Charles Johnson, a part-time poker player from Norcross, Georgia, was crowned the victor of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event last night. Johnson remained the last man standing from a field of 957 entries.

The player collected his first-ever WSOP Circuit gold ring and his first six-figure payout from the series. Being the winner of the event, his share of the overall prize pool totaled $272,744.

In his post-victory interview, the player said that he almost skipped the Main Event, feeling disheartened by recent failures on the felt. However, he won a seat into the tournament via a satellite and decided to give it a go. And he obviously made the right decision.

By day, Johnson makes his living as a manager in a contact center. By night, he plays poker. He entered the world of poker four years ago and spent that time learning the game’s nuts and bolts and specifics.

The player has had some hard time on the felt over the past several weeks, including during the WSOP Circuit’s Harrah’s Cherokee stop. However, his losing streak eventually ended with the beginning of the Main Event. The player survived through a starting flight without having to re-enter and ended Day 1 of play with a solid stack of 159,000 in chips. By the end of Day 2 action, he had established himself as the chip leader. From that point on, the player followed his strategy to eventually beat what had remained of the original field on Day 3 and to scoop the title and the gold ring.