Running Aces Harness Park: February 8 - 16, 2014


Running Aces Harness Park - Columbus, MN

Feb. 8-16, 2014

Main Event: 354 Entrants

Mark Sandness Wins PokerNews MSPT at Running Aces, $90,913

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The first stop of the PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Season 5 at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, MN came to a close on Sunday as Mark Sandness defeated MSPT Team Pro Blake Bohn to capture the title, $90,913 in prize money, and a brand new MSPT trophy.

For Sandness, who is primarily a cash-game player, the score is nearly double the biggest of his tournament career — a $46,910 first-place finish in the Great Minnesota Freeze Out last month. Sandness outlasted 353 other entrants to take down the tournament.

A total of 110 hopefuls returned for Day 2 action on Sunday, and play took off at a fast pace from the start, with about a third of the field shown the door in the first couple of hours. Derek CrooksDavid Gonia, and Lance Harris were among the early victims, while Jeff FielderRodger JohnsonMatt Kirby, John Hayes, and Marc Powers followed soon after.

The bubble burst at about 3 p.m. with the elimination of Donald Winter. It happened in Level 15 (6,000/12,000/1,000) when Winter got his stack in holding AxQx and was up against two opponents, one who held 8x8x and the other QxQx. The board ran out clean, and Winter hit the rail in 37th place. His elimination guaranteed the remaining players a $1,715 payday.

The eliminations seemed to come even faster after that. Eddie Bryant (30th - $1,715), Todd Breyfogle (28th - $1,715), Ric Cacho (23rd - $2,744), and Adam Dahlin (16th - $3,430) were among the players eliminated in the money as the field was whittled down to the final-table bubble. During hand-for-hand play with 11 players left, Mike "Schneids" Schneider was busted and Jim Lawrence was eliminated during concurrent hands at different tables. Just like that, the final table was set.

Final-table play lasted just four hours, as the rising blinds combined with a table of aggressive players like Bohn and Peixin Liu pushed the pace of play. Jeff Petronak was the first to fallfollowed by Gennady Shimelfarb.

Day 1a leader Dustin Dirksen then busted Mike Pfautz in seventh place, which was followed by theelimination of Jon Wurden in sixth.

Dirksen then ran his king-jack into the queens of Bohn to bust in fifth, while Liu, who began the final table as chip leader, fell in fourth when hetried and failed to get Sandness to fold a dominating hand.

Three-handed play took awhile compared to the rest of the eliminations, but Day 1b chip leader Tyler Caspers eventually dropped out when he shoved with the Q♥9♦ and Bohn woke up with the A♠Q♣. After that, heads-up play lasted just a few hands, as friends Bohn and Sandness weren't shy about getting their chips in the middle.

In Level 21 (40,000/80,000/10,000), Bohn and Sandness got all in before the flop, and the following hands were revealed:

Team MSPT Pro Blake Bohn

Sandness: 6♠6♣
Bohn: 4♥4♠

"Sorry, Mark," Bohn said, eliciting laughter from the crowd. Bohn's prediction didn't pan out though, as the board ran out A♥J♦3♦8♠10♦, keeping Sandness' sixes best and doubling him to the chip lead.

A few hands later, Sandness bet 200,000 in a raised pot after the 6♣6♦3♠ flop. Bohn shoved, and Sandness called.

Sandness: A♣A♦
Bohn: 5♣4♦

The dealer burned and turned the A♠, giving Sandness an unbeatable full house.

"You turned me dead," Bohn said accurately. Indeed, the Q♣ river was a mere footnote, and Sandness claimed victory. Bohn took home $49,741 for his runner-up finish.

One stop is down, but there are still plenty more to be had on Season 5 of the MSPT. Remember, PokerNews will be live reporting every event, so be sure to stay tuned right here all season long. The next $1,100 Main Event will take place this weekend at the Belle of Baton Rouge, which marks the MSPT’s first trip south.


Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Mark Sandness Wayzata MN $90,9131,400
2 Blake Bohn Eden Prairie MN $49,7411,200
3 Tyler Caspers Echo MN $32,9321,100
4 Peixin Liu Blaine MN $22,2971,000
5 Dustin Dirksen Grimes IA $17,152900
6 Jon Wurden Fisher MN $13,722800
7 Mike Pfautz Andover MN $12,007700
8 Gennady Shimelfarb Minneapolis MN $10,291600
9 Jeff Petronack Hugo MN $8,576500
10 James Lawrence Prior Lake MN $6,861400
11 Mike Schneider (MN) Minneapolis MN $6,861400
12 Mat Doll Morris MN $6,861400
13 Derek Lesniak Bethel MN $4,803300
14 Tim Hoverstad Anoka MN $4,803300
15 Tim Votava Coon Rapids MN $4,803300
16 Adam Dahlin Maple Grove MN $3,430200
17 Rocky Wylie Sturgeon Lake MN $3,430200
18 Keith Doering Brownton MN $3,430200
19 Matt Jenkin Champlin MN $2,744100
20 Steve Pint Baudette MN $2,744100
21 Kishore Marimganti Madison WI $2,744100
22 Rick Schroeder Big Lake MN $2,744100
23 Ric Cacho Tucson AZ $2,744100
24 Bill Gallup Elk River MN $2,744100
25 John Wilhelmy $2,744100
26 Eric Eelkema Brooklyn Park MN $2,744100
27 Jason Hartwig Wausau WI $2,744100
28 Todd Breyfogle Hopkins MN $1,71550
29 Dan Stromer Tama IA $1,71550
30 Eddie Bryant New Ellenton SC $1,71550
31 Stephen Records St. Paul MN $1,71550
32 Duane Anderson Wilton MN $1,71550
33 Blaise Poupore West St. Paul MN $1,71550
34 Brady Burgraff Rochester MN $1,71550
35 Taylor Tollefson Granite Falls MN $1,71550
36 Kenny Fleming Plymouth MN $1,71550

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