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Meskwaki Casino

March 22 - 24, 2019

 
  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Congratulations To Steve Federspiel, Winner Of MSPT Meskwaki!
Created (3/24/2019 11:00:38 PM by Brandon Temple)

Meskwaki Casino and Bingo Hall - Tama, Iowa

Main Event - 409 Entrants

Steve Federspiel Breaks Out And Takes Down MSPT Meskwaki, $86,949

The first of three MSPT Main Events at Meskwaki Casino and Bingo Hall in Season 10 saw 409 players hit the felt in search of an MSPT Main Event title, and after two days of play, Tiffin, Iowa’s Steve Federspiel, a forty-seven year old lender at a credit union, made his second MSPT Meskwaki final table count, as he took down this weekend’s Main Event after a grueling final table.

“I feel really good, I’m excited! I’ve wanted this for a long time. I love the MSPT, and I’m really excited to win this because there’s so many good players at this event.” Federspiel said while reflecting on his victory. “I sucked out a few times, but overall I played pretty decent. I was trying to mix it up, I thought I had a few good reads on some of the players, and I did a few unorthodox plays.”

One of the unorthodox plays he talked about was when he tried to bluff Joe Walters in a hand with six remaining. “I couldn’t pull off the three-barrel bluff, I was almost positive he had a flush draw there, I just thought really, at that time, I could probably get the chips back. I’m sure everybody watching thought I was insane, I’m bluffing with nothing.” During Level 28 (40,000/80,000/10,000), Walters raised to 175,000 UTG and Federspiel called in the big blind. On the flop, Federspiel check-raised a 150,000 bet from Walters to 375,000, and Walters called. ”Then I fire again on the turn, at that point I really thought he had the diamond flush draw.” Federspiel bet 400,000 when the fell, and Walters called again. After the river, ”I just couldn’t fire it.” The hand was checked down, and Federspiel’s jack-high was bested by the of Walters. ”I’m going to have to think about that one for a while.”

Federspiel’s aggression paid off in the end, however, as he ground his opponents down and ultimately prevailed. He had modest plans for the windfall. “I work at the Credit Union, so it’s going in there tomorrow. Nothing really exciting, might buy my niece and nephews something.” Federspiel, a self-appointed “unfortunate” Raiders fan, was complimentary of the staff at Meskwaki: “Tama’s dealers are so awesome.”

Federspiel’s bread and butter actually turns out to be cash; “I play mostly cash actually, I just travel around to some of the bigger tournaments. I love playing here.” Federspiel, who now boasts $118,312 in career MSPT earnings, closed his remarks on his win with this; “Hopefully I can do it again sometime!”

Day 2 saw 59 players return to the felt, but with only 45 spots paid, a few players had to head home without a cash, including reigning MSPT Player of the Year Aaron Johnson, former MSPT champs Ahmed Taleb and Rob Wazwaz, and bubble boy Chad Willett, when his couldn't overcome the of Steve Anderson.

Players fell at a steady pace once the bubble burst, and some notables that took home a chunk of the prize pool include final table bubble boy Joe Barnard (11th - $6,324), Season 10 MSPT Majestic Star champ Mike Shin (12th - $6,324), Alex "F'n" Winter (14th - $5,138), two-time MSPT Meskwaki Final Tablist Kevin Berthelsen (15th - $5,138), start of the day chip leader Jason Bender (18th - $4,348), Season 7 MSPT Meskwaki champ Ken Komberec (21st - $3,715), three-time MSPT champ Blake Bohn (23rd - $3,201), Season 7 Iowa State Poker champ Hao "John" Sun (24th - $3,201), Season 9 Iowa State Poker champ Brian Soja (28th - $2,371), Season 10 MSPT Grand Falls Regional champ Eric Atchison (29th - $2,371), Nick Pupillo (30th - $2,371), Season 7 MSPT Meskwaki Keith Heine (35th - $2,371), DJ Buckley (41st - $2,174), and Tim Garles (43rd - $2,174).

Final Table Action

The first player to fall was Stephen Lewis, the result of his queens getting cracked by the ace-queen of Jordan Miller. An ace on the flop spelled doom for Lewis, who notched his first MSPT cash with his tenth place finish for $6,324.

Shortly after, Day 1B chip leader Shane Battani three-bet jammed with ace-nine after Joe Walters raised on the button, but Walters woke up with ace-queen and sent Battani out the door in ninth, good for $7,509 and his first career MSPT cash.

Miller fell in two hands, after being crippled by Tom Stambaugh in a flip with ace-king against queens, then losing his last few antes in the very next hand. Miller took home $10,276 for his eighth place finish, and Miller, who was appearing in his second MSPT Final Table, is still looking to improve on his career-best MSPT cash from MSPT Evansville in Season 7 for $11,213.

Nghia "3-Putts" Le was the next to hit the rail, when his king-queen was crushed by the sevens of Walters when Walters flopped a full house. 3-Putts found his second cash of Season 10 with his seventh place finish, and the $13,043 prize money was the largest cash of his career.

Mike Rieck ran into a similar situation when his king-queen ran into the pocket eights of Stambaugh, and Stambaugh flopped a set to send the affable Rieck to the rail in sixth. Rieck, who took down $16,600 for his finish, earned his third career MSPT cash and first career MSPT Final Table with the result.

Brad Sailor ripped his last ten bigs in with king-six, and Steve Federspiel made the call with ace-three. Neither player improved, and Sailor had to settle for fifth place and $21,738 in prize money. Sailor's second career MSPT final table earned him a career-best cash and brought him above $50,000 in career earnings.

Stambaugh, a former MSPT Main Event champ, was the next to go, after committing his stack on a king-jack-eight flop with queen-jack, and Walters looked him up with king-six. Stambaugh couldn't improve, and he had to settle for $28,852 and fourth place. Stambaugh broke the $100k career earnings marker with his finish.

Three handed play turned when Federspiel took a big pot off of Walters with just a flopped pair of nines for almost half the remaining chips in play. This left both Walters and Scott Vetter short, and Vetter blinked first, jamming seven-six into Federspiel's ace-deuce, and Federspiel flopped aces-up to best Vetter's pair of sixes and bust Vetter in third for $39,128. Vetter's second MSPT final table was a career-best cash, and he now boasts a cash in four consecutive MSPT Seasons.

Heads-up play didn't last long, as Walters got his last 2.2 million in at Level 30 (60,000/120,000/20,000) and Federspiel made the call.

Walters:
Federspiel:

A board left Walters in second place, good for $53,751, and his first career MSPT cash.

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Joe Walters Eliminated In 2nd Place ($53,751)
Created (3/24/2019 10:49:42 PM by Brandon Temple)
Joe Walters

Joe Walters jammed for 2.2 million on the button, and Steve Federspiel called in the big blind.

Walters:
Federspiel:

Federspiel jumped up out of his chair upon seeing he was dominating Walters, and the flop kept him in command. The turn added some chop outs for Walters, but took one of his fours away as an out, as Federspiel turned a flush draw. The river was the final card of the tournament as Federspiel’s ace-jack was good enough to take down MSPT Meskwaki!

Joe Walters - Eliminated in 2nd place for $53,751

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Scott Vetter Eliminated In 3rd Place ($39,128)
Created (3/24/2019 10:31:23 PM by Brandon Temple)
Scott Vetter

Scott Vetter jammed for 1 million on the button, and Steve Federspiel called in the small blind.

Vetter:
Federspiel:

Federspiel flopped two pair on the flop, but Vetter still had hope, needing a six for the double. He bricked off on the turn and river, however, and Federspiel enters heads-up play with Joe Walters with a sizable chip lead.

Steve Federspiel - 6.7 million (56 bb)
Joe Walters - 1.68 million (14 bb)
Scott Vetter - Eliminated in 3rd place for $39,128

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Steve Federspiel Wins A Monster From Joe Walters
Created (3/24/2019 10:05:06 PM by Brandon Temple)

Steve Federspiel raised to 250,000 from the button, and Joe Walters three-bet to 575,000 from the small blind. Federspiel called.

On the flop, Walters bet 500,000 and Federspiel called.

The fell on the turn, and Walters checked. Federspiel bet 500,000 and Walters called.

Both players checked the river. “I just have a nine,” Federspiel said, tabling .

“It’s good,” Walters said, then mucked.

Steve Federspiel - 5 million (50 bb)
Joe Walters - 1.2 million (12 bb)

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Tom Stambaugh Eliminated In 4th Place ($28,852)
Created (3/24/2019 9:57:01 PM by Brandon Temple)
Tom Stambaugh

Joe Walters raised to 210,000 from the small blind, and Tom Stambaugh called in the big blind.

Walters bet 250,000 on a flop, and Stambaugh jammed for 1.065 million. Walters confirmed the amount, then tanked for a bit before making the call.

Walters:
Stambaugh:

Stambaugh picked up a few additional outs with the on the turn, but the former MSPT champ couldn’t improve any further on the river.

Joe Walters - 3 million (30 bb)
Tom Stambaugh - Eliminated in 4th place for $28,852

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Steve Federspiel Extends His Lead
Created (3/24/2019 9:53:03 PM by Brandon Temple)

Steve Federspiel limped in from the small blind, and Joe Walters raised to 275,000 in the big blind. Federspiel thought for a moment, then called.

Federspiel checked the flop to Walters, who bet 250,000. Federspiel quickly check-raised to 750,000, and Walters folded.

Steve Federspiel - 3.6 million (36 bb)
Joe Walters - 1.8 million (18 bb)

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Everyone Loves A Chopped Pot
Created (3/24/2019 9:48:28 PM by Brandon Temple)

Tom Stambaugh jammed for 965,000 from UTG, and Steve Federspiel tanked for a bit before making the call in the small blind.

Stambaugh -
Federspiel -

A chop pot was likely after the flop, and sure enough, the turn and river chopped the pot for the duo.

Steve Federspiel - 3.1 million (31 bb)
Tom Stambaugh - 1.05 million (10.5 bb)

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Tom Stambaugh Squeezes 'Em Out
Created (3/24/2019 9:20:34 PM by Brandon Temple)

Steve Federspiel raised to 180,000 from UTG, and Joe Walters called on the button. Tom Stambaugh jammed for 690,000 in the small blind, Federspiel folded and Walters tanked for a bit before flashing a pair of fives and mucking.

Steve Federspiel - 2.4 million (30 bb)
Joe Walters - 2.4 million (30 bb)
Tom Stambaugh - 1.05 million (13 bb)

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Four-Bet Success For Steve Fiederspiel
Created (3/24/2019 9:12:17 PM by Brandon Temple)

Steve Federspiel raised to 200,000 from the button, and Joe Walters three-bet to 425,000 in the small blind. Federspiel four-bet to 800,000, and Walters thought for a moment, then folded.

Steve Fiederspiel - 2.5 million (31 bb)
Joe Walters - 2 million (25 bb)

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Big Pot Goes To Joe Walters
Created (3/24/2019 9:08:40 PM by Brandon Temple)

Joe Walters raised to 175,000 from UTG, and Steve Federspiel called in the big blind.

Federspiel checked the flop to Walters, who fired 150,000. Federspiel check-raised to 375,000, and Walters called.

The fell on the turn, and Federspiel bet 400,000. Walters tanked for a minute, then called.

On the river, Federspiel checked and Walters checked behind.

“You got it, jack-high.” Federspiel said, and Walters turned over for a missed straight and flush draw, but the winner with ace-high.

Joe Walters - 2.6 million (32.5 bb)
Steve Federspiel - 2 million (25 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Steve Federspiel  1x Champ  
Tiffin 
IA 
8,180,000
8,180,000 
Tom Stambaugh  1x Champ  
Nevis 
MN 
0
Busted 
Huxley 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Mike Shin  1x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
Keota 
IA 
0
Busted 
Ken Komberec  1x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
Blake Bohn  3x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
John Sun  2x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
Brian Soja  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Keith Heine  1x Champ  
MO 
0
Busted 
Savage 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Chad Willett  1x Champ  
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Nevada 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Austin 
MN 
0
Busted 
Newton 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Rob WazWaz  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Ahmed Taleb  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Moline 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Marion 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Newton 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Aaron Johnson  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
Tiffin 
IA 
$86,949 
1,500 
2
MO 
$53,751 
1,300 
3
IL 
$39,128 
1,200 
4
Nevis 
MN 
$28,852 
1,100 
5
IL 
$21,738 
1,000 
6
MO 
$16,600 
900 
7
MN 
$13,043 
800 
8
KY 
$10,276 
700 
9
Huxley 
IA 
$7,509 
600 
10
IA 
$6,324 
500 
11
MN 
$6,324 
500 
12
WI 
$6,324 
500 
13
IA 
$5,138 
400 
14
MN 
$5,138 
400 
15
Omaha 
NE 
$5,138 
400 
16
MN 
$4,348 
300 
17
MN 
$4,348 
300 
18
Keota 
IA 
$4,348 
300 
19
IA 
$3,715 
200 
20
MI 
$3,715 
200 
21
WI 
$3,715 
200 
22
IA 
$3,201 
150 
23
MN 
$3,201 
150 
24
WI 
$3,201 
150 
25
MI 
$2,767 
100 
26
IA 
$2,767 
100 
27
IL 
$2,767 
100 
28
MN 
$2,371 
75 
29
SD 
$2,371 
75 
30
IL 
$2,371 
75 
31
WI 
$2,371 
75 
32
IA 
$2,371 
75 
33
IA 
$2,371 
75 
34
IL 
$2,371 
75 
35
MO 
$2,371 
75 
36
WI 
$2,371 
75 
37
IA 
$2,174 
50 
38
MN 
$2,174 
50 
39
Savage 
MN 
$2,174 
50 
40
WI 
$2,174 
50 
41
MN 
$2,174 
50 
42
IA 
$2,174 
50 
43
IA 
$2,174 
50 
44
IA 
$2,174 
50 
45
IA 
$2,174 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
30
Blinds
60000 / 120000
Ante
20000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
409
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
8,180,000
Total Chips
8,180,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
8,180,000
0
0
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
2,200
1,600
1,550
1,500
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
10 
1,400