Day 2 Wraps Up

After awarding two WSOP Circuit gold rings, Day 2 at Harveys Lake Tahoe comes to an end. The first bracelet winner was Erle Mankin. Mankin defeated 133 players in Event #1 to earn his first ever WSOP gold ring.

Two-time bracelet winner Frankie O’Dell earned the second gold ring of the day by winning Event #2 – $365 H.O.R.S.E. This was O’Dell’s second WSOP Circuit gold ring. O’Dell is gifting this ring to his son.

Event #3 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em is down to the final table. Players will return tomorrow at 2 p.m. for Day 2. The winner of this event will take home the first place prize of $13,609, a WSOP Circuit gold ring and 50 National Championship points.

The last event running today was Event #4A – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry. This is the first of three flights for Event #4. Today’s flight drew 127 players and ended with 16. The players who survived will join the surviving players from flights B and C for Day 2 on Sunday, November 2. Flight B and C will be tomorrow at noon and 5 p.m. respectively. Players are allowed unlimited re-entries during the re-entry period for both of these flights.

Final Table Bubble Finally Bursts

Nine players remain in Event #3 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em and that means we have just reached the final table. The final table bubble lasted a long time. It took about an hour for the field to drop from ten players to nine. The field started with 168 players which created a prize pool of $50,400. First place will take home $13,609 while ninth still walks away with a respectable $1,213.

Here is who remains:

  • Seat 1: Kennii Nguyen
  • Seat 2: Jesse Capps
  • Seat 3: Michael Murphy
  • Seat 4: Dan Casetta
  • Seat 5: Bob Daniels
  • Seat 6: Steve Foutty
  • Seat 7: Les Johnson
  • Seat 8: Joseph Mussat
  • Seat 9: Yarom Limor

Right now Dan Casetta has the chip lead, but Kennii Nguyen is not too far behind. There is 19 minutes remaining in Level 20 and play will last through Level 21 before bagging for the night.

O’Dell Wins his Second Ring

Photo Courtesy of IMPDI 2014

Photo Courtesy of IMPDI 2014

Frankie O’Dell adds to his World Series of Poker hardware collection today by winning Event #2 – $365 H.O.R.S.E. O’Dell was ecstatic when the final card hit the felt. He snatched the ring instantly and proudly showed it off. For O’Dell, it’s more than just about the money.

O’Dell now has two WSOP Circuit gold rings to go along with his two WSOP gold bracelets. This is O’Dell’s first victory in H.O.R.S.E. His two bracelets and previous ring victory came in Omaha 8.

This marks O’Dell’s 19th WSOP related cash, nearly all of them coming in non No-Limit Hold’em events. O’Dell earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring in 2009 at this same property. He continues to add to his already impressive resume and has proven to be one of the best mixed game players around.

Event #1 gold ring winner, Erle Mankin, stopped by during the interview with O’Dell and called him the greatest H.O.R.S.E. player in the world.

“It is a bunch of different games and I think I play every game solid,” said O’Dell about what makes him such a strong H.O.R.S.E. player. “I don’t have any weaknesses. The key to playing a H.O.R.S.E tournament is that you cannot be weak at any game. That is why I like H.O.R.S.E.”

O’Dell has been traveling with his son and after seeing H.O.R.S.E. on the Harveys Lake Tahoe schedule, they decided to make a quick stop. O’Dell said they decided to stop just to see what happens. The best outcome possible is what happened and now he will be giving this ring to his son.

O’Dell is unsure if he will stay to play any more events. He expressed that his main focus is winning gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker. O’Dell is old school and gold bracelets are king in his book.

“I liked the tournament and I had a tough [heads-up] opponent,” said O’Dell. “He probably was the toughest one at the final table.”

O’Dell began the final table near the top of the chip counts and never looked back. Although his opponents were tough, he looked to be in control the entire way to the gold ring.

Event #2 was the second of 12 gold ring events on the WSOP Circuit schedule at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV. The $365 H.O.R.S.E. tournament attracted 65 players generating a $19,500 prize pool. The top seven players were paid.

Final table results:

1st: Frankie O’Dell – $6,825
2nd: Jeff Cox – $4,218
3rd: Paul D’Amato – $2,796
4th: Bill Hall – $1,980
5th: Jon Wallace – $1,490
6th: Andrew Barber – $1,189
7th: Randall Wilson– $1,002

 

Flight A Draws 127

The first of three flights for Event 4 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em Re-entry has begun a few hours ago. Registration has now closed and the final tally for number of entries is 127.

Each of the three flights will play through Level 15 before combining for Day 2 on Sunday, November 2.  Flights B and C will start tomorrow. Flight B will begin at noon with registration open till around 3:30 p.m. Flight C will begin at 5 p.m. with registration open till around 8:30 p.m.

All flights allow unlimited re-entry until the start of Level 7.

Frankie O’Dell Wins the HORSE Event

Frankie O’Dell earned his second WSOP Circuit gold ring Friday evening at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. The two-time bracelet winner outlasted a field of 65 players to earn $6,825 and 50 Casino Championship points.

A full report on O’Dell’s victory will be made available shortly.  Here is a look at the final results:

1st: Frankie O’Dell – $6,825
2nd: Jeff Cox – $4,218
3rd: Paul D’Amato – $2,796
4th: Bill Hall – $1,980
5th: Jon Wallace – $1,490
6th: Andrew Barber – $1,189
7th: Randall Wilson– $1,002

WSOP.com Main Event Satellite

WSOP.com will be hosting a satellite to the Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event. The satellite will be on Sunday, November 2  at 6 p.m. on WSOP.com. There will be at least one seat awarded.

The satellite is a $30 Re-buy and Add-on tournament. More information about the satellite can be found on WSOP.com.

Remember that the winner of the Main Event will earn an automatic entry to this years National Championship and compete for an up to $2 million prize pool. Don’t miss your chance to earn a discounted Main Event seat and create a WSOP.com account now.

Anyone located in the state of Nevada can play on WSOP.com. You do not have have to be a resident of the state to participate.

 

The Ring Goes to Mankin

Photo Courtesy of IMPDI 2014

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

Event 3: Prize Pool

The prize pool for Event 3 – $365 No-Limit Hold’em has just been announced. The tournament drew 168 competitors creating a prize pool of $50,400. The top 18 spots will be paid with the first place finisher taking home $13,609 plus a WSOP Circuit gold ring.

Here is complete list of payouts:

Ev 3 PP

Erle Mankin Wins Event #1

Erle Mankin earned his first WSOP Circuit gold ring Friday afternoon at Harveys Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada.  The 34-year-old bested a field of 133 players to earn $11,171 and 50 Casino Championship points.

A full report on Mankin’s victory will be made available shortly.  Here is a look at the 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

One From the Money

Event #2 – $365 H.O.R.S.E. has just reached the final table and is now on the money bubble. Eight players remain with the top seven spots being paid out. Seventh place is worth $1,002, so it is quite a big money bubble for a $365 buy-in.

The first place finisher will earn a WSOP Circuit gold ring, 50 National Championship points and the top share of the prize pool, which is $6,825.

Here is who remains:

  • Seat 1: Shawn Van Asdale
  • Seat 2: Bill Hall
  • Seat 3: Jeff Cox
  • Seat 4: Randall Wilson
  • Seat 5: Frankie O’Dell
  • Seat 6: Andrew Barber
  • Seat 7: Paul D’Amato
  • Seat 8: Jon Wallace