Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,000
Prize Pool $410,000
Players 410

Level Info

Level 29
Blinds 40,000 / 80,000
Ante 10,000



Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Blake Bohn Wins Mid-States Poker Tour Meskwaki Casino ($101,229)

mamossey • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Blake Bohn - Champion
Blake Bohn - Champion

The Mid-States Poker Tour Meskwaki saw Tour Pro Blake Bohn, who was fresh off a 23rd-place finish in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, best a field of 410 entries to claim the coveted trophy, 101,229 in prize money, and his second MSPT title, making him just the fourth player to capture multiple MSPT titles. The win also vaulted him to the top of the MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year leaderboard.

Day 2 started out with 78 returning players, and the field lost 33 players before making the money with some of the more notable players to fall including Aaron Johnson, Josh Reichard, and Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler. In a unique bubble scenario, the official "bubble boy" was Isidro Sandoval who had started Day 2 with 81,000 in chips, but never actually took his seat or played a hand. So despite the fact that there were many short stacks, Sandoval only had three total hands before he was forced all in when hand-for-hand play began. Sandoval went out in 46th place, and the money bubble officially burst.

Some notable players that were eliminated in the money and before the final table included Tom Hammers ($1,981), David Gutfreund ($2,456), Mark Sandness ($3,962), and Angelina Rich who busted just short of the final table in 11th place ($5,151). If you recall, Rich took down the MSPT Venetian, the largest event in tour history, to become the first female MSPT champ.

The final table was extremely champion-heavy housing Dave Gonia, former MSPT Running Aces champion; Peixin Liu who won the an MSPT at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN; and Bohn, former MSPT champ of Grand Falls.

The first to fall was tour regular Rob WazWaz, who was eliminated in 10th place by Ryan Delorme after shoving his {a-Diamonds}{4-Clubs} against Delorme's {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}. WazWaz failed to improve and his elimination set in motion the official final table of nine.

Phil Mader was eliminated in ninth place after he called an all-in shove from Greg Gates with the {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} against Gates' {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}. When the flop came {j-Spades}{a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}, Mader's pair of aces would not stand tall against Gates' set of queens. The {2-Spades} hit the turn and the {6-Diamonds} came on the river, ensuring that Mader was sent home with $7,924 for his efforts.

Shortly thereafter, on a board reading {9-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{2-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, James Wilson shoved all in and Justin Thurlow instantly called after having checked the river. Wilson had bluffed at the incorrect time as Thurlow had rivered trip nines while Wilson held merely ace-high. Wilson was visibly frustrated as he hit the rail after quickly shaking his opponent's hand.

It was a very up-and-down 30-minute span of play for Delorme, the eventual seventh-place finisher. He was involved in a big hand with Gonia in which he was left crippled with only a single big blind after his tens could not stand up to Gonia's pocket queens. Despite an immediate triple up, Delorme soon moved all in over an open from Gonia. Bohn called out of the big blind and Gonia came along as well. Delorme's pocket queens could not hold up against Bohn's king-jack off after a king-high board hit the felt, and Delorme was sent to the rail after putting up a strong fight.

The final table moved at a very fast pace following Delorme's elimination. The next large confrontation resulted in a double elimination. Bohn had raised to 125,000 in middle position, Jim Boone shoved on the button, and Gonia reshoved over the top in the small blind. Bohn called, having both of his opponents covered.

Bohn: {10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Boone: {a-Clubs}{9-Spades}
Gonia: {a-Spades}{q-Spades}

Bohn's tens held, causing Boone to fall in sixth place while Gonia was eliminated in fifth place.

Liu was the fourth-place finisher for a payday of $28,725. On his final hand, Liu shoved all in on a {2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{2-Spades}{3-Diamonds} board with the {k-Spades}{j-Clubs} and was instantly called by Gates, who hit a straight flush holding the {a-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} when the {4-Diamonds} hit the river.

Gates was the next to go after he moved all in on a {j-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop and was called by Bohn. Bohn had flopped top pair with top kicker holding the {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs} while Gates held a gutshot straight flush draw with the {6-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. The turn came the {3-Diamonds} and the river the {2-Spades}, bricking out for Gates.

Shortly after heads-up play began, Thurlow doubled up holding the {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} against Bohn's {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts}. This lead to them being relatively evenly stacked, but a few hands later, Bohn won a hand after hitting a flush on the river against Thurlow's flopped set of jacks. Thurlow doubled one last time before eventually being eliminated in second place after he shoved all in with the {j-Spades}{9-Spades} against Bohn's {q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}. Bohn hit a queen on the flop and it was all over when the turn and rivered failed to improve Thurlow.

With this second MSPT win, Bohn became the all-time MSPT money winner with $275,277 in total tour earnings. That cash, combined with his previous lifetime earnings, brings his to $2,342,339.

Final Table Results

1Blake Bohn$101,229
2Justin Thurlow$58,442
3Greg Gates$35,658
4Peixin Liu$28,725
5David Gonia$22,583
6Jim Boone$18,820
7Ryan Delorme$15,056
8James Wilson$11,490
9Phil Mader$7,924
10Rob Wazwaz$5,151

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Justin Thurlow Eliminated in 2nd Place ($58,442)

mamossey • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Justin Thurlow shoved all in on the button and Blake Bohn called immediately.

Thurlow: {j-Spades}{9-Spades}
Bohn: {q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}

When the flop came {q-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{9-Hearts}, Thurlow was in need of help and said, "That's gonna be hard."

The {2-Clubs} turn and {k-Spades} did not bring Thurlow the help he needed and he was eliminated in 2nd place after a stellar battle.

Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
us 8,200,000 1,200,000
Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
us Busted

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Blake Bohn Doubles, Thurlow Crippled

mamossey • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Justin Thurlow raised to 190,000 and Blake Bohn called.

Both players checked the {4-Clubs}{q-Spades}{j-Clubs} flop.

Bohn bet out 200,000 when the {3-Spades} hit on the turn. Thurlow, raised to 500,000, Bohn shoved all in, and Thurlow quickly said, "I call you!"

Bohn turned over {4-Spades}{8-Spades} and said, "Just one spade." Thurlow had flopped a set of jacks holding {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}.

The {7-Spades} came on the river giving Bohn the flush and awarding him the pot.

Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
us 7,400,000 2,800,000
Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
us 800,000 -2,700,000

Justin Thurlow Doubles Up

mamossey • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Justin Thurlow raised to 130,000 on the button. Blake Bohn shoved all in in, and Thurlow snap-called.

Thurlow was in great shape as he turned over {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts} versus Bohn's {a-Clubs}{5-Hearts}.

The flop came {10-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{8-Hearts} to which Bohn said, "I've seen better flops before."

Thurlow replied, "Chop outs."

The {6-Diamonds} turn and {j-Clubs} river did not improve Bohn's hand. Thurlow doubled, and the stacks are now much closer to even.

Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
us 4,600,000 1,780,000
Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
us 3,500,000 -1,840,000

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Blake Wins a Small One

mamossey • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

On a board reading {10-Clubs}{2-Spades}{5-Spades}, Blake Bohn check-called a bet of 60,000 from Justin Thurlow.

Both players checked the {7-Clubs} turn and {5-Clubs} river. Blake turned over {6-Hearts}{2-Clubs} for a pair of twos, and Thurlow mucked his hand.

Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
us 5,340,000 300,000
Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
us 2,820,000 -300,000

Greg Gates Eliminated in 3rd Place ($35,658)

mamossey • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Greg Gates
Greg Gates

On a board reading {j-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{5-Clubs}, Greg Gates shoved all in, Justin Thurlow folded, and Blake Bohn called.

Bohn: {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Gates: {6-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Bohn flopped top pair with top kicker while Gates held a gutshot straight flush draw. The turn came the {3-Diamonds} and the river the {2-Spades}, bricking out for Gates. Gates was sent home in 3rd place, and the tournament is now down to the final two players.

Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
us 4,990,000 960,000
Greg Gates
Greg Gates

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