Scott Sanders Wins 2nd WSOP Circuit Gold Ring at Harveys Lake Tahoe, Takes Down Main Event

Recreational player Scott Sanders claims two WSOP Circuit titles at Harveys Lake Tahoe in few days

The WSOP Circuit has its brand new Main Event champion and his name is Scott Sanders, a 30-year-old recreational player from Santa Clara, California. The player outlasted a star-studded field of 442 competitors to collect last night his second gold ring from the series and a hefty $147,314 first-place prize.

It is also important to note that Sanders captured his first gold ring just a few days ago when he bested the field of the Monster Stack event at Harveys Lake Tahoe.

The final day of the Main Event was played yesterday at the host casino. There were only four warriors left to battle for the title, the coveted ring, and the cash prize, and Sanders was holding the second biggest stack at the time when cards were thrown in the air to mark the beginning of Day 3. The eventual champ was second only to Stephen Song at that point in play.

However, despite his start-of-the-day advantage, Song was the first to leave the race on the final day. The player scooped $49,392 in prize money for his deep run in the Main Event. Brett Murray was the next to go, good for $66,521. And finally, Sanders faced two-time gold ring winner Nick Pupillo heads-up. It was not meant for Pupillo to claim his third title from the popular poker series. It should also be noted that the player was vying for his second WSOP Circuit Main Event victory. Pupillo’s consolation prize from the tournament at Harveys Lake Tahoe totaled $91,036.

As mentioned above, the Main Event drew 442 entries who created a $669,630 prize pool. The money was distributed to the top 45 finishers, with min-cashes being worth $3,027. The money bubble burst on Day 2.

Almost Fatal Mistake

A major mistake could have ended Sanders’ participation in the Main Event on Day 2. During one of the hands dealt on the second day of play, the player accidentally shoved out of turn for his 13 big blinds. It was Michael Hubbards’ turn.

A Tournament Director was summoned to the table and he ruled that if Hubbard limped, Sanders’ bet would have to stand. However, if Hubbard decided to raise, then Sanders would be allowed the option to fold. Hubbard eventually raised, and Sanders folded. A third player tabled pocket queens, which would have certainly ended Sanders’ run in the tournament.

In his post-victory interview, the newest member of the WSOP Circuit Main Event champions club praised his three remaining opponents from Day 3, saying that they all played great. Sanders also added that his strategy was basically to play the best he could against the tough opponents he faced.

Sanders has only been playing poker recreationally over the years, but it seems that after capturing two gold rings within the span of just a few days, the player is determined to try to play more tournaments in future.

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