The first stop of the 2012-13 World Series of Poker Circuit season has come to a close in Biloxi, Mississippi and Kyle Cartwright has won the last of 12 gold ring events that were hosted at the IP Casino. The final table of the $1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event concluded on Monday and Cartwright topped a field of 300 players to take home the top prize worth $107,992 and his fifth gold ring, which ties the record for most ever, now co-held by Mark Smith. Cartwright also secured a seat in the WSOP National Championship that will be contested in May 2013.
Three of Cartwright’s previous gold-ring victories came at preliminary events; twice at Tunica, and once in St. Louis. Cartwright also won the Main Event in St. Louis in 2011, so he now has two Main Event victories on the WSOP Circuit. He has 15 WSOP Circuit cashes and over $400,000 in winnings on the tour. “It feels good and it hasn’t taken that long,” Cartwright said of winning number five in an interview with the WSOP media staff. “It’s been about two years and I hope to get a lot more in the next few years. If someone gets six, I want seven. Whatever the record is, I want it.”
In the final hand of the tournament Brad Johnson moved all in preflop with K 7 and Cartwright called with pocket jacks. The board ran out A 6 3 6 4 and Cartwright clinched the victory just after taking a nearly 9-1 chip advantage into the heads-up final.
Cartwright cleared his toughest hurdle at the final table when he eliminated John Dolan in third place. In that hand Cartwright opened for 60,000 on the button and Dolan reraised to 150,000 on the small blind. Cartwright then moved all in and Dolan called all in. Cartwright held pocket sixes and Dolan flipped over A J. The board was dealt J T 2 6 K and Dolan was eliminated from the tournament after a successful Circuit stop.
Dolan had already won a gold ring in Biloxi by topping a field of 146 players in a $365 No Limit Hold’em event earlier on the schedule, and he was in the running to win Casino Champion honors until the final hours of the tournament series. As long as Dolan didn’t win the Main Event, Cory Wood needed at least a sixth-place finish to lock up the title of Casino Champion, and the automatic berth it would secure in the WSOP National Championship. Wood finished in fourth place at the final table, giving him three final tables in Biloxi, so when Dolan went out in third place the matter was settled and one of the compelling storylines of the day reached its conclusion.
The Main Event had the largest prize pool at the Circuit stop with $450,000 going to the top 30 finishers. The largest event in terms of participation was the $365 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry event that attracted 461 players and created a $138,300 prize pool. It should also be noted that Elisa Burkett became the first female to win a gold ring during the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit season when she topped a field of 103 players in Event No. 2 ($580 Turbo No Limit Hold’em) to win $15,449.
Event No. 11 ($1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event) Final Table Results:
1: Kyle Cartwright – $107,992
2: Brad Johnson – $66,744
3: John Dolan – $48,429
4: Cory Wood – $35,730
5: Jesus Cabrera – $26,798
6: Dennis Pasentine – $20,421
7: Tony Hatley – $15,804
8: Peter Shashy – $12,420
9: Patrick Eskander – $9,909
WSOP Circuit Biloxi Preliminary Ring Event Winners:
Event No. 1 ($365 No Limit Hold’em – 202 Entrants): Blake Barousse – $15,757
Event No. 2 ($580 Turbo No Limit Hold’em – 103 Entrants): Elisa Burkett – $15,449
Event No. 3 ($365 Pot Limit Omaha – 78 Entrants): Travis Johnston – $7,956
Event No. 4 ($365 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry – 461 Entrants): Caufman Talley – $29,743
Event No. 5 ($365 No Limit Hold’em – 171 Entrants): Ashly Butler – $13,850
Event No. 6 ($365 No Limit Hold’em – 146 Entrants): John Dolan – $12,265
Event No. 7 ($365 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em – 139 Entrants): Rondal Givens – $11,675
Event No. 8 ($365 No Limit Hold’em – 148 Entrants): Jonathan Taylor – $12,434
Event No. 9 ($1,125 No Limit Hold’em – 100 Entrants): Ben Mintz – $30,000
Event No. 10 ($365 No Limit Hold’em – 169 Entrants): Patrick Smith – $13,689
Event No. 11 ($580 No Limit Hold’em – 84 Entrants): Joshua Pender – $13,441
The next stop on the 2012-13 WSOP Circuit schedule will be hosted at the Horseshoe in Bossier City, Louisiana from September 13-24. The $1,675 No Limit Hold’em Main Event will run from September 22-24. BLUFF will bring you a recap of that WSOP Circuit stop at the conclusion of the Main Event.