Canterbury Park: August 4 - 12, 2018

 

Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN

August 8-12, 2017

$350 Regional: 1,065 Entrants

Saad Ghanem Wins Second-Ever MSPT Canterbury Park Regional!

The second-ever MSPT $350 Regional Event held at Canterbury Park attracted 1,065 entrants, and it was 2016 MNPokerMag POY Saad Ghanem who captured a $39,542 first-place prize and the MSPT hardware after a three-way chop. The top 3 places were scheduled to pay $57,151, $35,216 and $26,258 respectively.

Ghanem, a self described “retired car jockey,” started the final table with a monster chip stack, and he described the final table as pretty easy-going. An early hand where he had jacks cracked, “...stung a little bit, but I recovered from that, I won a flip with ace-king versus queens.”

Ghanem’s final table also included 2017 MSPT Canterbury Park Regional Champ Paul Cross, who was seated directly to his left at the final table. This wasn’t a negative to Ghanem, however, and he described the experience of having the defending champ next to him as, “Pretty good actually. During the dinner break we got together to play a game of darts.”

He cited a “lot of things” that helped propel him to victory, including “Good friends, positive vibes. All the rail was pure.” When asked what plans, if any, he had for the score, he simply smiled and said, “Giving it back to the players, one day at a time.”

Wednesday’s Day 1A flight drew 216 entrants, but only 26 of them made it through, including chip leader Luke Mernin (470,500). On 1B, 234 hit the felt, with 31 of them advancing. Dana Isaacson won a mammoth flip with his jacks making quads against the ace-king of his opponent, and he bagged the overall Day 1 chip lead with a whopping 680,000.

Friday’s Day 1C drew an additional 245 runners, bringing the total field up to 695, and Nicholas Aarestad bagged 274,000 to lead the 36 survivors of the day. The fourth and final flight saw 370 entrants take their shot, and Koua Her knocked out last year’s third-place finisher Loki Abboud just before the end of the night to bag up 495,500 and the Day 1D chip lead over the 56 survivors.

108 players were slated to be paid, meaning 41 left empty-handed, including current Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT POY Aaron Johnson, April’s MSPT Canterbury Park Champ Rob Wazwaz, Season 6 MSPT Canterbury Park Champ “DQ” Dan Hendrickson, and bubble boy Vlad Revniaga, who got his last 2.5 big blinds in from the small blind after a raise from Duane Anderson in middle position.

Revniaga:
Anderson:

Revniaga, who had been crippled a few hands prior when his kings ran into Anderson’s aces, was again beat after a board gave Anderson top pair and sent the remaining field in the money.

Some of those players that found their way into the money included Final Table Bubble Boy Tim Ling (11th - $4,325), John Alexander (13th - $3,707), Day 1A Chip Leader Luke Mernin (17th - $3,027), Two-Time MSPT Champ Peixin Liu (18th - $3,027), Alex Winter (21st - $2,533), Zac Campbell (27th - $1,761), Day 1C Chip Leader Nicholas Aarestad (38th - $1,050), Erick Wright (44th - $1,050), Brett Kuznia (49th - $958), MNPokerMag POY Todd Melander (51st - $958), Jay Philips (52 - $958), Season 8 MSPT Running Aces Champ Jeffrey Birt (54th - $958), Matt Alexander (55th - $865), Sherry Hammers (59th - $865), Day 1D Chip Leader Koua Her (61st - $865), Michael Mernin (66th - $803), DJ Buckley (71st - $803), Rob Maier (74th - $772) “Wild” Bill Romer (85th - $680), Eric Eelkema (88th - $680) and Dennis Stevermer (100th - $649).

Here’s how things looked at the start of the final table:

Seat 1: AJ Thompson - 910,000
Seat 2: Alex Juedes - 1,730,000
Seat 3: Saad Ghanem - 5,135,000
Seat 4: Paul Cross - 2,300,000
Seat 5: Matthew Hamilton - 2,120,000
Seat 6: Dana Isaacson - 2,360,000
Seat 7: David Rutledge - 2,835,000
Seat 8: Cole Fuches - 1,250,000
Seat 9: Joshua Matti - 1,780,000
Seat 10: Mikey Wangh - 925,000

Final Table Action

Juedes was the first victim of the final table, losing a flip to Matti, leaving him with tenth-place and $4,325 for his efforts. Another flip spelled the end for Isaacson shortly after, his queens unable to fade the ace-king of Ghanem, and he left in ninth-place $5,561 richer.

Fuchs was the next to fall in eighth in Level 31 (60,000/120,000/20,000) after calling a raise in the big blind from Ghanem in the lojack to 260,000. On a flop, Fuchs jammed for 450,000 and Ghanem snapped him off.

Ghanem:
Fuchs:

Fuchs had flopped a monster, with a double-gutter straight draw, flush draw, and two overs against Ghanem’s top pair. The turn and river were safe for Ghanem, and Fuchs was left with eighth-place and $6,796 for his efforts. Rutledge found a bad spot to three-bet steal with when he ran into the kings of Hamilton, and he was left with seventh-place and $8,959.

Wangh met his end in Level 32 (80,000/160,000/20,000) when he got his last 545,000 in the middle from the lojack and was called by Cross on the button.

Wangh:
Cross:

Cross flopped trips on a flop, and Wangh was dead after the turn, leaving him heading to the payout desk after the hit the river, giving him $11,430 for his sixth-place run.

Hamilton was next to go in Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000) when his couldn’t catch up to Ghanem’s , and Hamilton took home $14,828 for his fifth-place finish. Cross then finished off Matti with Cross and his besting Matti’s , and while Matti took down fourth-place and $19,462, the final three; Thompson, Ghanem, and Cross, all sat nearly even in chips. They eventually worked out a deal where Ghanem and Thompson took home $39,542, while Cross, the defending champion, took home $39,541 and brings his career MSPT earnings over the six-figure mark.

The next event at Canterbury Park is a $300,000 GTD Main Event with three starting flights starting on Thursday, September 13th with the final day on Sunday, September 16th featuring MSPT Live Reporting and a Worldwide Broadcast of the Final Table. The previous Canterbury Park Main Event in April attracted a record 526 entries and saw local legend Rob Wazwaz ship the title and $109,375.

Results

Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Saad Ghanem Bloomington MN $39,542633
2 AJ Thompson Bismarck ND $39,542567
3 Paul Cross Minneapolis MN $39,541533
4 Josh Matti Perham MN $19,462500
5 Matthew Hamilton Minneapolis MN $14,828467
6 Mikey Wangh Brooklyn Center MN $11,430433
7 Dave Rutledge Mankato MN $8,959400
8 Cole Fuchs Shakopee MN $6,796367
9 Dana Isaacson Bloomington MN $5,561333
10 Alex Juedes Washburn WI $4,325300
11 Tim Ling Burnsville MN $4,325300
12 Philip Richman Minnetonka MN $4,325300
13 John Alexander Minneapolis MN $3,707267
14 Marc Harrell Minneapolis MN $3,707267
15 Yao Yin La Crosse WI $3,707267
16 Cory Nordstrand International Falls MN $3,027233
17 Luke Mernin Robbinsdale MN $3,027233
18 Peixin Liu Blaine MN $3,027233
19 Craig Wilkerson Plymouth MN $2,533200
20 Dominic Clemas Plymouth MN $2,533200
21 Alex Winter Roseville MN $2,533200
22 John Marlowe St. Paul MN $2,101167
23 Louis Hillman Minneapolis MN $2,101167
24 Jason Gross Dubuque IA $2,101167
25 Joshua Damm Fairbault MN $1,761150
26 Paul Johnson Fargo ND $1,761150
27 Zac Campbell Memphis MO $1,761150
28 Justin Mason Appleton MN $1,359133
29 Tom Hammers Burnsville MN $1,359133
30 Robert Strand Minneapolis MN $1,359133
31 James Gibson Manitoba $1,359133
32 Dedric Henderson Minneapolis MN $1,359133
33 Jeffrey Sherman Eau Claire WI $1,359133
34 Matthew Rosanbalm Oregon City OR $1,359133
35 Joseph Kuehl Lino Lakes MN $1,359133
36 James Boxell Burnsville MN $1,359133
37 William Kachel St Paul MN $1,050117
38 Nicholas Aarestad Burnsville MN $1,050117
39 Matthew Dunlap Coggon IA $1,050117
40 Chad Bjorkman Stillwater MN $1,050117
41 Kevin Selby Bismarck ND $1,050117
42 Mike Gantzer St. Paul MN $1,050117
43 Joshua Martin Sioux Falls SD $1,050117
44 Erick Wright Shoreview MN $1,050117
45 Shawn Douglass Fridley MN $1,050117
46 Barry Wright German Valley IL $958100
47 Eric Danielowski Farmington MN $958100
48 Kent Doffing Minneapolis MN $958100
49 Brett Kuznia Stephen MN $958100
50 Frank Finley $958100
51 Todd Melander Minneapolis MN $958100
52 Jay Philips East Bethel MN $958100
53 Sou Saelee St Paul MN $958100
54 Jeffrey Birt Bloomington MN $958100
55 Matt Alexander Minneapolis MN $86583
56 Scott Kunkel Stratford WI $86583
57 Kevin Reichel Isanti MN $86583
58 James Paley Milwaukee WI $86583
59 Sherry Hammers Burnsville MN $86583
60 Daniel Schmidt South St. Paul MN $86583
61 Koua Her Onalaska WI $86583
62 Andrew Licari Rochester MN $86583
63 Cody Billadeau Fargo ND $86583
64 Tyler Uccellini Wayzata MN $80367
65 George Shabatura Plymouth MN $80367
66 Michael Mernin Robinsdale MN $80367
67 3 Putts Shakopee $80367
68 Adam Laskey Fargo ND $80367
69 Randall Martin Jamestown ND $80367
70 Joe Maas Corcoran MN $80367
71 DJ Buckley Eden Prairie MN $80367
72 Brad Cohen Faribault MN $80367
73 Michael Oberembt Robbinsdale MN $77250
74 Rob Maier Little Canada MN $77250
75 Dan Favreau Montrose MN $77250
76 Joshua Oslund Long Lake MN $77250
77 William Eichel Parkers SD $77250
78 Mike Pfaff Sun City AZ $77250
79 Dale McDonough Minneapolis MN $77250
80 Jacob Steines Macomb Township MI $77250
81 Duane Anderson Wilton MN $77250
82 Chad Bormes Corcoran MN $74133
83 Kyle Melville Wisconsin Rapids WI $74133
84 Jeffery Holmberg Richfield MN $74133
85 Bill Romer Waterloo IA $74133
86 Kent Battles Wayzata MN $74133
87 Robert Bichler Falcon Heights MN $74133
88 Eric Eelkema Brooklyn Park MN $74133
89 Dan Whitson St. Cloud MN $74133
90 Kevin Kelly Burnsville MN $74133
91 Phillip Hooten Inver Grove Heights MN $68025
92 Kyle Stronski Milwaukee WI $68025
93 Michael Simon Champion MN $68025
94 John Fejedelem Rochester MN $68025
95 Gregory Narayan Brooklyn MN $68025
96 Mario Scotece Chanhassen MN $68025
97 Sean Giere Eagan MN $68025
98 Jake Schumacher Delano MN $68025
99 Mick Orton Sauk Centre MN $68025
100 Dennis Stevermer St. Paul MN $64917
101 Victor Hoffman Onslow IA $64917
102 Ryan Bickle Bloomington MN $64917
103 Michelle Day Prior Lake MN $64917
104 Brett Patterson Plymouth MN $64917
105 Nathaniel Kielas Minneapolis MN $64917
106 Jon Midler St. Paul MN $64917
107 Mark Dunbar Champlin MN $64917
108 Jonathan Houston Shakopee MN $64917

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