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Michael Copeland Takes Down WPT500 Los Angeles For $181,950, Indian-Origin Sanjay Mayekar Finishes 7th

Michael Copeland and Sanjay Mayekar
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  • PG News August 29, 2018
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The $500 + 70 No Limit Hold’em – WPT500 had 16 starting flights which attracted 2,509 runners and generated a prize pool of $1,254,500. Held at The Bicycle casino in Los Angeles, the event had two final days of play, at the end of which Michael Copeland emerged as the winner and posted his career-best score of $181,950.

With only four previous cashes, the massive win dwarfs Copeland’s previously recorded live cashes of just over $5,000. His current total live earnings have swelled over $185,000 after this win.

Several players were in contention for the top honours but failed to make the final table including Marc Robinson (11th for $14,185), Adrian Moreno (14th for $11,440), Denny Kim (29th for $5,445), Chad Harris (44th for $4,035), Indian origin player Nikhil Gera (56th for $3,540) and Gary Miles (68th for $2,835).

Minh Nguyen finished 10th for $17,790 and became the final table bubble boy.


Final Table Chip Counts

1. Michael Copeland – 19,000,000

2. Jorge Pineda – 7,200,000

3. Erik Nason – 5,375,000

4. Aaron Messmer – 4,725,000

5. Jose Torres – 3,250,000

6. Luke Nguyen – 2,775,000

7. Travis Tachibana – 2,500,000

8. Alexander Beleson – 2,250,000

9. Sanjay Mayekar – 1,875,000

Final Table Recap

The first elimination from the nine-handed final table was Alexander Beleson. He moved all-in for 2,250,000 from the hijack and Jorge Pineda re-raised all-in, covering Beleson, from the button. The other players folded and Pineda tabled card 3card 1, while Beleson showed card 3card 1. The board ran card 2card 3card 2card 2card 1, and Pineda’s set of aces railed Beleson in ninth place.

Next to depart was Travis Tachibana after he moved all-in from the hijack for 1,900,000 with card 2card 3 and Pineda called from the button holding card 3card 1. The runout card 2card 2card 3card 1card 2 missed Tachibana and he busted out in eighth place.

Less than half an hour later, Indian-origin player Sanjay Mayekar shoved all-in from under-the-gun for 4,325,000 and Michael Copeland called from the cutoff.

Sanjay Mayekar card 2card 1

Michael Copeland card 3card 1

Copeland picked up the lead with a set on the flop card 2card 3card 1. The turn card 3 and river card 3 did not help improve Mayekar’s hand and he was eliminated in seventh place.

Sanjay Mayekar
Sanjay Mayekar

Finishing in sixth place was Luke Nguyen. Michael Copeland moved all-in from the button with card 3card 1 and Nguyen called all-in from small blind holding pocket sixes. The board fanned out card 2card 1card 3card 3card 2. Copeland found a pair of jacks on the turn and Nguyen moved on to collect the sixth place prize money.

During level 35, Erik Nason moved all-in from under-the-gun for 4,650,000. From the small bind, Aaron Messmer used a time extension chip and made the call.

Erik Nason card 2card 3

Aaron Messmer card 1card 3

The flop fell card 2card 3card 1 and Messmer’s picked up a set of nines, while Nason had outs to a gutshot straight. But the turn card 2 ended Nason’s hopes and the river card 3 sent Nason packing in fifth place.

With only four players left in the running, Jose Torres shoved his remaining stack of 3,600,000 from the button and Messmer called from small blind. Torres tabled card 3card 3 and Messmer turned over card 3card 3. The flop came card 2card 2card 3, giving Messmer a pair of jacks and Torres outs to a straight. The last two streets card 3 and card 3 missed both players and Torres was eliminated in fourth place.

After a while, Aaron Messmer shoved from the button for 6,900,000 and Copeland called from big blind. Messmer turned over card 3card 3 against Copeland’s card 2card 2. The community cards spread out card 3card 2card 3card 2card 1 and Copeland flopped top pair to send Messmer packing in third place.

The heads-up play between Michael Copeland (35,500,000) and Jorge Pineda (13,450,000) began with the former in the lead. However, the confrontation did not last for long and on the final hand of the event, Pineda was all-in, preflop, on the button. Copeland had him covered and called as both players tabled their cards.

Jorge Pineda card 3card 3

Michael Copeland card 3card 3

The rundown card 2card 1card 3card 1card 1 gave Pineda a pair of tens, but Copeland also flopped a stronger pair of aces, relegating Pineda to a runner-up finish as Copeland won the trophy and the top prize of $181,950.

Michael Copeland
Michael Copeland

Final Table Results (USD)

1. Michael Copeland – $181,950

2. Jorge Pineda – $120,610

3. Aaron Messmer – $87,565

4. Jose Torres – $65,330

5. Erik Nason – $49,270

6. Luke Nguyen – $37,565

7. Sanjay Mayekar – $28,960

8. Travis Tachibana – $22,570

9. Alexander Beleson – $17,790

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