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Golden Gates Casino

November 9 - 12, 2017
Main Event: 413 Entrants
Winner: Jason Beasley
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EVENT RECAP

Golden Gates Casino - Black Hawk, CO

November 9-12, 2017

Main Event: 413 Entries

Jason Beasley Wins 2017 MSPT Denver Poker Open at Golden Gates Casino, $88,134

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The 2017 MSPT Denver Poker Open at Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado saw 413 entrants (88 on 1A, 147 1B, and 178 1C) pony up the $1,100 buy-in to compete in the tour’s third-to-last event of the season.

On late Sunday night, 38-year-old roofing salesman and part-time poker player Jason Beasley, originally from Oregon but now residing in Denver, came out on top to win an $88,134 first-place prize.

“I feel good,” said Beasley, who has 19-year-old daughter and helps raise his two-year-old granddaughter. “It’s a little bit different rush from cash games. This is my biggest win. My dad has been a leather-ass grinder for over 40 years. He was watching the live stream back in Oregon.”

The win marked Beasley’s first MSPT cash, though he had $159,358 in tournament winnings before the win. That included a previous best of $66,820 for winning the 2005 Fall Poker Round Up in Pendleton, Oregon.

Day 2 saw 78 players return to action, but only 45 of them would get paid. Among those to leave empty handed were Las Vegas poker pro Tim West, MSPT Season 3 Running Aces champ Rodger Johnson, and MSPT Season 7 Golden Gates Regional winner “Money” Mike Maruna, just to name a few.

After Eric Maier exited as the bubble boy in 46th place, the result of his Big Slick failing to hold against Nils Bardsley’s queen-seven, the in-the-money finishes came quick. They included recent World Series of Poker Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event winner Max Young (45th - $2,303), MSPT Golden Gates Regional Champ Gerald Morrell (36th - $2,404), start-of-the-day chip leader Jay Daignault (26th - $2,804), MSPT Season 6 Golden Gates Regional champ Bobby Sanoubane (18th - $4,407), and 2016 MSPT Michigan State Poker Champ Brett Blackwood (11th - $6,410).

At the final table, Andrew Geffen was the first to fall after jamming queen-ten suited smack dab into Cooper Wanty’s aces. Not long after, Nils Bardsley first lost sixes into nines, and then busted in ninth places after running fours into fives.

Bruce Russell followed them out the door in eighth place after flopping trip jacks only to discover he had an inferior kicker to Mike Monetti, and Will Mietz was hot on his heels after getting it in with queens against Monetti’s kings.

From there, Mike Wheeler fell in sixth place when his pocket eights failed to hold against Beasley’s Big Slick, and then Wanty bowed out in fifth after he got his short stack in with six-three suited and failing to get there against Monetti’s queen-deuce.

The elimination of Gerald Cunniff in fourth place, the result of his king-two of spades not improving against Monetti’s ace-seven of spades, and Jon Wurden in third, he missed an open-ended straight draw, set up a heads-up match between Monetti and Beasley.

Monetti started with more chips, but the lead would change hands several times before things came to a head in Level 31 (60,000/120,000/20,000). Long story short, it happened when Monetti flopped an open-ended straight draw and Beasley got sticky with ace-king suited. Monetti bluffed the river, which was an ace, and Beasley picked him off.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
Denver 
CO 
$88,134
1,500
2
CO 
$54,483
1,300
3
Fisher 
MN 
$39,660
1,200
4
MN 
$29,245
1,100
5
MI 
$22,034
1,000
6
Denver 
CO 
$16,823
900
7
CO 
$13,220
800
8
CO 
$10,416
700
9
Denver 
CO 
$7,612
600
10
CO 
$6,410
500
11
MI 
$6,410
500
12
Denver 
CO 
$6,410
500
13
Golden 
CO 
$5,208
400
14
CO 
$5,208
400
15
MT 
$5,208
400
16
CO 
$4,407
300
17
CO 
$4,407
300
18
Aurora 
CO 
$4,407
300
19
OR 
$3,766
200
20
NY 
$3,766
200
21
CO 
$3,766
200
22
Denver 
CO 
$3,245
200
23
CO 
$3,245
200
24
WY 
$3,245
200
25
CO 
$2,804
200
26
Denver 
CO 
$2,804
200
27
WI 
$2,804
200
28
CO 
$2,404
100
29
Eaton 
CO 
$2,404
100
30
Denver 
CO 
$2,404
100
31
CO 
$2,404
100
32
CO 
$2,404
100
33
CO 
$2,404
100
34
CO 
$2,404
100
35
CO 
$2,404
100
36
Reno 
NV 
$2,404
100
37
TX 
$2,203
50
38
CO 
$2,203
50
39
CO 
$2,203
50
40
CO 
$2,203
50
41
Parker 
CO 
$2,203
50
42
Denver 
CO 
$2,203
50
43
Frisco 
CO 
$2,203
50
44
Denver 
CO 
$2,203
50
45
OR 
$2,203
50