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We bring you a round-up of three tournament reports in this feature. We start of with news of Mike Shin, who defeated PokerNews journalist Mo Nuwwarah heads-up to win the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Majestic Main Event for $68,593. Indian-origin player and WPT champion Ravi Raghavan finished 22nd in the event for $2,386.
At the 2019 MPN Poker Tour Tallinn stop, the €550 Main Event played out with 562 entrants. UK’s Luke Martin reached a heads-up deal with Paul Johnson and walked away with the top prize of €49,000.
The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) stop at Horseshoe Tunica saw Carl Masters claim his second WSOPC gold ring. Masters topped a field of 561 runners to take down the $400 NLHE Monster Stack for $38,885.
Mike Shin Wins MSPT Majestic Main Event For $68,593
After a gap of five years, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) returned to Majestic Star Casino in the Chicagoland area for the $1,100 Main Event. Pulling in 309 participants, the event was eventually taken down by Mike Shin who bested PokerNews journalist Mo Nuwwarah heads-up to win $68,593 in first-place prize money.
A regular at the MSPT, Shin’s last score at an MSPT stop was at the MSPT Michigan Main Event last October, where he finished 12th for $17,239. With this win his total live earnings have crossed the $900,000-mark.
“There were a couple of good players at the table, and I was trying to stay away from them. There was a couple of players I was trying to pick spots with and play hands with,” Shin stated after the win. “It feels good, but you treat this as a business, you don’t feel like you’re hitting a jackpot; it feels like income that you’re supposed to have.”
Other notables who made it in the money in the event include Jason Mangold (14th for $4,026), Henry Zou (17th for $3,430), Indian-origin player and WPT champion Ravi Raghavan (22nd for $2,386), MSPT Season 4 Player of the Year Pat Steele (24th for $2,386), and Mike Vander Woude (33rd for $2,088).
Final Table Recap
Nuwwarah started the final table as the chip leader and brought about the elimination of Ashor Ochana who departed in tenth place.
Shin joined in on the action and busted Dan Sepiol in ninth place.
Nuwwarah then went on to eliminate both Bryan Skreens (8th) and Zach Schneider (7th) from the competition.
Finishing in sixth place was Matt Weller who fell victim to Greg Baird.
Down to five-handed play, Brad Oliver was next to go after his failed to catch an Ace against Jeremy Brown’s .
The last four players battled it out for a long time before Jeremy Brown‘s time at the final table ran out in fourth place. Greg Baird joined him at the rail soon thereafter.
Following Baird ‘s elimination, Shin took a slight chip lead into heads-up play against Mo Nuwwarah. Though the chip lead exchanged hands several times, on the final hand, Nuwwarah’s were cracked by Shin’s . The runout offered no help to Nuwwarah who walked away with the runner-up title.
— Mo Nuwwarah (@monuwwarah) January 28, 2019
Mike Shin bagged $68,593 in prize money for his win.
Final Table Results (USD)
Luke Martin Wins MPN Poker Tour Tallinn For €49,000
The 2019 MPN Poker Tour Tallinn ran from January 24-27 at the Hilton Tallinn Park and capping off the series was the €550 Main Event that attracted 562 hopefuls. As the event played down to the finale, UK’s professional player Luke Martin made a heads-up deal with second-place finisher Paul Johnson to secure the title. Martin banked €49,000 for his finish, even as Johnson took home €40,000.
The final table was tough with strong opponents including three previous MPNPT Main Event finalists and semi-professionals in the running. Martin, who has quite a lot of experience playing online, chipped down several times but managed to climb back into the lead and held it right till the end.
The event allowed unlimited rebuys right up to Level 13, leading to a robust field and a final prize pool of €22,570. The final 71 banked at least €2,150 but the field narrowed down considerably on Day 2, leaving only 18 players for the final day. Peter Pihlstrom was leading the lot with a stack of 1,927,000.
A flurry of rapid eliminations on the final day saw qualifier Rikard Andersson (10th for €3,300) fall a place short of the final table. By then Martin had overtaken the rest of the field holding over 3 Million in chips.
Final Table Recap
Final table play began with an elimination. The shortest of the nine finalists, Maarten Wichgers was also the first one to depart at the hands of Martin in ninth place.
Norwegian schoolteacher Jorn Inge-Hval finished in eighth place, followed by Arunas Garunkstis who crashed out in seventh place.
The six-handed play extended for a long time during which the action was dominated by Tilt Piller and Paul Johnson. However, Piller soon found himself heading for the rail in sixth place.
Next up, MPNPT Manchester finalist Cody Wagner was eliminated in fifth place. Finnish constructor Jussi Mattila then moved his remaining chips in the middle with ace-seven against Johnson’s ace-eight and failing to improve on the runout, headed out in fourth place.
Online qualifier Peter Pihlstrom then locked in a third place finish, leaving Paul Johnson and Martin in battle for the title. Johnson was leading when the heads-up began but Martin regained his foothold and managed to amass the majority of chips in play. Finally, Martin relegated Johnson to the rail in runner-up to clinch the title.
Final Table Results ((EURO)
Carl Masters Wins 2019 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Tunica $400 NLHE Monster Stack For 2nd WSOPC Ring
World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) regular Carl Masters has been on a hot run lately. Just two days after Masters won the $600 PLO Re-entry in the 2019 WSOPC Horeshoe Tunica, he took down another event at the stop. Outrunning 561 entries, Masters took down the $400 NLHE Monster Stack for $38,885.
’It’s unbelievable. I’m just running hot, playing good, getting good cards, and getting lucky when you need to. I think I’m playing the best I can play,’’ Masters said.
He added, “My opponents were very good. I had to get really lucky against the guy who went out in fourth. I just got a miracle card on the river. I’ve just been blessed all week.’’
Interestingly, Masters’ heads-up opponent was 80-year old Faith Bazemore. It was Bazemore’s first final table appearance and her second Day 2 ever, and she had an entire rail cheering her on.
A 561-strong field meant that the prize pool hit $18,130. The top 63 finishers cashed a guaranteed $605.
Day 2 began with 30 survivors and before long, the field was whittled down to the nine-handed final table following the elimination of Jessie Bryant (10th for $2,903).
Final Table Recap
Caleb Parr had brought in a sizeable stack to the ten-handed final table but by the time Jessie Bryant was eliminated, Parr had lost most of his chips. As a result he was the first player to leave, in ninth place.
David Barney and Darrell Fortson were eliminated in eighth and seventh place respectively, while Mike Costello went out next in sixth place.
After John Gallaher hit the rail in fifth place, Sean Small followed him out in fourth place with Trent Bennett landing himself a third place payout.
Masters’ heads-up confrontation with Faith Bazemore was challenging for the former. Despite her chatty demeanor, Bazemore fought tough but eventually ended up losing her stack and the title to Masters.
Final Table Results (USD)