Monday, November 7, 2016 1:26 AM Local Time
Bill Watchman - Chip Leader (1,995,000)
The World Series of Poker Main Event at Harveys Lake Tahoe is down to the final eight players, and Bill Watchman is leading the pack having ended the day with 1,995,000 in chips. Hot on Watchman’s heels is Valerie Hanley, having ended the day with 1,845,000. Wes Nally and Ted Lawson are tied for third, both ending with 1,125,000.
This morning, a total of 106 players returned to battle it out in Day 2 for one of the top 54 in-the-money spots. The bubble burst three levels into the day when Michael Pearson sent David Lucchesi home in 55th place, leaving the remaining 54 players in the money and all guaranteed at least $2,736.
A few of the notable players that unfortunately finished shy of the money today included: Lon McEachern, John Coffman, Kathy Stahl, Steven Tabb, Enrique Melguizo, Ellen Lambeth, and Andy Skerritt. Please see the Results tab above for a full list of all players’ earnings in this Main Event.
Within a few hours, over half the remaining field had been eliminated, and less than 40 players remained by the time they hit the dinner break.
A few of the notable players eliminated in the money include Kindah Sakkal (52nd place - $2,736), Jesse Capps (45th Place - $2,985), Dylan Linde (44th Place - $2,985), Darren Rabinowitz (34th place - $3,299), Vincent Moscati (32nd place - $3,684), Nate Bandy (24th place - $5,543), Brandon Fish (22nd - $55,43), and Michael Gathy (18th place - $7,766).
The unofficial final table of ten was reached midway through the last level of the night, and before the end of the night two people were sent home. Greg Guth went out in 10th place ($11,464), and Devin Jackson in 9th Place ($14,214), leaving the final eight players to bag and tag for the night.
The top two stacks heading into Day 3, interestingly, began their upward momentum around the same time, in the third level of the day. Bill Watchman eliminated a player with pocket tens to break into the top ten stacks, and while Valerie Hanley started Day 2 as chip leader, she had to fight to regain it in the third level, and continued building from that point forward. Three of the remaining eight players started Day 2 in the top ten, Valerie Hanley, Ted Lawson, and Michael Pearson.
The final day of the Harvey’s Lake Tahoe WSOP Circuit Main Event in 2016 will kick off at 12 noon PST tomorrow, and you can follow all of the action here at WSOP.com. The final eight players are guaranteed to take home at least $17,862 for their efforts, but each one has their sights set on the $153,191 first-prize payout, the coveted gold ring, and a seat into the 2017 WSOP Global Casino Championship.
Day 3 Chip Counts:
Seat 1 - Chris Moody - 545,000
Seat 2 - Valerie Hanley - 1,845,000
Seat 3 - Ted Lawson - 1,125,000
Seat 4 - Wes Nally - 1,125,000
Seat 5 - Vi Khoa - 1,050,000
Seat 6 - Michael McDonough - 730,000
Seat 7 - Michael Pearson - 1,080,000
Seat 8 - Bill Watchman - 1,995,000
Monday, November 7, 2016 12:11 AM Local Time
Play has concluded for the night and eight players remain. A full recap along with chip counts for the final eight players will be posted within the hour.
Monday, November 7, 2016 12:10 AM Local Time
Bill Watchman raises to 60,000 from under the gun. Ted Lawson, fresh off his three-hand penalty, three-bets to 250,000 from the hijack. Wes Nally four-bet shoves in the cutoff.
Nally has both his opponents covered. Watchman releases his hand. Action is back to Lawson who goes into the tank for a few minutes. Lawson eventually calls for his final 252,000 chips.
Lawson tables and Nally turns over .
The board runs out . The mix of low cards does not help Nally and Lawson's pocket jacks secure him yet another double up.
Ted Lawson - 1,100,000 (45 bb)
Wes Nally - 1,225,000 (51 bb)
Monday, November 7, 2016 12:05 AM Local Time
Wes Nally raises to 60,000 from under the gun. Michael Watchman calls in the cutoff, and Ted Lawson tanks for nearly two minutes before opting to call, leaving himself with 170,000 behind.
The flop comes , and all three players check.
The turn is the . Lawson checks, Nally bets 150,000, and Watchman folds. Lawson again goes into the tank. Two minutes pass before Lawson starts talking aloud, seemingly to himself. He continues talking aloud for two minutes.
"I don't know how I can fold. I have 15 outs...maybe," Lawson says.
Another two minutes pass, and Lawson finally moves 150,000 chips forward, leaving himself only 6,000 behind.
The river is the , and Lawson quickly turns his cards over, exposing for a pair of tens.
The floor is called over and it's determined that since no one has acted, Lawson has a choice, and he moves his 6,000 forward. Nally scoffs and folds face up.
"Yeah babyyyyyy," Lawson says as the chips are passed over to him.
He is then given a three hand penalty for exposing his cards.
"Ah come on man, it was 6,000 chips, that's a one hand penalty," Lawson says to the floor that made the ruling.
"It's actually a one round penalty, but you will get three hands," the floor replies point-blankly, and Lawson walks to the rail.
Ted Lawson - 528,000 (22 bb)
Wes Nay - 1,730,000 (72 bb)
Monday, November 7, 2016 12:00 AM Local Time
Bill Watchman raises to 60,000 on the button and Devin Jackson shoves all in from the small blind for 519,000. Watchman tanks for over two minutes before calling, and the players table their hands.
The flop come giving Watchman the broadway straight and leaving Jackson drawing to only a chop.
The turn and river do not impact the hand and Jackson is eliminated in 9th place.
Bill Watchman - 2,120,000 (88 bb)
Devin Jackson - Eliminated in 9th place, for $14,214
Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:42 PM Local Time
Devin Jackson moves all in from early position. Directly to his left is Greg Guth who calls. The dealer counts Jackson's stack and it comes out to 348,000, which is just enough to cover Guth's stack of 331,000.
All other players fold and the two players show their hands. Jackson holds and Guth shows .
The board comes , helping no one, and Jackson wins with ace high and a queen kicker.
Devin Jackson - 751,000 (46 bb)
Greg Guth - Eliminated in 10th ($11,464)
Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:31 PM Local Time
After the recent elimination of Tony Yuke in 11th place, the unofficial final table of ten has been reached. Here is a look at their new seats at the final table, along with respective chip counts.
Seat 1 - Chris Moody - 418,000
Seat 2 - Valerie Hanley - 1,700,000
Seat 3 - Ted Lawson - 250,000
Seat 4 - Wes Nally - 1,980,000
Seat 5 - Vi Khoa - 806,000
Seat 6 - Michael McDonough - 850,000
Seat 7 - Michael Pearson - 1,150,000
Seat 8 - Bill Watchman - 1,644,000
Seat 9 - Devin Jackson - 280,000
Seat 10 - Greg Guth - 339,000
Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:28 PM Local Time
Tony Yuke shoves all in from under the gun for 175,000, and Michael Pearson calls in the cutoff. All remaining players fold. and the players table their cards.
The flop comes giving Pearson the lead with his pair of queens. The turn and river do not change the hand and Yuke is eliminated in 11th place.
The remaining ten players are now drawing for their seats at the unofficial final table of ten.
Michael Pearson - 1,150,000 (47 bb)
Tony Yuke - Eliminated in 11th place, for $11,464
Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:23 PM Local Time
Vi Khoa shoves all in for 405,000 from under the gun and Devin Jackson reshoves over the top in the cutoff. All remaining players fold.
"King," Jackson calls for. While the flop does not bring a king, Jackson maintains his lead. He holds the lead when the turn comes the as well. But the river is the , giving Khoa the double up, and his rail explodes in cheers.
Vi Khoa - 860,000 (35 bb)
Devin Jackson - 265,000 (11 bb)
Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:19 PM Local Time
Bill Watchman raises to 80,000 on the button. Chris Moody shoves in the big blind for his last 201,000.
Watchman calls and turns over . Moody holds .
The flop comes . Watchman improves to a set, but Moody picks up a straight draw.
The turn gives Moody Broadway. The hits on the river and Moody scores a double up.
Chris Moody - 430,000 (17 bb)
Bill Watchman - 1,260,000 (52 bb)
Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:09 PM Local Time
Sunday, November 6, 2016 11:03 PM Local Time
The board reads , Valerie Hanley checks in the big blind, and Terry Schumacher bets 60,000 in the hijack. Hanely calls.
The turn is the and it's Hanley's turn to bet 150,000. Schumacher calls.
The river is the and Hanley asks Schumacher to move his hands so she can see how much he is playing behind. He complies and Hanley bets 300,000, more than enough to put Schumacher all in. Schumacher pauses for nearly two minutes before releasing his cards.
"I had ace high," Hanely says, and it's unclear if she is being serious or not.
Schumacher stares at her intensely.
Valerie Hanley - 1,500,000 (75 bb)
Terry Schumacher - 260,000 (13 bb)
Terry Schumacher shoves all in from under the gun for around 255,000 and Valerie Hanley calls in the small blind.
Schumacher looks at Hanley and says, "Are you kidding me?"
The board runs out awarding Hanly the pot and eliminating Schumacher in 12th place.
He stands up and Hanley extends a handshake. Schumacher pauses, looks at her, and reluctantly shakes her hand. Hanley tries to tell him that the previous hand she actually had for the nut flush, but Schumacher does not want to stop and talk about it. He instead heads straight to his rail to talk, while Hanley is left to just shrug her shoulders and stack her chips.
Valerie Hanley - 1,670,000 (83 bb)
Terry Schumacher - Eliminated in 12th place, for $11,464
Sunday, November 6, 2016 10:45 PM Local Time
Tony Yuke moves all in from the hijack for his remaining 146,000. Devin Jackson calls in the big blind.
Yuke flips over and Jackson shows .
An interesting flop comes . This gives Yuke a set of queens and Jackson top pair with a flush draw.
The turn and amount to nothing and Yuke earns the double up.
Tony Yuke - 316,000 (15 bb)
Devin Jackson - 560,000 (28 bb)
Sunday, November 6, 2016 10:32 PM Local Time
The previous hand Ted Lawson doubled up through Rick Troendly, leaving Troendly with only a single big blind.
Action folds to Troundly on the button who moves his remaining chips forward. Ted Lawson pauses in the small blind and asks for a count. Upon hearing the 17,000 total, he pauses for another 30 seconds before calling. Michael McDonough also calls in the big blind.
"Check," Lawson says in the dark, and the flop comes . McDonough checks as well.
The turn is the and Lawson and McDonough both quickly check.
The river is the and both players check one final time.
Lawson turns over for a pair of threes, Troendly turns over for a pair of fours, and McDonough slowly turns over for a pair of sevens to take the pot and eliminate Troendly in 13th place.
Michael McDonough - 300,000 (15 bb)
Rick Troendly - Eliminated in 13th place, for $9,377
Sunday, November 6, 2016 10:26 PM Local Time
Action folds to Rick Troendly in the small blind and he shoves all in for around 180,000. Ted Lawson calls in the big blind for a very similar stack size.
The flop comes and Troendly says, "Ahhh man, I wanted the call but...."
The turn and turn do not improve Troendly's hand and Lawson doubles up.
Ted Lawson - 320,000 (16 bb)
Rick Troendly - 21,000 (1 bb)
Sunday, November 6, 2016 10:15 PM Local Time
Greg Guth raises to 45,000 on the button. Damion Underwood moves all in for his last 85,000, in the small blind. Guth Calls.
Underwood flips over . Guth shows his .
The board runs out , giving Guth trip fives and the knockout.
Greg Guth - 1,560,000 (78 bb)
Damion Underwood - Eliminated in 15th ($9,377)
Sunday, November 6, 2016 10:06 PM Local Time
Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:50 PM Local Time
Players are now on their final 15 minute break of the night. They will return to play two more levels before bagging and tagging for the night.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:49 PM Local Time
The board reads and there's around 135,000 in the middle. Tony Bracy checks and Wes Nally bets 80,000. Bracy calls.
The turn is the . Bracy checks again and this time Nally announces that he is all in, having Bracy covered.
Bracy tanks for over two minutes and says, "Ace queen again?" Nally does not respond. Another minute passes and Bracy calls.
Bracy: (two pair)
Nally: (top two pair)
The river does not help Bracy and he is eliminated in 16th place.
Wes Nally - 1,500,000 (93 bb)
Tony Bracy - Eliminated in 16th place, for $7,766
Sunday, November 6, 2016 9:34 PM Local Time
The board reads and Patrick Rhamey checks in the big blind. Bill Watchman bets 45,000 in middle position and Rhamey makes it 150,000. Watchman calls.
The turn is the and Rhamey checks. Watchman bets 250,000, and Rhamey shoves all in, for slightly less than Watchman. Watchman snap-calls.
Watchman: (trip kings)
Rhamey: (two pair)
The river does not improve Rhamey's hand and he is eliminated in 17th place, while Bill Watchman takes the massive chip lead.
Bill Watchman - 1,850,000 (115 bb)
Patrick Rhamey - Eliminated in 17th place, for $7,766