The 2020 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $1,700 no-limit hold’em main event drew a total of 491 entries to create a $743,865 prize pool. In the end, 45-year-old poker pro Lytle Allen emerged victorious with the title. The Nashville, Tennessee resident earned $144,31 and his first WSOPC gold ring as the champion.
“It means a lot to me. I’ve been working hard to get to this point and to beat the field that I was playing against in the final six, they were tough, really good players, so I feel really good about it,” Allen told WSOP reporters after securing the title.
Allen did indeed overcome a tough final table that included two WSOP bracelet winners in defending champion of this event Kyle Cartwright and Bryan Piccioli. Five-time ring winner Scott Stewart and Piccioli were both at their second consecutive WSOPC main event final tables, having finished fourth and ninth respectively in the WSOPC Thunder Valley main event just a week earlier.
The final day began with Allen tied for the shortest stack among the six remaining players. He got off to a fantastic start, though, picking up pocket aces and finding a double up right off the bat. Scott Stewart was the first to hit the rail. He got all-in with ASpade Suit9Spade Suit up against the AClub SuitKHeart Suit of Cartwright, who made a full house on the turn to leave Stewart drawing dead. He ultimately took home $28,187 as the sixth-place finisher.
Allen then flopped a set of deuces against Cartwright’s overpair of KSpade SuitKDiamond Suit to win a massive pot that gave him a commanding lead with five remaining. James Osborne was the next to hit the rail when his KHeart Suit8Diamond Suit failed to hold up against the KClub Suit7Club Suit of Matthew Higgins. A seven on the flop gave Higgins a lead that he never relinquished and Osborne left with $36,857 for his strong showing in this event.
Higgins was unable to hit the seven he needed twice in a row. He got his last chips in with AClub Suit7Club Suit and found himself at risk against the AHeart SuitQClub Suit of Allen. Neither player improved and Allen’s superior kicker was enough to knock Higgins out in fourth place ($48,840).
With that Allen surged past the 10 million chip mark. He extended his lead even further by busting Cartwright in third place. The 2019 champion of this event three-bet shoved from the big blind following a button raise from Allen and a call from Bryan Piccioli in the small blind. Allen called with AClub SuitQDiamond Suit, which had Cartwright’s AHeart Suit4Heart Suit dominated. The board came down KSpade SuitJClub Suit10Club Suit5Diamond Suit and Allen made a straight to end Cartwright’s attempt to defend this title. Cartwright earned $65,574 as the third-place finisher.
Allen took more than a 7.5:1 chip lead into heads-up play against Piccioli, who was also looking for his first WSOPC gold ring. It took just one hand for Allen to seal the deal. Piccioli got his last 17 big blinds in preflop with ASpade Suit8Spade Suit, only to find out that Allen had been dealt the KHeart SuitKClub Suit. The JDiamond Suit8Heart Suit3Club Suit9Diamond Suit6Heart Suit runout secured the pot and the title for Allen. Piccioli took home $89,191 as the runner-up finisher.
Allen was awarded 720 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but it alone was enough to see him climb into 38th place in the 2020 POY race standings sponsored by Global Poker.
Final Table Results
|1st||Lytle Allen||United States||$144,313|
|2nd||Bryan Piccioli||United States||$89,191|
|3rd||Kyle Cartwright||United States||$65,574|
|4th||Matthew Higgins||United States||$48,840|
|5th||James Todd Osborne||United States||$36,857|
|6th||Scott Stewart||United States||$28,187|
|7th||Blake Barousse||United States||$21,849|
|8th||Greg Jennings||United States||$17,170|
|9th||Hyun Lee||United States||$13,681|