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Level Info

Level 23
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 10,000
Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Ken Baime Wins 2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star Casino ($77,681)

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Ken Baime
Ken Baime

Ken Baime topped a field of 301 runners to win the 2014 Mid-States Poker Tour Majestic Star Casino for $77,681 in the first ever stop here for the tour. Baime's victory more than quadruples his career tournament earnings, which came into the day at $25,471. Ironically, he joked early in the day that his only claim to fame was being on the edge of the frame in a photo of Day 2 chip leader Ritchie Idrovo.

Baime's win came over an Day 2 field that included the likes Matt Alexander, John Hayes, Jason Smith, Matt Kirby, and Kou Vang.

Baime stayed out of the biggest pots for the majority of the early parts of Day 2, but his winning surge began when Allen Lanier went all in for his last 6,000 under the gun. Brian Zimcosky raised to 100,000 from middle position, and Baime and Leon Morford called from the button and the big blind, respectively. After a flop of {q-Hearts}{7-Spades}{8-Clubs}, Zimcosky bet 160,000, and Baime shoved. Morford folded, and Zimcosky immediately called.

Zimcosky: {8-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}
Baime: {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}
Lanier: {9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}

Baime had coolered Zimcosky, while Lanier was drawing live with a straight draw. The {10-Clubs} filled that draw, and a {6-Spades} river was a brick, so Baime doubled up on the side while Lanier survived.

Baime became the chip leader shortly thereafter when he won a flip against Zimcosky with jacks.

A bit later, he check-shipped the turn with second pair and a flush draw against eventual fourth-place finisher Fadi Hamad. Unfortunately for Baime, Hamad was ahead with top pair after making the difficult call. Baime was covered, so the spade on the river saved his tournament life and shipped him half of the chips in play.

Baime's momentum continued when he induced an all-in check-raise from Zimcosky, the most aggressive player at the final table on a board of {5-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{4-Hearts}. Baime held {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for two pair, and he was well in front of the {k-Spades}{10-Spades} of his opponent. When the river bricked out, Baime carried a big chip lead into a heads-up match with Morford.

The two played heads up for about an hour before Baime raised to 215,000 on the button, and Morford shoved for 1.4 million. Baime called after thinking for just a moment.

Baime: {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}
Morford: {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs}

Baime had Morford dominated, and the dealer spread a flop of {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, all but securing Baime the win. A {7-Clubs} turn ended Morford's slim chances, and a {j-Hearts} finished out the board.

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Tags: Allen LanierBrian ZimcoskyFadi HamadKen BaimeLeon MorfordRitchie Idrovo

Leon Morford Eliminated in 2nd Place ($42,504)

mnuwwarah • Level 23: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Leon Morford - Second Place
Leon Morford - Second Place

Ken Baime raised to 215,000 on the button, and Leon Morford shoved for 1.4 million. Baime called after thinking for just a moment.

Baime: {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}
Morford: {a-Hearts}{4-Clubs}

Baime had Morford dominated, and the dealer spread a flop of {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{q-Spades}, all but securing Baime the win. A {7-Clubs} turn ended Morford's slim chances, and a {j-Hearts} finished out the board.

Leon Morford Busted

Tags: Ken BaimeLeon Morford

Level:
23
Blinds:
40,000/80,000
Ante:
10,000

Brian Zimcosky Eliminated in 3rd Place ($28,141)

mnuwwarah • Level 22: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante
Brian Zimcosky - Third Place
Brian Zimcosky - Third Place

With the board reading {5-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{4-Hearts} on the turn, Brian Zimcosky checked to Ken Baime, who bet 525,000. Zimcosky shoved all in for about 1.6 million, and Baime called.

Baime: {5-Clubs}{4-Clubs}
Zimcosky: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}

Zimcosky had been caught semi-bluffing with a flush draw and an over, but he needed a spade on the river to outdraw Baime's two pair. The river brought an {8-Hearts}, a blank.

"Nice job, guys," Zimcosky said, pushing his stack to Baime, who now has a huge chip lead heads up.

Ken Baime us 4,835,000 1,435,000
Brian Zimcosky us Busted

Tags: Ken BaimeBrian Zimcosky

Fadi Hamad Eliminated in 4th Place ($19,054)

mnuwwarah • Level 22: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante
Fadi Hamad - Fourth Place
Fadi Hamad - Fourth Place

Fadi Hamad opened to 150,000 on the button after Leon Morford accidentally mucked his big blind.

"This is awkward," Hamad said.

"Well, that changes the dynamic," Ken Baime said with a laugh as he peaked down at his cards in the small blind.

Baime made the call, and the two saw a flop of {4-Spades}{j-Clubs}{10-Spades}. Both players checked, and the turn was a {3-Diamonds}. Baime checked once more, and Hamad bet 140,000. Baime shoved for about 1.4 million, and Hamad began thinking, while asking his opponent what he was doing shoving for such a huge amount.

Finally, he called.

Hamad: {j-Clubs}{6-Spades}
Baime: {k-Spades}{10-Spades}

Baime had a flush draw and second pair, but he trailed the top pair of Hamad. The river was an {a-Spades}, completing Baime's flush draw and drawing a frustrated sigh from Hamad.

"Why didn't I just fold and nit it up?" he said to himself.

When the dealer counted out stacks, he had 28,000 remaining, which he got all in the next hand under the gun. Everyone called, and he didn't improve his {q-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} by the river, and Brian Zimcosky took the pot with two pair with {7-Spades}{3-Clubs}.

Ken Baime us 3,400,000 1,240,000
Fadi Hamad us Busted

Tags: Brian ZimcoskyFadi HamadKen BaimeLeon Morford

Level:
22
Blinds:
30,000/60,000
Ante:
5,000