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California poker player wins big at WSOPC tournaments

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California poker player wins big at WSOPC tournaments

Scott Sanders had a good week at the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Harveys Lake Tahoe series. The 30-year-old, who, by day, works in a fast-food restaurant chain, took down the $400 Monster Stack NLHE and followed it up four days later with a victory at the $1,700 Main Event. Between the two, Sanders pocketed $175,000 and two WSOPC gold rings. Despite his new-found fame, he doesn’t plan on quitting his day job.

Following his latest win, Sanders said, “I definitely want to continue to play and help grow the game, for sure. I got into poker from breaking my hip and being disabled. It really changed my life and my outlook on everything. It stimulated my brain and gave me something to fight for when I couldn’t walk for a few months.”

In his latest tournament, for which he netted $147,314, the San Jose resident began the final day third in chips with a field of only four players remaining. He was already set up to take some cash in a game that saw 442 entries and could taste victory. He then knocked out both Stephen Song and Brett Murray to become an 8-to-1 chip favorite going into the final heads-up battle against the only other player standing, Nicholas Pupillo.

Despite his overwhelming lead, Sanders lost his momentum and the chip lead. It didn’t deter him, however, and he mounted a comeback that propelled him to the winner’s circle. On the final hand of the tournament, the duo mixed it up in spectacular fashion and, by the time the turn card was shown, Pupillo was forced all-in holding top pair and looking at a straight draw. However, Sanders had already scored a straight and the river card didn’t provide any relief to Pupillo, who would settle for second place and $91,036.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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