Jason Beasley, Gerald Morrell Strike It Big at Inaugural MSPT Denver Poker Open

For the past two weeks, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) has been at Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, for back-to-back events. First, there was a $360 Regional Event, which ended up drawing one of the state’s biggest-ever fields, and that was followed up by the $1,100 MSPT Denver Poker Open.

Jason Beasley became the first-ever MSPT Denver Poker Open champion after coming up big in Black Hawk, Colorado. (Image: MSPT)

Family Pride

The Denver Poker Open attracted 413 entrants over three starting flights, and after a long weekend it was 38-year-old roofing salesman and part-time poker player Jason Beasley who finished as the last player standing to win $88,134.

“I feel good,” said Beasley, who has 19-year-old daughter and helps raise his two-year-old granddaughter. “It’s a little bit of a different rush from cash games. This is my biggest win.”

The win marked Beasley’s first MSPT cash, though he had $159,358 in tournament winnings before this victory. That included a previous best of $66,820 for winning the 2005 Fall Poker Round Up in Pendleton, Oregon.

“My dad has been a leather-ass grinder for over 40 years. He was watching the live stream back in Oregon and is going to be proud.”

Others to cash the event were recent World Series of Poker Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe Main Event winner Max Young (45th for $2,303), start-of-the-day chip leader Jay Daignault (26th for $2,804), MSPT Season 6 Golden Gates Regional champ Bobby Sanoubane (18th for $4,407), and 2016 MSPT Michigan State Poker Champ Brett Blackwood (11th for $6,410).

Final Table Results
1 Jason Beasley (Denver, CO) $88,134
2 Mike Monetti (Littleton, CO) $54,483
3 Jon Wurden (Fisher, MN) $39,660
4 Gerald Cunniff (St. Paul, MN) $29,245
5 Cooper Wanty (Ann Arbor, MI) $22,034
6 Mike Wheeler (Denver, CO) $16,823
7 Will Mietz (Black Hawk, CO) $13,220
8 Bruce Russell (Loveland, CO) $10,416
9 Nils Bardsley (Denver,CO) $7,612
10 Andrew Geffen (Westminster, CO) $6,410

Chop Chop … Chop Chop Chop Chop

Gerald Morrell was deemed champion after taking the most money in a six-way chop in the MSPT Golden Gates $360 Regional. (Image: MSPT)

The week before the Denver Poker Open, the MSPT $360 Regional Event played out and saw 848 entries take to the felt over three starting flights.

On Sunday, the surviving 121 players returned to play down to a winner, and after a six-way chop, it was Gerald Morrell of Reno, Nevada, who walked away the lion’s share of the chop and a $33,677 first-place prize.

“It always feels good to run good and win some money and this trophy,” said Morrell, referencing the Regional Trophy he was awarded.

“Me and a buddy played the tournament, and decided if we shipped it, we’re golfing in Hawaii.”

The win was Morrell’s first MSPT cash. Prior to the score, he had $92,867 in tournament earnings, including a cash in this summer’s World Series of Poker Millionaire Maker for $5,003.

The top 81 players cashed the event including Kevin “1$ickDisea$E” Eyster (18th for $2,544), Spring Golden Gates Regional champ Corey Zedo (30th for $1,119), WSOP Colossus II champ Ben Keeline (57th for $814), and last year’s Fall Golden Gates Regional champ “Money” Mike Maruna (75th for $712).

Just two stops remain on Season 8 of the MSPT beginning with this weekend’s 2017 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship at Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Then, from Dec. 8-10, the MSPT will be at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park for their $1,100 buy-in, $200K GTD season finale.

Final Table Results
1 Gerald Morrell (Reno, NV) $33,677*
2 Jacob Schroeder (Aurora, CO) $26,078*
3 Mitchell Lekarczyk (Denver, CO) $24,042*
4 Eric Maier (Littleton, CO) $21,019*
5 Mike Colecchia (Aurora, CO) $20,333*
6 Ryan Dodson (Centennial, CO) $19,842*
7 Jamal Sawaqdah (Aurora, CO) $7,632
8 William Black (Cheyenne, WY) $5,851
9 Ralph Kingan (Wright, WY) $4,579
10 Sung Bae (Aurora, CO) $3,791

*Denotes six-way chop

Editor’s Note: CardsChat and MSPT share a cross-promotional alliance. Chad Holloway is Media Director for MSPT.

Written by
Chad Holloway
Splitting his time between his native Wisconsin and Las Vegas, Chad Holloway gave up a potential law career to follow his passion and play and write about poker. His background includes a long stint as a senior writer for a major poker news site. Long well-known throughout the poker community for his incisive and in-depth commentary and reporting, we are proud to have Chad on board as part of our CardsChat writing team, where he will be covering everything from the World Series of Poker to interviews, features, and more.

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