With 27 players remaining in MSPT finale at Canterbury Park, everyone was guaranteed 200 POY points on the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year leaderboard. That meant Buffalo, New York’s Chris Meyers (pictured), who at the time sat atop the leaderboard with 3,350, was guaranteed to bring his total up to at least 3,550 points.
No other player in the field could catch him, meaning he locked up the POY title and accompanying $10K prize package right then and there. Others who made the trip to the Twin Cities hoping to supplant Meyers were longtime points leader Keith Heine, Colorado’s Osama “Sammy” Aweida, MSPT FireKeepers champ Mike Shanahan, and “Big” Al Hedin.
In Season 8, Meyers had three cashes coming into the final stop. In May, he placed fifth out of 1,066 entries – then a Michigan state record – in the MSPT FireKeepers for $42,333. Five months later, he returned to the venue and topped a record field of 1,067 entries to win the 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship for $191,196.
His third cash, which was $2,375 for finishing in 62nd place, came in last month’s 2017 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. He ultimately finished MSPT Canterbury Park in 15th place for $5,721 and 400 POY points to bring his winning total up to 3,750 points.
For winning the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year, Meyers will be awarded four MSPT Main Event Season 9 seats ($4,400 value) to be used at events of his choosing, a seat into the MSPT Venetian summer event with $400 toward travel costs ($1,500 value), and $250 at each Main Event stop he attends up to $4,250.
In addition, poker tax specialists Kondler & Associates, CPAs will provide the MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year with free tax services for the 2017 tax year ($800 value). This includes preparation of all tax forms (1040, 1099, etc.) as well as year-long tax planning and guidance.
“Chris’ back-to-back final tables in the two largest tournaments ever held in Michigan was a remarkable feat,” said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. “After those two strong performances, he set his eyes on the prize and chased POY among stiff competition. Players like Keith Heine, Sammy Aweida, and ‘Big’ Al Hedin certainly gave him a run for his money.”
Congratulations to Chris Meyers on winning the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year!
Season 8 POY Final Point Standings
1 Chris Meyers 3,750
2 Keith Heine 2,967
3 Osama “Sammy” Aweida 2,917
4 Jon Hanner 2,800
5 Rob Wazwaz 2,767
6 Mike Shanahan 2,700
7 Max Havlish 2,600
8 Keith Block 2,500
9 Ahmed Taleb 2,500
10 Jason Ramos 2,250