Live Events 5
$1,110 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,110
Prize Pool $421,420
Players 436

Level Info

Level 33
Blinds 200,000 / 300,000
Ante 300,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 55



$1,110 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Next Flight Out: Ken Baime Misses Flight Home En Route To Winning MSPT US Poker Championship

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: Blinds 200,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Ken Baime
Ken Baime

Ken Baime wasn’t even supposed to be here tonight. He had a flight booked home with his wife, he had already checked out of his hotel room. But the poker gods had other plans.

Baime dueled heads up with Miles Barnum for nearly three hours before finally claiming victory at the Mid Stakes Poker Tour (MSPT) US Poker Championship at Sycuan Casino and a $82,512 payday.

MSPT United States Poker Championship Final Table Results

1Ken BaimeUnited States$82,512
2Miles BarnumUnited States$67,511
3Jason KapoorUnited States$41,721
4Brayan NoriegasolisUnited States$30,764
5Hal MarcusUnited States$23,178
6Brian NordinUnited States$17,700
7Elvis ToomasUnited States$13,907
8Suhail KhanUnited States$10,957
9Kevin MalisUnited States$8,007

Winner's Reaction

Baime said he was thankful to have his wife along on these adventures even if she wasn’t awake by the time things wrapped up in the wee hours of the morning.

“To my wife who lets me do all this,” he said. “She didn’t know what she was getting into when we got married but I appreciate it.”

Baime bagged second at the end of Day 1a and rode that big stack all the way to the final table. He navigated a field of 436 runners en route to victory. He also took down the $250 Seniors side event earlier in the week for $6,300.

“I mean right now I’m ecstatic but just so fatigued,” he said. “It really could have been anyone's game and we fought back and forth so hard. I do feel like I played with a lot more confidence. I had a pretty good summer and I have a lot of confidence in my reads.”

Day 2 Action

There were 55 players returning for the start of Day 2, and it took eight hours to whittle the field down to the final table. A few of the players to fall just before the final table included WSOP bracelet winner Massoud Eskandari (14th), former MSPT champion Gianluca Pace (13th), Day 1b chip leader Pat McCool (11th) and ClubGG qualifier Zach Jump (10th).

Final Table Action

First to go was Kevin Malis ($8,007). He ran into the pocket kings of Jason Kapoor on the first hand of the final table to lose most of his stack. He then got it in with king-seven against ace-queen in a blind on blind situation but could not improve.

Out in eighth was Suhail Khan ($10,957). He fell at the hands of Kapoor when he jammed queen-jack into ace-queen. Next to go was Elvis Toomas ($13,907). He got into a big preflop altercation with Baime holding king-queen but Baime’s ace-seven held to send him home in seventh.

Brian Nordin (17,700) was out in sixth when he shoved the cutoff holding king-four suited and ran into the ace-jack suited of Brayan Noriegasolis. Hal Marcus ($23,178) followed him out the door when he shoved his pair of jacks right into the flush of Kapoor.

It was Noriegasolis ($30,764) who went out in fourth. His ace-queen could not outflip the pocket eights of Kapoor and his run came to an end.

Kapoor ($41,721) looked poised for the victory during three-handed play. He held about seventy-five percent of the chips in play for some time. But that quickly evaporated as he lost four close all in scenarios in a row to go out at the hands of Baime. Kapoor had dedicated today's play to the unexpected death of a close friend and bowed out after an epic run. With two tables left, he had been down to a single blind.

That left Baime to duel Barnum heads up. The match dragged on for about two and half hours with the lead changing countless times. Both players seemed to be on the verge of victory at several points in the night. Ultimately, Barnum ran ace-five into the pocket aces of Baime and that was all she wrote.

Rocking a PokerNews cap, Baime plans to hit some more stops in the coming months including Battle Creek, Lake Tahoe, and FireKeepers.

Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team for more MSPT coverage throughout the rest of the year.

Tags: Brayan NoriegasolisBrian NordinClubGGElvis ToomasGianluca PaceHal MarcusJason KapoorKen BaimeKevin MalisMassoud EskandariMiles BarnumPat McCoolSuhail KhanZach Jump

Another Double

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: Blinds 200,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Ken Baime shoved the button and Miles Barnum called for his last 1,225,000.

Miles Barnum: {9-Spades}{6-Spades}
Ken Baime: {a-Hearts}{j-Clubs}

Barnum paired his nine on the runout and doubled again.

Ken Baime us
Ken Baime
us 8,000,000 -400,000
Miles Barnum
Miles Barnum
2,900,000 400,000

Barnum Doubles Again

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: Blinds 200,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Miles Barnum was at risk again this time for 1,375,000.

Miles Barnum: {10-Clubs}{9-Spades}
Ken Baime: {10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}

The {8-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} runout extended the match.

"Sorry to keep you waiting," quipped Barnum.

Ken Baime us
Ken Baime
us 8,150,000 750,000
Miles Barnum
Miles Barnum
2,750,000 -750,000

Barnum Doubles

NicholasBaltz • Level 33: Blinds 200,000-300,000, 300,000 ante

Miles Barnum shoved for 1,650,000 and Ken Baime called.

Miles Barnum: {k-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Ken Baime: {k-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}

The {10-Spades}{k-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{9-Clubs} runout gave Barnum the straight and the double.

Ken Baime us
Ken Baime
us 7,400,000 -2,150,000
Miles Barnum
Miles Barnum
3,500,000 950,000