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2019/20 WSOP Circuit - HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, November 01, 2019 to Sunday, November 03, 2019

Event #10: $1,700 MAIN EVENT

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  • Buy-in: $1,700
  • Prizepool: $642,360
  • Entries: 424
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, November 4, 2019 5:07 PM Local Time
Michael Pearson Wins the WSOP Circuit Harveys Tahoe $1,700 Main Event

Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson is now a two-time winner of the World Series of Poker Circuit Harveys Tahoe Main Event. Pearson took down the 2019 edition of the $1,700 buy-in tournament Monday, coming out on top of a field with 424 total entries and taking home the first-place prize of $133,285.

Pearson also takes home his second career WSOP Circuit ring, with the first coming in the 2016 Harveys Tahoe Main Event. The San Francisco resident outlasted a final table full of accomplished tournament players, and bested Jeremy Kottler in the heads-up battle to take down the championship.

Pearson, who was down to his last four big blinds at one point with 13 players left, came all the back and scored the second-biggest cash of his career at the Harveys Casino poker room in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

"You're going to win and lose some pots in a tournament," Pearson said. "But when you're all in, you've got to win those. So I just tried to do that. Every time I was all in, I won the hand."

Pearson was the short stack going into four-handed play, but rode a wave of big pots in the most important part of the tournament. Pearson doubled up through eventual fourth-place finisher Joe Brindle ($44,058), getting the best of a pocket nines versus ace-jack all-in showdown. Brindle exited on the next hand.

Minutes later, Pearson knocked out third-place finisher Charlie Coultas, and went into the heads-up battle against Kottler with the chip lead. Pearson never looked back after that, coming away with the win on a final day that took just four hours to conclude.

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1Michael PearsonUnited States$133,285
2Jeremy KottlerUnited States$82,379
3Charlie CoultasUnited States$59,824
4Joe BrindleUnited Kingdom$44,058
5Mitch GarshofskyUnited States$32,911
6Josh BurkhalterUnited States$24,942
7Nick PupilloUnited States$19,182
8Lee MarkholtUnited States$14,972
9Wes NallyUnited States$11,864
10Joe BurkeUnited States$9,547

Final Table Action

Day 3 started with a 10-handed final table, with Nick Pupillo seated on Pearson's left. Other notable players at the table included Kottler (2nd, $82,379), Coultas (3rd, $59,824), Mitch Garshofsky (5th, $32,911) and Lee Markholt (8th, $14,972).

"It was tough. I did not like my seat draw at all," Pearson said. "Nick has already busted me twice this year. So I didn't like the positioning. But I just tried to be patient ."

Coultas came into the final day with a big chip lead, with 3,480,000 in chips, more than two million more than the next closest competitor, which was Wes Nally with 1,400,000.

The eliminations came fast and often on Day 3, as Joe Burke went out in 10th place just minutes into the day. Nally hit the rail next, and the tournament was eight-handed before the first level of the day, Level 26 (20000/40000/40000) was done.

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WSOPC Harveys Tahoe Heads Up

Markholt, Pupillo and Josh Burkhalter all headed to the exit before the end of Level 27, and the Main Event was down to five players when the remaining field went on the first break of the day.

Brindle came back from the break as the chip leader, and went over the five million chip mark at one point. A couple of big pots devastated Brindle's stack in Level 28, however, with both Kottler and Pearson doubling through Brindle.

Brindle's exit in fourth place left Pearson, Kottler and Coultas as the final three, with Coultas on the short stack. Coultas lost the last of his 20 big blind stack to Pearson minutes into Level 29, with Coultas king-five suited getting the wrong end of an all-in preflop showdown against Pearson's ace-jack.

Coultas elimination left Pearson with 7,500,000 chips against Kottler's 5,000,000 in the heads-up battle, which was over before the end of the level as Pearson kept chipping away at Kottler's stack.

The final hand saw Pearson's ace-king get the best of Kottler's ace-queen, which sealed the second career Harveys Tahoe Main Event win for Pearson.

Monday, November 4, 2019 4:13 PM Local Time
Jeremy Kottler Eliminated in 2nd Place ($82,379)

Jeremy Kottler

Jeremy Kottler and Michael Pearson got all of the chips is preflop, with Pearson holding a 3-to-1 chip lead going to the showdown.

Jeremy Kottler:   
Michael Pearson:   


Pearson's ace-king held up against the ace-queen of Kottler, and Kottler finishes second and adds a $82,379 payday to his more than $1.5 million in career earnings.

Michael Pearson12,720,0003,000,000
Jeremy Kottler0-3,000,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 3:58 PM Local Time
Pearson Keeps Climbing

Jeremy Kottler opened to 200,000, and Michael Pearson called.

Pearson checked the     flop, Kottler bet 200,000, Pearson raised to 700,000, and Kottler folded.

Michael Pearson9,720,000720,000
Jeremy Kottler3,000,000-600,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 3:42 PM Local Time
Pearson Takes Another One

Michael Pearson limped, and Jeremy Kottler checked back.

Kottler led out for 80,000 on the     flop, and Pearson called. Both players then checked the   turn.

Pearson called a 300,000 bet from Kottler on the   river, and showed down   , besting Kottler's    as both players hit two pair on the river.

Michael Pearson9,000,000700,000
Jeremy Kottler3,600,000-700,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 3:37 PM Local Time
Pearson Increases the Lead

Jeremy Kottler opened to 200,000, and Michael Pearson called.

Both players checked through the     flop, as well as the   turn. Pearson bet 300,000 on the   river, and Kottler called.

Perason showed down   , and Kottler mucked.

Michael Pearson8,300,000800,000
Jeremy Kottler4,300,000-1,570,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 3:27 PM Local Time
Charlie Coultas Eliminated in 3rd Place ($59,824)

Charlie Coultas

Michael Pearson opened to 200,000 from the button, Charlie Coultas three-bet all in for 1,500,000, and Pearson called.

Charlie Coultas:   
Michael Pearson:   


Pearson's ace-high held up, and the Main Event is now heads up between Pearson and Jeremy Kottler.

Michael Pearson7,500,0002,880,000
Charlie Coultas0-2,200,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 3:14 PM Local Time
Level 29 started
Level: 29
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 80,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 3:14 PM Local Time
Joe Brindle Eliminated in 4th Place ($44,058)

Joe Brindle

Charlie Coultas opened to 130,000 from the button, and Joe Brindle raised to 320,000, the last of his chips from the big blind. Coultas called.

Joe Brindle:   
Charlie Coultas:   


Brindle, after a couple of losses on big pots in the last hour, is out in fourth place.

Charlie Coultas2,200,000270,000
Joe Brindle0-320,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 3:11 PM Local Time
Pearson Leaves Brindle Hanging by a Thread

Joe Brindle open raised from the cutoff, Michael Pearson three-bet to 420,000 from the big blind, and Brindle four-bet all in for 2,600,000. Pearson made the call.

Michael Pearson:   
Joe Brindle:   


Pearson won the flip, and Brindle is down to his last six big blinds.

Michael Pearson4,620,0002,360,000
Joe Brindle320,000-1,680,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 3:02 PM Local Time
Chip Counts
Jeremy Kottler5,870,000-380,000
Michael Pearson2,260,000-590,000
Joe Brindle2,000,000300,000
Charlie Coultas1,930,000-270,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 2:59 PM Local Time
Another Big Pot for Kottler

With       on the board, Jeremy Kottler bet 525,000, about a pot-sized bet, from the small blind. Charlie Coultas, in the big blind, went into the tank.

Coultas eventually called, but mucked when Kottler showed   . The pot puts Kottler at over six million chips.

Jeremy Kottler6,250,0001,390,000
Charlie Coultas2,200,000-800,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 2:57 PM Local Time
Kottler Takes the Chip Lead

The details of the action leading up to the showdown are unknown, but Jeremy Kottler doubled up through Joe Brindle and now has the chip lead.

The final board and hole cards looked like this:

Jeremy Kottler:   
Joe Brindle:   


Brindle hit two pair on the flop, but the river   brought in a set for Kottler, shipping the massive pot his way.

Jeremy Kottler4,860,0001,860,000
Joe Brindle1,700,000-2,600,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 2:54 PM Local Time
Coultas Doubles Through Brindle

Charlie Coultas, from the button, and Joe Brindle, from the big blind, got all of the chips in preflop, with Brindle having Coultas covered.

Charlie Coultas:   
Joe Brindle:   


Coultas won the coin flip, and he's back up to three million aftert taking a chunk out of Brindle's big stack.

Joe Brindle4,300,000-800,000
Charlie Coultas3,000,0001,350,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 2:44 PM Local Time
Pearson Doubles Through Coultas

Charlie Coultas and Michael Pearson got all in preflop from the blinds, with Perason have the small stack on the big blind.

Michael Pearson:   
Charlie Coultas:   


Pearson's ace-jack was well ahead when the cards turned over, and Coultas found no improvement on the runout.

Michael Pearson2,850,0001,450,000
Charlie Coultas1,650,000-1,650,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 2:42 PM Local Time
Kottler's Turn Bet Takes It Down

Jeremy Kottler opened to 120,000 on the button, and Michael Pearson made the call in the big blind.

Pearson check-called an 80,000 bet from Kottler on the     flop. Pearson then check-folded to a 250,000 bet from Kottler on the   turn.

Joe Brindle5,100,000-150,000
Charlie Coultas3,300,000700,000
Jeremy Kottler3,000,000250,000
Michael Pearson1,400,000-850,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 2:20 PM Local Time
Mitch Garshofsky Eliminated in 5th Place ($32,911)

Mitch Garshofsky

Joe Brindle opened to 125,000 from the button, and Mitch Garshofsky made the call in the big blind.

Garshofsky checked the     flop, Brindle bet 100,000, Garshofsky check-raised all in for 870,000, and Brindle called.

Mitch Garshofsky:   
Joe Brindle:   

Garshofsky's top pair was ahead at the time, but Brindle had plenty of outs with a flush draw and middle pair. One of those outs came in on the river, as after a   turn, the   on fifth street brought in two pair for Brindle.

Joe Brindle5,250,000900,000
Mitch Garshofsky0-900,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 2:12 PM Local Time
Chip Counts
Joe Brindle4,350,000500,000
Jeremy Kottler2,750,000-780,000
Charlie Coultas2,600,000250,000
Michael Pearson2,250,000150,000
Mitch Garshofsky900,000350,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 2:12 PM Local Time
Level 28 started
Level: 28
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 60,000
Monday, November 4, 2019 1:58 PM Local Time
Break Time

Players are on a 15-minute break.

Monday, November 4, 2019 1:56 PM Local Time
Perason Doubles Through Garshofsky

Mitch Garshofsky opened to 125,000 from the cutoff, Michael Pearson three-bet all in for 1,000,000, and Garshofsky called, having Perason covered.

Michael Pearson:   
Mitch Garshofsky:   

Garshofky winced when he saw the bad news, with Pearson's pocket queens having him dominated. Nothing changed on the       runout, and Pearson is back up to the two million chip mark.

Michael Pearson2,100,000900,000
Mitch Garshofsky550,000-1,450,000