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Kyle Cartwright Ships WSOPC Tunica for $198,451 and His 8th Gold Ring

Kyle Cartwright

The latest World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) stop wrapped up at Horseshoe Tunica on Monday with the completion of the $1,700 Main Event, a tournament that drew 639 entries and created a $968,085 prize pool.

In the end, it was a familiar face left standing as WSOP bracelet winner Kyle Cartwright claimed the title for $198,451, a 2019 Global Casino Championship seat, and his eighth gold ring. That ties him with Chris Reslock in eighth place on the all-time leaderboard.

It marked Cartwright’s fourth WSOPC Main Event victory and came on the heels of him finishing runner-up out of 293 runners in Event #9: $600 NLH Big Blind Ante, good for $22,381. It also showed that he still knows how to notch a six-figure score on the felt and not just at the video poker machines.

"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 told WSOP officials after his win. "This is the first time [my mom] has watched me play live poker. It was great having my family here!"

WSOPC Tunica Final Table Results

1Kyle CartwrightBartlett, Tennessee$198,451
2Steve Klein-$122,802
3Johnny LandrethLanett, Alabama$90,071
4James NaifehCovington, Tennessee$66,982
5Darren MartinLexington, North Carolina$50,486
6Damjan RadanovMemphis, Tennessee$38,559
7Jon Bennett-$29,836
8Joseph HebertMetairie, Louisiana$23,389
9Michael SandersRussellville, Arkansas$18,568
10Vincent MoscatiVerplanck, New York$14,928

Others to cash the tournament were WSOPC Choctaw Durant champ Dave Alfa (16th - $10,010), Josh Turner (24th - $7,038), Justin Sharpe (39th - $3,582), Kevin Eyster (53rd - $3,233), Denise Pratt (66th - $2,711), and Marvel Peace (72nd - $2,711).

Final Table Action

“That guy heads-up man, he owned me for two days straight I couldn't beat him."

According to live updates from the event, the third and final day of play began with eight players remaining. The first elimination came when Joseph Hebert three-bet jammed holding ace-jack and was snapped off by Darren Martin, who held ace-king. The Big Slick held and Hebert hit the rail in eighth place for $23,389.

Jon Bennett was next to go after getting it in with pocket sevens but failing to win a race against Steve Klein’s king-ten, and Damjan Radanov followed him out the door in sixth place after losing ace-six to Cartwright’s ace-nine.

Martin took his leave in fifth place losing king-queen to Johnny Landreth’s ace-queen, and then Jim Naifeh busted ace-six to Klein’s ace-jack suited. After flopping top pair with a gutshot, Landreth got his stack in against Cartwright, who had middle set. Landreth failed to improve and fell in third place for $90,071.

Cartwright took a near 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play against Klein and it was all determined by a flip. Klein three-bet all in holding the {4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} and was looking to hold against Cartwright’s {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}. He did so on both the {q-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop and {8-Diamonds} turn, but then disaster struck when the {10-Spades} spiked on the river.

“That guy heads-up man, he owned me for two days straight I couldn't beat him,” Cartwright said after the win. “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.”

Randall Davenport Wins Casino Championship

Another player to win a seat to the 2019 Global Casino Championship was Randall Davenport, who won the Casino Champion title after amassing 110 points. Davenport had four cashes and three final tables leading up to Event #13: $250 NLH Double Stack. He wound up finishing runner-up to Randall Hale for $7,690, which was enough to put him over the top.

Carl Masters
Carl Masters captured two rings down in Tunica.

Davenport barely edged out Carl Masters, who won two rings at the stop and led the race with 105 points. Davenport managed to overtake him thanks to his deep run in the final event. Masters first found success topping a field of 152 entries to win Event #6: $400 PLO for $13,539 and his first ring.

Two days later, he was at it again by navigating a 561-entry field to win Event #8: $400 NLH Monster Stack for $38,885 and his second ring.

‘’It’s unbelievable. I’m just running hot, playing good, getting good cards, and getting lucky when you need to. I think I’m playing the best I can play,” Masters told WSOP officials. “My opponents were very good. I had to get really lucky against the guy who went out in fourth. I just got a miracle card on the river. I’ve just been blessed all week.’’

Here’s a look at all those who won rings at the Horseshoe Tunica stop.

WSOPC Tunica Ring Winners

Event #1: $400 Double Stack NLHEric Perry372$27,007
Event #2: $400 NLH Re-entryAlexander Hoff1,211$62,074
Event #3: $400 NLHRichard Perkins252$20,374
Event #4: $400 NLH Big Blind AnteNolan Burton238$19,719
Event #5: $400 NLH Six MaxJeremy Eyer220$19,603
Event #6: $400 Pot-Limit OmahaCarl Masters152$13,539
Event #7: $400 NLH 8 MaxStanislav Angelov311$25,145
Event #8: $400 NLH Monster StackCarl Masters561$38,885
Event #9: $600 NLH Big Blind AnteWilliam Firebaugh293$36,219
Event #10: $1,700 Main EventKyle Cartwright639$198,451
Event #11: $400 NLHRegina Ham223$18,399
Event #12: $400 NLH Big Blind AnteAntony Vidmer274$21,702
Event #13: $250 NLH Double StackRandall Hale254$12,447

The next WSOPC stop begins this weekend at Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. PokerNews will bring you a recap of the stop’s $1,700 Main Event upon its completion.

Photos courtesy of WSOP Circuit.

  • Ring No. 8! Kyle Cartwright (@da_kyky) ships WSOPC @Horseshoetunica Main Event for $198,451.

  • Randall Davenport made 4 final tables on way to winning WSOPC @Horseshoetunica Casino Championship.

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