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Golden Gates Casino

April 8 - 17, 2016

 
  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Josh Crain Wins MSPT Golden Gates For $102,199
Created (4/18/2016 1:35:56 AM by Admin System)

Over the weekend, 439 entrants (119 Day 1a; 180 Day 1b; and 140 Day 1c) visited Black Hawk, Colorado to take part in the Mid-States Poker Tour Golden Gates Main Event, a tournament that created a $439,000 total prize pool – more than double the advertised $200,000 guarantee despite blizzard conditions.

In the end, 38-year-old poker player Josh Crain of Lakewood, Colorado emerged as the last man standing to walk away with the coveted MSPT trophy and a $102,199 first-place prize. Prior to the win, Crain had just one documented cash of $2,885 for a 228th-place finish in a $1,500 no-limit hold'em event at the 2009 World Series of Poker.

"Right when I bought into the tournament, I sat down and the first hand I had aces but a guy flopped a straight," Crain said of his journey. "I was down to 4,000, and now here we go off one bullet."

As for what he'll do with the money, Crain didn't hesitate.

"It feels like the biggest cash I've ever had," he said. "I take care of my family, that's all I do. My parents, my sister, my family, my girlfriend Katelyn, they're all stoked."

Of course he also plans to use a little to travel out to Las Vegas for this summer's WSOP.

Day 2 saw 82 players return to action, each looking to make the money at the top 45. That meant 37 needed to leave empty handed, and among them to do so were MSPT Pro Matt Alexander, former champ Kane Lai, defending champ Phanora Prom, and bubble boy Joseph Pergola.

Among those to earn a cash but fall short of making the final table were Ben Keeline (45th - $2,129), MSPT Golden Gates Regional champ Stephen Zipprich (41st - $2,129), PokerNews reporter Mo Nuwwarah (37th - $2,129), Nebraska farmer Phil Mader (28th - $2,555), and WSOP Millionaire Maker champ Adrian Buckley (11th - $7,239), who fell after shoving with ace-ten and running smack dab into the pocket rockets of Mike Ross.

The final table proved to be an extended affair as more often than not the short stacks double. As the hours ticked by the eliminations began to mount starting with Tyler Corbett, who ran pocket sevens into queens. Khao Nguyen and TJ Thondup followed him out the door in ninth and eighth place respectively, and a short time later Griffin Malatino joined them on the rail, the result of running ace-king smack into Jackson White's aces.

After the elimination of William "Mexican" Prieto in sixth and White in fifth, Ross met his maker after his queen-ten failed to overcome the queen-jack of Nathan Hoh in an all-in preflop situation.

Hoh and Crain then got involved in the biggest pot of the tournament. It happened when Crain raised to 600,000 and then called Hoh's all-in three-bet of 3.095 million. Hoh held ace-king and was flipping against Crain's pocket sevens.

The walking sticks held, and that set up a heads-up match between Crain, who held a massive chip lead, and poker pro Jason Vanstom, who ultimately had to settle for runner-up and a $61,745 consolation prize.

Final Table Results

Rank Player Name City State Amount Points
1 Josh Crain Denver CO $102,199 1,500
2 Jason Vanstrom Colorado Springs CO $61,745 1,300
3 Nathan Hoh Boulder CO $40,241 1,200
4 Michael Ross Chicago IL $27,892 1,100
5 Jackson White Houston TX $21,292 1,000
6 William Prieto Arvada CO $16,394 900
7 Griffin Malatino Fort Lauderdale FL $13,627 800
8 Thupten Thondup Sante Fe NM $11,284 700
9 Khoa Nguyen Littleton CO $9,539 600
10 Tyler Corbett Denver CO $7,239 500

Congratulations to Josh Crain on becoming the latest MSPT Golden Gates champ and joining the ranks of Prom (Nov. 2015; 510 entries; $123,180 prize), Lai (March 2015; 409 entries; $101,365 prize), Reza Yazdi (Nov. 2014; 500 entries; $120,765 prize), and Dan Colpoys (March 2014; 453 entries; $114,156 prize).

The MSPT continues next weekend with a $200,000 guaranteed event at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Learn more about that tournament by clicking here.

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Jason Vanstrom Eliminated in 2nd Place ($61,745)
Created (4/18/2016 1:23:54 AM by Admin System)

In the last hand of the tournament, Jason Vanstrom moved all in from the button for right around 1.3 million and Josh Crain opted to call.

Crain:  10c 9h

Vanstrom:  ac 4h

Vantrom was ahead, and while he paired up on the  as 7d 8c flop, Crain picked up an open-ended straight draw. The  2d turn didn’t complete it, but the  js river did.

Jason Vanstrom - Busted

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Heads-Up Chip Counts
Created (4/18/2016 1:19:33 AM by Admin System)

Josh Crain - 6,855,000

Jason Vanstrom - 1,955,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Nathan Hoh Eliminated in 3rd Place ($40,241)
Created (4/18/2016 1:16:47 AM by Admin System)

Nathan Hoh

Josh Crain raised to 600,000 from the button and after Jason Vanstrom folded from the small blind, Nathan Hoh three-bet all in for 3.095 million from the big. Crain made the call and it was a race situation.

Hoh:  ac ks

Crain:  7c 7s

Hoh needed to improve to stay alive, but that didn’t happen as the board ran out an unhelpful  5s 6d 4s 10d qs.

Nathan Hoh - Busted

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Time for Another Break
Created (4/18/2016 1:00:54 AM by Admin System)

Players are now on another 10-minute break.

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Mike Ross Eliminated in 4th Place ($27,892)
Created (4/18/2016 12:54:07 AM by Admin System)

Mike Ross

Nathan Hoh opened for 400,000 from the cutoff and was met by an all-in three-bet to around 1.3 million from Mike Ross in the big blind. Hoh called and Ross was in trouble.

Ross:  10h qh

Hoh:  qc jd

Ross had a bad kicker, but he got some help when the  9h ah 6c flop gave him a flush draw. Unfortunately for him, the  3d turn was no help and neither was the  2s river.

Nathan Hoh - 4,200,000

Mike Ross - Busted

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Jackson White Eliminated in 5th Place ($21,292)
Created (4/18/2016 12:50:32 AM by Admin System)

Jackson White

Jackson White moved all in for 1.12 million from the button and got Nathan Hoh to fold the small blind. However, Josh Crain looked down at his hand in the big, liked what he saw, and made the call.

White:  kh 9h

Crain:  da jh

“I’m live,” White said upon seeing the cards. The  8s 10h2d flop didn’t do anything for him, but the  qh turn made things interesting by giving him a straight and flush draw. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t come in as the  2s bricked on the river.

Josh Crain - 3,150,000

Jackson White - Busted

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 10000
William "Mexican" Prieto Eliminated in 6th Place ($16,394)
Created (4/18/2016 12:33:11 AM by Admin System)

William "Mexican" Prieto

Mike Ross raised to 350,000 under the gun and William "Mexican" Prieto called off his last 205,000 from the hijack. Josh Crain then called from the small blind and both active players checked it down as the board ran out  9s 4c 4d 9d 5h.

Crain:  jd jc

Ross:  as 10s

Prieto:  qh 6d

Crain’s jacks were good and he scooped the pot while sending Prieto out the door in sixth place.

Josh Crain - 2,200,000

Mike Ross -800,000

William "Mexican" Prieto - Busted

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
White Likes the Turn
Created (4/18/2016 12:24:52 AM by Admin System)

Jackson White moved all in under the gun for his last 660,000 and Nathan Hoh, who was next to act, made the call. The rest of the players called and it was a flip.

White:  kc jc

Hoh:  5d 5c

Hoh held on the  2h 10s 8c flop, but the  jh spiked on the turn to give White the lead. The  qh river failed to change a thing, and once again the short stack at the table has doubled.

Noathan Hoh - 2,600,000

Jackson White - 1,400,000

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Crain's Turn to Double
Created (4/18/2016 12:17:47 AM by Admin System)

Nathan Hoh raised to 325,000 from the cutoff and called when Josh Crain three-bet all in for 675,000.

Hoh:  10h 9h

Crain:  ks qs

The  4h 7h 10c flop hit Hoh hard, though the  js turn did give Crain an open ender. However, it was the  qc that spiked on the river that would give Crain a bigger pair and the win.

Nathan Hoh - 3,300,000

Josh Crain - 1,400,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Denver 
CO 
8,780,000  
8,780,000 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
WY 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Arvada 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
TX 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
NM 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Parker 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Divide 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Payton 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
NV 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Parker 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Mesa 
AZ 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
TX 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Aspen 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
NV 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Arvada 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Avon 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Avon 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Casper 
WY 
0  
Busted 
 
Parker 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Donora 
PA 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
Denver 
CO 
$102,199
1,500
3
CO 
$40,241
1,200
4
IL 
$27,892
1,100
5
TX 
$21,292
1,000
6
Arvada 
CO 
$16,394
900
9
CO 
$9,539
600
10
Denver 
CO 
$7,239
500
12
Denver 
CO 
$7,239
500
13
WY 
$5,536
400
14
Denver 
CO 
$5,536
400
15
Denver 
CO 
$5,536
400
16
CO 
$4,130
300
18
CO 
$4,130
300
19
Denver 
CO 
$3,194
200
20
Denver 
CO 
$3,194
200
21
CO 
$3,194
200
23
Parker 
CO 
$3,194
200
25
CO 
$3,194
200
27
Aurora 
CO 
$3,194
200
28
NE 
$2,555
100
30
Divide 
CO 
$2,555
100
31
Aurora 
CO 
$2,555
100
32
Denver 
CO 
$2,555
100
33
Denver 
CO 
$2,555
100
35
Payton 
CO 
$2,555
100
36
NV 
$2,555
100
37
Omaha 
NE 
$2,129
50
38
CO 
$2,129
50
39
Parker 
CO 
$2,129
50
40
CO 
$2,129
50
43
CO 
$2,129
50
44
Mesa 
AZ 
$2,129
50
45
CO 
$2,129
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
32
Blinds
80000 / 160000
Ante
20000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
439
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
2,926,666
Total Chips
8,780,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
8,780,000
0
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,300
1,200
1,100
1,000
900
10 
700