Day 5 Comes to an End

Day 5 concludes with Ed Willis winning Event #5.

Day 5 concludes with Ed Willis winning Event #5.

Monday was an exciting day at Harrah’s Cherokee with two final tables. The big winner of the day was Chris Russell who defeated a massive field of 2,937 entries in Event #4 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry to earn his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and the first place prize of $125,559. He owns the title of winning the largest tournament Harrah’s Cherokee has ever hosted.

Today’s other gold ring winner was Ed Willis. Willis defeated a field of 451 players to capture his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and the first place prize of $29,079. Both him and Russell earned 50 Casino Championship points and are now in the hunt for the title of Casino Champion.

Today’s new gold ring event was Event #6 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max. The tournament began the day at noon with 400 players and only nine made it through the 21 levels to bag. Gold ring winners still remaining in the field include, Tyler Morris, Marshall White and Steven Snyder.

Snyder is attempting to defend his title in this event. Earlier this season, Snyder won the six max event at this property to earn his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and $27,430.

Day 2 of this event will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Here is a look at the chip counts and seating assignments heading into Day 2:

RankFirst NameLast NameChip CountTS
1TroyThornton962,00074
2JerryLewis673,000145
3ClaudePurches414,000141
4KavehTermei398,00072
5EddieSanchez374,00076
6TylerMorris300,00075
7StevenSnyder277,000142
8ZackCaldwell261,000146
9MarshallWhite252,000143

Tomorrow’s only gold ring event is Event #7 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em. The tournament begins at noon.

Ed Willis Wins Event #5

Ed Willis earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring early Tuesday morning at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina. The restaurant manager bested a field of 451 players to earn $29,079 and 50 Casino Championship points.

A full report on Willis’ victory will be made available tomorrow.  Here is a look at the final table results:

1st:  Ed Willis – $29,079
2nd: Mark Jewett – $17,985
3rd: Mike Mestey – $13,139
4th: Matt Kschinka – $9,740
5th: John Mason – $7,325
6th: Jeremiah Pierce – $5,588
7th: Keith LaBonte – $4,323
8th: Matthew Higgins – $3,392
9th: Ross Sontheimer – $2,699

Chris Russell Pockets $125K in Cherokee’s Largetst Tournament

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Chris Russell makes his first WSOP cash a memorable one by defeating a 2,937 entry field to earn $125,559 and a WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Cherokee, N.C. (April 21, 2015) — Event #4 -$365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Enty had a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. Well forget about that, because a sea of players flooded into Cherokee, North Carolina to create the largest poker tournament the Harrah’s Cherokee property has ever seen. The $500,000 guarantee was blown away. The three starting flights drew an incredible 2,937 entries to create an $881,100 prize pool. The first place finisher was set to win $125,559 of that $881k.

This tournament brought buzz to the tournament room. It was an opportunity for players to turn their $365 buy-in into life changing money. The stakes in Cherokee were higher than ever. Chris Russell saw this tournament on the schedule and although doesn’t play much poker anymore, would give it one shot. No re-entries, just one bullet and a dream. He hopped in his car and drove from Chattanooga, Tennessee to play in Friday’s 5 p.m. flight. He managed to make it through Day 1 on his only bullet and was able to bag exactly 100,000 chips, ten times what he started with on the day and just slightly above the average. After bagging chips, Russell headed out to his car and slept their for the night.

Saturday was an off day and then he was back Sunday for Day 2 of the tournament. Russell worked his way to top of the chip counts and finished the day third in chips out of the 19 survivors. Things continued to go well for Russell and by the time final table was reached on Day 3, he had the chip lead. At the final table, things were up and down for Russell. He lost the chip lead a few times, but took back control of the tournament after knocking out Bruce Webb in fourth place, which gave Russell over half of the chips in play with three players remaining. Two hours later Russell had all of the chips and the gold ring around his finger.

It took Russell three long days of grinding, a night of sleeping in his own car, and a grueling six hour final table to capture his first WSOP Circuit gold ring and the $125,559 first place prize.

“It”s not real, it’s not real. The whole three days are a blur right now,” said Russell about his victory. “It feels like the first day was a year ago.”

Russell won the final hand to knock out runner-up finisher, Jason Brauda, with a rivered flush. He let out a lout clap and told himself that that he couldn’t believe what just had happened. He shook his opponent’s hand and went to call his wife to share the good news.

This is life changing money for Russell and he described it as hitting the reset button. In joking fashion, Russell said that he was originally just trying to win enough money to upgrade his four-year-old phone with a broken case.

Russell defeated a tough final table that included Tim Bowman (8th place) and Adam West (7th place). Bowman won the Main Event in Cherokee two years ago when the WSOP was here for the first time. He followed that victory up with a fifth place finish in the National Championship just two months later. West final tabled this same event one year ago. He finished in fourth place for just under $30k.

Event #4 was the fourth of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, N.C. The $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry tournament attracted 2,937 players, generating a $881,100 prize pool. The top 297 players were paid.

Final table results:

1st: Chris Russell – $125,559
2nd: Jason Brauda – $77,598
3rd: Chad Cooke – $59,509
4th: Bruce Webb – $46,099
5th: Mark Jackson – $36,196
6th: Dustin Denzik – $28,380
7th: Adam West – $22,406
8th: Tim Bowman – $17,807
9th: Jason Sanders – $14,327

Chris Russell Wins Event #4

Chris Russell earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring Monday night at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina. The 30-year-old bested a field of 2,937 players to earn $125,559 and 50 Casino Championship points.

A full report on Russell’s victory will be made available shortly.  Here is a look at the final table results:

1st: Chris Russell – $125,559
2nd: Jason Brauda – $77,598
3rd: Chad Cooke – $59,509
4th: Bruce Webb – $46,099
5th: Mark Jackson – $36,196
6th: Dustin Denzik – $28,380
7th: Adam West – $22,406
8th: Tim Bowman – $17,807
9th: Jason Sanders – $14,327

Three Quick Eliminations

Three players remain in the record breaking event in Cherokee.

Three players remain in the record breaking event in Cherokee.

After no eliminations for quite sometime. Three players have quickly hit the rail in Event #4 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry. Dustin Denzik was eliminated in 6th place shortly followed by Mark Jackson in 5th place. Then just a few hands later Bruce Webb was eliminated in 4th place.

That leaves three competitors left fighting for the gold ring and $125k first place prize.

Here is a look at the current chip counts:

  • Seat 1: Chris Russell – 17,000,000 (70 BBs)
  • Seat 2: Chad Cooke – 4,300,000 (17 BBs)
  • Seat 3: Jason Brauda – 6,900,000 (28 BBs)

- 40 minutes remain in Level 35: 120,000/240,000 with a 40,000 ante

The payouts for the final three finishers are as follows:

  • 1st place: $125,559 + WSOP Circuit gold ring
  • 2nd place: $77,598
  • 3rd place: $59,509

Re-Entry Chip Counts

There are now just six players remaining in Event #4 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry. The six remaining players are guaranteed the sixth place money of $28,380. A complete payout structure can be found on WSOP.com.

Chris Russell came into the final table as the chip leader and he continues to hold the position as the chip leader, but now Bruce Webb and Dustin Denzik are right on his tail. The three players are all within one million chips of each other.

Here is a look at the current chip counts:

  • Seat 1: Dustin Denzik – 6,000,000 (30 BBs)
  • Seat 2: Chris Russell – 6,900,000 (34 BBs)
  • Seat 3: Chad Cooke – 1,450,000 (7 BBs)
  • Seat 4: Bruce Webb – 6,450,000 (32 BBs)
  • Seat 5: Jason Brauda – 4,550,000 (22 BBs)
  • Seat 6: Mark Jackson – 1,800,000 (9 BBs)

- 47 minutes remain in Level 34: 100,000/200,000 with a 30,000 ante

Event #5 Final Table

The final table has been reached in Event #5 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em. The nine remaining players are all guaranteed at least the ninth place money $2,699. The eventual champion will take home $29,079, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship.

At the unofficial final table, something quite unusual happened. Earlier in the tournament Matt Kschinka announced that if he reached the final table he would move in blind on the first hand. Well he stuck to his word, and on the first hand of the unofficial final table he put all of his chips in the middle from under the gun while the dealer was pitching the cards. John Mason announced that he would gamble and called, putting his tournament life at stake. The cards were tabled and Kschinka held K-Q. Mason showed 9-8 and was truly gambling. The gamble paid off for Mason because he flopped a nine and won the pot to double up.

Things then settled down and both players have made it to the official final table of nine.

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

  • Seat 1: Edward Willis – 742,000 (46 BBs)
  • Seat 2: Mark Jewett – 824,000 (52 BBs)
  • Seat 3: Matt Kschinka – 310,000 (19 BBs)
  • Seat 4: Mike Mestey – 120,000 (7 BBs)
  • Seat 5: Keith LaBonte – 420,000 (26 BBs)
  • Seat 6: Jeremiah Pierce – 475,000 (29 BBs)
  • Seat 7: John Mason – 638,000 (39 BBs)
  • Seat 8: Matthew Higgins – 814,000 (50 BBs)
  • Seat 9: Ross Sontheimer – 159,000 (9 BBs)

- 38 minutes remain in Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante

Another Look at the Casino Championship

Michael Sewell cashed in Event #4 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry and he has reclaimed the lead in the Casino Championship race. Sewell won the opening event to collect 50 points and has followed it up by earning another 10 points by finishing in 59th place in Event #4 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry.

The rest of the players in the top 10 stay the same as yesterday. Things will get a shake up after events #4 and #5 complete tonight. With still seven more days left in the series, Sewell’s small lead is far from safe. The winner of the Casino Championship will earn a seat to the National Championship, which is being held here at Harrah’s Cherokee from July 29-31.

Here is a look at the top of the standing in the Harrha’s Cherokee Casino Championship:

NamePointsRingsCashedEarnings
1 flag Michael Sewell60 pts12$31,900
2 flag James Matthew Lee50 pts11$36,598
3 flag John Morris50 pts11$17,787
4 flag Tremayne Nunley37.5 pts01$22,640
5 flag Clark Curry37.5 pts01$18,584
6 flag Elie Williams37.5 pts01$10,990
7 flag Kenneth Gortney30 pts01$16,555
8 flag Zachary Caldwell30 pts01$13,576
9 flag Boyd Cauble30 pts01$7,940
10 flag Scott Mauer27.5 pts01$12,285

Complete Casino Championship standings can be found on WSOP.com.

Event #4 Re-Entry Final Table

Chris Russell comes to the final table as the chip leader.

Chris Russell comes to the final table as the chip leader.

The final table has finally been reached in Event #4 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry and the nine remaining players are all guaranteed to pocket at least the ninth place money of $14,327. These nine players have survived a massive field of 2,937 entries. This tournament has broken the record set last November for the largest tournament ever at Harrah’s Cherokee.

As nice of a cash the $14k is, everyone remaining has their sights set on the six-figure first place prize. The winner of this record breaking tournament will take home $125,599, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.

This tournament began Friday night with the first of three starting flights. Saturday featured two more starting flights. Day 2 began Sunday with 353 players remaining. The day ended with only 19 players left. The 19 players returned today at 3 p.m. and now just nine players remain three hours later.

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

  • Seat 1: Jason Sanders – 3,365,000 (33 BBs)
  • Seat 2: Dustin Denzik – 3,255,000 (32 BBs)
  • Seat 3: Chris Russell – 5,530,000 (55 BBs)
  • Seat 4: Chad Cooke – 2,600,000 (26 BBs)
  • Seat 5: Adam West – 4,070,000 (40 BBs)
  • Seat 6: Bruce Webb – 2,785,000 (27 BBs)
  • Seat 7: Jason Brauda – 2,815,000 (28 BBs)
  • Seat 8: Mark Jackson – 3,725,000 (37 BBs)
  • Seat 9: Tim Bowman – 1,220,000 (12 BBs)

- 23 minutes remain in Level 31: 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante

A complete payout structure can be found on WSOP.com.

Six Max Prize Pool

The prize pool for Event #6 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Six Max has been announced. The tournament drew 400 entries to create a prize pool of $120,000. The top 42 places will be paid with the 42nd place finisher earning $497.

The champion of the tournament will take home $28,794, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 Casino Championship points.

Here is a look at the final table payouts:

  • 1st: $28,794
  • 2nd: $17,788
  • 3rd: $12,449
  • 4th: $8,803
  • 5th: $6,294
  • 6th: $4,548

A complete payout structure can be found on WSOP.com.

As with most six max events, the pace of play has been rapid. The tournament began at noon with 400 players. The clock currently reads that 150 players remain with 28 minutes left in Level 10: 400/800 with a 100 ante.

Play will continue tonight through Level 21 and then players will bag. Surviving players will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. for Day 2 and the conclusion of the tournament.