Best of a thousand – that's the boast Jeff ‘Wildcat' Carris can make this week after beating a large entry field to take down Event 22 – the $1 500 buy-in NLHE Shootout tournament at the World Series of Poker.
The final table came down to Jason Somerville, Chris Moore, Joseph Cutler, Jeffrey Carris, Michael McNeil, Josh Tieman, Egene Katchalov, Mike Shannon, Andrew Margolis and Brandon Wong, with Katchalov one of the most recognisable names with a previous track record that includes a WPT Five Diamond win. Players in the final started with chip stacks of 450 000 and blinds at 3 000/6 000 with a 1 000 ante.
Carris had an enviable final table, sailing through and eliminating five of his opponents, and when be sent Andrew Margolis ($124 158 for third place) to the rail he sat across the table from Jason Somerville in the heads up holding a 3 to 1 chip lead.
Carris's good cards and obvious skill combined with that chip lead to deliver a fast 20 minute heads up in which Carris relegated Somerville to second place and a $194 004 payday, claiming the $313 673 lion's share of the prize pool, along with his first WSOP gold winner's bracelet. The win far surpasses Carris's previous best tournament cash – a $54 405 cash last year at the Bellagio.
Katchalov achieved only a seventh placing in the event.