Trace Henderson – Photo: Horseshoe Tunica
Trace Henderson is a champ World Series of Poker Circuit The main event is at Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi. The Gulfport resident took home the first prize of $132,846, along with his second gold ring. The first came when he won a $400 No Limit Hold’em event in Biloxi in 2019. His career earnings are now $762,324.
“I feel good. I’ve been to this particular tournament a few times so it was something I wanted to do. Henderson told WSOP Circuit Reporters after the victory. When asked about his parents being in town to support him from the railroad, he continued, “It was great. They don’t come to the yard often. My mom likes it big, she always keeps up with me, asking how I’m doing. But I always told them they might come to something down south, as it is.” It’s in Mississippi, and it turns out they were capable of it, and it felt good to win.”
The $1,700 Hold’em tournament attracted a field of 418 entries over two initial outings to create a prize pool of $633,270. The top 62 players received prize money of at least $2,519. Notable personalities who make it big in the event include Golden Rings winners Will Givens (10th), Eric Sutton (14th), Kyle Cartwright (15th), Michael Esquivel (17th), and Shane Bissinger (18th).
Day two saw the 43 survivors return to the tables, and they had played all the way to the last six by the end of the night. When the final day of the tournament began on May 1, Henderson was comfortably the chip leader with nearly double the chip stack of his closest competitor. Henderson proceeded to take out Dale Humphrey in sixth, and Dalton Fry in fifth to cement his hold on the lead.
Steve McCloskey got into the action with Andrew Groendaal rounding out fourth, and he really made it to the lead with a three-arm play. Henderson then grabbed Marshall White’s third down to bring him closer to chip by chip even at the start of the single play, but McCluskey quickly built up more than a 5:1 chip advantage.
Henderson retook the lead with high blinds making big bowls in almost every hand, and this is where the chip counts stood when McCluskey pinned his championship hopes on pre-sheltered sixes against the Ks Henderson in the first all-out showdown. Board ran out 10924sHenderson won the bowl and the championship on the river. McCluskey earned $82,102 in prize money as the runner-up, nearly doubling his total career earnings in the process.
Here’s a look at the payouts awarded in the final schedule:
the next WSOP Circuit The event will run from May 4-15 at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina. The main event starts at $1,700 on Thursday, May 11th. You can view the full tournament series schedule right here.