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).

The MSPT’s next stop is at bestbet Jacksonville from January 19-29 for both Regional and Main Events, as well as a slew of side tournaments. The tour will return to Potawatomi April 1-9 for an $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed Main Event.

Results

Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Craig Trost $63,252633
2 Thomas Scarber $39,198567
3 James Prodzinski $28,508533
4 Jordan Kumm $21,773500
5 Brian Davis $16,392467
6 Erika Obst $12,470433
7 Mikiyo Aoki $9,621400
8 Pawel Markowicz $7,483367
9 Lenard Adams $6,058333
10 Francisco Ramirez $4,989300
11 Matthew Glennon $4,989300
12 Daniel Crawford $4,989300
13 Gary Olson $3,920267
14 Andrija Solovjev $3,920267
15 Michael Kreitzer $3,920267
16 Bill Brudenell $3,350233
17 David Nelson $3,350233
18 Greg Koutelidakis $3,350233
19 Byron Ziebell $2,815200
20 Steve Anderson $2,815200
21 Greg Wilson $2,815200
22 Tiara Mattison $2,351167
23 Ryan Leng $2,351167
24 Joseph Barnard $2,351167
25 Sarah Stefan $1,996133
26 John Peterson $1,996133
27 Christopher Maisa $1,996133
28 Dan Brookens $1,497100
29 Jeff Grimes $1,497100
30 David To $1,497100
31 Anthony Provenzano $1,497100
32 Charles Melcher $1,497100
33 Ivan Hannibal $1,497100
34 Edward Rohloff $1,497100
35 Andrew Bessa $1,497100
36 Steven Pike $1,497100
37 Lee Chin $1,17667
38 Nicholas Larocca $1,17667
39 Eddie Wood $1,17667
40 Mark Reid $1,17667
41 Ronald Ramacci $1,17667
42 Jesus Noyoly $1,17667
43 Michael Stoesser $1,17667
44 John Orfanos $1,17667
45 Ricardo Rivera $1,17667
46 Randy Berdan $1,03333
47 Timothy McCarthy $1,03333
48 Ross Guthrie $1,03333
49 Tyler McKinnon $1,03333
50 David Gutfreund $1,03333
51 Nick Maris $1,03333
52 Bryan Koss $1,03333
53 Javier Cal $1,03333
54 Jason Rady $1,03333
55 Daniel Bouton $92717
56 Richard Syverud $92717
57 Jacob Bye $92717
58 Joseph Deggins $92717
59 Ralph Vogt $92717
60 Timothy Schutt $92717
61 Joseph Revelle $92717
62 Jeffrey Vasseau $92717
63 Michael Sunken $92717
64 Kirby Rogers $85517
65 Scott Moses $85517
66 John Kurfman $85517
67 Howard Hankin $85517
68 Natalja Howell $85517
69 Cody Brinn $85517
70 Lars Cole $85517
71 Michael Emanuelson $85517
72 Calvin Cotton $85517
73 Shannon Parker $82017
74 Aaron Oas $82017
75 Ryan Colwin $82017
76 Brandon Johnson $82017
77 James Battaglia $82017
78 Al Wolfensberger Leazer $82017
79 Jennifer Parkinson $82017
80 Matthew Andrews $82017
81 Kimberly Thounsavath $82017
82 Mark Johnson $78417
83 Michael Schmidt $78417
84 Ryan Hopp $78417
85 Martin Halm $78417
86 Stephan Johnson $78417
87 Michael Puccio $78417
88 Keyur Patel $78417
89 Leonard Lewandowski $78417
90 Larry Beilfuss $78417
91 Josh Reichard $74817
92 Jay Engelhardt $74817
93 Sean Moore $74817
94 Eugene Pingel $74817
95 Michael Roenneburg $74817
96 Hal Marcus $74817
97 Jason Alonzo $74817
98 Dennis Elliot $74817
99 Joel Liggett $74817
100 William Majewski $67717
101 Neil Young $67717
102 John Harth $67717
103 Eric Eklund $67717
104 Jeffrey Brown $67717
105 Peter Bertz $67717
106 Carlos Monteiro $67717
107 Thomas Murphy $67717
108 Suren Dharanikota $67717
109 David Windsor $64117
110 Anthony De Jesus $64117
111 Brett Reichard $64117
112 Clayton Howard $64117
113 Srinivasan Parthasarathy $64117
114 Mike Levine $64117
115 Daniel Dombrowski $64117
116 Paul Arnett $64117
117 Peter Ruszkiewicz $64117
118 Mike Juszczak $60617
119 Tin Quach $60617
120 Benjamin Martin $60617
121 David Michel $60617
122 Richard Rosas $60617
123 Michael Schuster $60617
124 Rick Adams $60617
125 Ken Garbowicz $60617
126 Jason Trezak $60617
127 Mark Morris $60617
128 Ryan Dykhouse $60617
129 Brian Thomas $60617
130 Brian Shurte $60617
131 Aaron Johnson $60617
132 Arthur Harb $60617
133 Arnold Bowling $60617
134 Daniel Goepel $60617
135 Edward Shade $60617

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