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Kyle Cartwright Wins 2019 WSOP Circuit Tunica Main Event

Poker Pro Defeats Field of 639 Entries To Win $198,451 Top Prize and His Eighth Gold Ring


A total of 639 entries were made in the 2019 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 no-limit hold’em main event, building a prize pool of $968,085. In the end, the largest share of that was awarded to Kyle Cartwright, who earned $198,451 and his eighth WSOP Circuit gold ring for the win. This was Cartwright’s fourth WSOPC main event title. The 2014 WSOP bracelet winner now has over $2 million in career live tournament earnings.

“I’ve been traveling now for a while, so anytime you get a win… I mean they are so hard to win, these tournaments,” Cartwright told WSOP reporters after securing the win. “This is the first time my mother has watched me play live poker, and it was great having my family here!”

Cartwright entered the final day of this event in third chip position with eight players remaining. He scored his first knockout of the day, calling the all-in of small blind Damjan Radanov holding AClub Suit9Club Suit in the big blind. Radanov was in rough shape with AHeart Suit6Diamond Suit. Neither player improved and Cartwright’s superior kicker earned him the pot, sending Radanov to the rail in sixth place ($38,559).

From there Cartwirght survived to three-handed play, and then managed to fight his way into the lead. He furthered his advantage by winning a huge pot against Johnny Landreth. With a flop of 10Spade Suit9Heart Suit8Spade Suit Cartwright check-raised Landreth’s 400,000 bet to 1,300,000. Landreth then moved all-in for 3,900,000. Cartwright quickly called with the 8Heart Suit8Club Suit for a set. Landreth held the QHeart Suit10Heart Suit for top pair and a gutshot straight draw. The turn was the AClub Suit and the river the 2Diamond Suit to lock up the pot for Cartwright and eliminate Landreth in third place ($90,071).

With that Cartwright took nearly a 2-to-1 lead into heads-up play against Steve Klein. Klein got off to a strong start, but Cartwright was able to right the ship. By the time the final hand arose Cartwright had more than a 3.5-to-1 advantage. All of the chips got in preflop with Cartwright holding ASpade Suit10Heart Suit and Kelin the 4Heart Suit4Diamond Suit. The flop broadht the QClub SuitJHeart Suit5Club Suit to give Cartwright a gutshot straight draw in addition to his overcards. The 8Diamond Suit was ho help, but the 10Spade Suit gave Cartwright the best pair to earn him the pot and the title. Klein took hime $122,802 as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Kyle Cartwright $198,451 840
2 Steve Klein $122,802 700
3 Johnny Landreth $90,071 560
4 James Naifeh $66,982 420
5 Darren Martin $50,486 350
6 Damjan Radanov $38,559 280
7 Jonathan Bennett $29,836 210
8 Joseph Hebert $23,389 140
9 Michael Sanders $18,568 70