Monday, February 3, 2014 4:58 PM Local Time
Carter Myers and Jonathan Gaviao see a flop of . Myers checks from the big blind, Gaviao bets 125,000, and Myers check-raises to 300,000. Gaviao calls, then the turn brings the .
Myers bets 300,000, then Gaviao raises to 600,000. Myers takes a minute, then announces he is all-in.
"Ugh," Gaviao says. "Can I get a count?"
The dealer counts out Myers stack and determines he has 3,785,000 chips. Gaviao thinks for a bit, quietly asking, "Did you flop a set on me?"
After a little more deliberation, Gaviao calls with for kings and treys. Myers shows for the flush draw.
The river card is a dramatic one, as it comes , giving Myers a flush, but giving Gaviao a winning full house to bring the tournament to a close and lock up the ring.
Gaviao earns a career-high $181,757 as well as his first-ever WSOP Circuit ring. He also earns a seat into the 2014 WSOP National Championship in Atlantic City.
This Tunica final table also featured ring winner Cord Garcia, who was making his third career Circuit Main Event final table appearance and his second Main Event final table this season. The young pro managed to post a seventh place finish, bringing his career Circuit earnings to over $160,000.
Myers was the other ring winner at the table, but the talk of the tournament amongst the final nine was Brad Lipsey, who finished Day 2 of play atop the chip counts, thanks to several large pots that went his way, including the hand that eliminated Garcia.A table talker and aggressive player, Lipsey made his mark, but he might be better remembered for his time away from the table.Lipsey was missing in action for the first hour of play on Day 3, blinding off almost a million chips in the process.He showed up eventually, and even managed to build his stack back up a bit, but ultimately exited in fourth place.
The final table took less than six hours to play from nine players down to a winner thanks to aggressive tough play from Gaviao, Myers, and several other Circuit regulars in the line-up.One of the fastest Main Event final tables we’ve seen this season, it was no easy feat for Gaviao to prevail and take the title.
Myers earns $112,420 for the runner-up finish, bringing his career Circuit earnings to over $160,000.
Here is a look at the final table finisher's in this year's Harrah's Tunica Main Event:
1st: Jonathan Gaviao - $181,757
2nd: Carter Myers - $112,420
3rd: Charles Hopkins - $82,205
4th: Brad Lipsey - $61,000
5th: Jackson White - $45,897
6th: David Lee - $35,009
7th: Cord Garcia - $27,073
8th: Bryan McMullin - $21,222
9th: Timothy Tracy - $16,860
Monday, February 3, 2014 4:35 PM Local Time
Jonathan Gaviao raises to 125,000 and Carter Myers calls. The flop comes and both players check. The turn brings the and Myers bets 115,000. Gaviao calls, then the river brings the . Myers bets 245,000 and Gaviao calls.
Myers shows for a straight, which is good enough to take the pot.
Carter Myers - 5,350,000 (89 BBs)
Jonathan Gaviao - 6,350,000 (106 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 4:32 PM Local Time
Jonathan Gaviao opens the button for 120,000 and Carter Myers calls from the big blind.
The flop comes and Myers checks. Gaviao bets out 120,000 and Myers calls.
Both players check the turn and it's off to the river.
Fifth street comes and Myers checks. Gaviao bets 260,000 and Myers folds.
Jonathan Gaviao - 7,025,000 (117 BBs)
Carter Myers - 4,725,000 (74 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 4:22 PM Local Time
Jonathan Gaviao - 6,405,000 (107 BBs)
Carter Myers - 5,335,000 (89 BBs)
The players are back in their seats and cards are about to get in the air.
Monday, February 3, 2014 4:17 PM Local Time
The final two players are taking an unscheduled break while the clock is still running. We'll let you know when cards get in the air for heads-up action.
Monday, February 3, 2014 4:10 PM Local Time
Monday, February 3, 2014 4:06 PM Local Time
Carter Myers opens for 100,000 from the button. Action is on Charles Hopkins in the big blind and he makes it 250,000. It's back on Myers and he moves all-in having Hopkins easily covered.
Hopkins calls and shows . He's ahead of the of Myers as they go to the flop.
The flop is kind to Myers, bringing the along with the . Myers takes the lead and it's now Hopkins who needs to the hit the three-outter or running straight cards.
It's not so on the river or the turn as they come and Hopkins his the rail third for $82,205. With Hopkins' elimination Myers takes a slight chip advantage into heads-up play with Jonathan Gaviao
Carter Myers - 4,940,000 (99 BBs)
Charles Hopkins - eliminated in third place for $82,205
Monday, February 3, 2014 3:56 PM Local Time
Carter Myers raises to 100,000 on the button and Charles Hopkins defends the big blind. The flop comes and both players check.
The turn brings the , prompting Hopkins to bet 175,000. Myers calls. The river brings the and Hopkins bets again, this time wagering 280,000. Myers calls.
Hopkins turns over for king-high. Myers has for aces and deuces and takes the pot.
Carter Myers - 3,950,000 (79 BBs)
Charles Hopkins - 1,000,000 (20 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 3:54 PM Local Time
In a raised pot, the board reads and Jonathan Gaviao checks. Action is on Charles Hopkins and he bets 175,000. It's back on Gaviao and he reaches into his stack for raising chips, making it 400,000 to go. Hopkins calls.
The turn brings the and Gaviao switches gears, leading for 360,000. Undeterred, Hopkins three-bets to 750,000.
"All in," Gaviao says having Hopkins' remaining 1,400,000 covered.
Hopkins grimaces, double checking his cards and sending a stare the way of Gaviao before he folds.
Jonathan Gaviao - 6,600,000 (132 BBs)
Charles Hopkins - 1,430,000 (29 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 3:38 PM Local Time
Carter Myers raises out of the small blind and Jonathan Gavaio calls out of the big blind. The flop comes , Myers bets 135,000, and Gavaio calls.
The turn brings the . Myers bets 260,000 and Gavaio calls. The river is the and Myers elects to check. Gavaio bets 680,000 and Myers doesn't think too long before calling.
Gavaio flips over and Myers offers a grin before mucking his cards.
With that, Gavaio is back out front with the chip lead and roughly half the chips in play.
Jonathan Gavaio - 5,425,000 (109 BBs)
Carter Myers - 3,650,000 (73 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 3:34 PM Local Time
Jonathan Gaviao opens for 100,000 and it folds to Bradley Lipsey who shoves for his last roughly 600,000. Gaviao asks for a count and the dealer starts to break down Lipsey's stack.
"I call," Gaviao says tabling before the dealer finishes. He's ahead of the of Lipsey and they're off to the flop.
The flop pairs both players, coming . The turn gives Lipsey additional outs to a straight, but the river comes up dry, falling the .
Lipsey exits the tournament fourth, earning $61,000 while Gaviao approaches 4,000,000 chips.
Jonathan Gaviao - 3,800,000
Bradley Lipsey - eliminated in fourth place for $61,000
Monday, February 3, 2014 3:24 PM Local Time
Jonathan Gavaio raises to 100,000, Charles Hopkins calls on the button, and Carter Myers reraises to 285,000 out of the big blind. Gavaio folds and Hopkins calls.
The flop comes and Myers bets 295,000. Hopkins folds and Myers takes the pot.
Carter Myers - 4,900,000 (98 BBs)
Charles Hopkins - 2,400,000 (48 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 3:11 PM Local Time
Brad Lipsey raises to 110,000 from the button and Carter Myers reraises to 300,000 total out of the small blind. Lipsey takes some time, then calls.
The players both check the flop, then check again when the turn brings the . The river is the and Myers checks a third time. Lipsey bets 195,000 and Myers calls.
Lipsey flips over and Myers seemingly almost mucks, possibly thinking Lipsey has something better than six-high. Myers hesitates, then shows his hand, for a pair of eights to take the pot.
Carter Myers - 4,675,000 (94 BBs)
Brad Lipsey - 575,000 (12 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 3:09 PM Local Time
Jonathan Gaviao opens for 100,000 from the button and Brad Lipsey calls from the big blind.
Both players check the board.
The turn comes the and Lipsey leads for 90,000. Gaviao min-raises the button to 180,000 and Lipsey calls.
Both players check the river.
"One pair," Lipsey says.
"Which pair?" Gaviao asks.
"Seven..." Lipsey says.
"Seven is good," Gaviao surrenders.
Lipsey shows and takes the pot.
Jonathan Gaviao - 4,000,000 (80 BBs)
Bradley Lipsey - 1,400,000 (28 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 3:00 PM Local Time
Brad Lipsey raises to 100,000 on the button and Jonathan Gavaio calls from the big blind.
"I wish you hadn't done that," Lipsey tells him. Gavaio is confused.
"What? Call your raise? You call my raises all the time."
"Yeah, I just wish you hadn't called this one."
The flop comes and Gavaio checks. Lipsey bets 90,000 and Gavaio calls.
"I just can't get rid of you," Lipsey tells him.
"I don't know what else to do with this hand," Gavaio explains.
The turn brings the and both players check. The river comes and Gavaio bets 360,000. Lipsey calls.
Gavaio shows for a king-high straight. Lipsey mucks, saying quietly that he had two pair.
"I guess I lost the minimum," Lipsey tells Gavaio.
Jonathan Gavaio - 4,100,000 (82 BBs)
Brad Lipsey - 1,010,000 (20 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 2:55 PM Local Time
Charles Hopkins raises to 100,000 from the small blind and Bradley Lipsey calls from the big blind. They're heads-up to the flop.
The flop comes and Hopkins leads for 175,000. Action is on Lipsey and he three-bets to 390,000 sending it back to Hopkins. Hopkins, having started the hand with about 2,000,000 moves all-in.
Charles Hopkins - 2,535,000 (51 BBs)
Bradley Lipsey - 1,310,000 (27 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 2:46 PM Local Time
Players are back from their first break of the day and cards are in the air once againce. We're down to four players, including start of day chip leader Brad Lipsey, who is now our short stack with 1.8 million chips.
Chip Counts at Break:
Carter Myers - 3,950,000 (79 BBs)
Jonathan Gavaio - 3,630,000 (73 BBs)
Charles Hopkins - 2,045,000 (41 BBs)
Brad Lipsey - 1,800,000 (36 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 2:45 PM Local Time
Monday, February 3, 2014 2:36 PM Local Time
Brad Lipsey raises on the button and Charles Hopkins calls out of the big blind. The flop comes and Hopkins checks. Lipsey bets 75,000 and Hopkins calls. The turn brings the and Hopkins checks a second time. Lipsey bets 170,000, then Hopkins check-raises to 400,000 total.
Lipsey gets the dealer to pull in the bets and thinks a bit before calling. The river brings the and Hopkins announces, "500,000."
Lipsey eyes Hopkins' stack and verifies he only has around 375,000 behind. After a minute or so of thought, Lipsey folds and Hopkins takes the pot.
Charles Hopkins - 2,000,000 (50 BBs)
Brad Lipsey - 1,850,000 (46 BBs)
Monday, February 3, 2014 2:19 PM Local Time
Carter Myers raises to 80,000 from under the gun and action folds to Bradley Lipsey in the big blind. Lipsey calls and they head to the flop.
Lipsey checks the board and Myers bets out 95,000. Lipsey calls.
The turn brings the and Lipsey checks again sending the action back Myers' way. He ups the price this time, betting out 165,000. It's back on Lipsey and he calls following some posturing.
The falls on the river and Lipsey checks a third time. Myers doesn't slow down, betting 355,000.
Lipsey goes into the tank. "You know there's a straight on board, right?" he asks Myers.
In the end, Lipsey finds a fold and flashes the . He turned a straight, but the river 10 nullified it.
Carter Myers - 4,600,000 (115 BBs)
Bradley Lipsey - 2,425,000 (61 BBs)