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:
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 vs. Todd 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 vs. Todd Looking pretty good for me, a 2-to-1 favorite (59.8%/39.8%).
The flop came: 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: 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 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!
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).
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: