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Adam Ross Wins First WSOP Circuit Season 2018/2019 Main Event at Harrah’s Cherokee

Adam Ross became the first WSOP Circuit Main Event champion of the popular poker series’ new season. The player topped a behemoth field at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina for his biggest career score of $295,970, his first WSOP Circuit gold ring, and a seat into next year’s WSOP Global Casino Championship.

Ross was more than ecstatic to win the major tournament. He was jumping and shouting at the top of his lungs, celebrating the fact that he has finally scooped a life-changing amount of money that would help him pay his mortgage.

Ross has been playing poker as a recreational player for quite some time. He has collected multiple cashes from different tournaments, but has never before won what he considers a life-changing monetary prize. Fresh off his victory, he said that he will continue playing poker occasionally and that he plans to take part in next year’s WSOP Main Event, aside from the WSOP Global Casino Championship.

The WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event took place over four days at the host venue. The $1,700 buy-in tournament featured two starting flights and two more days of play. Each of the starting flights allowed players to re-enter once. The event eventually attracted 1,056 entrants who generated a prize pool of $1,599,840. The top 108 places paid, min-cashes starting from $2,944.

Ross’ Performance

Ross did not have a smooth start of the tournament but improved significantly during Day 2 to eventually bag and tag the sixth largest stack of all 21 players who remained in contention at the end of play on that day.

He maintained his momentum throughout Day 3 to battle and hold up against much more accomplished players, including WSOP gold bracelet holder Jesse Rockowitz, six-time WSOP Circuit gold ring winner Dan Lowery, and former gold ring winners Eyal Bensimhon, Andrew Kelsall, and Charles Johnson.

Ross finally faced Ryan Phan, a one-time gold ring winner, heads-up. The two-handed match began with Phan holding the chip lead with 16 million to Ross’ 15 million. The match was packed with action as the chip lead exchanged hands a number of times, until Ross assumed control over the majority of chips in play one final time and never looked back, methodically weakening his opponent’s defense.

On what turned out to be the last hand of the final table and the tournament, Phan had only a couple of big blinds left, which he moved all in pre-flop. Ross called with [2c][2d] to Phan’s [Kc][10d]. A [Ac][4d][6c][2h][5h] board sealed it for Ross, while Phan hit the rail in second place, good for $182,990.

Harrah’s Cherokee was the first stop of the new WSOP Circuit season. The series has a total of 28 festivals booked throughout its 2018/2019 season and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut will play host to the next one from August 16-27.

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