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Golden Gates Casino

March 30 - April 2, 2017

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Erasmus Morfe Leads Advancing 44 Day 1C Survivors
Created (4/1/2017 11:55:24 PM by Admin System)

Day 1C of the MSPT Golden Gates in Black Hawk, Colorado drew 178 entrants, which along with Day 1A’s 139 and 1B’s 155 brought the total field up to 472 entries.

After 14 levels of play, just 44 players bagged chips and none more so than Erasmus Morfe, who led the pack with 341,000. That is a tad behind both Day 1A chip leader Jim Morrison (402,000) and Day 1B leader Fernando Galvan (366,500).

Morphe, a doctor from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is seeking his first MSPT cash, but a couple years ago he made some poker headlines when he went deep in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. He ultimately finished 19th for $262,574, which was the last time he cashed a poker tournament. For more on Morfe, check out the feature PokerNews did on him during his run.

Others who survived the night were James Lee (211,500), former MSPT Golden Gates runner-up Jonathan McCray (205,500), Svetlana Martie (201,500), and Corey Zedo (84,500), who just last weekend took down the MSPT Golden Gates $360 Regional for more than $47K.

Not everyone was so lucky on Saturday. Among those to fall over the course of play were MSPT Season 6 Golden Gates Regional champ “Money” Mike Maruna, Iowa’s Jason Bender, 2016 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champ Andy Rubinberg, MSPT Season 5 Golden Gates champ Reza Yazdi, and Michigan pros Cy Church and Chris Moon.

On Sunday at 11 a.m., the combined 88 players (20 from Day 1A, 24 on 1B, and 44 on 1C) from all three flights will combine into a single field and play down to a winner. Click here for a look at the payouts.

Be sure to join us tomorrow as we bring you all the action straight from the tournament floor of the latest MSPT Golden Gates Main Event.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1C Chip Counts
Created (4/1/2017 11:51:55 PM by Admin System)

Erasmus Morfe 341,000
James Lee 211,500
Jonathan McCray 205,500
Svetlana Martie 201,500
Jamal Sawaqdeh 155,000
George Medina 128,500
Carla Sabini 126,000
Ryan Remington 120,000
Batdorj Ganbat 116,000
Rusty James 103,000
Michael Garner 101,000
Robert Sweeney 96,000
Joshua Williamson 93,500
Schuyler Thornton 90,000
Corey Zedo 84,500
Daniel Trush 80,000
James Hoeland 77,500
Norman Straughn 76,000
James Weaver 74,000
Kevin Palmer 72,000
James Swan 63,500
Richard Martin 54,000
McNeal Smith 53,500
Maksim Grenader 53,000
Danny Gonzales 52,500
Michael Stanko 47,500
Chandler Duncan 47,000
William Sommers 46,000
Gerald McVeigh 44,000
Samuel Spiwak 43,000
Noel Diaz 42,500
Osama Aweida 42,000
Tyler Tonso 41,500
Khong Pham 41,000
Thomas Moore 40,000
Steven Jacobson 40,000
Cory Peck 39,000
Steve Ross 38,500
Christopher Busch 37,000
John Powell 34,500
Michael St. John 30,500
Sven Wedekin 30,500
Bobby Sanoubane 25,000
Ryan Conlin 21,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Four More Hands
Created (4/1/2017 11:37:59 PM by Admin System)

The tournament staff just announced the players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging. Stay tuned for the recap, chip counts, and Day 2 seat draw.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Francesco Campanile Doubles Through Khong Pham
Created (4/1/2017 11:16:12 PM by Admin System)

Action folded to Francesco Campanile in the small blind and he moved all in for 12,500, which Khong Pham called from the big blind.

Campanile:  as 5h
Pham:  kh qh

The  9s jc 2d flop gave Pham a gutshot to go with his two live cards, but fortunately for Campanile neither the  4c turn nor  ah river proved harmful.

Khong Pham - 59,000
Francesco Campanile - 28,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Some Late Night Shots
Created (4/1/2017 11:13:57 PM by Admin System)

Erasmus Morfe
Ryan Remington
Kevin Palmer
Jamal Sawaqdeh
Jonathan McCray

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Miguel Navarro Hits the Rail
Created (4/1/2017 10:59:04 PM by Admin System)

Miguel Navarro

Schuyler Thornton raised to 5,500 from the hijack and the player in the cutoff called. Miguel Navarro then moved all in for his last 7,600 from the button and the player in the small blind. Both Thornton and the cutoff called as well, but both ended up folding when the player in the small blind bet 8,000 on the  4d 5c 9s flop.

Navarro:  kd qc
Small Blind:  8s 8h

Navarro was looking for some paint, but instead it came the lowly  4s turn and  9d river.

Miguel Navarro - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Steve Ross Wins Flip to Eliminate David Levy
Created (4/1/2017 10:47:21 PM by Admin System)

Steve Ross

Action folded to David Levy in the small blind and he moved all in for around 30,000, which Steve Ross called out of the big blind.

Ross:  da qs
Levy:  2h2d

Levy was looking to hold, but that didn’t happen as the  kh 5s qh flop paired Ross. Neither the  5c turn nor  jh river were the third deuce Levy needed, and he exited in the penultimate level of the night.

Steve Ross - 100,000
David Levy - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
A Round of Chip Counts
Created (4/1/2017 10:37:38 PM by Admin System)

Erasmus Morfe - 275,000
James Lee - 225,000
Jonathan McCray - 205,000
Svetlana Martie - 180,000
Jamal Sawaqdeh - 175,000
Jim Weaver - 95,000
Schuyler Thornton - 80,000
Khong Pham - 75,000
Norman Straughn - 50,000
David Levy - 30,000
Michael St. John - 22,000
Corey Zedo - 20,000
Chan Pelton - 19,700
Greg Geller - 18,000
Bobby Sanoubane - 15,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
MSPT Returns to Milwaukee's Potawatomi Hotel & Casino April 1-9
Created (4/1/2017 10:25:56 PM by Admin System)

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) is headed back to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From April 1-9, the venue will play host to a series of satellites that will culminate with an $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed Main Event.

That tournament, which will take place the weekend of April 7-9, will feature two starting flights – Day 1A and Day 1B at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 respectively. The survivors from both those flights will combine for Day 2 at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 9 and play until a champion is crowned.

“Milwaukee has proven itself to not only be one of the hottest poker destinations in the Midwest, but in the entire country,” said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. “Between locals, players from nearby Chicago and Madison, and those comings from surrounding states, Potawatomi is consistently setting new state records for largest fields and prize pools. We’re looking forward to another big one come April.”

The final table will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide on msptpoker.com using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards. In addition, the entire Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT's live blog, which can be found on msptpoker.com once the tournament begins. Simply look for the neon green button that reads "Live Updates.”

The last time the MSPT visited Potawatomi for a Main Event was back in November when Alex Aqel topped a field of 596 entrants to win a $138,385 first-place prize. Amazing, Aqel had another big score at the property just six months later when he won the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event there for $208,184.

More recently, the MSPT kicked off Season 8 at Potawatomi back in January with a $350 Regional Event, which set what was then a state record for largest poker tournament with 1,228 entries. Craig Trost came out on top in that event to take home $63,252.

In April 2016, Travis Lauson topped a field of 556 entries to win a $129,077 first-place prize in the Main Event. Before that, in September 2015, Dan Goepel topped a field of 462 entries to win a $114,117 first-place prize. Amazingly, Lauson had finished runner-up in that event!

Prior to Goepel’s win, the MSPT had visited the property two other times – in April 2015 when Jason Mirza topped a field of 635 entries to win $147,529, and in September 2014 when Jason Zarlenga became a two-time champ by emerging victorious over a 487-entry field to win $120,164.

Click here for a look at the full MSPT Potawatomi schedule.

Set in the heart of Milwaukee, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is Wisconsin’s premier entertainment destination, offering guests the best in gaming, dining and entertainment. The property features six award-winning restaurants, the intimate 500-seat Northern Lights Theater and more than 60,000 sq. feet of event space. A 381-room, 19-story hotel opened in August 2014.

It has come a long way since its opening in 1991 when the Forest County Potawatomi first opened as a 45,800-square foot bingo hall, making it the first tribal off-reservation gaming operation in the country.

Aside from gaming, Potawatomi offers seven great dining options to choose from including beautiful Italian cooking at Bella Italiana, down-home cooking at Canal Street Café, and authentic Asian cuisine and sushi bar at Ruyi.

To discover more visit https://www.paysbig.com/.

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (4/1/2017 10:12:56 PM by Admin System)

Players are now on their last 10-minute break of the night. When they return, they’ll play two more levels before bagging and tagging on Day 1C.

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
CO 
341,000  
341,000 
 
CO 
205,500  
205,500 
 
CO 
201,500  
201,500 
 
Aurora 
CO 
155,000  
155,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
128,500  
128,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
126,000  
126,000 
 
WY 
120,000  
120,000 
 
CO 
116,000  
116,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
116,000  
116,000 
 
CO 
101,000  
101,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
96,000  
96,000 
 
Aurora 
CO 
93,500  
93,500 
 
Denver 
CO 
84,500  
84,500 
 
Avon 
CO 
80,000  
80,000 
 
CO 
77,500  
77,500 
 
CO 
76,000  
76,000 
 
IA 
74,000  
74,000 
 
CO 
72,000  
72,000 
 
CO 
63,500  
63,500 
 
CO 
54,000  
54,000 
 
Austin 
TX 
53,500  
53,500 
 
CO 
53,000  
53,000 
 
CO 
52,500  
52,500 
 
NE 
47,500  
47,500 
 
Arvada 
CO 
47,000  
47,000 
 
CO 
46,000  
46,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
43,000  
43,000 
 
Aurora 
CO 
42,500  
42,500 
 
CO 
42,000  
42,000 
 
WY 
41,500  
41,500 
 
CO 
41,000  
41,000 
 
CO 
40,000  
40,000 
 
Aurora 
CO 
40,000  
40,000 
 
SD 
39,000  
39,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
38,500  
38,500 
 
CO 
37,000  
37,000 
 
 
 
 
34,500  
34,500 
 
CO 
30,500  
30,500 
 
CO 
30,500  
30,500 
 
Aurora 
CO 
25,000  
25,000 
 
Aurora 
IL 
21,000  
21,000 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
TX 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Parker 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
  
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Dayton 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
CO 
$109,881
1,500
2
Pomona 
NY 
$66,387
1,300
3
Austin 
TX 
$43,266
1,200
4
CO 
$29,989
1,100
5
CO 
$22,892
1,000
7
Denver 
CO 
$14,651
800
11
Denver 
CO 
$7,783
500
12
Denver 
CO 
$7,783
500
13
Denver 
CO 
$5,952
400
14
CO 
$5,952
400
15
Aurora 
CO 
$5,952
400
18
Austin 
TX 
$4,441
300
19
Aurora 
CO 
$3,434
200
21
 
 
 
$3,434
200
24
Denver 
CO 
$3,434
200
26
CO 
$3,434
200
28
Denver 
CO 
$2,747
100
29
Denver 
CO 
$2,747
100
30
Parker 
CO 
$2,747
100
32
CO 
$2,747
100
36
Denver 
CO 
$2,747
100
38
CO 
$2,289
50
39
Aurora 
CO 
$2,289
50
40
Denver 
CO 
$2,289
50
41
Denver 
CO 
$2,289
50
43
CO 
$2,289
50
45
WY 
$2,289
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
178
Players Remaining
44
Average Chip Stack
80,909
Total Chips
3,560,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
341,000
205,500
201,500
155,000
128,500
126,000
120,000
116,000
116,000
10 
101,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
3,925
3,633
3,075
2,850
2,550
2,500
2,500
2,450
2,300
10 
2,200