Adam Younis Wins Mid-States Poker Tour MinnesotaMay 1, 2013 2:09 pm
Adam Younis has won the Mid-States Poker Tour in Shakopee, Minnesota, after defeating a field of 373 players on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the $95,328 first place prize.
The fields have been growing steadily since the tour launched at Canterbury in late 2009, and this time around the event generated the second biggest prize pool in its history at $372,400. Adam Younis then went on to finish Day 1 second in chips and by the time the the final table had been reached Adam Younis was the chip leader. The Ames, Iowa man then managed to dominate the play from start to finish to eventually take a massive 6 million to 1.4 million chip advantage over Brian Soja into heads-up play.
As the final battle commenced, Adam Younis was hoping for a quick finish after the two players went all-in pre-flop with Younis’ pocket threes up against the 10-9 of his opponent. Unfortunately for him, however, the board rolled out K-10-8-8-9 to double-up Soja and the players would subsequently battle away for 2 hours before the defining hand was played.
Younis had been dealt J-9 to Soja’s Kc-3c and after the flop fell Jc-10-8c Younis check-raised Soja all-in only for the turn and river to produce no king or clubs. Down to a short-stack, Soja got his remaining chips in on the next hand holding 10-9 to Younis’ K-9, and with no further help from the board, Brian Soja finished the runner-up for $52,161, while Adam Younis was crowned the champion.
Commenting after his remarkable victory, Younis said: “I called my shot on the ride here. I really felt good about this and felt like I was going to win. I haven’t been in a casino for a long time.”
The final table payouts were as follows:
1 Adam Younis $95,328
2 Brian Soja $52,161
3 Brian Zekus $34,530
4 Brad Feldman $23,382
5 Rich Edinger $17,986
6 Burke Veazey $14,389
7 Patrick Serda $12,590
8 Arlie Brandvold $10,792
9 Cory Cove $8,993