Jake Bazeley wins WSOP Circuit main event at Harrah’s Cherokee

Jake Bazeley recorded his second World Series of Poker Circuit main event win this week after winning the main event at the WSOP Circuit’s stop at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Bazeley’s first WSOP Circuit main event win also took place at the Cherokee four years ago. In 2014 he snagged his first WSOP Circuit championship ring and $239,096 by outlasting a 797-player field in the tournament.

To claim his second championship ring at the Cherokee, he had to outlast a larger field. In this year’s $1,700 main event, 1,127 players sat down at the tables, compiling a $1,707,405 prize pool. For first place, Bazeley’s portion was $311,616. That pushed his lifetime live-poker earnings up to just over $4.3 million.

This year at the Cherokee, he had his work cut out for him heading into the final day, sitting 11th in chips out of the 15 remaining players. He coasted along early and reached the final table sixth in chips out of the remaining 10 players.

At the final table, Bazeley hit a key double-up that grew his stack. He hit a terrific flop of Qs-7d-5d while holding pocket queens, while his opponent who pushed all-in first had pocket sevens. That propelled him to third in chips at the table.

Of the nine other players at the final table, Bazeley would eliminate four of them before reaching heads-up. That included taking out Ian Holt in fourth place with ace-queen and Toby Boas in third place with pocket kings.

Bazeley vs Cartwright heads-up

It came down to Bazeley and Kyle Cartwright heads-up for the tournament title. Cartwright, who has seven WSOP Circuit rings and one WSOP bracelet to his name, had a more than 5-to-1 chip disadvantage to overcome entering heads-up play. He won a few hands, but not enough to put a serious dent in Bazeley’s chip lead.

On the final hand of the tournament with blinds at 200,000/400,000, Cartwright bet out 800,000 and Bazeley raised to 2.6 million. Cartwright pushed all-in and Bazeley made a quick call. Cartwright showed Ac-Qh while Bazeley had pocket 10s. The boards rolled out 10c-7c-2h-Jh-4d, giving Bazeley trip 10s and the win.

For second place, Cartwright received $192,549.