After defeating Day 2 chip leader Jeremy Meacham in the final heads-up, Warren Sheaves took down the 2018 WSOP Global Casino Championship title on Thursday. With this win, the player from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, won a cash prize of $282,113 and the first WSOP Gold braceletin his career.
Thursday was the final, third day of the prestigious event that marked the end of the 14th season of the World Series of Poker. This year’s Global Casino Championship was held at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina and attracted a field of 127 entries. With a buy-in of $10,000, the event managed to offer a total prize pool of $1,050,000, which was split among the first twenty places, while the winner took home more than $280,000.
Day 3 of the championship saw only six finalists returning to the felt and Jeremy Sheaves, a little-known North Carolina poker player, had the second shortest stack of all. This did not stop him, however, as he dominated the final table throughout the game. Interestingly, Sheaves was the last player to register for the championship, coming almost in the last minute on Day 1. During the entire event, he displayed his positive attitude and sense of humor, laughing and joking the whole time.
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With this title, Sheaves took his first ever WSOP Gold Bracelet and won $282,113, the best cash prize from a live tournament in his career. Although he has been on the US poker scene since 2007, he has not been particularly regular and has participated mostly in lower-stakes games. Until Thursday, his best cash was $28,160 when he finished 38th at the 2017 WSOP $1,500 NLH Millionaire Maker event in Las Vegas. With his latest win in his home state of North Carolina, Sheaves now has more than $666,000 in total live tournament earnings.
Final Table Action
Only six players reached the final table on Thursday, led by Jeremy Meacham who was slightly ahead of the rest with 1,460,000 in chips. The fourth stack, Arkadiy Tsinis was the first to leave the table (6th, $48,926) after Sheaves doubled up through him, and then, was eliminated by Kevin Stammen. Loni Hardwood was the next to go home, receiving $65,067 for the fifth place. Swiss Armin Stocker finished 4th ($88,463) after his Tens could not hold up against Sheaves’ pocket Jacks. Three runners-up remained in play for a few hours but eventually, Kevin Stammen was eliminated by Sheaves and took home a prize of $122,890.
A heated heads-up battle between Sheaves and Meacham followed as the two were almost evenly stacked. Although Meacham was seemingly controlling the situation, he eventually lost a good portion of his stack after an unsuccessful bluff. In the final hand, Meacham’s Queen-Seven lost from the Ace-Three of Sheaves, as the board showed Ace-Eight-Six, with Four on the turn and Jack on the river. The winner took the top cash prize and the WSOP Gold Bracelet, while for his second-place finish, Jeremy Meacham received $174,360.