Tropicana Evansville: January 13 - 21, 2018

 

Tropicana Evansville - Evansville, IN

January 18-21, 2017

Main Event: 658 Entrants

Craig Smith Wins MSPT Tropicana Evansville $350 Regional Event!

The first tournament of the MSPT Season 9 was a $350 Regional Event at Tropicana Evansville, Indiana, which drew 658 entries (182 on Day 1A, 209 on 1B, and 267 on 1C) over three starting flights. The tournament marked the tour’s 22nd Regional Event ever held, and the third at Tropicana Evansville (though the first since it moved from a riverboat to a land-based venue).

The latest edition was the largest to date, easily surpassing the 416 and 511 entries from Seasons 7 and 8 respectively.

MSPT Season 4 Ho-Chunk champ Dan Bekavac sat atop the Day 1A chip counts with 439,000, which gave him the overall lead headed into Day 2 with 95 players returning. Meanwhile, Timothy Puckett (363,500) finished as the chip leader on Day 1B, while Charles Cole (264,000) did it on 1C.

Among the top 72 players to earn a piece of the prize pool were Bekavac (57th - $667), three-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Robert Castoire (53rd - $704), Cole (49th - $704), Henry Tran (48th - $704), MSPT Season 5 Tropicana Evansville champ Charles Dawson (39th - $743), MSPT Season 7 Tropicana Evansville Regional champ Adam Thomas (29th - $838), Puckett (15th - $2,286), TM Williams (10th - $2,857), and Matthew Steiner (9th - $3,429).

With eight left, the remaining players opted to work a chop based upon their stack sizes (Independent Chip Model or ICM). At the time, Craig Smith of Lexington, Kentucky, who was playing in his first-ever MSPT event, held the chip lead with 3.14 million. That translated to a $24,740 payday, well ahead of the $17,488 William Willman, who had 2 million in chips, received for second place.

The 51-year-old Smith is married to wife, Jill, with whom he has two daughters, Hailee (16) and Evelyn (12). While he enjoys the competition aspect of poker and plays often, he also owns a paint and dent repair company.

“One hand that was pivotal in the MSPT Trop Regional was when I had pocket kings,” said Smith, who only fired one bullet into the tournament. “I raised under the gun and the player in the big blind, it was clear to me he was good, I think he thought he could outplay me. I feel great about my postflop play. Long story short, we eventually got it in with him holding middle pair and a flush draw to my turned set. Fortunately, the river paired the board and I made a full house.”

Given the tournament ended with an eight-way chop, Smith chose pocket kings to hold in his winner photo.

“I wasn’t inclined to chop, but everyone else wanted to,” Smith said of the chop. “I usually don’t mind chopping three ways, so when I realized I would already be getting three-way money at that point, it made sense, especially when I learned I’d get the title as well.”

Results

Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Craig Smith Lexington KY $24,750567
2 William Willman Mount Vernon IN $17,488500
3 Sidney Dill Evansville IN $16,042467
4 Steven Frischkorn Indianapolis IN $15,817433
5 David Dang Evansville IN $14,275400
6 James Will Evansville IN $12,990367
7 Barry Wolff Clarksville TN $10,516333
8 Christopher Allgood Evansville IN $9,455300
9 Matthew Steiner Avon IN $3,429267
10 TM Williams Indianapolis IN $2,857233
11 Nicholas Vangilder Millington MI $2,857233
12 Sean Maurer Grayville IL $2,857233
13 Danny Lester Harrisburg IL $2,286200
14 Kent Brenneman Newburgh IN $2,286200
15 Timothy Puckett Evansville IN $2,286200
16 Justin Brown Mitchell IN $1,905167
17 Carl Masters Clarksville TN $1,905167
18 James Dorris Dixon KY $1,905167
19 Ben Boone Bloomington IN $1,638133
20 Bao Tran Evansville IN $1,638133
21 Mike Panaranto Terre Haute IN $1,638133
22 Christopher Peters Jasper IN $1,371100
23 Aaron Wallace Zionsville IN $1,371100
24 Chris McCowan Evansville IN $1,371100
25 Michael Arthur Clarksville TN $1,10583
26 Shannon Shepherd Greenwood IN $1,10583
27 Chad Bienz Fort Wayne IN $1,10583
28 Roger Kamuf Owensboro KY $83867
29 Adam Thomas Morganfield KY $83867
30 Randy McClellen Murfreesboo TN $83867
31 David Wilkens Vincennes IN $83867
32 Cody Welsh Marshall IL $83867
33 Kurt Clement Evansville IN $83867
34 Jacob Dill Evansville IN $83867
35 Brett Rager Carmi IL $83867
36 Brian Cook Gallatin TN $83867
37 John Rose Indianapolis IN $74350
38 Kenneth Head Clarksville TN $74350
39 Charles Dawson Owensboro KY $74350
40 Dharmesh Patel Newburgh IN $74350
41 Gary Davis Thompsonville IL $74350
42 Mark Phillips Harrisburgh IL $74350
43 Aaron Summers Norris City IL $74350
44 Blake Robinson Columbus OH $74350
45 Benjamin Bandera Bentonville AR $74350
46 Richard Austin Brentwood TN $70433
47 Russell Sanders Vincennes IN $70433
48 Henry Tran (GA) Dallas GA $70433
49 Charles Cole Alavton KY $70433
50 Dwight Derringer Brentwood TN $70433
51 Martin Timm Jasper IN $70433
52 Shaohua Wei Nashville TN $70433
53 Robert Castoire Cecilia KY $70433
54 Michael Webb Louisville KY $70433
55 Robert Gardner Monticello IL $66725
56 Jordan Miller Louisville KY $66725
57 Daniel Bekavac Chicago IL $66725
58 Paul Gentry Evansville IN $66725
59 Robert Renfrow Hartford KY $66725
60 Joseph Backer Henderson KY $66725
61 Benjamin Ball White House TN $66725
62 Cody Taylor Indianapolis IN $66725
63 Robert Winkler Macedia IL $66725
64 Timothy Hirsch Fort Branch IN $62917
65 Brian Tracy St. Louis MO $62917
66 Sean Syberg Muncie IN $62917
67 Thomas Otte Fort Campbell KY $62917
68 Eric Berger Ferdinand KY $62917
69 James Post Bethpage TN $62917
70 Timothy Stull Sebree KY $62917
71 Tony Croce Charlotte NC $62917
72 George Russell Evansville IN $62917

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