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Golden Gates Casino

April 4 - 8, 2018
Regional Event: Entrants
Winner: Barry Faecher
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EVENT RECAP

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).

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
CO 
$31,381
600
2
Aurora 
CO 
$29,150
533
3
CO 
$28,324
500
4
Denver 
CO 
$26,285
467
5
Arvada 
CO 
$17,511
433
6
Denver 
CO 
$14,163
400
7
Denver 
CO 
$7,639
367
8
CO 
$6,058
333
9
Parker 
CO 
$4,741
300
10
Denver 
CO 
$3,688
267
11
CO 
$3,688
267
12
Denver 
CO 
$3,688
267
13
CO 
$3,161
233
14
CO 
$3,161
233
15
Denver 
CO 
$3,161
233
16
CO 
$2,634
200
18
Denver 
CO 
$2,634
200
19
CO 
$2,213
167
20
CO 
$2,213
167
21
Denver 
CO 
$2,213
167
22
CO 
$1,870
133
23
CO 
$1,870
133
24
CO 
$1,870
133
25
Parker 
CO 
$1,528
117
26
FL 
$1,528
117
27
Denver 
CO 
$1,528
117
28
Hudson 
CO 
$1,159
100
29
CO 
$1,159
100
30
Arvada 
CO 
$1,159
100
31
MN 
$1,159
100
32
Denver 
CO 
$1,159
100
33
Arvada 
CO 
$1,159
100
34
Erie 
CO 
$1,159
100
35
Denver 
CO 
$1,159
100
36
CO 
$1,159
100
37
CO 
$948
83
38
NY 
$948
83
39
OH 
$948
83
40
Arvada 
CO 
$948
83
41
Denver 
CO 
$948
83
42
CO 
$948
83
43
CO 
$948
83
44
CO 
$948
83
45
Denver 
CO 
$948
83
46
IL 
$843
67
47
Denver 
CO 
$843
67
48
Aurora 
CO 
$843
67
49
CO 
$843
67
50
CO 
$843
67
52
Golden 
CO 
$843
67
53
CO 
$843
67
54
Aurora 
CO 
$843
67
55
Aurora 
CO 
$790
50
56
Denver 
CO 
$790
50
57
CO 
$790
50
58
CO 
$790
50
60
Golden 
CO 
$790
50
61
CO 
$790
50
63
CO 
$790
50
64
Denver 
CO 
$738
33
65
Denver 
CO 
$738
33
66
Fargo 
ND 
$738
33
67
Eagle 
CO 
$738
33
68
CO 
$738
33
69
CO 
$738
33
70
CO 
$738
33
71
Eaton 
CO 
$738
33
72
CO 
$738
33
73
CO 
$711
25
74
Granby 
CO 
$711
25
75
GA 
$711
25
76
Aurora 
CO 
$711
25
77
CO 
$711
25
78
Arvada 
CO 
$711
25
79
CO 
$711
25
80
Denver 
CO 
$711
25
81
Denver 
CO 
$711
25
82
CO 
$685
17
83
CO 
$685
17
84
CO 
$685
17
85
CO 
$685
17
86
CO 
$685
17
87
CO 
$685
17
88
Aurora 
CO 
$685
17
89
Denver 
CO 
$685
17
90
Dillon 
CO 
$685
17