Photo Courtesy of IMPDI 2014
The first ring of the 2014 Harveys Lake Tahoe WSOP Circuit stop was won by Erle Mankin. Mankin outlasted a field of 133 players to win his first ever WSOP Circuit gold ring. He also had to survive a long and grueling heads-up battle that took more than two hours long.
The 34-year-old real estate investor had to overcome his fair share of tough beats to become victorious. Mankin had two bad beats against his heads-up opponent Bob Donahue. First, with five players remaining, Mankin got all of his chips in the middle pre-flop with AA against Donahue’s JJ and another opponents QQ. A jack hit the flop to triple Donahue up. Mankin won the side pot but missed out on an opportunity to knock out Donahue and become a commanding chip leader.
The second bad beat came when Mankin was heads-up with Donahue for the title. Mankin hit top pair, while Donahue hit bottom pair on the flop. All the chips went in the middle and when the cards were turned over Mankin was thrilled to see his KJ had Donahue’s J2 absolutely crushed. Donahue was drawing to one of the two remaining deuces in the deck to survive and extend the heads-up battle. To Mankin’s dismay a deuce hit the turn and the gold ring would have to wait.
“It put me in my chair and I knew we were going to play for it,” said Mankin about the bad beat. “Once that happened it was anyone’s game for sure.”
After that hand, the chip stacks were close to even. Donahue was then able to ride his momentum for a little bit and took the lead, but it did not last for long. Mankin composed himself and after a level of chipping away at Donhue, Mankin was able to finally claim victory.
Mankin has had a lot of success at Harveys Lake Tahoe, but has never been able to win an event until today. Mankin has now cashed eight times, including four final table finishes at the Harveys Lake Tahoe stop since 2006.
“I play most of the events, I know everyone here,” said Mankin about the property. “It’s my favorite little tournament series.”
Mankin plans to play more events in the series and is confident that he can win the Casino Championship title. The Casino Champion will win an automatic seat to this years National Championship, which will be held at the end of the year and will have a prize pool of up to $2 million.
Event #1 was the first of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV. The $365 No-Limit Hold’em tournament attracted 133 players generating a $39,900 prize pool. The top 15 players were paid.
Final table results:
1st: Erle Mankin – $11,171
2nd: Bob Donahue- $6,905
3rd: Sean Drake – $4,984
4th: Tristram Coffin – $3,662
5th: Vincent Remmel – $2,738
6th: Michael Raimon – $2,082
7th: Robert Kosten – $1,609
8th: Drew Caseri – $1,264
9th: Matthew Welch – $1,009