The World Series of Poker continued their popular WSOP Circuit series with a successful event in North Carolina and another one in London, England. An American continued his run good in the Carolinas, while a German pro was the last player standing in London.
The JW Marriot at Hyde Park in London hosted the World Series of Poker International Super Circuit London. Event #11 was also the WSOP Circuit Main Event which had a buy-in of £3,300, which attracted 910 runners and a prize pool was £2.91 million. The top 135 places paid out with £480K set aside to the champion.
Among the notable players who went deep and cashed included Tim Chung, Chris Moorman, Hong Pham, Ian Hunter, Ami Barer, James Khoury, Benjamin Pollak, Zheyu Weng, Robert Bickley, Matas Cimbolas, William Kassouf, Kenny Hallaert, and Alexandros Kolonias.
The London Main Event final table included a trio of Brits -- pro Toby Lewis, Phil Ward, and Ravi Sheth. Also at the final table were American David Miscikowski, Germans Tobias Schwecht and Christian Rudolph, Catalin Pop from Romania, Thai pro Kannapong Thanarattrakul, and Pavel Plesuv from Moldova.
Lewis busted first at the final table, and Ward went out in fifth place. Sheth was the last Brit standing when he hit the bricks in third place.
Thanarattrakul and Schwecht were the final two remaining in a battle of Thailand and Germany to determine the WSOP Super Circuit London Main Event champion.
Thanarattrakul made a valiant final stand with but lost to Schwecht's after Schwecht flopped a pair of Kings and turned trips. For a runner-up finish, Thanarattrakul banked close to $387,500 USD. Not too shabby, eh?
Schwecht won a gold ring and banked $609,600 USD for his victory in London.
Meanwhile, the WSOP Circuit also played down to a Main Event champion in the United States. The idyllic mountains of North Carolina was the location of the latest stop on the tour at the Harrah's in Cherokee, North Carolina.
The WSOP Circuit Main Event Cherokee had a $1,700 buy-in and attracted 1,623 runners. They generated a prize pool worth almost $2.5 million and only the top 236 places earned a cut of the pie.
Notable players who went deep at the Cherokee Main Event included Tommy Vu, Asher Conniff, Brandon Lee, Ebony Bost, Will Jaffe, Dejuante Alexander, Sung Lee, Josh Palmer, Tony Peacock, Cherish Andrews, Angela Shade, David Walker, Brandon Sunshine, Brett Apter, Kenny Smith, Jack Shea, Keith Gamble, and Angelina Rich.
The final nine included Robert Browning, Ivam Starostin, Omar Hafeez, John Wilder, Jorge Arriola, Lam Nguyen, Preston Mcwen, Brian Jones, and Billy Kopp.
McEwen busted in third place, which set up a heads-up joust between Kopp and Jones. Jones could not rally from behind and failed to double up when he missed a flush draw with against Kopp's . The King-high flop had two diamonds. The turn or river did not help Jones, and he busted in second place which paid out $232,481.
Kopp dodged diamonds and he banked $376,154 plus a god ring for the victory.
Billy Kopp made headlines this summer at the 2023 WSOP in Las Vegas when he shipped Event #66 1,500 PLO8 for a $259K score at Paris/Bally's. With his first bracelet victory, he made history as the second brother/sister duo to win bracelets.
Katie Kopp won the 2022 WSOP Employees event last summer, and her brother Billy won bling this summer. They joined the likes of Howard Lederer and Annie Duke, who were the first brother/sister tandem to snag bracelet victories in Las Vegas.
Billy also won his third WSOP Circuit ring and second event in North Carolina. He won an event in Foxwoods in 2014 for his first ring. He won a second ring in the summer of 2018 with a victory in PLO at Harrah's Cherokee.