Sullivan Wins 6-Max Event 2nd Straight Year at Harrah’s Cherokee; Davis Binks Main

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina wrapped up this week and saw Mark Davis of Birmingham, Alabama winning Event #12: $1,700 Main Event to earn his first gold Circuit ring and a massive payday of $334,678.

The latest WSOP Circuit stop consisted of 16 ring events with buy-ins ranging from $250 to $1,700 to generate $6.4 million in prize money. The Main Event generated the largest prize pool of the series, $2.1 million, with 1,402 entrants.

Davis defeated Adam Ney after entering heads-up play with a significant chip disadvantage. Davis was able to hang on and eventually took the chip lead from Ney, who was eliminated when his pocket deuces couldn’t hold up against the ace-nine of Davis. For his second-place finish, Davis earned a cash of $206,844.

Mark DavisMark Davis

WSOPC Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event Full Results

  Place Player Hometown Prize
  1 Mark Davis Birmingham, AL $334,678
  2 Adam Ney Atlanta, GA $206,844
  3 Chris George Rockwell, GA $157,423
  4 Scott Dobbs Covington, GA $120,760
  5 Kevin Morris Elmira, NY $93,376
  6 Dale Roesel Hixson, TN $72,783
  7 Nicholas Power Mcdonough, GA $57,192
  8 Pawley Thomas Fayetteville, NC $45,309
  9 Todd Bartlett Dallas City, IL $36,191

Other players who cashed in the Main Event include Will Jaffe (20th – $16,016), Eric Salazar (38th – $6,107), Kenneth Aldridge (73rd – $3,844) and all-time ring leader Maurice Hawkins (87th – $3,504).

Albrinck Wins Third Ring

An early highlight of the series occurred in Event #2: $400 NLH when Cincinnati’s Brad Albrinck got through a massive field to win $141,330 and his third career WSOP Circuit ring.

The event attracted a total of 3,334 entrants and generated an impressive $1.1 million in prize pool money, making it the largest event of the series and the only tournament outside of the Main Event to generate seven figures.

Albrink defeated Michael Suggs of Carmel, Indiana during heads-up play after dominating a final table that he entered as chip leader. Suggs earned $86,958 for his runner-up finish, while other players at the final table included Joshua Dean (3rd – $65,732), Raymond Brint (4th – $51,787) and Daniel Vo (5th – $38,591).

Brad AlbrinckBrad Albrinck

Albrinck, who has $1.4 million in tournament earnings, according to The Hendon Mob, got his first gold ring in 2013 when he took down the WSOPC Horseshoe Cincinnati Main Event for $221,994. Just a few years later, the Cincinnatian won the 2016 WSOP Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event to earn his biggest WSOP score to date worth $275,877.

“It feels really good to get back on a big score, it’s been a long time coming,” Albrinck said after his most recent victory.

Sullivan Wins 6-Max Event Back-to-Back

Later in the series, Russell Sullivan of West Columbia, South Carolina earned his fourth ring by winning Event #6: $400 NLH 6-Max for $44,390, giving him back-to-back victories in the only 6-max event of the series.

The 6-max tournament attracted 721 runners to generate $237,930 in prize money. Richard Myers finished in second for $27,436, ahead of Casteel Veasley (3rd – $19254), Kevin Blewitt (4th – $13,723), Ryan McAllister (5th – $9,935) and Nicholas Drake (6th – $7,308).

Sullivan’s third ring came just months after he took down Event #5: 6-Max No-Limit Hold’em at the 2021 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee for $43,132, just shy of the score he received with his latest victory.

Russell SullivanRussell Sullivan

Sullivan, a business owner and regular on the Circuit scene, dedicated his latest ring to his wife, who he said: “has backed and been behind me with everything including my business.”

“My wife and three beautiful children were here for a few days which was absolutely amazing, without their support I wouldn’t be able to do this, I wouldn’t be winning any rings.”

Little Continues Hot Streak

Closing out the WSOP Circuit stop, Timothy Little of Hyattsville, Maryland won the second Seniors Event of the series to earn his second ring and $27,186. Little took down the $250-buy-in tournament after defeating Michael Musselwhite during heads-up play, who earned $16,804.

Little, who has $1.1 million in tournament earnings, has had a fantastic run of cards the last six months that included a third-place finish worth $210,004 in Event #43: Double Stack No-Limit Hold’em, which was eventually won by Anthony Denove for $446,983.

Timothy LittleTimothy Little

Just weeks ago, Little finished fourth in the 2022 WSOP Circuit Isle Casino Pompano Park Main Event to earn $69,842.

Little earned his first Circuit ring in 2015 at WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Baltimore when he took down Event #12: $365 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo for $11,844.

A full list of winners at 2022 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee is available below.

The next stop on the WSOP Circuit will be at The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles from March 5-16.

2022 WSOPC Harrah’s Cherokee Ring Winners

  Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown Prize
  Event #1: $400 NLH Double Stack 475 $156,750 Charles Hepler Lexington, NC $30,629
  Event #2: $400 NLH 3,334 $1,100,220 Brad Albrinck Cincinatti, OH $141,330
  Event #3: $400 NLH 706 $232,980 Robert Bourkney N Collins, NY $42,410
  Event #4: $400 NLH Seniors 781 $257,730 David Gore Marietta, GA $45,608
  Event #5: $600 NLH 430 $221,450 Jack Shea Pfafftown, NC $44,492
  Event #6: $400 NLH 6-Max 721 $237,930 Russell Sullivan West Columbia, SC $44,390
  Event #7: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 353 $116,490 Braxton Moore Knoxville, TN $24,732
  Event #8: $400 NLH Monster Stack 2,264 $747,120 Rush Smith Atlanta, GA $106,113
  Event #9: $400 NLH 452 $149,160 Richard Vielhak Smyrna, GA $29,602
  Event #10: $1,100 NLH 387 $377,325 Raul Garza Alton, TX $74,995
  Event #11: $250 NLH Ladies 196 $39,200 Barbara Smith Chattanooga, TN $9,450
  Event #12: $1,700 Main Event 1402 $2,124,030 Mark Davis Birmingham, AL $334,678
  Event #13: $400 NLH 396 $130,350 Albert Peterlin Durham, NC $26,744
  Event #14: $400 NLH 543 $179,190 Cristian Tuica Lawrenceville, GA $33,799
  Event #15: $250 NLH Seniors 763 $152,600 Timothy Little Hyattsville, MD $27,186
  Event #16: $400 NLH Double Stack 658 $217,140 Lonny Weitzel Texarkana, TX $40,234

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