Kyle Cartwright has won the $1675 World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at IP Casino Resort in Biloxi to become just the second person ever to win five World Series of Poker Circuit tournaments.
Cartwright outlasted 299 other players to take the first prize of $107,992.
The victory means that Cartwright is now tied with Mark Smith for the most World Series of Poker Circuit championship rings.
Cartwright was extremely proud of his achievement and does not plan on stopping at five rings.
“It feels good and it hasn’t taken that long. It’s been about two years and I hope to get a lot more in the next few years. If someone gets six, I want seven. Whatever the record is, I want it,” Cartwright said in a post tournament interview.
Cartwright went into the final table as a big chip leader with 2,232,000 in chips compared to second place John Dolan who had 1,207,000.
Cartwright held his chip advantage the entire final table and won the heads up battle against Brad Johnson after only three hands of play.
Smith did not attend the tournament but followed at home as it looked more and more likely that Cartwright would win the tournament to go even with his record mark.
“I couldn’t be more pleased it was him. He is not only a really nice guy but a wonderful player. I’m flattered to be in such good company. These young guys play two to three times the stops I do and I’m sure over time I will be passed up, but from 2009 to now I have either been tied or held the world record in rings. How blessed am I,” Smith said in an interview with the World Series of Poker.
Cartwright and Smith will both attend the World Series of Poker Circuit event to be played at Horseshoe Bossier City next month.