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Canterbury Park

April 26 - 28, 2019

 
  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 150000 / 250000
  • Ante: 40000
Congratulations To Mark Jaroslawski, Winner Of MSPT Canterbury Park!
Created (4/29/2019 12:32:20 AM by Brandon Temple)

Mark Jaroslawski of Stillwater, Minnesota, navigated a grueling MSPT Canterbury Park this weekend, shipping the title and $95,700 after a five-and-a-half hour battle at the final table. His unorthodox style of making large bet sizes preflop worked to his advantage, and he explained them by saying, "I like to play big pots, I like to mix it up, catch somebody off guard. My motto was 'No free cards anymore,' because Day 1 on Friday, I lost six pots early, all because I got rivered because I let them get there. I decided after that, just hammer down."

Jaroslawski knew that he was in for a challenge when reaching the final table of ten, as he came in eighth in chips with just under eleven big blinds, while the chip leaders Eric Eelkema and Thai Dinh were both sitting above fifty big blinds. "Everyone was great, I came in short-stacked, I was just looking to double up and grind from there. A couple players got knocked out early, and I just picked up some pots and was fortunate enough to get some cards to just push all in with." When asked what he would do with his windfall, he said, "Pay some stuff off, maybe go on vacation in a few weeks, have a fun summer obviously!"

Day 2 saw 59 players return to Canterbury Park in search of an MSPT title, which meant that fourteen unfortunate players would be left empty-handed, including MSPT Hall of Famers Kou Vang and Aaron Johnson, 2017 MNPokerMag POY Todd Melander, Nghia “3-Putts” Le, and co-bubble boys Tony Hartmann and Jeremy Calverley.

From there, a host of notables walked away with a cash, including final table bubble boy Ryan Ellison (11th - $6,960), Day 1A chip leader David Pederson (13th - $5,655), Brad Sailor (15th - $5,655), WSOP Bracelet winner John Reading (17th - $4,785), Season 7 MSPT Meskwaki champ Keith Heine (19th - $4,090), Colorado’s Sammy Aweida (20th - $4,090), two-time MSPT champs Jeremy Dresch (22nd - $3,524) and Ben Marsh (24th - $3,524), Matthew Hamilton (27th - $3,045), Season 9 MSPT Meskwaki champ Steve Federspiel (30th - $2,601), three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby (34th - $2,601), former MSPT champ Ben Wiora (39th - $2,392), Season 9 MSPT Canterbury Park champ Rob Wazwaz (41 - $2,392), and former MSPT champ Tom Stambaugh (43rd - $2,392).

Final Table Action

The first elimination at the final table wouldn't come until after a full level of play, as Plymouth, Minnesota native and final table short stack Gary Brakke got his last few blinds in with queen-ten, only to fall to the set of eights of DJ Buckley. The $6,960 tenth-place finish marks Brakke's second career MSPT cash, after he finished 17th at the Season 9 MSPT Grand Fall Regional event.

Brakke's elimination opened the floodgates, as the next three players to go would all fall within minutes of each other. First, Yao "YY" Yin's aces were cracked by Andy Tran, then he failed to spin his last few blinds up after losing a flip with ten-nine suited against Mark Jaroslawski's fours. Yin, a La Crosse, Wisconsin resident, notched his second career MSPT Final Table with his ninth-place performance, good for $8,265.

Soon after, Randy Bullen's jacks were coolered when he ran into both Buckley's queens and Thai Dinh's ace-king. Dinh flopped an ace, and that was all she wrote for the Marne, Michigan product, taking home eighth-place and $11,310. Bullen made his first MSPT Final Table in four cashes on tour.

The short stack exodus was complete a few hands later, when seventh-place finisher Gregory Kukowski three-bet shoved his queen-ten of clubs into Tran's king-jack of clubs, and Tran flopped a king to put an end to the Virginia, Minnesota native. This was Kukowski's first MSPT cash, good for $14,355.

It would be two hours between bustouts after Kukowski exited, meaning the stacks became shallow as play became a grind to see who would be the first to blink. Tom Hammers was able to double a few times in that span, but finally succumbed in sixth-place for $18,270 when his king-eight couldn't overcome the pocket nines of Buckley. Burnsville, Minnesota's Hammers was making his fourth appearance at an MSPT Final Table, the last coming in Season 7 at MSPT Meskwaki.

Tran would follow Hammers out the door a few hands later, his queen-jack no match for the pocket eights of Buckley. $23,935 and fifth-place were Tran's consolation prize to take back to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and he recorded his second career MSPT cash.

The stacks had evened out by this point, and it would be an hour before Eric Eelkema's second deep run in the last year would come to an end, his sixes getting crushed by Buckley's eights. Notably, this marked Buckley's third KO at the final table with eights, Eelkema, who received $31,755 for his fourth-place finish, finished third in Season 9's MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship at Silverado Franklin for $28,420.

Thai Dinh, who has been on a tear in Minnesota in the last few weeks, winning $35,322 in a $500 tournament just two weeks prior, couldn't find his second title of the month. His ace-trey was outkicked by Buckley's ace-seven, and Dinh settled for third-place and $43,065.

Buckley started with a 5:4 lead in chips going into heads-up play, but Jaroslawski chipped away to take a sizable lead when the final hand of the tournament took place in Level 33 (150,000/300,000/40,000). Mark Jaroslawski jammed to put DJ Buckley at risk for his last 2.285 million, and Buckley called.

Jaroslawski:
Buckley:

“TENNNN!” Hammers said from the rail, but the flop brought no help for Buckley. The on the turn meant Buckley needed a ten to stay alive, but the river sent the title to Jaroslawski. Buckley, the most decorated member of this final table, with now over $800,000 in lifetime tournament earnings as reported by Hendon Mob, took home $59,160 for his runner-up performance, which marked his sixth MSPT Final Table and his 23rd Main Event cash, which moved him into a tie for fourth with Season 6 MSPT POY Mark Hodge for the most all-time.

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 150000 / 250000
  • Ante: 40000
DJ Buckley Eliminated In 2nd Place ($59,160)
Created (4/29/2019 12:18:12 AM by Brandon Temple)
DJ Buckley

Mark Jaroslawski jammed to put DJ Buckley at risk for his last 2.285 million, and Buckley called.

Jaroslawski:
Buckley:

“TENNNN!” Tom Hammers said from the rail, but the flop brought no help for Buckley. The on the turn meant Buckley needed a ten to stay alive, but the river sent the title to Jaroslawski.

DJ Buckley - Eliminated in 2nd place for $59,160

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 150000 / 250000
  • Ante: 40000
Mark Jaroslawski Extends His Lead Again
Created (4/29/2019 12:11:18 AM by Brandon Temple)

DJ Buckley raised to 650,000 on the button, and Mark Jaroslawski called in the big blind.

The flop was checked by both players, as was the turn. On the river, Jaroslawski bet 500,000, and Buckley called, only to muck after being shown .

Mark Jaroslawski - 6 million (24 bb)
DJ Buckley - 3 million (12 bb)

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Mark Jaroslawski Jams On DJ Buckley To Take The Chip Lead
Created (4/29/2019 12:06:16 AM by Brandon Temple)

DJ Buckley raised to 450,000 on the button, and Mark Jaroslawski called in the big blind.

The flop was checked by Jaroslawski, and Buckley bet 500,000. Jaroslawski thought for a bit, then called.

The hit the turn, and Jaroslawski checked again. Buckley bet 700,000, and Jaroslawski called again.

The hit the river, and Jaroslawski jammed for 1.585 million. Buckley folded.

Mark Jaroslawski - 5 million (25 bb)
DJ Buckley - 4 million (20 bb)

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
DJ Buckley Applies Pressure
Created (4/28/2019 11:44:39 PM by Brandon Temple)

DJ Buckley raised to 450,000 on the button, and Mark Jaroslawski called in the big blind.

Jaroslawski checked an flop to Buckley, who bet 500,000. Jaroslawski folded.

DJ Buckley - 5.9 million (29.5 bb)
Mark Jaroslawski - 3.1 million (15.5 bb)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 100000 / 150000
  • Ante: 20000
DJ Buckley Extends His Lead
Created (4/28/2019 11:38:50 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mark Jaroslawski raised to 300,000 on the button, and DJ Buckley called in the big blind.

The flop was checked by Buckley, and Jaroslawski checked behind.

The fell on the turn, and Buckley bet 325,000. Jaroslawski thought for a bit, then called.

On the river, Buckley checked, and Jaroslawski checked back and showed . Buckley had him pipped with and took down the pot.

DJ Buckley - 5.78 million (37 bb)
Mark Jaroslawski - 3.22 million (22 bb)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 100000 / 150000
  • Ante: 20000
Break Time: Heads Up Chip Counts
Created (4/28/2019 11:10:49 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
DJ Buckley5,110,0004,270,000
Mark Jaroslawski3,890,0003,730,000

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 100000 / 150000
  • Ante: 20000
Thai Dinh Eliminated In 3rd Place ($43,065)
Created (4/28/2019 11:06:00 PM by Brandon Temple)
Thai Dinh

Thai Dinh jammed for 1.1 million on the button, and DJ Buckley called in the small blind.

Dinh:
Buckley:

Dinh picked up a wheel draw on the flop, and some chop outs on the turn, but the river bricked off, leaving Buckley heads up against Jaroslawski for the title.

Thai Dinh - Eliminated in 3rd place for $43,065

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 100000 / 150000
  • Ante: 20000
Eric Eelkema Eliminated In 4th Place ($31,755)
Created (4/28/2019 11:02:47 PM by Brandon Temple)
Eric Eelkema

Eric Eelkema jammed for 1.2 million in the small blind, and DJ Buckley called in the big blind.

Eelkema:
Buckley:

Buckley’s eights were ahead of the sixes of Eellkema, and the flop gave Buckley a set. Eelkema was drawing dead after the turn, and Buckley took over the chip lead once the hit the river.

DJ Buckley - 4.27 million (28 bb)
Eric Eelkema - Eliminated in 4th place for $31,755

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 100000 / 150000
  • Ante: 20000
DJ Buckley's Turn To Check-Jam
Created (4/28/2019 10:55:38 PM by Brandon Temple)

Thai Dinh raised to 375,000 from the button, and DJ Buckley called in the big blind.

On a flop, Buckley checked, and Dinh bet 350,000. Buckley check-raised all in for 1.56 million, covering Dinh by just over 100,000. Dinh tanked for

DJ Buckley - 2.84 million (19 bb)
Thai Dinh - 1.095 million (7 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Mark Jaroslawski  1x Champ  
MN 
9,000,000
9,000,000 
Duluth 
MN 
0
Busted 
Marne 
MI 
0
Busted 
WI 
0
Busted 
Tampa 
FL 
0
Busted 
Keith Heine  1x Champ  
MO 
0
Busted 
Jeremy Dresch  2x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Ben Marsh  2x Champ  
Duluth 
MN 
0
Busted 
Savage 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Steve Federspiel  1x Champ  
Tiffin 
IA 
0
Busted 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Matt Kirby  3x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Benjamin Wiora  1x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Muneer Ahmed  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Rob WazWaz  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Tom Stambaugh  1x Champ  
Nevis 
MN 
0
Busted 
Aaron Johnson  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Kou Vang  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$95,700 
1,500 
2
MN 
$59,160 
1,300 
3
Duluth 
MN 
$43,065 
1,200 
4
MN 
$31,755 
1,100 
5
WI 
$23,925 
1,000 
6
MN 
$18,270 
900 
7
MN 
$14,355 
800 
8
Marne 
MI 
$11,310 
700 
9
Yao Yin  
WI 
$8,265 
600 
10
MN 
$6,960 
500 
11
Tampa 
FL 
$6,960 
500 
12
Fargo 
ND 
$6,960 
500 
13
MN 
$5,655 
400 
14
MN 
$5,655 
400 
15
IL 
$5,655 
400 
16
MN 
$4,785 
300 
17
MN 
$4,785 
300 
18
MN 
$4,785 
300 
19
MO 
$4,090 
200 
20
CO 
$4,090 
200 
21
AZ 
$4,090 
200 
22
MN 
$3,524 
150 
23
WI 
$3,524 
150 
24
Duluth 
MN 
$3,524 
150 
25
MN 
$3,045 
100 
26
WA 
$3,045 
100 
27
MN 
$3,045 
100 
28
MN 
$2,610 
75 
29
Savage 
MN 
$2,610 
75 
30
Tiffin 
IA 
$2,610 
75 
31
MN 
$2,610 
75 
32
MN 
$2,610 
75 
33
MN 
$2,610 
75 
34
MN 
$2,610 
75 
35
MN 
$2,610 
75 
36
MN 
$2,610 
75 
37
MN 
$2,392 
50 
38
MN 
$2,392 
50 
39
WI 
$2,392 
50 
40
ND 
$2,392 
50 
41
MN 
$2,392 
50 
42
MN 
$2,392 
50 
43
Nevis 
MN 
$2,392 
50 
44
WI 
$2,392 
50 
45
MN 
$2,392 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
33
Blinds
150000 / 250000
Ante
40000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
450
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
9,000,000
Total Chips
9,000,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
9,000,000
0
0
0
0
0
10 
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