Jeremiah Pierce Wins Monster Stack Event at WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee

It was a first-ever WSOP Circuit cash and a first WSOP Circuit title for recreational player Jeremiah Pierce from High Point, North Carolina last night at Harrah’s Cherokee. Pierce survived a gigantic field of 1,807 entries in the $365 Monster Stack at the host casino to collect $86,981 in prize money and a shiny gold ring.

As mentioned above, it was a first Circuit win for the player who makes a living as a shift supervisor and plays poker only recreationally. And by winning the Monster Stack, Pierce collected his largest ever live cash.

Asked how he felt, the brand new Circuit winner told WSOP staff that he was really excited and that his breakthrough win will allow him to play more poker.

Pierce has played in several Circuit stops over the past three years but has never managed to capture a title or at least make it into the money. Well, at least not until last night.

The Monster Stack attracted more than 1,800 entries who created a prize pool of $542,100. The top 188 finishers qualified for a payout. Min-cashes were worth $554. As already pointed out, the event’s champion bagged $86,981, which was the second largest first-place prize so far in the Harrah’s Cherokee stop. Matthew Higgins bested a few days ago the field of the four-day $365 No-Limit Hold’em with a $500,000 guarantee for a first-place prize of $101,326.

Second in Chips

Pierce came into the official final table of the $365 Monster Stack second in chips with 6.5 million. Todd Osborne was the only player to stand above him in the chip counts chart at that point with 8.72 million.

Over the final stages of play, the eventual winner stayed at or near the top until he remained the last man standing. Pierce had hot cards coming his way at the right time in play, which he played just as he had to to survive through the very end. For instance, the player caught poker aces on several occasions. Pierce told WSOP staff that he just did not want to give up any ground throughout play and that he was really grateful that things fell his way.

On what turned out to be the final hand of the tournament, Pierce eliminated James Striker in second place. The eventual winner’s [Ad][Kd] clashed with his final opponent’s [Kx][Qx]. A king appeared on the board, but nothing else happened that could have saved Striker from an elimination and the runner-up finish in the tournament. The player received a consolation prize of $52,873 for his deep run.

The WSOP Circuit stop at Harrah’s Cherokee is set to run through April 23, with several more gold ring events on the schedule yet to be completed, including the $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em with a $200,000 guarantee and the $1,675 Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of $1 million.

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