Warren Sheaves wins WSOP Global Casino Championship

Warren Sheaves collected his first career World Series of Poker bracelet over the weekend, after he was the last man standing in the 2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship.

The championship works a little differently than other tournaments, as most players earn their spot through invitation by winning a WSOP Circuit main event, or by finishing in the top 50 of the WSOP Circuit leaderboard. Players who finished in the top 100 in the previous year’s WSOP Player of the Year standings or have won a WSOP ring event in the past season can also buy in for $10,000.

This year’s WSOP Global Casino Championship drew a field of 127 players for a prize pool of $1.05 million. For first place Sheaves collected $282,113, by far the largest win of his live-poker career to date.

Entering the final table Sheaves was second last in chips and wasn’t on many people’s radar to win against what was a tough field. That included WSOP bracelet winners Keven Stammen and Loni Harwood, who also won this event back in 2015 when it was called the WSOP National Championship.

Sheaves got his stack growing quickly with an early double-up against Arkadiy Tsinis when his pocket aces trumped Tsinis’ pocket jacks. Not long after, Tsinis would be the first player sent to the rail in sixth place.

Sheaves vs Meachem heads-up

Following Tsinis to the rail were Harwood in fifth, Armin Stocker in fourth and Stammen in third. That left Sheaves facing Jeremy Meachem heads-up for the tournament title and the hardware.

When heads-up play began, Meachem had a slim chip lead with 3.3 million chips to Sheaves’ 3 million. The chip lead was traded back and forth a number of times before Sheaves made a key double-up by calling Meachem’s bluff while holding just a pair of fours to pull way ahead.

On the final hand of the tournament, Meachem was all-in pre-flop with Qd-7h and Sheaves called with Ac-3c. The flop showed Ah-8d-6h to pair Sheaves’ ace. The 4d on the turn left Meachem with only four outs, but he did not get lucky as the Jd landed on the river. For second place Meachem received $174,360.