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John Bowman Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Cherokee Main Event

Bowman Wins Largest Buy-In Tournament Ever In North Carolina


John BowmanThe largest buy-in tournament in the history of North Carolina wrapped up on Monday, with local John Bowman claiming his first World Series of Poker Circuit title at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

Bowman defeated 856 players in the four-day $1,500 buy-in event, earning $250,380 from the $1,284,000 prize pool and a gold WSOP Circuit ring. Bowman, a roofer from Hickory, North Carolina, was playing in his first major live poker tournament after winning his seat in a satellite.

“This is such a big deal to me,” Bowman told “Money is tight for us right now, so to play in the main event and then get all the way up here is just unimaginable.”

Notables who finished in the money included Kyle Cartwright (54th), Greg Raymer (29th), Kory Kilpatrick (4th) and eventual runner up Daniel Weinman (2nd).

Bowman earned 912 Card Player Player of the Year points, putting him into 51st place overall.

Here is a look at the final table results and the POY points awarded.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 John Bowman $250,380 912
2 Daniel Weinman $154,772 760
3 Raymond Weaver $113,968 608
4 Kory Kilpatrick $85,052 456
5 George Zinaty $64,303 380
6 James Kinney $49,241 304
7 Hugh Henderson $38,186 228
8 Jonathan Moseley $29,891 152
9 Jerry Monroe $28,431 76