The $600 Six-Max event drew a total of 191 entries for a prize pool of $98,174. After the first day of play, 27 players advanced to Day 2 with the top 18 in the money. Carter Myers (pictured), who finished Day 1 as the chip leader, takes home $28,472, an entry into the $2,000 buyin CPC Main Event, and a trophy for finishing in first.
Since winning a WSOP Circuit ring in a $365 NLH event in 2014, Myers has had several 2nd-place finishes. He says he isn’t really sure why he kept getting second. He maybe didn’t play optimally heads up, but basically he “just couldn’t get the job done.” But today was a different story.
Myers had a healthy stack through the entire tournament and says he “just got lucky a lot.” He finished Day 1 as the chip leader after eliminating last year’s CPC Main Event champion William Luciano in the very last hand of the night with A-K suited versus Luciano’s A-J. On Day 2, Myers stayed near the top of the counts. After the final two-table redraw, Myers went on a tear, eliminating James Moran in 12th place ($1,714) when he hit a gut-shot Wheel draw on the turn, and Daniel Sepiol in 10th place ($2,307) when he flopped quad aces with pocket aces against Sepiol’s pocket threes all in preflop.
Myers carried the chip lead into the final table, losing it only briefly to Ryan Hickey when there were 5 left. Once Lei Zhou went out in 5th place ($5,998) and Myers eliminated Hickey in 4th ($8,247), Myers had a massive chip lead three-handed. Even after Edward Dixon eliminated Bob Peppe in 3rd place ($11,579) to get heads up with Myers, it seemed hopeless for Dixon. Myers had almost a 10:1 chip lead and quickly closed it out, sending Dixon home in 2nd place with $17,597 and a CPC Main Event seat.
While Myers did pick up several big hands in key spots and run quite good, it may not all have been luck. Myers has been playing poker professionally for about eight years and has several impressive poker accomplishments to his credit. He says he took a couple years off when his daughter, Piper, was born, and now spends more time at home in Michigan playing poker online and hanging out with girlfriend Alicia and their little girl, “grinding as a family.”
Myers isn’t really sure about his next poker trips. He says he likes to just “stay in the moment and go with the flow… and hopefully ultimately in the end it works out.” And things seem to be working out for Carter Myers.
So how does this win feel? “It just feels good to finally close something out. Second all the time gets old after awhile. [Getting second] is good, don’t get me wrong, but it feels good to finally win one.”