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Shawn Schoreck Wins 2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Belle of Baton Rouge ($34,105)

mnuwwarah • Level 21: 20,000-40,000, 4,000 ante
Shawn Schoreck - First Place

After a three-hour heads-up match, Shawn Schoreck emerged victorious over Kou Vang to win the Mid-State Poker Tour Belle of Baton Rouge for $34,105. Vang will have to console himself with $21,032. The heads-up battle was a mismatch on paper, with Vang holding a $512,930-to-$4,376 edge in career tournament winnings, but Schoreck prevailed when his {6-Spades}{6-Diamonds} help up all in before the flop against Vang's {3-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}.

Busts came fast and furious early on, as players wasted little time getting their chips into the middle. Just a few hours in, we were already hand-for-hand on the money bubble, which lasted more than two hours until the elimination of Seville Hale. Justin Truesdell and David Chocheles bowed out shortly thereafter, and we were set with our final table.

The last woman remaining and the Day 2 chip leader coming in, Erica Sumner, was the first to fall when final table play began when she shoved over a raise with ace-ten and lost to Daniel Holmes' ace-queen.

Michael Benton, Allen Kessler, Mihail Karasoulis, and Robbie Matthews busted out in a flurry after that, leaving us five-handed. Matthews had a particularly tough exit, as he got all in with the nut straight on the turn against two pair, only to watch Daniel Holmes' {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts} spike a boat on the {k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{j-Clubs} board.

Long-time chip leader Tom Annonson then busted with {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} when he couldn't catch the {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} of Shawn Schoreck. A short-stacked Will "Monkey" Souther found himself with three outs when he jammed {a-}{4-} against the {a-}{q-} of Kou Vang, and the "Monkey" fell short of matching the success of Russell Wilson, whose jersey he'd donned for the final table, by exiting in fourth.

Daniel Holmes attempted to push the pace three-handed, but he seemed to pick the wrong spots to turn up the aggression, and he shipped all in from the button for 289,000, and Schoreck made the call in the small blind. After about two minutes of thought, Vang laid his big blind down.

Holmes: {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Schoreck: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}

The flop left both with hopeful positions: {7-Spades}{q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, giving Schoreck a straight draw and two overs while keeping Holmes' eights best for the moment. An {a-Clubs} turn cause Holmes to slide his chair back, and the {2-Hearts} river officially ended his tournament.

Both Vang and Schoreck held leads heads up, but Schoreck lucked out in a couple of all in pots before grinding Vang down for the win.

Thanks for tuning in to PokerNews' live coverage of MSPT Baton Rouge, and we look forward to another exciting stop in Gary, Ind., in a couple of weeks.

Tags: Allen KesslerDaniel HolmesDavid ChochelesErica SumnerJustin TruesdellKou VangMihail KarasoulisRobbie MatthewsSeville HaleShawn SchoreckTom AnnonsonWill Souther