Michael Copeland wins the WPT500 Los Angeles for $181,950. The $500 + 70 No Limit Hold’em was flocked by 2,509 participants generating a prize pool of $1,254,500. The 2-day final event took place at The Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles.
This victory marks record earnings for Copeland in live cashes so far. As compared to just over $5000, his career-best score of $181,950 has aggregated his total live earnings as $185,000.
Several noted players who joined the fray but failed to make the final table included-
Marc Robinson (11th for $14,185),
Adrian Moreno (14th for $11,440),
Denny Kim (29th for $5,445),
Chad Harris (44th for $4,035),
Nikhil Gera (56th for $3,540) and,
Gary Miles (68th for $2,835).
The final table bubble busted on Minh Nguyen who finished 10th for $17,790.
Final Table Chip Counts
- Michael Copeland – 19,000,000
- Jorge Pineda – 7,200,000
- Erik Nason – 5,375,000
- Aaron Messmer – 4,725,000
- Jose Torres – 3,250,000
- Luke Nguyen – 2,775,000
- Travis Tachibana – 2,500,000
- Alexander Beleson – 2,250,000
- Sanjay Mayekar – 1,875,000
Final Table Recap
The final table whittled down to nine runners, and Alexander Beleson became the first to leave. Beleson’s ace-queen clashed against pocket aces of Jorge Pineda. The board ran ace-king-five-four-ten and Beleson finished ninth.
Finishing eight was Travis Tachibana whose ace-four couldn’t stand against Pineda’s pocket queens. The board revealed four-three-king-jack-nine and Tachibana got busted.
Next to leave was Indian-origin Sanjay Mayekar. He went all-in with his ace-queen but, Michael Copeland held pocket kings. The flop revealed king-eight-five; five on turn and three on river did nothing to help Mayekar’s status and he got eliminated in seventh place.
Sooner than later, Luke Nguyen left at sixth, followed by Erik Nason who finished fifth. Jose Torres and Aaron Messmer picked up fourth and third places respectively.
It was Copeland and Pineda left for the heads-up battle. In the not-so-long face-off, Pineda was all-in with his ten-nine. Copeland, on the other hand, held ace-jack. The rundown ace-ten-eight-eight-four gave Copeland a stronger pair of aces and the victory trophy.
Final Table Results (USD)
- Michael Copeland – $181,950
- Jorge Pineda – $120,610
- Aaron Messmer – $87,565
- Jose Torres – $65,330
- Erik Nason – $49,270
- Luke Nguyen – $37,565
- Sanjay Mayekar – $28,960
- Travis Tachibana – $22,570
- Alexander Beleson – $17,790