John Hayes is now a two-time Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) champ. Hayes won the 2015 MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells Main Event for $98,907 for his second MSPT crown. He is now sixth on the tour’s all-time earnings list with almost $200,000. (Matt Kirby, Blake Bohn, Dan Sun, Peixin Liu, and Jason Zarlenga have also won two MSPT titles.)
Hayes bested 379 entrants this year, up from the 160 he defeated in 2013 to win his first title. Unlike in his first go-round, he didn’t come into the final day with the chip lead, sitting third with 941,000. But after seven hours of play on day two, Hayes found himself heads-up against Marius Toderici (who came into day two with 430,000 in chips).
Hayes picked his hands carefully at the final table and had a decent chip-lead once ut was down to three (himself, Toderici, and John Kurfman). Toderici was able to force multiple lead changes, but Hayes eventually came through with the victory.
The winning hand came when Toderici (7♡, 7♤) called all-in against Hayes’ A♡, 8♡ . The flop gave Hayes an ace, which ultimately gave him the win. A board of A♧, 5♡, Q♧, 8♤, 9♤ gave Toderici no help on the turn or the river and Hayes came out a two-time champion.
The Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells Main Event was the second-to-last stop of the MSPT season; the final event will take place at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. The main event comes with a $200,000 guarantee.
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