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2023/24 WSOP Circuit - Harrah's Cherokee (North Carolina)

Friday, February 23, 2024 to Sunday, February 25, 2024

WSOPC Event #12: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $2,513,385
  • Entries: 1,659
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, February 26, 2024 10:25 PM Local Time


The third and final day of the $1,700 Main Event returned 19 players at noon and it was a long battle for the players at the final table. During four-handed play, Tyler Barnes opened up a chip lead that proved to be insurmountable. He knocked out every player at the final table and won his second career WSOPC ring, a seat to the 2024 Tournament of Champions and $383,856.

Barnes also eclipsed his career best cash by almost ten-fold. "It feels great to win," Barnes said. "I'd like to give a shoutout to Ryan D'Angelo for coaching and supporting me through this."

Rubin Chappell was the first to go when he staked his short stack on    , got called by Barnes' pocket sevens and spiked a seven on the flop. About 30 minutes later, Christopher Mo got his chips in with a pair of kings and flush draw but Barnes flopped an ace. Barnes picked up two quick eliminations to set the tone for the final table.

David Yue won his first ring earlier in the week in Event #2 and was short stacked for much of the final table. He found     to stick it in with, but Barnes had him out-kicked with    . Yue didn't improve and Barnes picked up another elimination.

Andrew Moreno got coolered out of the tournament when he four-bet shoved with pocket jacks and Barnes woke up with kings. The board ran out queen-high and Barnes knocked out his fourth consecutive player.

The remaining players went to the dinner break five-handed and Barnes was just shy of holding half the chips in play. After they returned, Adam Hendrix shoved preflop with     and Barnes called with pocket nines. The board ran          , Hendrix missed his draws and was eliminated.

Wang was at the turn of a         board when Barnes bet enough to put Wang all in. He tanked, called with pocket kings and saw bad news when Barnes had     for trips. The river came   and Wang was eliminated

Hawkins was looking to break his three-way tie of second place of WSOPC rings with fifteen. But he was under ten big blinds for a good bit before he made a final stand holding    . Barnes made two pair with     and he was ready for heads-up play.

The battle lasted a single hand when they went to a limped flop of      . Gilbert moved all in and Barnes snap-called. Gilbert paired his queen with     and Barnes was drawing live with    . The board completed    , Barnes made a straight and the event was over.

Dale Roesel, Ryan D'Angelo and Matthew Osorio all made the final two tables. Fikret Kovac, Leif Force, Richard Seymour, Ricky Ali and Jonathan Hilton finished in the top 50. Marshall White, Kelly Andrews, Roland Israelashvili, Preston McEwen and Hamid Izadi all turned in Day 2 cashes.

The WSOP Circuit picks up and heads north to the Horseshoe Hammond outside Chicago. They have 16 official ring events beginning February 29th-March 11th and a Main Event with a $1 million guarantee.

Final Table Results

  1. Tyler Barnes - $383,856
  2. Zachary Gilbert - $237,256
  3. Maurice Hawkins - $178,870
  4. Michael Wang - $136,052
  5. Adam Hendrix - $104,413
  6. Andrew Moreno - $80,857
  7. David Yue - $63,188
  8. Christopher Mo - $49,836
  9. Rubin Chappell - $39,876
Monday, February 26, 2024 9:24 PM Local Time

Tyler Barnes, WSOPC Cherokee Main Event Winner

Heads-up play between Zak Gilbert and Tyler Barnes wasn't a long affair. They saw a limped flop for their first hand that came      . Gilbert moved in and Barnes called.


The board ran out    , Barnes made a straight and Gilbert settled for second place.

Tyler Barnes - 66,360,000
Zak Gilbert - Eliminated in 2nd place ($237,856)

Zak Gilbert, 2nd place

A complete recap will be posted later tonight!
Monday, February 26, 2024 9:14 PM Local Time


Maurice Hawkins moved all in on the button for 2.95 million, Zak Gilbert called and Tyler Barnes also called. The two active players checked to the river on a board of          .


Hawkins was eliminated and his words, "He was denied his 16th WSOPC ring," as he exited the stage.

Monday, February 26, 2024 9:05 PM Local Time
Tyler Barnes has a significant chip lead and is applying pressure to Zak Gilbert and Maurice Hawkins. The short stacks are looking for spots to shove, but Barnes isn't making it easy.
Monday, February 26, 2024 8:53 PM Local Time
Tyler Barnes - 58,335,000
Zack Gilbert - 5,300,000
Maurice Hawkins - 2.725,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, February 26, 2024 8:51 PM Local Time


Michael Wang and Tyler Barnes went to a raised flop of      . Wang checked, Barnes bet 1.5 million and Wang check-raised to 3.7 million. Barnes called, the turn came   and Wang checked. Barnes tossed out 4 million - enough to cover Wang - and he went deep into tank.

Wang finally called, Barnes showed     and Wang was drawing thin with    . The river came   and Wang was eliminated.

Monday, February 26, 2024 8:41 PM Local Time


Tyler Barnes opened to 1.6 million, Adam Hendrix moved all in from the big blind and Barnes called.


The board ran          , all of Hendrix's draws missed and he was eliminated from the final table.

Monday, February 26, 2024 8:34 PM Local Time
Level: 35
Blinds: 300000/600000
Ante: 600000
Monday, February 26, 2024 8:32 PM Local Time

Michael Wang and Tyler Barnes built a pot of over 6 million on the turn of        . Wang bet 2.5 million and Barnes stuck out a large stack of red chips that covered Wang. He tanked for a while and finally folded.

Wang - 3.5 million
Barnes - 33 million

Monday, February 26, 2024 8:23 PM Local Time
Zak Gilbert got his short stack all in with pocket fives and Tyler Barnes called with    . The board ran          , Gilbert doubled to 9.75 million.
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, February 26, 2024 7:57 PM Local Time

Michael Wang opened to 1 million, Tyler Barnes called and Maurice Hawkins raised to 2.9 million - leaving only 50,000 behind. Wang and Barnes called to see the       flop. All three players checked, the turn came   and they all checked again. The river came  , Hawkins tossed his last 50,000 in and Wang called.

Hawkins tabled     for two pair and Wang held    .

Wang - 10.5 million
Hawkins - 10 million

Monday, February 26, 2024 7:37 PM Local Time
The five players have returned and cards are flying.
Monday, February 26, 2024 7:37 PM Local Time
Level: 34
Blinds: 250000/500000
Ante: 500000
Monday, February 26, 2024 6:53 PM Local Time

The five remaining players are on a 45-minute dinner break.

Zak Gilbert - 5.5 million
Michael Wang - 14.3 million
Adam Hendrix - 15.2 million
Tyler Barnes - 27 million
Maurice Hawkins - 7 million

Monday, February 26, 2024 6:33 PM Local Time


Andrew Moreno opened to 800,000, Tyler Barnes raised to 2.2 million and Moreno moved all in. Barnes called and the hands were tabled.


The board ran          , Moreno's jacks didn't improve and he was eliminated in sixth place.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Monday, February 26, 2024 6:31 PM Local Time


Tyler Barnes opened, David Yue shoved his short stack and Barnes called.


The board ran          , Yue didn't improve and was eliminated.

Monday, February 26, 2024 6:19 PM Local Time

Michael Wang opened to 800,000, Maurice Hawkins called in the big blind and the flop came      . Hawkins checked, Wang bet 550,000 and Hawkins called. The turn came  , Hawkins checked and Wang bet 1 million. Hawkins called, the river came   and Hawkins shoved for 1.6 million.

Wang tanked for a while, Hawkins pulled his hoodie over his head and Wang eventually mucked.

Hawkins - 6.7 million
Wang - 5.3 million

Monday, February 26, 2024 5:59 PM Local Time

David Yue open-shoved 1.775 million and Andrew Moreno called in the big blind.


The board ran           and Tue doubled to 4.5 million.

Monday, February 26, 2024 5:50 PM Local Time
Level: 33
Blinds: 200000/400000
Ante: 400000
Monday, February 26, 2024 5:32 PM Local Time


Christopher Mo and Tyler Barnes built a pot of over 2 million by the turn on a board of        . Mo bet 2.4 million, Barnes raised to 5.5 million and Mo shoved. Barnes called and they tabled their hands.


The river came  , Barnes had aces up and Mo was eliminated.

Playtika - Jason Alexander