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Michael Trivett Wins 2019 WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event

Poker Pro Tops Field Of 778 Entries To Win $215,943


The latest World Series of Poker Circuit main event champion has been decided. Michael Trivett overcame a field of 778 total entries in the $1,700 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event at the WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood series, earning the $215,943 top prize and his first WSOPC gold ring. This was by far the biggest score of the 36-year-old poker pro’s career. It brought his lifetime live tournament earnings to $393,925.

“It feels amazing. I’ve been dreaming of winning one of these for a while, so it feels amazing. I don’t even think I know what’s going on right now. My first win, my first six-figure score also. Everything just feels amazing,” Trivett told WSOP reporters. “I’m just overwhelmed with emotions right now.”

In addition to the title and the money, Trivett was also awarded 912 Card Player Player of the Year points. This was his third final-table finish in a POY-qualified event this year. As a result, he has moved into 354th place in the 2019 POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

Trivett entered the final day of this event in third chip position among the 16 players remaining. By the time the final table of nine was set, he had climbed into second place behind only Tzu Huang. The leader pulled away even further by eliminating Ben Palmer in ninth place ($20,626), with Huang’s AClub SuitKClub Suit outracing Palmer’s pocket tens.

Trivett secured his first knockout of the final table with pocket aces. He picked up the ADiamond SuitAClub Suit in the big blind facing a shove from Rubin Chappell. His hand held up against Chappell’s K-Q to send him to the rail with $26,046 as the eighth-place finisher.

WSOP bracelet winner Ryan Leng was the next to be eliminated. He got all-in with 10Spade Suit9Diamond Suit on a JDiamond Suit9Spade Suit4Spade Suit flop and was called by the QSpade SuitJClub Suit of Jim Petzing. Leng failed to improve any further and was knocked out in seventh place ($33,266).

Jorge Arriola ran pocket nines into the pocket queens of Huang to finish sixth ($42,967). Casey Stewart’s run came to an end when his 10Spade Suit9Spade Suit failed to beat out Trivett’s KSpade SuitQSpade Suit. Trivett made a full house by the river to send Stewart home with $56,116 as the fifth-place finisher.

Jim Petzing continued his rise up the leaderboard by winning a key all-in against Zachary Donovan. Petzing three-bet all-in over the cutoff raise of Trivett with ASpade Suit2Spade Suit, only to gave Donovan call all-in from the big blind. Trivett got out of the way and Donovan revealed QSpade SuitQHeart Suit. Petzing flopped an ace and held from there to send Donovan packing in fourth place ($74,098).

The next major showdown set up the final heads-up battle. All three players got all of their chips in preflop, with Petzing holding AHeart SuitASpade Suit, Huang ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit and Trivett JHeart SuitJDiamond Suit. Trivett had a chance to win the whole tournament right there, as he had both of his opponent’s covered. The board came down 7Spade Suit4Club Suit2Diamond Suit8Club SuitQClub Suit and Petzing’s aces held to eliminate Huang in third place ($98,912).

Heads-up play began with Trivett holding 12,840,000 to Petzing’s 10,500,000. Trivett was able to quickly expand his lead in the final showdown for the title, stretching his advantage to nearly 9:1 by the time the final cards were dealt. Trivett picked up 9Spade Suit9Club Suit on the button and limped in. Petzing moved all-in for around 3 million with 3Heart Suit3Diamond Suit. Trivett made the call and the 10Heart Suit7Spade Suit5Heart Suit4Heart SuitKDiamond Suit runout secured the pot and the title for him. Petzing earned $133,462 as the runner-up finisher.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Michael Trivett $215,943 912
2 Jim Petzing $133,462 760
3 Tzu Huang $98,912 608
4 Zachary Donovan $74,098 456
5 Casey Stewart $56,116 380
6 Jorge Arriola $42,967 304
7 Ryan Leng $33,266 228
8 Rubin Chappell $26,046 152
9 Benjamin Palmer 20626 76

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