Kyle Cartwright had won a record number of 5 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit titles. He had already won four WSOP Circuit titles before entering the WSOP Circuit Main Event, a $1665 buy-in Texas Hold’em tournament, which was held in the IP Casino Resort and Spa at Biloxi in Mississippi.
The 29-year-old professional poker player, who hails from Bartlett in Tennessee, defeated a player field of 299 players to win his fifth WSOP Circuit championship on the afternoon of Monday. He collected a cool prize of $107,992 plus 480 Player of the Year (POY) Points. Cartwright had won the WSOP Circuit Main Event title in April 2011 at St. Louis, and this is his second such win in two years.
Having won a total of five championships, Cartwright said, “It feels good and it hasn’t taken that long. 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.”
Mark “Pegasus” Smith is the only other poker player who has won so many WSOP Circuit championships. Voicing his opinions about Cartwright’s poker prowess, Smith said, “I couldn’t be more pleased it was him. He is not only a really nice guy, but also a wonderful player. I’m flattered to be in such good company. These young guys play two to three times the stops I do and I’m sure over time I will be passed up, but from 2009 to now I have either been tied or held the world record in rings. How blessed am I?”
The final table of the main event had eminent poker player John Dolan, who had finished sixth in the WSOP Main Event back in 2010. This 26-year-old poker player had already won a title in the prelims and was looking forward to winning another one. But he finished third instead, collecting a prize of $48,429 and 320 POY Points. This propelled him to the 22nd position in the POY leader board.
Here are the results of the final table. The last man standing and the runner up of the Main Event are Kyle Cartwright, who won $107,992, and Brad Johnson, who won $66,744, respectively. The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth are John Dolan, Cory Wood, Jesus Carbrera, Dennis Pasentine, Tony Hatley, Peter Shashy, and Patrick Eskandar, respectively.