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Potawatomi Casino

December 31 - January 8, 2017
Regional Event: Entrants
Winner: Craig Trost
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EVENT RECAP

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino - Milwaukee, WI

Potawatomi Casino - Milwaukee, WI

January 5-8, 2017

$350 Regional: 1,228 Entrants (291 on Day 1a; 410 Day 1b; and 527 Day 1c)

Craig Trost Wins Wisconsin’s Largest Ever Poker Tournament for $63,252

Season 8 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) kicked off with a $350 Regional Event at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It proved to be a massive affair as 1,228 entries (291 on Day 1a; 410 Day 1b; and 527 Day 1c) packed the ballroom over three starting flights.

That surpassed July’s field of 1,169 entrants to make it the largest poker tournament in Wisconsin state history. After four days of play, 32-year-old Craig Trost, who works in the life sciences field, emerged victorious to capture the title and a $63,252 first-place prize.

“I ran like Usain Bolt,” Trost quipped after the win. Prior to this weekend, Trost had just two documented cashes. The first came in 2014 when he finished 291st in the World Series of Poker Monster Stack for $6,368, and in 2015 he placed sixth in the inaugural MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship for $21,289.

Trost, who is a respected member of the online Madison Poker Community, is now the winner of the biggest poker tournament ever held in Wisconsin.

“It feels pretty good to win the MSPT Poto Regional, especially now knowing that it’s the largest poker tournament in Wisconsin history,” Trost said after the win. ”At my previous MSPT final table, I didn’t run very well or play my best, so it felt a little redemptive to get this one. I had a blast too. I played with several very tough players over the two days, and I think it really made me raise my game.”

He continued: “Nothing too exciting planned for the money, I’m pretty boring in that regard. After Uncle Sam gets his chunk, I’ll probably play a few more events, throw some at the mortgage, and maybe make an upcoming vacation a little longer.”

On Sunday, 201 players (49 from Day 1a; 63 Day 1b; and 89 Day 1c) returned to action including Day 1a chip leader Tommy Vo (282,000), Day 1b leader Al Wolfensberger Leazer (550,500), and Day 1c leader Eddie Wood (388,000).

Among the 135 players to cash the event were Season 6 MSPT Potawatomi champ Dan Goepel (134th - $606), MSPT Season 4 Ho-Chunk winner Josh Reichard (91st - $748), start-of-the-day Wolfensberger Leazer (78th - $820), start-of-the-day short stack Howard Hankin (67th - $855), David “The Maven” Gutfreund (50th - $1,033), Jeff Grimes (29th - $1,497), Ryan Leng (23rd - $2,351), Michael Kreitzer (15th - $3,920), and Dan Crawford (12th – $4,989).

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
WI 
$63,252
633
2
IL 
$39,198
567
3
WI 
$28,508
533
4
WI 
$21,773
500
5
WI 
$16,392
467
6
WI 
$12,470
433
7
MT 
$9,621
400
9
IL 
$6,058
333
10
IL 
$4,989
300
11
WI 
$4,989
300
12
WI 
$4,989
300
13
IL 
$3,920
267
14
WI 
$3,920
267
15
WI 
$3,920
267
16
Zion 
IL 
$3,350
233
17
WI 
$3,350
233
18
IL 
$3,350
233
19
WI 
$2,815
200
20
MI 
$2,815
200
21
IL 
$2,815
200
22
WI 
$2,351
167
23
IL 
$2,351
167
24
MN 
$2,351
167
25
IL 
$1,996
133
26
IL 
$1,996
133
28
WI 
$1,497
100
29
MO 
$1,497
100
30
IL 
$1,497
100
31
WI 
$1,497
100
32
WI 
$1,497
100
33
Oregon 
WI 
$1,497
100
34
Wega 
WI 
$1,497
100
35
WI 
$1,497
100
36
WI 
$1,497
100
37
 
$1,176
67
38
IL 
$1,176
67
39
IL 
$1,176
67
40
Canton 
IA 
$1,176
67
41
Ottawa 
IL 
$1,176
67
42
WI 
$1,176
67
43
IL 
$1,176
67
44
IL 
$1,176
67
45
IL 
$1,176
67
46
WI 
$1,033
33
47
MI 
$1,033
33
48
Elgin 
IL 
$1,033
33
49
MI 
$1,033
33
50
IL 
$1,033
33
51
Mequon 
WI 
$1,033
33
52
WI 
$1,033
33
53
WI 
$1,033
33
54
WI 
$1,033
33
55
WI 
$927
17
57
WI 
$927
17
58
WI 
$927
17
59
WI 
$927
17
60
Colona 
IL 
$927
17
61
IL 
$927
17
62
WI 
$927
17
63
Colona 
IL 
$927
17
64
Verona 
WI 
$855
17
65
IA 
$855
17
66
Baylis 
IL 
$855
17
67
IL 
$855
17
68
WI 
$855
17
69
IL 
$855
17
70
Ada 
MI 
$855
17
72
WI 
$855
17
73
IL 
$820
17
74
WI 
$820
17
75
WI 
$820
17
77
IL 
$820
17
80
WI 
$820
17
82
WI 
$784
17
83
Sussex 
WI 
$784
17
84
MI 
$784
17
85
IL 
$784
17
86
WI 
$784
17
87
IL 
$784
17
88
IL 
$784
17
90
WI 
$784
17
91
WI 
$748
17
92
Roscoe 
IL 
$748
17
93
WI 
$748
17
94
WI 
$748
17
96
IL 
$748
17
98
Dek 
IL 
$748
17
99
IN 
$748
17
100
WI 
$677
17
101
WI 
$677
17
102
WI 
$677
17
103
WI 
$677
17
104
IL 
$677
17
105
WI 
$677
17
106
MN 
$677
17
107
WI 
$677
17
108
WI 
$677
17
109
WI 
$641
17
110
WI 
$641
17
111
WI 
$641
17
112
IL 
$641
17
114
Elgin 
IL 
$641
17
115
WI 
$641
17
116
WI 
$641
17
117
WI 
$641
17
118
MN 
$606
17
119
WI 
$606
17
120
SD 
$606
17
121
IA 
$606
17
122
IL 
$606
17
123
IL 
$606
17
124
IL 
$606
17
125
WI 
$606
17
126
IN 
$606
17
127
MI 
$606
17
128
MI 
$606
17
129
Gurnee 
IL 
$606
17
130
IL 
$606
17
131
MN 
$606
17
132
IL 
$606
17
133
IL 
$606
17
134
WI 
$606
17
135
WV 
$606
17