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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

April 4 - 7, 2019

 
  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Twice Is Nice: Congratulations To Dan Bekavac, MSPT Milwaukee Poker Open Champ! ($126,998)
Created (4/7/2019 11:26:47 PM by Brandon Temple)

The Season 10 Milwaukee Poker Open at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino saw 625 players take to the felt in search of an MSPT Main Event victory. Dan Bekavac, a Wholesale Distributor for Amazon from Chicago, Illinois, who in Season 4 shipped MSPT Ho-Chunk Wisconsin Dells, bested the field and shipped the $126,998 top prize for his second MSPT Main Event title.

"I feel good, finally got it off my back. It's been six years, finally got another title!" Bekavac said after the victory, flanked by the boisterous rail that rallied him through the final table. Bekavac notched six of the nine knockouts at the final table, and when asked how he approached the final table, he said he wanted to "...play aggressive, put the pressure on, and just make 'em fold."

One member of the epic rail was his wife, Bridget, and they have a huge family; "We got eleven kids, all under the age of thirteen, all living in one house, a big house." Bekavac has some pretty exciting plans for his rail concerning his winnings; "I told them if we win we're goin' to Fiji, so I gotta pay for a round trip for four to Fiji!"

Fans in the Twitch chat noted that Bekavac was wearing a Milwaukee Brewers sweater along with a Chicago Cubs t-shirt that he switched between on breaks. He explained that the sweater was a good luck charm; "So I went to the Brewers game on Monday, and any time we go to a new park I bet on the home team and I buy a sweater, and I had the rungood juice, the Brewers won on Friday. So I figured I'd just carry it through, and it worked. A little too hot, so I had to keep switching it up, that's why I had the Cubbies underneath, representing. Cubbie blue, true and true!"

Day 2 saw 78 players return to the Woodland Dreams ballroom at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in search of a cash, but fifteen players would go home empty-handed, including Matt Sundburg, David "The Maven" Gutfreund, Season 10 MSPT Meskwaki champ Steve Federspiel, three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby, and two-time MSPT champ Jeremy Dresch. Vlad Tkachuk was the unfortunate bubble boy, getting his queens cracked by the eight-seven of Joe Messineo.

Notables that managed to find a cash include final table bubble boy Paul "Big Daddy" Elfelt (11th - $9,071), former MSPT champ Joe Matheson (16th - $6,048), Bryan Skreens (20th - $5,322), former MSPT champ Ben Wiora (25th - $3,749), WSOPC ring winner Michael Wolff (26th - $3,749), Michael Kamenjarin (29th - $2,903), Alex Winter (31 - $2,903), Season 7 MSPT Meskwaki champ Keith Heine (32nd - $2,903), Jordan Miller (34th - $2,903), Bryan Andrews (39th - $2,600), Season 10 MSPT Majestic Star champ Mike Shin (46th - $2,419), Season 9 MSPT POY Aaron Johnson (57th - $2,298) and Season 8 MSPT Potawatomi Regional champ Craig Trost (63rd - $2,298)

Final Table Action

The final table started with three short stacks; Robert Dunn, Steve Lauson, and Day 1B chip leader Bradley Jansen, and the trio found themselves as the first three out at the final table.

Dunn started the final table as the short stack, and he was the first to fall when his king-queen couldn't overcome the pocket nines of Bryan Wilson. Dunn, a native of Cedar Springs, Michigan, notched his first career MSPT cash with his $9,074 score.

Lauson had made two MSPT Final Tables prior to today's, and finished tenth in both. He improved on that by one position with his ninth place finish when his ace-king was outflopped by Wilson's ace-queen. The $11,490 he took home was a career best result for Lauson on the MSPT.

The last of the short stacks to fall was Jansen, maneuvering his way into eighth-place before succumbing to Dan Bekavac's queen-jack when Bekavac paired his jack and Jansen's ace-three never improved. Jansen, who took home $14,515, now boasts two MSPT Potawatomi Final Tables to his name, the other coming in Season 8 where he finished seventh.

Steve Anderson ran into the Bekavac heater next, and Bekavac notched his second straight bustout. Anderson's fours were outflopped by Bekavac's ace-king, and Anderson fell in seventh for $18,747. Anderson now sports ten MSPT Main Event cashes and half of them have resulted in a final table appearance, and with this cash, he crosses the $100,000 mark in lifetime MSPT Career Tournament earnings.

Bekavac wasn't done busting players yet, as he won another flip when his pocket fives emerged victorious against the suited queen-jack of Jeremy Brown. Brown, who already notched one final table on tour this year when he finished fourth at MSPT Majestic Star, took home $24,190 for his sixth-place finish and leapt to second in the MSPT Hayvin Poker POY race with 2,100 points just a quarter of the way through the year.

Day 1A chip leader Ed Rohloff met his end in two hands against Bekavac. Bekavac got his last seventeen blinds in with ace-deuce of hearts, and Rohloff had him at risk with a pair of nines. An ace on the river crippled Rohloff down to a few big blinds, which Bekavac took a few hands later. Rohloff settled for fifth place and $32,052. Rohloff is no stranger to MSPT Potawatomi final tables, as last November he finished fourth in the Season 9 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship.

Next to go was MSPT Poker Bowl III champ Wilson, who lost a huge pot when his queens ran into the set of Ken Daciolas, then got his last few blinds in with ace-six against the queen-six of Bekavac. Bekavac binked a queen on the flop and never looked back, leaving Wilson with fourth place and $42,333. Wilson's performance in his two MSPT Main Events so far this year has notched him 3,200 points in the MSPT Hayvin Poker POY Race, an 1,100 point lead over Brown. Wilson said he would be at MSPT Firekeepers in May in hopes of adding to his points lead.

Daciolas, the overall Day 2 chip leader, couldn't keep the good times rolling, however, and suffered a bad beat at the hands of Spencer Alexander. Daciolas got his last fifteen big blinds in with kings against the suited nine-eight of Alexander, but Alexander managed to flop nines and eights and Daciolas succumbed in third place, taking home $56,847. Daciolas earned his second MSPT cash, and the largest of his career, besting the $21,750 for finishing 643rd in the 2018 WSOP Main Event.

Alexander started heads-up play with a 2:1 chip lead, but Alexander was caught making a huge bluff by Bekavac, swapping the stacks of the duo. Bekavac ground Alexander down to 2.5 million at Level 30 (60,000/120,000/20,000), and the final hand of the tournament saw Bekavac raise to 400,000 on the button, then call the three-bet shove of Alexander.

Bekavac:
Alexander:

Bekavac flopped trips on the flop, leaving Alexander looking for runner-runner to survive. He leapt up in celebration after the turn left Alexander dead to the river. This was Alexander's first career MSPT cash.

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Spencer Alexander Eliminated In 2nd Place ($78,013)
Created (4/7/2019 11:22:26 PM by Brandon Temple)
Spencer Alexander

Dan Bekavac raised to 400,000 on the button, then snapped off a three-bet shove for 2.5 million from Spencer Alexander in the big blind.

Bekavac:
Alexander:

Bekavac flopped trips on the flop, leaving Alexander looking for runner-runner to survive. He leapt up in celebration after the turn left Alexander dead to the river, and Bekavac was mobbed by his supportive rail as he locked up his second career MSPT title!

Spencer Alexander - Eliminated in 2nd place for $78,013

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Updated Chip Counts
Created (4/7/2019 10:55:15 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Daniel Bekavac9,185,0008,800,000
Spencer Alexander3,400,0004,200,000

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Break Time
Created (4/7/2019 10:46:46 PM by Brandon Temple)

The final two players are on a ten-minute break.

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Dan Bekavac Doubles Through Spencer Alexander
Created (4/7/2019 10:41:22 PM by Brandon Temple)

Dan Bekavac raised to 300,000 from the button, and Spencer Alexander called in the big blind.

Alexander check-called a bet of 500,000 from Bekavac on the flop.

On the turn, Alexander checked and Bekavac bet 1.075 million. Alexander jammed for 3.445 million effective and Bekavac snap-called.

Alexander:
Bekavac:

An ill-timed bluff left Alexander dead to an insignificant river, and Bekavac’s rail exploded once again, with Bekavac trading chip stacks with Alexander.

Dan Bekavac - 8.8 million (88 bb)
Spencer Alexander - 3.6 million (36 bb)

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Ken Daciolas Eliminated In 3rd Place ($56,847)
Created (4/7/2019 10:36:56 PM by Brandon Temple)
Ken Daciolas

Spencer Alexander raised to 300,000 from the button, and Ken Daciolas three-bet shoved for 1.535 million in the small blind. Alexander thought for a bit, then called.

Alexander:
Daciolas:

Alexander cracked kings on the flop, and after the turn, Daciolas needed a king, six or deuce to survive. The river bricked out, and Dan Bekavac’s rail exploded as he now was heads-up for his second MSPT Main Event title.

Ken Daciolas - Eliminated in 3rd place for $56,847

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Brian Wilson Eliminated In 4th Place ($42,333)
Created (4/7/2019 10:25:30 PM by Brandon Temple)
Brian Wilson

Dan Bekavac raised to 500,000 from the small blind, then called 205,000 more when Brian Wilson shoved in the big blind.

Bekavac:
Wilson:

Wilson’s lead was short-lived, as the flop delivered Bekavac top pair and left Wilson looking for an ace to keep his hunt for a second title this year alive. He bricked off on the turn and river, and Wilson will have to settle for taking the lead in the Season 10 MSPT Hayvin Poker POY race.

Dan Bekavac - 5.1 million (51 bb)
Brian Wilson - Eliminated in 4th place for $42,333

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Ed Rohloff Eliminated In 5th Place ($32,052)
Created (4/7/2019 10:14:04 PM by Brandon Temple)
Ed Rohloff

Ed Rohloff raised to 380,000 on the button, and Dan Bekavac three-bet to 1.5 million in the small blind, leaving himself 200,000 behind. Rohloff jammed for the rest and Bekavac called.

Rohloff:
Bekavac:

A flop gave Bekavac a few more outs, but he missed on the turn. The drilled the river, giving Bekavac two pair, and he pounded the table in celebration while leaving Rohloff with less than three big blinds.

Rohloff put those last 255,000 chips in the next hand from the cutoff. Bekavac called on the button, as did Spencer Alexander in the big blind.

Action checked down on a board, and Rohloff tabled for a missed flush draw. Bekavac showed for aces-up and he earned knockout number four.

Dan Bekavac - 4.4 million (44 bb)
Ed Rohloff - Eliminated in 5th place for $32,052

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Updated Chip Counts
Created (4/7/2019 10:07:28 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Spencer Alexander6,240,0005,500,000
Edward Rohloff2,050,0001,800,000
Daniel Bekavac1,755,0001,770,000
Ken Daciolas1,565,0002,000,000
Brian Wilson905,0002,675,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Ken Daciolas Doubles Through Brian Wilson
Created (4/7/2019 10:05:36 PM by Brandon Temple)

Brian Wilson raised to 175,000 from the cutoff, and was called by Spencer Alexander on the button as well as Ken Daciolas in the small blind.

Daciolas checked a flop to Wilson, who bet 225,000. Alexander raised to 450,000, and Daciolas three-bet shoved for 710,000. Wilson four-bet shoved for 1.625 million and Alexander folded.

Wilson:
Daciolas:

Wilson’s queens were cracked by the deuces of Daciolas, and he couldn’t catch a queen or a nine on the turn or river.

Ken Daciolas - 2.525 million (32 bb)
Brian Wilson - 920,000 (11.5 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Daniel Bekavac  2x Champ  
IL 
12,500,000
12,500,000 
Brian Wilson  1x Champ  
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
Joe Matheson  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Benjamin Wiora  1x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
Keith Heine  1x Champ  
MO 
0
Busted 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Mike Shin  1x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Aaron Johnson  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Skokie 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
 
 
0
Busted 
 
Matt Kirby  3x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Jeremy Dresch  2x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Steve Federspiel  1x Champ  
Tiffin 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Beloit 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Aurora 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Eagan 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$126,998 
1,700 
2
IL 
$78,013 
1,500 
3
IL 
$56,847 
1,400 
4
 
Canada 
$42,333 
1,300 
5
WI 
$32,052 
1,200 
6
IN 
$24,190 
1,100 
7
MI 
$18,747 
1,000 
8
WI 
$14,514 
900 
9
WI 
$11,490 
800 
10
MI 
$9,071 
700 
11
WI 
$9,071 
700 
12
WI 
$9,071 
700 
13
IL 
$7,257 
600 
14
IL 
$7,257 
600 
15
IL 
$7,257 
600 
16
MN 
$6,048 
500 
17
IL 
$6,048 
500 
18
IL 
$6,048 
500 
19
IA 
$5,322 
400 
20
IL 
$5,322 
400 
21
IL 
$5,322 
400 
22
IL 
$4,415 
300 
23
Gurnee 
IL 
$4,415 
300 
24
WI 
$4,415 
300 
25
WI 
$3,749 
200 
26
WI 
$3,749 
200 
27
Niles 
IL 
$3,749 
200 
28
MO 
$2,903 
150 
29
IL 
$2,903 
150 
30
WI 
$2,903 
150 
31
MN 
$2,903 
150 
32
MO 
$2,903 
150 
33
WI 
$2,903 
150 
34
KY 
$2,903 
150 
35
WI 
$2,903 
150 
36
WI 
$2,903 
150 
37
FL 
$2,600 
100 
38
MN 
$2,600 
100 
39
WI 
$2,600 
100 
40
IL 
$2,600 
100 
41
WI 
$2,600 
100 
42
MI 
$2,600 
100 
43
MN 
$2,600 
100 
44
IL 
$2,600 
100 
45
IL 
$2,600 
100 
46
WI 
$2,419 
75 
47
MN 
$2,419 
75 
48
WI 
$2,419 
75 
49
IL 
$2,419 
75 
50
IL 
$2,419 
75 
51
IL 
$2,419 
75 
52
WI 
$2,419 
75 
53
IL 
$2,419 
75 
54
TN 
$2,419 
75 
55
WI 
$2,298 
50 
56
WI 
$2,298 
50 
57
MN 
$2,298 
50 
58
IN 
$2,298 
50 
59
IL 
$2,298 
50 
60
Skokie 
IL 
$2,298 
50 
61
WI 
$2,298 
50 
62
IL 
$2,298 
50 
63
WI 
$2,298 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
30
Blinds
60000 / 120000
Ante
20000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
625
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
12,500,000
Total Chips
12,500,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
12,500,000
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
1,700
1,500
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,375
10 
1,375