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

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 to Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Event #7: $365 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $365
  • Prizepool: $47,400
  • Entries: 158
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, November 3, 2016 11:40 AM Local Time

Event #7
No-Limit Hold'em
Buy-in: $300 (+$65)
Total Entries: 158
Prizepool: $47,400

Dale Menghe, after being behind for majority of the later stages, comes from behind to win his first career gold ring.

Stateline, Nevada (November 2, 2016) – Dale Menghe’s third WSOP cash was a huge one. He won his first Circuit gold ring by outlasting a field of 158 players in Event #7: $365 No-Limit Hold’em. The tournament lasted two days and finished under the spotlight at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe on Wednesday evening.

Menghe has been playing cards for a while now, but over the years he has implemented an array of different income-generating trades. From running a custom home building business to owning a chain of successful yogurt spots, it is safe to say Menghe is a true, entrepreneurial spirit. Originally from Wisconsin, Menghe use to scoop up some big action at a local casino in his hometown of Milwaukee.

“Potawatomi had one of the biggest PLO games in the country. I caught my teeth on that for about three years,” said Menghe

After selling the yogurt stores, Menghe has since been playing poker full time.  The occupational plan was suggested by none other than his wife, who Menghe admires and love. His wife sure had the right idea because recently he has been making out like a bandit, stumbling upon maybe the biggest score of his life exactly one week ago at Graton Casino & Resort.

“Wednesday I ended up winning the bad beat jackpot there, $118,470,” exclaimed Menghe. “So I’ve been rolling really good.”

His good run has propelled him from California, to Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, and straight through to the number one spot in Event #7. However, the No-Limit Hold’em tournament was hardly a breeze for Menghe. When play reached the final three tables Menghe’s stack was in critical condition and, for the most part, stayed there even through to the final table where he came in as seventh in chips. Menghe played careful and smart poker, dodging a few crucial hands.

“I always thought… You know these tournaments; it’s not the ones you win, it’s the ones you lay down,” Menghe explained.

A stand out hand for Menghe was when he laid down a set to his opponent who shoved on the river. With an ugly board showing flush and straight opportunities, Menghe’s tournament life could have been extinguished on that very hand. This was never the case though.

Once play was short-handed, Menghe turned up the heat, and his aggressive play late got him the outright victory. He walked away with the top-prize of $12,798, 50 Casino Championship points, and a coveted gold ring to call his own. Menghe is geared up to play the Main Event beginning on Friday, as well as making a trip back to Milwaukee for the Potawatomi Circuit series happening in early February.

Here's a breakdwon of the final table finishers:

1st: Dale Menghe - $12,798
2nd: Dave Plaskett - $7,909
3rd: Edward Cybulski - $5,693
4th: Mike Reed - $4,173
5th: Shawn Roberts - $3,112
6th: James Ramsell - $2,362
7th: Bob Gibson - $1,823
8th: Ehsan Porgharibshahishare - $1,430
9th: William Donovan - $1,140

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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 5:29 PM Local Time
Dale Menghe


Dale Menghe (pictured) has just won his his first gold ring. The 56 year-old, father of two defeated a field of 158 players in Event #7: $365 No-Limit Hold'em to win $12,798 and 50 Casino Championship points. From when there were only three tables remaining through the start of Day 2 Menghe was relatively short stacked the entire time. However, he found a way to claw back and claim the Circuit title.

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

1st: Dale Menghe - $12,798
2nd: Dave Plaskett - $7,909
3rd: Edward Cybulski - $5,693
4th: Mike Reed - $4,173
5th: Shawn Roberts - $3,112
6th: James Ramsell - $2,362
7th: Bob Gibson - $1,823
8th: Ehsan Porgharibshahishare - $1,430
9th: William Donovan - $1,140

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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 5:10 PM Local Time


Dave Plaskett goes out in second place with $7,909 and 37.5 Casino Championship points. Plaskett came into Day 2 as the chip leader, but everything was going right for Dale Menghe today.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 4:23 PM Local Time
Edward Cybulski

Edward Cybulski was just knocked out by Dale Menghe in Third Place. Cybulski receives a payday of $5,693 and is awarded 30 Casino Championship points.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 3:43 PM Local Time

The three remaining players have hit a 15-minute break.

Tournament staff is introducing 25,000 chips into play during the pause in play.

Here is a look at the current chip counts:

Dale Menghe - 720,000
Dave Plaskett - 528,000
Edward Cybulski - 300,000

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 3:03 PM Local Time
Mike Reed

Mike Reed has just been eliminated by Dave Plaskett in fourth place. Reed just misses out on his second gold ring, but does take home $4,173 and 27.5 Casino Championship points.

Dave Plaskett - 640,000
Mike Reed - Eliminated

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:33 PM Local Time

The Day 2 restart has already seen two eliminations in James Ramsell and Shawn Roberts, respectively.

5th Place: Bob Gibson - $3,112 and 25 points
6th Place: James Ramsell - $2,362 and 22.5 points

And then there were four.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 1:11 AM Local Time


On par with the average amount of entrants thus far, Event #7 saw 158 different players join in on the dance. There was plenty of experience in the field, which now sits at six remaining players. Dave Plaskett is the current chip leader, but Mike Reed is right on his tail. Reed won a gold ring back in 2012 at the Southern Indiana series and looks to duplicate his triumph tomorrow afternoon.

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

Here is a breakdown of where all the chips lie:

Chip Leader: Dave Plaskett - 449,000 (37 bbs)
2nd in Chips: Mike Reed - 419,000 (34 bbs)
3rd in Chips: Edward Cybulski - 217,000 (18 bbs)
4th in Chips: Shawn Roberts - 197,000 (16 bbs)
5th in Chips: Dale Menghe - 186,000 (12 bbs)
Short Stack: James Ramsell - 122,000 (10 bbs)

- Play will begin at Level 22 with blinds at 6,000/12,000
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:48 AM Local Time
Ehsan Porgharibshahisha & Bob Gibson

Back to back knockouts just occurred. Ehsan Porgharibshahisha went out in eighth place and the very next hand sent Bob Gibson to the rail.

7th Place: Bob Gibson - $1,823 and 20 points
8th Place: Ehsan Porgharibshahisha - $1,430 and 17.5 points

And then there were six.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:00 AM Local Time

Hai Le and William Donovan, in that order, were the first to go from the top ten. The event is now down to eight players with just a little under two more levels to be played.

Le and Donovan both take away around $1,000. Pay jumps will continue to be more drastic from here on out.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:18 PM Local Time

With the exit of Valentin Vornicu, players have redrawn seats and moved to the unofficial final table. Mike Reed has a solid chip advantage over his nine opponents. Reed already has one gold ring to his name and looks to add another. There will be three more levels played before breaking for the end of Day 1.

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

Seat 1: Dale Menghe – 95,500 (19 bbs)
Seat 2: Hai Le – 65,000 (13 bbs)
Seat 3: William Donovan – 179,000 (35 bbs)
Seat 4: Mike Reed – 375,500 (75 bbs)
Seat 5: Edward Cybulski – 89,000 (17 bbs)
Seat 6: Bob Gibson – 121,500 (24 bbs)
Seat 7: Dave Plaskett – 293,000 (58 bbs)
Seat 8:  Ehsan Porgharibshahisha – 155,500 (31 bbs)
Seat 9: Shawn Roberts – 93,500 (18 bbs)
Seat 10: James Ramsell – 110,000 (22 bbs)

5 minutes left in Level 18: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:08 PM Local Time
Valentin Vornicu

Eight-time Circuit ring winner Valentin Vornicu went out in 11th place, bubbling the unofficial final table.

Vornicu's finish marks his 51st WSOP cash and squeaks his earnings to just over $780,000.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:30 PM Local Time

A congratulations goes out to the remaining players because they are in-the-money.

With 18 players remaining the field is down to two tables and everyone left will be walking away with at least $636.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 8:06 PM Local Time
After the 60-minute dinner break, players returned to the action and so did the elimination.

There are 22 remaining competitors, taking up three tables. Once the field gets down to 18 the players will redraw seats and converge on two tables.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:25 PM Local Time

Full numbers have been posted for Event #7. The tournament attracted 158 players, which generate a $47,400 prizepool. The eventual champion will earn $12,798, a Circuit gold ring, and 50 Casino Championship points. Eliminations have already brought the field down to 45 players remaining. All players finishing in the top 18 will be awarded a WSOP cash.

Here is a look at the final table payouts:


A complete prizepool can be found above, under the "Prizepool" tab.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 2:51 PM Local Time

Level 7 has faded into the past and Level 8 is here to stay for awhile. This new level and the break directly following are the last time frames that registration will be open for (45 more minutes).

Prizepool information will be posted shortly after the registration period ends.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:03 AM Local Time

Registered players have made their way to their respective table/seat and the first hand of the tournament has been dealt.

First scheduled break will be in approximately two hours.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 1:08 AM Local Time
Structure Sheet
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:12 AM Local Time

There have been five gold rings handed out at the Harvey's Lake Tahoe so far. The sixth day of the series marks the midway point and features the start of Event #7: $365 No-Limit Hold'em. No extra quirks, such as re-entry or quick levels, will be involved with this tournament; just a cut and dry, NLHE battle for a Circuit gold ring.

Here is a quick rundown of Event #7:

  • Registration is open until the start of Level 9 (~3:30 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, 18, 23, 25, and 29
  • A 60-minute dinner break is scheduled after Level 12
  • Day 2 will resume at 2:00 pm on Wednesday
  • 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.