A bad beat, a Spring Fling and a state record in Wisconsin poker

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March proved to be a busy month in Wisconsin. On March 9, a nearly $150K bad-beat jackpot was hit at a $1-$2 no-limit hold’em cash game at Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wisconsin Dells.

Brendon Leary from Madison won $59,950 after his aces full of queens lost to the quads of James Grove of Richland Center, who earned $29,975. What’s more, the 51 other players in the room each won $1,175. What’s even more interesting, the bad beat was hit on the same date a year before.

SPRING FLING: On March 10, Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee hosted its $350 Spring Fling tournament, which drew 200 players and 21 rebuys for a $63K prize pool. It paid top 18, and a three-handed deal resulted in Jason Kaufman, Michael Schmidt and Shane Thorne each taking home $12,735.

MSPT: Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells hosted a Mid-States Poker Tour $1,100 main event in late March, attracting 300 players for a state-record $299,800 prize pool. Danial Bekavac won the title and $76,668.

— Chad Holloway is Ante Up’s Wisconsin Ambassador. He’s also a Senior Writer for PokerNews.com and is a sponsored member of Team Blue Shark Optics. Email him at anteupchad@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter @ChadAHolloway.