Potawatomi Casino: December 31 - January 8, 2017

 

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Milwaukee, WI

Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI

January 5-8, 2017

$350 Regional: 1,228 Entrants (291 on Day 1a; 410 Day 1b; and 527 Day 1c)

Craig Trost Wins Wisconsin’s Largest Ever Poker Tournament for $63,252

Season 8 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) kicked off with a $350 Regional Event at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It proved to be a massive affair as 1,228 entries (291 on Day 1a; 410 Day 1b; and 527 Day 1c) packed the ballroom over three starting flights.

That surpassed July’s field of 1,169 entrants to make it the largest poker tournament in Wisconsin state history. After four days of play, 32-year-old Craig Trost, who works in the life sciences field, emerged victorious to capture the title and a $63,252 first-place prize.

“I ran like Usain Bolt,” Trost quipped after the win. Prior to this weekend, Trost had just two documented cashes. The first came in 2014 when he finished 291st in the World Series of Poker Monster Stack for $6,368, and in 2015 he placed sixth in the inaugural MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship for $21,289.

Trost, who is a respected member of the online Madison Poker Community, is now the winner of the biggest poker tournament ever held in Wisconsin.

“It feels pretty good to win the MSPT Poto Regional, especially now knowing that it’s the largest poker tournament in Wisconsin history,” Trost said after the win. ”At my previous MSPT final table, I didn’t run very well or play my best, so it felt a little redemptive to get this one. I had a blast too. I played with several very tough players over the two days, and I think it really made me raise my game.”

He continued: “Nothing too exciting planned for the money, I’m pretty boring in that regard. After Uncle Sam gets his chunk, I’ll probably play a few more events, throw some at the mortgage, and maybe make an upcoming vacation a little longer.”

On Sunday, 201 players (49 from Day 1a; 63 Day 1b; and 89 Day 1c) returned to action including Day 1a chip leader Tommy Vo (282,000), Day 1b leader Al Wolfensberger Leazer (550,500), and Day 1c leader Eddie Wood (388,000).

Among the 135 players to cash the event were Season 6 MSPT Potawatomi champ Dan Goepel (134th - $606), MSPT Season 4 Ho-Chunk winner Josh Reichard (91st - $748), start-of-the-day Wolfensberger Leazer (78th - $820), start-of-the-day short stack Howard Hankin (67th - $855), David “The Maven” Gutfreund (50th - $1,033), Jeff Grimes (29th - $1,497), Ryan Leng (23rd - $2,351), Michael Kreitzer (15th - $3,920), and Dan Crawford (12th – $4,989).

Results

Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Craig Trost Madison WI $63,252633
2 Thomas Scarber Streator IL $39,198567
3 James Prodzinski Oak Creek WI $28,508533
4 Jordan Kumm Stevens Point WI $21,773500
5 Brian Davis McFarland WI $16,392467
6 Erika Obst New Berlin WI $12,470433
7 Mikiyo Aoki Bozeman MT $9,621400
8 Pawel Markowicz Harwood Heights IL $7,483367
9 Lenard Adams Park Forest IL $6,058333
10 Francisco Ramirez Round Lake IL $4,989300
11 Matthew Glennon Brooklyn WI $4,989300
12 Daniel Crawford Arlington WI $4,989300
13 Gary Olson Cedar Point IL $3,920267
14 Andrija Solovjev Franklin WI $3,920267
15 Michael Kreitzer Delafield WI $3,920267
16 Bill Brudenell Zion IL $3,350233
17 David Nelson Janesville WI $3,350233
18 Greg Koutelidakis Buffalo Grove IL $3,350233
19 Byron Ziebell Greenfield WI $2,815200
20 Steve Anderson Jackson MI $2,815200
21 Greg Wilson Streamwood IL $2,815200
22 Tiara Mattison Milwaukee WI $2,351167
23 Ryan Leng Wheeling IL $2,351167
24 Joseph Barnard St. Paul MN $2,351167
25 Sarah Stefan Chicago IL $1,996133
26 John Peterson Arlington Heights IL $1,996133
27 Christopher Maisa South Milwaukee WI $1,996133
28 Dan Brookens Madison WI $1,497100
29 Jeff Grimes Centralia MO $1,497100
30 David To Hoffman Estates IL $1,497100
31 Anthony Provenzano Oconomowok WI $1,497100
32 Charles Melcher Franksville WI $1,497100
33 Ivan Hannibal Oregon WI $1,497100
34 Edward Rohloff Wega WI $1,497100
35 Andrew Bessa Mount Pleasant WI $1,497100
36 Steven Pike Madison WI $1,497100
37 Lee Chin Prairie View $1,17667
38 Nicholas Larocca Palatine IL $1,17667
39 Eddie Wood Chicago IL $1,17667
40 Mark Reid Canton IA $1,17667
41 Ronald Ramacci Ottawa IL $1,17667
42 Jesus Noyoly Kenosha WI $1,17667
43 Michael Stoesser Roselle IL $1,17667
44 Yanni Orfanos Park Ridge IL $1,17667
45 Ricardo Rivera Wadsworth IL $1,17667
46 Randy Berdan Wauwatosa WI $1,03333
47 Timothy McCarthy White Hall MI $1,03333
48 Ross Guthrie Elgin IL $1,03333
49 Tyler McKinnon Menominee MI $1,03333
50 David Gutfreund Chicago IL $1,03333
51 Nick Maris Mequon WI $1,03333
52 Bryan Koss Kenosha WI $1,03333
53 Javier Cal Waukesha WI $1,03333
54 Jason Rady Nashotah WI $1,03333
55 Daniel Bouton Milwaukee WI $92717
56 Richard Syverud North Freedom WI $92717
57 Jacob Bye Oak Creek WI $92717
58 Joseph Deggins Milwaukee WI $92717
59 Ralph Vogt Allentown WI $92717
60 Timothy Schutt Colona IL $92717
61 Joseph Revelle Woodstock IL $92717
62 Jeffrey Vasseau Green Bay WI $92717
63 Michael Sunken Colona IL $92717
64 Kirby Rogers Verona WI $85517
65 Scott Moses Corville IA $85517
66 John Kurfman Baylis IL $85517
67 Howard Hankin Chicago IL $85517
68 Natalja Howell Milwaukee WI $85517
69 Cody Brinn Algonquin IL $85517
70 Lars Cole Ada MI $85517
71 Michael Emanuelson Orland Hills IL $85517
72 Calvin Cotton Milwaukee WI $85517
73 Shannon Parker Roseville IL $82017
74 Aaron Oas Madison WI $82017
75 Ryan Colwin Waukesha WI $82017
76 Brandon Johnson East Chicago IL $82017
77 James Battaglia Chicago IL $82017
78 Al Wolfensberger Leazer Wisconsin Rapids WI $82017
79 Jennifer Parkinson Loganville WI $82017
80 Matthew Andrews Cedar Burg WI $82017
81 Kimberly Thounsavath Belidere IL $82017
82 Mark Johnson (Wisconsin) Madison WI $78417
83 Michael Schmidt Sussex WI $78417
84 Ryan Hopp Grand Rapids MI $78417
85 Martin Halm Western Springs IL $78417
86 Stephan Johnson Madison WI $78417
87 Michael Puccio Deerfield IL $78417
88 Keyur Patel Schaumbur IL $78417
89 Leonard Lewandowski West Allis WI $78417
90 Larry Beilfuss Milwaukee WI $78417
91 Josh Reichard Janesville WI $74817
92 Jay Engelhardt Roscoe IL $74817
93 Sean Moore Milwaukee WI $74817
94 Eugene Pingel Little Chute WI $74817
95 Michael Roenneburg Milwaukee WI $74817
96 Hal Marcus Buffalo Grove IL $74817
97 Jason Alonzo North Barrington IL $74817
98 Dennis Elliot Dek IL $74817
99 Joel Liggett Fort Wayne IN $74817
100 William Majewski Green Bay WI $67717
101 Neil Young Sturtevan WI $67717
102 John Harth Madison WI $67717
103 Eric Eklund Milwaukee WI $67717
104 Jeffrey Brown Rockford IL $67717
105 Peter Bertz Oconomowok WI $67717
106 Carlos Monteiro Minneapolis MN $67717
107 Thomas Murphy Greenfield WI $67717
108 Suren Dharanikota Oak Creek WI $67717
109 David Windsor Milwaukee WI $64117
110 Anthony De Jesus Oshkosh WI $64117
111 Brett Reichard Janesville WI $64117
112 Clayton Howard Crest Hill IL $64117
113 Srinivasan Parthasarathy Wheeling IL $64117
114 Mike Levine Elgin IL $64117
115 Daniel Dombrowski Greenfield WI $64117
116 Paul Arnett West Allis WI $64117
117 Peter Ruszkiewicz No City WI $64117
118 Mike Juszczak Zimmerman $60617
119 Tin Quach West Bend WI $60617
120 Benjamin Martin Edgemout CO $60617
121 David Michel Sigourney IA $60617
122 Richard Rosas Chicago IL $60617
123 Michael Schuster Rockford IL $60617
124 Rick Adams Chicago IL $60617
125 Ken Garbowicz Green Bay WI $60617
126 Jason Trezak Portage IN $60617
127 Mark Morris Grand Haven MI $60617
128 Ryan Dykhouse Grand Rapids MI $60617
129 Brian Thomas Gurnee IL $60617
130 Brian Shurte Chicago IL $60617
131 Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN $60617
132 Arthur Harb Chicago IL $60617
133 Arnold Bowling Chicago IL $60617
134 Daniel Goepel Hartland WI $60617
135 Edward Shade Hurricane WV $60617

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