Potawatomi Casino: July 15 - 23, 2017

 

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Milwaukee, WI

July 20-23, 2017

$350 Regional: 1,658 Entrants (421 on Day 1a; 524 Day 1b; and 713 Day 1c)

Local Attorney and Recreational Player Matthew Vignali Wins Largest Tournament in Wisconsin State History for $70,240

The MSPT’s latest $350 Regional Event at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in downtown Milwaukee turned out to be a record-setting affair. A monster 1,658 entrants (421 on Day 1A, 524 1B, and 713 1C) made it the largest poker tournament ever held in Wisconsin.

The previous record was 1,272 entries set by the World Series of Poker Circuit at Potawatomi back in February, though they set it with four flights as opposed to three. The distinction of winning the largest poker tournament in Wisconsin history goes to 47-year-old local attorney and recreational poker player Matthew Vignali, who struck a heads-up deal and instead of taking home the original $80,648 prize, earned $70,240 for his performance.

“I’m pretty exhausted but very excited,” said Vignali, whose prior best cash was just $1,299. “I play recreationally, I don’t travel the circuit or anything. I just play locally, and I always play in the MSPT and WSOP Circuit when they come to Milwaukee. I’m just a recreational player.”

Vignali, who fired two bullets into the tournament, is married with three kids. He said the money came at the perfect time as he just received his son’s Marquette University tuition bill.

He started Day 2 with 85,000 and managed to double up on the fourth hand. That helped him make a deep run, but late in the evening he lost two coin flips and was on the verge of elimination. That is when lady luck smiled upon him.

“A couple of times, with the blinds at 60K/120K, I was down to 300K,” he explained. “Then I tripled up with king-queen against aces and another hand.”

On Day 2, 294 players returned to action, but with only 171 getting paid more than a hundred of them left empty handed. They included Mike Kamenjarin, Day 1A chip leader Bryan Skreens, and reigning MSPT Wisconsin State Poker champ Andy Rubinberg.

Once the money bubble burst, the in-the-money finishes came quick and included former MSPT champ Ken Pates (164th - $626), MSPT Grand Falls Regional runner-up Jason Bender (102nd - $819), Day 1C chip leader Michael Castro (40th - $1,493), 2016 Minnesota Poker Player of the Year Saad Ghanem (37th - $1,493), and final table bubble boy Bob Van Syckle (11th - $6,259).

The final table began with Michael Berry holding an eight-figure stack of 10.5 million while his next closest competitor, Vignali, had less than half that. Still, the attorney was not deterred.

“When I got to the final table I felt pretty relaxed and pretty good,” said Vignali. “Things had been swinging my way and I felt like I’d been playing real good all tournament, not making many mistakes. I felt pretty confident actually.”

The short-stacked David Papais fell in the first hand of the final table, and before long he was joined on the rail by Jeff Olson, Ken Garbowicz, and Miroslav Semanisin.

It took a while for the next elimination to occur, but it happened when Joan Sandoval, the last woman remaining in the field, got her stack of 3.4 million all in on a 4♦K♣6♠ flop holding the K♥J♠. Unfortunately for her, Day 1B chip leader Alexander Hill held the A♥A♦ and neither the 8♥ turn nor Q♠ river helped her. Sandoval earned $16,370 in her first-ever MSPT cash.

Not long after, both Berry and Michael Filippo hit the rail, which set up a heads-up match between Vignali and Hill with the former holding 27 million to the latter’s 6 million. It didn’t take long for Hill to get it in with the 6♣4♣ and Vignali called with the J♥8♥. Hill ended up making two pair to double, and from there he inched back towards even stacks.

That is when the two agreed to a deal that saw them each lock up $60,000 and leave $10,240 on the table to play for. It’s worth noting that chops are allowed in MSPT Regional Events, but not in Main Events.

In the first post-deal hand, Vignali jammed the button and Hill called off, a decision he immediately regretted.

Vignali: A♦9♥
Hill: K♦9♦

Vignali was way out in front, and he took a hammerlock on the hand after the 10♣A♠8♣ flop paired his ace. The 8♠ turn left Hill drawing dead, and he finished runner-up after the J♣ was run out on the river.

The MSPT will return to Potawatomi Casino one final time in Season 8. From November 11-19, the state’s premiere gaming venue will play host to the 2017 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship, an $1,100 buy-in Main Event featuring a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Results

Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Matthew Vignali Kenosha WI $70,240633
2 Alexander Hill Madison WI $60,000567
3 Michael Filippo Itasca IL $37,555533
4 Michael Berry Waterloo WI $28,407500
5 Alex Crawford New Lenox IL $21,667467
6 Joan Sandoval Green Bay WI $16,370433
7 Miroslav Semanisin Wisconsin Dells WI $13,000400
8 Ken Garbowicz Green Bay WI $10,108367
9 Jeffrey Olson Sussex WI $8,185333
10 David Papais Unknown IL $6,259300
11 Bob Van Syckle St. Paul MN $6,259300
12 Daniel Dombrowski Greenfield WI $6,259300
13 Stephan Johnson Madison WI $5,296267
14 Brian Birkel Washington IL $5,296267
15 Katie Day Racine WI $5,296267
16 John Ruggles Lindenhurst IL $4,430233
17 Michael Wolff (WI) Madison WI $4,430233
18 Srinivasan Parthasarathy Wheeling IL $4,430233
19 Huiling Wu China $3,707200
20 Max Demicco Milwaukee WI $3,707200
21 Michael Hariu Madison WI $3,707200
22 Tommy Vo Lake in the Hills IL $3,130200
23 Amit Rupani Ypsilanti MI $3,130200
24 Dheeraj Narediia Lake Zurich IL $3,130200
25 Trevor Redlarczyk Dyer IN $2,648200
26 Robert Cussen McHenry IL $2,648200
27 Michael Schlegel Batavia IL $2,648200
28 Ronald Grahn Appleton WI $1,926167
29 Thomas Polhill Platteville WI $1,926167
30 Peter Schmall Greenfield WI $1,926167
31 Lee Rzentkowski Middleton WI $1,926167
32 James Ruszkiewicz Mukwonago WI $1,926167
33 Robert Brunette Sheboygan WI $1,926167
34 Sam Gorelik Long Grove IL $1,926167
35 Brian Thomas Gurnee IL $1,926167
36 Christina Renz Green Bay WI $1,926167
37 Saad Ghanem Bloomington MN $1,493133
38 Brian Majcher Chicago IL $1,493133
39 Mike Bennett (WI) Windlake WI $1,493133
40 Michael Castro Western Springs IL $1,493133
41 Ryan Svoboda Willowbrook IL $1,493133
42 Brandon Samuels Chicago IL $1,493133
43 Brad Sailor Lombard IL $1,493133
44 Robert Esperes Menomonee Falls WI $1,493133
45 Josh Greil Waterford WI $1,493133
46 Kelly Modad Sr Holland MI $1,348100
47 Derek Gardner Romeoville IL $1,348100
48 Marcus Suelflow Whitefish Bay WI $1,348100
49 Jon Ferraro Menomonee Falls WI $1,348100
50 Paul Limkemann Houghton MI $1,348100
51 Tim Goronja New Berlin WI $1,348100
52 Alan Murphy South Milwaukee WI $1,348100
53 Gustav Hollo Okauchee WI $1,348100
54 Terrence Murphy Chicago Ridge IL $1,348100
55 Drew Schulz Littleton CO $1,20467
56 John Simon (IL) Naperville IL $1,20467
57 David Wittenberg Evanston IN $1,20467
58 Brett Halan Naperville IL $1,20467
59 Matthew Oberst Black River Falls WI $1,20467
60 Zach Rice New Berlin WI $1,20467
61 Carl Felten Oconomowoc WI $1,20467
62 Travis House Stugeon Bay WI $1,20467
63 Brett Kunin Defiance MO $1,20467
64 Altanulzii Onom North Field IL $1,05933
65 Ed Blaine South Milwaukee WI $1,05933
66 Jeff Schwartz Greendale WI $1,05933
67 Kurt Sheckler Fennimore WI $1,05933
68 Barry Schwartze St. Louis Park MN $1,05933
69 Daniel Schober Whitewater WI $1,05933
70 Eric Szempinski Chicago IL $1,05933
71 Michael Rhode North Fond du Lac WI $1,05933
72 Matthew Ruder Franklin WI $1,05933
73 Mark Collins Moro IL $1,01117
74 Tom Larson Green Bay WI $1,01117
75 Robert Egidi Libertyville IL $1,01117
76 Ryan Hedrich Fox Lake IL $1,01117
77 Nicola Ditrapani Rolling Meadows IL $1,01117
78 Philip Cali Elmhurst IL $1,01117
79 Anthony Dejesus Oshkosh WI $1,01117
80 Konstantin Mikhailov Brookfield WI $1,01117
81 Marcus Knox Milwaukee WI $1,01117
82 Yoon Kim Caledonia WI $96317
83 Daniel Muccio Inver Grove Heights MN $96317
84 Daniel Youn Wauwatosa WI $96317
85 Ben Sagan Fort Lauderdale FL $96317
86 Ken Ulickey Oconomowoc WI $96317
87 Michael Wald Chicago IL $96317
88 Erik Hagerman Sun Prairie WI $96317
89 Mike Goldberg Chicago IL $96317
90 Bernie Thomason West Allis WI $96317
91 Juan Medina Gilberts IL $86717
92 Norman Wayer Waukegan IL $86717
93 Randolph Stone Chicago IL $86717
94 James Smith Delavan WI $86717
95 Mohsen Salha Itasca IL $86717
96 Jeffrey Brook Arlington Heights IL $86717
97 Robert Richmond Riverwoods IL $86717
98 Robert Steinbrenner Milwaukee WI $86717
99 Stephen Swiss Felch MI $86717
100 Rich Steiniger Wauconda IL $81917
101 Ryan Colwin Waukesha WI $81917
102 Jason Bender Keota IA $81917
103 Kyle Cruse West Bend WI $81917
104 Philip Rudolph Beloit WI $81917
105 Shivprasad Nomula Rolling Meadows IL $81917
106 Benjamin Muffie Cary IL $81917
107 Paul Zizis Bonita Springs FL $81917
108 John Gravagna Chicago IL $81917
109 John Morstad Portage WI $77017
110 Michael Roenneburg Milwaukee WI $77017
111 Benjamin Stroemer Wautoma WI $77017
112 Jose Cervantes New Lenox IL $77017
113 Robert Jansen Waukesha WI $77017
114 Daniel Cruz Milwaukee WI $77017
115 Brett Reichard Janesville WI $77017
116 Sami Shurbaji Dyer IN $77017
117 Nikolas Stone Pittsville WI $77017
118 Nathan Wack Sun Prairie WI $72217
119 Fran Prestay Wallace MI $72217
120 William Schaeffer Plymouth WI $72217
121 Dustin Engel Neenah WI $72217
122 Timothy Klepps Custer WI $72217
123 Tou Her Milwaukee WI $72217
124 Bobby Nagel North Lake IL $72217
125 Thomas Murphy Greenfield WI $72217
126 James Battaglia Chicago IL $72217
127 Nicola Nardulli Gurnee IL $72217
128 Jason Petrie Oshkosh WI $72217
129 Caleb Swenson Sun Prairie WI $72217
130 Martin Halm Western Springs IL $72217
131 David Kenniston Muskegon MI $72217
132 Jason Trezak Portage IN $72217
133 Tim Thomas Waterford WI $72217
134 Charles Casavant Fort Wayne IN $72217
135 Brad Siegel Buffalo Grove IL $72217
136 Victor Somoza Waukegan IL $67417
137 Darnell Sheegog Chicago IL $67417
138 Chris Schrader Fort Atkinson WI $67417
139 Chris Christy Park Ridge IL $67417
140 Jason Berry Appleton WI $67417
141 David Nelson Janesville WI $67417
142 Edward Veith Larsen WI $67417
143 Dante Wallace Janesville WI $67417
144 Raymond Lantz Gibson City IL $67417
145 Joe Niklasch Mequon WI $67417
146 Hal Marcus Buffalo Grove IL $67417
147 Joseph Torregrossa Oak Lawn IL $67417
148 Timothy Brown West Allis WI $67417
149 John Shannon Woodstock IL $67417
150 Stephen Lark Colgate WI $67417
151 Brady Borgardt Oshkosh WI $67417
152 Stephen Curty Racine WI $67417
153 Tom Sladek Glen Ellyn IL $67417
154 James Prodzinski Oak Creek WI $62617
155 James Kilarjian Buffalo Grove IL $62617
156 John Harth Madison WI $62617
157 Travian Franklin Sturtevant WI $62617
158 Daniel McGown Verona WI $62617
159 Thomas Harrington Sterling IL $62617
160 Winston Ackerman Baraboo WI $62617
161 Louie Brazzoni Waukesha WI $62617
162 Tin Quach West Bend WI $62617
163 Kathalyn Holz Zammuto Belvidere IL $62617
164 Kentraylus Pates Brooklyn Park MN $62617
165 Derek Palmer New Auburn MN $62617
166 Trevor Olson Madison WI $62617
167 Rick Seavert Fort Atkinson WI $62617
168 Paul Choi Glenview IL $62617
169 Umesh Babusukumar Mukwonago WI $62617
170 Steve Alonzo Beloit WI $62617
171 Charles Melcher Franksville WI $62617

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