Ship it to Dylan Wilkerson… two times. The swanky Harrah's Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina hosted the last stop on the World Series of Poker Circuit. This regional event attracted the top tournament players from the Carolinas. The local crop of talent was comprised of tough-as-nails competition, plus regulars on the underground high roller circuit. Sharp players for sure. Yet for some reason, west coast-based pros Joe Cheong and Dylan Wilkerson decided to fly to North Carolina and take a shot at the WSOP Circuit Main Event. Both of them cashed but Wilkerson went all the way securing his second WSOP Circuit ring. Heck of a result for a whimsical poker road trip to the other side of the country!
Harrah's Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina hosted a WSOP Circuit series over the last couple of weeks. The Main Event Championship had a price tag worth $1,675 and they attracted a field of 1,060 runners. The prize pool nearly topped $1.6 million for this $1M guaranteed event. Not too shabby for North Carolina, eh?
The top 100 or so got paid out with most of the cheesecake going to the top 4 places. A little more than $294K was set aside for first place and the top 4 places got six-figure payouts with fourth place locking up $101K. Oh, and how could I forget to mention the coveted circuit ring? It's the type of bling that kings start wars over. It's the type of bling that makes perfectly sane people go insane pursuing. With a circuit ring at stake, we saw a fierce final table with a back-and-forth heads-up battle.
Dylan Wilkerson outlasted a final table that also included Erick Lindgren, Dan Wagner, Howie Setzer, Tim Miles, Fikrey Kov, Gabe Costner, Freddie Battle, and Chris Meyers. A min-cash at the final table was worth two bucks more than $29K.
Blast from the past and 2-time bracelet winner Erick Lindgren went deep and final tabled this event, but he couldn't go all the way. Lindgren lost a rigorous heads-up battle against Wilkerson. The two swapped the lead back and forth but Wilkerson pulled off a decisive knockout. E-Dogg had to settle for a runner-up's share worth a shade over $181K.
Wilkerson banked $294K plus the WSOP Circuit ring. Wilkerson now has over $2.7 million in tournament earnings. The Cherokee score was his second-biggest cash. His largest cash to date occurred in 2014 when he was the runner-up at the WPT Shooting Stars at Bay 101 in San Jose, CA and took home $728K.
Wilkerson won a WSOP Circuit event in Los Angeles at the Bike Casino last spring for $217K. Wilkerson faded a field of 705 players to win his first WSOP Circuit ring.
Only the top 108 players got paid in the Main Event. Notables who went deep and cashed in this event included Josh Arieh, Joe Cheong, Yoon Cheon, Billy Cashwell, Billy Mitchell, Tim Burt, Matt Graham, Eddy Sabat, Aaron Massey, Brad Mercer, Josh Smith, Chuck Johnson, and Osman Hadziosmanovic.
WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee
Prize Pool: $1,590,000
Final Table Results:
1. Dylan Wilkerson $294,152
2. Erick Lindgren $181,864
3. Daniel Wagner $135,150
4. Howard Setzer $101,601
5. Timothy Miles $77,258
6. Fikret Kovac $59,434
7. Gabe Costner $46,253
8. Fred Battle $36,411
9. Christopher Meyers $29,002