Playing for the first time in any major poker event, 30 year old John Bowman has done what seems to be a perfect story book ending. After winning the Main Event $1,675 Buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Championship at World Series of Poker Harrah’s Cherokee, Bowman made his presence felt to everybody. After collecting the prize money of $250,380, he expressed himself and termed his win as ‘unimaginable’.
Two nights ago, Bowman had won a seat given away by a satellite event to get a chance to play for the championship. At that time little did he know that after two days he will be famous and will mark his name in the history. Now he is North Carolina’s first ever home state champion. Not only this, he has also reserved a prepaid seat in WSOP National Championship, New Orleans and will also be in race for the Main Event WSOP Championship, Las Vegas.
The way Bowman won this championship is also remarkable. He was not the favorite neither was he in the lead. He came from behind, made some of the biggest upsets and played an exquisite game of poker. After reaching in the top three he played like a long time pro and eliminated rest of the two players one by one. Daniel Weinman came second and 69 years old, Raymond Weaver was on third position. Weaver missed on an opportunity to become the oldest WSOP Circuit Main Event winner.
Juan Mendoza made the second headline of the day by winning Casino Championship title for Harrah’s Cherokee. This was the third time in this series when he ended up in cash finishes. After winning the Casino Championship, Mendoza has earned a seat in the WSOP National Championship, which will take place in New Orleans, Florida next month.