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John Dollinger Captures WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harrah’s Cherokee after Previous Near-Miss

John Dollinger from Gulf Breeze, Florida captured last night his first WSOP Circuit gold ring after running cold on one notable previous occasion. The poker pro bested 243 tournament entries in the $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a $200,000 guarantee, played at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Dollinger also received $59,536 in prize money to go along with his shiny new gold ring from the popular series. Two years ago, the player ran deep into the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event. He eventually finished runner-up to David Hubbard. Dollinger scooped a $145,186 payout for finishing second in that event.

The brand new WSOP Circuit champion performed quite well in the event he took down last night at the host casino Harrah’s Cherokee. The player was mid-stacked upon entering the six-handed final table of the event. From that point on he only built up his stack to emerge the chip leader.

Dollinger faced Texan Daniel Jones heads-up. The two-handed match began with the eventual champion holding the chip lead. Dollinger never lost his advantage over his last opponent in the field of the $1,125 buy-in tournament. However, Jones proved to be a tough nut to crack as he made several attempts to double.

Jones actually managed to win some chips on two occasions, but never really came close to Dollinger. His final attempt to improve his situation at the table cost him his further participation. On what turned out to be the final hand in play, Jones went in for his last chips, hoping that Lady Luck would smile upon him.

The player had [Kh][Qh] which clashed into Dollinger’s [Ah][5c]. A dry board secured the victory for Dollinger, sending Jones to the rail. The latter collected $36,875 for making it that far into the tournament.

Event #8

The $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000 was the eighth gold ring event to be played as part of the WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee schedule. As mentioned earlier, the tournament drew 243 entries from all over the United States.

The event’s field cracked the guarantee and created a prize pool of $243,000. There were payouts for the final 26 finishers. The min-cash totaled $1,308. Players completed the event over two days of action.

There are three more gold rings left up for grabs at Harrah’s Cherokee. The $1,675 Main Event is, too, among the tournaments yet to be completed. The event features a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million. It kicked off Friday at the host venue and will run through April 23.

As many as 407 players paid the buy-in fee of $1,675 to enter the event during Day 1A. Of them, only 67 made it through the end of the day and will return at Harrah’s Cherokee on Sunday for Day 2.

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