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Tyler Barnes Wins World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah's Cherokee Main Event

North Carolina Resident Bests 1,659-Entry Field, Stacked Final Table To Earn $383,856


The latest World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $1,700 no-limit hold’em main event drew a sizable field of 1,659 entries, easily surpassing the $1.5 million guarantee to create a final prize pool of $2,513,385. After two starting flights and two more days of action, North Carolina resident Tyler Barnes emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $383,856. He scored every elimination at the official final table on his way to closing out the win.

This was Barnes’ second WSOPC gold ring victory and by far his largest tournament score. Before this six-figure windfall, his top payout was the $39,051 he secured for taking down the $600 buy-in event at a 2022 WSOPC stop at this same venue for his first ring.

In addition to the title and the money, Barnes also walked away with 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was enough to move him inside the top 40 in the 2024 POY race standings presented by Global Poker.

“It feels great to win,” Barnes said. “I’d like to give a shoutout to Ryan D’Angelo for coaching and supporting me through this.”

Andrew MorenoD’Angelo, a bracelet winner, was among many highly accomplished tournament players who made it deep in this event alongside Barnes. D’Angelo ultimately hit the rail in 12th place for $31,876. Several other notables survived to the top nine, including 2021 Wynn Millions main event winner Andrew Moreno, who held the chip lead when the field combined onto the final table.

Barnes scored his first knockout at the final table by winning a preflop race against Rubin Chappell (9th). He then busted Christopher Mo (8th) and David Yue (7th) to continue his climb up the leaderboard.

The next key hand saw all the chips go in the middle with Barnes holding KDiamond SuitKClub Suit against Moreno’s JDiamond SuitJClub Suit. The larger pair held up and Moreno was eliminated in sixth place. The $80,857 payout increased his career earnings to more than $4.3 million.

Adam Hendrix was the next to fall. The Alaskan ran A-Q suited into Barnes’ pocket nines preflop. Hendrix added flush and straight draws to his overcards by the turn, but a brick on the river saw him eliminated in fifth place ($104,413). He now has over $6.2 million in lifetime cashes.

Two-time bracelet winner Michael Wang got all-in on a QDiamond Suit9Diamond Suit2Heart SuitQSpade Suit board with KHeart SuitKDiamond Suit. Barnes had turned trips with QClub Suit10Spade Suit. The JSpade Suit on the end saw Wang sent to the rail in fourth place ($136,052). Like Hendrix, Wang surpassed $6.2 million in total scores thanks to his run in this event.

15-time WSOPC gold ring winner Maurice Hawkins was knocked out via a three-way all-in. He held ADiamond Suit10Club Suit facing the JDiamond Suit9Heart Suit of Barnes and the 9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit of Zak Gilbert. The final board read QSpade SuitJHeart Suit4Club Suit9Club Suit6Heart Suit, giving Barnes two pair. Hawkins earned $178,870 as the third-place finisher, the sixth-largest score of his career. He is now approaching $5.4 million in lifetime earnings.

The final hand saw all of the chips go in after a flop of QDiamond Suit9Heart Suit6Heart Suit. Gilbert was ahead with QSpade SuitJHeart Suit. Barnes held 7Spade Suit6Diamond Suit. The 5Spade Suit turn gave Barnes a straight draw to go with his other outs. The 8Heart Suit on the end completed that straight to eliminate Gilbert in second place ($237,256).

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Tyler Barnes $383,856 1,080
2 Zachary Gilbert $237,256 900
3 Maurice Hawkins $178,870 720
4 Michael Wang $136,052 540
5 Adam Hendrix $104,413 450
6 Andrew Moreno $80,857 360
7 David Yue $63,188 270
8 Christopher Mo $49,836 180
9 Rubin Chappell $39,671 90

Photo credits: WSOP.