Barnes Wins Big at Harrah’s Cherokee

The World Series of Poker Circuit continues throughout the United States as this is always a good leadup to the main event. There has been action taking place both online and in-person, but one of the biggest events has been taking place in North Carolina. 

The Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina has been a popular location for live poker games, and it has been a popular stop on the WSOPC. There were a number of tournaments that took place throughout the weekend, but the main event was once again extremely popular. 

Tyler Barnes was the big winner this past weekend as he was able to come up with a victory at the $1,700 no-limit hold’em tournament, and it was another event that smashed the guaranteed prize pool. $1.5 million was initially guaranteed to be handed out at this tournament, but that number got all the way up to $2.5 million based on the number of entries. 

Outlasting Plenty of Opponents

The World Series of Poker Circuit always sets a prize pool for each event, but that is rarely how things tend to end up. 1,659 entries signed up for the main event, and that allowed the total prize pool to soar well past the original guarantee. 

Barnes was able to win over $383,000 by taking the top spot in this event, and it ended up working out much better than expected. This was only the second time that Barnes has won on the WSOPC, and it was easily his biggest cash prize to date. 

In fact, Barnes hadn’t won on the circuit since back in 2022, and that win was really insignificant compared to this title. Not only was Barnes able to secure a massive payday, but he also racked up some Card Player Player of the Year points in the process. 

Barnes earned 1,040 Card Player Player of the Year points for getting a win this past weekend, and he is now in the top-40 when looking at the total standings. It’s really too early to start to focus on those standings, but the top players will eventually move into some prime positions on the World Series of Poker tour. 

Other Top Players

While the World Series of Poker always attracts the top live poker players in the country, the WSOPC has done a nice job of that as well. There were plenty of big names at the final table in this event, and that kept the pressure on Barnes throughout the main event. 

Zachary Gilbert ended up in second place in the main event, and he was able to cash in with $237,256 by finishing next to Barnes at the final table. Maurice Hawkins was another player that was in the mix to take home the title in this event, but ultimately ended up in third place. 

While there have been some online events that have produced some bigger results, a number of the top players were pushing for a chance to win this prestigious event online. 


A sports enthusiast, Ryan helps cover sports betting news from around the country, highlighting some of the more interesting events going on in the USA.