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Canterbury Park

April 18 - 27, 2014
Main Event: Entrants
Winner: Michael Wilmes
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EVENT RECAP

Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN

April 18-27, 2014

Main Event: 447 Entrants

Mike Wilmes Wins PokerNews MSPT at Canterbury Park, $108,984

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Mike Wilmes topped a Minnesota-record field of 447 runners to take down the 2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Canterbury Park Main Eventfor $108,984. The score is more than four times Wilmes' total recorded live tournament winnings. The Roseville native triumphed after roughly 13 hours of play on Day 2.

The key pot that vaulted Wilmes into prime chip position came in Level 22 (8,000/16,000/2,000). Three players saw a 7♦Q♥5♥ flop for what appeared to be 100,000 each. Ken Pates checked, Todd Lyfoung bet 80,000, and Wilmes made it 250,000 on the button. Pates announced a reraise and he pushed 500,000 into the middle. Lyfoung got out of the way, and Wilmes moved all in for 621,000. Pates called.

Wilmes: 8♥6♥ 
Pates: 7♥7♣

Wilmes had a massive combo draw, while Pates had flopped middle set. The 2♠ was a brick on the turn, but the dealer placed down the 9♣on the river, giving Wilmes the stone nuts and the win. The high school math teacher grabbed the chip lead with that massive pot, and he stayed on cruise control to the final table, which he entered as the man to catch.

Brian Soja, who claimed second place at this very tournament last year for about $50,000, was the first to fall when he ran the Q♣Q♠ into the K♥K♣ of eventual runner-up Mike Lang.

Wilmes then busted Dennis Stevermer in ninth when his live cards out ran Stevermer all in preflop. Wilmes then stayed out of all-in confrontations, protecting his stack as Tony Lazar and Jason Smith fell by the wayside in eighth and seventh, respectively. Then, Jerome Getzbowed out in sixth when he ran the 10♦9♦ into the 10♣10♠ of Lang.

Lang made the next elimination as well, playing himself into an interesting spot by just calling with a big hand preflop. Pates raised to 170,000 on the button, and Lang defended his big blind with a call. Lang checked to the raiser on the K♣A♠6♠ flop, and Pates fired 225,000. Lang raised it to 500,000, and Pates announced a deep-voiced all-in shove. Lang tanked for a long few minutes before voicing a call.

Lang: A♥Q♥ 
Pates: A♦3♠

Lang was in a great spot, needing to fade only a three, while a pair on the board below kings would chop it for Pates. The 2♦ and 7♥ kept it clean for Lang, and Pates had to settle for fifth place.

Wilmes then dragged another key pot when he four-bet jammed on a Q♠7♦7♥ flop against Jim Lawrence, who found a fold despite putting in about half of his stack. Wilmes finished him off shortly thereafter, and three-handed play took on a distinctly heads-up feel, as Wilmes and Lang battled back and forth while Harry Behling mostly lurked on the sidelines. Finally, Behling picked his spot, and it was a good one. He opened to 180,000 on the button, and Wilmes shipped it in from the big blind. Behling called off his 1.4 million after thinking for a couple of minutes.

Behling: A♠3♠ 
Wilmes: J♦8♣

Wilmes had been caught shipping light, but the Q♥8♦7♠ flop bailed him out with a pair. Behling slammed a few chips with frustration as the 6♥ turned, leaving him drawing to three outs. The 2♠ didn't help him on the river, and the beat sent him to the payout desk.

Heads-up play lasted just a few hands, and it ended when Lang decided to get tricky with ace high on the button and limp-reraise, only to see Wilmes four-bet. Lang elected to jam it in, but Wilmes snapped it off with pocket jacks and held for the win.

 

Thanks for tuning in to PokerNews' coverage of another great MSPT event. We'll be back in a few weeks with the MSPT FireKeepers Main Event, so we'll see you then. Until then, check out MSPTPoker.com for more tour information.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$108,984
1,500
2
Waukee 
IA 
$60,547
1,300
3
MN 
$41,085
1,200
4
MN 
$28,111
1,100
5
MN 
$21,624
1,000
6
MN 
$15,137
900
7
MI 
$12,974
800
8
MN 
$10,812
700
9
MN 
$9,298
600
10
MN 
$7,352
500
11
NY 
$7,352
500
12
MN 
$7,352
500
13
MN 
$5,622
400
14
MN 
$5,622
400
15
MN 
$5,622
400
16
MN 
$4,325
300
17
MN 
$4,325
300
18
MN 
$4,325
300
19
MN 
$3,244
200
20
Irvine 
CA 
$3,244
200
21
MN 
$3,244
200
22
ND 
$3,244
200
23
ND 
$3,244
200
24
MN 
$3,244
200
25
MN 
$3,244
200
26
MN 
$3,244
200
27
MN 
$3,244
200
28
Omaha 
NE 
$2,595
100
29
MN 
$2,595
100
30
MN 
$2,595
100
31
MN 
$2,595
100
32
MN 
$2,595
100
33
MN 
$2,595
100
34
Blaine 
MN 
$2,595
100
35
MN 
$2,595
100
36
Mound 
MN 
$2,595
100
37
MN 
$2,162
50
38
CT 
$2,162
50
39
ND 
$2,162
50
40
Hudson 
WI 
$2,162
50
41
MN 
$2,162
50
42
Pearl 
MS 
$2,162
50
43
MN 
$2,162
50
44
MN 
$2,162
50
45
 
 
$2,162
50