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Awarded to date

Golden Gates Casino

November 21 - 24, 2019
Main Event: 399 Entrants
Winner: Steve Wilkie
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EVENT RECAP

Steve Wilkie was down but not out several times at the Mid-States Poker Tour Denver Poker Open $1,110 Main Event at Golden Gates Casino. He kept hold of his precious tournament life no matter how short his stack got, and he climbed out of more than one deep hole at the final table to ultimately emerge as champion.

Wilkie won $85,149, his biggest live cash, and it comes just a few months after he chopped the Colorado Poker Championship $1,100 Main Event for $60,114.

He said he really felt his game taking off in recent months, and he now has two wins as evidence.

While Wilkie had a nice stack heading into the final table, ranking third in chips, the early stages were completely dominated by Ryan Remington. After coming in as the second stack just a bit behind Leonardo Valenzuela, Remington caught fire.

He made several big hands and caught a bluff from Valenzuela, and by the time Valenzuela busted in eighth, Remington had half the chips in play. He only added to that when he coolered Sam Benavram with aces over queens.

Meanwhile, Wilkie sank to the bottom of the counts by far when it was four-handed. He was below five big blinds after making an inferior flush on the river against Tony Piazza. However, he slowly start his climb back by doubling his last three big blinds with king-nine against the jack-three of Piazza.

After he picked off a big bluff from Remington with nines on a board with two overs and three to a flush, Wilkie really caught a charge.

"All right!" he exclaimed with a clap. "Now we're playing poker."

Still, when he got heads up with Remington, it seemed he was destined for second place. After all, Remington had been running like hot fire and had more than 6 million chips of about 8 million in play.

The British transplant wasn't having it though, as he opted to employ a small-ball strategy and began to chip away at his deficit. Nearly every pot the two played was limped, and showdowns were frequent as neither player seemed willing to risk many chips aside from the times Wilkie overbet shoved and showed top pair of aces in raised pots.

About an hour in, Wilkie took the lead when he made trips against Remington's top two. A disgusted Remington could scarcely believe the hands Wilkie was making.

Finally, Wilkie completed the comeback when he won a race with sevens against ace-king, ending the two-hour match. While both players seemed happy to battle over small pots, they'd finally found hands, along with the fact that only 40 big blinds were in play, that compelled them to get stacks in.

"That was a grind man," Wilkie said afterward with a grin. "It feels incredible."

The MSPT will wrap up its 10th season December 5-8 at Minnesota's Canterbury Park. PokerNews will be on-site to offer live updates from the $1,100 Main Event.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
Arvada 
CO 
$85,149
1,500
2
WY 
$52,636
1,300
3
CO 
$38,316
1,200
4
MI 
$28,253
1,100
5
CO 
$21,287
1,000
6
CO 
$16,255
900
7
Avon 
CO 
$12,772
800
8
MT 
$10,063
700
9
CO 
$7,354
600
10
NE 
$6,192
500
11
Denver 
CO 
$6,192
500
12
CO 
$6,192
500
13
WY 
$5,031
400
14
NM 
$5,031
400
15
Denver 
CO 
$5,031
400
16
CO 
$4,257
300
17
MN 
$4,257
300
18
MI 
$4,257
300
19
CO 
$3,638
200
20
CO 
$3,638
200
21
Denver 
CO 
$3,638
200
23
NE 
$3,135
150
24
Denver 
CO 
$3,135
150
25
Parker 
CO 
$2,709
100
26
CO 
$2,709
100
27
Aurora 
CO 
$2,709
100
28
Omaha 
NE 
$2,322
75
29
CO 
$2,322
75
31
CA 
$2,322
75
32
Denver 
CO 
$2,322
75
33
CO 
$2,322
75
35
NY 
$2,322
75
36
CO 
$2,322
75
37
Denver 
CO 
$2,129
50
38
MN 
$2,129
50
39
NE 
$2,129
50
40
CO 
$2,129
50
41
HI 
$2,129
50
42
MO 
$2,129
50
43
CO 
$2,129
50
44
Denver 
CO 
$2,129
50
45
TX 
$2,129
50