Jared Ingles wins World Series of Poker Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee Main Event
The 2022 Harrah’s Cherokee World Series of Poker Circuit The $1,700 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event drew an impressive 1,213 entries, creating a prize pool of $1,837,695 that was paid out among the top 182 players. After two tee-offs and two long days of action, Jared Ingles emerged as the champion. The 34-year-old poker player from Prospect, Louisiana earned a career-best payday of $300,736 for the win, as well as his first WSOPC Gold ring.
Ingles now has over $1.3 million in career tournament winnings to his name from 126 recorded cashes. His previous biggest payday was $138,285, which he earned as a 56th-place finisher in 2010. WSOP main event.
“I’ve been grinding for over half my life,” Ingles said WSOP journalists after emerging victorious. “I’m primarily a cash game player, but I’ve been running these tournaments for a long time and finally was able to close one.”
A total of 17 players returned to Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina for the final day of this event. Ingles entered the day in seventh chip position, but managed to work his way to the top of the tally by the time the unofficial final table of ten was set.
He scored his first official final table knockout when his A-10 won a preflop run against Marshall White’s pocket fives (9th – $31,634). Rohit Kwatra was next to fall as his 8-6 suit failed to defeat Robert Hover’s AK. Kwatra took home $39,689 as eighth place.
Ingles then found himself embroiled in another coinflip preflop, with his pair of fours beating John Gallaher’s KJ combination (7th – $50,236).
Adam Ney’s run in this event came to an end when his AQ ran into the pocket of dozens of Changlong Zeng. Neither player improved and Ney was knocked out in sixth place ($64,146).
Fikret Kovac got the last of his stack preflop with pocket fives, only to find himself in trouble against Max Le’s pocket sixes. The top pair held and Kovac settled for $82,622 as the field was narrowed to just four contenders.
Despite earning that knockout, Le was ultimately the next player to hit the rail. He went all-in preflop with QJ suited against Hover’s pocket jacks. The made a flush on the turn, but the river put three kings on the board to give Hover a full house and the pot. Le won $107,339 as fourth place.
Shortly after, two of the bottom three got all the chips preflop with Zeng holding 109 against the AQ from Hover. Zeng flopped top pair and made a set of ten to let Hover draw dead. Hover was awarded $140,648 for third place, while Zeng took a healthy head-to-head lead with Ingles.
The tables turned on a crucial preflop run, with Ingles’ AK beating Zeng’s pocket threes with a king on the river. This gave Ingles more than a 7:1 chip lead. Zeng was left on the fumes and soon found himself in danger with 43 against the Aten English people. The board fell 10746Q and Ingles made a pair of tens to lock in the pot and the title. Zeng won $185,859 as the runner-up.
Here is an overview of the payments and POY points awarded at the final table:
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Photo of the winner provided by WSOP.