Michael Trivett, one of America’s busiest and most in-form players right now, won the Planet Hollywood WSOP Circuit Ring as the $1,700-entry Main Event came to a dramatic conclusion.
The final day that eventually saw Michael Trivett take home his first ever WSOP Circuit ring and $215,943 started with only 16 players left from the 778 entries that made up the field.
With Trivett’s third in chips, he was seen vaulting into the lead by a quick elimination of not one but two other players, and he would reach the final table in just a chips-wise rude health.
Ben Palmer was the first player to depart when he moved all – in with tens of pockets for over 20 big blinds. To finish off Palmer’s hopes, Tzu Huang called with ace-king and flopped a king to move forward before rivering a flush.
Next to go was Rubin Chappell, whose move with king-queen was doomed when Michael Trivett made his live poker career’s easiest call with pocket aces holding. A big name was going to leave as Ryan Leng bowed.
Leng reached a nine on the jack-nine-four flop with nine-ten giving him a middle pair and a straight backdoor draw, but when he tested the all-in of Jim Petzing, he got the bad news that Petzing was keeping pocket jacks. There were no running cards that helped Leng get out of it.
Busting next would be the short stack, with Jorge Arriola unable to grab a nine and having to have pushed with a pair of them, called and discarded by the pocket queens of Huang. No sooner had Arriola left the room, Casey Stewart was also out, a nine-ten appropriate move that was unable to capture Trivett’s king-queen, rendering the river an unwanted full house.
Before the battle for a heads-up place intensified, with four players left, Zachary Donovan left the action, but the ever-cool Trivett never looked concerned. Capable of going with the room’s flow, he saw Huang shot down in a giant all-in three-way that he took advantage of, but Huang would be busted.
After Trivett had re-shoved over Petzing, Huang was all-in with ace-king suited, but was far behind, holding jacks to Petzing’s pocket aces. They held Huang to bust, but Trivett won the side-pot and could hang in there.
Heads-up, Trivett held a small lead, but that was enough to set him on his way as he demonstrated the aggression needed to dominate the early exchanges and distance himself from Petzing. Trivett limped with pocket nines and called Petzing shove with pocket threes, with Petzing eventually reduced to just 12 big blinds.
No three on the board meant that Trivett had done it, and, slightly shaking with the emotion of his first major tournament win, grabbing his WSOP Circuit ring in his grateful hands, he paid tribute to his mentor, Ryan Laplante, before celebrating the victory and promising to be back in action soon.
The World Series of Poker announced their latest winner on Twitter, and it seems that Michael Trivett may well be a name that we remember when the WSOP returns to the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas next summer. Within 12 months, a bracelet and a circuit ring? Don’t bet on it.
Planet Hollywood WSOP Circuit final table results:
Position Player Prize
1st Michael Trivett $215,943
2nd Jim Petzing $133,462
3rd Tzu Huang $98,912
4th Zachary Donovan $74,098
5th Casey Stewart $56,116
6th Jorge Arriola $42,967
7th Ryan Leng $33,266
8th Rubin Chappell $26,046
9th Ben Palmer $20,626