Canterbury Park: December 4 - 13, 2015


Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN

December 11-13, 2015

Main Event: 470 Entrants

Carl Carodenuto Wins MSPT Canterbury Park, $116,103!

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A 30-year-old poker pro from Orono, Minnesota, took down the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour Canterbury Park Main Event on Sunday night.

Carl Carodenuto used an unpredictable and often maniacal style to earn the title and $116,103 first-place prize that came with it, besting a field of 470 entries when it was all said and done.

From two starting days that drew a Minnesota State record field, 93 players returned on Sunday to vie for the championship. They moved quickly past the 45-player money bubble and onto the final table of 10 that began with Willie Olson in the lead.

It wasn't long before DJ Buckley lost a race against Saad Ghanem to bust 10th, and MSPT Meskwaki winner Rich Alsup failed to outdraw Ryan Tyler's dominating ace to end up ninth, guaranteeing that Mark Hodge would pick up the coveted MSPT Player of the Year title.

Olson then extended his lead, shoving over a Vladimir Revniaga raise with pocket tens, getting called by Revniaga on nines and holding.

Short stack Dan Favreau then helped Carodenuto heat up when he ran jacks into his aces to bow out seventh, and after a period of chips flying around the table with no one busting, Brian Berthiaume ran ten-high into Kirby Rogers' ace-high and said goodbye in sixth.

Olson's run good continued when he dispatched Tyler in fifth, finding a pair with the dominated A♦Q♣ versus his A♥K♣. Plus, he busted a short-stacked Ghanem in fourth to take a lead into three-handed play.

That lead would not last, however, as he soon shipped fours into Carodenuto's sevens and handed it over to him.

Olson then busted third when Rogers slow-played kings to perfection against him to double through and leave him short and shoving.

Rogers appeared to be running over Carodenuto heads up, taking advantage of a some blind bets and snatching the lead away from him with some timely aggression, but after they took a break, Carodenuto returned to take it back.

First he called down a three-barreled bluff with bottom pair and then he got it in with big slick in great shape and held to capture MSPT glory and the lion's share of the event's prize pool.

Carodenuto's win marked the end of the wildly successful sixth season on the MSPT!


Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Carl Carodenuto Bloomington MN $116,1031,500
2 Kirby Rogers Verona WI $67,0241,300
3 Willie Olson Willston ND $40,8961,200
4 Saad Ghanem Bloomington MN $32,9441,100
5 Ryan Tyler Chanhassen MN $25,9011,000
6 Brian Berthiaume Cottage Grove MN $21,584900
7 Dan Favreau Montrose MN $17,267800
8 Vladimir Revniaga Burnsville MN $13,178700
9 Richard Alsup New Hope MN $9,088600
10 DJ Buckley Eden Prairie MN $5,907500
11 Dennis Stevermer St. Paul MN $5,907500
12 Sami Saad El-Dein Marshall MN $5,709500
13 Cameron Leibfried Devils Lake ND $4,544400
14 Jeremy Dresch Fridley MN $4,544400
15 John Hayes St. Paul MN $4,544400
16 Justin Thurlow Cottage Grove MN $3,590300
17 Bob Cassioppi Eagn MN $3,590300
18 Josh Skrogstad Minnetonka MN $3,590300
19 Matthew Vaughan Brookline MA $2,817200
20 Sara Allgood Bloomington MN $2,817200
21 Soni Lo Bloomington MN $2,817200
22 Yao Yin La Crosse WI $2,817200
23 Tom Hammers Burnsville MN $2,817200
24 Seth Meyer Le Sueur MN $2,817200
25 Jon Kulkay Plymouth MN $2,817200
26 Rob WazWaz Minneapolis MN $2,817200
27 Damian Widman Ramsey MN $2,817200
28 Muneer Ahmed Dassel MN $2,499100
29 Thomas Peebles Appleton WI $2,499100
30 David Cooper Minneapolis MN $2,499100
31 Daniel Schmidt South St. Paul MN $2,499100
32 Jamey Kramer South Lyon MI $2,499100
33 Chris Knapp Park Rapids MN $2,499100
34 Anthony Hendricks Thief River Falls MN $2,499100
35 Paul Ratajczyk Champlin MN $2,499100
36 Jean Bendaly Plymouth MN $2,499100
37 Josh Thoraldson Burnsville MN $2,27250
38 Paul Elfelt Brookfield WI $2,27250
39 James Gibson Manitoba $2,27250
40 Gary Ewald West Fargo ND $2,27250
41 Tom Stambaugh Nevis MN $2,27250
42 Larry Lammers Chester IA $2,27250
43 Derek Lesniak Bethel MN $2,27250
44 Joe Matheson Andover MN $2,27250
45 Josh Chase Altoona WI $2,27250

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