It was an exciting event for a few of Harrah Casino’s World Series of poker players in the beautiful Cherokee mountains this past autumn, with lots of big payouts and wins. Harrah’s Casino is one of the most popular venues that hosts multiple events throughout the year and is renown for their pools, spa, golf, major casino play, enormous ballroom and local outdoor attractions such as the Cherokee Indian Museum.
They regularly feature big-time entertainers such as comedian Gabriel Iglesias, Brett Michaels from Guns and Roses, Hank Williams Jr. Reba Macintyre and Lady Antebellum.
With a packed roster, the event was filled to the brim with players and attendees from all over the United States and the world. In total, there were twelve different events that were hosted, and the total revenue generated allotted to approximately $3.9 million with over 8,484 entries in attendance.
Many players were from Florida. TJ Shulman, Janet Fitzgerald, and Jeff Trudeau were all gold ring recipient winners from Florida. TJ Shulman who is a professional player earned one of the top payouts totaling over $100,000. Shulman is a previous year’s recipient of the same ring and has earned a total of $750,000 between the past two years at Harrah’s Casino.
Mrs. Fitzgerald took home three rings, two having been previously earned. There was quite a large crowd surrounding the table with over 1,297 entries when Fitzgerald won her largest capital payout on record of $68, 746.
This tournament proved that age was no respecter of persons when twenty-three-year-old, Jeff Trudeau, who is already a seasoned gambling professional took home approximately $64,000 and another gold ring. Trudeau plays an exciting “go big or go home” game and ended up receiving a staggering pay of approximately $64,000. This is third in line with two of his previous wins in Choctaw and New Orleans for Circuit gains. At only 23, Jeff Trudeau has had a remarkable career with a payout of over $700,000 and his career is worth following in the future. He has a total of three gold rings now.
Another valuable two gold rings were amassed by players Bryan Carter and Steven Ruighaver throughout the 12-day event at Harrah’s. One of the most exciting events of the series came from player David Jackson who stole the evening, winning the Casino Champion title. Before the end of the tour, he had won three poker entries. He mentioned later that he felt his luck came from the recent birth of his second child.
The final and main championship came down to Tyler Philips, Mike Notarianni and David Jackson with the final evening’s winner was set to take home a quarter of a million dollars in the remaining days of the tournament. The two Global Casino seats were finally claimed by players David Jackson who won the series long point competition and Charles Johnson. Jackson walked away with the coveted diamond-encrusted gold ring as well. Charles Johnson excitedly won the main event!