Golden Gates Casino: November 7 - 16, 2014


Golden Gates Casino - Black Hawk, CO

November 7-16, 2014

Main Event: 500 Entrants

Reza Yazdi Wins MSPT Golden Gates Casino, $120,765

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Five hundred entered, and only Reza Yazdi remained at the end of one of the biggest Mid-States Poker Tour events in history held at Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. Yazdi claimed a $120,765 prize for first place, besting a very tough Day 2 field that featured players likeKevin "1sickdisease" EysterBlake BohnMatt KirbyKou VangJohn HayesJohn Beauprez, and Adam Friedman, among others. Yazdi adds to a tally of $33,919 in live cashes, nearly all coming here in his home state.

The biggest story to come out of the tournament, though, was the return of Kevin "Phwap" Boudreau to the ranks of a big final table. Boudreau's story has been chronicled in part by PokerNews here and here. The short version: Boudreau suffered a life-threatening brain injury during last year's World Series of Poker, and his recovery has apparently progressed enough that he can compete and thrive in a tournament like this one.

With his rail cheering him on and a swell of support on social media, Boudreau grinded his way to the chip lead at the final table as late as four-handed play. There, he had the tournament in his grasp when he three-bet an under-the-gun open from Yazdi and then called Yazdi's four-bet shove of about 50 big blinds. Yazdi's 8♣8♦ was crushed by Boudreau's 9♠9♥, but a run out of 4♠4♦8♠K♣4♥ gave Yazdi his two-outer and 80 percent of the chips in play, leaving Boudreau with just a handful of big blinds. He busted soon after.

A total of 104 survivors showed up at 11 a.m. to contend on Day 2, and 54 would leave with a portion of the prize pool. Eyster was among the early eliminations when he squeezed all in with the A♣Q♣ against a cutoff open from Blake Bohn and a shove from a short stack on the button. Bohn held the A♥K♠ and held against Eyster. Alex GreenblattWill GivensJason ZarlengaChris TrybaRalph Massey, and former WSOP Main Event runner-up Paul Wasicka also fell short of the money.

Once the bubble burst, Boudreau took hold of the chip lead for the first time when he three-bet with the K♠K♣ and called the four-bet shove of fellow big stack Jon Wurden, who had the J♥J♦ and saw Boudreau flop a winning boat.

Friedman, Vang, Kirby, Bohn, Steve AndersonMike Ross, and Ben Keeline were among those collecting payouts before exiting. With the field dwindling down towards the final table, Hayes shoved over a raise from button Shawn Sandt with the 6♠6♣ and got snapped by Sandt's A♣K♣. Sandt flopped a king to bust "JohnnyGstaks," and Troy Pabst busted soon after to make the final table official.

Yazdi held a sizable lead at that point, while Boudreau was sitting in ninth with a short stack of under 20 big blinds. When play kicked off, Boudreau first doubled up by winning a race against Michael Lech, and he then busted Jason Vanstrom in 10th, calling a 10-big blind shove with the 6♥6♦ and winning against the 5♥5♠.

Boudreau's hot run continued on a 7♦5♠3♦ flop during Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000), at which point Yazdi continuation-bet 200,000, Geoff Vailshoved for 805,000, and "Phwap" woke up with another shove. Yazdi mucked, and Boudreau's set of fives held against the A♠6♣.

Shawn Sandt then fell in eighth and Michael St. John in seventh. Lech was next to go when his K♦Q♦ didn't improve after three-bet jamming on Boudreau's 10♠10♣. Bracelet winner Beauprez was eliminated in fifth after shoving about 16 big blinds with the A♣5♥ in the blinds against a huge open from Max Chrisp, who called with the A♦7♦ and held.

The pace picked up greatly four-handed, with Boudreau, Chrisp, and Yazdi ramming and jamming, exchanging the chip lead between them whileWistar Holt appeared to bide his time and allow the others to do battle. Instead of eliminations, though, short stacks continued to double up, including an incredible run by Chrisp from a stack of 70,000 at Level 31 (60,000/120,000/20,000). He managed to run it up to nearly 2 million by the time the massive confrontation between Yazdi and Boudreau went in Yazdi's favor. Boudreau put in the last of it with the 3♠3♣ and lost a race to Holt's A♥J♦.

Chrisp and Holt then took turns doubling through Yazdi until stacks were nearly even. Finally, after losing a big pot with two pair when Holt outdrew him with pocket aces, Chrisp busted with the A♦9♦ against the A♣K♠.

Heads-up play lasted just 15 minutes, until Holt check-jammed the 8♣7♠ on a 10♦4♣6♦ flop, only to be snapped off by the K♦K♠ of Yazdi. Holt missed his double-gutshot, giving Yazdi the tournament.

The MSPT isn't taking any time off, heading immediately to the Belle of Baton Rouge for another event. Once again, PokerNews will be on hand for live reporting, so tune back in when the time comes.


Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Reza Yazdi Denver CO $120,7651,600
2 Wistar Holt St. Louis MO $67,9001,400
3 Max Chrisp Arvado CO $43,6501,300
4 Kevin Boudreau Colorado Springs CO $34,6781,200
5 John Beauprez Denver CO $27,1601,100
6 Michael Lech Fayetteville AR $22,3101,000
7 Michael St John Lakewood CO $17,703900
8 Shawn Sandt Parker CO $13,811800
9 Geoffrey Vail Westminster CO $9,700700
10 Jason Vanstrom Colorado Springs CO $6,305600
11 Troy Pabst Littleton CO $6,305600
12 John Hayes St. Paul MN $6,305600
13 Mike Wright Somerset KY $4,850500
14 David Lang Highlands Ranch CO $4,850500
15 Terry Harper Evergreen CO $4,850500
16 Ben Keeline Longmont CO $3,638400
17 Chris Maxwell Westminster CO $3,638400
18 Brad Lien Cortez CO $3,638400
19 Zack Whitney Cannon City CO $2,668300
20 Jerome Ausec Colorado Springs CO $2,668300
21 Robert Brubaker Denver CO $2,668300
22 Chad Young Nunn CO $2,668300
23 Darren Hicks Arvada CO $2,668300
24 Jason Su Houston TX $2,668300
25 Phillip Luong Denver CO $2,668300
26 Aaron Frei Longmont CO $2,668300
27 Michael Ross Chicago IL $2,668300
28 Ian Beall Denver CO $2,425200
29 Sardor Gaziev North Brunswick NJ $2,425200
30 Steve Anderson (MI) Clarklake MI $2,425200
31 Steve Abramowitz Boulder CO $2,425200
32 Todd Eubanks Denver CO $2,425200
33 Blake Bohn Eden Prairie MN $2,425200
34 Jerry DeNicholas Longmont CO $2,425200
35 JR Richards Denver CO $2,425200
36 Corey Zedo Denver CO $2,425200
37 Chad Lousberg Denver CO $2,183100
38 Steen Ronlov Denver CO $2,183100
39 Svetlana Martie Lakewood CO $2,183100
40 Suzy Thompson Lakewood CO $2,183100
41 Bobby Garcia Denver CO $2,183100
42 Phil Mader Grand Island NE $2,183100
43 Nick Petitto Delaware OH $2,183100
44 Eric Maier Littleton CO $2,183100
45 James Thompson Lakewood CO $2,183100
46 Matt Kirby Bemidji MN $1,94050
47 Scott Carver House Springs MO $1,94050
48 Adam Friedman Gahanna OH $1,94050
49 Kou Vang Maplewood MN $1,94050
50 Jon Wurden Fisher MN $1,94050
51 Michael Zajic McClelland IA $1,94050
52 Igor Balaban Denver CO $1,94050
53 Mark Hodge Fernandina Beach FL $1,94050
54 Brandon Fletcher Fayetteville AR $1,94050

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