Till April – Cherokee



The first stop of two on the 2014-2015 WSOP Circuit schedule at Harrah’s Cherokee has come and gone. There were 12 gold ring winners over the course of the 12 day series including APAC Main Event Champion, Scott Davies.

Davies won his first career WSOP Circuit gold ring in Event #9 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em and then went on to finish in 33rd place in the Main Event. Davies two cashes earned him $29,830.

The series saw a an increase in numbers from previous year’s. Event #1 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry broke the record for the largest ever WSOP event at Harrah’s Cherokee. Karthik Ramakrishnan went on to defeat the 1,930 player field for $91,166 and his first WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Another record breaking field during this series was the Seniors Event. The Seniors Event drew 829 entries creating a prize pool of $165,800. It was the largest Seniors Event in WSOP history. Diana Dinsler went on to top the field and earn the first place prize of $32,322 and a gold ring.

The Main Event field size was nearly up 20% from last year. This year the Main Event drew 797 entries compared to 665 last year. The 797 entries created a massive prize pool of $1,195,500. The winner of the Main Event was Jake Bazeley. He won $239,096, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and berth in the National Championship. A full report on Bazeley’s victory can be found on WSOP.com.

Joining Bazeley at this year’s National Championship will be the Harrah’s Casino Champion, Raymond “Trey” Walton. Walton won Event #5 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em and then went on to finish in fourth place in the Main Event to secure the Casino Champion title. He earned $103,768 for his two cashes. A full report on Walton’s Harrah’s Cherokee series will be made available within the next few days.

The WSOP Circuit will be returning to Harrah’s Cherokee April 16, 2015 for another 12 day series of tournaments. The ninth stop of the 2014-2015 WSOP Circuit is currently running at Harrah’s California in Valley Center, Calif. Follow the action of the series on WSOP.com.

Next stop for the WSOP Circuit is Harrah’s Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. The series will begin this upcoming Thursday and run through Monday, December 22. It features 12 gold ring events and will conclude with a $1,675 Main Event.

Cherokee has been another great stop on the 2014-2015 WSOP Circuit. See you in April!

Jake Bazeley Wins the Main Event

Jake Bazeley
Jake Bazeley broke through for his first WSOP-related victory Monday night in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N.C. Bazeley, a 31-year-old professional poker player from Cincinnati, earned $239,096, a Circuit gold ring and a berth in the season-ending National Championship following the hard-fought win.

Despite laying claim to nearly $2 million in tournament earnings, Bazeley owned just two career victories prior to Monday night. While his resume boasts runner-up finishes in both a $1,500 bracelet event and a Circuit Main Event, Bazeley hadn’t broken through on the WSOP stage until he made the journey south to Cherokee. With those close calls in his rearview mirror, Bazeley put all his confidence in his solid play and left the rest up to the cards.

“I never really go by leaderboards and points and stuff like that,” Bazeley said. “I’m just more about making money and at the same time having fun and being competitive with it. Winning is winning. I don’t really do it to get points or a ring or anything. I just want to win.”

Bazeley began the third and final day of play in the Cherokee finale second of 12 remaining players and well within reach of an elusive title. Play moved fast to start and the field narrowed to the official nine-handed final table in less than an hour. Early on, Bazeley, who remained second in chips at the time, looked down at aces and after a few rounds of betting, saw chip leader Hai Le six-bet shove jacks into him. Bazeley snap called and earned a pot worth nearly 7,000,000 chips — almost half those in play. Bazeley retained his sizable lead all the way to three-handed play and looked down at pocket kings. Again his opponent did the betting for him when Caleb Brown moved all in and again Bazeley snap called. Brown held queens and never improved. From there, Bazeley went into heads up play against Chad DeBerry with about a 3-to-1 advantage and the rest was history.

“I just had some hands in fortunate spots where people just weren’t folding to me,” Bazeley said of his good fortune. “I got very lucky to wake up with some hands in the right situations.”

One player who didn’t share in Bazeley’s good fortune was fellow tournament pro Darryll Fish. Fish who also lays claim to nearly $2 million in career earnings, moved all in holding on an board. His opponent, Le, called and instantly tabled for a set. Fish never improved and with that, Bazeley’s most feared foe hit the rail shy of the final table.

“It hasn’t even set in yet,” Bazeley said of the win. “I’ve been working so hard to get a win and been so close. Poker, you can get close and you still get paid well, but you don’t get that fully satisfied feeling until you win. Hopefully when this sets in I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished what I wanted to.”

Bazeley made the trip to Cherokee with close friends Fish, Jared Jaffee and the Massey brothers Aaron and Ralph. Together, the quintet accounted for four in-the-money finishes and more than $263,000 in earnings in the championship event alone. After his victory, Bazeley gave a nod to those who helped him along the road to the winner’s circle.

“That just makes these tournaments so much better,” Bazeley said of sharing the victory with friends. “They’re very long days. When you’ve got someone else to enjoy the ups and downs of poker with you it just makes it so much better.”

Bazeley’s life wasn’t always about poker. While a senior in high school, his basketball team qualified for the state championship game and he ended up being offered a Division II college scholarship. He logged four years playing for Christian Brothers University in Memphis and two years coaching there. During his playing years, he and his teammates would often be confined to their rooms on game nights. To pass the time, they’d play poker and this marked Bazeley’s introduction to the game.

“We’d have a lot of nights where we weren’t allowed to go out partying because we had games and we’d just sit around and play cards,” Bazeley said. “Eventually you just meet more and more poker friends and get into different games and different formats.”

The Main Event marked the last of the ring events on the Harrah’s Cherokee schedule. The $1,675 finale drew 797 entries — nearly 20 percent more than last year — creating a $1,195,500 prize pool. The early stages of play were headlined by 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, this year’s APAC Main Event champion Scott Davies and three-time Super Bowl champion Richard Seymour. Seymour and Raymer took two shots at it, but ultimately came up dry of an in-the-money finish. Davies, meanwhile, capped off a hot year with a 33rd place finish and $5,475 score. Others to finish in the money included David Nicholson (77th, $2,977), Ralph Massey (71st, $3,240), Jaffee (69th, $3,240), Brian Reinert (54th, $3,873), Nicholas Palma (52nd, ($3,873), Tyler Morris (32nd, $5,475), Viet Vo (24th, $8,536), Kyle Cartwright (21st, $10,126) and Fish (11th, $18,148).

“Harrah’s Cherokee is my favorite Circuit stop of the year,” Bazeley said of the North Carolina property. “The fields are massive and everyone here is having a good time. They’re really nice and treat you well.”

With Bazeley’s victory comes the conclusion of the Harrah’s Cherokee Circuit series (the first of two on the schedule this year), but WSOP action starts up again this Thursday at Harrah’s Atlantic City. More on that series is available on WSOP.com.

Harrah’s Cherokee final table results:

1st: Jake Bazeley – $239,096
2nd: Chad DeBerry – $147,405
3rd: Caleb Brown – $108,671
4th: Raymond “Trey” Walton – $80,995
5th: Dan Gilmer – $61,174
6th: Ray Kazerouni – $46,804
7th: Hai Le – $36,260
8th: Corey Bierria – $28,441
9th: Mark Dumonski – $22,583

Samuel Scheidecker Wins the Final Event in Cherokee


U.S. Navy member, Sam Scheidecker, wins his first gold ring in the final event of the Harrah’s Cherokee series.

Harrah’s Cherokee (December 8,2014) – Just minutes before the Main Event finished, Sam Scheidecker took down Event #12 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em just across the room to earn his first WSOP Circuit gold ring. Scheidecker defeated a field of 274 entries to earn $19,730.

The 27-year-old is currently a member of the U.S. Navy and spends a lot of his free time playing poker. This is his fourth career WSOP cash and by far his largest. Scheidecker finished in 24th place in Event #11, so he has now cashed two events in a row.

“It’s pretty good because my buddy over here hasn’t got [a][ring] yet, so now I can rub it in his face on the drive home, ” said Scheidecker in joking attitude about how it felt to win a ring.

Scheidecker says that he may be going to play in the Atlantic City WSOP Circuit series that begins later this week to try to keep his good roll going. Scheidecker is from Bristol, Pennsylvania, so AC is right up in his neck of the woods. He made a final table at the Atlantic City Circuit stop two years ago for his first ever WSOP cash. This time he will be returning to AC with a ring under his belt and more confidence in his game than ever.

Event #12 was the final of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N.C. The $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament attracted 274 players generating a $82,200 prize pool. The top 30 players were paid.

Final Table Results:

1st:  Samuel Scheidecker – $19,730
2nd: Jesse Ingle III – $12,192
3rd:  Joseph Gregory – $8,846
4th:  Kenneth Ware – $6,527
5th:  Sherwin Samuel – $4,895
6th:  Robert Kessler – $3,730
7th:  John Moe – $2,887
8th:  Larry Fesmire – $2,269
9th:  John Humphries – $1,810


Last Final Table in Cherokee

The Event #12- $365 No-Limit Hold’em final table has just been reached. The final nine players are competing for the first place prize money of $19,730 and the last gold ring of the series. All of the players that have made it this far are guaranteed to leave with at least $1,810.

Here is a look at the final table seating assignments and chip counts:

  • Seat 1:Joe Gregory – 287,000 (28 BBs)
  • Seat 2: John Humphries – 365,000 (36 BBs)
  • Seat 3: Samuel Scheidecker – 422,000 (42 BBs)
  • Seat 4: Jesse Ingle III – 387,000 (38 BBs)
  • Seat 5: Chip Fesmire – 186,000 (18 BBs)
  • Seat 6: John Moe – 133,000 (13 BBs)
  • Seat 7: Ken Ware – 337,000 (33 BBs)
  • Seat 8: Sherwin Samuel – 321,000 (32 BBs)
  • Seat 9: Carter Kessler – 231,000 (23 BBs)

Final Day in Cherokee


A $239,096 first prize is on the line as play in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee heads to Day 3 beginning today at noon ET. Chad DeBerry (pictured) has worked his way through a star-studded field and sets the pace with just 12 players remaining. DeBerry lays claim to 2,405,000 and leads decorated tournament pros Jake Bazeley and Darryll Fish.

Here’s a look at how the final 12 stack up:

1. Chad DeBerry – 2,405,000 (80 BBs)
2. Jake Bazeley – 2,240,000 (74 BBs)
3. Hai Le – 2,000,000 (66 BBs)
4. Caleb Brown – 1,405,000 (46 BBs)
5. Fikret Kovac – 1,390,000 (46 BBs)
6. Daniel Gilmer – 1,300,000 (43 BBs)
7. Corey Bierria – 1,265,000 (42 BBs)
8. Darryll Fish – 1,250,000 (41 BBs)
9. Raymond Walton – 1,180,000 (39 BBs)
10. Ray Khzerouni – 740,000 (24 BBs)
11. Kong Yang – 480,000 (16 BBs)
12. Mark Dumonski – 375,000 (12 BBs)

Day 3 blinds begin at 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante

Each of the 12 remaining players has secured a score of at least $18,148, but all are within reach of the Circuit gold ring and National Championship berth that complement the six-figure first prize.

Complete payout information is available under at WSOP.com.

Don’t forget, live updates from the tournament floor will be available right here on WSOP.com through the event’s conclusion.

Also playing today is Day 2 of Event #12 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em. There are 16 players returning that will be competing for the top prize of $19,730 and a WSOP Circuit gold ring. Day 2 starting chip counts for this event can be found on WSOP.com.

Cherokee – Event #12 Chip Counts

Event #12 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em has completed 18 level and has bagged for the night with 16 players remaining. The remaining players will return tomorrow at 1 p.m. for Day 1 and the conclusion of the event. The remaining players are guaranteed to cash for at least $1,004. The eventual winner will take home $19,730 and WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Here are the chip counts heading into Day 2:

RankFirst NameLast NameChip CountTable/Seat
5JesseIngle III244,00010/1

Day 2 of the Cherokee Main Event Complete


After three grueling days and nearly 36 hours of play, the 797-entry field in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee is down to the final 12 players. Chad DeBerry leads the way as one of just three players over the 2,000,000-chip mark, but is trailed by the likes of tournament pros Jake Bazeley (pictured) and Darryll Fish. DeBerry lays claim to 2,405,000 while Bazeley sits second with 2,240,000 and Fish eighth with 1,250,000.

For Bazeley, a Cincinnati native with nearly $1,700,000 in career earnings, this marks his 19th Circuit cash and he eyes his eighth WSOP-related final table. With more than $1,400,000 in reported cashes, Fish’s tournament earnings rival that of Bazeley’s. Most notably, Fish lays claim to a ninth-place finish in the 2009 WSOP Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship for $77,136 and third-place finish in a $5,000 eight-handed event at the 2013 Series for $215,286. While DeBerry’s accolades are much more modest, it’s he who holds the not-so-modest chip lead.

Here’s a complete look at the chip counts heading to Monday’s Day 3:

1. Chad DeBerry – 2,405,000
2. Jake Bazeley – 2,240,000
3. Hai Le – 2,000,000
4. Caleb Brown – 1,405,000
5. Fikret Kovac – 1,390,000
6. Daniel Gilmer – 1,300,000
7. Corey Bierria – 1,265,000
8. Darryll Fish – 1,250,000
9. Raymond Walton – 1,180,000
10. Ray Khzerouni – 740,000
11. Kong Yang – 480,000
12. Mark Dumonski – 375,000

Play begins with blinds of 15,000/30,000 and a 5,000 ante

The above 12 players reconvene for the third and decisive day of play Monday at 12 p.m. Each remaining has locked up $18,148 for their efforts, but all eye a $239,096 first prize, the Circuit gold ring and a berth in the National Championship.

Day 2 kicked off Sunday with 154 entries left vying for a Circuit title. Notables such as 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer and this year’s APAC Main Event champion Scott Davies headlined the action along with fellow bracelet winners Jared Jaffee, Leif Force, Jonathan Taylor and Kyle Cartwright. Just the top 81 players would finish in the money and the chips went flying early as it took less than three hours to burst the money bubble.

While Raymer, Force and Taylor would go home empty handed, Jaffee (69th, $3,240), Davies (33rd, $5,474) and Cartwright (21st, $10,126) all played their way to a payday. Others to finish in the money included David Nicholson (77th, $2,977), Ralph Massey (71st, $3,240), Brian Reinert (54th, $3,873), Nicholas Palma (52nd, ($3,873), Tyler Morris (32nd, $5,475) and Viet Vo (24th, $8,536).

Up-to-date results from the tournament are available at WSOP.com.

Play resumes tomorrow at noon.

Cody Pack Wins the Turbo Event in Cherokee


Cody Pack wins his first gold ring and $21,504 in Cherokee’s turbo event.

Cherokee, N.C. – (December 8, 2014) – Cody Pack wins his first WSOP Circuit gold ring late into Saturday night in Event #11 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em. Pack continues to have success at this property and has now cashed in a tournament in all three year’s that the Circuit has stopped here.

The 39-year-old from Cartersville, Georgia came into the tournament with the mindset of winning. He was hungry for the ring and that was where all of his focus went to. Heads-up play between him and his opponent, Neal Gogol, lasted several levels with the chips swaying back and forth. Runner-up was not something Pack was interested in even know the payday was still a healthy $13,000. Eventually Pack was able to distance himself from Gogol and then knocked him out with pocket aces to win the tournament.

“I can’t freaking believe I have that right there [the][ring],” said Pack as he grabbed the ring. You just don’t know. That is bad ass to me.”

Pack came close to earning his first back in September when he finished in third place in a $365 No-Limit Hold’em event at the IP Biloxi stop. This time Pack was able to close the deal and pick up his first gold ring as well as his largest WSOP score ever.

This is Pack’s third cash of the series. He finished in 14th place in the re-entry event and 31st in Event #8 and now has a total earnings of $28,777 at this year’s Harrah’s Cherokee stop alone.

Event #11 was the eleventh of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N.C. The $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo tournament attracted 305 players generating a $91,500 prize pool. The top 33 players were paid.

Final table results:

1st:  Cody Pack – $21,504
2nd: Neal Gogol – $13,295
3rd:  John Horsley – $9,656
4th:  Thomas Coan – $7,132
5th:  Quentin Crossley – $5,355
6th:  Chad Little – $4,084
7th:  Keith Labonte – $3,163
8th:  Daniel Willingham – $2,487
9th:  Jess Jackson – $1,985

Cherokee’s Closing Event: Prize Pool

The prize pool for the final event at the Harrah’s Cherokee stop has been announced. Event #12 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em drew 274 entries creating a prize pool of $82,800. The top 30 spots will be paid with the 30th place finisher earning $557.

The winner will take home the first place prize money of $19,730, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 National Championship points.

Play will last through Level 18 tonight before players bag. Surviving players will return tomorrow at 1 p.m. for Day 2 and conclusion of the event.

Here is a look at the final table payouts:


Complete payouts can be found on WSOP.com.

Casino Championship Update – Cherokee


1 – Cody Pack
62.5 1 3 $28,777
2 – Scott Cooper
62.5 0 4 $26,515
3 – Chad Reynolds
62.5 0 2 $25,280
4 – Kelly Andrews
60 0 2 $25,841
5 – Steven Snyder
52.5 1 2 $28,194


It is a tight race at the top of the leaderboard. Cody Pack won Event #11 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em last night to take the lead in the Casino Championship. Pack is also the only player remaining in the Main Event from the top five in the standings. He will extend his lead if he cash in the Main Event.

The other players will have to cash in Event #12 if they want to pass Pack. It is the final event of the series and the last chance besides the Main Event for players to collect points.

The winner of the Main Event along with Casino Champion will earn a free seat to this year’s National Championship.

Full standings can be found online at WSOP.com.   – Note that the standings online are only updated through Event #9.