It’s been a big few months for Minnesota native Carl Carodenuto, who won the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Canterbury Park in December to take home $116,103 and double his career tournament earnings. This Sunday, he pulled a repeat performance to become the first back-to-back winner at the same venue in MSPT history and only the seventh two-time winner. With the second win, which came over the likes of WSOP bracelet-winner Adam Friedman, he banked another $90,805.
When the nine-person final table began, Carodenuto was narrowly leading Friedman in chips. Gennady Shimelfarb, who was a short stack, showed he was one to be reckoned with early on by winning two big hands and getting back into a playable chip count.
Scott Johnson was knocked out in ninth as Carodenuto scored the first elimination of the final table. Next, the champ sent Justin Thurlow packing; Carodenuto raised preflop with A♧, Q♧, then called Thurlow’s all-in (12 big blinds). Thurlow showed his weaker Q♡, 5♢ and the 4♤, 10♤, K♧, 9♢, 3♢ board made that his last stand.
Continuing his hot streak, Carodenuto then notched his third elimination in a row. He put his A♢, 10♤ up against Tim Signore’s A♡, J♧, eventually scoring a diamond flush to beat Signore’s pair of jacks. Pete Bigelow and JK Song were the next to go and, by the final four, Carodenuto held about half the chips in play.
Friedman was eliminated in fourth by Shimelfarb when a weak hand gave an ace-high the win.
Carodenuto got back into the bounty game when three-handed play began. He held a pair of jacks (J♡, J♧) against Jeff Taylor’s A♧, 10♢. Taylor was ahead after the turn, but a 4♡ on the river secured another flush for Carodenuto. When heads up play began, Carodenuto held a 5:1 lead going up against Shimelfarb.
Heads-up play didn’t last long for Shimelfarb and and his short stack. The runner-up soon found himself all-in pre-flop with K♡, Q♢ against Carodenuto’s A♤, J♤. Shimelfarb scored two pair, but was bested by (what else could it be?) Carodenuto’s flush Q♤, 9,♡ 4♤, K♤, 3♡.
Carodenuto says he will be putting his hat in the ring for a third straight victory when the MSPT returns to Canterbury in December.
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