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Michael Pearson Wins 2016 WSOP Circuit Harvey's Lake Tahoe Main Event

San Francisco Amatuer Wins $153,191 After Topping 475-Player Field


The 2016 World Series of Poker Circuit Harvey’s Lake Tahoe $1,675 no-limit hold’em main event drew a field of 475 entries to create a $712,500 prize pool. In the end Michael Pearson came out on top, earning his first WSOPC gold ring and the first-place prize of $153,191.

“It’s a good tournament. Tahoe is great; a great place to be for a weekend,” Pearson told WSOP reporters after the win.

Pearson overcame a tough final table that included WSOP bracelet winner Ted Lawson. The two played a pivotal pot at the final table, with Lawson running pocket queens into Pearson’s pocket aces. Pearson’s hand held up and he doubled up to take the chip lead. From there he never looked back.

On the final hand of the tournament Michael McDonough raised to 215,000 with blinds of 40,000 – 80,000 and an ante of 10,000. Pearson reraised to 565,000 and McDonough called. The flop brought the KDiamond SuitQClub Suit5Spade Suit and Pearson bet 475,000. McDonough made the call and the turn brought the 7Heart Suit. Pearson moved all-in, having McDonough well covered. After plenty of thought McDonough elected to make the call with the 5Club Suit4Club Suit for bottom pair, only to be shown the 8Club Suit7Spade Suit of Pearson for a turned pair of sevens. The river brought the 6Spade Suit and just like that Pearson had won it all. McDonough earned $94,713 as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table"

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Michael Pearson $153,191 720
2 Michael McDonough $94,713 600
3 Christopher Moody $69,191 480
4 William Watchman $51,293 360
5 Ted Lawson $38,575 300
6 Wes Nally $29,462 240
7 Valerie Hanley $22,764 180
8 Vi Khoa Duong $17,862 120
9 Devin Jackson $14,214 60