Ryan Jones – Photo credit: WSOP Circuit
History repeated itself when Ryan Jones won his second title at the World Series of Poker Circuit stop the main event at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina which ended on May 15. Jones added $302,131 to his career earnings worth over $1.9 million. His three tournament victories came at WSOP Circuit stop. In addition to his two victories at Cherokee this year and in 2015, his third was won at WSOP Circuit stopover at the Rio in 2017 in Las Vegas.
“I love Cherokee. It’s like my second home. I live in North Carolina, so I drive here, and with four stops a year right here in my backyard, you can’t really beat that. Jones then tells the WSOP Circuit journalists. He went on to say, “I’m such a different player than when I won before. And you know, tournaments are tough, man; you can do everything right and feel like you’re not doing it. But you just have to keep trying and keep grinding, trusting your process.
The $1,700 no-limit hold’em event saw a field of 1,205 players across three tee flights create a prize pool worth $1,663,301, with the top 121 players winning at least 3,484 $ in price. The 121 players who made money returned for Day 2, and after more than 12 hours of play, the last 12 players remained.
Dustin Goldklang (12th), Shanmukha Meruga (11th) and Walker Miskelly (10th) are the three players lost on the way to the final table to start the final day of the tournament. Jones hit first blood at the final table, knocking out Alex Vasilescu in ninth place. Jones then scored a double knockout beating Timothy Brown (6th) and Kenneth Brossoit (5th) in the same hand.
This series of events put Jones in the lead early in the four-way game. Jones saw his stack dip after that, but he was able to come back after knocking out fourth-placed Michael Monaghan and third-placed William Kopp to bring the chip lead into the final match against Jonathan Lewis.
The two remaining players battled it out for two hours before the final hand happened the first time they put all their chips in the middle of the table. Lewis moved all in with Q5but Jones had dominated him with Qten in the hole. The final table missed 10ten347, and Lewis was eliminated in second place, good for $186,733. Lewis took his career earnings to nearly $440,000 with his biggest tournament win.
Here is an overview of the winnings awarded at the final table:
The following WSOP Circuit The event is already underway at Caesars Southern Indiana, and the full tournament series runs from May 11-22. The $1,700 buy-in main event begins on Friday, May 19. You can view the full tournament series schedule here.