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March 25 - April 3, 2016

 
  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 50000
Local Cash Game Pro Luke Arora Wins MSPT Running Aces for $83,773
Created (4/3/2016 11:40:55 PM by Admin System)

The Mid-States Poker Tour Running Aces Main Event, a tournament that originally boasted a $200,000 guarantee, attracted 347 entrants and blew away the guarantee by creating a $347,000 prize pool. After a long and arduous Day 2, which saw 69 players return to action, 30-year-old Luke Arora of Arden Hills, Minnesota emerged victorious to capture his first MSPT title and an $83,773 first-place prize.

Arora, who only fired a single bullet on Day 1b, is a local cash game pro that plays primarily $40/$80 mix at Canterbury Park. Prior to the win he had just five tournament cashes with his best being $5,966 for a ninth-place finish in the 2011 Borgata Poker Open $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Max.

"I feel very fortunate," Arora said after the win. "I ran really hot for long periods of time. I ran very much above expectation. I think I played many hands poorly, but I just ran hot."

The day started off with 33 players needing to hit the rail until the money was reached. Among those to leave empty handed were DJ Buckley, Steve Belland, Dan "DQ" Hendrickson, MSPT Pro Matt Kirby, two-time MSPT champ Johnny Hayes, and Harry Behling, who finished as the bubble boy.

It happened in in Level 18 (3,000/6,000/1,000) when Behling shoved for 66,000 holding the Ah-Jh only to run smack dab into the pocket rockets of start-of-the-day chip leader Leo Fussy.

From there, the in-the-money finishes began to mount all the way until the final table of ten was set. Among those to earn a payday but fall short of the finale were MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells runner-up Kou Vang (32nd - $2,111); the last woman in the field, Mandy Caffee (30th - $2,111); and Fussy (19th - $2,681).

The final table proved to be a stacked affair that included chip leader and former MSPT Running Aces champ Mark Sandness, MSPT Team Pro Matt Alexander, circuit pro Jeff Fielder, and MSPT champ Jeremy Dresch. However, Arora outlasted them all, including Alexander in what turn out to be an entertaining heads-up match where the cash game pro was keen to show his hands.

"I always show hands, I don't care," explained Arora. "If you want to use the information that's fine. Maybe it's different in tournaments.

As for Alexander, Arora had nothing but good things to say.

"He's a really good play, I just ran hot against him. I had ace-high starting hands a bunch. I made three aces when he made three pair. I just ran hot from the final table on."

Final Table Results

Rank Player Name City State Amount Points
1 Aalok Arora Arden Hills MN $83,773 1,400
2 Matt Alexander Minneapolis MN $50,264 1,200
3 Nathan Baum Lincoln NE $32,604 1,100
4 Mark Sandness Wayzata MN $22,786 1,000
5 Jeff Fielder Des Moines IA $17,090 900
6 Jeremy Dresch Fridley MN $13,403 800
7 Tyler Caspers Echo MN $11,393 700
8 Andy Beberg Stillwater MN $9,383 600
9 Dave Soderstrom St. Paul MN $8,042 500
10 Steve Goody Vang Brooklyn Park MN $6,367 400

Season 7 of the Mid-States Poker Tour continues next weekend at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The stop has traditionally been the tour's biggest outside of the Venetian event, and the field this year is expected to draw in excess of 600 players. For more on that stop, click here.

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
MSPT Pro Matt Alexander Eliminated in 2nd Place ($
Created (4/3/2016 11:21:31 PM by Admin System)

Matt Alexander

Luke Arora rasied to 200,000 from the button holding the  js 8h and Matt Alexander defended with the  jd 9s. The  6s jc 8c flop had action written all over it, and sure enough they ended up getting it in after Alexander checked, Arora bet 175,000, and Alexander check-raised to 350,000.

Arora responded by making it 800,000 to go and then snap-called when Alexander moved all in. The  3d turn left Alexander looking for a nine on the river, but it was not meant to be as the  kd bricked.

Matt Alexander - Eliminated in 2nd Place

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Chip Counts at the Break
Created (4/3/2016 11:02:01 PM by Admin System)

The final two players are now on a 10-mintue break.

Luke Arora - 4,300,000

Matt Alexander - 2,700,000

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Arora Shoves on Alexander
Created (4/3/2016 10:54:58 PM by Admin System)

Luke Arora raised to 180,00 with the  ah jh and Matt Alexander defended the big blind with the  8s 6d. Alexander then check-called a bet of 200,000 on the  6c ac 5d flop before check-calling one of 500,000 on the  as turn.

When the  8c completed the board on the river, Alexander checked and Arora shipped. Alexander said he didn’t think Arora had an ace, but folded nonetheless. Arora then showed him that he in fact did.

Luke Arora - 5,000,000

Matt Alexander - 2,000,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Arora Draws First Blood
Created (4/3/2016 10:24:47 PM by Admin System)

After Luke Arora raised the button holding  Ax 9x, Matt Alexander three-bet to 300,000 with  4x 4x. Aurora pushed back with a four-bet to 650,000 and Alexander opted to just call. When the flop came down  9c 6h 7c, Alexander led out for 500,000 and then folded when Aurora moved all in.

Luke Aurora - 4,400,000

Matt Alexander - 2,600,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Approximate Heads-Up Chip Counts
Created (4/3/2016 10:18:46 PM by Admin System)

Matt Alexander - 3,700,000

Luke Aurora - 3,300,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Nathan Baum Eliminated in 3rd Place ($32,604)
Created (4/3/2016 10:17:26 PM by Admin System)

Nathan Baum

Nathan Baum opened for 135,000 from the button holding the  ah 6c and Luke Arora called from the small blind with the  10c 7c. MSPT Pro Matt Alexander then called from the big blind with the  10s 8s and all three players saw a flop of  6s qh 4s.

Two checks saw Baum continue for 190,000, Arora folded, and Alexander check-raised to 550,000. Baum seemed suspicious and opted to call only to have Alexander move all in for 1.1 million on the  9d river.

Baum paused for a few moments and, clearly not a believe, made the call. Baum was ahead, but Alexander was drawing big to 19 outs. The dealer burned one last time and put out the  3s.

Alexander spiked his flush and a disappointed Baum was eliminated from the tournament in third place for $32,604, the largest cash of his career.

Nathan Baum - Eliminated in 3rd Place

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Mark Sandness Eliminated in 4th Place ($22,786)
Created (4/3/2016 10:00:35 PM by Admin System)

Mark Sandness

Mark Sandness, who won this very event two years ago, has been eliminated from the tournament after two back-to-back hands.

In the first, Nathan Baum open-shipped for 850,000 from under the gun and Sandness, who had him covered by 185,000, call from the button. Both blinds folded and it was off to the races.

Sandness:  7h 7c

Baum:  qd js

Sandness was looking to hold, and he did so through the  5s 5c ah flop and  kh turn, though Baum picked up a gutshot to Broadway. Sandness just needed to dodge a queen, jack and ten on the river, but he couldn’t do it as the  jh spiked to pair Baum.

In the very next hand, Sandness shoved with the  qd 6d only to run into the  kd kh of Luke Arora. The board ran out a dry  8c jh 2h jc 5c and that was all she wrote for Sandness, who notched his 10th MSPT cash after making his fifth MSPT final table (tied for third all time).

Mark Sandness - Eliminated in 4th Place

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Jeff Fielder Eliminated in 5th Place ($17,090)
Created (4/3/2016 9:45:22 PM by Admin System)

Jeff Fielder

Nathan Baum, who had been bleeding chips, opened by shoving all in from the cutoff and Jeff Fielder opted to call off for 380,000 from the big blind.

Baum:  7d 9d

Fielder:  kh 9h

“I’m dominated,” Baum said before the flop came down  4d qd 3d. “Not anymore.”

Just like that Fielder went from heavy favorite to drawing dead. The  8h turn and  3c river made his elimination official, and he made a beeline to the payout desk to collect $17,090 for his fifth-place finish.

Jeff Fielder – Eliminated in 5th Place

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Ace from Space Saves Fielder
Created (4/3/2016 9:27:01 PM by Admin System)

Luke Arora raised to 110,000 under the gun and Jeff Fielder three-bet all in for 255,000 from the cutoff. The buttons and blinds all folded and Arora made the call.

Arora:  10c 10s

Fielder:  ah 9s

Fielder desperately needed an ace, and he got one on the  ac 6c 6h flop. The 2d turn gave Arora a flush draw, but he missed it as the  7d completed the board on the river.

Luke Arora - 1,960,000

Jeff Fielder - 610,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
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Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$83,773
1,400
2
MN 
$50,264
1,200
3
NE 
$32,604
1,100
4
MN 
$22,786
1,000
5
IA 
$17,090
900
6
MN 
$13,403
800
7
Echo 
MN 
$11,393
700
8
MN 
$9,383
600
11
MN 
$6,367
400
14
MN 
$4,691
300
16
MN 
$3,350
200
17
MN 
$3,350
200
18
MN 
$3,350
200
19
MN 
$2,681
100
21
MN 
$2,681
100
23
Baxter 
MN 
$2,681
100
24
Duluth 
MN 
$2,681
100
25
MN 
$2,681
100
27
IL 
$2,681
100
28
Tempe 
AZ 
$2,111
50
32
MN 
$2,111
50
34
MN 
$2,111
50
35
MN 
$2,111
50
36
Eagan 
MN 
$2,111
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
30
Blinds
50000 / 100000
Ante
10000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
347
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
6,940,000
Total Chips
6,940,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
6,940,000
0
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
3,400
2,850
2,150
2,150
2,100
2,067
2,050
1,967
1,900
10 
1,833