Kyle Cartwright Wins Astonishing Fifth WSOPC RingWednesday, August 22nd, 2012 by Ryan
The 2012 World Series of Poker Circuit event series is on its way around, and it kicked off at the IP in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Circuit stop featured the WSOPC Main Event this past weekend, and it was one that definitely drew in a whole lot of attention and quite a few big named players also. When all was said and done, there were 300 total players registered for this Main Event, which meant that we were not only looking at a total prize pool of more than $400,000, but also that the eventual winner would be set to take down a prize that was worth over $100k. While the final table featured some players that people may know, the eventual winner was one who has brought in some consistently strong results at Circuit events through his career. This was none other than Kyle Cartwright, who officially tied the record for most WSOPC tournament wins by taking home his fifth ring over the weekend.
His fifth ring at the World Series of Poker Circuit ties the record that was originally held by Mark “Pegasus” Smith. He definitely had a bit of a tough road on his way to his fifth ring though, as he found himself at the final table against a former final tabler of the World Series of Poker Main Event, John Dolan. Dolan also has won a World Series of Poker Circuit event ring also. While Dolan was unable to pull off the win, he still ended up pulling in a third place finish, which ended his strong run at the Circuit event at the IP in Biloxi this summer.
The final table featured Cartwright (1st place and $107,992 in winnings), Brad Johnson (2nd place and $66,744 in winnings), Dolan (3rd place and $48,429 in winnings), Cory Wood (4th place and $35,730 in winnings), Jesus Cabrera (5th place and $26,798 in winnings), Dennis Pasentine (6th place and $20,421 in winnings), Peter Hatley (7th place and $15,804 in winnings), Peter Shashy (8th place and $12,420 in winnings), and Patrick Eskandar (9th place and $9,909 in winnings). Obviously this is a nice haul for anyone making the final table, but Cartwright walked away as the major winner at this one.
Overall, many people feel that Cartwright is one of the stronger young talents in the game of poker today. Overall he has pulled in a total of almost $570k in total tournament winnings throughout his young career to this point, and what makes this number even more shocking is the fact that he has only been playing on the live tournament scene for close to two years to this point. He also has four World Series of Poker cashes, as well as pulling in a final table finish last year (2011). If you were curious about exactly the level of competition that he’s going against, you can look at the fact that two of his WSOPC rings have come in Main Event tournaments, and I can guarantee you that winning any Circuit event is no easy feat.