The World Series of Poker Circuit returned to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina from Nov. 24-Dec. 5 for the second of four stops this season. As per usual, the highlight of the series was the $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event, which ran from Dec.2-5. A total of 1,502 entries were made by the time registration was officially closed, creating a massive prize pool of $2,275,530. In the end, Alabama’s Donovan Dean emerged victorious with the $356,963 top prize and his second career WSOPC gold ring. Dean now has nearly $1.1 million in career tournament earnings thanks to his latest win, which was the largest yet on his resume.
“It feels pretty awesome,” Dean told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “I’ve been on a heater as of late, making a lot of deep runs but haven’t been able to close out a Circuit event in a while, so it feels really good.”
Dean has indeed been quite busy on the live tournament circuit in 2022. He has made eight final tables this year, with four titles won along the way. This latest win saw him earn 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points. With 2,762 total points and $608,762 in to-date POY earnings, Dean has climbed into 66th place in the 2022 POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.
His three other tournament victories this year all came in events held at the Pearl River Resort in Mississippi, with buy-ins ranging from $600 to $1,500. Dean’s last win on the WSOP Circuit came back in 2016, when he topped a file of 961 entries in a $365 buy-in event at Harrah’s Cherokee to win $54,777 and his first piece of WSOPC hardware.
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