2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
Main Event
Days:
1a1b2

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Players 426

Level Info

Level 28
Blinds 30,000 / 60,000
Ante 5,000
Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Nick Jivkov Wins Mid-States Poker Tour Meskwaki Casino ($104,974)

mnuwwarah • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante
Nick Jivkov - 1st Place
Nick Jivkov - 1st Place

Nick Jivkov claimed victory over an Iowa state record 426-player field to bank $104,974 at Mid-States Poker Tour Meskwaki Casino. The win counts as the second-biggest score of Jivkov's live career after his 2012 World Series of Poker bracelet win in Event #5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em. The Des Plaines, IL, native exorcised an old demon, as he finished runner-up here in a 2013 MSPT to Terry Ring.

Mike Lang, his heads-up opponent, was not so fortunate, having to content himself with his second runner-up finish of the tour season after narrowly missing a title at Canterbury Park back in April. Lang scored more than $60,000 in prize money.

Both players began Day 2 among the top 20 stacks, but it was Lang who quickly asserted himself by grabbing a commanding chip lead when he took a monster pot on a {3-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{8-Spades} flop. An opponent shoved all in with {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}, only to be shown {k-Clubs}{k-Hearts} by Lang. That gave Lang more than 400,000 at Level 16 (2,000/4,000/500).

Lang continued to increase his chip lead over the field as notables such as Rodger Johnson, James "mig.com" Mackey, former MSPT Meskwaki champ Jonathan Olson, EPT winner Tim Vance, "Minneapolis" Jim Meehan, and Joe Illingworth fell before the money. When Jeremy Dresch got lucky and hit a flush to burst the bubble, the remaining players found themselves in the money.

Once there, Nick Pupillo was an early victim of bad luck as Lang put a bad beat on him. Others following Pupillo to the payout desk included Nik Stone, Todd Breyfogle, Yossi Azulay, Jeff Bryan, and Ralph Massey.

Lang, meanwhile, pushed the issue with overcards one time too many and dumped his chip lead when he jammed a ten-high flop with {a-}{q-} only to be snapped off by Andy Van Blair's {a-}{a-}. Soon thereafter, Phil Mader got the last of it in with {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} and was run down by the {q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} of John Reading and the final table was set with Ken Rosheisen toting a chip lead and Jivkov narrowly trailing in second. Lang was in the danger zone with just 11 big blinds. The average stack at this point was still relatively small, around 20 big blinds.

The comeback began for Lang when he was able to outdraw Robert Noe's {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} by hitting a boat with {j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} all in preflop.

Jivkov, meanwhile, rocketed to the top of the counts when Brandon Smith shoved all in from early position for 275,000 and was called by Jivkov in the hijack. Van Blair then shoved for about 450,000 in the blinds, and Jivkov called.

Jivkov: {q-Spades}{j-Spades}
Van Blair: {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}
Smith: {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

No more jacks remained in the deck, but the worst hand quickly became by far the best as the flop brought {10-Spades}{8-Spades}{5-Spades}, giving Jivkov a nearly unbeatable flush. The {9-Diamonds} turn meant the hand was done, and a {q-Clubs} finished the board out, eliminating Van Blair in ninth and Smith in 10th.

A miniscule-stacked Robert Noe was next to go in eighth, sparking a flurry of eliminations as he was quickly followed by Day 1a leader David Gutfreund in seventh and Jeremy Dresch in sixth.

Another major boon followed for Jivkov when his three-bet of a Reading open prompted the latter to shove all in for about 900,000 during Level 27 (25,000/50,000/5,000). Jivkov quickly called with {a-Hearts}{k-Spades} and discovered he'd been shoved on light by a dominated {k-Clubs}{6-Clubs}. No help materialized for Reading.

Lang then turned to ladies to leap up the counts, first shoving over a button open from Rosheisen, who held {5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}, and then three-betting another button open from Darren Ficek, who had the bad luck of holding {j-}{j-}. He also failed to catch against the queens, ending his tournament in fourth.

Three-handed play lasted 15 minutes, and that's when Jivkov finally made a misstep. He completed the blind, and Rosheisen made it 260,000 to go. Jivkov announced he was all in, and Rosheisen quickly called off his stack of about 2 million.

Rosheisen: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Jivkov: {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs}

Jivkov muttered that a miracle was needed, but he didn't have to wait long as the {7-Spades}{j-Spades}{5-Hearts} flopped. A {2-Clubs} turned, and Jivkov's rail called for a queen. Instead, it was the {8-Hearts}, just as good, and Rosheisen could only shake his head in disappointment.

Heads-up play progressed slowly for a while as each player held small leads but neither could take real command. The two combatants seemed content to tread water, mostly trading blinds, until a limped pot proved to be the decider. Jivkov checked from the big blind on a {5-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} flop, and Lang over-bet the pot with 200,000 into 180,000. Jivkov came back with 500,000, which was met by an all-in shove. Jivkov called without much hesitation, tabling the {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a flush, which was well ahead of Lang's {a-Spades}{5-Spades}. When Lang failed to improve, he was left crippled, and Jivkov finished him the next hand.

Jivkov added to a career live tournament tally of more than $600,000 with the win.

The MSPT will be back in action on Thursday with another main event in Black Hawk, Colo., so be sure to come back to PokerNews for more live coverage.

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Mike Lang Eliminated in 2nd Place ($60,600)

mnuwwarah • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante
Mike Lang - 2nd Place
Mike Lang - 2nd Place

In a limped pot, Nick Jivkov checked and Mike Lang overbet the pot with 200,000 on the {5-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds} flop. Jivkov made it 500,000, and Lang announced all in. Jivkov took only about 10 seconds before calling.

Jivkov: {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}
Lang: {a-Spades}{5-Spades}

Lang had flopped two pair but was way behind, badly in need of an ace or five. The {9-Hearts} turn was clean for Jivkov, and Ralph Massey called for a deuce river. He got one in the {2-Hearts}. Stacks were counted down, and Jivkov was barely covered.

The next hand, Lang put his last 70,000 in from the big blind, and Jivkov called blind. Jivkov picked up the {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, while Lang had {k-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}. A flop of {a-Spades}{6-Hearts}{9-Clubs} gave Jivkov a straight draw. The {7-Spades} paired him, leaving Lang in need of a king. Paint fell, but it was the {j-Clubs}, ending the tournament.

Mike Lang us
Mike Lang
us Busted

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Jivkov Back in Front

mnuwwarah • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

Nick Jivkov bet 140,000 on a {4-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{3-Diamonds} flop after both players got there for the minimum. Mike Lang raised to 300,000, and Jivkov called. Jivkov checked the {6-Diamonds} turn, and Lang checked it back. Jivkov bet 385,000 on the {j-Spades} river, and Lang quickly called.

Jivkov showed {5-Clubs}{2-Spades} for a straight, and he took the pot.

Nick Jivkov bg
Nick Jivkov
bg 4,605,000 1,285,000
Mike Lang us
Mike Lang
us 3,935,000 -1,285,000

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Lang Grabs Lead

mnuwwarah • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

Mike Lang battled his way first to even and then to a lead after a recent pot in which Nick Jivkov three-bet him and Lang came back with a four-bet to 1 million. Jivkov folded.

Mike Lang us
Mike Lang
us 5,220,000 1,560,000
Nick Jivkov bg
Nick Jivkov
bg 3,320,000 -1,560,000

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Jivkov Pays Off Lang

mnuwwarah • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 5,000 ante

Mike Lang called a min-raise preflop and then checked the {k-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{k-Clubs}. Nick Jivkov checked back, and Lang bet 150,000 on the {6-Clubs} turn. Jivkov called, then quickly called another 200,000 on the {3-Diamonds}.

Lang showed {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for kings and nines.

"Misplayed that hand," Jivkov remarked as he mucked.

Nick Jivkov bg
Nick Jivkov
bg 4,880,000 260,000
Mike Lang us
Mike Lang
us 3,660,000 -240,000

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Level:
28
Blinds:
30,000/60,000
Ante:
5,000

Ken Rosheisen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($36,976)

mnuwwarah • Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Ken Rosheisen - 3rd Place
Ken Rosheisen - 3rd Place

Nick Jivkov completed the blind, and Ken Rosheisen made it 260,000 to go. Jivkov announced he was all in, and Rosheisen quickly called off his stack of about 2 million.

Rosheisen: {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Jivkov: {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs}

Jivkov muttered that a miracle was needed, but he didn't have to wait long as the {7-Spades}{j-Spades}{5-Hearts} flopped. A {2-Clubs} turned, and Jivkov's rail called for a queen. Instead, it was the {8-Hearts}, just as good, and Rosheisen could only shake his head in disappointment.

Nick Jivkov bg
Nick Jivkov
bg 4,620,000 1,320,000
Mike Lang us
Mike Lang
us 3,900,000 750,000
Ken Rosheisen
Ken Rosheisen
Busted

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