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The Venetian

June 1 - 5, 2015
Main Event: Entrants
Winner: Angelina Rich
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EVENT RECAP

The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV

June 1-5, 2015

Main Event: 1,964 Entrants

Angelina Rich Wins MSPT The Venetian!

The 2015 World Series of Poker isn't the only game in town. From June 1-5, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) was in town for their second-ever stop at The Venetian. The tournament boasted a $1 million guarantee, but that was nearly doubled as a whopping 1,964 entrants turned over three starting days to create a prize pool of $1,964,000.

The tournament attracted some of the biggest players in the world, including Spanish powerhouse Sergio Aido and Season XII World Poker Tour World Champ Keven Stammen. Those players finished in sixth and second place respectively, while the title and $215,815 first-place prize went to 25-year-old Angelina Rich, who became the first woman in history to win a MSPT title.

"I heard I was the first woman to win, which is incredible," Rich told PokerNews. "They told me someone had gotten third, so once we were five-handed I thought I needed to get to at least third."

Rich never had a chance to get to third place, because with four players remaining a deal was struck based upon chip counts. David Lee of Memphis, Tennessee locked up $160,407 for fourth place, up from the original payout of $106,292; while David Mowery of Delavan, Wisconsin took $167,417 for third, up from $141,078. Stammen managed to lock up $199,635 for his runner-up finish, while Rich got the official title along with the trophy by virtue of holding the chip lead (by quite a large margin)

Notable finishes: Martin Finger (12th - $25,123), Blake Bohn (29th - $7,537), Poorya Nazari (52nd - $5,218), Mike Deis (53rd - $5,218), Matt Salsberg (70th - $4,058), and Jake Cody (71st - $4,058)

Prior to the win, Rich had just $41,281 in live tournament earnings, with her biggest cash being $27,224 for winning the 2015 Aussie Millions Event #12: A$1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty back in January. While she calls Seattle home, Rich actually cut her poker chops in the land down under.

"I've only been playing for a year and a half now, so not very long at all," said Rich. "I had friends who played professionally who I went to high school with, and they were living in Australia at the time. I had just graduated from college with a fashion degree and I kind of just wanted to do something else. I went to Australia to live with them for a year, and I just planned on getting a job in the fashion industry, something like that, but they just encouraged me to play poker. I got super envious of them traveling and all of that kind of stuff, so they kind of persuaded me to play. I've been playing ever since."

Among those friends are accomplished poker players like Patrick Crivell ($236,790 in tournament earnings), Jordan Westmorland ($470,466 in tournament earnings), and her boyfriend Alex Lynskey ($176,840 in tournament earnings).

According to Rich, she came to play the MSPT after her and Lynskey decided to travel the country in a camper, beginning with a stop in Las Vegas.

"We were going to come here and do the whole World Series of Poker thing," Rich explained. "We bought a big camper van and were going to do a big road trip after this. It fell into place there happens to be poker tournaments in the Midwest, so we figured we'd go together and do some vacationing while playing poker."

She continued, "My boyfriend and I were planning on doing some of the other MSPT trips in the Midwest, so we were looking through it and saw there was one in Vegas. It looked like a pretty good spot, there was a big guarantee, so we decided to register it and went from there."

Both Rich and Lynskey play poker full time, and she is quick to credit him, as well as her other friends, for teaching her the game just a year and a half ago.

"He's taught me so much, but they've all taught me an incredible amount," said Rich. As for the MSPT, she was impressed: "That's the first one I've ever played. It was nice. It was a Deepstack tournament, started with a ton of chips, structure was really good, especially towards the end. I was surprised by that in a three-day tournament. It was really good."

Rich revealed that she originally wasn't planning on playing the WSOP Main Event unless she satellited in, and while that's still her hope, she's likely to play it either way now.

"I'm going to try to satellite into the Main Event," she said. "I wasn't really planning on playing it unless things went well, which obviously they have. So I should 100% be playing the Main Event, and I'll be playing other events like the Ladies Event and a couple of other $1Ks and $1,500s."

As for the rest of the money?

"We bought a 1995 Chevy camper van we bought right before we came here. We're planning on using that, but I'm not really sure now. I don't have a car other than that, and I've always wanted a Jeep Wrangler, so maybe that will be on the list of things I'll buy. Other than that nothing too crazy, just gonna continue to travel and play."

Congratulations to Angelina Rich for not only becoming the first-ever woman to win a MSPT title, but also for taking down the largest MSPT event in history! The MSPT continues July 18-26 with the Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa. For more information, visit msptpoker.com.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
WA 
$215,815
2,000
2
OH 
$199,635
1,800
3
WI 
$167,417
1,700
4
TN 
$160,407
1,600
5
 
 
$81,168
1,500
6
Spain 
 
$63,775
1,400
7
TX 
$48,314
1,300
8
TX 
$38,652
1,200
9
FL 
$30,921
1,100
10
Downey 
CA 
$25,123
1,000
11
 
$25,123
1,000
12
 
$25,123
1,000
13
MA 
$19,326
900
14
 
$19,326
900
15
 
$19,326
900
16
WA 
$17,393
800
17
NV 
$17,393
800
18
NY 
$17,393
800
19
NV 
$14,301
700
20
Spain 
 
$14,301
700
21
NY 
$14,301
700
22
ME 
$11,982
700
23
CA 
$11,982
700
24
 
$11,982
700
25
France 
 
$10,243
700
26
Elmont 
NY 
$10,243
700
28
NV 
$7,537
600
29
MN 
$7,537
600
30
WV 
$7,537
600
31
OR 
$7,537
600
32
Brazil 
 
$7,537
600
33
NV 
$7,537
600
34
CA 
$7,537
600
35
CA 
$7,537
600
36
Vernon 
CT 
$7,537
600
37
PA 
$5,798
500
38
Italy 
 
$5,798
500
39
MN 
$5,798
500
40
NV 
$5,798
500
41
UT 
$5,798
500
42
Presto 
PA 
$5,798
500
43
 
$5,798
500
44
AZ 
$5,798
500
45
PA 
$5,798
500
46
MN 
$5,218
400
47
NM 
$5,218
400
48
Brazil 
 
$5,218
400
49
NV 
$5,218
400
50
Mexico 
 
$5,218
400
51
Canada 
 
$5,218
400
52
Canada 
 
$5,218
400
53
MI 
$5,218
400
54
CO 
$5,218
400
55
Canada 
 
$4,638
300
56
TX 
$4,638
300
57
 
$4,638
300
58
NY 
$4,638
300
59
CO 
$4,638
300
60
France 
 
$4,638
300
61
NV 
$4,638
300
62
NM 
$4,638
300
63
MI 
$4,638
300
64
WI 
$4,058
200
65
NY 
$4,058
200
66
CA 
$4,058
200
67
MN 
$4,058
200
68
KY 
$4,058
200
69
Desoto 
TX 
$4,058
200
70
CA 
$4,058
200
71
 
$4,058
200
72
GA 
$4,058
200
73
NV 
$3,865
100
74
WY 
$3,865
100
75
Brazil 
 
$3,865
100
76
MN 
$3,865
100
77
WA 
$3,865
100
78
Bosnia 
 
$3,865
100
79
MN 
$3,865
100
80
AZ 
$3,865
100
81
TX 
$3,865
100
82
Ozark 
MO 
$3,672
50
83
FL 
$3,672
50
84
PA 
$3,672
50
85
 
$3,672
50
86
 
$3,672
50
87
NV 
$3,672
50
88
 
$3,672
50
89
PA 
$3,672
50
90
CT 
$3,672
50
91
 
$3,479
50
92
NV 
$3,479
50
93
TX 
$3,479
50
94
TX 
$3,479
50
95
OR 
$3,479
50
96
Canada 
 
$3,479
50
97
NV 
$3,479
50
98
LA 
$3,479
50
99
VA 
$3,479
50
100
CA 
$3,092
50
101
NC 
$3,092
50
102
Sussex 
NJ 
$3,092
50
103
IL 
$3,092
50
104
CA 
$3,092
50
105
CA 
$3,092
50
106
CA 
$3,092
50
107
NM 
$3,092
50
108
 
$3,092
50
109
France 
 
$3,092
50
110
France 
 
$3,092
50
111
NY 
$3,092
50
112
OH 
$3,092
50
113
 
$3,092
50
114
 
$3,092
50
115
WA 
$3,092
50
116
CA 
$3,092
50
117
FL 
$3,092
50
118
CA 
$2,899
50
119
WA 
$2,899
50
120
Windel 
NC 
$2,899
50
121
 
$2,899
50
122
 
$2,899
50
123
IL 
$2,899
50
124
CA 
$2,899
50
125
NV 
$2,899
50
126
NV 
$2,899
50
127
IL 
$2,899
50
128
CA 
$2,899
50
129
IL 
$2,899
50
130
NV 
$2,899
50
131
IL 
$2,899
50
132
NV 
$2,899
50
133
FL 
$2,899
50
134
Omaha 
NE 
$2,899
50
135
MA 
$2,899
50
136
MI 
$2,706
50
137
Carmel 
IN 
$2,706
50
138
 
$2,706
50
139
NV 
$2,706
50
140
PA 
$2,706
50
141
CA 
$2,706
50
142
Sofia 
TX 
$2,706
50
143
NV 
$2,706
50
144
Canada 
 
$2,706
50
145
FL 
$2,706
50
146
Canada 
 
$2,706
50
147
MN 
$2,706
50
148
NJ 
$2,706
50
149
VA 
$2,706
50
150
Atco 
NJ 
$2,706
50
151
NY 
$2,706
50
152
CT 
$2,706
50
153
Israel 
 
$2,706
50
154
Israel 
 
$2,512
50
155
IL 
$2,512
50
156
FL 
$2,512
50
157
MN 
$2,512
50
158
NV 
$2,512
50
159
 
$2,512
50
160
CA 
$2,512
50
161
FL 
$2,512
50
162
NY 
$2,512
50
163
MO 
$2,512
50
164
OR 
$2,512
50
165
OH 
$2,512
50
166
Omaha 
NE 
$2,512
50
167
FL 
$2,512
50
168
MN 
$2,512
50
169
FL 
$2,512
50
170
Russia 
 
$2,512
50
171
FL 
$2,512
50
172
MN 
$2,512
50
173
 
$2,512
50
174
Israel 
 
$2,512
50
175
Vienna 
VA 
$2,512
50
176
SC 
$2,512
50
177
Weston 
FL 
$2,512
50
178
FL 
$2,512
50
179
Duluth 
MN 
$2,512
50
180
Weston 
FL 
$2,512
50
181
MI 
$2,319
50
182
FL 
$2,319
50
183
FL 
$2,319
50
184
MS 
$2,319
50
185
CA 
$2,319
50
186
Canada 
 
$2,319
50
187
AZ 
$2,319
50
188
Lowell 
MA 
$2,319
50
189
CT 
$2,319
50
190
CA 
$2,319
50
191
TX 
$2,319
50
192
TX 
$2,319
50
193
FL 
$2,319
50
194
FL 
$2,319
50
195
NH 
$2,319
50
196
Orange 
CA 
$2,319
50
197
HI 
$2,319
50
198
MO 
$2,319
50
199
IL 
$2,319
50
200
GA 
$2,319
50
201
NV 
$2,319
50
202
FL 
$2,319
50
203
China 
 
$2,319
50
204
Canada 
 
$2,319
50
205
CO 
$2,319
50
207
 
$2,319
50