Meskwaki Casino: October 31 - November 8, 2015


Meskwaki Casino - Tama, IA

November 6-8, 2015

Main Event: 410 Entrants

Rich Alsup Wins MSPT Meskwaki Casino, $101,229!

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A story of redemption played out at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa Sunday night, as Rich Alsup took down the 2015 Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Meskwaki Main Event title and $101,229, after coming runner-up at the same stop this past March.

A 31-year-old professional poker player from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, things fell into place time and time again for Alsup at the final table until MSPT glory was finally his.

The event drew 410 players over two starting flights, but just 77 survivors returned to vie for the championship Sunday. Play moved quickly past the 45-player money bubble and just after 7 p.m. local time the final table was set with MSPT Pro Matt Alexander firmly in the lead.

Alsup sat fourth of ten when Jason Seitz busted, running K♥Q♠ into Hamid Feiz' AKMarius Toderici was the next to go when he was outdrawn by Feiz, but Alsup began his move towards the top, busting Day 1 chip leader Marty Faldet eighth, flopping a set of fours against his nines all in preflop.

Feiz won a flip to double through Alexander next, then busted him when a clearly frustrated Alexander shoved top pair into his top two. Feiz had moved into the chip lead when Mark Hodgebusted sixth, picking up enough MSPT Player of the Year points with his finish to overtake the lead in that race.

Feiz' lead would not last, however, as Alsup stung him, shoving over his raise with A♣7♠, getting called by A♠J♥ and outdrawing him when they both flopped two pair by making a boat on the river.

Feiz fell short, and then exited in fifth place before Shaun Burnett lost a race against Derek Dempster to bow out fourth. Ric Cacho got super short three handed and also gave the last of his stack to Dempster, allowing him to take a lead into heads-up with Alsup.

It was a back-and-forth match until the poker gods smiled on Alsup once again, handing him trips on the river after he got it in with bottom pair and a gutshot against Dempster's top pair with the same draw.

In the end, Dempster was forced to shove short with the 5♥4♦, geot called by Alsup on the similar 5♣4♥, and four clubs came out to give Alsup the win.

Alsup admitted it just seemed to be his time in Tama as he found himself catching every card needed on the way to winning the 2015 Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Meskwaki Main Event.

Next up for the MSPT is a stop at the Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado next weekend, and the PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be there for every flop turn and river. For more information, click here.


Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Richard Alsup $101,2291,500
2 Derek Dempster $58,4421,300
3 Ric Cacho $35,6581,200
4 Shaun Burnett $28,7251,100
5 Hamid Feiz $22,5831,000
6 Mark Hodge $18,820900
7 Matt Alexander $15,056800
8 Marty Faldet $11,490700
9 Marius Toderici $7,924600
10 Jason Seitz $5,151500
11 Randy Perkins $5,151500
12 Jason Bender $5,151500
13 Brett Reichard $3,962400
14 James Wilson $3,962400
15 Kipp Smith $3,962400
16 Jose Serratos $3,130300
17 Kurtis Kaspar $3,130300
18 Dan Hamm $3,130300
19 Nick Jivkov $2,456200
20 Adam Friedman $2,456200
21 Matt Hauge $2,456200
22 Ricky McGown $2,456200
23 Tony Lazar $2,456200
24 Joseph Barnard $2,456200
25 David Gutfreund $2,456200
26 Steve Sloan $2,456200
27 Rachel Keele $2,456200
28 Matt Kaldenburg $2,179100
29 Brian Zupancich $2,179100
30 Michael Lang $2,179100
31 Tom Hammers $2,179100
32 Todd Breyfogle $2,179100
33 George Dietz $2,179100
34 Jun Kim $2,179100
35 Todd Melander $2,179100
36 Thomas Peebles $2,179100
37 Dan Sun $1,98150
38 Darrell Prevail $1,98150
39 Dave Carey $1,98150
40 Dustin Peck $1,98150
41 Tom Hujda $1,98150
42 Richard Syverud $1,98150
43 Matt Sztamburski $1,98150
44 Thomas Dean $1,98150
45 Jaycin Cross $1,98150

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