The Venetian: June 1 - 5, 2015

 

The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV

June 1-5, 2015

Main Event: 1,964 Entrants

Angelina Rich Wins MSPT The Venetian!

The 2015 World Series of Poker isn't the only game in town. From June 1-5, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) was in town for their second-ever stop at The Venetian. The tournament boasted a $1 million guarantee, but that was nearly doubled as a whopping 1,964 entrants turned over three starting days to create a prize pool of $1,964,000.

The tournament attracted some of the biggest players in the world, including Spanish powerhouse Sergio Aido and Season XII World Poker Tour World Champ Keven Stammen. Those players finished in sixth and second place respectively, while the title and $215,815 first-place prize went to 25-year-old Angelina Rich, who became the first woman in history to win a MSPT title.

"I heard I was the first woman to win, which is incredible," Rich told PokerNews. "They told me someone had gotten third, so once we were five-handed I thought I needed to get to at least third."

Rich never had a chance to get to third place, because with four players remaining a deal was struck based upon chip counts. David Lee of Memphis, Tennessee locked up $160,407 for fourth place, up from the original payout of $106,292; while David Mowery of Delavan, Wisconsin took $167,417 for third, up from $141,078. Stammen managed to lock up $199,635 for his runner-up finish, while Rich got the official title along with the trophy by virtue of holding the chip lead (by quite a large margin)

Notable finishes: Martin Finger (12th - $25,123), Blake Bohn (29th - $7,537), Poorya Nazari (52nd - $5,218), Mike Deis (53rd - $5,218), Matt Salsberg (70th - $4,058), and Jake Cody (71st - $4,058)

Prior to the win, Rich had just $41,281 in live tournament earnings, with her biggest cash being $27,224 for winning the 2015 Aussie Millions Event #12: A$1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty back in January. While she calls Seattle home, Rich actually cut her poker chops in the land down under.

"I've only been playing for a year and a half now, so not very long at all," said Rich. "I had friends who played professionally who I went to high school with, and they were living in Australia at the time. I had just graduated from college with a fashion degree and I kind of just wanted to do something else. I went to Australia to live with them for a year, and I just planned on getting a job in the fashion industry, something like that, but they just encouraged me to play poker. I got super envious of them traveling and all of that kind of stuff, so they kind of persuaded me to play. I've been playing ever since."

Among those friends are accomplished poker players like Patrick Crivell ($236,790 in tournament earnings), Jordan Westmorland ($470,466 in tournament earnings), and her boyfriend Alex Lynskey ($176,840 in tournament earnings).

According to Rich, she came to play the MSPT after her and Lynskey decided to travel the country in a camper, beginning with a stop in Las Vegas.

"We were going to come here and do the whole World Series of Poker thing," Rich explained. "We bought a big camper van and were going to do a big road trip after this. It fell into place there happens to be poker tournaments in the Midwest, so we figured we'd go together and do some vacationing while playing poker."

She continued, "My boyfriend and I were planning on doing some of the other MSPT trips in the Midwest, so we were looking through it and saw there was one in Vegas. It looked like a pretty good spot, there was a big guarantee, so we decided to register it and went from there."

Both Rich and Lynskey play poker full time, and she is quick to credit him, as well as her other friends, for teaching her the game just a year and a half ago.

"He's taught me so much, but they've all taught me an incredible amount," said Rich. As for the MSPT, she was impressed: "That's the first one I've ever played. It was nice. It was a Deepstack tournament, started with a ton of chips, structure was really good, especially towards the end. I was surprised by that in a three-day tournament. It was really good."

Rich revealed that she originally wasn't planning on playing the WSOP Main Event unless she satellited in, and while that's still her hope, she's likely to play it either way now.

"I'm going to try to satellite into the Main Event," she said. "I wasn't really planning on playing it unless things went well, which obviously they have. So I should 100% be playing the Main Event, and I'll be playing other events like the Ladies Event and a couple of other $1Ks and $1,500s."

As for the rest of the money?

"We bought a 1995 Chevy camper van we bought right before we came here. We're planning on using that, but I'm not really sure now. I don't have a car other than that, and I've always wanted a Jeep Wrangler, so maybe that will be on the list of things I'll buy. Other than that nothing too crazy, just gonna continue to travel and play."

Congratulations to Angelina Rich for not only becoming the first-ever woman to win a MSPT title, but also for taking down the largest MSPT event in history! The MSPT continues July 18-26 with the Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa. For more information, visit msptpoker.com.

Results

Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Angelina Rich $215,8152,000
2 Keven Stammen $199,6351,800
3 David Mowery (WI) $167,4171,700
4 David Lee (TN) $160,4071,600
5 Cantidio Villar $81,1681,500
6 Sergio Aido $63,7751,400
7 Josh Palmer $48,3141,300
8 Austin Apicella $38,6521,200
9 RJ Sullivan $30,9211,100
10 Randy Sim $25,1231,000
11 Mohammed Harro Malik $25,1231,000
12 Martin Finger $25,1231,000
13 Andrew Graham $19,326900
14 Jose Merino $19,326900
15 Adam Alfie $19,326900
16 Nam Van Nguyen $17,393800
17 Michael Haag $17,393800
18 Seth Berger $17,393800
19 Hicham Chami $14,301700
20 Guillermo Pena $14,301700
21 Ying Chou Lin $14,301700
22 Yasin Ahmady $11,982700
23 Jared Griener $11,982700
24 Arthur Koren $11,982700
25 Alberto Ah Line $10,243700
26 Matthew Silberzweig $10,243700
27 Oluwashola Akindele $10,243700
28 Terry Fleischer $7,537600
29 Blake Bohn $7,537600
30 Ulises Roman Rosado $7,537600
31 Nick Reynolds $7,537600
32 Douglas Trabulsi $7,537600
33 Salvatore DiCarlo $7,537600
34 Kristina Holst $7,537600
35 Taylor Black $7,537600
36 Andrew Badecker $7,537600
37 Manh Nguyen $5,798500
38 Cosimo Sabatini $5,798500
39 Kou Yang $5,798500
40 Joshua Pollack $5,798500
41 Anthus Williams $5,798500
42 William Pilossoph $5,798500
43 Homan Mohammadi $5,798500
44 Donald Maloney $5,798500
45 Daniel Steen $5,798500
46 Aaron Johnson $5,218400
47 Kevin Torres $5,218400
48 Marcus Franco $5,218400
49 Mark Tanzillo $5,218400
50 Aldo Montero $5,218400
51 Jacques Iza $5,218400
52 Poorya Nazari $5,218400
53 Michael Deis $5,218400
54 Kane Lai $5,218400
55 Kyle Ho $4,638300
56 Dwayne Vetter $4,638300
57 Darren Judges $4,638300
58 Brian O'Donoghue $4,638300
59 Vinh Long Than $4,638300
60 Thomas Sobolewski $4,638300
61 Cylus Watson $4,638300
62 Eric Gonzales $4,638300
63 Jose Serratos $4,638300
64 Ryan Beckwith $4,058200
65 Dan Dasilva $4,058200
66 Julie Cornelius $4,058200
67 Jason Seitz $4,058200
68 Mike Wright $4,058200
69 Gil George $4,058200
70 Matt Salsberg $4,058200
71 Jake Cody $4,058200
72 Joseph Stark $4,058200
73 Steven Gibbs $3,865100
74 Jeff Heiberg $3,865100
75 Nathaniel Falber $3,865100
76 Jared Koppel $3,865100
77 Paul Deng $3,865100
78 Alen Bilic $3,865100
79 Daniel Buckley $3,865100
80 Steve Nichols $3,865100
81 Stefan Williams $3,865100
82 Deborah Phillips $3,67250
83 Mark Damer $3,67250
84 Roman Valerstein $3,67250
85 Oliver Price $3,67250
86 Viliyun Petleshkov $3,67250
87 Ben Palmer $3,67250
88 Atanas Kavrakov $3,67250
89 Jack Schanbacher $3,67250
90 Dmitri Pidvysotski $3,67250
91 Severin Schleser $3,47950
92 Jeff Finkelstein $3,47950
93 Katherine Bowen $3,47950
94 Charlie Nguyen $3,47950
95 Andrew Schwager $3,47950
96 Linas Balaisis $3,47950
97 Matthew Elsarelli $3,47950
98 Anthony Stabile $3,47950
99 Jerry Limber $3,47950
100 Michael Cordi $3,09250
101 Jason Brauda $3,09250
102 Dan Dizonzo $3,09250
103 Sam Abueid $3,09250
104 Nick Shkolnik $3,09250
105 Dan Stir $3,09250
106 Daniel Illingsworth $3,09250
107 Joseph Serock $3,09250
108 Pablo Lugo $3,09250
109 Khalid Ayadi $3,09250
110 Guy Pariente $3,09250
111 Joseph Elia $3,09250
112 Alan Wentz $3,09250
113 Paul Cukier $3,09250
114 Daniel Bland $3,09250
115 Daniel Park $3,09250
116 Peter Hengsakul $3,09250
117 John Dolan $3,09250
118 Shane Klasumi $2,89950
119 Jay Zeman $2,89950
120 Jeremy Williams $2,89950
121 Youri Hatanev $2,89950
122 Carlos Restrepo $2,89950
123 David Gutfreund $2,89950
124 Gladys Landegger $2,89950
125 Michael Skomac $2,89950
126 Louise Francoeur $2,89950
127 Ken Auker $2,89950
128 Joshua Thai $2,89950
129 Nicholas Pupillo $2,89950
130 Rick Offley $2,89950
131 Josh Fintel $2,89950
132 Justin Geronsin $2,89950
133 Marsha Wolak $2,89950
134 Yashueen Mudireddy $2,89950
135 Michael Nye $2,89950
136 John Drikakis $2,70650
137 Eli Loewenthal $2,70650
138 Osman Ihlamur $2,70650
139 Paul Sterling $2,70650
140 Kevin McColgan $2,70650
141 Fred Goff $2,70650
142 Simeon Naydenov $2,70650
143 Vincent Dibenedetto $2,70650
144 David Ormsby $2,70650
145 Robert Gianquitti $2,70650
146 Ryan Smith $2,70650
147 John Pierce $2,70650
148 Ted Ely $2,70650
149 Alexaner Choi $2,70650
150 Matt Iles $2,70650
151 John Dayton $2,70650
152 Chris Ragavams $2,70650
153 Nisan Arieli $2,70650
154 Matan Barkat $2,51250
155 Aaron Massey $2,51250
156 Daniel Dumont $2,51250
157 Kou Vang $2,51250
158 Michael Wynn $2,51250
159 Tim Dearing $2,51250
160 Vincent Phu $2,51250
161 Quinn Bruno $2,51250
162 Kirkor Tekweli $2,51250
163 Ricky McGown $2,51250
164 Rudy Wong $2,51250
165 Jacob Bazeley $2,51250
166 Stephen Kats $2,51250
167 Carlos Loving $2,51250
168 James Fisher $2,51250
169 Mark Hodge $2,51250
170 Nikita Lebedev $2,51250
171 Benjamin Zamani $2,51250
172 Jon Hanner $2,51250
173 Adrian Apmann $2,51250
174 Ofer Stern $2,51250
175 Robert Fini $2,51250
176 Michael Bratovich $2,51250
177 Daren Stabinski $2,51250
178 Frank Argano $2,51250
179 Ben Marsh $2,51250
180 Dimitry Agrachov $2,51250
181 Patrick Steele $2,31950
182 David Hass (Florida) $2,31950
183 David MacDonald $2,31950
184 Earl Barron $2,31950
185 Theodore Atler $2,31950
186 Matt Lapossie $2,31950
187 Stan Jablonski $2,31950
188 Patrick Smith $2,31950
189 Mark Perry $2,31950
190 Jordan Cristos $2,31950
191 Michael Nguyen $2,31950
192 Phillip Smith $2,31950
193 Adam Savage $2,31950
194 David Tuthill $2,31950
195 Andrew Brussard $2,31950
196 Neil Ho $2,31950
197 Jon Lactaoen $2,31950
198 Brian Burney $2,31950
199 Joseph Elpayaa $2,31950
200 Steve Colasurd $2,31950
201 Nick Howard $2,31950
202 Matt Ezrol $2,31950
203 Meikat Siu $2,31950
204 Harley Stoffmaker $2,31950
205 Aaron Frei $2,31950
206 William Vito Sturiano $2,31950
207 Zauner Andreas $2,31950

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