Golden Gates Casino: April 4 - 8, 2018

 

Golden Gates Casino - Black Hawk, CO

April 4-8, 2017

Main Event: 878 Entrants

Barry Faecher Named MSPT Golden Gates Regional Event Champion and Wins $31,381

The MSPT visited Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado for the first time in Season 9 in early April. Things kicked off with a $360 Regional Event – the seventh ever held at the venue – and saw 878 players take to the felt over four starting flights.

The tournament ended when the final six players agreed to an Independent Chip Model (ICM) deal. At the time, 71-year-old Barry Faecher of Lakewood, Colorado was the chip leader, so not only did he lock up $31,381 in prize money, but he earned the title of champion.

“I’m a bum. No children at this time, probably forever,” joked Faecher, who only fired one bullet. “I’ve been playing poker since I was eight years old, but I didn’t pick up Texas hold’em until 2003.”

Faecher’s road to victory was a rocky one. On Day 1, he played a big hand with pocket sevens. He flopped a set on an all-club flop and managed to turn quad sevens. He slow played it by checking behind and the river was a non-club nine. Long story short, his opponent held pocket nines and the two got it in.

“I didn’t want to scare him away so did a raise and he snap-moved all in,” Faecher said. “He bloated his nines to get felted. It worked out perfectly for me. Because I raised him on the flop, he clearly put me on a flush.”

Faecher bagged 103,500 and on Day 2 had an up-and-down ride. He won a big pot with kings against ace-queen, and in another late in the day he flopped a Broadway straight with a Royal Flush redraw and busted two players, who held top pair and flush draws respectively.

“I try to play every tournament as if it’s the Main Event of the World Series of Poker, so I play as if you can’t rebuy,” said Faecher. “I know people who fire multiple bullets, go after draws to try and double up. I don’t criticize it, but it’s not my mentality.”

Faecher, who has lived in Colorado since 1970, plays in Black Hawk several times a week and plans to try and parlay his win in this weekend’s MSPT Main Event. Prior to his win, his largest score was $8,375 for finishing 21st in a 2012 HPT Black Hawk event. He also earned $8,329 for finishing 61st in a 2010 WSOP $1,000 NLH tournament.

The first flight attracted 146 runners, but only 23 of them bagged with Griffin Malatino of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and his stack of 254,500 leading the way. On Day 1B, 188 entrants took to the felt, and it was Corey Zedo, who had won the same event one year prior, who bagged the big stack among the surviving 29 players with 429,500.

On Day 1C, just 38 of 219 runners survived the flight with Golden, Colorado’s Anisa Moore and her stack of 299,000 out in front. On 1D, 325 entrants competed in the final flight, but only 45 made it through with Joseph Carrol and his monster stack of 708,000 leading the field.

Day 2 saw 135 players return to action but only 90 of them would get paid including Zedo (21st - $2,213), Carroll (24th - $1,870), Malatino (26th - $1,528), Greg Geller (32nd - $1,159), Gene Gioia (49th - $843), Moore (60th - $790), Svetlana Martie (72nd - $738), Jamal Sawaqdeh (76th - $711), Drew Schulz (84th - $685), and Benjamin Berman (90th - $685).

Results

Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Barry Faecher Lakewood CO $31,381600
2 Chad Copsey Aurora CO $29,150533
3 Kent Biel Fort Lupton CO $28,324500
4 Zach Gutierrez Denver CO $26,285467
5 Steve Wilkie Arvada CO $17,511433
6 Evan Shaughnessy Denver CO $14,163400
7 Rob Hemschick Denver CO $7,639367
8 Dapo Ajayi Littleton CO $6,058333
9 James Shinaut Parker CO $4,741300
10 Stuart Brown Denver CO $3,688267
11 Sam Schneider Lakewood CO $3,688267
12 Milton Mira Amaya Denver CO $3,688267
13 Bryan Wienhoff Evergreen CO $3,161233
14 Lawrence Brink Brighton CO $3,161233
15 Brian Gaddy Denver CO $3,161233
16 Brooks Cochran Minturn CO $2,634200
17 Chris Durant (CO) Highlands Ranch CO $2,634200
18 Otto Portuondo Denver CO $2,634200
19 Kyle Chapin Brighton CO $2,213167
20 Dammon Spencer Littleton CO $2,213167
21 Corey Zedo Denver CO $2,213167
22 Daniel Nelson Longmont CO $1,870133
23 Kris Lawrence Loveland CO $1,870133
24 Joseph Carroll Colorado Springs CO $1,870133
25 Adam Shenkin Parker CO $1,528117
26 Griffin Malatino Fort Lauderdale FL $1,528117
27 Karim Abuzar Denver CO $1,528117
28 Josh Beechum Hudson CO $1,159100
29 Ed Stiltner Edgewater CO $1,159100
30 Mike Hedges Arvada CO $1,159100
31 Travis Kane Deer River MN $1,159100
32 Greg Geller Denver CO $1,159100
33 Elliott Lefly Arvada CO $1,159100
34 Daniel Lim Erie CO $1,159100
35 Dustin Crittenden Denver CO $1,159100
36 Thanh Nguyen Colorado Springs CO $1,159100
37 Evan Johnson Centennial CO $94883
38 Derrick Knudson Sound Beach NY $94883
39 Mike Morgan Columbus OH $94883
40 Rob Cummings Arvada CO $94883
41 Jim Hansen (Colorado) Denver CO $94883
42 James Bott Lakewood CO $94883
43 Robert Wood (CO) Lakewood CO $94883
44 Jordan Turoff Lafayette CO $94883
45 Jay Daignault Denver CO $94883
46 Colin McGuire Crystal Lake IL $84367
47 Travis Maly Denver CO $84367
48 Thomas Moore Aurora CO $84367
49 Gene Gioia Wheat Ridge CO $84367
50 Bronson Bova Littleton CO $84367
51 Stephen Patch Colorado Springs CO $84367
52 Jason Blount Golden CO $84367
53 Dan Burke Engelwood CO $84367
54 Ashley Green Aurora CO $84367
55 Vincent Griboski Aurora CO $79050
56 Isaiah Easter Denver CO $79050
57 Ross Lantzy Boulder CO $79050
58 Ron Aukamp Highlands Ranch CO $79050
59 Noel Sierra-Zubia Alburquerque NM $79050
60 Anisa Moore Golden CO $79050
61 Charles Schneider Sterling CO $79050
62 Jonathan Mundy Colorado Springs CO $79050
63 Brian Leitch Evergreen CO $79050
64 Ben Carrick Denver CO $73833
65 Illya Liberman Denver CO $73833
66 Cody Billadeau Fargo ND $73833
67 James Lee (CO) Eagle CO $73833
68 Steve Cahill Centennial CO $73833
69 Tony Piazza Lakewood CO $73833
70 Gary Fjeldsted Littleton CO $73833
71 Randy Needens Eaton CO $73833
72 Svetlana Martie Lakewood CO $73833
73 Dennis Abbey Longmont CO $71125
74 Ken OCallaghan Granby CO $71125
75 Bryan Robinson Savannah GA $71125
76 Jamal Sawaqdeh Aurora CO $71125
77 Chong Donaldson Lakewood CO $71125
78 Richard Baker Arvada CO $71125
79 Ted Shenefelt Littleton CO $71125
80 Dan Carraher Denver CO $71125
81 Patrick Rice Denver CO $71125
82 Scott Norman Westminster CO $68517
83 Daniel Park (CO) Boulder CO $68517
84 Drew Schulz Littleton CO $68517
85 Tom Starkey Lakewood CO $68517
86 Kory Hungerford Larkspur CO $68517
87 Timothy Vu Lakewood CO $68517
88 Yohannes Ambaye Aurora CO $68517
89 Ryan Hyde Denver CO $68517
90 Benjamin Berman Dillon CO $68517

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