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Potawatomi Casino

August 30 - September 7, 2014
Main Event: Entrants
Winner: Jason Zarlenga
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EVENT RECAP

Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI

Aug. 30 - Sept. 7, 2014

Main Event: 487 Entrants

Jason Zarlenga Wins MSPT Potawatomi Casino, $120,164

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On Sunday, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Potawatomi Hotel & Casino — the second largest in MSPT history — came to an end as the final 83 players from a 487-entry field played down to a winner. It took a full day of action, but eventually Jason Zarlenga emerged victorious to capture the $120,164 first-place prize.

This marks the second MSPT title Zarlenga has captured in Season 5, joining the likes of Matt Kirby and Dan Sun as two-time champions. His previous victory came back in May when he conquered a field of 411 entrants to win the MSPT FireKeepers for $101,482. What’s more, Zarlenga now finds himself as the MSPT’s all-time money leader and in contention for Season 5 Player of the Year honors.

Just 45 players were slated to get paid on Sunday, which meant 38 had to leave empty handed. Early on in Level 15, Eric “basebaldy” Baldwinopened for 6,000 from early position only to have Madison's Steve Verrett three-bet to 16,000. Action folded back to Baldwin, and he thought for a bit before moving all in for roughly 50,000. Verrett called and the cards were turned up.

Baldwin: 10x10x 
Verrett:  QxQx

Baldwin was in bad shape, and it got even worse when the Qx9x6x flop delivered Verrett top set. The 5x turn left Baldwin drawing dead, and after a 9x was put out on the river, he took his leave from the tournament.

Others who fell short of the money were start-of-the-day chip leader David BrownMark SandnessMark “P0ker H0” KroonIan DemrowToby StubbsSteve Belland, and Jim Boone.

After Frank Swierczynski fell as the bubble after running kings into aces, the in-the-money finishes began to mount. Among those who earned a payday were Doug Timmer (45th - $2,352), Mike Holm (41st - $2,352), Larry Ormson (34th - $2,587), “Wild Bill” Romer (32nd - $2,587), Ken Baime(26th - $2,916), reigning MSPT Player of the Year Pat Steele (22nd - $2,916), and Mike Deis (17th - $3,715).

The first elimination of the final table came when MSPT regular Adam Lamphere committed with AxKx on an ace-high board only to run into the flopped set of queens of chip leader Sunny Ali. Not long after, David Sutton and Tuan Nguyen joined him on the rail, and then Steve Andersonfollowed them all out the door in seventh place after his pocket threes failed to hold up against the A♠Q♦ of Paul Mattioda.

Despite winning that hand, Mattioda was the next to go, and then local player John Sun bowed out in fifth. Four-handed play proved to be an extended affair, but finally ended in Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000) when Ben Keeline busted with the J♥J♣ to Ali's A♦8♣.

Rob Edelstein was the next to go in third place after his A♦10♥ failed to win a race against Ali’s 7♦7♠, and that left Ali holding a decent lead over Zarlenga. That changed though as Zarlenga doubled into the lead and then got lucky to lay claim to the title.

Congratulations to Jason Zarlenga, the MSPT Potawatomi champion for $120,164!

That does it for PokerNews’ coverage from Milwaukee. The next MSPT will run from September 13-21 at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minnesota, which will be followed by the MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells from September 20-28. For more information on both, visit msptpoker.com.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
MI 
$120,164
1,500
2
IL 
$69,370
1,300
3
IL 
$42,328
1,200
4
CO 
$34,097
1,100
5
WI 
$26,808
1,000
6
TN 
$22,340
900
7
MI 
$17,872
800
8
WI 
$13,639
700
10
MI 
$6,109
500
11
WI 
$6,109
500
12
IL 
$6,109
500
13
WI 
$4,703
400
14
IL 
$4,703
400
15
IL 
$4,703
400
16
IL 
$3,715
300
17
MI 
$3,715
300
18
IL 
$3,715
300
19
IL 
$2,916
200
20
WI 
$2,916
200
21
IL 
$2,916
200
22
MI 
$2,916
200
23
WI 
$2,916
200
24
WI 
$2,916
200
25
WI 
$2,916
200
26
IL 
$2,916
200
27
WI 
$2,916
200
28
IL 
$2,587
100
29
WI 
$2,587
100
30
IL 
$2,587
100
31
WI 
$2,587
100
32
IA 
$2,587
100
33
WI 
$2,587
100
34
Elroy 
WI 
$2,587
100
35
WI 
$2,587
100
36
WI 
$2,587
100
37
Beloit 
WI 
$2,352
50
38
WI 
$2,352
50
39
WI 
$2,352
50
40
WI 
$2,352
50
41
IL 
$2,352
50
42
IL 
$2,352
50
43
WI 
$2,352
50
44
NV 
$2,352
50
45
WI 
$2,352
50