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July 21 - 29, 2018

 
  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Brian Soja Wins 2018 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship for $94,568
Created (7/29/2018 9:41:08 PM by Chad Holloway)

The 2018 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship attracted 455 entries (176 on Day 1A and a record 279 on 1B) to Meskwaki Casino. It marked the tour’s 20th stop at the venue dating back to 2012, and after a long weekend it was Minnesota’s Brian Soja who emerged victorious to capture a $94,568 first-place prize.

“It feels really good to finally get the Meskwaki monkey off my back. I’ve bubble down here four or five times,” Soja said immediately after the win. “Also, to get the MSPT final table off my back because I’ve made two before. This feels really good right now. I was surprised at how fast it went but when the deck hits you in the face like it did for me, it just solidifies for everyone that I’m a luck box.”

The third time at a MSPT final table proved to be the charm for the 43-year father of two, who had finished 10th and runner-up in prior tournaments at Canterbury Park. It also marked his second big score of the month after he finished runner-up in the $280 NLH Anniversary Event at Canterbury Park for $25,000.

“My wife, Tonya, is amazing. I can’t believe she lets me do this, play a game for money. I have a 13-year-old son, Brady, and an almost 5-year-old son Beckett,” Soja said. “I’ve had a good year, this is my fourth or fifth final table in the last seven months. My wife and I have a plan to retire in the next 15 years, so this will probably just go into the bank to make sure that still happens.”

Final Table Results
1st Brian Soja (New Brighton, MN) $94,568
2nd Kevin Berthelsen (Omaha, NE) $58,104
3rd Travis Sweet (Black River Falls, WI) $41,874
4th Steven Seidler (Hudson, WI) $31,669
5th Jeff Minnerly (Madison, WI) $23,752
6th Kipp Smith (Grand Island, NE) $18,034
7th Alex Winter (Roseville, MN) $14,075
8th Zac Campbell (Memphis, MO) $10,997
9th John Joachim (Waverly, IA) $8,357
10th Ron Amos (Quincy, IL) $6,598

Day 2 saw 62 players return to action, but with only 54 slated to get paid eight left empty-handed including Mike Lang, MSPT Season 4 Meskwaki champ Andy Van Blair, and bubble boy Shaun Burnett, who lost a flip with pocket fives to ace-ten.

Among those to earn a payday but fall short of the final table were MSPT Grand Falls champ Ahmed Taleb (12th - $6,598), four-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Mark Fink (20th - $4,003), current Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 9 POY points leader Aaron Johnson (29th - $2,375), Run It Up Reno champ Blake Cavanagh (41st - $2,155), and Ryan Phan (45th - $2,155), who is fresh off finishing 11th in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event for $725,000.

The final table began with all ten players fairly close in chips but it wouldn’t take long for the first bustout. It happened when Ron Amos ran kings smack dab into Steven Seidler’s aces, and not long after John Joachim followed him out the door when his aces were cracked by the pocket tens of Jeff Minnerly.

Soja then got his first knock out when police sergeant Zac Campbell moved all in for his last eight bigs holding the and Soja called with the . The board ran out and Campbell had to settle for eighth place and $10,997.

Soja then dispatched Alex Winter in seventh place – his king-ten suited holding against queen-four offsuit – and then Kipp Smith fell after getting it in with the and failing to get there against Soja’s on a run out.

Minnerly, who was playing in his first-ever $1K+ buy-in tournament, busted after running his into Soja’s , and then Seidler hit the rail due to a nasty turn card. In Level 28 (30,000/60,000/10,000), Seidler raised to 150,000 holding the in the cutoff and Travis Sweet called from the small blind. Soja came along from the big with the and three players went to the flop.

Two checks saw Seidler continue for 150,000 with his two pair and Soja peeled with his gutshot, which he hit when the dealer burned and turned the . The chips got in and Seidler failed to fill up when the bricked the river.

After Sweet, who was just two weeks removed from finishing runner-up in the MSPT Potawatomi Regional Event for $50K, took his leave in third place for $41,874, Soja took a big chip lead into heads-up play against Kevin Berthelsen.

In the final hand of the tournament, Berthelsen jammed with the and Soja called holding the . The board ran out and Berthelsen had to settle for second place and $58,104 in prize money.

Season 9 of the MSPT continues with a $350 buy-in, $100K GTD Regional Event at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park from August 8-12. The next $1,100 Main Event will be the 2018 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship at Tropicana Evansville from August 17-19, and the tour will return to Meskwaki Casino November 2-4 for another $1,100 buy-in, $300K GTD Main Event.

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Kevin Berthelsen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($58,104)
Created (7/29/2018 9:32:37 PM by Eric Anderson)
Kevin Berthelsen

Kevin Berthelsen moved all in from the big blind and Brian Soja wasted no time making the call.

Berthelsen:
Soja:

The flop came . The paired Soja but gave Berthelsen the open-ended straight draw. The on the river gave Soja the check mark.

Brian Soja - Season 9 MSPT Meskwaki Champion for $94,568
Kevin Berthelsen - Eliminated in 2nd place for $58,104

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Travis Sweet Eliminated in 3rd Place ($41,874)
Created (7/29/2018 9:12:19 PM by Eric Anderson)
Travis Sweet

Keith Bertelsen raised to 200,000 from the button and Travis Sweet moved all in. Brian Soja got out of the way and Berthelsen made the call.

Sweet:
Berthelsen:

The flop provided a sweat, but both the on the turn and on the river were clean and Sweet was eliminated in 6th place.

Keith Bertelsen - 2.16 million (27 bb)
Brian Soja - 6.935 million (87 bb)
Travis Sweet - Eliminated in 3rd place for $41,874

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Kevin Berthelsen Doubles Up First Hand
Created (7/29/2018 9:00:18 PM by Eric Anderson)

Travis Sweet moved all in from the button for 935,000. Kevin Berthelsen called from the big blind.

Sweet:
Berthelsen:

The board ran out and Berthelsen doubled up.

Kevin Berthelsen - 1.92 million (24 bb)
Travis Sweet - 230,000 (3 bb)

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Updated Chip Counts
Created (7/29/2018 8:55:10 PM by Eric Anderson)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Brian Soja69950006000000
Travis Sweet11650001635000
Kevin Berthelsen9350001405000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Break Time
Created (7/29/2018 8:50:53 PM by Brandon Temple)

The final three players are off on a ten-minute break.

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Steven Seidler Eliminated In 4th Place ($31,669)
Created (7/29/2018 8:50:20 PM by Brandon Temple)
Steven Seidler

Steven Seidler raised to 150,000 from the cutoff, and was called by Travis Sweet in the small blind and Brian Soja in the big blind.

The flop was checked over to Seidler, who bet 150,000. Sweet folded, but Soja made the call.

On the turn, Soja checked again, and Seidler bet 300,000. Soja check-raised to 650,000, and Seidler jammed for a little more, which Soja snapped off.

Soja:
Seidler:

Soja’s turned straight proved to be the winner after the river kept Seidler from hitting a full house.

Brian Soja - 6 million
Steven Seidler - Eliminated in 4th place for $31,669

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Jeff Minnerly Eliminated In 5th Place ($23,752)
Created (7/29/2018 8:44:35 PM by Brandon Temple)
Jeff Minnerly

Brian Soja raised to 180,000 from the button, then snapped off a three-bet from Jeff Minnerly in the small blind to 1.05 million.

Soja:
Minnerly:

Soja’s hot streak continued, and the flop kept Soja in command. The turn gave Soja a set but gave Minnerly a gutshot, but the left Minnerly just short of a victory in his first MSPT Main Event.

Brian Soja - 5.1 million
Jeff Minnerly - Eliminated in 5th place for $23,752

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Kipp Smith Eliminated in 6th Place ($18,034)
Created (7/29/2018 8:37:15 PM by Eric Anderson)
Kipp Smith

Kipp Smith moved all in for 600,000 from the hijack and was snap called by Brian Soja from the small blind.

Smith:
Soja:

The board ran out and Smith was eliminated in 6th place as Soja’s hot streak continues.

Brian Soja - 4.2 million
Kipp Smith - Eliminated in 6th place for $18,034

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Alex Winter Eliminated In 7th Place ($14,075)
Created (7/29/2018 8:26:04 PM by Eric Anderson)
Alex Winter

Alex Winter raised to 150,000 from the button and Jeff Minnerly moved all in for 510,000 from the big blind. Alex Winter snap called and Minnerly said, “You’re good.”

Winter:
Minnerly:

Minnerly’s bluff attempt paid off as the flop came . The board ran out the and Minnerly doubled.

Winter got his last 220,000 in a few hands later against Brian Soja.

Winter:
Soja:

Winter couldn’t find help on a board and fell in seventh.

Brian Soja - 3.1 million
Jeff Minnerly - 1.1 million
Alex Winter - Eliminated in 7th place for $14,075

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MN 
9,100,000
9,100,000 
Quincy 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Marion 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MO 
0
Busted 
 
Austin 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Eagan 
MN 
0
Busted 
SD 
0
Busted 
 
Bement 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Lacona 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
ND 
0
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$94,568 
1,600 
2
Omaha 
NE 
$58,104 
1,400 
3
WI 
$41,874 
1,300 
4
Hudson 
WI 
$31,669 
1,200 
5
WI 
$23,752 
1,100 
6
NE 
$18,034 
1,000 
7
MN 
$14,075 
900 
8
MO 
$10,997 
800 
9
IA 
$8,357 
700 
10
Quincy 
IL 
$6,598 
600 
11
MN 
$6,598 
600 
12
MN 
$6,598 
600 
13
CA 
$5,279 
500 
14
MN 
$5,279 
500 
15
IA 
$5,279 
500 
16
MN 
$4,399 
400 
17
IA 
$4,399 
400 
18
IA 
$4,399 
400 
19
IL 
$4,003 
300 
20
SD 
$4,003 
300 
21
MN 
$4,003 
300 
22
Quincy 
IL 
$3,387 
200 
23
Omaha 
NE 
$3,387 
200 
24
MN 
$3,387 
200 
25
IA 
$2,947 
150 
26
Topeka 
KS 
$2,947 
150 
27
IA 
$2,947 
150 
28
MN 
$2,375 
100 
29
MN 
$2,375 
100 
30
IA 
$2,375 
100 
31
MN 
$2,375 
100 
32
IA 
$2,375 
100 
33
Ankeny 
IA 
$2,375 
100 
34
IL 
$2,375 
100 
35
IA 
$2,375 
100 
36
MN 
$2,375 
100 
37
IA 
$2,155 
75 
38
IA 
$2,155 
75 
39
Marion 
IA 
$2,155 
75 
40
IA 
$2,155 
75 
41
NV 
$2,155 
75 
42
MN 
$2,155 
75 
43
IA 
$2,155 
75 
44
WI 
$2,155 
75 
45
Omaha 
NE 
$2,155 
75 
46
MN 
$1,979 
50 
47
NE 
$1,979 
50 
48
MO 
$1,979 
50 
49
WI 
$1,979 
50 
50
Austin 
MN 
$1,979 
50 
51
Eagan 
MN 
$1,979 
50 
52
SD 
$1,979 
50 
53
WI 
$1,979 
50 
54
Bement 
IL 
$1,979 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
29
Blinds
40000 / 80000
Ante
10000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
455
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
9,100,000
Total Chips
9,100,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
9,100,000
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,617
4,400
4,300
3,650
3,100
3,000
2,750
2,500
2,350
10 
2,292