Charles Johnson, a 37-year-old management professional, has won the 2017 World Series of Poker Circuit Cherokee $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event. He defeated a strong field of 957 entries to claim the first-place prize of $272,744 and his first WSOPC gold ring.
The tournament boasted a $1 million guarantee, but 957 total entries in the event build a final prize pool of $1,435,500.
Johnson, who only took up poker around four years ago, was jubilant on the win. He said, “There were a lot of people who’ve been playing poker for a lot longer than I have. I feel blessed to have won at my first big stage.”
A management professional, Johnson spends his nights playing the game in his hometown of Atlanta. Over the years, it has become his hobby. Johnson commented winning a huge six-figure prize changes nothing, and he will continue his job.
With the WSOP title and the ring, Johnson won 912 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points as the winner of this event. Although he has 12 career cashes and $292,429 in total earnings, this was Johnson’s first career tournament score to give him POY points.
Johnson came to the final table as the chip leader with 16 players fighting it out for the big prize. He survived to heads-up play against James Moon, who earned $168,700 as the runner-up finisher.
The World Series of Poker Circuit, started in 2005, is a series of poker tournaments that takes place every year at various casinos throughout the US. All WSOP-C events serve as a lead-in to the World Series of Poker. Winners of WSOP-C events are given a gold ring, while World Series of Poker winner is awarded a bracelet. The Circuit features televised events, a point system for entry into a national championship tournament, and more.