William Kopp Wins Third Circuit Ring in WSOP Cherokee Main Event ($376,154)

Billy Kopp

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.

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WSOPC Cherokee Main Event Final Table Results

 1William KoppBrecksville, OH$376,154
 2Brian JonesLouisville, KY$232,481
 3Preston McEwenMurfreesboro, TN$175,713
 4Lam NguyenHouston, TX$133,953
 5Jorge ArriolaMidland, TX$103,007
 6John WilderGreensboro, NC$79,906
 7Omar HafeezPigeon Forge, TN$62,535
 8Ivan StarostinAventura, FL$49,378
 9Robert BrowningKings 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.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

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.

Bradley Mercer
Bradley Mercer

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

 WSOPC Event #1: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Big 30K Stack578$190,740Kelly AndrewsFlorence, SC$35,429
 WSOPC Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold'em2,657$876,810Christopher CatoneAtlanta, GA$118,932
 WSOPC Event #3: $400 No-Limit Hold'em746$246,180Artur WinstoneHonolulu, HI$44,167
 WSOPC Event #4: $400 Seniors Event906$298,980Alvin WilsonDouglasville, GA$50,979
 WSOPC Event #5: $600 No-Limit Hold'em371$191,065Bradley MercerElon, NC$39,947
 WSOPC Event #6: $400 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed723$238,590Roy ParkhurstCharlotte, NC$44,510
 WSOPC Event #7: $400 No-Limit Hold'em426$140,580Larry SlaterEden, GA$28,347
 WSOPC Event #8: $400 No-Limit Hold'em - Monster Stack2,478$817,740Arthur DemmerleyLakeview, NY$113,115
 WSOPC Event #9: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha258$132,870Jeremiah WheelerBanner Elk, NC$29,791
 WSOPC Event #10: $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em483$470,925Yuan JiangMadison, WI$94,402
 WSOPC Event #11: $400 No-Limit Hold'em517$170,610Donald PrittHampstead, NC$32,627
 WSOPC Event #12: $250 Ladies Event190$38,000Angelita GrayerSumter, SC$9,257
 WSOPC Event #13: $1,700 Main Event1,623$2,458,845William KoppBrecksville, OH$376,154
 WSOPC Event #14: $400 No-Limit Hold'em522$172,260James NaifehCovington, TN$32,822
 WSOPC Event #15: $400 No-Limit Hold'em570$188,100Richard ScottEdmond, OK$35,048
 WSOPC Event #16: $250 Seniors Event1,032$206,400Robert GregoryN/A$34,047
 WSOPC Event #17: $2,200 High Roller187$374,000Corey BiddleCharlotte, NC$93,116
 WSOPC Event #18: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo263$86,790Floyd WasherBowling Green, KY$19,315
 WSOPC Event #19: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Double Stack Closer411$135,630Soheb PorbandarwalaStamford, CT$27,593

*Photos courtesy of WSOPC

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