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Silverado Franklin

April 14 - 22, 2018

 
  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 5000
Rick Burleson Wins 2018 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship at Silverado-Franklin for $63,462
Created (4/22/2018 11:24:39 PM by Chad Holloway)

Since its inception in 2011, the South Dakota State Poker Championship has been a standalone event at Deadwood’s Silverado-Franklin Casino. In seven years, the fields fluctuated from 82 to 136 entries, but in 2018 the field jumped to 286 runners (132 entries on Day 1A, 154 on 1B) thanks in part to partnering with the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) for the first time.

It marked the first time in nearly a decade since a major poker tour has hosted an event in Deadwood, and it wound up setting the major tournament ($1K+ buy-in) record for both attendance and prize pool in state history by surpassing the 2009 HPT Lucky Nugget Gambling Hall (176 entries/$250,230 prize pool).

After a full weekend of play, local car salesman Rick Burleson walked away defeated Minnesota’s Aaron Johnson in heads-up play to win $63,462 and keep the title on home turf. It marked Burleson’s first-ever documented tournament cash.

“I feel amazing, it’s life-changing,” said the 29-year-old Burleson, who was staked in the tournament by a friend. “It’s the biggest tournament in South Dakota state history, so it’s awesome. You just have to be patient in these big tournaments.”

Burleson revealed that he had to work first thing in the morning but was going to take some time to soak in the win.

“I used to play a lot more, but now that I work six days a week and have a one-and-a-half-year-old boy at home with my wife, so I don’t have as much time to play poker.”

Final Table Results
1 Rick Burleson (Rapid City, SD) $63,462
2 Aaron Johnson (Red Wing, MN) $39,181
3 Eric Eelkema (Brooklyn Park, MN) $28,420
4 Mark Fink (Sioux Falls, SD) $20,970
5 Michael Campbell (Rapid City, SD) $15,727
6 Larry Christensen (Kennebec, SD) $12,140
7 Mark Larson (Larimore, SD) $9,381
8 Kris Evans (Winner, SD) $7,450
9 Rosie Paules (Torrington, WY) $5,767
10 Jon Wurden (Fisher, MN) $4,663

Day 2 saw 54 players return to action with Burleson as a big chip leader. With only 36 slated to get pair, 18 walked away empty handed including Minnesota players Alan Carty, Brian Berthiaume, and Steve Belland, as well as 2012 South Dakota State Poker Champ Cal Dardis and bubble boy Rich Dixon, who lost a race with ace-queen against pocket eights.

Among those to leave with a cash in Deadwood were Henry Gingerich (11th - $4,663), Rollie Tescher (18th - $3,173), Gary Germann (20th - $2,897), Ken Lybeck (28th - $1,931), Rick Wells (30th - $1,931), and back-to-back champ (2016 & 2017) Ryan Skluzak (31st - $1,931).

The first elimination of the final table came when Jon Wurden got his stack all in holding the against the of local pro Michael Campbell. The board ran out and Wurden finished in tenth place for $4,663.

Not long after, the last woman standing in the 2018 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship, Rosie Paules, bowed out in ninth place after her was outdrawn by the of Eric Eelkema, who made a full house on a run out.

Burleson then claimed his first final table knockout when Evans, who began the final table as chip leader, three-bet all in holding pocket nines only to run them smack dab into Burleson’s pocket kings. Evans earned $7,450 for finishing in eighth place.

From there, Mark Larson busted after failing to win a flip with ace-king against Larry Christensen’s nines, and then Christensen, a farmer from nearby Kennebec, lost ace-ten to the ace-jack of Johnson.

After a short-stacked Campbell took his leave in fifth place for $15,727, four-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Mark Fink followed him out the door in fourth. First Fink lost a big one when his pocket aces were out flopped by Burleson, who made jacks and tens. Two hands later, Fink got his remaining stack in with the only to run it into Burleson’s . The board ran out and Burleson made a straight to send Fink home in fourth place for $20,970.

From there, Eelkema three-bet jammed holding the and was called by Johnson’s , which held on an run out. That set up a heads-up match between Burleson and Johnson with the former holding 3.6 million to the latter’s 2.11 million.

Burleson soon pulled out to a big chip lead and in the final hand of the tournament, Johnson limped holding the and then moved all in after Burleson had raised with the . Burleson called and turned the best hand on the run out.

“Wish I would have played as well as I ran,” Johnson tweeted afterward. “Several significant errors. Lots of room to improve. Absolutely awesome venue/location. Hope this is a yearly event!”

In addition to winning $39,181 for finishing runner-up, Johnson took the lead in the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 9 Player of the Year race with 2,600 points.

“I definitely learned a lot from these guys,” Burleson reflected. “There wasn’t a bad guy at the final table, that’s for sure. Michael Campbell is one of my best friends, he’s an unbelievable player. Aaron has proven he’s a great player on your tour alone. The rest of the guys are great too, but those two guys were the ones I was most nervous about at the final table.”

Season 9 of the MSPT continues this weekend with a $1,100 buy-in, $300K GTD Main Event at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Aaron Johnson Eliminated In 2nd Place ($39,181)
Created (4/22/2018 11:10:43 PM by Brandon Temple)
Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson limped the button, and Rick Burleson raised to 210,000 in the big blind. Johnson jammed for 1.78 million, and Burleson snapped him off!

Johnson:
Burleson:

Johnson survived the flop, but disaster struck on the turn. Johnson needed a seven in order to keep his hopes of winning his first MSPT title alive, but he couldn’t catch up on a river, and Johnson takes second place, as well as the lead in the MSPT Kimo Sabe Mezcal POY Race.

Aaron Johnson - Eliminated in 2nd place for $39,181

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Rick Burleson Takes A Big Chunk Out Of Aaron Johnson
Created (4/22/2018 10:55:38 PM by Brandon Temple)

Aaron Johnson raised to 120,000 from the button, and Rick Burleson three-bet to 260,000 in the big blind. Johnson called.

Burleson bet 300,000 on a flop, and Johnson called.

Burleson fired another 500,000 on a turn, and Johnson again called.

Burleson emptied the clip with an all-in bet on the river, and Johnson tanked for about three minutes before letting his hand go.

Rick Burleson - 4.875 million
Aaron Johnson - 845,000

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Heads Up Chip Counts
Created (4/22/2018 10:38:27 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Rick Burleson36050003600000
Aaron Johnson21150002122000

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Eric Eelkema Eliminated In 3rd Place ($28,420)
Created (4/22/2018 10:34:31 PM by Brandon Temple)
Eric Eelkema

Rick Burleson raised to 130,000 on the button, and Eric Eelkema three-bet shoved for 900,000 in the small blind. Aaron Johnson then four-bet jammed for 1.21 million, which chased Burleson out.

Eelkema -
Johnson -

Eelkema needed a king to catch up, but the flop brought none. The turn left him looking for just a king to win and a ten to chop, but the means that Burleson and Johnson will be battling for the South Dakota State Poker Championship.

Aaron Johnson - 2.4 million
Eric Eelkema - Eliminated in 3rd place for $28,420

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Updated Chip Counts
Created (4/22/2018 10:21:47 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Rick Burleson36000003065000
Aaron Johnson12200001520000
Eric Eelkema900000660000

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Mark Fink Eliminated In 4th Place ($20,970)
Created (4/22/2018 10:16:44 PM by Brandon Temple)
Mark Fink

Rick Burleson raised to 120,000 from the cutoff, then called a three-bet to 275,000 from Mark Fink in the big blind.

Fink bet 325,000 on a flop, and Burleson snap-jammed for 1.075 million. Fink confirmed the amount and called.

Burleson:
Fink:

Fink’s aces had been cracked by the jack-ten of Burleson, and the turn, left Fink looking for an ace, eight, or seven to win or a nine to chop. The instead improved Burleson to a full house and Burleson doubled up.

Two hands later, Fink jammed for 700,000 from the button, and Burleson called in the big blind.

Fink:
Burleson:

Fink caught up on a flop, but Burleson hit a straight on the turn, and was eliminated after the on the river.

Rick Burleson - 3.095 million
Mark Fink - Eliminated in 4th place for $20,970

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Dead Mans Hand (Minus The Nine) For Rick Burleson
Created (4/22/2018 10:03:19 PM by Brandon Temple)

Rick Burleson raised to 125,000 from the cutoff, and Aaron Johnson called in the small blind.

The flop was checked by Johnson, and Burleson bet 150,000. Johnson called.

The hit the turn, and both players quickly checked.

The fell on the river, and Johnson checked. Burleson bet 100,000, and Johnson called after some thought.

Burleson tabled for aces and eights, and Johnson mucked.

Rick Burleson - 1.615 million
Aaron Johnson - 1.52 million

  • Level: 26
  • Blinds: 20000 / 40000
  • Ante: 5000
Mark Fink Takes Back The Chip Lead
Created (4/22/2018 9:54:36 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mark Fink raised to 90,000 from the cutoff and Aaron Johnson called in the big blind.

Johnson checked a flop to Fink, who bet 110,000. Johnson check-raised to 285,000 and Fink made the call after a minute of thought.

The hit the turn, and Johnson checked. Fink checked behind.

The fell on the river, and Johnson checked. Fink bet 400,000 and Johnson snap-folded.

Mark Fink - 2.06 million
Aaron Johnson - 1.74 million

  • Level: 26
  • Blinds: 20000 / 40000
  • Ante: 5000
Chip Counts
Created (4/22/2018 9:46:52 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Aaron Johnson20250002100000
Mark Fink15750001545000
Rick Burleson14600001160000
Eric Eelkema660000920000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
SD 
5,720,000
5,720,000 
Fisher 
MN 
0
Busted 
Winner 
SD 
0
Busted 
Pierre 
SD 
0
Busted 
SD 
0
Busted 
KS 
0
Busted 
 
Oacoma 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
SD 
$63,462 
1,400 
2
MN 
$39,181 
1,200 
3
MN 
$28,420 
1,100 
4
SD 
$20,970 
1,000 
5
SD 
$15,727 
900 
6
SD 
$12,140 
800 
7
ND 
$9,381 
700 
8
Winner 
SD 
$7,450 
600 
9
WY 
$5,767 
500 
10
Fisher 
MN 
$4,663 
400 
11
Logan 
IA 
$4,663 
400 
12
SD 
$4,663 
400 
13
NE 
$3,725 
300 
14
SD 
$3,725 
300 
15
KS 
$3,725 
300 
16
Winner 
SD 
$3,173 
200 
17
SD 
$3,173 
200 
18
SD 
$3,173 
200 
19
SD 
$2,897 
150 
20
WY 
$2,897 
150 
21
SD 
$2,897 
150 
22
CA 
$2,208 
100 
23
Pierre 
SD 
$2,208 
100 
24
SD 
$2,208 
100 
25
SD 
$2,015 
75 
26
SD 
$2,015 
75 
27
KS 
$2,015 
75 
28
SD 
$1,931 
50 
29
Oacoma 
SD 
$1,931 
50 
30
SD 
$1,931 
50 
31
SD 
$1,931 
50 
32
SD 
$1,931 
50 
33
SD 
$1,931 
50 
34
IA 
$1,931 
50 
35
SD 
$1,931 
50 
36
SD 
$1,931 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
28
Blinds
30000 / 60000
Ante
10000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
286
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
5,720,000
Total Chips
5,720,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,720,000
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,617
4,400
4,300
3,650
3,100
3,000
2,750
2,500
2,350
10 
2,292