Ray Bendijo wins MSPT Jackpot Junction on epic final hand
Wow. The final hand of the MSPT Jackpot Junction Main Event was simply epic.
Bendijo raised to 60K on the button and Burandt called. The flop came 6s, 9h, 9s, and Burandt checked to Ray, who bet 60K. Burant pondered for a moment before check-raising all in for 500K. Bendijo insta-called with 88, but Burandt turned over K9.
The turn brought a 2, but the river brought…..
Bendijo hit a full house on the river to bust Burandt and win the MSPT championship bracelet. He also takes home $24,206.
7:52 p.m. – Bendijo doubles up
Ray Bendijo entered heads-up play facing a 3.5:1 deficit, but he just doubled up with 22 against Tom Burandt’s AQ.
Both players have approximately 600K now with blinds at 10K/20K/2K.
7:45 p.m. – 3-Putts busts after major fireworks, we are now heads-up
Two major hands went down right after dinner break. On the first one, Tom Burandt limped on the button for 20K, and 3-Putts shoved all-in for 210K out of the small blind. Burandt snap-called with AK, and ‘Putts flipped over A2.
The flop brought a 2, vaulting 3-Putts over 400K in chips.
On the next hand, ‘Putts raised to 60K from the button and Burandt called out of the big blind. The flop came Ad, Ks, 9d, and Burandt checked to ‘Putts who shoved all in for 360K!
Burandt snap-called again, showing AJ. ‘Putts turned over Kd7d for an enormous amount of outs. The board ran clean for Burandt, however, and ‘Putts hit the rail in third place.
Entering heads-up play, Burandt had just under 1 million chips, while Sting Ray Bendijo had 250K.
6:37 p.m. – Three remaining players on a 45-minute dinner break
Here are the chip counts at dinner break:
Tom Burandt – 500K
Ray “Sting Ray” Bendijo – 526K
3-Putts – 176K
Blinds will be 10K/20K/2K
6:24 p.m. – Burandt takes huge pot off 3-Putts
We joined the action on the river of a 9, 3, 7, 2, 8 board. With approximately 150K in the pot, 3-Putts led out for 125K, nearly putting Burandt all-in. Burandt went in the tank for two minutes, counting his chips while hemming and hawing. He eventually called and showed 9-8, notching the 9-7 of 3-Putts.
Burandt is now up to about 450K, and 3-Putts is down to 250K. Bendijo still has about 500K.
5:48 p.m. – Ahmann eliminated by Burandt
Al Ahmann has taken a beating over the last couple levels, and he finally shoved his stack in with A10. Tom Burandt snap-called from the blinds with QQ, and the board brought no help for Ahmann. He was eliminated in fourth place for $6,051.
Approximate chip counts:
Ray Bendijo – 550K
3-Putts – 300K
Tom Burandt – 350K
Blinds at 8,000/16,000/2,000
5:23 p.m. – Sting Ray makes huge call(s) to bust Doering
After doubling up and winning another pot to grow his stack up to about 130K, Keith Doering open raised to 35K with blinds at 6,000/12,000/1,000 from early position. “Sting Ray” Bendijo called to Doering’s left, and the two saw a flop of Q,10,x.
Doering led out for 50K, and Sting Ray contemplated for a minute before making the call. Doering then jammed his remaining 40K in on a blank turn. Sting Ray snap-called and turned over K10, for second pair. Doering turned over AK, and the river brought no help.
Sting Ray now sits on over 500K of the 1.2 million in chips.
Latest bust outs:
4:44 p.m. – 3-Putts busts Peppin
Steve Peppin has been completely card dead the entire final table, and he finally was forced to make a stand with A4. He was called on the button by 3-Putts, who held AQ.
The flop ran clean for ‘Putts, who now has 160K. The five remaining players are now on a 10-minute break.
4:33 p.m. – Play grinds way down, 3-Putts doubles up
With six players remaining — 3-Putts, Al Ahmann, Keith Doering, Ray Bendijo, Steve Peppin and Tom Burandt — play has slowed down considerably. The average stack is 200K with blinds at 3,000/6,000/500.
3-Putts pushed all in for 50K with A2 and was called by the AJ of Ahmann. ‘Putts spiked a gutshot straight on the river to double up over 100K.
Also, Burandt currently ranks second in the MNPokerMag Player of the Year points race, roughly 45 points behind Everett Carlton. The winner of this event will earn 30 points.
3:40 p.m. – Bendijo wins massive pot, two more players bust
Ray Bendijo just took an overwhelming chip lead.
On a board of 10xx, Bendijo and Keith Doering put all the money in. Bendijo showed QQ, and Doering showed A10. QQ held, giving Bendijo 300K in chips. Doering, who entered the final table as chip leader, is down to 130K, which is still fairly healthy.
Two hands later, Al Ahmann eliminated John Morgan in eighth place, and a few hands after that Joanie Dovekas was bounced in seventh.
Latest bust outs:
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3:15 p.m. – Final table photos
2:54 p.m. – Burandt hits two-outer to bust Hendrickson
Dan Hendrickson moved all in pre-flop for his last 64K with KK and was called by the JJ of Tom Burandt. Unfortunately for Hendrickson, a J hit on the flop, sending him to the rail in 10th place.
Hendrickson earns $1,856 for his performance, but what a brutal way to go out.
Burandt is now up to 190K, which puts him second in chips behind Doering.
Nine players remain, and the blinds have gone up to 3,000/6,000/500. The next player to bust will earn $2,259.
2:40 p.m. – Keith Doering leads going into final table
Final table chip counts, with blinds at 2,000/4,000/400:
||Ray “Sting Ray” Bendijo
2:30 p.m. – Todd Melander out in 11th. We’ve reached the final table
Todd Melander was bounced in 11th place, and players will go on a short break while we redraw and count chips. 3-Putts, John Morgan, Tom Burandt, Dan Hendrickson and Ray Bendijo are all still alive. Will update the others shortly.
2:11 p.m. – Burandt busts Kirby
Tom Burandt raised preflop from late position, and Matt Kirby came over the top all in from the blinds. Burandt tanked for two minutes before calling with A8.
It turned out to be a fantastic call, as Kirby turned over KQ. The board brought no help for Kirby, who was eliminated in 12th place.
Burandt is up to 150K.
Latest bust outs:
1:20 p.m. – 16 remain, including 3-Putts. Ahmann leads the way.
With 16 left, 3-Putts, Todd Melander, Ray Bendijo, John Morgan, Matt Kirby and Dan Hendrickson are still alive.
Al Ahmann (160K) and Steve Peppin (130K) both have large stacks with blinds at 1,500/3,000/300, but Kirby just doubled up to 140K.
18th – Dave Haberman, $1,048
17th – Joe Big Bear, $1,048
12:42 p.m. – Money bubble bursts, 18 remain
It took only 90 minutes to knock 11 players out. We’re down to the money with 18 remaining. Will get top chip counts as soon as possible.
11:39 p.m. – Bust outs coming fast and furious
We’ve lost seven players already in the first level of the day, and it’s not because of the blind structure. The average stack is over 30 big blinds.
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11:07 a.m. – Day two begins
The MSPT Jackpot Junction Main Event saw 29 out of 80 runners make it to day two. The winner is slated to earn over $24,000, with payouts beginning at 18th place.
Blinds will start off at 800/1600/200
For top chip counts and a full payout structure heading into day two, click here.
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