Scott Sanders wins two rings, including main event at Harveys Lake Tahoe

To say Scott Sanders had a good week at Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino would be an understatement. At the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Harveys, Sanders won two events in four days, including the main event, to capture his first two WSOP Circuit championship rings.

Sanders’ first win came in the $400 Monster Stack tournament. He bested a 332-player field to cash $25,201 and earn his first ring.

Four days later he cashed even bigger in the $1,700 main event. The tournament had a 442-player field, amassing a $669,630 prize pool. For the win his portion of the prize pool was $147,314, by far the largest cash of his poker career.

In the main event, Sanders entered the final day sitting third in chips out of four remaining players. His three competitors all had WSOP Circuit rings to their name as well, and included three-time winner Brett Murray, two-time winner Nicholas Pupillo and Stephen Song, who had one WSOP Circuit ring.

The first player sent to the rail was Song. He got his chips all-in with Ac-10h against Sanders’ pocket eights and was eliminated when the board provided no help.

Next out in third place was Murray. Sanders also sent him packing when his king-jack improved to two pair on the board and topped Murray’s 9-8 suited.

Sanders vs Pupillo heads-up

After taking out both Song and Murray, Sanders entered heads-up play against Pupillo with a near 8-to-1 chip lead. At the outset of heads-up, Sanders had 11.9 million chips to Pupillo’s 1.6 million.

Sanders’ initial chip lead was short-lived after Pupillo made a quick double-up with two pair, nines and threes, and pulled in another double-up not long after that after he flopped a nine-high straight with 6-5. After that hand, Pupillo had 7.6 million chips while Sanders had 5.63 million.

Sanders quickly wrestled the chip lead back after taking a pot of just over two million chips. The tournament was over not long after.

On the final hand of the tournament with blinds at 60,000/120,000, Pupillo bet 300,000 and Sanders raised him to 1.025 million. Pupillo made the call and the flop showed 9s-6d-5h. After Sanders checked, Pupillo bet 800,000. Sanders check-raised all-in and Pupillo made the call. Sanders showed 3s-4h for an open-ended straight draw, while Pupillo had 10d-9h for a pair of nines. The turn was the 7h completing Sanders’ straight, but also opening up a straight draw for Pupillo. He needed an 8 to survive but the river card was the 6c, handing the win to Sanders.

For second place, Pupillo received $91,036.