Tropicana Evansville: February 18 - 26, 2017

 

Tropicana Evansville - Evansville, IN

February 23-26, 2017

Main Event: 511 Entrants

Jason Gwinn Wins MSPT Tropicana Evansville Regional, $35,443!

The MSPT Season 8 Tropicana Evansville $350 Regional Event, which took place in Southern Indiana February 23-26, drew 511 entries (149 on Day 1A, 165 1B, and 197 1C) – up from 416 the year before -- and more than tripled the advertised $50,000 guaranteed. The massive turnout also made it the largest poker tournament ever held at the property.

For a while, it looked as if local player Tammy Wargel would become the first woman to win a MSPT Regional title, but Jason Gwinn of Nashville, Tennessee had other plans. Gwinn, a 47-year-old mailman playing in just his second MSPT event, overcame a more than 10:1 chip disadvantage during heads-up play and wound up claiming the title himself for $35,443.

“It feels great, I’ve been playing for a long time,” Gwinn said after the win. “I was just thrilled to ladder up at that point being down so much in chips, but I just couldn’t lose a hand heads-up.

Prior to his new career-high win, which was his first MSPT cash, Gwinn had $124,195 in tournament earnings. That included $33,311 for finishing second in a 2014 Rio Daily Deepstack $235 Event, as well as $25,324 for placing fifth in the 2012 Heartland Poker Tour Belterra.

“The tournament was great, everyone was real nice,” added Gwinn, who said his poker playing is limited to stops within driving distance and an annual two-week trip to Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker.”

As for the money, Gwinn’s already earmarked it. “I’m gonna pay my car off and then use the rest to pay for my summer trip to Vegas.”

Interestingly, the three chip leaders from each starting flight – Day 1A’s Matthew Lawrence, Day 1B’s Aaron Garrison, and Day 1C’s Don Saylor – all made the final table.

Day 2 of the tournament saw 89 players return to action, though only 54 would get paid. Among those to earn a payday but fall short of the final table were Clinton Meier (54th - $591), Courtney Hetzel (40th - $665), Brian Hill (31st - $798), Mark Payton (23rd - $1,019), Justin Harris (16th - $1,329), Broc Morton (14th - $1,787), and Jaise Dunn (11th - $2,363).

Results

Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Jason Gwinn $35,443533
2 Tammy Wargel $21,047467
3 Ross Pflanzer $13,736433
4 Aaron Garrison $9,527400
5 James Dorris $7,163367
6 Jacob Kopp $5,539333
7 Kenneth Mattingly $4,505300
8 Don Saylor $3,693267
9 Jeremy Curtis $2,954233
10 Matthew Lawrence $2,363200
11 Jaise Dunn $2,363200
12 Brian Cook $2,363200
13 Terri Schaefer $1,787167
14 Broc Morton $1,787167
15 Mary Lemmons $1,787167
16 Justin Harris $1,329133
17 Peter Massengale $1,329133
18 Dale Garrison $1,329133
19 Richard McCoy $1,019100
20 Benjamin Martin $1,019100
21 Michael Urbaniak $1,019100
22 Brian Payne $1,019100
23 Mark Payton $1,019100
24 Timothy Casteel $1,019100
25 Hyun Lee $1,019100
26 Timothy Stull $1,019100
27 JD Hill $1,019100
28 Steven Bakos $79867
29 Tri Do $79867
30 Brolin Summers $79867
31 Brian Hill $79867
32 Christopher Peters $79867
33 Matthew Andrews $79867
34 Joseph Stark $79867
35 Marcus Gildersleeve $79867
36 George Russell $79867
37 Jonnathan Rodrigues $66533
38 Scott Smith $66533
39 Anthony Copeland $66533
40 Courtney Hetzel $66533
41 Aaron Titzer $66533
42 Terry Iafrate $66533
43 Darren Tinsley $66533
44 Scott Winiger $66533
45 Robert Winkler $66533
46 Matthew Wilmes $59117
47 Jimmy Bugg $59117
48 Francis Thomas $59117
49 Ahmad Raghebi $59117
50 Scott Clark $59117
51 Larry Weitkamp $59117
52 Thomas Daughtery $59117
53 Max Le $59117
54 Clinton Meier $59117

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