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Canterbury Park

September 8 - 16, 2018

 
  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Blake Bohn Wins MSPT Canterbury Park for $94,776 to Become Three-Time Champ
Created (9/16/2018 11:14:36 PM by Chad Holloway)

The MSPT’s 17th $1,100 Main Event ever held at Shakopee, Minnesota’s Canterbury Park attracted 456 entries and after a full weekend of play it was Minnesota Poker Hall of Famer Blake Bohn who walked away with the title and $94,568 first-place prize.

It was redemption for Bohn, who had finished runner-up in the same tournament back in April (that marked his third time finishing a MSPT event in second place). The latest victory ties Bohn with Carl Carodenuto as the only players with three MSPT titles. Bohn previously won the MSPT Season 5 Grand Falls for $54,607 and Season 6 Meskwaki for $101,229.

“Finishing second sucks,” Bohn said after the win. “Before this I had two firsts and three seconds, four seconds would’ve looked pretty bad. People don’t get heads up too often and it’s tough to play. I’m really grateful right now, really happy.”

Bohn also commented on the final table as a whole, which was comprised of all Minnesota players with one exception.

“We’re from Minnesota and this tournament was in Minnesota,” he said, “but I think we stack up pretty well at any event across the nation.”

Final Table Results
1st – Blake Bohn (Eden Prairie, MN) $94,776
2nd – Kou Vang (Maplewood, MN) $58,238
3rd – Rich Alsup (New Hope, MN) $41,966
4th – Ian Matakis (Fairbault, MN) $31,739
5th – Jesse Allen (Marquette, MI) $23,804
6th – Dennis Stevermer (St. Paul, MN) $18,074
7th – Dedric Henderson (Minneapolis, MN) $14,106
8th – Tyree Johnson (Coon Rapids, MN) $11,021
9th – Mark Sandness (Wayzata, MN) $8,376
10th – Bill Criego (Prior Lake, MN) $6,612

Day 2 began with 58 players returning to action, but with only 54 slated to get paid four of them left empty handed including Dave Rutledge, Chi Doan, Larry Miller, and bubble boy Yevgeniy Minakrin, who saw his kings cracked by the pocket queens of Carl Carodenuto all in preflop.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were 2016 MN Poker Mag POY Saad Ghanem (15th - $5,290), three-time MSPT champ Carl Carodenuto (21st - $4,011), Day 1C chip leader Dana Isaacson (23rd - $3,394), Day 1B chip leader Kanat Ozturk (34th - $2,380), 2017 MN Poker Mag POY Todd Melander (35th - $2,380), and Minnesota Poker Hall of Famer Mike Schneider (53rd - $1,984).

Speaking of Hall of Famers, Day 1A chip leader Rich Alsup became just the second player to win their way into the MSPT Hall of Fame, which requires players to accomplish certain criteria to earn their way in. For Alsup, he got in for notching his tenth MSPT Main Event final table which is a MSPT record. Alsup has both a MSPT title (he won the MSPT Season 6 Meskwaki) and POY title from Season 6.

The final table was immediately classified as one of the toughest in MSPT history. In addition to Bohn and Alsup, there was the inaugural MSPT Hall of Fame inductee Kou Vang, who was seeking his second title at Canterbury Park, as well as MSPT champ Mark Sandness, reigning Canterbury Park Fall Poker Classic Main Event winner Dennis Stevermer, and the red-hot Ian Matakis.

Poker veteran Bill Criego was the first final table casualty after running pocket sixes into the nines of Sandness, who followed him out the door after failing to get there with ace-queen against Vang’s Big Slick. That win gave Vang the final table chip lead and he held it all the way to heads-up play against Bohn.

In the interim, Tyree Johnson, Dedric Henderson, Stevermer, and Michigan’s Jesse Allen all fell at the hands of either Vang or Bohn. With four players left, Matakis lost a flip with ace-king to Alsup’s pocket tens and hit the rail in fourth place for $31,739. You might recall that earlier in the year, Matakis won Minnesota’s $280 Mayhem in May for $30,500.

The three-handed match was comprised of three Minnesota legends. The triumvirate battled for a while before Alsup got his chips in with ace-eight and failed to get lucky against Vang’s ace-nine.

Alsup’s elimination in third place was his 22nd MSPT main event cash (3rd all-time) and brought his lifetime MSPT earnings up to $653,426, less than $30K outside the all-time lead. That is especially impressive when you consider he didn’t start playing the tour until Season 5 in 2014. Achieving MSPT Hall of Fame status in that short of time is truly incredible.

The heads-up match between Bohn and Vang proved to be a back-and-forth affair. Vang began with a big chip lead, lost it, and regained it. However, Bohn won three big flips throughout the bout, including ace-queen over pocket fives to jump out to a huge lead of his own.

In the final hand of the tournament, Vang got his stack n with pocket nines and was flipping against Bohn’s ace-queen. The flop brought an ace and Vang had to settle for second place and $58,238 in prize money.

“Kou is a more experienced online player, but I think we all played well,” said Bohn. “It’s always fun to play against experienced opponents, makes it more interesting.”

Coincidentally, both Bohn and Vang jumped to second and third place respectively on the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 9 Player of the Year leaderboard. Aaron Johnson still leads with 5,117 points, but Bohn (4,400 points) and Vang (3,900 points) are now positioned to give him a run for his money.

For Bohn, this was his 19th MSPT main event cash (4th all-time) and his 9th MSPT final table (2nd all-time). This 3rd victory brings his MSPT career earnings to $475,661 (5th all-time). If Bohn can notch another final table he will earn his way into the MSPT Hall of Fame.

The runner-up finish for Kou Vang brings his MSPT main event cash total to 27 (1st all-time) and $375,037 (10th all-time). The final table appearance was his 9th (2nd all-time).

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Kou Vang Eliminated In 2nd Place ($58,238)
Created (9/16/2018 11:04:46 PM by Brandon Temple)

Kou Vang

Kou Vang jammed for 1.45 million on the button and Blake Bohn snapped him off in the big blind.

Vang:
Bohn:

Bohn’s ace-queen doubled him into the chip lead before, and ace-queen provided him top pair on the flop, leaving Vang looking for running straight cards or a nine to stay alive. The left Vang searching for a nine and a nine only, but the river left Vang, an MSPT Hall of Famer as our runner-up and makes Blake Bohn our second three-time champ with the MSPT!

Kou Vang - Eliminated in 2nd place for $58,238

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Blake Bohn Doubles Through Kou Vang To Take Back The Chip Lead
Created (9/16/2018 10:56:18 PM by Brandon Temple)

Blake Bohn limped on the button and Kou Vang raised to 400,000. Bohn limp-jammed for 3.82 million and Vang snapped it off.

Bohn:
Vang:

Bohn found his ace on the flop, and no five hit on the turn or river, and Bohn takes a big lead in this epic heads-up duel.

Blake Bohn - 7.68 million
Kou Vang - 1.42 million

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Blake Bohn Closing The Gap
Created (9/16/2018 10:50:36 PM by Brandon Temple)

Kou Vang raised to 225,000 and was called by Blake Bohn in the big blind.

On the flop, Bohn checked and Vang checked back after some thought.

The turn was checked through as well, and Bohn bet 350,000 on the river. Vang called.

Bohn tabled for a flush and Vang mucked.

Kou Vang - 4.79 million
Blake Bohn - 4.31 million

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Flush For Blake Bohn
Created (9/16/2018 10:38:35 PM by Brandon Temple)

Kou Vang raised to 190,000 on the button, and Blake Bohn called in the big blind.

Both players checked the flop, and Bohn bet 175,000 on the turn. Vang called.

The fell on the river and Bohn checked. Vang checked back and Bohn said, “Flush?” before tabling . Vang mucked.

Kou Vang - 5.71 million
Blake Bohn - 3.39 million

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Blake Bohn Staying Aggressive
Created (9/16/2018 10:35:51 PM by Brandon Temple)

Kou Vang raised to 190,000 from the button, and Blake Bohn called in the big blind.

On the flop, Bohn checked and Vang bet 155,000. Bohn check-raised to 600,000 and Vang thought briefly, then folded.

Kou Vang - 6.035 million
Blake Bohn - 3.065 million

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Blake Bohn Gets The Limp-Jam Through
Created (9/16/2018 10:28:11 PM by Brandon Temple)

Blake Bohn limped from the button, and Kou Vang raised to 260,000 in the big blind.

Bohn limp-jammed for 2.57 million and Vang folded.

Kou Vang - 6.25 million
Blake Bohn - 2.85 million

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Kou Vang Fills Up On Blake Bohn To Retake The Chip Lead
Created (9/16/2018 10:21:40 PM by Brandon Temple)

Blake Bohn raised to 190,000 on the button. Kou Vang made the call from the big blind.

On the flop, both players checked.

The hit the turn, and Vang bet 275,000. Bohn called.

The fell on the river, and Vang bet 1.2 million, and was snapped off by Bohn.

Vang tabled for a full house, and Bohn mucked.

Kou Vang - 6.16 million
Blake Bohn - 2.94 million

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Let's Have A Break
Created (9/16/2018 10:04:51 PM by Brandon Temple)

Blake Bohn and Kou Vang are off on a ten-minute break.

Blake Bohn - 4.66 million
Kou Vang - 4.44 million

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Blake Bohn Doubles Through Kou Vang To Take The Chip Lead
Created (9/16/2018 9:59:51 PM by Brandon Temple)

Blake Bohn raised to 155,000 from the button, and Kou Vang three-bet to 595,000 from the big blind. Bohn four-bet jammed for 2.51 million and Vang called.

Bohn:
Vang:

Bohn pulled ahead on the flop, and never looked back after the turn and river to double back into the chip lead.

Blake Bohn - 5.04 million
Kou Vang - 4.06 million

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MN 
9,120,000  
9,120,000 
 
MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MI 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
Busted 
  
UT 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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Canada 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Savage 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Walker 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Echo 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Eagan 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Onslow 
IA 
0  
Busted 
  
CA 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MO 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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WI 
0  
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Eagan 
MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
0  
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MN 
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Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$94,766
1,600
2
MN 
$58,232
1,400
3
MN 
$41,966
1,300
4
MN 
$31,739
1,200
5
MI 
$23,804
1,100
6
MN 
$18,074
1,000
9
MN 
$8,376
700
10
MN 
$6,612
600
11
UT 
$6,612
600
12
MN 
$6,612
600
14
MN 
$5,290
500
15
MN 
$5,290
500
16
 
Canada 
$4,408
400
18
WI 
$4,408
400
20
Savage 
MN 
$4,011
300
24
MN 
$3,394
200
27
ND 
$2,953
150
32
MN 
$2,380
100
33
Walker 
MN 
$2,380
100
36
MN 
$2,380
100
37
Echo 
MN 
$2,160
75
38
Eagan 
MN 
$2,160
75
41
WI 
$2,160
75
42
MN 
$2,160
75
43
Onslow 
IA 
$2,160
75
45
CA 
$2,160
75
47
MO 
$1,984
50
51
MN 
$1,984
50
54
WI 
$1,984
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
30
Blinds
50000 / 100000
Ante
10000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
456
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
9,120,000
Total Chips
9,120,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
9,120,000
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
4,475
3,250
3,200
2,600
2,417
2,300
2,200
2,100
2,050
10 
2,000