Monday, December 6, 2021 11:23 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 20 hours ago)
Asaf Ben Shushan got several shoves through, putting pressure on his opponents short-handed and sitting second in chips and scooping some valuable blinds and antes.
A few hands later, Donald Crabtree completed from the small blind and Scott Davis checked his option in the big blind. The dealer fanned a flop of and Crabtree checked, followed by a check behind from Davis.
The turn was the . Crabtree checked again, and this time Davis bet 700,000. Crabtree wasted no time and check-raised to 2,000,000. Davis called and the two players saw the on the river. Crabtree led out for 2,000,000 and Davis went into the tank. "Fives have been good to you." Eventually, he folded.
Donald Crabtree - 23,000,000
Asaf Ben Shushan - 10,500,000
Scott Davis - 7,500,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 11:18 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 20 hours ago)
All three players saw the flop of . Asaf Ben Shushan bet, Donald Crabtree called and Scott Davis folded.
The turn was the . Both players checked. The river came the . Ben Shushan ben 700,000. Crabtree raised to 1,500,000. Ben Shushan shook his head and was perturbed by the raise before eventually he called.
Crabtree tabled the and collected the pot.
Donald Crabtree - 24,000,000
Scott Davis - 9,500,000
Asaf Ben Shushan - 7,500,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 11:11 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 20 hours ago)
Scott Davis opened to 1,200,000 on the button and Asaf Ben Shushan three-bet jammed from the small blind. Davis called before even getting a count.
Asaf Ben Shushan:
Shushan was flipping for his tournament life but the flop came to give him a set of threes and have Davis drawing dead headed to the turn and river.
"Nice hand," Davis said quietly.
Scott Davis - 9,500,000
Asaf Ben Shushan -14,000,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 10:58 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 20 hours ago)
Monday, December 6, 2021 10:47 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 20 hours ago)
Asaf Ben Shushan opened to 1,000,000 from the small blind and Donald Crabtree defended from the big blind.
Shushan checked on the flop and Crabtree bet 500,000. Shushan called. Shushan checked again on the turn and called another bet of 500,000 from his opponent.
Shushan checked once more on the river and Crabtree checked back. Shushan showed for kings full of fives and Crabtree did not show.
Scott Davis - 17,000,000
Asaf Ben Shushan - 12,500,000
Donald Crabtree - 12,000,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 10:42 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 21 hours ago)
Asaf Ben Shushan moved all in from the cutoff for about 6,000,000 and Youseff Aly called from the small blind for his last 3,700,000.
Shushan tabled , and Aly said, "I have faith in this hand" as he revealed .
The flop came and Shushan took a commanding lead with a pair of aces. The turn was the and Aly was left drawing dead to the on the river.
Aly left to collect his payout, and as Shushan was stacking his chips he said, "we finally got rid of him. At least it will be a gentleman's game for the rest of the night."
Asaf Ben Shushan - 9,000,000
Youseff Aly - Eliminated in 4th place for $118,780
Monday, December 6, 2021 10:35 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 21 hours ago)
Youssef Aly raised under the gun, Donald Crabtree called in the big blind.
The flop came . Aly bet 1,400,000, Crabtree called. The turn was the . Both players checked it.
The river was the . Crabtree led out for 1,500,000. Aly called.
Crabtree showed the for the rivered full boat. Aly showed the in frustration as he was sent very short.
Donald Crabtree - 18,500,000
Youssef Aly - 3,000,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 10:26 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 21 hours ago)
Scott Davis opened to 850,000 from under-the-gun and Youssef Aly defended out of the big blind.
Aly checked on the flop of and Davis checked back. Aly checked again on the turn and Davis fired a bet of 1,000,000. Aly folded.
Scott Davis - 17,000,000
Youssef Aly - 12,500,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 10:16 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 21 hours ago)
Donald Crabtree raised from the small blind and Youssef Aly called from the big.
The flop came . Aly bet 500,000 and Crabtree called.
The turn was the . Aly bet 2,000,000 and Crabtree moved all in, Aly folded after about 30 seconds and Crabtree collected the pot.
Donald Crabtree - 14,200,000
Youssel Aly, 10,350,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 10:10 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 21 hours ago)
Scott Davis opened to 800,000 from the small blind and Asaf Benn Shushan three-bet shoved from the big blind.
"Every time I make a standard open, you have it," Davis said before folding.
Just a few hands later, Davis opened to 800,000 from the cutoff and Shushan shoved from the button. Once again, Davis laid it down.
Scott Davis - 9,000,000
Asaf Benn Shushan - 8,500,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 9:59 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 21 hours ago)
Monday, December 6, 2021 9:44 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 22 hours ago)
The final 4 players are on another 15-minute break, returning at 9:58 p.m.
Youssef Aly - 12,500,000
Donald Crabtree - 11,300,000
Scott Davis - 9,000,000
Asaf Ben Shushan - 6,500,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 9:39 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 22 hours ago)
Youseff Aly limped in from the small blind and Scott Davis checked his option in the big blind.
Aly checked on the flop of and Davis bet 400,000. Aly called.
"Why does everyone think checking means weakness?" asked Aly. "Me checking is not weakness."
Aly checked on the turn and and called a bet of 700,000 from Davis. Both players then checked on the river and Aly showed for a rivered flush to win the pot.
A few hands later, Aly limped in on the button and Davis called in the small blind. Aly bet 400,000 when checked to on the flop. Davis called.
Bother players checked on the turn and Davis led out for 1,000,000 on the river.
"Nah. I'm going to keep him small. Just like he is," Aly said before folding.
Youseff Aly - 13,500,000
Scott Davis - 5,000,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 9:26 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 22 hours ago)
Scott Davis raised to 650,000 on the button and Donald Crabtree defended his big blind. The flop came , Crabtree checked, Davis bet 550,000 and Crabtree called.
The turn brought the and both players checked to see the complete the board on the river. Crabtree bet 800,000 and Davis tossed in a single chip to call. Crabtree tabled for top pair and Davis winced before tapping the table and saying "very nice," as he paid the bet.
Youseff Aly - 14,000,000
Donald Crabtree - 11,500,000
Asaf Ben Shushan - 9,000,000
Scott Davis - 7,000,000
Monday, December 6, 2021 9:24 PM Local Time (about 51 days and 22 hours ago)
From under the gun, Scott Davis raised and Youssef Aly defended in the big blind.
The flop came . Aly check-called a bet of 300,000 from Davis. The turn was the . Both players checked it.
The river came the . Aly led with a bet of 1,500,000. Davis called and Aly mucked as he sent some of his chips over to Davis.
Youssef Aly - 13,800,000
Scott Davis - 7,100,000