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$1,700 Main Event
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Event Info

Buy-in $1,700
Prize Pool $642,360
Players 424

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 80,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 10

Highlights

Highlights

$1,700 Main Event
Day 3 Completed

Michael Pearson Wins the WSOP Circuit Harveys Tahoe $1,700 Main Event

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Michael Pearson
Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson is now a two-time winner of the World Series of Poker Circuit Harveys Tahoe Main Event. Pearson took down the 2019 edition of the $1,700 buy-in tournament Monday, coming out on top of a field with 424 total entries and taking home the first-place prize of $133,285.

Pearson also takes home his second career WSOP Circuit ring, with the first coming in the 2016 Harveys Tahoe Main Event. The San Francisco resident outlasted a final table full of accomplished tournament players, and bested Jeremy Kottler in the heads-up battle to take down the championship.

Pearson, who was down to his last four big blinds at one point with 13 players left, came all the back and scored the second-biggest cash of his career at the Harveys Casino poker room in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

“You’re going to win and lose some pots in a tournament,” Pearson said. “But when you’re all in, you’ve got to win those. So I just tried to do that. Every time I was all in, I won the hand.”

Pearson was the short stack going into four-handed play, but rode a wave of big pots in the most important part of the tournament. Pearson doubled up through eventual fourth-place finisher Joe Brindle ($44,058), getting the best of a pocket nines versus ace-jack all-in showdown. Brindle exited on the next hand.

Minutes later, Pearson knocked out third-place finisher Charlie Coultas, and went into the heads-up battle against Kottler with the chip lead. Pearson never looked back after that, coming away with the win on a final day that took just four hours to conclude.

PlaceWinnerCountryPrize (USD)
1Michael PearsonUnited States$133,285
2Jeremy KottlerUnited States$82,379
3Charlie CoultasUnited States$59,824
4Joe BrindleUnited Kingdom$44,058
5Mitch GarshofskyUnited States$32,911
6Josh BurkhalterUnited States$24,942
7Nick PupilloUnited States$19,182
8Lee MarkholtUnited States$14,972
9Wes NallyUnited States$11,864
10Joe BurkeUnited States$9,547

Final Table Action

Day 3 started with a 10-handed final table, with Nick Pupillo seated on Pearson’s left. Other notable players at the table included Kottler (2nd, $82,379), Coultas (3rd, $59,824), Mitch Garshofsky (5th, $32,911) and Lee Markholt (8th, $14,972).

“It was tough. I did not like my seat draw at all,” Pearson said. “Nick has already busted me twice this year. So I didn’t like the positioning. But I just tried to be patient .”

Coultas came into the final day with a big chip lead, with 3,480,000 in chips, more than two million more than the next closest competitor, which was Wes Nally with 1,400,000.

The eliminations came fast and often on Day 3, as Joe Burke went out in 10th place just minutes into the day. Nally hit the rail next, and the tournament was eight-handed before the first level of the day, Level 26 (20000/40000/40000) was done.

WSOPC Harveys Tahoe Heads Up
WSOPC Harveys Tahoe Heads Up

Markholt, Pupillo and Josh Burkhalter all headed to the exit before the end of Level 27, and the Main Event was down to five players when the remaining field went on the first break of the day.

Brindle came back from the break as the chip leader, and went over the five million chip mark at one point. A couple of big pots devastated Brindle’s stack in Level 28, however, with both Kottler and Pearson doubling through Brindle.

Brindle’s exit in fourth place left Pearson, Kottler and Coultas as the final three, with Coultas on the short stack. Coultas lost the last of his 20 big blind stack to Pearson minutes into Level 29, with Coultas king-five suited getting the wrong end of an all-in preflop showdown against Pearson’s ace-jack.

Coultas elimination left Pearson with 7,500,000 chips against Kottler’s 5,000,000 in the heads-up battle, which was over before the end of the level as Pearson kept chipping away at Kottler’s stack.

The final hand saw Pearson’s ace-king get the best of Kottler’s ace-queen, which sealed the second career Harveys Tahoe Main Event win for Pearson.

Tags: Charlie CoultasJeremy KottlerJoe BrindleJoe BurkeJosh BurkhalterLee MarkholtMichael PearsonMitch GarshofskyNick PupilloWes Nally

Jeremy Kottler Eliminated in 2nd Place ($82,379)

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Jeremy Kottler
Jeremy Kottler

Jeremy Kottler and Michael Pearson got all of the chips is preflop, with Pearson holding a 3-to-1 chip lead going to the showdown.

Jeremy Kottler: {a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Michael Pearson: {a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

Board: {5-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{6-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}

Pearson's ace-king held up against the ace-queen of Kottler, and Kottler finishes second and adds a $82,379 payday to his more than $1.5 million in career earnings.

Michael Pearson us
Michael Pearson
us 12,720,000 3,000,000
Jeremy Kottler us
Jeremy Kottler
us Busted

Tags: Jeremy KottlerMichael Pearson

Pearson Takes Another One

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante

Michael Pearson limped, and Jeremy Kottler checked back.

Kottler led out for 80,000 on the {a-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} flop, and Pearson called. Both players then checked the {j-Spades} turn.

Pearson called a 300,000 bet from Kottler on the {5-Diamonds} river, and showed down {q-Clubs}{5-Hearts}, besting Kottler's {6-}{5-} as both players hit two pair on the river.

Michael Pearson us
Michael Pearson
us 9,000,000 700,000
Jeremy Kottler us
Jeremy Kottler
us 3,600,000 -700,000

Charlie Coultas Eliminated in 3rd Place ($59,824)

GeoffFisk • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 80,000 ante
Charlie Coultas
Charlie Coultas

Michael Pearson opened to 200,000 from the button, Charlie Coultas three-bet all in for 1,500,000, and Pearson called.

Charlie Coultas: {k-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}
Michael Pearson: {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds}

Board: {7-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{7-Clubs}

Pearson's ace-high held up, and the Main Event is now heads up between Pearson and Jeremy Kottler.

Michael Pearson us
Michael Pearson
us 7,500,000 2,880,000
Charlie Coultas us
Charlie Coultas
us Busted

Tags: Charlie CoultasJeremy KottlerMichael Pearson

Level:
29
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
80,000

Joe Brindle Eliminated in 4th Place ($44,058)

GeoffFisk • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante
Joe Brindle
Joe Brindle

Charlie Coultas opened to 130,000 from the button, and Joe Brindle raised to 320,000, the last of his chips from the big blind. Coultas called.

Joe Brindle: {6-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Charlie Coultas: {a-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

Board: {7-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Brindle, after a couple of losses on big pots in the last hour, is out in fourth place.

Charlie Coultas us
Charlie Coultas
us 2,200,000 270,000
Joe Brindle gb
Joe Brindle
gb Busted

Tags: Charlie CoultasJoe Brindle

Pearson Leaves Brindle Hanging by a Thread

GeoffFisk • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 60,000 ante

Joe Brindle open raised from the cutoff, Michael Pearson three-bet to 420,000 from the big blind, and Brindle four-bet all in for 2,600,000. Pearson made the call.

Michael Pearson: {9-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
Joe Brindle: {a-Hearts}{j-Spades}

Board: {4-Spades}{3-Spades}{5-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{10-Spades}

Pearson won the flip, and Brindle is down to his last six big blinds.

Michael Pearson us
Michael Pearson
us 4,620,000 2,360,000
Joe Brindle gb
Joe Brindle
gb 320,000 -1,680,000

Tags: Joe BrindleMichael Pearson