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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

April 4 - 7, 2019
Main Event: 625 Entrants
Winner: Daniel Bekavac
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EVENT RECAP

The Season 10 Milwaukee Poker Open at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino saw 625 players take to the felt in search of an MSPT Main Event victory. Dan Bekavac, a Wholesale Distributor for Amazon from Chicago, Illinois, who in Season 4 shipped a MSPT title in Wisconsin, bested the field and shipped the $126,998 top prize for his second MSPT Main Event title.

"I feel good, finally got it off my back. It's been six years, finally got another title!" Bekavac said after the victory, flanked by the boisterous rail that rallied him through the final table. Bekavac notched six of the nine knockouts at the final table, and when asked how he approached the final table, he said he wanted to "...play aggressive, put the pressure on, and just make 'em fold."

One member of the epic rail was his wife, Bridget, and they have a huge family; "We got eleven kids, all under the age of thirteen, all living in one house, a big house." Bekavac has some pretty exciting plans for his rail concerning his winnings; "I told them if we win we're goin' to Fiji, so I gotta pay for a round trip for four to Fiji!"

Fans in the Twitch chat noted that Bekavac was wearing a Milwaukee Brewers sweater along with a Chicago Cubs t-shirt that he switched between on breaks. He explained that the sweater was a good luck charm; "So I went to the Brewers game on Monday, and any time we go to a new park I bet on the home team and I buy a sweater, and I had the rungood juice, the Brewers won on Friday. So I figured I'd just carry it through, and it worked. A little too hot, so I had to keep switching it up, that's why I had the Cubbies underneath, representing. Cubbie blue, true and true!"

Day 2 saw 78 players return to the Woodland Dreams ballroom at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in search of a cash, but fifteen players would go home empty-handed, including Matt Sundburg, David "The Maven" Gutfreund, Season 10 MSPT champ Steve Federspiel, three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby, and two-time MSPT champ Jeremy Dresch. Vlad Tkachuk was the unfortunate bubble boy, getting his queens cracked by the eight-seven of Joe Messineo.

Notables that managed to find a cash include final table bubble boy Paul "Big Daddy" Elfelt (11th - $9,071), former MSPT champ Joe Matheson (16th - $6,048), Bryan Skreens (20th - $5,322), former MSPT champ Ben Wiora (25th - $3,749), WSOPC ring winner Michael Wolff (26th - $3,749), Michael Kamenjarin (29th - $2,903), Alex Winter (31 - $2,903), Season 7 MSPT champ Keith Heine (32nd - $2,903), Jordan Miller (34th - $2,903), Bryan Andrews (39th - $2,600), Season 10 MSPT champ Mike Shin (46th - $2,419), Season 9 MSPT POY Aaron Johnson (57th - $2,298) and Season 8 MSPT Potawatomi Regional champ Craig Trost (63rd - $2,298)

Final Table Action

The final table started with three short stacks; Robert Dunn, Steve Lauson, and Day 1B chip leader Bradley Jansen, and the trio found themselves as the first three out at the final table.

Dunn started the final table as the short stack, and he was the first to fall when his king-queen couldn't overcome the pocket nines of Bryan Wilson. Dunn, a native of Cedar Springs, Michigan, notched his first career MSPT cash with his $9,074 score.

Lauson had made two MSPT Final Tables prior to today's, and finished tenth in both. He improved on that by one position with his ninth place finish when his ace-king was outflopped by Wilson's ace-queen. The $11,490 he took home was a career best result for Lauson on the MSPT.

The last of the short stacks to fall was Jansen, maneuvering his way into eighth-place before succumbing to Dan Bekavac's queen-jack when Bekavac paired his jack and Jansen's ace-three never improved. Jansen, who took home $14,515, now boasts two MSPT Potawatomi Final Tables to his name, the other coming in Season 8 where he finished seventh.

Steve Anderson ran into the Bekavac heater next, and Bekavac notched his second straight bustout. Anderson's fours were outflopped by Bekavac's ace-king, and Anderson fell in seventh for $18,747. Anderson now sports ten MSPT Main Event cashes and half of them have resulted in a final table appearance, and with this cash, he crosses the $100,000 mark in lifetime MSPT Career Tournament earnings.

Bekavac wasn't done busting players yet, as he won another flip when his pocket fives emerged victorious against the suited queen-jack of Jeremy Brown. Brown, who already notched one final table on tour this year when he finished fourth, took home $24,190 for his sixth-place finish and leapt to second in the MSPT Hayvin Poker POY race with 2,100 points just a quarter of the way through the year.

Day 1A chip leader Ed Rohloff met his end in two hands against Bekavac. Bekavac got his last seventeen blinds in with ace-deuce of hearts, and Rohloff had him at risk with a pair of nines. An ace on the river crippled Rohloff down to a few big blinds, which Bekavac took a few hands later. Rohloff settled for fifth place and $32,052. Rohloff is no stranger to MSPT Potawatomi final tables, as last November he finished fourth in the Season 9 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship.

Next to go was MSPT Poker Bowl III champ Wilson, who lost a huge pot when his queens ran into the set of Ken Daciolas, then got his last few blinds in with ace-six against the queen-six of Bekavac. Bekavac binked a queen on the flop and never looked back, leaving Wilson with fourth place and $42,333. Wilson's performance in his two MSPT Main Events so far this year has notched him 3,200 points in the MSPT Hayvin Poker POY Race, an 1,100 point lead over Brown. Wilson said he would be at MSPT Firekeepers in May in hopes of adding to his points lead.

Daciolas, the overall Day 2 chip leader, couldn't keep the good times rolling, however, and suffered a bad beat at the hands of Spencer Alexander. Daciolas got his last fifteen big blinds in with kings against the suited nine-eight of Alexander, but Alexander managed to flop nines and eights and Daciolas succumbed in third place, taking home $56,847. Daciolas earned his second MSPT cash, and the largest of his career, besting the $21,750 for finishing 643rd in the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

Alexander started heads-up play with a 2:1 chip lead, but Alexander was caught making a huge bluff by Bekavac, swapping the stacks of the duo. Bekavac ground Alexander down to 2.5 million at Level 30 (60,000/120,000/20,000), and the final hand of the tournament saw Bekavac raise to 400,000 on the button, then call the three-bet shove of Alexander.

Bekavac:
Alexander:

Bekavac flopped trips on the flop, leaving Alexander looking for runner-runner to survive. He leapt up in celebration after the turn left Alexander dead to the river. This was Alexander's first career MSPT cash.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$126,998
1,700
2
IL 
$78,013
1,500
3
IL 
$56,847
1,400
4
 
$42,333
1,300
5
WI 
$32,052
1,200
6
IN 
$24,190
1,100
7
MI 
$18,747
1,000
8
WI 
$14,514
900
9
WI 
$11,490
800
10
MI 
$9,071
700
11
WI 
$9,071
700
12
WI 
$9,071
700
13
IL 
$7,257
600
14
IL 
$7,257
600
15
IL 
$7,257
600
16
MN 
$6,048
500
17
IL 
$6,048
500
18
IL 
$6,048
500
19
IA 
$5,322
400
20
IL 
$5,322
400
21
IL 
$5,322
400
22
IL 
$4,415
300
23
Gurnee 
IL 
$4,415
300
24
WI 
$4,415
300
25
WI 
$3,749
200
26
WI 
$3,749
200
27
Niles 
IL 
$3,749
200
28
MO 
$2,903
150
29
IL 
$2,903
150
30
WI 
$2,903
150
31
MN 
$2,903
150
32
MO 
$2,903
150
33
WI 
$2,903
150
34
KY 
$2,903
150
35
WI 
$2,903
150
36
WI 
$2,903
150
37
FL 
$2,600
100
38
MN 
$2,600
100
39
WI 
$2,600
100
40
IL 
$2,600
100
41
WI 
$2,600
100
42
MI 
$2,600
100
43
MN 
$2,600
100
44
IL 
$2,600
100
45
IL 
$2,600
100
46
WI 
$2,419
75
47
MN 
$2,419
75
48
WI 
$2,419
75
49
IL 
$2,419
75
50
IL 
$2,419
75
51
IL 
$2,419
75
52
WI 
$2,419
75
53
IL 
$2,419
75
54
TN 
$2,419
75
55
WI 
$2,298
50
56
WI 
$2,298
50
57
MN 
$2,298
50
58
IN 
$2,298
50
59
IL 
$2,298
50
60
Skokie 
IL 
$2,298
50
61
WI 
$2,298
50
62
IL 
$2,298
50
63
WI 
$2,298
50