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April 12 - 15, 2018

 
  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Nader Wahdan Leads as 28 Players Advance from Day 1C of MSPT Golden Gates
Created (4/15/2018 12:56:56 AM by Admin System)

Day 1C of the MSPT Golden Gates Main Event attracted 203 runners, which along with 1B’s 152 and 1A’s 113 brought the total field up to 468 entries. On Sunday, 61 players (14 from 1A, 19 from 1B, and 28 from 1C) will return at 11 a.m. local time for Day 2 action, which will play down to a winner who will walk away with a $97,810 first-place prize (54 spots will be paid a minimum of $2,047).

As for the Day 1C field, it was whittled down to 28 players after nearly 16 levels of play. Leading the pack was local legend Nader Wahdan with a monster stack of 483,500. That is ahead of Adam Friedman (354,000) and Max Young (353,500), who bagged the Day 1B and 1A chip lead respectively.

Wahdan is seeking his fourth MSPT Main Event cash, all of which have come here at Golden Gates. His best finish to date came back in Season 5 when he took 27th for $3,398. He's also finished 40th in Season 6 for $2,226 and 39th one year ago for $2,289.

Others to bag big stacks on 1C were Ramiro Perez (330,000), Sammy Aweida (292,000), Steve Klaus (241,500), and Andrew Hong (188,500), who round out the top five.

The big stacks were joined by Nils Bardsley (164,000), Aaron Thomas (148,000), Tom Bouziden (130,000), “Money” Mike Maruna (107,000), WSOP bracelet winner Ben Keeline (75,000), and Keith Block (53,500).

Among others to fall were Craig Varnell, former champ Reza Yazdi, two-time MSPT champ Jeremy Dresch, last weekend’s MSPT Golden Gates Regional Event winner Barry Faecher, and Illinois’ Cody Brinn.

We’ll be back tomorrow to capture all the action, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the final day of the MSPT Golden Gates!

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
End-of-Day 1C Chip Counts
Created (4/15/2018 12:53:29 AM by Admin System)

Nader Wahdan Aurora, CO 483,500
Ramiro Perez Denver, CO 330,000
Osama Aweida Broomfield, CO 292,000
Steve Klaus Denver, CO 241,500
Andrew Hong Denver, CO 188,500
Rich Bogen 184,000
Jesse Worrell Longmont, CO 176,500
Nils Bardsley Denver, CO 164,000
David Levy Israel, 157,500
Aaron Thomas Colorado Springs, CO 148,000
Yang Ruan Denver, CO 146,000
Thomas Neville Dallas, TX 136,000
Jeff Heiberg Buffalo, WY 136,000
David Johnston Estes Park, CO 134,500
Tom Bouziden Colorado Springs, CO 130,000
Bryan Robinson 117,500
Charles Aron Laramie, WY 113,500
Mike Maruna Colorado Springs, CO 107,000
Joshua Sullivan Wellington, CO 105,000
Rob Hemschik 89,000
Kurt Schulz Detroit, MI 80,500
Ben Keeline Oswego, IL 75,000
Zach Greene Fort Morgan, CO 73,500
Lawrence Blazer 72,500
Raj Dhane Dallas, TX 64,000
Paul Holder Crested Butte, CO 63,000
Keith Block Pomona, NY 53,500
Terry Harper 34,000

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Four More Hands
Created (4/15/2018 12:37:47 AM by Admin System)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1C. Stay tuned for a list of chip counts, a recap of the day’s action, and the Day 2 seat draw.

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
David Levy Survives Ramiro Perez
Created (4/15/2018 12:35:12 AM by Admin System)

David Levy

Ramiro Perez raised to 11,000 from the cutoff and was met by an all-in three-bet to 68,000 from David Levy out of the big blind. Perez called and the cards were turned up.

Levy:
Perez:

Levy’s best chance at staying alive was to catch an ace, and he got one on the flop. The turn was of no consequence and the river actually improved Levy to trips.

David Levy - 150,000 (38 bb)
Ramiro Perez - 260,000 (65 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Sammy Aweida Eliminates Shane Faulk
Created (4/15/2018 12:22:07 AM by Admin System)

Sammy Aweida

Sammy Aweida raised to 9,000 from early position and Shane Faulk responded by moving all in for 19,000 from the button. Both blinds folded and Aweida called.

Aweida:
Faulk:

The flop pairdFaulk’s ace but it did him no good as Aweida flopped a set. The turn left Faulk drawing dead and he took his leave in the penultimate level of the night when the meaningless was run out on the river.

Sammy Aweida - 180,000 (60 bb)
Shane Faulk - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Steve Klaus Ascends Counts, Eliminates Rich Dixon
Created (4/15/2018 12:01:05 AM by Admin System)

Steve Klaus

Steve Klaus has caught fire here in the last couple of levels.

In a recent hand, Dixon limped from middle position and Aaron Thomas raised to 11,000 from the cutoff. Klaus called from the big blind, Dixon put in the additional 8,000, and three players went to the flop.

Klaus checked, Dixon jammed for roughly 30,000, and Thomas folded. Klaus called and tabled a set.

Klaus:
Dixon:

Dixon had flopped top pair but needed to go runner-runner to stay alive. The turn took away any shot of that happening, and Klaus was pushed the pot after the was run out on the river.

Steve Klaus - 320,000 (107 bb)
Rich Dixon - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Jesse Worrell Eliminates Jordan Maylay
Created (4/14/2018 11:49:53 PM by Admin System)

Jesse Worrell

We missed the action unfold but we do know Jordan Maylay got his last 45,000 or so all in on a flop against Jesse Worrell.

Worrell:
Maylay:

Worrell had flopped top pair but was still behind Maylay. The turn put some chop outs to an eight, but it was the that spiked on the river that gave Worrell trips and the win.

Jesse Worrell - 143,000 (48 bb)
Jordan Maylay - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Late Night Chip Counts
Created (4/14/2018 11:47:30 PM by Admin System)

Player Name Chip Count Previous Progress
Ramiro Perez 320000 240000
Tom Bouziden 150000 120000
Nils Bardsley 130000 145000
Jeff Heiberg 130000 100000
Mike Maruna 125000 100000
Ben Keeline 100000 80000
Cody Brinn 90000 40000
Paul Holder 73000 90000
Jesse Shotwell 61500 110000
David Levy 40000 64000
Rich Dixon 38000 75000
Eric Maier 30000 45000
Keith Block 60000 60000
Steve Wilkie 0 165000
Umut Ozturk 0 60000

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
MSPT Strategy: Was Keith Heine Right to Get It in with Pocket Queens in Wild Four-Way Hand?
Created (4/14/2018 11:42:12 PM by Admin System)

On Day 1B of the 2017 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship, which took place last November right here at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, registration was closed when, in Level 11 (800/1,600/200), Keith Heine looked down at the  qd qh and he opened for 4,000 UTG+2.

Keith Heine

John “Farmboy” Kurfman, who was next to act, then moved all in for 26,000 with what turned out to be the  ah qc.

“In my opinion he was itching to get in,” Heine would later say. “To my delight, he jammed.”

Robert Yench was next to action and he called off for 12,000 with the  9c 7c, and then action folded to Lloyd Mandel (50,000), who called for 26,000 from the big blind with the  da ks. Heine then moved all in for his remaining 36,000 and Mandel made a reluctant call for around 10,000 more.

The board ran out  8s as 9h 6d 10s and Yench got lucky to quadruple up in the main pot, while Mandel took down the sizeable side pot. Both Heine and Kurfman were eliminated in the hand.

Heine had lingering questions about the hand, so we decided to consult with poker pro Jonathan Little

MSPT: In your opinion, did Heine play this hand correctly?

Little: I certainly think he played his hand correctly. He raised from middle position with queens, which is perfectly fine and after two small all-ins and an effective all-in call, he put his 25-big-blind stack in the middle. It would take an insane amount of action to get me to fold queens preflop, and even then, you will likely be priced in to call.

MSPT: Could he have possibly just called for 26,000 preflop and then find a fold on the ace-high flop?

Little: No. The only time he loses when an ace comes is when Mandel has an ace. Mandel could easily have a worse pair, meaning Heine would be making a terrible fold on ace-high flops some amount of the time. When you have a large equity advantage, as Heine likely does, you want to get all the money in immediately.

MSPT: What do you make of Yench going with nine-seven suited in this spot? Is there any merit to him calling off with the protection of Kurfman’s shove?

Little: Nope. Nine-seven suited is an easy fold when you are against two likely strong ranges. Against two decently strong ranges,  9c 7c only wins about 25% of the time, which is nowhere near enough to justify getting all in unless you think you are much worse than your opponents.

MSPT: With a three-bet shove and another player calling off, not to mention Heine left to act behind him, what was Mandel’s best move holding Big Slick in the big blind?

Little: This is a tough spot for ace-king, but given stacks are quite short, I am fine getting all in. If there is a significant payout jump looming, perhaps folding would be fine. I would have made the call in his spot as well, especially if you know your opponents are getting in with hands like ace-queen and nine-seven!

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  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Payout Information
Created (4/14/2018 11:34:48 PM by Admin System)

Day 1C of the MSPT Golden Gates Main Event attracted 203 runners, which along with 1B’s 152 and 1A’s 113 brought the total field up to 468 entries. The top 54 spots will be paid a minimum of $2,047. Here’s a look at the final table payouts with the corresponding POY points:

1st = $97,810 (1,600 pts)
2nd = $60,097 (1,400 pts)
3rd = $43,309 (1,300 pts)
4th = $32,755 (1,200 pts)
5th = $24,566 (1,100 pts)
6th = $18,652 (1,000 pts)
7th = $14,558 (900 pts)
8th = $11,373 (800 pts)
9th = $8,644 (700 pts)
10th = $6,842 (600 pts)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Aurora 
CO 
483,500  
483,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
330,000  
330,000 
 
CO 
292,000  
292,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
241,500  
241,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
188,500  
188,500 
 
CO 
184,000  
184,000 
 
CO 
176,500  
176,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
164,000  
164,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
157,500  
157,500 
 
TX 
148,000  
148,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
146,000  
146,000 
 
WY 
136,000  
136,000 
 
Dallas 
TX 
136,000  
136,000 
 
CO 
134,500  
134,500 
 
CO 
130,000  
130,000 
 
GA 
117,500  
117,500 
 
WY 
113,500  
113,500 
 
CO 
107,000  
107,000 
 
CO 
105,000  
105,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
89,000  
89,000 
 
MI 
80,500  
80,500 
 
CO 
75,000  
75,000 
 
CO 
73,500  
73,500 
 
CO 
72,500  
72,500 
 
Dallas 
TX 
64,000  
64,000 
 
CO 
63,000  
63,000 
 
Pomona 
NY 
53,500  
53,500 
 
CO 
34,000  
34,000 
 
Aspen 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Parker 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
WY 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Aspen 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Avon 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Austin 
TX 
0  
Busted 
  
NM 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Arvada 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Marion 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
TX 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
OR 
$97,810
1,600
2
WY 
$60,097
1,400
3
CO 
$43,309
1,300
4
NY 
$32,755
1,200
5
GA 
$24,566
1,100
6
Hudson 
CO 
$18,652
1,000
7
CO 
$14,558
900
8
OH 
$11,373
800
9
Avon 
CO 
$8,644
700
10
CO 
$6,824
600
11
Parker 
CO 
$6,824
600
14
Denver 
CO 
$5,459
500
15
CA 
$5,459
500
16
Denver 
CO 
$4,549
400
17
MI 
$4,549
400
18
Denver 
CO 
$4,549
400
20
WY 
$4,140
300
22
CO 
$3,503
200
23
CO 
$3,503
200
24
Denver 
CO 
$3,503
200
25
Aurora 
CO 
$3,048
150
26
Denver 
CO 
$3,048
150
27
Denver 
CO 
$3,048
150
28
Denver 
CO 
$2,457
100
29
CO 
$2,457
100
30
Denver 
CO 
$2,457
100
31
CO 
$2,457
100
32
Denver 
CO 
$2,457
100
33
Denver 
CO 
$2,457
100
36
Pomona 
NY 
$2,457
100
38
CO 
$2,229
75
41
Erie 
CO 
$2,229
75
44
Denver 
CO 
$2,229
75
45
Dallas 
TX 
$2,229
75
46
WY 
$2,047
50
47
Denver 
CO 
$2,047
50
50
CO 
$2,047
50
53
CO 
$2,047
50
54
TX 
$2,047
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
15
Blinds
1500 / 3000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
203
Players Remaining
28
Average Chip Stack
145,000
Total Chips
4,060,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
483,500
330,000
292,000
241,500
188,500
184,000
176,500
164,000
157,500
10 
148,000
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