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 City State AmountPoints
1 Angelina Rich Australia $215,8152,000
2 Keven Stammen Coldwater OH $199,6351,800
3 David Mowery (WI) Delavan WI $167,4171,700
4 David Lee (TN) Memphis TN $160,4071,600
5 Cantidio Villar Brazil $81,1681,500
6 Sergio Aido Spain $63,7751,400
7 Josh Palmer Lewisville TX $48,3141,300
8 Austin Apicella Fair Oaks Ranch TX $38,6521,200
9 RJ Sullivan Bradenton FL $30,9211,100
10 Randy Sim Downey CA $25,1231,000
11 Mohammed Harro Malik England $25,1231,000
12 Martin Finger Germany $25,1231,000
13 Andrew Graham Westford MA $19,326900
14 Jose Merino Ecuador $19,326900
15 Adam Alfie England $19,326900
16 Nam Van Nguyen Sedro Woolley WA $17,393800
17 Michael Haag Las Vegas NV $17,393800
18 Seth Berger Woodbury NY $17,393800
19 Hicham Chami Las Vegas NV $14,301700
20 Guillermo Pena Spain $14,301700
21 Ying Chou Lin Flushing NY $14,301700
22 Yasin Ahmady Portland ME $11,982700
23 Jared Griener Santa Ana CA $11,982700
24 Arthur Koren Germany $11,982700
25 Alberto Ah Line France $10,243700
26 Matthew Silberzweig Elmont NY $10,243700
27 Oluwashola Akindele United Kingdom $10,243700
28 Terry Fleischer Henderson NV $7,537600
29 Blake Bohn Eden Prairie MN $7,537600
30 Ulises Roman Rosado Huntington WV $7,537600
31 Nick Reynolds Corvallis OR $7,537600
32 Douglas Trabulsi Brazil $7,537600
33 Salvatore DiCarlo Las Vegas NV $7,537600
34 Kristina Holst Palo Alto CA $7,537600
35 Taylor Black Santa Cruz CA $7,537600
36 Andrew Badecker Vernon CT $7,537600
37 Manh Nguyen Munhall PA $5,798500
38 Cosimo Sabatini Italy $5,798500
39 Kou Yang St. Paul MN $5,798500
40 Joshua Pollack Las Vegas NV $5,798500
41 Anthus Williams Taylorsville UT $5,798500
42 William Pilossoph Presto PA $5,798500
43 Homan Mohammadi Germany $5,798500
44 Donald Maloney Glendale AZ $5,798500
45 Daniel Steen Pittsburgh PA $5,798500
46 Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN $5,218400
47 Kevin Torres Albuquerque NM $5,218400
48 Marcus Franco Brazil $5,218400
49 Mark Tanzillo Las Vegas NV $5,218400
50 Aldo Montero Mexico $5,218400
51 Jacques Iza Canada $5,218400
52 Poorya Nazari Canada $5,218400
53 Michael Deis Ann Arbor MI $5,218400
54 Kane Lai Highlands Ranch CO $5,218400
55 Kyle Ho Canada $4,638300
56 Dwayne Vetter Houston TX $4,638300
57 Darren Judges United Kingdom $4,638300
58 Brian O'Donoghue Floral Park NY $4,638300
59 Vinh Long Than Henderson CO $4,638300
60 Thomas Sobolewski France $4,638300
61 Cylus Watson Las Vegas NV $4,638300
62 Eric Gonzales Albuquerque NM $4,638300
63 Jose Serratos Detroit MI $4,638300
64 Ryan Beckwith Stoughton WI $4,058200
65 Dan Dasilva Lake Peeksill NY $4,058200
66 Julie Cornelius Aliso Viejo CA $4,058200
67 Jason Seitz Shakopee MN $4,058200
68 Mike Wright Somerset KY $4,058200
69 Gil George Desoto TX $4,058200
70 Matt Salsberg Studio City CA $4,058200
71 Jake Cody England $4,058200
72 Joseph Stark Lawrenceville GA $4,058200
73 Steven Gibbs Las Vegas NV $3,865100
74 Jeff Heiberg Buffalo NY $3,865100
75 Nathaniel Falber Brazil $3,865100
76 Jared Koppel Minneapolis MN $3,865100
77 Paul Deng Vancouver WA $3,865100
78 Alen Bilic Bosnia $3,865100
79 DJ Buckley Eden Prairie MN $3,865100
80 Steve Nichols Chandler AZ $3,865100
81 Stefan Williams Fort Worth TX $3,865100
82 Deborah Phillips Ozark MO $3,67250
83 Mark Damer Winter Park FL $3,67250
84 Roman Valerstein Langhome PA $3,67250
85 Oliver Price United Kingdom $3,67250
86 Viliyun Petleshkov Bulgaria $3,67250
87 Ben Palmer Las Vegas NV $3,67250
88 Atanas Kavrakov Bulgaria $3,67250
89 Jack Schanbacher Pittsburgh PA $3,67250
90 Dmitri Pidvysotski W. Hartford CT $3,67250
91 Severin Schleser Austria $3,47950
92 Jeff Finkelstein Las Vegas NV $3,47950
93 Katherine Bowen Gladwater TX $3,47950
94 Charlie Nguyen Houston TX $3,47950
95 Andrew Schwager Portland OR $3,47950
96 Linas Balaisis Canada $3,47950
97 Matthew Elsarelli Las Vegas NV $3,47950
98 Anthony Stabile Hammond LA $3,47950
99 Jerry Limber Sterling VA $3,47950
100 Michael Cordi Norwalk CA $3,09250
101 Jason Brauda Matthews NC $3,09250
102 Dan Dizonzo Sussex NJ $3,09250
103 Sam Abueid Chicago IL $3,09250
104 Nick Shkolnik Vannuys CA $3,09250
105 Dan Stir Carmichael CA $3,09250
106 Daniel Illingsworth Carlsbad CA $3,09250
107 Joseph Serock Albuquerque NM $3,09250
108 Pablo Lugo Germany $3,09250
109 Khalid Ayadi France $3,09250
110 Guy Pariente France $3,09250
111 Joseph Elia Buffalo NY $3,09250
112 Alan Wentz Lancaster OH $3,09250
113 Paul Cukier Costa Rica $3,09250
114 Daniel Bland United Kingdom $3,09250
115 Daniel Park Bethell WA $3,09250
116 Peter Hengsakul Pasadena CA $3,09250
117 John Dolan Tallahassee FL $3,09250
118 Shane Klasumi Arcadia CA $2,89950
119 Jay Zeman Seattle WA $2,89950
120 Jeremy Williams Windel NC $2,89950
121 Youri Hatanev Switzerland $2,89950
122 Carlos Restrepo Costa Rica $2,89950
123 David Gutfreund Chicago IL $2,89950
124 Gladys Landegger Tarzana CA $2,89950
125 Michael Skomac Las Vegas NV $2,89950
126 Louise Francoeur Las Vegas NV $2,89950
127 Ken Auker Rock Island IL $2,89950
128 Joshua Thai Rosemead CA $2,89950
129 Nicholas Pupillo Addison IL $2,89950
130 Rick Offley Las Vegas NV $2,89950
131 Josh Fintel Chicago IL $2,89950
132 Justin Geronsin Las Vegas NV $2,89950
133 Marsha Wolak Pompano Beach FL $2,89950
134 Yashueen Mudireddy Omaha NE $2,89950
135 Michael Nye E. Bridgewater MA $2,89950
136 John Drikakis Battle Creek MI $2,70650
137 Eli Loewenthal Carmel IN $2,70650
138 Osman Ihlamur Austria $2,70650
139 Paul Sterling S. Lake Tahoe NV $2,70650
140 Kevin McColgan Douglasville PA $2,70650
141 Fred Goff Long Beach CA $2,70650
142 Simeon Naydenov Sofia TX $2,70650
143 Vincent Dibenedetto Las Vegas NV $2,70650
144 David Ormsby Canada $2,70650
145 Robert Gianquitti Boynton Beach FL $2,70650
146 Ryan Smith Canada $2,70650
147 John Pierce Rochester MN $2,70650
148 Ted Ely Englewood NJ $2,70650
149 Alexaner Choi Arlington VA $2,70650
150 Matt Iles Atco NJ $2,70650
151 John Dayton E. Hamption NY $2,70650
152 Chris Ragavams Old Saybrook CT $2,70650
153 Nisan Arieli Israel $2,70650
154 Matan Barkat Israel $2,51250
155 Aaron Massey Elmwood Park IL $2,51250
156 Daniel Dumont Maitland FL $2,51250
157 Kou Vang Maplewood MN $2,51250
158 Michael Wynn Las Vegas NV $2,51250
159 Tim Dearing United Kingdom $2,51250
160 Vincent Phu Sacramento CA $2,51250
161 Quinn Bruno Boynton Beach FL $2,51250
162 Kirkor Tekweli Whitestone NY $2,51250
163 Ricky McGown Marceline MO $2,51250
164 Rudy Wong Hillsboro OR $2,51250
165 Jacob Bazeley Cincinnati OH $2,51250
166 Stephen Kats Omaha NE $2,51250
167 Carlos Loving Sarasota FL $2,51250
168 James Fisher Eden Prairie MN $2,51250
169 Mark Hodge Corcoran MN $2,51250
170 Nikita Lebedev Russia $2,51250
171 Benjamin Zamani Boca Raton FL $2,51250
172 Jon Hanner St. Paul MN $2,51250
173 Adrian Apmann Germany $2,51250
174 Ofer Stern Israel $2,51250
175 Robert Fini Vienna VA $2,51250
176 Michael Bratovich Six Mile SC $2,51250
177 Daren Stabinski Weston FL $2,51250
178 Frank Argano Hollywood FL $2,51250
179 Ben Marsh Duluth MN $2,51250
180 Dimitry Agrachov Weston FL $2,51250
181 Patrick Steele Chelsea MI $2,31950
182 David Hass (Florida) Del Ray Beach FL $2,31950
183 David MacDonald Jupiter FL $2,31950
184 Earl Barron Clarksdale MS $2,31950
185 Theodore Atler Canyon Country CA $2,31950
186 Matt Lapossie Canada $2,31950
187 Stan Jablonski Bullhead AZ $2,31950
188 Patrick Smith Lowell MA $2,31950
189 Mark Perry Cheshire CT $2,31950
190 Jordan Cristos Palmdale CA $2,31950
191 Michael Nguyen (Texas) Houston TX $2,31950
192 Phillip Smith Terlingua TX $2,31950
193 Adam Savage Longwood FL $2,31950
194 David Tuthill St. Petersburg FL $2,31950
195 Andrew Brussard Hampton NH $2,31950
196 Neil Ho Orange CA $2,31950
197 Jon Lactaoen Honolulu HI $2,31950
198 Brian Burney Branson MO $2,31950
199 Joseph Elpayaa Forrest Park IL $2,31950
200 Steve Colasurd Acworth GA $2,31950
201 Nick Howard Las Vegas NV $2,31950
202 Matt Ezrol Coconut Creek FL $2,31950
203 Meikat Siu China $2,31950
204 Harley Stoffmaker Canada $2,31950
205 Aaron Frei Longmont CO $2,31950
206 William Vito Sturiano Chino Hills CA $2,31950
207 Zauner Andreas Austria $2,31950

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