William Kopp Wins Third Circuit Ring in WSOP Cherokee Main Event ($376,154)
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The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Cherokee stop in North Carolina wrapped up this week and saw William Kopp taking down the $1,700 buy-in Main Event for a career-best $376,154 and his fourth piece of WSOP hardware.
Kopp, who defeated heads-up opponent Brian Jones to deny the Kentucky resident his first Circuit ring, had two Circuit rings heading into the Main Event that drew 1,623 runners for a prize pool of $2,458,845. Not only that, Kopp won his first bracelet earlier in the summer at the 2023 WSOP when he took down Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better for $259,549.
Kopp, the brother of 2022 WSOP Casino Employees event champion Katie Kopp, proved his no-limit Hold'em chops by navigating a final table that included Texans Lam Nguyen (4th - $133,953) and Jorge Arriola (5th - $103,007) and Circuit crusher Preston McEwen, who finished third for $175,713 to be denied his sixth Circuit ring.
McEwen had a fantastic series that saw him making three final tables, first finishing seventh in Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold'em for $19,128 before besting that with a sixth-place finish in Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Monster Stack for $23,102.
WSOPC Cherokee Main Event Final Table Results
|PLACE||PLAYER||HOMETOWN||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||William Kopp||Brecksville, OH||$376,154|
|2||Brian Jones||Louisville, KY||$232,481|
|3||Preston McEwen||Murfreesboro, TN||$175,713|
|4||Lam Nguyen||Houston, TX||$133,953|
|5||Jorge Arriola||Midland, TX||$103,007|
|6||John Wilder||Greensboro, NC||$79,906|
|7||Omar Hafeez||Pigeon Forge, TN||$62,535|
|8||Ivan Starostin||Aventura, FL||$49,378|
|9||Robert Browning||Kings Mountain, NC||$39,341|
Kopp, who now has $764,447 in Hendon Mob earnings, won his first Circuit ring in 2014 at WSOPC Foxwoods resort when he took down a $580 buy-in event for $40,836 and his second Circuit ring in 2018 at Harrah's Cherokee when he won Event #6: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha for $26,261.
According to live updates, Kopp entered heads-up play with the chip lead and maintained it up to the final hand where Jones moved all in with jack-five and Kopp called with pocket nines. A runout without a jack secured the victory for Kopp as Jones earned a career-best $232,481.
Mercer Wins Fourth Ring; Porbandarwala Wins Eighth Ring
Several players picked up their maiden Circuit rings during the WSOPC Cherokee stop, which consisted of over a dozen ring events across two weeks. Kelly Andrews kicked things off by winning Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Big 30K Stack for $35,429 before Christopher Catone took down Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold'em for $118,932.
Other first-time ring winners include Artur Winstone (Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - $44,167), Alvin Wilson (Event #4: $400 Seniors Event - $50,979), Roy Parkhurst (Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed - $44,510) and Larry Slater (Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - $28,347).
One player who wasn't after their first ring was Bradley Mercer, who had three rings before getting through a field of 371 runners in Event #5: $600 No-Limit Hold'em to win a fourth ring and $39,947. The North Carolinian went on to finish runner-up in Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Monster Stack for $69,910 and also finished 23rd in the Main Event for $14,492.
Mercer wasn't the only player to add to his ring collection. Soheb Porbandarwala closed out the Cherokee stop by taking down Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Closer for $27,593 and his eighth Circuit ring.
Other ring winners at WSOPC Choctaw include James Naifeh (Event #14: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - $32,822), Richard Scott (Event #15: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - $35,048) and Robert Gregory (Event #16: $250 Seniors Event - $34,047).
The WSOP Circuit team is also at Graton Resort & Casino in northern California this month and will head to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa Aug. 16-27 for a stop that will include a $1,700 buy-in Main Event.
A full list of ring winners at WSOPC Cherokee is available in the table below.
WSOPC Cherokee Ring Winners
|EVENT||ENTRANTS||PRIZE POOL||WINNER||HOMETOWN||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|WSOPC Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Big 30K Stack||578||$190,740||Kelly Andrews||Florence, SC||$35,429|
|WSOPC Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold'em||2,657||$876,810||Christopher Catone||Atlanta, GA||$118,932|
|WSOPC Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold'em||746||$246,180||Artur Winstone||Honolulu, HI||$44,167|
|WSOPC Event #4: $400 Seniors Event||906||$298,980||Alvin Wilson||Douglasville, GA||$50,979|
|WSOPC Event #5: $600 No-Limit Hold'em||371||$191,065||Bradley Mercer||Elon, NC||$39,947|
|WSOPC Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed||723||$238,590||Roy Parkhurst||Charlotte, NC||$44,510|
|WSOPC Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold'em||426||$140,580||Larry Slater||Eden, GA||$28,347|
|WSOPC Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Monster Stack||2,478||$817,740||Arthur Demmerley||Lakeview, NY||$113,115|
|WSOPC Event #9: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha||258||$132,870||Jeremiah Wheeler||Banner Elk, NC||$29,791|
|WSOPC Event #10: $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em||483||$470,925||Yuan Jiang||Madison, WI||$94,402|
|WSOPC Event #11: $400 No-Limit Hold'em||517||$170,610||Donald Pritt||Hampstead, NC||$32,627|
|WSOPC Event #12: $250 Ladies Event||190||$38,000||Angelita Grayer||Sumter, SC||$9,257|
|WSOPC Event #13: $1,700 Main Event||1,623||$2,458,845||William Kopp||Brecksville, OH||$376,154|
|WSOPC Event #14: $400 No-Limit Hold'em||522||$172,260||James Naifeh||Covington, TN||$32,822|
|WSOPC Event #15: $400 No-Limit Hold'em||570||$188,100||Richard Scott||Edmond, OK||$35,048|
|WSOPC Event #16: $250 Seniors Event||1,032||$206,400||Robert Gregory||N/A||$34,047|
|WSOPC Event #17: $2,200 High Roller||187||$374,000||Corey Biddle||Charlotte, NC||$93,116|
|WSOPC Event #18: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo||263||$86,790||Floyd Washer||Bowling Green, KY||$19,315|
|WSOPC Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Closer||411||$135,630||Soheb Porbandarwala||Stamford, CT||$27,593|
*Photos courtesy of WSOPC