Joey Basaraba and Mike Schmidt Chop the Station Poker Classic Main Event
The 2017 Station Poker Classic at Casino Regina has come to a close with Joe Basaraba winning the title, the ring, and $45,326.
The $1,100 Main Event was the fourth tournament in the four-day series, and it came to an end with Joey Basaraba and Mike Schmidt chopping up the money when heads-up play began and playing for the ring in a best-of-five format.
Basaraba won the first three hands and won the ring and a spot on the banner.
Glen Adams, 2012 Station Poker Classic Main Event winner, took third place ($23,788) after he got it in with ace-high against Basaraba's queen-five suited and couldn't fade a five on the river.
The main event wrapped up with 212 entries — the most among the four events this week — with a prize pool of $212,000 paying 22 spots. First place was assigned a payout of $56,162 and that dropped by $1,100 after the remaining 23 players decided to pay the bubble, which belonged to Darren Johnson. A min-cash was worth $2,475.
Some of the familiar faces who made it out but were unable to make the cut included JC Wallace, Cindy Kerslake, Mike Smith, Jared Klimosko, Kris Klimosko, and Robin Schaefer.
2017 Station Poker Classic $1,100 Main Event Final-Table Results
*Denotes a chop
The official final table of 10 began late in the night and lasted just a few hours. Dave Anderson came in as the chip leader and continued to chip up after winning a big pot against Danny Lamb. Lamb folded to a shove and got his chips in the middle in the next hand with pocket threes but ran into Adams' aces, netting him $4,519 for his 10th-place finish. Lamb had a great week after final-tabling two events, chopping Event 2 with Dominick French and eventually finishing as the runner-up.
Next up was BJ Wehrman, finishing in ninth place for $5,207. He came in as one of the shortest stacks and ran ace-high into the kings of Sharon Pedlow. In eighth place ($6,152) was Dave Anderson. He may have come in as the chip leader but, after losing two massive pots with aces and jacks, he found himself all in with king-four suited against Schmidt's ace-king. He flopped a flush draw but couldn't get there.
Sharon Pedlow made some progress but lost a big pot with aces against Brandon Hodgkin's jack-ten after he rivered trips. She then found herself all in with king-queen suited under the gun for the rest of her stack but couldn't dodge Schmidt's set of fours, earning her a seventh-place finish for $7,483.
Adams ended up doubling his short stack twice against Hodgkin, leading to Darcy Tupper becoming the short stack and getting all in with ace-high against Basaraba's king-high. The king on the river sealed the deal and had Basaraba's rail roaring, awarding Tupper with $9,408 for his sixth-place finish.
Fifth place went to Leor Wasserman for $12,280 after Schmidt limped in from the small blind, prompting Wasserman to shove with ace-high. Schmidt snap-called and revealed kings. He flopped top set and Wasserman was on the rail. Hodgkin was the next to go in fourth place ($16,706). He got it in with ace-nine and got a call from the blazing hot Basaraba with ace-six. The turn made it look like a chop was almost certain, but a six on the river sent him packing.
Just a couple of short hands later, Adams was all in with ace-high but Basaraba caught up with queen-high, rivering a pair of fives to send him home in third place for $23,788.
That concludes the week at the 2017 Station Poker Classic at Casino Regina! Check our live reporting page for all the results and posts from throughout the days.