Trace Henderson has emerged as the winner of the World Series of Poker Circuit main event held at the Horseshoe Tunica in Mississippi. The Gulfport resident took home $132,846 in prize money and his second gold ring. He won his first gold ring in 2019 when he emerged victorious in a $400 eight-max no-limit hold’em event in Biloxi, with his career earnings now totaling $762,324.
In an interview with WSOP Circuit reporters, Trace Henderson expressed his satisfaction with his victory, stating that he had been deep in the tournament a couple of times, and winning felt great. He also expressed his delight at having his parents present to support him from the rail, especially since they do not often attend his tournaments.
The $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament drew a field of 418 players over two starting flights, generating a prize pool of $633,270, with the top 62 players receiving a minimum of $2,519 in prize money. Notable players that made deep runs in the tournament included gold ring winners Will Givens, Eric Sutton, Kyle Cartwright, Michael Esquivel, and Shane Bissinger.
On Day 2, 43 players returned to the tables, and they played down to the final six by the end of the night. Henderson started the final day of the tournament as the chip leader and proceeded to eliminate Dale Humphrey and Dalton Fry in sixth and fifth place, respectively, to increase his chip stack. Steve McCluskey then knocked out Andrew Groendal in fourth place and took the lead during three-handed play.
However, Trace Henderson eliminated Marshall White in third place to even the chip stacks at the start of heads-up play. Although McCluskey initially gained a 5:1 chip lead, Henderson regained the lead during the elevated blinds, with large pots on almost every hand. The tournament was ultimately decided when McCluskey went all-in preflop with pocket sixes against Henderson’s KSpade SuitQSpade Suit in their first all-in confrontation. The board ran out 10Diamond Suit9Heart Suit2Spade Suit4Club SuitQDiamond Suit, with Henderson winning the pot and the tournament on the river. McCluskey took home $82,102 in prize money as the runner-up, nearly doubling his career earnings.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table: