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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

November 15 - 18, 2018

 
  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 50000
Brett Halan Wins 2018 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for $144,812!
Created (11/19/2018 2:01:28 AM by Chad Holloway)

Over the weekend, the 2018 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship attracted 748 entries to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. That surpassed the 701 entries from the 2017 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship to become the largest major poker tournament ($1K+ buy-in) in state history.

In the end it was 27-year-old Brett Halan, a logistics account manager from Naperville, Illinois, who finished as the last player standing for $144,812. It marked the third year in a row a player from Illinois walked away with the MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship title.

“It feels great, honestly it really does. The cards ran great, that’s all I could ask for,” Halan said after the win. “I usually play in the smaller tournaments, this was a big one. I tried to get it in good as best as I could. When I did it seemed to hold up every time.”

Halan, who said he plans to spend some of his winnings on family and friends, wasn’t about to rest on his win. In fact, he had to work just a few hours after capturing one of the Midwest’s most prestigious titles.

“I’ll be in at 5 a.m., I’m committed. It’s my job,” he said.

Prior to the win, Halan had a single MSPT cash of $1,204 for finishing 58th in the 2017 MSPT Potawatomi Hotel & Casino $350 Regional Event. His prior best score was a modest $4,413 for winning the 2015 WPTDeepStacks Chicagoland Event #16: $250 NLH.

Final Table Results
1 Brett Halan (Naperville, IL) $144,812
2 Joe Freeman (Roselle, IL) $89,059
3 Jeff Cvetezar (Manitowoc, WI) $65,165
4 Ed Rohloff (Wega, WI) $48,440
5 Andre Haywood (Homewood, IL) $36,927
6 Josh Janis (Milwaukee, WI) $28,238
7 Larry Wagner (Middleton, WI) $21,722
8 Joseph Pusateri (Chicago, IL) $16,653
9 Sam DeSilva (Austin, MN) $13,033
10 Josh Hergott (Highland Park, IL) $10,788

Day 2 saw 114 players return to action, but with only 81 getting paid, 33 would leave empty handed including current MSPT Season 9 Player of the Year points leader Aaron Johnson, WSOP Colossus II champ Ben Keeline, WPT champ Keven Stammen, and bubble boy Michael Hudson.

Among those to finish in the money but fall short of making the final table were Rob Wazwaz (15th - $8,689), MSPT Hall of Famer Rich Alsup (16th - $7,241), Day 1C champ Ravi Raghavan (17th - $7,241), 10-time WSOPC ring winner Josh Reichard (20th - $6,082), 2015 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champ Ben Wiora (23rd - $5,141), Day 1A chip leader Joe McArthur (28th - $3,186), the red-hot Nick Pupillo (35th - $3,186), three-time MSPT champ Blake Bohn (44th - $2,679), and the start-of-the-day chip leader Byron Ziebell (73rd - $2,027).

At the final table, it took 42 hands for the first player to fall and happened when Josh Hergott – making his 2nd MSPT Main Event final table – moved all in with ace-five only to run it into the ace-queen of Josh Janis. He was followed out the door by Minnesota’s Sam “Sammy Whammy” De Silva, who lost a flip with jacks to Andre Haywood’s Big Slick suited. For De Silva, this was his 9th MSPT Main Event cash and 4th Final Table.

Joe Freeman then dispatched Joe Pusateri when ace-queen held against jack-ten suited, and Larry Wagner took his leave after he shoved ace-ten suited and failed to get there against Haywood’s two black kings.

Haywood then notched his third final table knockout after picking up ace-queen and holding against Janis’ ace-ten. Unfortunately for Haywood, his momentum came to a screeching halt and he was next to go after shoving queen-eight suited and getting called by Jeff Cvetezar’s pocket nines.

Ed Rohloff exited in fourth place when his ace-seven was outdrawn by Freeman’s ace-four all in preflop, and then the eventual champ finished off the final two players beginning with Cvetezar. It happened in a big pot where Halan turned straight and flush draws and called the shove of Cvetezar, who held pocket rockets. Halan spiked his flush on the river and Cvetezar, the last player from Wisconsin standing, had to settle for third place and $65,165 in prize money.

“I got lucky. I definitely didn’t think he has aces,” Halan said of the hand. “I thought I had a ton of outs. I had the spade outs and it just happened to hit.”

The heads-up match between Halan and Freeman was a back-and-forth affair with each holding the chip lead on more than one occasion. Eventually, Halan whittled down his opponent and claimed the title when Freeman bluffed all in on the flop. Halan called with flopped trips and Freeman was drawing dead.

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  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 50000
Joseph Freeman Eliminated In 2nd Place ($89,060)
Created (11/19/2018 1:52:36 AM by Brandon Temple)
Joseph Freeman

Joseph Freeman raised to 700,000 from the button, and Brett Halan called in the big blind.

Halan checked a flop, and Freeman ripped his last 2.3 million in the pot. Halan snap-called.

Freeman:
Halan:

Freeman was actually drawing dead to Halan’s trip jacks, and after the turn and river fell to improve Halan to a straight, Freeman finished as the runner-up and Halan secures the 2018 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship!

Joseph Freeman - Eliminated in 2nd place for $89,060

  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 50000
Joseph Freeman Doubles Through Brett Halan
Created (11/19/2018 1:39:33 AM by Brandon Temple)

Joseph Freeman jammed for 2.15 million on the button, and Brett Halan called in the big blind.

Freeman:
Halan:

Halan was safe on the flop, but the turn propelled Freeman to the lead, and he doubled up after the bricked off on the river.

Brett Halan - 10.515 million
Joseph Freeman - 4.05 million

  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 50000
Joseph Freeman Under Ten Big Blinds
Created (11/19/2018 1:36:32 AM by Brandon Temple)

Brett Halan raised to 800,000 from the button, and Joseph Freeman called in the big blind.

Both players checked the flop, and Freeman bet 1.2 million on the turn. Halan jammed for 3.575 million effective, and Freeman thought for a moment, then folded.

Brett Halan - 12.59 million (42 bb)
Joseph Freeman - 2.375 million (8 bb)

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 40000
Brett Halan Applies The Pressure
Created (11/19/2018 1:26:11 AM by Brandon Temple)

Joseph Freeman raised to 700,000 on the button, and Brett Halan called in the big blind.

Both players checked the flop, and Halan bet 800,000 on the turn. Freeman called.

Halan bet 2.5 million on the river.

“Why so big, why so much?” Freeman said after a minute in the tank. He thought a bit longer, then folded, telling Halan he mucked sixes.

Brett Halan - 10.84 million (45 bb)
Joseph Freeman - 4.125 million (17 bb)

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 40000
Brett Halan Widens The Gap
Created (11/19/2018 1:20:56 AM by Brandon Temple)

Brett Halan raised to 700,000 from the button, and Joseph Freeman defended his option in the big blind.

Both players checked a flop, and Freeman checked the turn. Halan bet 800,000 and Freeman called.

Both players checked the river. “Nine-ten,” Freeman said, saying he missed a straight draw. Halan showed for a pair of fives and the winner.

Brett Halan - 9.71 million (40 bb)
Joseph Freeman - 5.255 million (22 bb)

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Brett Halan Doubles Through Joseph Freeman; Break Time
Created (11/19/2018 12:54:24 AM by Brandon Temple)

Brett Halan raised to 500,000 from the button, and Joseph Freeman three-bet shoved for 3.875 million effective. Halan snapped him off.

Halan:
Freeman:

Freeman was dead on the turn of a board, and the stacks have evened out heading to the break.

Brett Halan - 7.81 million (39 bb)
Joseph Freeman - 7.155 million (36 bb)

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Joseph Freeman Doubles Through Brett Halan
Created (11/19/2018 12:41:51 AM by Brandon Temple)

Joseph Freeman raised to 600,000 on the button, and Brett Halan defended the big blind.

Halan checked the flop, and Freeman bet 700,000. Halan called.

On the turn, Halan checked. “One million!” Freeman said with a grin, and Halan made the call again.

The came on the river, and Halan checked a third time. Freeman jammed for 2.675 million and Halan called after some thought.

Freeman tabled for a runner-runner Broadway straight, and Halan showed for a flopped two pair, and the duo essentially flip stacks.

Joseph Freeman - 9.5 million (48 bb)
Brett Halan - 5.4 million (27 bb)

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Jeffrey Cvetezar Eliminated In 3rd Place ($65,165)
Created (11/19/2018 12:36:25 AM by Brandon Temple)
Jeffrey Cvetezar

Brett Halan raised to 500,000 from the small blind and Jeffrey Cvetezar called in the big blind.

Halan checked a flop, then called a bet of 600,000 from Cvetezar.

On the turn, Halan checked, and Cvetezar jammed for 2.15 million. Halan tanked for a while before calling.

Halan:
Cvetezar:

Halan had a big draw, but was behind the aces of Cvetezar. The river gave him the flush, however, and we’re now heads up for the MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship title!

Brett Halan - 10 million (50 bb)
Jeffrey Cvetezar - Eliminated in 3rd place for $65,165

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Jeffrey Cvetezar Falls Into Third
Created (11/19/2018 12:17:30 AM by Brandon Temple)

Jeffrey Cvetezar raised to 500,000 from the small blind, and Joseph Freeman called in the big blind.

Cvetezar bet 600,000 on the flop, and Freeman called.

On the turn, Cvetezar checked then folded to a 950,000 bet from Freeman.

Joseph Freeman - 4.575 million (23 bb)
Jeffrey Cvetezar - 3.57 million (18 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
IL 
14,960,000
14,960,000 
Austin 
MN 
0
Busted 
IL 
0
Busted 
Lemont 
IL 
0
Busted 
Verona 
WI 
0
Busted 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
Marne 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$144,812 
1,800 
2
IL 
$89,060 
1,600 
3
WI 
$65,165 
1,500 
4
Wega 
WI 
$48,440 
1,400 
5
IL 
$36,927 
1,300 
6
WI 
$28,238 
1,200 
7
WI 
$21,722 
1,100 
8
IL 
$16,653 
1,000 
9
Austin 
MN 
$13,033 
900 
10
IL 
$10,788 
800 
11
MI 
$10,788 
800 
12
NH 
$10,788 
800 
13
WI 
$8,689 
700 
14
IL 
$8,689 
700 
15
MN 
$8,689 
700 
16
MN 
$7,241 
600 
17
IL 
$7,241 
600 
18
IL 
$7,241 
600 
19
IA 
$6,082 
500 
20
WI 
$6,082 
500 
21
Zion 
IL 
$6,082 
500 
22
MN 
$5,141 
400 
23
WI 
$5,141 
400 
24
OH 
$5,141 
400 
25
Baylis 
IL 
$4,200 
300 
26
WI 
$4,200 
300 
27
WI 
$4,200 
300 
28
IL 
$3,186 
250 
29
IL 
$3,186 
250 
30
WI 
$3,186 
250 
31
IL 
$3,186 
250 
32
WI 
$3,186 
250 
33
WI 
$3,186 
250 
34
IL 
$3,186 
250 
35
IL 
$3,186 
250 
36
Tiffin 
IA 
$3,186 
250 
37
Carmel 
IN 
$2,679 
200 
38
IL 
$2,679 
200 
39
WI 
$2,679 
200 
40
IL 
$2,679 
200 
41
IL 
$2,679 
200 
42
MN 
$2,679 
200 
43
MN 
$2,679 
200 
44
MN 
$2,679 
200 
45
Lemont 
IL 
$2,679 
200 
46
IL 
$2,462 
150 
47
Verona 
WI 
$2,462 
150 
48
CO 
$2,462 
150 
49
WI 
$2,462 
150 
50
IL 
$2,462 
150 
51
IL 
$2,462 
150 
52
MN 
$2,462 
150 
53
IL 
$2,462 
150 
54
IN 
$2,462 
150 
55
WI 
$2,317 
100 
56
IL 
$2,317 
100 
57
MN 
$2,317 
100 
58
WI 
$2,317 
100 
59
Sumter 
SC 
$2,317 
100 
60
IL 
$2,317 
100 
61
WI 
$2,317 
100 
62
WI 
$2,317 
100 
63
Peru 
IL 
$2,317 
100 
64
MN 
$2,172 
75 
65
WI 
$2,172 
75 
66
MN 
$2,172 
75 
67
IL 
$2,172 
75 
68
MN 
$2,172 
75 
69
WI 
$2,172 
75 
70
WI 
$2,172 
75 
71
IL 
$2,172 
75 
72
WI 
$2,172 
75 
73
WI 
$2,027 
50 
74
IL 
$2,027 
50 
75
WI 
$2,027 
50 
76
WI 
$2,027 
50 
77
WI 
$2,027 
50 
78
KY 
$2,027 
50 
79
WI 
$2,027 
50 
80
MN 
$2,027 
50 
81
IL 
$2,027 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
35
Blinds
150000 / 300000
Ante
50000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
748
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
14,960,000
Total Chips
14,960,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
14,960,000
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,967
4,600
4,300
3,850
3,700
3,375
3,150
3,050
2,900
10 
2,750