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Golden Gates Casino

January 15 - 19, 2020
Regional Event: 1087 Entrants
Winner: Erasmus Morfe
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EVENT RECAP

The first Regional Event of 2020 for the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) set the bar high with 1,087 entries over four days, a Colorado state poker record, and 138 players found their way into Day 2 Sunday with their eyes set on the title.

However, only one person could claim the trophy and that person was Erasmus Morfe, who finished 19th in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. Morfe found his way into Day 2 on the final flight of the tournament after bagging a stack of 208,000. From there, he cruised through most of the final day without any big swings in either direction.

When the final three tables were reached, Morfe had a stack of 590,000, which was just under 12 big blinds. He wound up getting as low as two big blinds during the final two tables before finding a few doubles to enter the final table in the middle of the pack.

Day 2 Action

It took around an hour of play before the 138 remaining players became 117 when Ian Glycenfer and Cher Herr split the 117th-place prize after being eliminated from the tournament on the same hand on the bubble. The tournament’s half-hour levels kept the blinds escalating and players responded accordingly with chips flying all over the room throughout the afternoon.

Players dropped at a furious pace as players like Chris Tryba (91st place), Sammy Aweida (89th place), Day 1c chip leader Nader Wahdan (60th place), Schuyler Thornton (46th pace), and Kevin Eyster (43rd place) found themselves out of chips.

Day 1a and overall Day 1 chip leader Luis Rosa (19th place) started hot out of the gate, taking 641,000 up to over 1 million before the money was reached. He remained one of the largest stacks in the room as play continued, with Day 1b chip leader Abhinav Parakh (16th place), Behrouz Keshtavar (11th place), and eventual runner-up Alex Kotliarsky also among the largest stacks in the room.

Noel Diaz then stole the spotlight for some time. He took a stack of 1.3 million when 27 remained up to 9.26 million by the time the final table was reached. Diaz enjoyed a heater that saw him score a quick double and prior to knocking out several players, constantly turning up with big hands and watching them hold.

However, the tides turned when the final table was reached. Diaz saw Wayne Lee play back at him for a sizeable pot that didn’t make it past the turn and then doubled Stuart Brown on the very next hand. Less than a level later, Kotliarsky was the one threatening for and eventually overtaking the chip lead as Diaz continued his downward trajectory.

As for eliminations, Neil Warren and Phil Gioia entered the final table short and were the first two to go. Gioia found a double, but it would not be enough as he lost a coin flip with ace-king to Kotliarsky’s pocket nines to bust. The pot gave Kotliarsky the chip lead and he would hold it until heads-up play after further expanding that hand just moments later when his pocket aces held versus Eddy Konarske’s open-ended straight draw after chips got in on the turn.

Levels continued to escalate and all of a sudden Diaz found himself as the shortest stack of the tournament with six left. He made his departure shortly thereafter when Kotliarsky knocked him out, and play went on from there for another full level before Benjamin Guzman got short and eventually also fell to Kotliarsky. A few minutes later, the short-stacked Stuart Brown became the next to fall after his ace-three couldn’t hold against Morfe’s jack-ten suited.

It wasn’t long after that before Lee bowed out in third place after getting his last seven big blinds in on the flop and losing to Morfe, who called with an open-ended straight flush draw that filled up to the nuts to take the tournament into heads-up play. Kotliarsky had a slight chip lead over Morfe and the two agreed to modify the payouts so that both players could lock up $43,000.

From there, the heads-up match lasted no more than 15 minutes with Morfe taking the chip lead before the two got stacks all in preflop with Morfe’s ace-ten suited holding up against Kotliarsky’s ace-five offsuit to earn him the MSPT trophy and payday good for $53,048.

The MSPT will return to Golden Gates for a $1,100 Main Event April 13-19. Click here for a look at the schedule.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
CO 
$53,048
567
2
CO 
$43,000
567
3
CO 
$27,099
533
4
Denver 
CO 
$20,577
500
5
CO 
$15,237
467
6
Aurora 
CO 
$11,740
433
7
Denver 
 
$9,131
400
8
CO 
$7,174
367
9
Aurora 
CO 
$5,870
333
10
CO 
$4,565
300
11
Erie 
CO 
$4,565
300
12
CO 
$4,565
300
13
Aurora 
CO 
$3,587
267
14
Denver 
CO 
$3,587
267
15
Denver 
CO 
$3,587
267
16
Dallas 
CO 
$3,196
233
17
Denver 
CO 
$3,196
233
18
CO 
$3,196
233
19
CO 
$2,641
200
20
CO 
$2,641
200
21
Denver 
CO 
$2,641
200
22
Arvada 
CO 
$2,217
183
23
CO 
$2,217
183
24
Denver 
CO 
$2,217
183
25
Denver 
CO 
$1,859
167
26
SD 
$1,859
167
27
 
 
$1,859
167
28
CO 
$1,402
150
29
Denver 
CO 
$1,402
150
30
CO 
$1,402
150
31
Denver 
CO 
$1,402
150
32
CO 
$1,402
150
33
NY 
$1,402
150
34
IL 
$1,402
150
35
Arvada 
CO 
$1,402
150
36
Arvada 
CO 
$1,402
150
37
Denver 
CO 
$1,076
133
38
Denver 
CO 
$1,076
133
39
CO 
$1,076
133
40
Denver 
CO 
$1,076
133
41
FL 
$1,076
133
42
NC 
$1,076
133
43
LA 
$1,076
133
44
Avon 
CO 
$1,076
133
45
Denver 
CO 
$1,076
133
47
CO 
$978
117
48
Parker 
CO 
$978
117
49
Dillon 
CO 
$978
117
50
Denver 
CO 
$978
117
51
CO 
$978
117
52
Arvada 
CO 
$978
117
53
CO 
$978
117
54
MI 
$978
117
55
Denver 
CO 
$880
100
56
IL 
$880
100
57
Denver 
CO 
$880
100
58
Avon 
CO 
$880
100
59
CO 
$880
100
60
Aurora 
CO 
$880
100
61
LA 
$880
100
62
CO 
$880
100
63
CO 
$880
100
65
 
 
$848
83
66
Casper 
WY 
$848
83
67
Kiowa 
CO 
$848
83
68
Denver 
CO 
$848
83
69
CO 
$848
83
70
Denver 
CO 
$848
83
71
CO 
$848
83
72
Denver 
CO 
$848
83
74
CO 
$815
67
75
Denver 
CO 
$815
67
76
Arvada 
CO 
$815
67
77
Denver 
CO 
$815
67
78
Denver 
CO 
$815
67
79
Denver 
CO 
$815
67
80
Denver 
CO 
$815
67
81
Denver 
CO 
$815
67
82
CO 
$783
50
83
CO 
$783
50
85
Flint 
MI 
$783
50
86
CO 
$783
50
89
CO 
$783
50
90
CO 
$783
50
91
MA 
$717
33
92
CO 
$717
33
93
Denver 
CO 
$717
33
94
CO 
$717
33
95
CO 
$717
33
96
MN 
$717
33
97
Denver 
CO 
$717
33
98
MT 
$717
33
99
Golden 
CO 
$717
33
100
CO 
$652
25
101
Denver 
CO 
$652
25
102
NM 
$652
25
103
Denver 
CO 
$652
25
104
Arvada 
CO 
$652
25
105
CO 
$652
25
106
CO 
$652
25
107
MN 
$652
25
109
CO 
$620
17
110
Aurora 
CO 
$620
17
111
Denver 
CO 
$620
17
112
CO 
$620
17
113
Pueblo 
CO 
$620
17
114
CO 
$620
17
115
Denver 
CO 
$620
17
116
CO 
$620
17
117
CO 
$620
17