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Running Aces Harness Park

February 4 - 19, 2012
Main Event: Entrants
Winner: Rodger Johnson
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EVENT RECAP

Columbus, Minnesota

Main Event - $309,600 Prize Pool, 311 Entrants

Congratulations to Rodger Johnson for taking home the RF Moeller Diamond Championship Bracelet adn $79,185!

RODGER JOHNSON WINS BLUFF MSPT, $79,185

Rodger Johnson of Grand Forks, ND just took down the largest BLUFF Mid-States Poker Tour event to date at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, MN to earn $79,185 and the RF Moeller Diamond Championship bracelet!

Johnson – who’s in the farming and banking business – took first in the 311-player field but he’s not the first in his family to win a bracelet.  His brother Brian Johnson took down Season 1, Event 4 at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN back in June of 2010.

Johnson had only played one BLUFF Mid-States Poker Tour event previously.  He travels all over to play when he can. 

“I come to Minneapolis to play some.” He stated. "I saw it on the internet so I came down.  I get out to play quite a bit.  I’m actually going to Vegas in March to play the Wynn Classic.  Then I’ll be back for the MSPT in Iowa.”

Johnson’s friend Todd Innes - also from Grand Forks - finished twenty-second for $2,390.  Innes didn’t stick around to sweat his buddy though as they took different forms of transportation.  Innes drove down whereas Johnson took a plane, he’s also a pilot.

Johnson was a direct-buy into Day 1B.  He entered Day 2 at sixteen big blinds with 32,000 chips.  At one point he was all-in with queen-nine off suit versus ace-jack for his last 15,200.

“I won that hand,” Johnson said, “Then started picking up some cards.  But I played the entire tournament, both days, without picking up aces.” 

Johnson began the final table with 525,000, just below average.  As play progressed he found himself short-stack and in serious danger of hitting the rail.

With the blinds at 20K/40K, he faced a 3X raise in front of him that was more than his 115K stack.  He got it all-in with ace-three suited in a three-way pot and hit his flush to triple up.  

“I had a suited-ace with a raise in front of me for more than my current stack.” Stated Johnson.  “A suited-ace was good enough.  My hope was to triple-up.”

After that it was a fairly smooth flight.  He rolled to a large chip lead and squared off against Erick Wright.  Johnson encountered some minor turbulence early in the heads-up battle.

“I just smooth called ace-king figuring he would push.” Johnson said.  “It went down exactly like I wanted except he flopped a ten to pair his queen-ten.  He rivered a queen for two-pair.  Something like that can change the momentum completely.”

Not too long after, Johnson flopped a set of nines and got Wright to bluff the flop with king-high.  Johnson instantly called the shove and that was it!

Wright again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with.  Wright cashed for more than $100,000 in tournaments during 2011 including a win at the Twin Cities Poker Open for $41K, a win at the Running Aces Anniversary tournament for $19K and second in the Great Minnesota Freeze Out for $23K.  Wright earned over $43K here for his runner-up finish.

Johnson has an impressive resume as well.  In early 2010 he placed second in two Wynn Classic events just days apart for $25K and $39K.  He also has two Heartland Poker Tour final tables, placing second and fifth.

“My brother and I have a little competition going about who’s got the larger cash.” Johnson said.  “His was over $50K, he’s had me beat until now.  This gives me a lot of room.  Brian is the COO of our bank now and has four kids so he’s got to stay a little closer to home.”

The next stop for the BLUFF Mid-States Poker Tour is at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, IA March 24 – April 1.  That event is $300,000 GUARANTEED!!

Will the BLUFF MSPT break 400? 

Visit www.msptpoker.com for a complete list of upcoming events as well as hotel information and structures.

See you in Iowa!

 

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
ND 
$79,185
1,400
2
MN 
$43,328
1,200
3
MN 
$28,686
1,100
4
MN 
$19,423
1,000
5
Hudson 
WI 
$14,941
900
6
MN 
$11,952
800
7
Delano 
MN 
$10,458
700
8
WI 
$8,964
600
9
MN 
$7,470
500
10
MN 
$5,976
400
11
Stacy 
MN 
$5,976
400
12
MN 
$5,976
400
13
Blaine 
MN 
$4,183
300
14
MN 
$4,183
300
15
Isanti 
MN 
$4,183
300
16
Nevis 
MN 
$2,988
200
17
MN 
$2,988
200
18
MN 
$2,988
200
19
MN 
$2,390
100
20
MN 
$2,390
100
21
MN 
$2,390
100
22
ND 
$2,390
100
23
ND 
$2,390
100
24
MN 
$2,390
100
25
MN 
$2,390
100
26
MN 
$2,390
100
27
MN 
$2,390
100
28
MN 
$1,494
50
29
MN 
$1,494
50
30
Wausau 
WI 
$1,494
100
31
MN 
$1,494
100
32
Ramsey 
MN 
$1,494
50
33
MN 
$1,494
50
34
MN 
$1,494
50
35
Tea 
SD 
$1,494
50
36
MN 
$1,494
50