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Trace Henderson Wins World Series Of Poker Circuit Stop At Horseshoe Tunica

Henderson Grabs His Second Gold Ring Along With $132,846 In Prize Money In His Home State Of Mississippi


Trace Henderson – Photo Credit: Horseshoe Tunica

Trace Henderson is the champion of the World Series of Poker Circuit main event at the Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi. The Gulfport resident took home the top prize worth $132,846, along with his second gold ring. His first came when he won a $400 eight-max no-limit hold’em event in Biloxi in 2019. His career earnings now stand at $762,324.

“I feel good. This particular tournament I’ve been deep in a couple of times, so it was kind of something I wanted to do. It feels good to do it,” said Henderson to the WSOP Circuit reporters after the victory. He continued when asked about having his parents in town to support him from the rail, “It was cool. They don’t come on the scene much. My Mom’s into it big, she’s always keeping up with me, asking how I’m doing. But I always told them maybe come to something in the South, like in Mississippi, and it worked out that they were able to, and it feels great to win.”

The $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament attracted a field of 418 entries over two starting flights to create a prize pool worth $633,270. The top 62 players took home at least $2,519 in prize money. Notables that made a deep run in the event included gold ring winners Will Givens (10th), Eric Sutton (14th), Kyle Cartwright (15th), Michael Esquivel (17th), and Shane Bissinger (18th).

Day 2 saw 43 survivors return to the tables, and they played all the way down to the final six by the end of the night. When the final day of the tournament began on May 1, Henderson was comfortably the chip leader with almost double the stack of his closest challenger. Henderson proceeded to take out Dale Humphrey in sixth place, and Dalton Fry in fifth place to strengthen his hold of the lead.

Steve McCluskey got in on the action by taking out Andrew Groendal in fourth place, and he actually pulled into the lead during three-handed play. Henderson then took out Marshall White in third place to bring the chips close to even at the start of heads-up play, but McCluskey quickly pulled away to more than a 5:1 chip advantage.

Henderson took back the lead with the elevated blinds creating large pots on almost every hand, and that’s where the chip counts stood when McCluskey hung his tournament hopes on pocket sixes preflop against the KSpade SuitQSpade Suit of Henderson in their first all-in confrontation. The board ran out 10Diamond Suit9Heart Suit2Spade Suit4Club SuitQDiamond Suit, and Henderson won the pot and the tournament on the river. McCluskey took home $82,102 in prize money as the runner-up, almost doubling his career earnings total in the process.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Trace Handerson $132,846 720
2 Steve McCluskey $82,102 600
3 Marshall White $58,220 360
4 Andrew Groendal $42,025 456
5 Dalton Fry $30,888 300
6 Dale Humphrey $23,125 240
7 Brian Wurzburg $17,640 180
8 Miguel Degollado $13,716 120
9 Walker Miskelly $10,875 60

The next WSOP Circuit event will run from May 4-15 at the Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. The $1,700 buy-in main event begins on Thursday, May 11. You can see the full schedule for the tournament series right here.