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2016/17 WSOP Circuit - HARVEYS LAKE TAHOE (Nevada)

Sunday, October 30, 2016 to Monday, October 31, 2016

Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $29,100
  • Entries: 97
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, October 31, 2016 6:22 PM Local Time

Mark Threadgill Winner

Event #5
No-Limit Hold'em
Buy-in: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 97
Prizepool: $29,100

Mark Threadgill, after a long chase, won his first career gold ring with his wife supporting him the whole way.

Stateline, Nevada (October 31, 2016) – Mark Threadgill outlasted a field of 97 players to claim his first ever gold ring. His loving wife watched on as he took down Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold’em. When asked how the win felt, Threadgill gave a sigh of relief before answering with, “Unbelievable.”

Threadgill started playing poker around 10 to 15 years ago and has been chasing a big victory like this one for a long time. Before this conquest, he had a few final table appearances in his career and WSOP earnings of just over $4,000. With a top-prize worth $8,729, this was Threadgill’s largest cash to date. However, it was not the money that drove his ambition for a first-place finish.

“The money didn’t mean anything. This is what meant something,” Threadgill said, referencing the coveted gold ring in the in his possession.

Him and his wife Brenda, based out of Hallettsville, Texas, travel all over the United States, playing poker as they go. Though it is not only the WSOP Circuit tours they follow, this stop will certainly be their most memorable. Threadgill will look to continue his success here at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe.

“I’ll hopefully stay here and win another ring and win the Casino Championship.”

Both Brenda and Mark have recorded a cash so far. Mark’s first cash was only worth 2.5 points, but his recent accomplishment brings him into a contending position. Threadgill now has a total of 52.5 points in the Casino Championship race, but trails Chad DeLanzo’s 77.5 benchmark.

Here's a rundown of the final table results:

1st: Mark Threadgill - $8,729
2nd: Greg Brown - $5,369
3rd: Sean Drake - $3,842
4th: Jose Ramirez - $2,791
5th: Richard Fitzgerald - $2,067
6th: Ali Shirani - $1,561
7th: David Stewart - $1,200
8th: David Larson - $940
9th: Herman Chang - $750

Complete results can be found above, under the "Results" tab.

Monday, October 31, 2016 4:51 PM Local Time

Mark Threadgill

Mark Threadgill (pictured) has just won his first Circuit gold ring after chasing a big win for a long time. The 57 year-old  Texan defeated a field of 97 players in Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em to win $7,446 and 50 Casino Championship points. The tournament was completed in two days here at Harvey's Lake Tahoe,with Threadgill reaping the ultimate prize in the end.

A full report on Threadgill's win will be published later tonight. In the meantime, here's a look at the final table results:

1st: Mark Threadgill - $8,729
2nd: Greg Brown - $5,369
3rd: Sean Drake - $3,842
4th: Jose Ramirez - $2,791
5th: Richard Fitzgerald - $2,067
6th: Ali Shirani - $1,561
7th: David Stewart - $1,200
8th: David Larson - $940
9th: Herman Chang - $750

Monday, October 31, 2016 4:20 PM Local Time

Greg Brown

Even though he started heads up with a significant chip lead, Greg Brown (pictured) will have to settle for second place. Brown  is awarded $5,369 and 37.5 Casino Championship points.

Monday, October 31, 2016 4:05 PM Local Time

The two remaining contenders have been locked in a fierce battle for nearly two levels now. Threadgill scored a crucial double up early in heads-up play and then went on to overtake the chip lead. Here is a look at chip counts at the break:

Mark Threadgill - 760,000
Greg Brown -230,000

After the 15-minute break players will return to Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante.

Monday, October 31, 2016 3:26 PM Local Time

Sean Drake

Sean Drake (pictured) has been knocked out in third place. Drake walks away with $3,842 and 30 Casino Championship points.

Drake has over $50,000 in Circuit earnings, and over $700,000 in overall WSOP earnings. A large majority of his winnings came from his extremely deep run in the 2014 MONSTER STACK Event at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Greg Brown and Mark Threadgill will now face off in a heads-up battle. Brown has a commanding chip lead.
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Monday, October 31, 2016 2:30 PM Local Time

Jose Ramirez

Jose Ramirez has been eliminated in fourth place by Greg Brown's pocket Jacks. Ramirez earns himself $2,791 and 27.5 Casino Championship points.

Monday, October 31, 2016 2:15 PM Local Time

The clocks struck two and only four of the five remaining players were situated at the table. They agreed to wait at least 10 minutes for the fifth competitor to arrive, but it only took Richard Fitzgerald a couple ticks to come out of the woodwork.

Putting an extra stamp on his entrance, Fitzgerald, who came in as the short stack, shoved all-in on the very first hand. He got a call from Greg Brown and Fitzgerald's Ace-Three was no match for Brown's Ace-Queen.

Fitzgerald exits in 5th place, taking away $2,067 and 25 Casino Championship points.

Monday, October 31, 2016 2:58 AM Local Time


A fairly small field of 97 players flocked to play in Event #5: $365 No-Limit Hold'em. These entrants took to the felt, scrapped til the wee hours of the morning, and are now down to the final five. Sean Drake, who came into the final table as second in chips, is now the current chip leader. Five players strive for the gold ring, but only one will claim the ultimate prize.

Play is set to resume at 2:00 pm on Monday.

Here is a breakdown of the chip count standings for Day 2:

Chip Leader: Sean Drake - 395,000 (65 bbs)
2nd in Chips: Mark Threadgill - 278,000 (46 bbs)
3rd in Chips: Jose Ramirez - 128,000 (28 bbs)
4th in Chips: Greg Brown - 105,000 (17 bbs)
Short Stack: Richard Fitzgerald - 64,000 (10 bbs)

- Play will begin at Level 19 with blinds at 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante

Monday, October 31, 2016 2:11 AM Local Time

Midway through Level 17 and the final table dealer announces "Payout, two," alarming the tournament director of a double knockout.

The two players in question were Herman Chang and David Larson. Their exits have reduced the field to seven.

Monday, October 31, 2016 12:33 AM Local Time

Event #5 has combined the remaining 10 players to one table. David Stewart makes his second final table of the series. He comes into the unofficial final table as the short stack. Leading the remaining field is Jose Ramirez with 191,000 chips.

The end of Level 18 will mark the end of Day 1.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final ten players:

Seat 1: Mark Threadgill – 37,600 (15 bbs)
Seat 2: Jose Ramirez – 191,000 (79 bbs)
Seat 3: Dave Plaskett – 43,300 (18 bbs)
Seat 4: Greg Brown – 122,200 (50 bbs)
Seat 5: Richard Fitzgerald – 30,000 (12 bbs)
Seat 6: Herman Chang – 97,600 (40 bbs)
Seat 7: David Larson – 180,000 (75 bbs)
Seat 8: Sean Drake – 161,000 (67 bbs)
Seat 9: David Stewart – 25,600 (10 bbs)
Seat 10: Ali Shirani – 69,400 (28 bbs)

- 18 minutes left in Level 15: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante
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Monday, October 31, 2016 12:04 AM Local Time

Tension is high between the remaining 13 layers because no one wants to be deemed the bubble boy.

The final two tables are playing hand for hand, waiting for a fateful knockout to send the rest into the money.

A min-cash is worth $608 in this No-Limit Hold'em event.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 9:47 PM Local Time

The field has been cut to nineteen and players are now on their 45-minute dinner break.

Among the select few remaining there are two, recent Harvey's Lake Tahoe gold ring winners. Greg Armand, victor of Event #1 and Julian Galvan, victor of Event #4 are both still alive, adding to their already impressive series here in Stateline.

However, if they want to add to their Casino Champion points total they will have to breach the top twelve. Points are only awarded to players who finish in-the-money during WSOPC ring events.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 8:58 PM Local Time

The prizepool for Event #5 has been finalized. With 97 entries the total prizepool comes out to $29,100 with the top-prize being $8,729. The top 12 finishers will earn a WSOP cash.  Here is a look at the full range of payouts:


Sunday, October 30, 2016 4:58 PM Local Time

Four levels down, and players are on their first scheduled break of the evening.

Registration will be open for four more levels and the second 15-minute break. There is no re-entry allowed in this tournament, which has attracted 91 players so far.

Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:30 PM Local Time
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Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:21 PM Local Time

Another day at Harvey's Lake Tahoe comes to light and another No-Limit Hold'em event will be taking action. The tournament begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 30th and is scheduled to conclude the following night. There will be no option for re-entry, so players must make their first, and only, bullet count.

Here is a quick rundown of Event #5:

  • Buy-in: $365
  • Registration is open until the start of Level 9 (~7:30 pm)
  • No re-entry is allowed
  • Players begin with 10,000 in tournament chips
  • Blinds start at 25/50
  • Levels 1-12 will be 30 minutes long, Levels 13-21 will be 40 minutes long, and 22+ will be 50 minutes long
  • There will be a 15-minute break after Level 4, 8, 15, 21, 23, 27, and 29
  • A 45-minute dinner break is scheduled after Level 12
  • Day 2 will resume at 2:00 pm on Monday
  • Global Casino Championship points are awarded to all players earning a cash
  • The winner will receive a WSOP Circuit gold ring
As this event progresses, this updates page will include prizepool information, end of the night chip counts and the winner's report.