Million Dollar Prize Pools Highlight 2017 Half Of WSOP Circuit Schedule

Martin Derbyshire December 7, 2017 373 Reads
WSOP Online

A 37-year-old contact center manager from Atlanta, Georgia won $272,744 and the 2017/18 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event title in North Carolina Monday.

Charles Johnson was the last player standing from a field of 957 entries, earning his first WSOP Circuit ring. The final table of the event also included previous WSOP Circuit ring winners Ryan Jones, Krzysztof Stybaniewicz, and David Jackson.

The $1,675 2017/18 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event created a $1,435,500 prize pool. It was the second to last WSOP Circuit Main Event stop in the US this year.

Live at the Bike

The final stop is scheduled to begin with the first of two starting flights at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California on Saturday, Dec. 9. The second starting flight is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10. Players are allowed one re-entry per flight. Plus, the event also allows for registration at the start of Day 2 Monday, Dec. 11. A winner will be crowned on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The $1,675 2017/18 WSOP Circuit The Bicycle Casino Main Event will wrap up the 2017 portion of the 2017/18 WSOP Circuit schedule in the US.

Once it’s done, the WSOP Circuit will have visited 12 stops in the US on the year. The 2018 portion of the US 2017/18 WSOP Circuit schedule includes 14 more stops. It will wrap up in New Orleans, Louisiana in May 2018.

2017/18 WSOP Circuit first half highlights

Highlights of the schedule so far have included another massive WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event in the Chicago, Illinois area. The always popular event drew an outstanding 1,247 entries this time around. It absolutely crushed the $1 million guarantee by creating a $1,870,500 prize pool.

Chicago’s own Blake Battaglia won it for $332,020, marking the biggest score booked on the WSOP Circuit this year.

The first half the WSOP Circuit season’s other $1 million prize pool guarantee was also smashed. The 2017/18 WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event drew 845 entries, creating a $1,267,500 prize pool in Las Vegas, Nevada. US player Fernando Galvan earned $247,160 capturing the title there.

Just weeks earlier, another million-dollar-plus prize pool was created when the 2017/18 WSOP Circuit Choctaw Durant Main Event drew a whopping 908 entries. The prize pool hit $1,362,000 and 43-year-old Arkansas native Dan Lowery won his sixth WSOP Circuit capturing the title and its $258,784 first-place prize.

The WSOP Circuit also saw a million-dollar prize pool created in its first ever trip to the popular Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida this past September. The 2017/18 WSOP Circuit Seminole Hard Rock Main Event drew a healthy 904 entries, creating a $1,356,000 prize pool.

Local small business owner Joe Gotlieb, 52, won the title and the $257,638 first-place prize it came with.