MSOP Results: November 20, 2004

The night of November 20th brought a smaller crowd than the previous record-setting event and also a new experiment in how we’ll handle the tables.

We had a high roller table with the usual $20 buyin, plus a low roller table with a $5 buyin for those who wanted to take the game less seriously.

Play began at 6pm with two new players to the MSOP tour, Amanda Jones playing on the low roller table, and Jane Schneider playing on the high roller table.

We had six low rollers and seven high rollers when it was time to play, fighting over the following prize fund:

Low Rollers ($5 buyin)
1st: $20
2nd: $10

High Rollers ($20 buyin)
1st: $70
2nd: $45
3rd: $25

Let’s shuffle up and deal!


Play by Play

At 6:52 on the small table, they had built a sizeable pot and Suz went all-in on the river. Heather called.

With the board showing ,

Heather laid down ,

but Suz had , giving her the absolute nuts, doubling her up, and leaving Heather severely wounded.


With a small table, it didn’t take long for the action to get going. At 6:57 Elvis and Kitten built up a pot of over 3000. On the turn, Kit went all-in and Jon called.

The board was .

Kit showed bullets, .

Elvis laid down , and was drawing dead. The river came and Elvis was out of the building.


At 7:26, with pocket fives, I hit a set on the flop, and slowplayed it to Dan. I kept calling his bets and then on the river a scary straight showed on the board. I called Dan’s all-in and he had the straight. He was doubled up and I was left with only 170.


At 7:44, Chris busted out to Nick.


At 7:55, I busted out to Nick as well. There were four left on the big table.


At 8:15, Kit was all-in on the river with a call from Jane.

The board showed .

Kitten laid down , but Jane had him covered with .

Kit was out and three players were left on the big table, all of them in the money.


Steph and Heather busted out on the small table sometime before 8:30, leaving four of them battling over the two spots that paid out.


At 9:25, with a pot of 500, the flop came .

Nick went all-in with his remaining 1200. Jane called.

Nick showed , giving him an open-ended straight draw.

Jane laid down , her high card holding up for the time being.

The turn came , pairing Nick up and turning Jane’s hand into the underdog.

The river came , giving Jane her aces, but giving Nick his straight. He was doubled up and back in the hunt.


Nick busted out to Dan not long after, giving him $25. Jane and Dan went heads-up to battle over the remaining $115 in the kitty, with Dan having a sizeable lead over the MSOP rookie.


Five minutes later at 9:30, Chad busted out to Heidi on the small table, leaving Susanna, Amanda, and Heidi battling it out for the money spots.


Amanda busted out sometime between 9:30 and 10, leaving Heidi and Suz heads-up.


Finally at 10:05, Suz knocked out Heidi. Heidi went home with $10, and Suz won $20, her first MSOP victory!


At around the same time on the big table, the battle between Jane and Dan left them even in the chips.


Over an hour later, at 11:16, Dan and Jane were all-in preflop.

Dan showed .

Jane showed , about a 2-1 underdog to Dan’s overcards.

The flop came , pairing up Jane. Dan needed help.

The turn came , putting the nail in Dan’s coffin.

The river was , leaving Dan the second place prize of $45, and giving the first place prize of $70 to our newcomer, Jane!


Congratulations to Suz, Heidi, Jane, Dan, and Nick, and thank you to all who played!

Results

Half Sawbuck ($5)
1st ($20): Suz
2nd ($10): Heidi (10:05)
3rd: Amanda (?)
4th: Chad (9:32)
5th: Heather (8:27)
6th: Steph (?)

Double Sawbuck ($20)
1st ($70): Jane
2nd ($45): Dan (11:16)
3rd ($25): Nick (9:36)
4th: Kit (8:18)
5th: John (7:55)
6th: Chris (7:44)
7th: Elvis (6:57)

Standings

 

MSOP Results: November 20, 2004

20th brought a smaller crowd than the previous record-setting event and also a new experiment in how we’ll handle the tables.

We had a high roller table with the usual $20 buyin, plus a low roller table with a $5 buyin for those who wanted to take the game less seriously.

Play began at 6pm with two new players to the MSOP tour, Amanda Jones playing on the low roller table, and Jane Schneider playing on the high roller table.

We had six low rollers and seven high rollers when it was time to play, fighting over the following prize fund:

Low Rollers ($5 buyin)
1st: $20
2nd: $10

High Rollers ($20 buyin)
1st: $70
2nd: $45
3rd: $25

Let’s shuffle up and deal!


Play by Play

At 6:52 on the small table, they had built a sizeable pot and Suz went all-in on the river. Heather called.

With the board showing ,

Heather laid down ,

but Suz had , giving her the absolute nuts, doubling her up, and leaving Heather severely wounded.


With a small table, it didn’t take long for the action to get going. At 6:57 Elvis and Kitten built up a pot of over 3000. On the turn, Kit went all-in and Jon called.

The board was .

Kit showed bullets, .

Elvis laid down , and was drawing dead. The river came and Elvis was out of the building.


At 7:26, with pocket fives, I hit a set on the flop, and slowplayed it to Dan. I kept calling his bets and then on the river a scary straight showed on the board. I called Dan’s all-in and he had the straight. He was doubled up and I was left with only 170.


At 7:44, Chris busted out to Nick.


At 7:55, I busted out to Nick as well. There were four left on the big table.


At 8:15, Kit was all-in on the river with a call from Jane.

The board showed .

Kitten laid down , but Jane had him covered with .

Kit was out and three players were left on the big table, all of them in the money.


Steph and Heather busted out on the small table sometime before 8:30, leaving four of them battling over the two spots that paid out.


At 9:25, with a pot of 500, the flop came .

Nick went all-in with his remaining 1200. Jane called.

Nick showed , giving him an open-ended straight draw.

Jane laid down , her high card holding up for the time being.

The turn came , pairing Nick up and turning Jane’s hand into the underdog.

The river came , giving Jane her aces, but giving Nick his straight. He was doubled up and back in the hunt.


Nick busted out to Dan not long after, giving him $25. Jane and Dan went heads-up to battle over the remaining $115 in the kitty, with Dan having a sizeable lead over the MSOP rookie.


Five minutes later at 9:30, Chad busted out to Heidi on the small table, leaving Susanna, Amanda, and Heidi battling it out for the money spots.


Amanda busted out sometime between 9:30 and 10, leaving Heidi and Suz heads-up.


Finally at 10:05, Suz knocked out Heidi. Heidi went home with $10, and Suz won $20, her first MSOP victory!


At around the same time on the big table, the battle between Jane and Dan left them even in the chips.


Over an hour later, at 11:16, Dan and Jane were all-in preflop.

Dan showed .

Jane showed , about a 2-1 underdog to Dan’s overcards.

The flop came , pairing up Jane. Dan needed help.

The turn came , putting the nail in Dan’s coffin.

The river was , leaving Dan the second place prize of $45, and giving the first place prize of $70 to our newcomer, Jane!


Congratulations to Suz, Heidi, Jane, Dan, and Nick, and thank you to all who played!

Results

Half Sawbuck ($5)
1st ($20): Suz
2nd ($10): Heidi (10:05)
3rd: Amanda (?)
4th: Chad (9:32)
5th: Heather (8:27)
6th: Steph (?)

Double Sawbuck ($20)
1st ($70): Jane
2nd ($45): Dan (11:16)
3rd ($25): Nick (9:36)
4th: Kit (8:18)
5th: John (7:55)
6th: Chris (7:44)
7th: Elvis (6:57)

Standings

 

MSOP Results: November 6, 2004

After a long hiatus, the promise of a new game brought both a record attendance and a record prize pool at the McKinley Casino on the night of November 6th.

Fourteen veterans of the tour came together with one newcomer, Charles "Chuck Bronson" Brausen, to battle over the $300 in the kitty.

For the first time in MSOP history, a satellite event was offered with only a $10 buyin, with the top players winning a seat into the main event.

The satellite began at 5pm, with the field of eight comprised of Heather, both Chads, Dan, Suz, John, Ann, and Chuck.

Heather, ChadM, Dan, and Ann survived the first round, and with their $10 investment won a shot at the full $300 prize fund.

All of the four defeated in the satellite event elected to pony up another $20 to enter the main event. With that, we had a record total of fifteen players. The game started at 7pm with eight players in the front room and seven in the back.

The prize pool:

1st: $150
2nd: $75
3rd: $45
4th: $30

Let’s shuffle up and deal!


Play by Play

At 8:07, Kit and I started getting into a tussle.

I had versus Kit’s .

When the flop came , Kit bet 500 into me. With top pair, I called.

A turn came then a river of , and after hitting trips I couldn’t get away from the hand and lost half my stack to Kitten. Me-ow.


Just a few minutes later, I had .

The flop came . Kit bet 300 into me. With top pair and ace kicker, I thought my hand was good and he was bullying me around. I went all-in and was, to my dismay, quickly called.

He flipped over cowboys, , and my face grew pale.

The turn and river were no help, and I was out first and ready to kick the puppy.


I quickly had company; Herb was knocked out almost at the same time by Todd on the main table.


At 8:26 with a decent pot going, Ann and ChadH were heads-up.

With a board of , Ann bet out 500.

Chad hesitated, but then called; it put him all-in.

Ann showed .

Chad showed trips with , bringing him back from the brink of bankruptcy.


At 8:30 with a board of and 1350 in the pot, Suz went all-in for her remaining 1080. Aaron called her and Tim quickly folded.

I didn’t record both hands, but Suz only had an ace high, with Aaron apparently having something better. Suz was out and the field was down to twelve.


At 8:41, Chris was shown the door by Chuck


At 8:55, Tim got clocked by Aaron.


At 9:24, ChadH and Todd got into it, with big bets of 400, 300, 200, then 500 each round. The board was .

Chad bought into Todd’s poker face. He laid down only .

Todd had hit the mother lode with . Not only the four jacks, but an ace kicker, to boot!

Big Chad was done.


At 9:35, his lovely wife Heather followed, again to Todd.


At 9:39, ChadM and Ann built up a huge pot, with Chad finally going all-in on the river, and Ann calling.

The board was .

Chad showed . Ann laid down .

Neither Chad was left hanging.

At 10:25, Sara was bumped off by Aaron.


At 10:33, with a board of , Ann went all in on the river.

Todd called.

Ann showed , making trips on the turn.

But the Terminator was getting back into top form after his previous loss, showing and taking the pot.

The field was now down to five. Only one more player would go away with nothing to show for his evening. Chuck, the newcomer, was holding his own against Todd, Aaron, Kit, and Dan.


It didn’t take long. At 10:47, the board showed .

Chuck went all-in and Todd called.

Chuck showed , with top pair and a gutshot straight draw.

Todd had him covered, however, with … top pair and a better kicker.

The turn came , no help to Chuck. Only a five for the straight, or a six for two pair, could save him.

The river came and Chuck had another breath of life, doubling up on the Terminator!


His new riches didn’t last long. Todd busted him out ten minutes later and the field was thinned to four.


At 11:06, Kit busted out to Todd, but took home $30.


At 11:16, Aaron busted out to Todd, with $45 lessening his pain.


At 11:27, Dan busted out, winning $75, giving Todd the $150 first place prize and also making him the first three time winner in MSOP history!


Congratuations to Todd, Dan, Aaron, and Kit, and thank you to all who played.

Results

Satellite
Win: Heather
Win: ChadM
Win: Dan
Win: Ann
5th: Suz (6:28)
6th: John (6:16)
7th: ChadH (5:58)
8th: Chuck (5:55)

Main Event
1st ($150): Todd
2nd ($75): Dan (11:27)
3rd ($45): Aaron (11:16)
4th ($30): Kit (11:06)
5th: Chuck (10:57)
6th: Ann (10:33)
7th: Sara (10:25)
8th: ChadM (9:39)
9th: Heather (9:35)
10th: ChadH (9:24)
11th: TimB (8:55)
12th: Chris (8:41)
13th: Suz (8:34)
14th: Herb (8:13)
15th: John (8:12)

Standings

 

MSOP Results: September 24, 2004

The night of September 24th brought together a field of twelve to fight for the record setting prize fund of $280. When all the registrations were in, there were eight veterans of the tour along with an impressive total of four new players.

Another record was set in that all of the veteran players were previous money winners. Along with previous champs Nickles Stanton, Terminator Todd, Disco Stew, and Ann Any Two Will Do, were Chris Army, Hot Rod, The Bride, and Yul Brenner.

Doing battle on the MSOP tour for the first time were Eric Burnham, Alyssa Kenney, Adam "The Kid" Bodette, and Sara Booth.

With the second largest attendance in MSOP history, the field was split, with six playing on the newly upgraded main table, and six playing in the back room on a slightly lower grade table (a bedsheet over a sheet of concrete board).

With two rebuys later in the evening, the prize pool was bumped up to record levels. Along with record money, record number of money winners, and record number of newbies, the play was always interesting. There were enough wild raises, crazy calls, and bad beats to satisfy any lunatic, and at 6:30 it was time to deal.

1st: $140
2nd: $70
3rd: $40
4th: $30

Let’s shuffle up and deal!


Play by Play

Word from those who were lucky enough to be playing on the main table was that the game was intense and quiet.

However, in the back room it didn’t take a long time for the players to start mixing things up.

At 6:56, with a board of , Eric bet 50.

Tim raised over him for 500. Eric called.

Eric showed , for the flush.

Tim laid down , with the nut flush, putting him in an early chip lead.


At 7:11, with a board of , Eric bet 400.

Chris went over the top with an all-in reraise.

Eric called.

Chris laid down , kings full of sevens.

Eric, however, laid down , his pocket rockets giving him aces full of kings!

His small stack was now double in size, and Chris was left seriously wounded with only 3-400.


The battle between Chris and Eric did not stop. Only a few minutes later they got into it again.

The flop was .

Eric bet 25.

Chris went all-in for his remaining 280 in chips and Eric called.

Eric showed .

He was dominated by Chris’ hand of , giving him a set and with Eric needing running cards to put anything together.

The turn came , giving Eric a hope.

However, the river drew a blank for Eric, with a doubling Chris up to about 600 and giving him a new lease on life.


Finally, the geriatrics started to mix things up back on the main table. At 7:52, Suz bet 100 preflop, and got a raise from Sara to 300.

Susanna reraised again to 500. Sara called.

A flop of brought a bet from Susanna and a call from Sara.

A turn of brought a 500 bet from Suz and another call.

The river brought a and yet another 500 bet from Suz, and a call from Sara.

Susanna laid down the pocket rockets, . She’d made a set of aces on the flop.

Sara laid down , her inside straight hitting on the river.


At 7:59, Suz went all in preflop and got a call from Rod.

She showed .

Rod showed .

The cards came for Rod, though. He made a full house with sevens full of kings, and picked up the pot of around 2200.

Suz bought in for another $20 and was back in the game with a fresh stack of 2000.


Soon thereafter in a slightly controvertial decision, we let Ann rebuy after being knocked out at 8:04. There were still twelve players left, but with the purse now $40 fatter.


The bloodletting did not slow. At 8:05, Nick went all-in and got two callers.

Nick showed . Rod showed .

Alyssa showed .

Nick would have been a 2-1 favorite heads-up against the other ace, but with Alyssa in the pot as well, the odds were Nick 35% vs Rod 21% vs Alyssa 26%. (Note – the suits were not recorded in the notes, so these are only rough estimates.)

A flop brought up a for Rod, and nothing to help Nickles or Alyssa out came on the turn or river.

Nick and Alyssa were both out and Rod was beginning a repeat performance from his monstrous termination run two weeks earlier.

The field had quickly thinned to ten and it was time to combine tables.


Once the players settled into their new seats, it didn’t take long before play got heated once more, at 8:23.

With the blind at 35, Chris raised preflop to 100.

Adam threw in a purple chip for 500.

Chris reraised all-in (for a total of 510).

Eric, not to be left out of the fireworks, also called.

The flop came . All the royalty thinned their blood… Eric checked and Adam checked. Chris could only sit idly by as he was already fully committed to the pot, in a literal sense.

A turn of brought two more checks.

A river of brought another check from Eric. Adam bet 500 into the pot, and Eric quickly got out of the way.

Chris showed his pocket pair, .

Adam had the higher pocket pair, however, and showed .

Chris was out for the night and Adam had tasted first blood on the MSOP tour. The field was down to nine.


At 8:38, I bet 300 preflop. Adam raised it to 500. I called, Ann called, and Eric called. Suddenly there were four of us playing for a pot of 2000.

The flop came .

I got out of the way soon after the betting started, and so did Ann.

The turn and river came .

Eric went all-in and got a call from Adam.

Eric showed .

Adam had his set of twos again, showing .

Eric was out and the field was down to eight.


At 8:49, Todd and I limped into a pot.

The flop came . Todd bet 400.

I raised him all-in for my remaining 1130. He called.

I showed , with top pair.

He had the aces, though, showing .

With only a king to save me, the turn came . I had another out… another diamond would give the board a flush and split the pot!

However, the river came . I was out, and the field was down to seven players. The money was starting to get closer.


At 8:58 with a board of , Rod bet 1000. Adam called.

Rod showed , with only a pair of fives.

Adam showed , his tens eeking out the pot.


At 9:04, with the big blind up to 120, Todd bet 500 preflop. Ann called.

With a flop of , Todd went all in.

Ann called and laid down cowboys, .

Todd showed his pocket pair, . He needed a two, or two running cards to make a straight or some other set.

The turn came and the river . Ann doubled up, and Todd took a big blow.


At 9:08, Tod, Tim, Adam, and Ann built up a huge pot of 3500.

With a board of , Rod went all-in for his remaining 2410.

Tim and Adam folded, but Ann called.

Tim showed .

Ann showed the killer set of twos, .

Ann was now riding a huge stack and Rod was left with only 355.


At 9:19, with 1050 in the pot between Tim and Adam, and a board of
, Tim went all-in with his remaining 3015. Adam called.

Adam showed with the set of eights once again.

Tim showed , also with the eights but with a pair of fours, giving him eights full of fours.

The river came and Tim was doubled up at Adam’s expense. (Note: Astute readers will note that this should have been a split pot, with eights full of kings for both. It is likely a mistake was made when noting the hand, as this is the information that was recorded. Either it actually was a split pot, or I recorded the cards incorrectly.)


At 9:26, the board showed , Tim went all-in and got a caller from Rod.

Tim showed , with the set of eights again!

Rod showed , with the same set but with a lower kicker. He would need some help to survive.

The river came , leaving Rod out of luck.

The field was now down to six, and the remaining players, Suz, Sara, Adam, Tim, Todd, and Ann could smell the money.


At 9:36, the flop showed .

Tim bet 300. Adam called.

Todd raised it up to 1300.

Tim, with the big stack, raised all-in.

Adam got out of the way, but Todd agonized about it and then called; he couldn’t get away from his hand.

Tim showed .

Todd laid down . With two cards to come, it was looking more and more likely that Todd the Terminator would end up finishing out of the money for the first time in his last three games.

The turn of didn’t do anything for him; only a jack could save him.

With a river of , Tim knocked him out.

The field was down to five players. For the second MSOP event in a row, the prize winners would be at least half women!


Only a few minutes later the board showed .

Tim threw in a bet of 1000. Ann called.

The turn showed and Ann went all-in for her remaining 5255.

Tim called and showed , a dominating set of jacks!

However, Ann was not to be outdone. She showed , with a full house, queens full of jacks!

Only a jack could save Tim, but the river came and Ann doubled up. Tim was far from mortally wounded, however.


At 9:47, with 600 in the pot and a flop of , Ann bet 500.

Adam raised her all-in for 2560. Ann called.

Adam showed .

Ann showed .

I apparently didn’t record the turn and river, but I think we can be pretty sure Adam picked that one up, with his sets coming again and again!


At 9:57, there was 800 in the pot.

The flop came .

Adam went all-in for about 5000.

Susanna called him with her 1400.

Ann and Tim got out of the way.

Adam showed with a straight.

Suz showed .

The board continued without help for Suz, .

The remaining players would all get paid; there were four left.


At 10:10, the flop was .

Sara went all-in and Adam called.

Sara showed .

Adam had .

Sara was a big favorite, 81.62% versus Adam at 18.38%.

The turn came , giving Adam an inside straight draw but with his odds still falling with only one card to come. Sara 88.64% versus Adam 11.36%.

And the card he needed came, a .

Sara was out with 4th place and $30. Adam, Tim, and Ann continued to battle it out for the remaining spots.


At 10:13, the flop was .

Adam bet 2000 into the pot, and then Tim re-raised him all-in.

Adam called and showed the top pair, .

Tim, however, had pocket pair with an ace kicker, .

The turn and river did not help Adam out, and Tim doubled up. He had been the chip leader, though, and so was not out of the hunt yet.


At 10:25 the board showed .

Adam bet 2000.

Tim called.

The turn came and Adam went all-in.

Tim called.

Adam showed , with a flush draw.

Tim showed , with the pair of twos and a flush draw… but a flush draw that was death for him.

The river came . Adam was out in 3rd with $40.


At 10:31, with the night still young, it was time for the final showdown.

The board showed .

Tim bet 2000. Ann called.

The turn was .

Tim went all-in, and Ann called.

Tim showed , with top pair.

Ann showed , with middle pair and a big underdog.

The river did not save her, and Tim took his first MSOP win and $140! Ann placed second with $70.

Results

1st ($140): TimB
2nd ($70): Ann (10:31)
3rd ($40): Adam (10:25)
4th ($30): Sara (10:10)
5th: Suz (9:57)
6th: Todd (9:36)
7th: Rod (9:26)
8th: John (8:49)
9th: Eric (8:38)
10th: Chris (8:23)
11th/12th: Nick and Alyssa (8:05)

Standings

With his win, Tim rocketed up to third place. Any-Two-Will-Do also continued her impressive climb. Even with an extra buyin, she climbed a bit closer towards Todd’s perch.

 

MSOP Results: September 17, 2004

Welcome back to the McKinley Casino for continuing MSOP coverage. The evening of September 17th brought eleven competitors together for the second largest payout in MSOP history.

Of the eleven, an MSOP record of five were previous winners: Maura "M&M" Jones Moyle, John "Disco" Stewart, Todd "The Terminator" Henderson, Nick "Nickles" Stanton, and Jessica "Mikey" Stewart (Mikey and Nickles having split one 1st place finish, and Nickles taking part in one other split with the Elder Stewart).

Also buying in were previous MSOP combatants Greg "von" Schlegel, Herb "Herbinator" Jabs, and past MSOP money winner Susanna "The Bride" Daniel.

Three new faces joined the crowd to fill out the field: Aaron "The Man" Truscott, Harlan "Harley" Schlegel, and Ann "Any Two Will Do" Dugan.

With the large field, we split the players into two tables, utilizing the second, slightly less fancy table (a sheet over a concrete board panel) in the Hefner Room.

We ended up with one rebuy, pushing the prize pool up by an extra $20:

1st: $120
2nd: $60
3rd: $35
4th: $25

The game got underway at 6:30… let’s shuffle up and deal!


Play by Play
At around 7:30 in the Hefner room, the flop came .
Todd

With only 450 left in his stack, and most of his former money in Maura’s big stack, Todd went all-in. Maura called.

Todd showed , looking for the straight.

The turn and river came and , not helping him out.

Todd was first out, but bought back in for another $20.


At 7:20 on the main table, Mikey and Harley built up a pot of 6-700, which was the first serious action we saw there. The onlookers watched expectantly, hoping to see some money change hands.

With a board of ,

Mikey showed .

Harley showed for the same hand and a split pot.



The crowd was depending on the players in the Hefner room to provide some more excitement than split pots, and at 8:15 Greg and Todd obliged.

The flop showed . Todd bet 200 and Greg called.

The turn came . Todd bet 500, and Greg called.

The river came . Todd put Greg all-in with a bet of 670. Greg called.

Todd showed for four queens.

Greg’s  did not hold up and he was out. The field was down to ten players, so we combined onto the main table.



At 8:40 there was a board of and 1800 in the pot. Harley bet 500 into it. Suz called, Herb folded, and Todd called. The pot suddenly became a monster.

A river of got another 500 from Harley. Suz got out of the way and Todd called.

Harley showed .

Todd picked up the big pot with and trip sixes.



Only a few minutes later, Todd raised it up preflop to 200. He got callers from myself and Aaron.

The flop came . Todd bet 200 and once again got 2 callers.

The turn came . Todd bet 400. I went all-in, Aaron folded, and Todd called.

I showed … I’d flopped top pair, and then hit two pair on the turn.

Todd showed the killer hand ; he’d flopped trips again.

The river was no help for me… . I was out for the night.



At 9:12, Herb, Maura, Todd, and Ann built up a pot of about 3500 by the turn.

The board showed .

Herb went all-in for another 1425.

Todd called, Ann called all-in with her remaining 350, and Maura got out of the way.

Herb showed , with a flush draw and inside straight draw.

Todd showed , with an open-ended straight draw.

Ann showed , with her flush already made. Herb was drawing dead, and Todd’s only hope was to draw the six of clubs for a straight flush.

The river came , however, sealing Herb’s fate, and shifting a sizable chunk of chips into Ann’s pile.



At 9:19, Aaron went all-in for the rest of his 200. Todd, Nick, Harley, and Suz were all involved in the pot, but Todd took it down in the end, knocking Aaron out of the game.



It appears that Harley followed soon thereafter. The field was down to six.



At just before 9:30, Mikey went all-in preflop for the rest of her 390.

She got three callers from Todd, Ann, and Maura.

The flop came .

Todd bet 400, getting folds from Ann and Maura.

MikeyMikey showed her hole cards of .

Todd showed , the underdog but with a flush draw. Todd 46.57% vs. Mikey 53.43%.

The turn came , giving Todd a pair but leaving him a 2-1 underdog.

Amazingly, the river came , giving him two pair and knocking out Mikey for the night.

The field was then at five, with four places to pay out.



At 9:37, Nick and Todd were in a pot together.

The flop came .

Nick checked. Todd bet into it with 150.

Nick replied with an all-in raise of 2605. Todd called.

Nick showed , with middle pair.

Todd showed , his queens a big favorite at 4-1.

The turn and river came and , with the Terminator doing what he does best.

With Nick gone, the remaining players (Todd, Ann, Suz, and Maura) all had a piece of the prize pool.



SuzOnly a few minutes later, at 9:45, Suz made her stand. She went all-in preflop for her remaining 730 in chips. Both Todd and Ann called.

After a flop of , Todd bet 500 into it, and Ann called.

A turn of  got two checks from Todd and Ann.

A river of and it was like a bank; checks all over.

Todd showed , with a pair of jacks and a missed straight.

Ann "Any Two Will Do" lived up to her nickname and showed .

Suz laid down the hooks, , giving her a set and tripling her up!

She was now back in the hunt, with her stack of 2350 leaving her still in 4th place, but only narrowly behind Ann at 3000. Maura’s stack was at 5000, with Todd still in charge with a stack of 14,000.



MauraAt just before 10, Todd was in the big blind of 200, and raised it up to 500. He got calls from both Ann and Maura.

With a flop of , Todd dropped 1000 into the pot.

Ann folded, but Maura called.

A turn of left their blood cold… Todd check, Maura check.

A river of did the same… check, check.

Maura laid down , a pair of kings.

Todd showed , with nothing to beat her kings.



At 10:11, with a board of , Susanna went all-in. Ann called.

Suz showed , with an inside straight draw.

Ann laid down .

I didn’t record what came on the river, but Suz’s straight didn’t come. She was knocked out in 4th place for $25, and the field was down to three.



AnnThe notes stop here, because aside from being loaded, I was embroiled in a second game with Aaron, Suz, and Herb.

Maura was knocked out at 10:54, giving her a $35 payout.

Todd and Ann went heads-up, and Ann was able to avoid terminaton. Todd left with $60 and Ann took home the big prize on her first night out, $120.

Congratulations to Ann, Todd, Maura, and Susanna, and thank you to everyone else who played!

Results

1st ($120): Ann
2nd ($60): Todd (~11)
3rd ($35): Maura (10:54)
4th ($25): Suz (10:12)
5th: Nick (9:40)
6th: Mikey (9:30)
7th: Harley (~9:15)
8th: Aaron (9:19)
9th: Herb (9:12)
10th: John (8:48)
11th: GregS (8:15)

Standings

Even with a $40 investment, Todd was $20 up on the night, futher solidifying his perch.

Ann’s awesome result rockets her into 3rd place with only one game played.

 

MSOP Results: September 10, 2004

Welcome once again to the McKinley Casino for coverage of the world famous Madison Series of Poker. Tonight we bring you highlights from the 9th tournament in the 2004 Series, held on September 10th, 2004.

 

Disappointment settled into the crowd once it became clear that the reigning champion, Todd "The Terminator" Henderson, would not be in attendance to attempt his third straight MSOP win. The disappointment was lessened in the knowledge that the players would not have to go through him to get a piece of the second-largest prize pool in MSOP history.

 

John "Disco" Stewart was joined by other past competitors Susanna "The Bride" Daniel, Greg "gr8 yt" White, Chad Metcalf, Chris Armagost, Jon "Elvis" Eilbes, Dan Hesselson, Kit "Kitten" Tilmann, and Herb "Herbinator" Jabs.

 

The table was filled out by the up-and-comer Rod "Hot Rod" Scheib.

 

With $200 in the kitty, the ten players were ready to duke it out at 7pm. Let’s shuffle up and deal!

1st: $100
2nd: $60
3rd: $40

Play by Play

Early action was relatively tame, with most of the players holding on to most of their 2000 in starting chips. Chris shot out to an early lead, winning a couple of pots off me and others.

 


 

It didn’t take long for the table to see some more serious action. At 7:25, Rod, Greg, and Chris had built up a monster pot of 2250.

The board showed .

Rod checked, and Greg plunked down one of his purple chips for 500. Chris called him, and Rod folded.

Greg showed , his two pair beating out Chris’ .

This tilted the table towards Greg and making him the new chip leader.

 


 

At 7:40, a flop of  brought out a bet of 700 from Dan. Surprisingly, he got not one but three callers suddenly creating a monster pot worth nearly 3000.

 

The turn came . Kit bet 200, a relative pittance, into the towering pot, and got calls from all of the other three.

 

The river came . Kit once again bet 200 into the pot, which got a call from Chris, a fold from Chad, and another call from Dan.

 

Kit showed , but his hopes were dashed…

Dan laid down the pocket rockets, .

 

Alas for Kit and Dan, Chris had them both covered with his pocket pair, , giving him a set of 9’s and returning him to chip leader status. The 9 trips would soon become the theme of the evening.

 


 

After another forty minutes of heavy fighting, at 8:29, Herb and Chad built up a relatively decent pot of 2100.

The board showed .

 

Chad went all-in and got a call from Herb.

Chad laid down . It looked like he’d gotten his card on the river, getting two pair out of his big slick.

However, Herb had that pesky set of 9’s again with  in his pocket.

 


 

At 8:43, Greg, Suz, and Herb built a pot of 1650 by the river.

The board showed .

Herb put in a purple chip for 500, and Suz replied by going all-in for the rest of her stack of 800. Greg got out of the way, and Herb called the additional 300.

Herb laid down , his cowboys giving him a set.

However, Suz showed , her nut flush taking down the big pot.

 


 

Almost two hours into the game at 9:00, all ten players were still alive and kicking… albeit some were healthier than others.

With a flop of , Kit went all-in for his remaining 570.

Chad called.

 

Kit showed , giving him the top pair and a high kicker.

 

Chad showed , with a four flush and two cards to come.

 

The turn came , giving Kitten his full house and with Chad then drawing dead.

 

The river of  gave Chad the flush but not the pot. Kitten doubled up and was back in the hunt.

 


 

At 9:11, with his stack dwindling, the Herbinator went all-in preflop. Unfortunately for him, he got a call from Rod.

 

Herb laid down .

 

Rod showed the dominating hand , a 2-1 favorite.

 

The flop came , giving Rod a pair, plus a flush and inside straight draw. Herb’s chances were at 1.52% versus Rod’s 97.58%. 

 

The turn of  gave Herb a pair, but dashed his hopes.

He was drawing dead, and the river came .

 

The field was now finally beginning to thin, with nine players left.

 


 

It took a while before blood was shed again, but at 9:50, Chad went all-in preflop with his remaining 395. Dan called him with a slightly smaller stack, and Rod called them both.

 

Chad showed big slick, .

 

Dan laid down .

 

Unfortunately for them both, Rod saddled up with cowboys, .

 

Chad had 17.57%, Dan 11.32%, and Rod dominated with a 69.43% shot.

 

The cards came , ending Chad and Dan’s nights, and giving Rod a strong case for the Terminator moniker; he’d knocked out all three players.

 

The field was now at seven.

 


 

It took nearly an hour before the table saw some more serious fighting, but Susanna brought it at 10:42, going all-in preflop. She got a caller from, once again, Rod.

 

Susanna showed .

 

Rod had the ladies, however: , making him a 2-1 over Suz.

 

The board flopped , suddenly making Susanna the frontrunner in the hand with a pair of aces. However, the flop also gave Rod a flush draw. Suz 56.16% vs. Rod 43.84%.

 

The turn came , and Susanna’s aces were holding up, now making her a 3-1 favorite to win and double up her stack.

 

But the force was strong for Rod that night, and the river of  gave him the flush and notched up his kills to four people. The field of players was thinned to six.

 


 

Only a few hands later at 10:51, with my stack dwindling to under 1000 and the big blind at 300, I raised preflop the miniumum to 600. Rod folded his small blind, but Greg, convinced I was bluffing, didn’t let go of the big blind, and threw in another 300 to see what I had.

 

The flop came  and I went all-in for the rest of my 240 in chips. Greg called.

 

I threw down one of the first good hands I’d had that night, .

 

Greg showed .

 

The turn and river (which I didn’t record) did not help Greg out, and I doubled up, still leaving me with less than my starting amount.

 


 

My notes are unclear on exactly the series of events that occurred next, but it appears that at 11:24, Elvis got knocked out.

 

At 11:34, Kit and Greg were knocked out on the same hand by Rod, bringing his termination count to at least six, and thinning the herd to three players left.

 

Rod was by far the chip leader, with Chris in second, and me in distant third (still with less than my starting stack).

 


 

At 11:40, Rod knocked out Chris (who went home with 3rd place and $40) for his seventh termination. I was suddenly heads up versus Rod, who had at least a 10 to 1 chip advantage over me.

 

The crowd stuck around, expecting to see a quick elimination and then perhaps a second game.

 

However, it was not to be. I slowly crawled my way back up, taking the now very high blinds when I could and doubling up when I could. At least once, I know Rod called my bluff of a preflop all-in (with 95 offsuit or something similarly awful), but I sucked out the cards I needed to win.

 

Finally, after nearly an hour of heads-up action, I took down Hot Rod at 12:33.

 

Rod took home 2nd place for $60 and I won the top prize of $100.

 

Congratulations to Rod and Chris, and thank you to everyone else who played!

Results

1st ($100): John
2nd ($60): Rod (12:33)
3rd ($40): Chris (11:40)
4th/5th: GregW and Kit (11:34)
6th: Elvis (11:24)
7th: Susanna (10:43)
8th/9th: ChadM and Dan (9:52)
10th: Herb (9:13)

Standings

My first place result still doesn’t move me any higher in the standings, with Todd still the king of the heap… for the time being.
 

MSOP Results: August 27th, 2004

Welcome to continuing coverage of the Madison Series of Poker. The poker world has been waiting with bated breath (huh?) for the details of the titanic battle three weeks ago, but due to contractual obligations we have not, until now, been able to offer them. Now that the broadcast rights have been secured, we are clear to proceed.

The coverage from last night’s event (September 10th) is coming soon, but for now here is the coverage we’ve been waiting for on the August 27th tournament…

With $180 up for grabs, the top three money winners in MSOP history (with combined winnings of $330) were at the McKinley Casino to do battle. John "Disco" Stewart was determined to avenge his second place loss to Todd "The Terminator" Henderson three weeks earlier, and Maura "M&M" Jones Moyle was back out of retirement to try and regain her place at the top of the leader board. Steve "According to" Moyle was our only newcomer, with the rest of the field filled out by Tim "Yul" Brenner, Nick "Nickles" Stanton, Jon "Elvis" Eilbes, Tim "Smails" O’Brien, and Susanna "The Bride" Daniel.

With a buy-in of $20, the nine players were ready to brawl at 7pm over the payout of:

1st: $90
2nd: $55
3rd: $35

 
Play by Play

After a long period of sniping back and forth, a large pot of 2000 was erected by Steve, Tim (which Tim I am not sure!), and Todd.

With Adon the board,

Steve showed for a pair of aces,

beating Tim’s due to the higher kicker.

However, the Terminator was not to be silenced so easily. He had a set of 4’s with , and took down the pot.

 


 

Not long later, at 8:55, I was sitting in the big blind with a relatively puny stack of 1070 in the big blind of 50.

After most of the table limped, I raised all-in with .

Most of the players folded, but Steve called me with , and Suz with a high pair (I think perhaps Q’s or J’s).

Her hand held up; no ace came for Steve and I with a board of
.

I was out, guaranteeing Tim "All-In" O’Brien would improve his personal best effort at an MSOP table. The field was down to eight.

 


 

At 9:30, Maura went all-in on the flop with 65 left in her stack, getting calls from Tim(?) and Elvis. On the river, Tim went all-in and got a call from Elvis.

With a board of ,

Maura showed her ,

Tim showed ,

and Elvis showed nearly the same hand of .

They both made their pairs on the river, ending Maura’s last hope to repeat as an MSOP champion. Since Tim missed his flush, he was left to split the pot with Elvis.

 


 

Steve’s defeat followed Maura’s only six minutes later, dropping the field down to six players.

 


Only another few minutes later, at 9:43, Smails went all-in preflop with , and Elvis called with .

The flop came , pairing both players, but with Smails’ kicker holding up.

A turn of was a turn for Elvis’ fate, giving him two pair.

The river showed , and Smails was done for the night. The field had quickly thinned to five.

 


 

The bloodletting did not slow, however. At 9:50, Elvis and Todd started mixing it up… my notes are not clear on what the cards showed, but what is clear is that Todd got his cards and sent Elvis packing. With only four players let, the smell of blood in the air was soon overwhelmed by the smell of money, with a third place of $35 now tantilizingly within reach to all.

 


 

It took over a half hour before the now conservative play got dangerous again, with TimB going all-in on the turn versus Todd.

The board showed , and Todd called.

Tim showed , a card away from a flush.

But Todd showed , which meant if another spade came Todd’s flush would win out.

Only a jack on the river could save Tim… and it came; a .

 


 

Another half hour later, at 10:47, things once again got dangerous. Nick and Todd built up a pot worth 3000.

On the turn with the board showing ,

Nickles went all-in with another 3000 and a pair with his hole cards of .

Todd called with ; losing at the time but with lots of outs, including a four flush and an inside straight draw.

He pulled it out to win the monster pot with the river coming , giving him his flush.

The remaining three players all had a piece of the prize money.

 


 

At 11:11, with her stack down to 480, Suz went all-in preflop, getting two callers, and with Todd eventually bringing down the pot. She finished with $35 and her best ever MSOP result.

 


Following his agressive style, Todd went all-in preflop in his first hand versus Tim heads-up.

Tim called with .

Todd showed , which looked ugly but he wasn’t a huge underdog at 43.42% versus Tim’s 55.54%.

 

 

The flop came with Tim’s queen holding up and his odds of winning now 70.30% versus Todd’s 26.36%.

 

 

The turn came , helping neither hand, but driving Tim’s winning chances to 79.55% versus Todd’s 13.64%.

 

 

But the river came for Todd, with a pairing him up giving him an unprecedented second win in a row.

 

Tim went home with $55, his first piece of prize money. Todd’s $90 drove him even higher at the top the MSOP hall of fame. Congratulations to Todd, Tim, and Susanna, and thank you to everyone who played!

 

Results

 

1st ($90): Todd
2nd ($55): TimB (11:21)
3rd ($35): Susanna (11:11)
4th: Nickles (10:47)
5th: Elvis (9:50)
6th: TimO (9:43)
7th: Steve (9:36)
8th: Maura (9:30)
9th: John (8:55)

 

Standings

As always, please let me know if you see any mistakes.

Todd’s win solidifies his perch atop the MSOP leader board.

MSOP Results: August 6, 2004

Welcome to exclusive coverage of the August 6th event of the Madison Series of Poker, the largest event ever held at the fabulous McKinley Casino. The prize fund of $260 attracted past champions like Nick "Nickles" Stanton and John "Disco" Stewart, past money winners like Kit "Kitten" Tilmann and Jessica "Mikey" Stewart, plus up-and-comers from as far away as exotic Delafield, Wisconsin.

Buy-in was a new high at $20, and at 8pm when it was time to deal, there were 13 players ready to rumble, making the payout a record high on the MSOP tour:

1st: $130
2nd: $65
3rd: $40
4th: $25


Play by Play

Kitten sucked in Tim "Smails" O’Brien early, only a half hour into the game, with Tim pouring good money after bad into the pot, showing a king high after eventually going all-in. Kitten’s pocket rockets won the hand and nearly doubled him up, making him the early chip leader with a dominating stack. Tim’s elimination brought the player total at the main table down to 6, matching the number playing on the second table in the legendary Hefner room.

A few hands later, I was able to take a medium sized pot off of Mikey, with aces in my pocket and her betting into me, skeptical that I had a hand.

Almost an hour later, Suz went all in preflop, and I called her (to her vociferous statements that I should have folded)… my QQ held up to her JJ, bringing it to 5 players on the main table at 9:30pm.

A mere ten minutes later, Dan paired up with a straight draw and went all in for the rest of his 280 in chips. The straight didn’t come, so we were down to 4 on the main table. Meanwhile, the 6 players in the back room had still barely scratched each other, with no one a serious underdog.

With only 10 people left, it was time to merge the table and redraw for seats at the main table. Tim "Yul" Brenner went out soon thereafter (sorry, Tim, I didn’t record the showdown), bringing it to 9 players left in the hunt for the $260 in the prize pool.

At 10:11, Greg "gr8 yt" White had K’s on the board, but Kitten’s pair of A’s held up (I think on the river?), taking it to 8 players left.

Elvis went down on a bluff ten minutes later… there was JJXJ on the board after some heavy betting, and he went all in with a KX, and Mikey called him with AK. The river helped neither, so the ace-high won. Down to 7.

"Little" Chad went all-in preflop with AQ versus Mikey’s pocket 10’s, and the pair held up. Six left.

Todd "The Terminator" Henderson proceeded to knock out Mikey, then Greg "von" Schlegel, making him the big stack at the table with 4 players left, all of whom would get paid.

Nickles as the small stack went all in pre-flop with J2 and Kit called him with KQs to knock him out. Nickles went away with $25 from the prize fund, and it was three way action with Todd as the big stack, me in 2nd, and Kitten in 3rd with a slighly smaller stack than I.

It didn’t take long for some big action, with these cards:

Kit Kit's Hand vs. Todd Todd's Hand  vs. John

 

and then a board of

 

There was a medium sized pot, and then on the turn Todd raised big, which Kit called, making it 7000 in the pot with a bet of 2000 to me. I had the pot odds to call, and would have had a huge stack if I won, but I figured I should get out of the way because I didn’t want to risk going out at the same time with Kit, causing us to split 2nd and 3rd place money*.

 

I folded and the river then came  (my flush card, d’oh!) and those two went all-in, to knock Kit out in 3rd place.

 

 

I was then heads-up with Todd, and he quickly went on the offensive, going all-in preflop on the first hand. I called him and we showed:

 

John John's Hole Cards vs. Todd Todd's Hole Cards Looking pretty good for me, a 2-to-1 favorite (59.8%/39.8%).

 

The flop came: Flop with not much help to Todd, and a possible flush draw for me… my high card Ace still holding up for the time being. (75.7%/24.3%)

 

Then came the turn: Turn which paired up my Ace but gave Todd an inside straight draw, now his only hope with a 10-to-1 shot. (90.9%/9.1%)

 

The river came River and he made his straight to knock down my puny stack and win the tournament for $130.

 

Congratulations to Todd, Kit, and Nick, and thank you to everyone else who played!

 

Results

1st ($130): Todd
2nd ($65): John (11:48)
3rd ($40): Kit (11:42)
4th ($25): Nickles (11:36)
5th: GregS (11:34)
6th: Mikey (11:25)
7th: ChadM (11:06)
8th: Elvis (10:21)
9th: GregW (10:11)
10th: TimB (10)
11th: Dan (9:39)
12th: Susanna (9:30)
13th: TimO (8:40)

 

 

* Rule Clarification, Multiple Knockouts – This has never come up before (i.e. when 2 players go bust at the same time, how is the prize money calculated?). One way is to pay out based on who had the most chips at the start of the hand. If this was the rule, it would have been a mistake for me to fold (if both Kit and I busted to Todd, I would have taken 2nd ($65) and Kit 3rd ($40) because I had a slight chip advantage over Kit).

 

The other way, which is going to be the standing house rule, is that two players knocked out on the same hand will split the prizes between them. So in this example, had we both busted, Kit and I would have split 2nd and 3rd prizes (($65+$40)/2 = $52.50).

 

Standings

 

The new buy-in and payout complicated my spreadsheet quite a bit, so I would not be at all surprised if there are mistakes. If you see anything that doesn’t look right, have any questions, or would like the actual Excel file, please let me know.

 

Sorted by net, Todd leaps into first place due to the huge payout last night:

 

MSOP Results: July 17, 2004

Main Game

1st & 2nd ($35 each): Mikey and Nickles
3rd ($10): Ngan (9:30)
4th: Susanna (9:17)
5th: John (9:14)
6th: Greg (8:44)
7th & 8th: Leslie and Chad (8:31)

Second Game
(doesn’t count towards stats)

1st ($40): Nickles
2nd ($20): John (12:57)
3rd ($10): Greg (12:48)
4th: Susanna (12:30)
5th: Chad (11:57)
6th: Ngan (11:53)

In the first game, at 8:31, Leslie and Chad went all in (and Greg nearly), I think on the river. Leslie had a pair of 9’s, Chad had a pair of A’s with a queen kicker in the hole, and Greg had A’s and 3’s. However, Mikey had pocket 4’s, with one on the board, taking out Leslie and Chad in one swipe, with Greg mortally wounded, leaving Mikey with a huge pile of chips which would eventually prove insurmountable.

Greg fell fifteen minutes later, going all in with K10, against my pocket A’s.

I was knocked out versus Mikey with top pair on the flop (A’s), but Mikey had the flush by the turn.

Suz went all in with A7 versus Ngan’s AJ, and then Ngan was knocked down by Mikey fifteen minutes later, but he at least took home his $10.

Mike and Nickles split 1st and 2nd for $35 each.

Good game, all! Here is the latest roster sheet, first sorted by rank and then sorted by net (on which I dropped from 1 to 4 in one week!). Mikey sets a new record by being the only person so far to be in the money every time, and having played more than once.

johnS

MSOP Results: July 2, 2004

One major hand I remember (before my full drunk set in) was a flop of three diamonds. Nickles, with two low-ish diamonds, went all in, but Big Chad had the Queen (?) of diamonds along with a smaller one, for a higher flush. After going in time and time again with no callers, he found the wrong caller.

And after all the shit I got for wearing sunglasses, I took my first win (at any meatspace table)… will this now start a trend? ;-P

1st ($50): John
2nd ($25): Big Chad (11:36)
3rd ($15): Mikey (11:28)
4th: Angie (10:53)
5th: Chris (10:35)
6th: Heather (9:03)
7th: Suz (8:30)
8th: Little Chad (8:18)
9th: Nickles (8:05)

Here’s the revised stat sheets; I think I got everything right, but if you see a mistake, lemme know. First one is by rank (which is the tiebreak for who gets dibs on seats), second one by net winnings.