From 2011 to 2012, Kyle Cartwright went on a mind-blowing hot streak, winning five World Series of Poker (WSOP) rings and tying then-career leader Mark Smith. Earlier this week, Cartwright was the last man standing at the WSOP Circuit’s Tunica Event: #8 $365 No-Limit Hold’em Monster Stack, bringing home his sixth gold ring. The event attracted 457 players and created a $137,100 prize pool.
“It’s been a long time,” Cartwright told WSOP officials. “I haven’t won one since 2012, but I haven’t played too much really. I stopped traveling for the most part. I play more cash games.”
The win puts Cartwright among the top-five in terms of WSOP rings. (Alex Masek leads the pack with nine rings, followed by Chris Reslock, Ari Engel, and Valentin Vornicu with seven each. Cory Waaland and Cartwright are tied with six.) Cartwright also won a WSOP gold bracelet at the 2014 WSOP when he took down Event #4: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em.
The recent win didn’t come easy for Cartwright and he had to battle to the bitter end, pitted against a game Josh Palmer in heads-up play.
“Josh is a great heads-up opponent,” said Cartwright. “He destroyed me for the first 30 minutes. It felt like I couldn’t win a hand. Then I three-outed him and doubled up, and after that I kept winning.”
The big winner also crossed the $1 million threshold in WSOP-related earnings.
Cartwright’s WSOP circuit victories:
(Photo credit: Viri G, Creative Commons).
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