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It was WSOP Circuit ring number eight for Kyle Cartwright (cover image) who claimed the 2019 WSOPC Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 Main Event title on Monday.
Cartwright dominated a field of 639 entries and defeated Steve Klein heads-up to claim the title. Along with $198,451 in prize money, he has also won a seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship scheduled for later this year.
Interestingly, this is the fourth WSOPC Main Event that the player from Tennessee has won. He also has a WSOP bracelet to his name that he won at the 2014 WSOP $1,000 NLHE. Cartwright had come close to winning a title at this very stop just a few days ago when he finished runner-up in the $600 NLH BB Ante for $22,381.
“I’ve been traveling now for a while, so anytime you get a win, I mean they are so hard to win, these tournaments,” Cartwright said, after his win. “This is the first time [my mom] has watched me play live poker. It was great having my family here!”
The top 72 finishers earned a minimum $2,711 from the $968,085 prize pool. Among the others who booked a profit at the event were WSOP Choctaw Durant champion Dave Alfa (16th for $10,010), Josh Turner (24th for $7,038), Justin Sharpe (39th for $3,582), Kevin Eyster (53rd for $3,233), Denise Pratt (66th for $2,711), and Marvel Peace (72nd for $2,711).
Final Table Recap
The final table was reached towards the fag end of Day 2 .Vincent Moscati fell out in 10th place, followed by Michael Sanders in ninth place, leaving only eight players in the field. The final eight then bagged up for the night to get some much-needed rest before the finale.
Final Day Recap
The first elimination on the final day came when Joseph Hebert 3-bet jammed holding ace-jack only to run into Darren Martin`s ace-king. Martin’s hand held and Hebert was eliminated in eighth place.
Jon Bennett exited next in seventh place after he moved all in with pocket sevens but lost the flip to Steve Klein’s king-ten that improved to a pair on the rundown.
Next to leave was Damjan Radanov whose ace-six lost to Cartwright’s ace-nine, sending Radanov to the rail in sixth place.
Darren Martin then saw his king-queen lose to Johnny Landreth’s ace-queen and exited in fifth place.
Shortly thereafter, Steve Klein opened to 275,000 on the cutoff and big blind James Naifeh 3-bet shoved for 1,300,000. Klein tanked for a minute before making the call.
The board ran and Klein collected the pot eliminating Naifeh in fourth place.
Cartwright continued to extend his lead and orchestrated the knockout of Johnny Landreth next. Landreth raised the button for 300,000 and Cartwright called from the small blind. The flop came . Cartwright checked and Landreth led out for 400,000. Cartwright check-raised to 1,300,000, prompting Landreth to move all in for 3,900,000. Cartwright snap-called and the cards were turned over.
The turn and the river saw Cartwright remain in the lead and Landreth was eliminated in third place.
Steve Klein started the heads-up match against Cartwright on a winning note and started to close the gap, but Cartwright soon took it all back. Cartwright even tried to bluff in a hand but Klein didn’t bite the bullet. Soon, however, Cartwright took a commanding lead and in the final hand he opened to 325,000 from the small blind on which Klein 3-bet shoved for 4,100,000. Cartwright called and the cards were tabled.
The board ran and Cartwright’s pair of tens won him the hand and his eighth WSOPC gold ring! Klein had to make do with a runner-up finish.
Talking about his clash with Klein, Cartwright said, “That guy heads-up man, he owned me for two days straight I couldn’t beat him. So I thought for sure in the final hand that was a flip, that he for sure would get it, but somehow I came through and won.”
Final Table Results (USD)
Apart from Cartwright, Randall Davenport also bagged a seat into the 2019 Global Casino Championship. Davenport won the Casino Champion title by amassing a total of 110 points on the back of his four cashes and three final table finishes that included his runner-up finish at the $350 NLH Double Stack for $7,690.
The next WSOPC stop begins in the coming weekend at Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.