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Potawatomi Casino

July 9 - 17, 2016
Regional Event: Entrants
Winner: Vinh Tran
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EVENT RECAP

Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI

July 14-17, 2016

$350 Regional: 1,169 Entrants (287 Day 1a; 389 Day 1b; 493 Day 1c)

Vinh Tran Wins MSPT Regional at Potawatomi Casino!

From July 14-17, the Mid-States Poker Tour was at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for a $350 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Regional Event. In January of this year, the same stop set a record for largest MSPT Regional with 904 entrants, but that was blown out of the water as 1,169 runners (287 on Day 1a, 389 on 1b, and 493 on 1c) took to the felt, making it the largest poker tournament in Wisconsin history!

In the end, 34-year-old recreational player Vinh Tran of Aurora, Illinois walked away with the title and $49,944 in prize money.

"It feels pretty good," said Tran, who runs a nail salon business with his family. "It wasn't easy. I had to get lucky a couple times heads up. Going all in when I was an underdog two times, I got lucky to stay alive."

Tran continued: "I started playing off and on since 2008, but I didn't really start concentrating on it until maybe two years ago. I work all the time, so I really don't have opportunities to play too much. Poker is just recreation for me. I've been playing the MSPT for two years now whenever it's around the Chicago area."

The $350,700 total prize pool, which more than tripled the guarantee, was distributed to the top 117 finishers. Among those to earn a payday were Johnny Brzozowski (112th - $644), Dewey Weum (106th - $678), Bruce Swart (92nd - $746), Tom Anderson (81st - $848), former MSPT Potawatomi champ Dan Goepel (44th - $1,119), Abraham Montenegro (24th - $2,306), and Sean Moore (11th - $4,749).

The final table was filled primarily with MSPT first-timers, at least those notching their first cashes. In fact, eight out of the ten finalist had never cashed a MSPT before. The two that had were two-time MSPT Potawatomi Main Event finalist John Sun and Tran, who had two smaller cashes. Sun, who finished fifth in Season 5 for $26,808 and third earlier this season for $50,017, ultimately bowed in seventh place while Tran made it to heads-up play at a chip disadvantage against Ryan Gatrel.

That changed when the latter got his stack all in preflop holding the J ♦10 ♦ against the A ♥5 ♥ of his opponent. A jack on the flop gave Tran the double, and with the stacks even, the final two players agreed on a chop that saw each secure $49,944 in prize money. They then decided to play one hand blind for the trophy.

In it, Tran was dealt the lowly 7 ♦2 ♦ against the Q ♦4 ♦ of Gatrel. The worst hand in poker soon turned into the nuts when the flop came down 7 ♣2 ♥7 ♥ to give Tran a full house. The 5 ♥ and 2 ♠ completed the board on the turn and river respectively, and Tran was declared the winner.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
Aurora 
IL 
$49,944
633
2
WI 
$49,944
567
3
OH 
$28,186
533
4
Sussex 
WI 
$21,402
500
5
WI 
$15,941
467
6
IL 
$12,221
433
7
WI 
$9,497
400
8
WI 
$7,462
367
10
WI 
$4,749
300
11
WI 
$4,749
300
12
WI 
$4,749
300
13
WI 
$3,731
267
14
WI 
$3,731
267
15
IL 
$3,731
267
16
WI 
$3,324
233
17
WI 
$3,324
233
18
WI 
$3,324
233
19
WI 
$2,747
200
20
Peoria 
IL 
$2,747
200
21
WI 
$2,747
200
22
IL 
$2,306
200
23
Sparta 
WI 
$2,306
200
24
IL 
$2,306
200
25
IL 
$1,933
200
26
WI 
$1,933
200
27
KS 
$1,933
200
28
IL 
$1,458
167
29
Peoria 
IL 
$1,458
167
30
IL 
$1,458
167
31
IL 
$1,458
167
32
WI 
$1,458
167
33
WI 
$1,458
167
34
WI 
$1,458
167
35
WI 
$1,458
167
36
IL 
$1,458
167
37
WI 
$1,119
133
38
WI 
$1,119
133
39
WI 
$1,119
133
40
WI 
$1,119
133
41
WI 
$1,119
133
42
IN 
$1,119
133
43
IL 
$1,119
133
44
WI 
$1,119
133
45
IL 
$1,119
133
46
Skokie 
IL 
$1,018
100
47
IL 
$1,018
100
48
WI 
$1,018
100
49
WI 
$1,018
100
50
Elroy 
WI 
$1,018
100
51
MI 
$1,018
100
52
IL 
$1,018
100
53
WI 
$1,018
100
54
WI 
$1,018
100
55
Elgin 
IL 
$916
67
56
MI 
$916
67
58
NH 
$916
67
59
Racine 
WI 
$916
67
60
Niles 
IL 
$916
67
61
IL 
$916
67
62
WI 
$916
67
63
Lapeer 
MI 
$916
67
64
WI 
$882
33
65
WI 
$882
33
66
WI 
$882
33
67
WI 
$882
33
68
Aurora 
IL 
$882
33
69
IL 
$882
33
70
IL 
$882
33
71
WI 
$882
33
72
WI 
$882
33
73
WI 
$848
17
74
WI 
$848
17
75
WI 
$848
17
76
WI 
$848
17
77
WI 
$848
17
78
Racine 
WI 
$848
17
80
IL 
$848
17
81
WI 
$848
17
82
MN 
$814
17
83
IL 
$814
17
84
WI 
$814
17
85
IL 
$814
17
87
IL 
$814
17
88
WI 
$814
17
89
WI 
$814
17
90
IL 
$814
17
91
WI 
$746
17
92
MI 
$746
17
93
MI 
$746
17
94
FL 
$746
17
95
IL 
$746
17
96
WI 
$746
17
97
IL 
$746
17
99
IL 
$746
17
100
WI 
$678
17
101
WI 
$678
17
103
WI 
$678
17
104
WI 
$678
17
106
Monona 
WI 
$678
17
107
WI 
$678
17
108
MI 
$678
17
109
IL 
$644
17
110
WI 
$644
17
111
MI 
$644
17
112
WI 
$644
17
113
IL 
$644
17
114
WI 
$644
17
115
WI 
$644
17
116
WI 
$644
17
117
WI 
$644
17