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 City State AmountPoints
1 Vinh Tran Aurora IL $49,944633
2 Ryan Gatrel Delavan WI $49,944567
3 Jared Schmitz Cincinnati, OH OH $28,186533
4 Evan Bisbee Sussex WI $21,402500
5 Amado Rodriguez Appleton WI $15,941467
6 Kevin Maahs Chicago IL $12,221433
7 Hao "John" Sun Milwaukee WI $9,497400
8 Peng Moua Milwaukee WI $7,462367
9 Christopher Formisano Sun Prairie WI $6,105333
10 John McGuinness Watertown WI $4,749300
11 Sean Moore Milwaukee WI $4,749300
12 Kevin Miller Kenosha WI $4,749300
13 Vincent Kue Franklin WI $3,731267
14 Nicholas Lemke Wind Lake WI $3,731267
15 James Callea Loves Park IL $3,731267
16 Daniel Bouton Milwaukee WI $3,324233
17 Joseph Scarpelli JR Evansville WI $3,324233
18 Bryan Rasey Franklin WI $3,324233
19 David Wilbik Kenosha WI $2,747200
20 Marcus Freeman Peoria IL $2,747200
21 Michael Scorsone Menomonee Falls WI $2,747200
22 Roman Kulik Des Plaines IL $2,306200
23 Jason Raymer Sparta WI $2,306200
24 Abraham Montenegro Franklin Park IL $2,306200
25 Johnny Tan Chicago IL $1,933200
26 Steven Goetsch Wauwatosa WI $1,933200
27 Travis Burch Bonner Springs KS $1,933200
28 John Schray Chicago IL $1,458167
29 Scott Brodkin Peoria IL $1,458167
30 Daniel Czupryna Pingree Grove IL $1,458167
31 Rudy Vadbunker Clifton IL $1,458167
32 William Kealoha Milwaukee WI $1,458167
33 Jason Flock Milwaukee WI $1,458167
34 Matthew Aas Brown Deer WI $1,458167
35 Chad Bscherer No City WI $1,458167
36 Keyur Patel Schaumbur IL $1,458167
37 Parrish Johnston Mineral Point WI $1,119133
38 Bryan Andrews Wauwatosa WI $1,119133
39 Jason Reno Madison WI $1,119133
40 Kevin Meifert Franklin WI $1,119133
41 William Schaeffer Plymouth WI $1,119133
42 Edward Blazer Merrillville IN $1,119133
43 Parmod Soni Burr Ridge IL $1,119133
44 Daniel Goepel Hartland WI $1,119133
45 Jefferson Lasecki Chicago IL $1,119133
46 James Lee JR Skokie IL $1,018100
47 Vadim Tovpenec Arlington Heights IL $1,018100
48 Robert Esperes Menomonee Falls WI $1,018100
49 Justin Rose West Bend WI $1,018100
50 Timothy Ormson Elroy WI $1,018100
51 Joseph Day II Harrison Township MI $1,018100
52 Vicente Hinog Beach Park IL $1,018100
53 Daniel Dombrowski Greenfield WI $1,018100
54 Robert Runchey JR Waunakee WI $1,018100
55 Robert Oushanna Elgin IL $91667
56 Adam Barry New Baltimore MI $91667
57 Sergei Gurtov Hawthorn Woods IL $91667
58 David Grandin New Durham NH $91667
59 Theresa Flores Racine WI $91667
60 Lukas Matava Niles IL $91667
61 Gary Herstein Chicago IL $91667
62 Charles Melcher Franksville WI $91667
63 Max Deriemacker Lapeer MI $91667
64 Jay Turner New Berlin WI $88233
65 Steven Mahne Slinger WI $88233
66 Steven Mickelson Big Bend WI $88233
67 Michael Catt West Allis WI $88233
68 Michael Berens Aurora IL $88233
69 Paul Vivacoua Chicago IL $88233
70 Andrew Horn Chicago IL $88233
71 Kyle Chase Oshkosh WI $88233
72 Andreas Wagner Franksville WI $88233
73 Mark Shulla Madison WI $84817
74 Mike Burns Oshkosh WI $84817
75 Michael Miller Brookfield WI $84817
76 Matthew Hauke Mukwonnago WI $84817
77 John Bertz Iron Ridge WI $84817
78 Tim Holzer Racine WI $84817
79 Robert Michelini JR Pewaukee WI $84817
80 Robert Egidi Libertyville IL $84817
81 Tom Anderson Manitowoc WI $84817
82 Justin Dame Oakdale MN $81417
83 Jesus Delgado Chicago IL $81417
84 Mariano Cefalu Milwaukee WI $81417
85 John Brdecka Northbrook IL $81417
86 Thanasi Floros Indian Head Park IL $81417
87 Yousef Anbar Huntley IL $81417
88 Albert Chiozzi Madison WI $81417
89 James Hansen (Wisconsin) Muskego WI $81417
90 Charles Cannell McHenry IL $81417
91 Matthew Mazola Waukesha WI $74617
92 Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI $74617
93 Jeremy Saunders Grass Lake MI $74617
94 Paul Zizis Bonita Springs FL $74617
95 Li Ding Chicago IL $74617
96 Thomas Cascio Whitefish Bay WI $74617
97 Philip Cali Elmhurst IL $74617
98 Srinivasan Parthasarathy Wheeling IL $74617
99 Greg Baird Hinsdale IL $74617
100 William Elliott Oshkosh WI $67817
101 Jun Davis Brookfield WI $67817
102 Adam Dembowski Arlington Heights IL $67817
103 Daniel Sandoval West Allis WI $67817
104 Mark Johnson (Wisconsin) Madison WI $67817
105 Aleksandar Gligorevic Milwaukee WI $67817
106 Duane Weum Monona WI $67817
107 John Barkow Okauchee WI $67817
108 James Campbell Westland MI $67817
109 Robert Richmond Riverwoods IL $64417
110 Matthew Sueflow Brodhead WI $64417
111 Michael Roy Lansing MI $64417
112 John Brzozowski Winneconne WI $64417
113 Anthony Myers Round Lake IL $64417
114 Walter Puterbaugh Kenosha WI $64417
115 Stephen Lark Colgate WI $64417
116 Dana Kloth Milwaukee WI $64417
117 Peter Wilcox Milwaukee WI $64417

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