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Meskwaki Casino

October 28 - November 5, 2017

 
  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Max Havlish Breaks Through to Win MSPT Meskwaki for $90,152
Created (11/5/2017 11:01:31 PM by Chad Holloway)

The last MSPT Season 8 stop at Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa drew 424 entries (203 on Day 1A, 221 on 1B), and after an action-packed weekend, 30-year-old Max Havlish had his breakthrough win to walk away with a $90,152 top prize.

“I feel great,” Havlish said after the win. “It’s about time. I’ve been working hard at it for a long time, so it’s nice to finally take one down.”

Prior to the win, Havlish had just one MSPT cash when he finished ninth out of 3,273 entries in the MSPT Venetian for $41,698.

“I was happy to get ninth in Vegas, I was happy how I played, but it was nice to redeem myself,” admitted Havlish, who works but plays poker on the side. As for the prize money, he revealed that he and his girlfriend will be taking a vacation.

“She’ll be the decider as to where we go,” he said when asked where they’ll go.

Final Table Results
1st – Max Havlish (Coon Rapids, MN) $90,152
2nd – Victor Hoffman (Onslow, IA) $55,730
3rd – Jon Hanner (St. Paul, MN) $40,568
4th – John Rausch (Cedar Falls, IA) $29,914
5th – John “Farmboy” Kurfman (Baylis, IL) $22,538
6th – Dan “DQ” Hendrickson (Faribault, MN) $17,211
7th – Albert Carpenter (Waterloo, IA) $13,523
8th – Ken Pates (Brooklyn Park, MN) $10,654
9th – Roger Bennett (Kirksville, MO) $7,786
10th – Jason Sell (Plymouth, MN) $6,555

Day 2 saw 83 players return to action, but with only 45 of them slated to get paid, nearly half the field would leave empty handed. Among them were former champs Keith Heine, Ahmad Taleb, and Kou Vang; and well as World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Reading and bubble boy Chris Durant.

Among those to earn a payday but fall short of the final table were Nik Stone (43rd - $2,254), MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup (33rd - $2,459), World Poker Tour champ Kevin “BeL0WaB0Ve” Saul (30th - $2,459), Day 1B chip leader Dale Berger (18th - $4,508), Brian Reinert (14th - $5,327), Day 1A chip leader Lee Douglas (12th - $6,555), and final table bubble boy Tom Hammers (11th - $6,555).

At the final table, MSPT Season 5 Ho-Chunk champ Jason Sell was the first to go after shoving with king-queen and running into the ace-queen of fellow MSPT champ Dan “DQ” Hendrickson, who won the MSPT Season 6 Canterbury Park finale.

After a short-stacked Roger Bennett bowed out in ninth place, another former MSPT champ hit the rail. MSPT Season 5 Running Aces winner Ken Pates moved all in for less than ten bigs with pocket threes and Victor Hoffman decided to race holding king-queen in the big blind. A lady on the flop was a fat one, and she sang to put an end to Pates’ run in eighth place.

A short time later, Havlish doubled with pocket jacks through Al Carpenter, who held eights. Carpenter was left short and then shoved with king-seven suited only to run into jacks again, this time those of John “Farmboy” Kurfman. Carpenter wound up missing a flush draw and hit the rail in seventh place.

Hendrickson, the last MSPT champ left in the field, was then the victim of a cooler when he picked up kings only to run them smack dab into the aces of Hanner. The chips went in preflop, both players flopped sets, and Hendrickson, nicknamed “DQ” for his Dairy Queens franchises, had to settle for sixth place.

The final five battled for quite some time, and Hoffman seemed to get the better of Kurfman time and again. Eventually the man known as “Farmboy” shoved with king-nine only to get called by Havlish, who held Big Slick. The board ran out clean and Kurfman was sent out the door in fifth place.

The next three eliminations came pretty quickly. First to go was John Rausch, who tried to bluff the river against Havlish, who held two pair. Jon Hanner then fell when he got it in preflop with ace-jack against Havlish’s pocket sixes. Hanner paired his jack on the three-spade flop, but Havlish, who had the only spade, made a flush on the turn.

That allowed Havlish, who fired two bullets into the tournament, to take a nearly 8-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Hoffman. After a few hands, Havlish shoved the button with pocket sixes and Hoffman called off with threes. No trey appeared and Hoffman had to settle for second place and a $55,730 consolation prize.

For the win, Havlish earned 1,500 points on the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year leaderboard. Along with the 1,100 he earned in Vegas, that gave him 2,600 points and put him in fourth place with only three stops left in the year.

“I’ll see you at Milwaukee and Canterbury,” he said. “I might have to fight for POY.”

Congratulations to Max Havlish, winner of the MSPT Meskwaki!

The MSPT continues Thursday with the start of the $1,100 buy-in, $200K GTD Denver Poker Open at Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. The weekend after that, the tour heads to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the $1,100 buy-in 2017 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship.

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Victor Hoffman Eliminated in 2nd Place ($55,730)
Created (11/5/2017 10:50:27 PM by Chad Holloway)
Victor Hoffman

With such a chip disparity, it didn’t take long for things to come to a head.

It happened when Max Havlish moved all in from the button and Victor Hoffman called off for around 700,000.

Havlish:  6s 6h
Hoffman:  3s 3c

Havlish was a big favorite to win the title, and held on both the  5d ks 7h flop and  9s turn. Hoffman needed a three on the river to stay alive, but it was not meant to be as the  qh bricked.

Victor Hoffman - Eliminated in 2nd place for $55,730

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Heads-Up Chip Counts
Created (11/5/2017 10:49:26 PM by Chad Holloway)

Max Havlish - 7.5 million
Victor Hoffman - 900,000

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Jon Hanner Eliminated in 3rd Place ($40,568)
Created (11/5/2017 10:49:03 PM by Chad Holloway)
Jon Hanner

Max Havlish raised to 170,000 on the button only to have Jon Hanner three-bet all in for 1.78 million from the small blind. Havlish thought for a bit and then made the call.

Hanner:  ac jd
Havlish:  6h 6s

It was a flip, and Hanner managed to take the lead on the  2s js 8s flop. However, Havlish held the only spade, and he made the flush on the  qs turn. The  8d was run out on the river, and Hanner bowed out in third place.

Jon Hanner - Eliminated in 3rd place for $40,568

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
John Rausch Eliminated in 4th Place ($29,914)
Created (11/5/2017 10:45:41 PM by Chad Holloway)
John Rausch

After John Rausch defended a preflop raise from the big blind, he check-called a bet from Max Havlish on a  kh 5s 9h flop.

Rausch then bet roughly 300K on the  da turn, Havlish called, and the  8h completed the board on the river. Rausch moved all in and Havlish snap-called.

Rausch indicated that he had been caught bluffing and showed the  10c jc, which was no good against the  as kd of Havlish.

John Rausch - Eliminated in 4th place for $29,914

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
John "Farmboy" Kurfman Eliminated in 5th Place ($22,538)
Created (11/5/2017 10:41:01 PM by Chad Holloway)
John Kurfman

John “Farmboy” Kurfman moved all in for 605,000 from the button and Max Havlish called from the small blind.

Havlish:  ac ks
Kurfman:  kc 9d

Kurfman was crushed, and he failed to get lucky as the board ran out  6s 3d js kh ah.

John Kurfman - Eliminated in 5th place for $22,538

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Max Havlish Doubles Into the Chip Lead
Created (11/5/2017 10:19:10 PM by Chad Holloway)

Max Havlish raised to 170,000 from the cutoff and Jon Hanner put his big stack to use by moving all in from the button. Both blinds folded and Havlish thought long and hard before calling off for 1.675 million total.

Havlish:  jc jd
Hanner:  da kh

It was a flip, and Havlish held on the  qs 4d qh flop. He actually locked it up when the  jh turn gave him a full house, and he was pushed the pot after the  5c was run out on the river.

Max Havlish - 3,520,000 (44 bb)
Jon Hanner - 1,910,000 (29 bb)

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Victor Hoffman Doubles Through John Kurfman
Created (11/5/2017 10:09:18 PM by Chad Holloway)

In the last hand of the level, Victor Hoffman limped the small blind and then called when John Kurfman raised to 260,000 from the big. Both players checked the  jc jh 6h flop, and then Hoffman moved all in for his last 170,000 on the  8c turn. Kurfman snap-called.

Hoffman:  jd 8d
Kurfman:  jc kc

Both players had flopped trips, but Hoffman got lucky to boat up. He shipped the double after the  9s was put out on the river.

Victor Hoffman - 910,000 (15 bb)
John Kurfman - 845,000 (14 bb)

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Updated Five-Handed Chip Counts
Created (11/5/2017 9:57:05 PM by Chad Holloway)

Jon Hanner - 3,885,000
John Kurfman - 1,630,000
John Rausch - 1,235,000
Max Havlish - 895,000
Victor Hoffman - 840,000

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Dan "DQ" Hendrickson Eliminated in 6th Place ($17,211)
Created (11/5/2017 9:29:21 PM by Chad Holloway)
Dan Hendrickson

The preflop action escaped us, but we do know sparks flew and resulted in MSPT Season 6 Canterbury Park champ Dan “DQ” Hendrickson getting all in for roughly 800,000 against 2017 Minnesota State Poker Champion Jon Hanner.

Hanner:  as ah
Hendrickson:  kd kc

It was a cooler for Hendrickson, and while he made a set on the  kh ac 9d flop, so too did Hanner.

Hendrickson was looking for the case king, but it didn’t come as the 2d blanked on the turn followed by the  8d on the river.

Jon Hanner - 3,610,000 (72 bb)
Dan Hendrickson - Eliminated in 6th place for $17,211

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MN 
8,480,000
8,480,000 
Onslow 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Baylis 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
WA 
0
Busted 
 
GA 
0
Busted 
 
Austin 
TX 
0
Busted 
Colona 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Niles 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Hudson 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Aurora 
IL 
0
Busted 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
Gilman 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
Ankeny 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Fisher 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
MO 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Quincy 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Peoria 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Ankeny 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Newton 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
MO 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
CO 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$90,152 
1,500 
2
Onslow 
IA 
$55,730 
1,300 
3
MN 
$40,568 
1,200 
4
IA 
$29,914 
1,100 
5
Baylis 
IL 
$22,538 
1,000 
6
MN 
$17,211 
900 
7
IA 
$13,523 
800 
8
MN 
$10,654 
700 
9
MO 
$7,786 
600 
10
MN 
$6,555 
500 
11
MN 
$6,555 
500 
12
WA 
$6,555 
500 
13
IA 
$5,327 
400 
14
GA 
$5,327 
400 
15
Lacona 
IA 
$5,327 
400 
16
Austin 
TX 
$4,508 
300 
17
Ankeny 
IA 
$4,508 
300 
18
IA 
$4,508 
300 
19
MO 
$3,852 
200 
20
IA 
$3,852 
200 
21
Niles 
IL 
$3,852 
200 
22
MN 
$3,319 
200 
23
WI 
$3,319 
200 
24
IA 
$3,319 
200 
25
IA 
$2,868 
200 
26
MN 
$2,868 
200 
27
IA 
$2,868 
200 
28
IA 
$2,459 
100 
29
Hudson 
IA 
$2,459 
100 
30
Aurora 
IL 
$2,459 
100 
31
MN 
$2,459 
100 
32
WI 
$2,459 
100 
33
MN 
$2,459 
100 
34
Omaha 
NE 
$2,459 
100 
35
IA 
$2,459 
100 
36
IA 
$2,459 
100 
37
MN 
$2,254 
50 
38
Gilman 
IA 
$2,254 
50 
39
IA 
$2,254 
50 
40
MN 
$2,254 
50 
41
MN 
$2,254 
50 
42
IA 
$2,254 
50 
43
WI 
$2,254 
50 
44
WI 
$2,254 
50 
45
Omaha 
NE 
$2,254 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
30
Blinds
50000 / 100000
Ante
10000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
424
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
8,480,000
Total Chips
8,480,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
8,480,000
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