Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||80,000 / 160,000|
Day 2 Completed
A 30-year-old poker pro from Orono, Minnesota, took down the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour Canterbury Park Main Event on Sunday night.
Carl Carodenuto used an unpredictable and often maniacal style to earn the title and $116,103 first-place prize that came with it, besting a field of 470 entries when it was all said and done.
From two starting days that drew a Minnesota State record field, 93 players returned on Sunday to vie for the championship. They moved quickly past the 45-player money bubble and onto the final table of 10 that began with Willie Olson in the lead.
It wasn't long before DJ Buckley lost a race against Saad Ghanem to bust 10th, and MSPT Meskwaki winner Rich Alsup failed to outdraw Ryan Tyler's dominating ace to end up ninth, guaranteeing that Mark Hodge would pick up the coveted MSPT Player of the Year title.
Olson then extended his lead, shoving over a Vladimir Revniaga raise with pocket tens, getting called by Revniaga on nines and holding.
Short stack Dan Favreau then helped Carodenuto heat up when he ran jacks into his aces to bow out seventh, and after a period of chips flying around the table with no one busting, Brian Berthiaume ran ten-high into Kirby Rogers' ace-high and said goodbye in sixth.
Olson's run good continued when he dispatched Ryan Tyler in fifth, finding a pair with the dominated versus his . Plus, he busted a short-stacked Ghanem in fourth to take a lead into three-handed play.
That lead would not last, however, as he soon shipped fours into Carodenuto's sevens and handed it over to him.
Olson then busted third when Rogers slow-played kings to perfection against him to double through and leave him short and shoving.
Rogers appeared to be running over Carodenuto heads up, taking advantage of a some blind bets and snatching the lead away from him with some timely aggression, but after they took a break, Carodenuto returned to take it back.
First he called down a three-barreled bluff with bottom pair and then he got it in with big slick in great shape and held to capture MSPT glory and the lion's share of the event's prize pool.
Carodenuto's win marked the end of the wildly successful sixth season on the MSPT and with that, the PokerNews Live Reporting team bids you farewell from Minnesota.
Carl Carodenuto check-called bets of 200,000, 500,000 and 1.2 million on a board with the against Kirby Rodgers' to take the lead.
Moments later, Rogers got it all in with the versus Carodenuto's and the board rolled out to give Carodenuto the title.
Carl Carodenuto shipped it in over a 320,000-chip open from Kirby Rogers and Rogers called with the .
Carodenuto had the and got there, making a flush on the run out.
After a series of blunders including more dark bets and tragic folds at any sign of aggression from Kirby Rogers, Carl Carodenuto has fallen from the lead.
Rogers now has him at more than 3:1 disadvantage as they head into a 10 minute break.
Kirby Rogers limped the small blind and Willie Olson checked his option. The flop fell and after a check from Rogers, Olson shoved.
Rogers snap-called with the slyly played and Olson had the . Kings held on a turn and river to double Rogers and leave Olson on life support.
He doubled twice, but eventually ran out of gas, busting with a weak king to Rogers' weak ace.
Rogers will now take on Carl Carodenuto heads up for the title.
Willie Olson shipped the small blind with the and Carl Carodenuto called all in for his tournament life with the .
The board ran out and Carodenuto doubled through Olson to snatch the lead.
Willie Olson made it 300,000 and Kirby Rogers defended his big blind.
The flop was checked by both, but after another Rogers check on the turn, Olson bet 100,000. Rogers quickly called and checked the river.
Olson bet 500,000 and Rogers insta-called again. Olson showed and Rogers paid him off.