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  • October 1, 2020

Benjamin Berlowski Wins MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells

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Benjamin Berlowski, who was the Day 1b chip leader, emerged victorious to capture the $90,632 first-place prize at The Mid-States Poker Tour Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells that attracted 349 entries.
On Day1b, Berlowski decided to give the tournament a shot and 26 hours later walked out the door with a brand new MSPT trophy after finishing off Andrew Rubinberg in a short heads-up match.
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61 hopefuls vying for the big money began Day 2, Berlowski entered the day in good shape, having bagged the top stack on Day 1b with 240,000, and the field was whittled down to the money as the tournament waved goodbye to Sell, Bronk, MSPT Running Aces champion Ken Pates, Justin Filtz, and Mike Mustafa, among others.
Current MSPT Player of the Year leader Mike Deis came agonizingly close to extending his lead, but he bubbled out of the tournament when he was unable to improve all in preflop against Nick Pupillo.
Once in the money, tour pros Kirby (36th – $2,081) and Matt Alexander (17th – $2,870) fell, as did Zarlenga (23rd – $2,350), Jason Mirza (22nd – $2,350), Lance Harris (20th – $2,350), Tony “Lazer” Lazar (15th – $3,608), and Todd “sharkslayerr” Breyfogle (13th – $3,608).
Along the way, one of the defining pots of Berlowski’s tournament cropped up when he limped in from early position and then called a raise to 41,000 from button Kris Ehlen. he flop came , and Berlowski check-raised after Ehlen bet 35,000. Ehlen said he was all in, and Berlowski quickly called. Berlowski had flopped a set, and Ehlen finished in 24th place for $2,350.
Minnesotan Rob Wazwaz bowed out first against Nick Kost. Erich Ponath went next when his aces were outdrawn by Rubinberg, and local player and MSPT regular Ken Payne quickly followed in eighth when he too lost with bullets. Another quick elimination followed with Kraig Benson in seventh, who turned a straight only to see Berlowski turn over a flush.
Anselmo Villareal was next out the door in sixth when he lost a race to Kost, and five-handed play finally brought some back-and-forth rather than rapid eliminations. Eventually, Pupillo busted in fifth after losing most of his chips in a race to Michael Ross, the score coming about a month after he took seventh at MSPT Tropicana Evansville.
Ross couldn’t sustain the momentum, bowing out in fourth in a massive pot.
Three-handed play saw the most critical pot of the tournament develop during that same level. Kost raised to 70,000 from the button and was called by Berlowski. Rubinberg shoved all in for 412,000, and Kost reraised another 412,000. Berlowski announced a call after thinking for a couple of minutes. The dealer spread a flop which both players checked, and Berlowski shoved all in. Kost never recovered.
At that point, Berlowski had about a four-to-one chip lead, and he sent Rubinberg packing in about 20 minutes. Rubinberg took home more than $50,000 as a consolation prize.
Season 5 of the MSPT will continue from October 11-19 at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan
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