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The $1,700 Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event of the 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) drew in 1,057 entries across two starting flights. Following 11 hours of play on the final day, Billy Cashwell (cover image) emerged as the champion, claiming his first-ever WSOPC gold ring for a personal-best score of $271,234.
Cashwell had entered the final table with second largest stack and eliminated Dinh Ba, en route to the heads-up play against eventual runner-up Forrest Raleigh. Though Raleigh was in the lead at the start of the final showdown, Cashwell made an incredible comeback to whisk the title away from Raleigh.
Talking about his victory, Cashwell said in the post-event interview, “Great. I’ve been out here for a while.”
When asked about his plans of traveling outside of Cherokee in the future, he said, “Maybe a few more stops on the circuit.”
A total of 159 players received payouts and the notable names among them included Srinivasa Vadlamudi (13th for $18,123), 13-time WSOPC ring winner Maurice Hawkins (16th for $14,841), Asher Conniff (19th for $12,273), Ryan Eriquezzo (45th for $4,851), Srikanth Yadlapati (85th for $2,987) and Scott Sanders (104th for $2,658).
Wayne Whittinghill (11th for $22,347) bubbled the final table.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Thomas Alcorn – 8,020,000
2. Billy Cashwell – 4,355,000
3. Rodney Seymour – 2,830,000
4. Dann Turner – 2,825,000
5. Martin Kozlov – 2,665,000
6. Shawn McClanahan – 2,570,000
7. Dinh Ba – 2,500,000
8. Robert Georato – 2,435,000
9. Forrest Raleigh – 2,400,000
10. Brad Albrinck – 1,675,000
Final Table Recap
Dinh Ba was the first player to be eliminated from the final table when his pocket eights ran into Billy Cashwell’s pocket kings, ending the former’s run in tenth place.
At the start of level 32, Robert Georato’s were cracked by Thomas Alcorn’s which hit a Broadway straight on the river. Georato walked out in ninth place.
Less than 30 minutes later, Shawn McClanahan’s were bested by Dann Turner’s , leading to McClanahan’s eighth-place exit.
Next to depart was Rodney Seymour when his were no match for Martin Kozlov’s which flopped a pair of queens, ousting Seymour in seventh place.
However, Martin Kozlov wasn’t able to retain his seat at the final table for long and became the next player to be eliminated when his locked horns against Forrest Raleigh’s . Raleigh rivered a spades flush on the runout , sending Kozlov to the rail in sixth place.
Down to five-handed play, Brad Albrinck jammed from the button with and Thomas Alcorn re-shoved holding . The board bricked, and Alcorn’s pocket jacks won him the pot, eliminating Albrinck in fifth place.
Finishing in fourth place was Dann Turner. His was defeated by Alcorn’s that flopped a set.
Three-handed play continued for a little over an hour before Thomas Alcorn moved all-in with and Raleigh called with . The board brought and Raleigh turned a full house, eliminating Alcorn in third place.
The heads-up play between Forrest Raleigh and Billy Cashwell started with the former enjoying a commanding lead over Cashwell. While Raleigh held on to the chip lead for much of the final showdown, on the penultimate hand, with the board open , he pitted his against Cashwell’s . Both players had found two pairs on the board, but Cashwell was in the lead with the stronger pair of nines and sevens. The on the river completed the board, and Cashwell won the pot to take over the chip lead for the first time in the heads-up play.
On the very next hand, down to just 16 big blinds, Raleigh shoved all-in for his last 6.6 Million from the button and Cashwell immediately made the call.
The board fanned out . While Raleigh did pick up a pair of sevens on the turn, Cashwell hit a nine-high straight to clinch his first WSOPC gold ring, along with a career-best score of $271,234.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Billy Cashwell – $271,234
2. Forrest Raleigh -$167,637
3. Thomas Alcorn – $126,188
4. Dann Turner – $95,847
5. Brad Albrinck – $73,467
6. Martin Kozlov – $56,832
7. Rodney Seymour – $44,373
8. Shawn McClanahan – $34,971
9. Robert Georato – $27,822
10. Dinh Ba – $22,347
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