Live Events 1
$1,110 Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in $1,110
Players 611

Level Info

Level 33
Blinds 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 300,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 611

Highlights

Highlights

$1,110 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Pat Steele Wins 2020 MSPT Cleveland Poker Open at JACK Cleveland Casino for $124,461; Makes MSPT Hall of Fame

TylerWarken • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Pat Steele
Pat Steele

It was a big day for Michigan's Pat Steele, the Mid-States Poker Tour Season 4 Player of the Year. In the first MSPT Main Event of Season 11, he became just the fifth person to earn a spot in the MSPT Hall of Fame thanks to notching 25 career MSPT Main Event cashes to go along with his POY title.

Not content to stop there, Steele topped the 611-entry field to win the 2020 Cleveland Poker Open $1,100 Main Event title at JACK Cleveland, which was good for a $124,461 top prize.

Steele talked about his historic night after his win: "Words can't describe it, but to do two things in one night, finally get a win on the MSPT, it's pretty awesome. To be involved with the great Hall of Famers, it's cool to be apart of both of those groups."

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Pat Steele$124,461
2Ronnie Dowdy$76,455
3DJ Swartz$55,711
4Dan Pechnik$41,487
5Jeff Mirelli$31,412
6Doc Love$23,707
7Mark Wahba$18,373
8Ryan Rebman$14,224
9Lydia Waltonbaugh$11,261

Final Day Action

The final day of the Main Event saw 90 players return for Day 2. Some notables that were able to cash by finishing in the top 63 included defending champ Adam Friedman (16th), Karam Dhillon (21st), Chris Moon (26th) and Bobby Noel (46th).

Lydia Waltonbaugh was the first to exit the final table when she moved all in with ace-jack and could not improve against Jeff Mirelli, who held kings.

Ryan Rebman and Mark Wahba were next to exit the final table when Dan Pechnik held ace-king on an ace-high board and eliminated both of them on the same hand.

Doc Love also fell victim to Pechnik when his ace-eight couldn't improve against Pechnik’s queens.

Mirelli was next to bust in fifth place when he flopped trip kings and ran into Steele’s full house.

DJ Swartz had Pechnik dominated when they got the money in preflop. Penchnik was unable to hit one of his three outs and went home in fourth place.

Three-handed action lasted over two hours until a blind-versus-blind cooler saw Swartz’s pocket kings get cracked by the ace-queen of Steele to send him out the door in third place.

Ronnie Dowdy
Ronnie Dowdy

Heads-Up Play

Steele held the chip lead for the entirety of the heads-up match that lasted roughly 90 minutes. Steele and Ronnie Dowdy played a lot of small pots that saw Steele grind Dowdy down to a push or fold stack. Steele had a chance to lock up the title early when he shoved eight nine suited against Dowdy's king-jack. Steele flopped top pair and turned two pairs, but Dowdy rivered a flush to keep the heads up match going.

In the final hand, Steele had Dowdy dominated but found himself behind after the flop. Steele was able to improve to a pair of his own on the turn and found a brick on the river to make him the 2020 MSPT Cleveland Poker Open champion.

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Tags: Adam FriedmanBobby NoelChris MoonDan PechnikDJ SwartzJeff MirelliKaram DhillonLydia WaltonbaughMark WahbaPat SteeleRyan Rebman

Ronnie Dowdy Eliminated in 2nd Place ($76,455)

TylerWarken • Level 33: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Ronnie Dowdy
Ronnie Dowdy

Ronnie Dowdy raised his button to 1,700,000 leaving himself just 50,000 behind. Pat Steele moved all in and Dowdy called.

Pat Steele: {q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Ronnie Dowdy: {q-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}

Steele had Dowdy dominated but the {3-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop sent Dowdy into the lead. Steele was able to find one of the three remaining jacks in the deck when the {j-Hearts} landed on the turn. The {6-Hearts} was the last river dealt in the tournament and Dowdy was eliminated in second place.

Pat Steele us
Pat Steele
us 15,275,000 1,975,000
Ronnie Dowdy us
Ronnie Dowdy
us Busted

Tags: Pat SteeleRonnie Dowdy

Level:
33
Blinds:
150,000/300,000
Ante:
300,000

Dowdy Backdoors a Flush to Stay Alive

TylerWarken • Level 32: 150,000-250,000, 250,000 ante

Pat Steele moved all in on the button and Ronnie Dowdy called off his remaining 1,670,000.

Ronnie Dowdy: {k-Spades}{j-Spades}
Pat Steele: {8-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

Steele was behind but the {2-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{7-Spades} flop left him two cards away from becoming the MSPT champion. The {8-Spades} turn left Dowdy needing to hit a ten or a spade to avoid elimination. The {6-Spades} river completed Dowdy's flush and he double up to stay alive.

Pat Steele us
Pat Steele
us 11,700,000 -1,600,000
Ronnie Dowdy us
Ronnie Dowdy
us 3,400,000 1,500,000

Tags: Pat SteeleRonnie Dowdy

Level:
32
Blinds:
150,000/250,000
Ante:
250,000

Steele Widens the Gap

TylerWarken • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Both players checked the flop of {6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} in a limped pot and went to a turn card.

The action checked to Pat Steele on the {q-Diamonds} turn card and he bet 325,000. Ronnie Dowdy called.

The {k-Hearts} completed the board and Dowdy check-called a bet of 1,100,000.

Pat Steele: {q-Spades}{2-Spades}

Steele tabled two pair and took down the pot.

Pat Steele us
Pat Steele
us 13,300,000 2,600,000
Ronnie Dowdy us
Ronnie Dowdy
us 1,900,000 -2,600,000

Tags: Pat SteeleRonnie Dowdy

DJ Swartz Eliminated in 3rd Place ($55,711)

TylerWarken • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
DJ Swartz
DJ Swartz

Pat Steele limped in from the small blind and DJ Swartz moved all in for 3,000,000 from the big blind. Steele snap-called.

Pat Steele: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}
DJ Swartz: {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

It was a blind vs blind cooler and Swartz remained in the lead after the {4-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} flop. The {9-Clubs} turn left Steele with just five outs. The {a-Hearts} river was one of those outs and Swartz was eliminated in third place.

Pat Steele us
Pat Steele
us 10,700,000 2,000,000
Ronnie Dowdy us
Ronnie Dowdy
us 4,500,000 500,000
DJ Swartz US
DJ Swartz
US Busted

Tags: DJ SwartzPat Steele