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Potawatomi Casino

April 4 - 12, 2015
Main Event: Entrants
Winner: Jason Mirza
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EVENT RECAP

Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI

April 10-12, 2015

Main Event: 635 Entrants

Jason Mirza Wins MSPT Potawatomi Casino, $147,529

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Fitchburg, Wisconsin's Jason Mirza won the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour Potawatomi Casino Main Event in the early morning hours Monday, besting a record field for a poker tournament in his home state.

Despite coming into heads-up play a little behind in chips, Mirza got the best of veteran grinder Leon Morford to collect a $147,529 first-place prize and the coveted MSPT title.

"Just shipped the MSPT Potawatomi for $147k," Mirza tweeted after the win. "Finally a big result after a ton of work. Tyty all for the rail."

Notable finishes: Mike Deis (11th - $7,988), Brett Reichard (23rd - $3,379), Darryl Ronconi (27th - $3,379), Dan Almerli (29th - $3,011), Zal Irani (30th - $3,011), Mark Hodge (37th - $2,704), Matt Alexander (54th - $2,396)

The event's two starting flights drew a grand total of 635 entries to Milwaukee, also becoming the MSPT's second biggest tournament and largest ever held outside of Las Vegas. The event's final day began Sunday morning with 135 players and quickly moved past the 63-player money bubble.

Mirza began to assert himself soon after and found a spot among the leaders after busting Mike Ross at the final three tables.

Although he lost a massive hand versus Morford as they inched closer to the final table, missing with an open-ended straight-flush draw, he was able to settle down and right the ship.

Mirza entered the final 10 in the middle of the pack with Morford holding the lead, but it was fourth-place finisher Richard Bai who took control early and moved into a commanding lead at one point.

Bai had a chance to get up and above five million chips during seven-handed action before third-place finisher Andreas Wagner went runner-runner to make a flush and crack his queens.

It was Mirza himself who ended up being the first player past that post when he took most of sixth-place finisher James Kasputis' chips, holding with queens versus nines all in preflop.

Morford did all the heavy lifting after that, busting all the shorter stacks to take a lead into heads-up play.

The two then traded a number of jabs heads-up with Mirza taking the lead twice. The final hand of the tournament took place in Level 32 (80,000/160,000/20,000), and it happened when Morford bet 500,000 on a 6♥8♥5♠ flop and Mirza raised to 1.8 million, Morford shoved all in and Mirza, who barely had him covered, snap-called.

Mirza: 5♣8♣ 
Morford: K♥8♦

Morford had flopped top pair with a solid kicker, but Mirza was ahead with two pair. The 6♠ turn counterfeited Mirza and gave Morford the lead with eights and sixes with a king kicker, but then the 5♦ spiked on the river. With that, Mirza rivered a full house to take the title and the home-state glory.

Season 6 of the MSPT continued this week with the MSPT Maryland Live! in Hanoiver, Maryland, which will culminate with an $1,100 buy-in $250,000 Guaranteed Main Event this weekend. For more information, visit msptpoker.com.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
WI 
$147,529
1,700
2
IL 
$82,956
1,500
3
WI 
$52,228
1,400
4
IL 
$42,397
1,300
5
MA 
$33,795
1,200
6
IL 
$27,957
1,100
7
WI 
$22,427
1,000
8
Cary 
IL 
$16,897
900
9
IL 
$11,675
800
10
IL 
$7,988
700
11
MI 
$7,988
700
12
IL 
$7,988
700
13
IL 
$5,837
600
14
WI 
$5,837
600
15
WI 
$5,837
600
16
IL 
$4,301
500
17
WI 
$4,301
500
19
WI 
$3,379
400
20
WI 
$3,379
400
21
IL 
$3,379
400
22
WI 
$3,379
400
23
WI 
$3,379
400
24
WI 
$3,379
400
25
IL 
$3,379
400
26
Aurora 
IL 
$3,379
400
27
IL 
$3,379
400
28
WI 
$3,011
300
29
WI 
$3,011
300
30
IL 
$3,011
300
31
IL 
$3,011
300
32
WI 
$3,011
300
33
IL 
$3,011
300
34
IL 
$3,011
300
35
WI 
$3,011
300
36
MI 
$3,011
300
37
FL 
$2,704
200
38
IL 
$2,704
200
39
IL 
$2,704
200
40
WI 
$2,704
200
41
NV 
$2,704
200
42
WI 
$2,704
200
43
IL 
$2,704
200
44
IN 
$2,704
200
45
IL 
$2,704
200
46
Skokie 
IL 
$2,396
100
47
IL 
$2,396
100
48
IL 
$2,396
100
49
WI 
$2,396
100
50
IL 
$2,396
100
51
Sussex 
WI 
$2,396
100
52
IL 
$2,396
100
53
OH 
$2,396
100
54
MN 
$2,396
100
55
WI 
$2,089
50
56
WI 
$2,089
50
57
IL 
$2,089
50
58
WI 
$2,089
50
59
WI 
$2,089
50
60
IL 
$2,089
50
61
IL 
$2,089
50
62
WI 
$2,089
50
63
MN 
$2,089
50