After 15 hours of play in The Mid-States Poker Tour $1,100 Main Event At FireKeepers Casino, Michigan it was MSPT champion Dan Bekavac who ended up winning his record breaking fourth MSPT title.
“I feel great, I feel confident,” said an enthused Bekavac, “now nobody can say they got more than me now.” The poker pro who has been playing since he was 23 says he should have started playing tournaments earlier. Over the course of a five hour long final table, Bekavac’s signature aggressive style earned him three knockouts, more than any other player at the final table. Once players got three-handed, an ICM chop was struck. Bekavac had the most chips of the three players left so Marquez Davis took home $198,975 and CJ Peake took home $241,290.
Just weeks after his win in Riverside Iowa, Bekavac has climbed atop of the MSPT Main event leaderboard with no other players matching his four-time winning accomplishment. Scoring his biggest live cash at $252,020, Bekavac looks to continue his run and plans to play next weekend at MSPT Deadwood. When asked for some advice towards up and coming players he said “three-bet, c-bet.”
Start Of Day
The day began with fast and furious action. 311 players came back and bagged from yesterday and within 40-minutes, players had already burst the bubble in a wild three eliminations at once situation.
Play lasted for a while, seeing many players fall throughout the day including poker commentator Jamie Kerstetter (213th-$2,710), Chris Tryba (89th-$3,840), MSPT champions Chris Moon (102nd-$3,388), and Aaron Johnson (66th-$4,517) and WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada (43rd-$6,550). The final table was reached when start of day chip lead David Peterson got his queen-jack in against Dan Bekavac’s queen-nine and lost when Bekavac flopped a nine. He finished his run in tenth place for $27,103.
The first elimination came rather quickly, when Elliot Hebden four-bet shoved his stack pocket tens into Marquez Davis’ pocket aces. No help was brought to Hebden and he left the tournament in ninth place for $35,008.
Next to finish was Ruben Delgado who impressively spun up his stack after being down to just three big blinds with four tables left. His luck came to an end though, after losing a big pot to Alex Oberlin when his top pair lost to a flush, he moved in his remaining chips with queen-jack only to get called off by Jonathan Johnson’s ace-jack. No improvement was found and Delgado finished his run in eighth place for $44,043.
Timothy Mulroy managed to ladder up a few places with his short stack, but moved it in with ace-king only to see it shrivel up against Bekavac’s ace-five when Bekavac flopped a wheel. Mulroy went to the rail in seventh place for $56,465 and was greeted by his son Timothy Mulroy Jr. who himself finished the same tournament in nineteenth for $16,714.
Oberlin saw his chips dissipate when, after three-betting pre, he moved all-in on a monotone queen-high board with ace-king high only to get looked up by the flopped pair of sixes for Bekavac. The turn and river provided no help and Oberlin’s run came to an end in sixth place for $72,275.
After roughly two hours of every short stack doubling, the unlucky one was Jonathan Johnson who moved all-in in the small blind with jack-ten offsuit only to get looked up in the big blind by Zinoviy Pelekh with pocket kings. No help could be found on the board and Johnson collected $91,699 for his fifth place efforts.
Zinoviy Pelekh would follow him shortly after and would collect $119,706 for his fourth place finish when he moved all-in with ace-king suited only to get called by the pocket queens of Bekavac.
Bekavac held the chip lead and offered an icm deal to both players and after some talking it was agreed upon. After surviving seven all-ins, Marquez Davis collected $198,975 for third place deal chop.Holding only slightly less chips than Bekavac, CJ Peake collected $241,290 for second place, all three players finding their career best score.
Congratulations to Dan Bekavac for winning The $1,110 No-Limit Hold’em Mid States Poker Tour Main Event in FireKeepers, Michigan for a career best score and a fourth MSPT title! Thank you for staying tuned with us here at PokerNews, be sure to keep reading for updates on MSPT stops across the country and other tournaments.
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