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2014/2015 WSOP Circuit - HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE (Nevada)

Friday, November 07, 2014 to Monday, November 10, 2014

Event #10A/B: $1,675 Main Event No-Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)

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  • Buy-in: $1,675
  • Prizepool: $570,000
  • Entries: 380
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, November 10, 2014 12:56 AM Local Time

Jesse Wilke

After three days and nearly 30 hours of play, the Harveys Lake Tahoe World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event is down to just seven players remaining with Seattle’s Jesse Wilke (pictured) leading the way. Wilke amassed 2,200,000 chips and begins Monday’s final playing session as the only player over the 2,000,000 mark.

Wilke’s WSOP resume boasts nine cashes and more than $120,000 in earnings since June of 2012. His deep run in the Harveys Lake Tahoe championship already bests his previous highest finish of eighth which came in last season’s Caesars Palace series. If he’s able to parlay his chip lead into a gold ring victory he’ll more than double his career earnings at the WSOP.

Beginning the day second in chips is Richard Fitzgerald with 1,435,000. Like Wilke, Fitzgerald has experienced past success in Circuit events with 13 career cashes including a final table earlier this series. Others joining the pair at the top for Day 2 include Gerald Cohen, who starts the day fifth with 685,000, and the table short stack Barry Kay who lays to claim to 435,000 or just 14 big blinds.

Here’s a look at how the remaining seven players stack up:

  • Seat 1: Jesse Wilke - 2,200,000 (73 BBs)
  • Seat 2: Dan Stir - 1,250,000 (41 BBs)
  • Seat 3: Barry Kay - 435,000 (14 BBs)
  • Seat 4: Richard Fitzgerald - 1,435,000 (47 BBs)
  • Seat 5: Jasthi Kumar - 565,000 (18 BBs)
  • Seat 6: Allen Hickman - 1,025,000 (34 BBs)
  • Seat 7: Gerald Cohen - 685,000 (22 BBs)

Sunday’s action began at 12 p.m. with just 72 remaining players from 380 starting. Kumar lead the way with 295,000 chips — more than 50,000 more than second place Daniel Turner. Others on the leader’s heels included three-time ring winners La Sengphet and Daniel Lowery, the Bike’s 2013 Casino Champion Nathan Bjerno and bracelet winner Sean Drake.

As play progressed, Kumar’s solid play continued while Bjerno sputtered busting short of the money. After less than two hours of Day 2 action, the field was down to the final 46 and in the midst of hand-for-hand play with the top 45 players finishing in the money. The bubble lasted just two hands with Sinh Nguyen heading home as the unlucky 46th-place finisher at the hands of Hickman. From there, play narrowed to the 10-handed final by 8:30 p.m. but hit a road block as it took more than two hours to lose Stanley Solis in 10th giving us the official nine-handed final table.

Of the aforementioned notables, Sengphet carded the deepest run finishing in 14th place for $7,877. Lowery (35th, $2,839), Drake (20th, $5,523) and Turner (19th, $5,523) also joined her in the money.

Updated results from the event are available on

The final seven retake their seats Monday at 12 p.m. PT. Each remaining player is assured $18,844 while the tournament’s champion is set to head home with $125,401, a Circuit gold ring and berth in the season-ending National Championship.

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Monday, November 10, 2014 12:16 AM Local Time

Play has concluded for the evening with seven players remaining. We'll provide a full recap and Day 2 chip counts shortly.

Monday, November 10, 2014 12:06 AM Local Time

Yotam Shmuelov

Yotam Shmuelov raises all-in from under the gun. Then Jasthi Kumar raises all-in one spot to Shmuelov's left. The rest of the players fold and the cards are turned over.


The flop comes     leaving Shmuelov in bad shape. The turn is the   and the river is of no help as the   completes the board. Kumar drags in the pot as Shmuelov heads to payouts.

Jasthi Kumar - 470,000 (19 BBs)
Yotam Shmuelov - Eliminated in 8th Place ($14,843)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 11:58 PM Local Time


Allen Hickman makes it 55,000 from late position and Robert Donahue (pictured) moves all in from his direct left. The remaining players fold. Donahue's all in is for about 350,000. Hickman calls and sees the bad news. Donahue is a commanding favorite holding    against Hickman's   . Donahue is the at-risk player as the head to the flop.

Hickman's dream flop comes with the   window card being complemented by the   and  . Hickman now has a fullhouse and a commanding lead in the hand.

The turn and river complete the board with the   and   and Donahue is eliminated in ninth place.

Allen Hickman - 1,200,000 (50 BBs)
Robert Donahue - Eliminated in ninth place ($11,856)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 11:31 PM Local Time

Jasthi Kumar opens the button for 52,000 and Allen Hickman makes it 135,000 from the small blind. Robert Donahue folds his big blind sending the action back to Kumar. Kumar moves all in having Hickman covered. Hickman contemplates the decision for some time before he calls. Tablemates complement his call as Hickman shows    and is in good shape against the    of Kumar.

The board runs out       and Kumar's skid continues while Hickman nears 1,000,000 chips.

Allen Hickman - 968,000 (40 BBs)
Jasthi Kumar - 400,000 (16 BBs)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 11:26 PM Local Time

Dan Stir makes it 60,000 to go from late position. Action is on Allen Hickman in the big blind and he calls. They are heads up to the flop.

The dealer reveals a     board and Hickman jams for 206,000. Stir asks for a count and the dealer breaks down Hickman's stack. Stir calls and Hickman is at risk.

Stir:    for top pair
Hickman:    for an open-ended straight draw

The turn   is a safe card for Stir and he heads to the river needing to avoid one of Hickman's eight straight outs to eliminated Hickman ninth.

The river has other plans though as it falls the   completing Hickman's straight and earning him a double up.

Allen Hickman - 520,000 (21 BBs)
Dan Stir - 1,490,000 (62 BBs)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 11:13 PM Local Time

Players are 60 minutes away the conclusion of Day 2. At that time, those still alive bag and tag set to return for Day 2 Monday at 12 p.m. to play to a champion.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 11:12 PM Local Time
Level: 25
Blinds: 12,000/24,000
Ante: 4,000
Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:52 PM Local Time


Stanley Solis (pictured) open shoves from late position for 235,000. It's on Dan Stir on the button and he flats. The small blind and big blinds folds. Solis is at risk and in rough shape against Stir.


Solis never improves on the       runout and after more than two hours of 10-handed play the action is sheared to the official nine-handed final table.

Dan Stir - 1,600,000 (80 BBs)
Stanley Solis - Eliminated in 10th place ($9,599)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:36 PM Local Time

Gerald Cohen raises 40,000 from middle position. Play folds to Barry Kay and he shoves all-in for 266,000. Cohen tanks for a minute before calling. The cards are turned over.


The flop comes     giving Kay the lead. The turn is the   giving Cohen a couple more outs, but the river is the   which is no help to him.

Barry Kay - 592,000 (29 BBs)
Gerald Cohen - 340,000 (17 BBs)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:31 PM Local Time

It's 10:30 p.m. local time and that means we've now logged two hours of 10-handed play without losing a player.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:20 PM Local Time

Stanley Solis opens for 40,000 from under the gun. Action folds all the way around to Gerald Cohen in the big blind and he calls. They are heads up to the flop.

Cohen checks the     board and Solis bets 60,000. Cohen calls and they head to the turn.

Both player check the  .

Cohen leads for 45,000 when the river comes the  , putting three deuces on the board. Solis calls. Cohen tables    for a fullhouse. Solis folds.

Gerald Cohen - 731,000 (36 BBs)
Stanley Solis - 275,000 (13 BBs)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:14 PM Local Time
Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:04 PM Local Time

The remaining players will log two more levels before bagging and tagging around midnight PT. Day 3 resumes Monday at 12 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 10:04 PM Local Time
Level: 24
Blinds: 10,000/20,000
Ante: 3,000
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Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:53 PM Local Time

The remaining 10 players are on their final 15-minute break of the night.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:52 PM Local Time

Allen Hickman makes it 37,000 from early position. Robert Donahue moves all in for 315,000 from his direct left. The remaining players fold and Hickman goes into the tank for about two minutes before he calls.


The board runs out       and Donahue doubles through Hickman. Hickman now holds just 275,000.

Robert Donahue - 654,000 (40 BBs)
Allen Hickman - 275,000 (17 BBs)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:35 PM Local Time

Gerald Cohen opens for 34,000 from middle position. Jasthi Kumar calls from the big blind and they are heads up to the flop.

Kumar check-calls 36,000 on a     board.

Kumar checks again when the turn brings the  . Cohen places a single 1,000 chip on top of a stack of 100,000 in blues and slides it into the pot. Kumar folds.

Gerald Cohen - 545,000 (34 BBs)
Jasthis Kumar - 1,100,000 (68 BBs)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:24 PM Local Time

Yotam Shmuelov opens for 32,000 and Stanley Solis calls from the big blind. They are heads up to the flop.

The flop is     and Solis checks. Shmuelov bets 38,000. Solis calls.

Both players check the   turn.

The board completes with the   and Solis leads for 40,000. Shmuelov points at the bet signifying he'd like it to be broken down by the dealer. The dealer spreads the bet and Shmuelov calls. Solis shows    for an eight-high straight. Shmuelov's cards hit the muck.

Yotam Shmuelov - 505,000 (31 BBs)
Stanley Solis - 330,000 (20 BBs)

Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:01 PM Local Time

Dan Stir makes it 37,000 from middle position. Chip leader Jasthi Kumar calls from the small blind as does Allen Hickman from the big blind. They are three handed to the flop.

The flop comes     and Kumar and Hickman check. Stir bets 47,000 and Kumar calls. Hickman folds. They are heads up to the turn.

Both players check the  .

The river is the   and Kumar leads for 150,000. Stir re-checks his hole cards before he calls. Kumar tables first and shows    for king high. Stir tables    for an overpair of queens. He wins the pot and pulls nearly even with the chip leader.

Jasthi Kumar - 1,370,000 (85 BBs)
Dan Stir - 1,255,000 (78 BBs)

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