Potawatomi Casino: April 4 - 12, 2015

 

Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI

April 10-12, 2015

Main Event: 635 Entrants

Jason Mirza Wins MSPT Potawatomi Casino, $147,529

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin's Jason Mirza won the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour Potawatomi Casino Main Event in the early morning hours Monday, besting a record field for a poker tournament in his home state.

Despite coming into heads-up play a little behind in chips, Mirza got the best of veteran grinder Leon Morford to collect a $147,529 first-place prize and the coveted MSPT title.

"Just shipped the MSPT Potawatomi for $147k," Mirza tweeted after the win. "Finally a big result after a ton of work. Tyty all for the rail."

Notable finishes: Mike Deis (11th - $7,988), Brett Reichard (23rd - $3,379), Darryl Ronconi (27th - $3,379), Dan Almerli (29th - $3,011), Zal Irani (30th - $3,011), Mark Hodge (37th - $2,704), Matt Alexander (54th - $2,396)

The event's two starting flights drew a grand total of 635 entries to Milwaukee, also becoming the MSPT's second biggest tournament and largest ever held outside of Las Vegas. The event's final day began Sunday morning with 135 players and quickly moved past the 63-player money bubble.

Mirza began to assert himself soon after and found a spot among the leaders after busting Mike Ross at the final three tables.

Although he lost a massive hand versus Morford as they inched closer to the final table, missing with an open-ended straight-flush draw, he was able to settle down and right the ship.

Mirza entered the final 10 in the middle of the pack with Morford holding the lead, but it was fourth-place finisher Richard Bai who took control early and moved into a commanding lead at one point.

Bai had a chance to get up and above five million chips during seven-handed action before third-place finisher Andreas Wagner went runner-runner to make a flush and crack his queens.

It was Mirza himself who ended up being the first player past that post when he took most of sixth-place finisher James Kasputis' chips, holding with queens versus nines all in preflop.

Morford did all the heavy lifting after that, busting all the shorter stacks to take a lead into heads-up play.

The two then traded a number of jabs heads-up with Mirza taking the lead twice. The final hand of the tournament took place in Level 32 (80,000/160,000/20,000), and it happened when Morford bet 500,000 on a 6♥8♥5♠ flop and Mirza raised to 1.8 million, Morford shoved all in and Mirza, who barely had him covered, snap-called.

Mirza: 5♣8♣ 
Morford: K♥8♦

Morford had flopped top pair with a solid kicker, but Mirza was ahead with two pair. The 6♠ turn counterfeited Mirza and gave Morford the lead with eights and sixes with a king kicker, but then the 5♦ spiked on the river. With that, Mirza rivered a full house to take the title and the home-state glory.

Season 6 of the MSPT continued this week with the MSPT Maryland Live! in Hanoiver, Maryland, which will culminate with an $1,100 buy-in $250,000 Guaranteed Main Event this weekend. For more information, visit msptpoker.com.

Results

Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Jason Mirza $147,5291,700
2 Leon Morford $82,9561,500
3 Andreas Wagner $52,2281,400
4 Richard Bai $42,3971,300
5 Matthew Vaughan $33,7951,200
6 James Kasputis $27,9571,100
7 Daniel Goepel $22,4271,000
8 Martin Corn $16,897900
9 Alan Wehbi $11,675800
10 Greg Koutelidakis $7,988700
11 Michael Deis $7,988700
12 Peter Dong Kim $7,988700
13 Jimmy Dennis $5,837600
14 Tyler Van Elzen $5,837600
15 Alex Watts $5,837600
16 Paul Zalewski $4,301500
17 Spendi Rusitovski $4,301500
18 Kenneth Holter $4,301500
19 Daniel Meddaugh $3,379400
20 Micahel Slutzky $3,379400
21 Piotr Dudzinski $3,379400
22 Ryne Johnson $3,379400
23 Brett Reichard $3,379400
24 Kyle Ashman $3,379400
25 Michael Ross $3,379400
26 Vinh Tran $3,379400
27 Darryl Ronconi $3,379400
28 Richard Syverud $3,011300
29 Daniel Almerli $3,011300
30 Zal Irani $3,011300
31 Philip Cali $3,011300
32 Ryan Bonn $3,011300
33 Louis Tirado $3,011300
34 He Ming Huang $3,011300
35 Shane Cuccia $3,011300
36 Scott Hammett $3,011300
37 Mark Hodge $2,704200
38 Adam Dembowski $2,704200
39 Kathalyn Holz Zammuto $2,704200
40 Nghia Tran $2,704200
41 Randy Propson $2,704200
42 Cory Henrickson $2,704200
43 John Schray $2,704200
44 Aaron Wallace $2,704200
45 Gary Herstein $2,704200
46 Matthew Shepsky $2,396100
47 Robert Richmond $2,396100
48 Marcellus Lane $2,396100
49 Calvin Shaw $2,396100
50 Douglas Warning $2,396100
51 Jeffrey Olson $2,396100
52 Lokesh Subramanian $2,396100
53 John Nelson $2,396100
54 Matt Alexander $2,396100
55 Ben Berlowski $2,08950
56 Gregory Daniel $2,08950
57 Daniel Moorman $2,08950
58 Eugene Pingel $2,08950
59 Jeremiah Angell $2,08950
60 Frances Skinner $2,08950
61 Daniel Czupryna $2,08950
62 Luke Merker $2,08950
63 Jon Hanner $2,08950

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