The final domestic bracelet of the 2018 World Series of Poker calendar was awarded in Cherokee, NC at the WSOP Global Casino Championship. A total of 122 players from the 2017-18 WSOP Circuit season qualified for the event alongside five players who entered for a $10,000 buy-in.
Warren Sheaves became the 127th player in the field and wound up the last one to leave the final table stage. Sheaves defeated a top-notch final table by any tour’s standard to win his first career bracelet and the $282,113 first-place prize.
Final table lineup
Seat 1: Keven Stammen – 1,393,000 (87 bb)
Seat 2: Jeremy Meacham – 1,460,000 (91 bb)
Seat 3: Loni Harwood – 1,427,000 (89 bb)
Seat 4: Warren Sheaves – 494,000 (30 bb)
Seat 5: Armin Stocker – 409,000 (25 bb)
Seat 6: Arkadiy Tsinis – 1,220,000 (76 bb)
Bracelet winners fall early
The final six players accumulated plenty of WSOP jewelry between them during their respective careers. Four bracelets sat on the respective wrists of Loni Harwood, Keven Stammen, and Arkadiy Tsinis. Harwood started the final table in search of her third bracelet and second WSOP Global title.
All three came up short of their goals with Tsinis the first to fall.
Tsinis limped the small blind and Stammen charged him 60,000 from the big blind. A three-bet emerged from Tsinis worth 160,000 which was met by a four-bet all-in from Stammen for 550,000 effective.
Tsinis called with ace-queen of clubs and looked at pocket nines from Stammen in a massive flip early at the final table. The queen-high flop favored Tsinis but a straight on the turn clinched the pot for Stammen to increase his title hopes.
Jeremy Meacham earned his seat through a win in the 2017 Foxwoods Circuit Main Event and entered the final table as chip leader. Harwood ran head-first into the Meacham train and her run was cut short in fifth-place.
Meacham opened with ace-nine of clubs under the gun and Harwood joined him with king-ten offsuit in the cutoff. Stammen found a reasonable hand in the big blind and the king-high flop with two clubs led to a bet of 90,000 from Meacham. Only Harwood stuck with him to the ten of spades turn and Meacham wagered once more.
168,000 from Meacham was matched by Harwood. The deuce of clubs completed the board to give Meacham a flush. He bet all-in for 550,000 effective and Harwood took her time to call for her tournament life. Harwood’s two pair was second-best and Meacham became the chip leader again.
Heads up arrives
Swiss qualifier Armin Stocker made the most of his overseas trip with a few final table pay jumps but a quest at a win came to an end in fourth place. Stocker lost with pocket tens against the two jacks of Sheaves for his last 25 big blinds to move the tournament to three-handed.
Stammen’s journey for another title to match his bracelet and WPT Championship win ended on the tournament podium. Sheaves raised to 70,000 on the button and called an all-in of 505,000 from Stammen, who shoved from the small blind.
Sheaves’ ace-jack raced against Stammen’s pocket threes to a four-flush on the river to give Sheaves the best hand and the elimination.
Sheaves strikes gold
Meacham and Sheaves started their heads up match with close to 100 big blinds each and Sheaves took eventual control to earn the bracelet.
Sheaves picked off a massive bluff from Meacham to gain the upper hand. Meacham bet all three streets on an ace-eight-four-seven-deuce board with two hearts on the flop. Sheaves called off for his tournament life on the river with five-four and Meacham’s jack-nine was no good.
Meacham lost his last 11 big blinds with queen-seven against the ace-three of Sheaves to earn Sheaves the bracelet and cash.
Sheaves earned the largest score of his career, as did Meacham, along with the WSOP gold bracelet.
The final table airs on ESPN at a yet to be determined date.
Final table results
1st place: Warren Sheaves – $282,113
2nd place: Jeremy Meacham – $174,360
3rd place: Keven Stammen – $122,890
4th place: Armin Stocker – $88,463
5th place: Loni Harwood – $65,067
6th place: Arkadiy Tsinis– $48,926
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