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JACK Cleveland Casino

January 20 - 28, 2018
Main Event: 581 Entrants
Winner: Abdul Amer
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EVENT RECAP

JACK Cleveland Casino - Cleveland, OH

January 25-28, 2018

Main Event: 581 Entrants

Abdul “Dulie” Amer Wins 2018 MSPT Cleveland Poker Open, $118,350!

The $1,100 buy-in MSPT Cleveland Poker Open, the tour’s first-ever stop in Ohio, drew 581 entries (111 on Day 1A, 182 1B, and 288 1C) to JACK Cleveland Casino. That made it both the largest poker tournament field and prize pool in Cleveland history!

After three starting flights and Sunday’s Day 2, it was 34-year-old Abdul “Dulie” Amer who emerged victorious to capture a $118,350 first-place prize. It was the first MSPT cash for Amer, who hails from Columbus, Ohio. Prior to the win, he had $95,595 in tournament earnings including a previous best of $25,230 for finishing third in a 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open $560 NLHE event.

“I haven’t scooped a tournament in forever, just always get deep but hard to break through, especially in these bigger ones with good players,” Amer said after the win. “It was a well-run tournament. It was a good time. Everything at JACK Cleveland was great. Everyone was nice and professional.”

Amer, who is good friends with poker pros Nick Guagenti and Adam Friedman, can often be found playing pot-limit Omaha cash games when he’s not spending time with his wife and two kids, one three years old and the other just eight months.

“I’ll take care of about $50K to bookies, I’m a big sports gambler,” Amer joked when asked about what he’ll do with the six-figure score. “No plans, probably put it in the bank and keep it rolling.”

The day began with a dozen players needing to fall before the money was made. Among those to leave empty handed were Bobby Noel, Edward Mogilnicki, Andy Spears, and bubble boy Tarik Adam.

Some notable players to cash the tournament were 2017 MSPT Indiana State Poker Champ Satish Thakur (62nd - $2,142), Day 1B chip leader David Michael (47th - $2,254), legendary Cleveland radio show host Michael “Triv” Trivisonno (38th - $2,423), Mike Ross (28th - $2,705), Day 1C chip leader Aaron Obstein (17th - $5,636), Day 1A chip leader Frank Lagodich (14th - $6,763), and final table bubble boy Kenneth Coppens (11th - $8,454).

Final Table Action

On just the third hand of the final table, Luke Edwards raised to 65,000 from the cutoff and Randall Brooks responded by three-betting all in for 620,000 from the small blind. Mike Shanahan flatted from the big, Edwards got out of the way, and Brooks discovered the bad news.

Shanahan: A♠A♥
Brooks: A♣K♦

Brooks was looking for a miracle, but he didn’t get one as the board ran out a dry 7♥7♦9♦Q♥3♠.

Not long after Luke Edwards four-bet shoved with the A♦K♦ and received a call from Amer, who held the 7♦7♥. It was a flip, and Edwards failed to improve as the board ran out a lowly 4♣10♦8♣6♠8♦. Edwards took home $10,708 for his ninth-place finish.

Minnesota’s Brian Berthiaume, who was at back-to-back Main Event final tables after finishing fifth in December’s MSPT Season 8 finale at Canterbury Park, was the next to go after racing with A♠Q♦ against the 6♣6♠ of Shanahan. The board ran out K♦5♠5♥K♠2♣ and Berthiaume had to settle for eighth place and $13,526 in prize money.

From there, the short-stacked John Michalak shoved his last eight big blinds from the button with the Q♦9♦ only to run it into the Q♣Q♠ of Dan Wagner in the big blind. Michalak picked up a straight draw on the 5♠J♣K♥ flop, but he missed it when the K♣ blanked on the turn followed by the 6♠ on the river. Michalak earned $17,471 for finishing seventh.

Mike Peppin exited in sixth place for $2,543 – the result of getting his short stack all in against two players and having them checking it down – and then Ronnie Lamb bowed out in fifth place after jamming his short stack with the K♦5♦ from the small blind and getting a call from Shanahan, who held the 8♥7♥ in the big. The board ran out 3♦7♣J♠5♠10♥ and that was all she wrote for Lamb.

Four-handed play was an action-packed affair, and during it MSPT Season 8 FireKeepers champ Mike Shanahan went from the big to the short stack. That is when he jammed for 1.1 million under the gun with the A♣Q ♠ and Wagner called from the button with the 8♥8♣. Shanahan was unable to improve on the 10♠5♥6♠4♥8♦ runout, and the last former champ in the field hit the rail in fourth place for $39,450.

Interestingly, the score brought Shanahan’s MSPT earnings up to $278,607, which put him into 10th place on the tour’s all-time money list.

Falling in third place after losing a flip with the Q♦J♦ against the 10♦10♠ of Wagner was World Series of Poker bracelet winner Adam Friedman. While he came up short of his first MSPT title, he did join the MSPT six-figure club by earning a tour-high $52,976 (his previous best was $45,000 for finishing third in a Season 5 FireKeepers Casino stop), which brought his tour earnings up to $133,649.

Wagner began heads-up play with 8 million in chips to Amer’s 3.6 million, but it turned into a lengthy back-and-forth battle. The chip lead exchanged hands several times before it got to Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000), which is when Amer raised to 400,000 holding the A♣8♣ and called when Wagner shoved for 4.6 million with the A♠5♠. The board ran out 4♦K♥3♣10♠8♦ and Wagner had to settle for second place and a $72,701 consolation prize.

“Blinds were big, I know he’s going to shove with any ace,” Amer said when asked about why he decided to take a shot in the last hand. “He shoved earlier with queen-jack, so I know he’s a capable player.”

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
OH 
$118,350
1,700
2
NY 
$72,701
1,500
3
OH 
$52,976
1,400
4
Avon 
IN 
$39,450
1,300
5
Denver 
CO 
$29,869
1,200
6
OH 
$22,543
1,100
7
OH 
$17,471
1,000
8
MN 
$13,526
900
9
OH 
$10,708
800
10
MI 
$8,454
700
11
Toledo 
OH 
$8,454
700
12
PA 
$8,454
700
13
OH 
$6,763
600
14
Canton 
OH 
$6,763
600
15
MI 
$6,763
600
16
OH 
$5,636
500
17
NY 
$5,636
500
18
MI 
$5,636
500
19
NY 
$4,959
400
20
NY 
$4,959
400
21
MI 
$4,959
400
22
Canton 
OH 
$4,114
300
23
MI 
$4,114
300
24
Bryan 
OH 
$4,114
300
25
OH 
$3,494
200
26
Austin 
TX 
$3,494
200
27
ME 
$3,494
200
28
IL 
$2,705
150
29
MO 
$2,705
150
30
OH 
$2,705
150
31
OH 
$2,705
150
32
OH 
$2,705
150
33
OH 
$2,705
150
34
Canton 
OH 
$2,705
150
35
OH 
$2,705
150
36
OH 
$2,705
150
37
OH 
$2,423
100
38
OH 
$2,423
100
39
OH 
$2,423
100
40
OH 
$2,423
100
41
OH 
$2,423
100
42
NY 
$2,423
100
43
Kent 
OH 
$2,423
100
44
OH 
$2,423
100
45
Toledo 
OH 
$2,423
100
46
MI 
$2,254
75
47
OH 
$2,254
75
48
Toledo 
OH 
$2,254
75
49
Canton 
MI 
$2,254
75
50
OH 
$2,254
75
51
OH 
$2,254
75
52
OH 
$2,254
75
53
Akron 
OH 
$2,254
75
54
OH 
$2,254
75
55
PA 
$2,142
50
56
MI 
$2,142
50
57
OH 
$2,142
50
58
Canton 
OH 
$2,142
50
59
OH 
$2,142
50
60
NY 
$2,142
50
61
MI 
$2,142
50
62
MI 
$2,142
50
63
MI 
$2,142
50