Potawatomi Casino: July 9 - 17, 2016

 

Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI

July 14-17, 2016

$350 Regional: 1,169 Entrants (287 Day 1a; 389 Day 1b; 493 Day 1c)

Vinh Tran Wins MSPT Regional at Potawatomi Casino!

From July 14-17, the Mid-States Poker Tour was at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for a $350 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Regional Event. In January of this year, the same stop set a record for largest MSPT Regional with 904 entrants, but that was blown out of the water as 1,169 runners (287 on Day 1a, 389 on 1b, and 493 on 1c) took to the felt, making it the largest poker tournament in Wisconsin history!

In the end, 34-year-old recreational player Vinh Tran of Aurora, Illinois walked away with the title and $49,944 in prize money.

"It feels pretty good," said Tran, who runs a nail salon business with his family. "It wasn't easy. I had to get lucky a couple times heads up. Going all in when I was an underdog two times, I got lucky to stay alive."

Tran continued: "I started playing off and on since 2008, but I didn't really start concentrating on it until maybe two years ago. I work all the time, so I really don't have opportunities to play too much. Poker is just recreation for me. I've been playing the MSPT for two years now whenever it's around the Chicago area."

The $350,700 total prize pool, which more than tripled the guarantee, was distributed to the top 117 finishers. Among those to earn a payday were Johnny Brzozowski (112th - $644), Dewey Weum (106th - $678), Bruce Swart (92nd - $746), Tom Anderson (81st - $848), former MSPT Potawatomi champ Dan Goepel (44th - $1,119), Abraham Montenegro (24th - $2,306), and Sean Moore (11th - $4,749).

The final table was filled primarily with MSPT first-timers, at least those notching their first cashes. In fact, eight out of the ten finalist had never cashed a MSPT before. The two that had were two-time MSPT Potawatomi Main Event finalist John Sun and Tran, who had two smaller cashes. Sun, who finished fifth in Season 5 for $26,808 and third earlier this season for $50,017, ultimately bowed in seventh place while Tran made it to heads-up play at a chip disadvantage against Ryan Gatrel.

That changed when the latter got his stack all in preflop holding the J ♦10 ♦ against the A ♥5 ♥ of his opponent. A jack on the flop gave Tran the double, and with the stacks even, the final two players agreed on a chop that saw each secure $49,944 in prize money. They then decided to play one hand blind for the trophy.

In it, Tran was dealt the lowly 7 ♦2 ♦ against the Q ♦4 ♦ of Gatrel. The worst hand in poker soon turned into the nuts when the flop came down 7 ♣2 ♥7 ♥ to give Tran a full house. The 5 ♥ and 2 ♠ completed the board on the turn and river respectively, and Tran was declared the winner.

Results

Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Vinh Tran $49,944633
2 Ryan Gatrel $49,944567
3 Jared Schmitz $28,186533
4 Evan Bisbee $21,402500
5 Amado Rodriguez $15,941467
6 Kevin Maahs $12,221433
7 Hao "John" Sun $9,497400
8 Peng Moua $7,462367
9 Christopher Formisano $6,105333
10 John McGuinness $4,749300
11 Sean Moore $4,749300
12 Kevin Miller $4,749300
13 Vincent Kue $3,731267
14 Nicholas Lemke $3,731267
15 James Callea $3,731267
16 Daniel Bouton $3,324233
17 Joseph Scarpelli JR $3,324233
18 Bryan Rasey $3,324233
19 David Wilbik $2,747200
20 Marcus Freeman $2,747200
21 Michael Scorsone $2,747200
22 Roman Kulik $2,306200
23 Jason Raymer $2,306200
24 Abraham Montenegro $2,306200
25 Johnny Tan $1,933200
26 Steven Goetsch $1,933200
27 Travis Burch $1,933200
28 John Schray $1,458167
29 Scott Brodkin $1,458167
30 Daniel Czupryna $1,458167
31 Rudy Vadbunker $1,458167
32 William Kealoha $1,458167
33 Jason Flock $1,458167
34 Matthew Aas $1,458167
35 Chad Bscherer $1,458167
36 Keyur Patel $1,458167
37 Parrish Johnston $1,119133
38 Bryan Andrews $1,119133
39 Jason Reno $1,119133
40 Kevin Meifert $1,119133
41 William Schaeffer $1,119133
42 Edward Blazer $1,119133
43 Parmod Soni $1,119133
44 Daniel Goepel $1,119133
45 Jefferson Lasecki $1,119133
46 James Lee JR $1,018100
47 Vadim Tovpenec $1,018100
48 Robert Esperes $1,018100
49 Justin Rose $1,018100
50 Timothy Ormson $1,018100
51 Joseph Day II $1,018100
52 Vicente Hinog $1,018100
53 Daniel Dombrowski $1,018100
54 Robert Runchey JR $1,018100
55 Robert Oushanna $91667
56 Adam Barry $91667
57 Sergei Gurtov $91667
58 David Grandin $91667
59 Theresa Flores $91667
60 Lukas Matava $91667
61 Gary Herstein $91667
62 Charles Melcher $91667
63 Max Deriemacker $91667
64 Jay Turner $88233
65 Steven Mahne $88233
66 Steven Mickelson $88233
67 Michael Catt $88233
68 Michael Berens $88233
69 Paul Vivacoua $88233
70 Andrew Horn $88233
71 Kyle Chase $88233
72 Andreas Wagner $88233
73 Mark Shulla $84817
74 Mike Burns $84817
75 Michael Miller $84817
76 Matthew Hauke $84817
77 John Bertz $84817
78 Tim Holzer $84817
79 Robert Michelini JR $84817
80 Robert Egidi $84817
81 Tom Anderson $84817
82 Justin Dame $81417
83 Jesus Delgado $81417
84 Mariano Cefalu $81417
85 John Brdecka $81417
86 Thanasi Floros $81417
87 Yousef Anbar $81417
88 Albert Chiozzi $81417
89 James Hansen $81417
90 Charles Cannell $81417
91 Matthew Mazola $74617
92 Bruce Swart $74617
93 Jeremy Saunders $74617
94 Paul Zizis $74617
95 Li Ding $74617
96 Thomas Cascio $74617
97 Philip Cali $74617
98 Srinivasan Parthasarathy $74617
99 Greg Baird $74617
100 William Elliott $67817
101 Jun Davis $67817
102 Adam Dembowski $67817
103 Daniel Sandoval $67817
104 Mark Johnson $67817
105 Aleksandar Gligorevic $67817
106 Duane Weum $67817
107 John Barkow $67817
108 James Campbell $67817
109 Robert Richmond $64417
110 Matthew Sueflow $64417
111 Michael Roy $64417
112 John Brzozowski $64417
113 Anthony Myers $64417
114 Walter Puterbaugh $64417
115 Stephen Lark $64417
116 Dana Kloth $64417
117 Peter Wilcox $64417

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