$1,110 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,110
Prize Pool $959,770
Players 991

Level Info

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

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 118
$1,110 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

John Dennehey Takes Down 2022 MSPT Ohio State Championship for $155,933!

LiamGannon • Level 32: 150,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
John Dennehey
John Dennehey

After 13 hours of play in the $1,110 buy-in Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) 2022 Ohio State Poker championship at JACK Casino Cleveland, it was Minnesota native John Dennehey who ended up striking a deal heads-up with Dustin Mcelhaney for $155,933 and the title. Mcelhaney took second place for $133,058.

“I just feel elated right now,” said an exhausted Dennehey, “I just played my hands.”

The Minnesota native has been playing the game recreationally for over 20 years and turned to tournaments within the past three years. The family man with two kids held over $100,000 in lifetime earnings and a prior career high of over $38,168 was overjoyed in taking down his first mid-major career title.

“My only advice to all players playing these things is just to never give up,” he says “I was the short stack nearly the whole tournament but here I am.”

The 2022 MSPT Ohio State Poker Championship attracted 991 entries and offered up a $959,770 prize pool.

MSPT JACK Cleveland Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize (USD)
1stJohn Dennehey$155,933*
2ndDustin Mcelhaney$133,058*
3rdKevin Kerchenski$81,580
4thChris Tryba$60,466
5thScott Fitzhugh$46,069
6thTodd Rizzo$35,511
7thDave Holmes$27,833
8thShaun Gillian$21,115
9thKris Davis$17,276

*Denotes heads-up deal

Day 2 Action

The day began only 10 eliminations away from the bubble and Jefferey Fritz went out as the unfortunate bubble boy when his two pair ran into a flopped straight. His elimination brought the remaining 108 players to the money.

The bursting of the bubble saw many players fall in quick succession including Michael Berk (73rd-$2,399), Renato Spahiu (59th-$2,975), MSPT champions Timothy Gundrum (57th-$2,975), and Kyna England (24th-$6,526). The final table was reached when Craig Stein could not hold on with his pocket queens against the ace-king of Dave Powell and he ended up in 10th place for $13,437.

Final Table Recap

MSPT Cleveland final table
MSPT JACK Cleveland final table

The first elimination came when short-stacked Kris Davis moved all in for his remaining four big blinds with king-queen and failed to improve against the pocket fives of Mcelhaney. He wished his table mates good luck and left with his $17,267 for ninth place.

Shaun Gillian was the next to fall in a massive 9 million chip pot when he called off with aces against two sets of Mcelhaney and WSOP bracelet winner Chris Tryba. Mcelaney held the higher set, doubling through Tryba and sending Gillian to the payout desk in eighth place for $21,115.

Dave Holmes found himself next to leave, also at the hands of Mcelaney, when his second pair turned flush draw failed to improve against a flopped set of nines. He exited in seventh place for $27,833.

Next to go was short-stacked Todd Rizzo who got in his ace-jack against the queen-eight of Mcelhaney. A queen on the flop and turn was enough to send Rizzo to collect his sixth place prize of $35,511.

Scott Fitzhugh exited when he moved all in for his three million chips over a raise from Kevin Kerchenski and found himself racing with pocket sevens against ace-king. An ace on the turn sealed his fate and he ended up finishing in fifth place for $46,069.

Start-of-final-table chip leader Tryba suffered a very bad beat in the beginning of the final table when his set of fives ran into the set of sixes of Mcelhaney. His luck ran out when his pocket tens could not hold up against the ace-queen of Mcelhaney and a queen on the turn ended the WSOP bracelet winners’ run in fourth place for $60,466.

Chris Tryba
Chris Tryba

Kerchinski started three-handed play as the chip leader, but lost a key pot against Dennehey when his two pair could not hold up against a flush draw, and then another when he moved his short stack in with king-three only for Mcelhaney to wake up with queens in the big blind. A queen high board sent the Ohio native to the cage in third place for $81,580.

Dennehey started heads up at a near 2:1 deficit against Mcelhaney, but when Dennehey’s ace-king found a double against Mcelhaney’s ace-queen off, Dennehey found himself for the first time at the final table with the chip lead. A deal was discussed shortly after that guaranteed Mcelaney $133,058 for second place and Dennehey with the trophy and $155,933 for the win.

Congratulations to John Dennehey for winning the $1,100 Mid-States Poker Tour Main Event at JACK Casino Cleveland.

The MSPT now heads to FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan for an $1,110 buy-in, $1,000,000 GTD Main Event. Click here for more information on that tournament.

Tags: Chris TrybaCraig SteinDave HolmesDave PowellDustin McelhaneyJefferey FritzJohn DenneheyKevin KerchenskiKris DavisKyna EnglandMichael BerkRenato SpahiuScott FitzhughShaun GillianTimothy GundrumTodd Rizzo

Dennehey Takes The Lead

LiamGannon • Level 32: Blinds 150,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
John Dennehey
John Dennehey

Dustin Mcelhaney raised to 700,000 preflop and John Dennehey three-bet to 1,900,000 which Mcelhaney responded to by moving all-in and Dennehey called.

John Dennehey: {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}
Dustin Mcelhaney: {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}

The board ran out {9-Spades}{a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{5-Spades} and Dennehey acquired the chip lead, the first time this final table.

John Dennehey us
John Dennehey
us 15,700,000 9,700,000
Dustin Mcelhaney us
Dustin Mcelhaney
us 9,075,000 7,197,500

Tags: Dustin McelhaneyJohn Dennehey

Kevin Kerchenski Eliminated In 3rd Place ($81,580)

LiamGannon • Level 32: 150,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Kevin Kerchenski
Kevin Kerchenski

Kevin Kerchenski moved all-in on the button for 3,200,000 and in the big blind Dustin Mcelhaney snap-called.

Kevin Kerchenski: {k-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}
Dustin Mcelhaney: {q-Hearts}{q-Clubs}

The board ran out {q-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} which gave a full house to Mcelhaney. Kerchenski was eliminated in 3rd place and the two final players will take a 5-minute break.

Dustin Mcelhaney us
Dustin Mcelhaney
us 14,025,000 3,725,000
John Dennehey us
John Dennehey
us 8,850,000 -350,000
Kevin Kerchenski US
Kevin Kerchenski
US Busted

Tags: Dustin McelhaneyKevin Kerchenski