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Canterbury Park

December 6 - 9, 2018

 
  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Congrats to Andy Rubinberg on Winning the MSPT Season 9 at Canterbury Park for $179,776 & His 2nd Title
Created (12/10/2018 1:19:33 AM by Admin System)

The MSPT Season 9 Finale at Canterbury Park drew 977 entries creating a $977,000 total prize pool, which made it by far the largest major poker tournament ($1K+ buy-in) in Minnesota history. In the end it was Illinois’ Andy Rubinberg coming out on top to win a $179,776 first-place prize and his second MSPT title.

With the win, Rubinberg moved into the No. 10 spot on the MSPT’s all-time money list with $386,537 in earnings. His other title came back in 2016 when he won the MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship for $120,808.

“This is wonderful. Back in 2016 was my first big win, but this one confirms my game,” said Rubinberg, who was the short stack with 27 players remaining. “2016 was such a big year for me. I traveled in 2017 and lost money. A lot of travel n 2018 and losing money, I’ve been down all year. I’ve been working so hard, working with Chip Leader Coaching, studying, I felt so much more confident going into this final table and just feel I played so much better. Hard work pays off.”

He continued: “This was a tough field, but aside from being such a big field a lot of big pros came. I knew if I could win this one it would mean something. Outside of Vegas, this might’ve been the toughest field ever.”

For Rubinberg, this was his 11th MSPT Main Event cash and 3rd final table which includes 2 wins and a runner-up finish.

Final Table Results
1 Andrew Rubinberg (Chicago, IL) $179,776
2 Ronnie Lamb (Denver, CO) $110,704
3 Joel Klipping (Red Lake Falls, MN) $81,278
4 Jesse Rockowitz (Fairmont, MN) $61,502
5 Shawn Douglass (Fridley, MN) $46,363
6 Tom Sadowski (Bloomington, MN) $35,009
7 Mike Schneider (Minneapolis, MN) $27,440
8 Jovan Sudar (Omaha, NE) $21,762
9 Stuart Luhm (Plymouth, MN) $17,037
10 Jason Bender (Keota, IA) $13,247

Day 2 saw 148 players return to action, but with only 99 slated to get paid nearly a third of them left empty handed including 2015 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champ Ben Wiora, poker pro Jeff Fielder, three-time MSPT champ Carl Carodenuto, and bubble boy Larry Ormson.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were MSPT Season 8 POY Chris Meyers (15th - $11,354), MSPT Season 9 Canterbury Park champ Rob Wazwaz (19th - $7,759), Aaron Johnson (32nd - $4,163), Craig Trost (35th - $4,163), MSPT Meskwaki champ Taylor Howard (39th - $3,217), Day 1C chip leader Cherukuri Sandeep (43rd - $3,217), Day 1A chip leader Brad Berman (51st - $2,933), and Day 1B chip leader Rocco Crivello (73rd - $2,460).

Final Table Action

Iowa’s Jason Bender was the first to fall after running fives into Joel Klipping’s aces. For Bender, this was his 9th MSPT Main Event cash and 4th final table. Bender also has also reached 4 MSPT Regional final tables on 5 cashes. He was followed out the door by Stuart Luhm, who fell when his pocket kings were cracked by Jesse Rockowitz’s ace-nine all in preflop.’ This was Luhm’s 1st MSPT cash.

Rockowitz then dispatched Soccer Coach Jovan Sudar in eighth place – the results of queen-ten making a straight against ace-nine all in preflop. This was Sudor’s 4th MSPT cash and 1st final table. Sudor now has over $500K lifetime live earnings which includes a $95K score for winning a WSOPc event in 2010.

Then Minnesota Poker Hall of Famer and professional poker player Mike “Schneids” Schneider busted after losing two big hands to Ronnie Lamb. In the first, Lamb doubled with kings against ace-queen suited, and in the second Schneider failed to get there with queen-jack against king-ten suited. This cash gave Schneid’s 8 total on the MSPT and this marked his 2nd final table and boosted his live career earnings closer to $1.8M.

Maple Syrum farm owner Tom Sadowski hit the rail after getting his short stack in with queen-jack and failing to get there against Klipping’s Big Slick, and then Poker Dealer Shawn Douglass ran ace-jack smack dab into Rubinberg’s ace-queen to bust in fifth place.

Rubinberg then got lucky with ace-three all in preflop when he flopped two pair against Rockowitz, a 2010 WSOP bracelet winner, who had ace-queen. Two pair held and Rockowitz, the longtime chip leader at the final table, had to settle for fourth place and $61,502 in prize money. Professional poker player Rockowitz now has over $1.5M career live earnings.

Klipping, the MSPT Season 6 Mahnomen Regional Event winner, then fell at the hands of Rubinberg running pocket fours into eights. This was Klippings 10th MSPT Main Event cash and 2nd final table. Klipping also has 3 MSPT Regional cashes with 2 final tables. All told Klipping has $183K earnings on the MSPT. Rubinberg took a big lead into heads-up play and it didn’t take him too long to finish off Lamb.

In the final hand of the tournament, Lamb check-raised all in holding middle pair only to get called by Rubinberg’s top pair. Lamb turned an open-ended straight draw but missed it on the river. Lamb took home a career-high $110,704 for his runner-up finish.

Brandon Welter Nabs Platinum Pass

One of the big stories in the season finale was the $30,000 Platinum Pass Giveaway, which saw one lucky person win their way to January’s PokerStars Players NL Hold’Em Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas!

Names were drawn from a barrel each flight for an eight-player heads-up Flipout Tournament held on Sunday before Day 2 got underway. Among those to compete were Joan Sandoval, Royce Cannon. Jolene Jensen, MSPT Season 6 Canterbury Park champ Dan “DQ” Hendrickson, MSPT champ Mark Sandness, Kevin "1sickdisease" Eyster, Eric Wasylenko and Brandon Welter.

Ultimately it was Welter who defeated Hendrickson, Sandness, and Sandoval in three flips to win the coveted Platinum Pass.

Aaron Johnson Named Season 9 POY; Wins Way into MSPT Hall of Fame

With the eliminations of MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang and three-time champ Blake Bohn early on Day 2, Aaron Johnson officially locked up the MSPT Season 9 Player of the Year title.

Few players have had as much success in 2018 as Minnesota’s Aaron Johnson, who has thus far won a career-high $343,587. On Sunday at the MSPT finale at Canterbury Park, Johnson was named the MSPT Season 9 Player of the Year after leading the race for the majority of the season.

“It feels amazing. It’s surreal to have a year like this where you ship two Player of the Years on two different tours,” Johnson said. “Coming into 2018 I wanted to have a good year, but I would never have imagined I’d be in this situation right now. It really feels surreal and I hope it’s not a dream.”

To date, Johnson has $857,187 in lifetime earnings, which puts him 22nd on the state's all-time money list. Two years ago, Johnson notched a career-high score of $96,787 when he finished 72nd out of a field of 6,737 in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event.

As far as the MSPT is concerned, Johnson has 28 Main Event cashes and 6 Regional cashes for $250,981. Six of those cashes were Main Event final table appearances with his best finish to date being both second to Rick Burleson in April’s 2018 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship for $39,181, and second to Ryan Skluzak in August’s MSPT Grand Falls for $33,834. He also took fourth place in February’s MSPT Canterbury Park for $34,183.

Not content to stop there, Johnson took down May’s MSPT Grand Falls Regional Event outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, good for $21,268 before placing 15th in the MSPT FireKeepers for $13,715.

Over the summer, he placed 226th in an MSPT Venetian event for $3,936, and then finished 29th in the 2018 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Casino for $2,375. He also took 32nd in the 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship for $5,172.

Not only that, Johnson recently won the HPT 2018 POY race. Earlier this year he topped a field of 394 entries to win the HPT Belterra Main Event in southern Indiana for $86,189, and also finish eighth out of 624 entries in the HPT Chicago for $22,377 before finishing sixth in the season-ending championship.

That means Johnson has accomplished the remarkable feat of winning two mid-major tour POY races in the same year! Truly unprecedented!

To top it all off, by winning POY Johnson has also become the third player to win his way into the MSPT Hall of Fame alongside Kou Vang and Rich Alsup. Johnson did so by amassing 25 Main Event cashes with either a Main Event win or POY title.

“I’m very proud of that accomplishment,” Johnson said. “I wanted to get in the Hall of Fame. I had a couple shots this year but I couldn’t win a Main Event which would have put me in. So to get it through POY is just awesome. I hope it’s the start of more things to come.”

For good measure, Johnson ended up finishing the season finale in 32nd place for an additional 350 POY points to bring his yearly total up to 5,967.

That does it for Season 9 of the MSPT but we’re already looking ahead to 2019. The tour’s 10th season will kick off with the MSPT Cleveland Poker Open at JACK Cleveland January 17-20 followed by the MSPT Majestic Star in the Chicagoland area January 25-27.

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Ronnie Lamb Eliminated In 2nd Place ($110,704)
Created (12/10/2018 1:09:10 AM by Admin System)
Ronnie Lamb

Andy Rubinberg limped in from the button, and Ronnie Lamb checked his option in the big blind.

Lamb checked a flop over to Rubinberg, who bet 300,000. Lamb check-raised all in for 1.9 million and Rubinberg called.

Rubinberg:
Lamb:

Lamb’s pair of sevens picked up more outs on the turn, and he needed a seven, three, or eight to survive. The river eliminated Lamb and made Andy Rubinberg a two-time MSPT champ!

Ronnie Lamb - Eliminated in 2nd place for $110,704

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Andy Rubinberg Wins With The Ol' Three-Deuce
Created (12/10/2018 1:01:14 AM by Admin System)

Ronnie Lamb limped on the button, and Andy Rubinberg checked his option in the big blind.

Rubinberg checked a flop over to Lamb, who bet 300,000. Rubinberg called.

On the turn, both players checked.

Rubinberg bet 600,000 on the river, and got a quick call from Lamb. Rubinberg tabled  3x 2x and Lamb mucked.

Andy Rubinberg - 15.8 million (79 bb)
Ronnie Lamb - 3.7 million (19 bb)

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Ronnie Lamb Calls His Shot
Created (12/10/2018 12:49:03 AM by Admin System)

Andy Rubinberg raised to 400,000 only to have Ronnie Lamb move all in for 2.41 million. Rubinberg gave it a little thought and then called to try and end it.

Lamb:
Rubinberg:

The flop gave Lamb the lead with two pair, but he lost it when the turn gave Rubinberg a bigger two pair.

“Ten on the river,” Lamb said.

He got it too when the spiked to give him a winning full house and the double.

Ronnie Lamb - 4,880,000 (24.5 bb)
Andy Rubinberg - 15,140,000 (75.5 bb)

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Joel Klipping Eliminated In 3rd Place ($81,278)
Created (12/10/2018 12:42:23 AM by Admin System)
Joel Klipping

Hand 1

Joel Klipping raised to 400,000 on the button, and Andy Rubinberg three-bet to 1.2 million from the small blind. Klipping four-bet to 2.4 million and Rubinberg five-bet jammed for 6.4 million effective. Klipping folded.

Hand 2

Joel Klipping raised to 455,000 from the small blind, and Andy Rubinberg jammed for 3.6 million effective. Klipping called.

Klipping:
Rubinberg:

Klipping needed a four, but found none on a board, and the former MSPT Regional champ falls just short of heads-up play.

Andrew Rubinberg - 14.6 million (91 bb)
Joel Klipping - Eliminated in 3rd place for $81,278

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Jesse Rockowitz Eliminated In 4th Place ($61,502)
Created (12/10/2018 12:13:28 AM by Admin System)
Jesse Rockowitz

Andy Rubinberg raised to 325,000 on the button, and Jesse Rockowitz three-bet jammed for 1.92 million from the small blind. Rubinberg thought for a bit, then made the call.

Rubinberg:
Rockowitz:

Rubinberg’s kicker problem was quickly resolved on a flop, giving him two pair and a big lead. Rockowitz was left looking for a queen after the turn, and the WSOP Bracelet winner and start of the final table chip leader hit the rail after the fell on the river.

Andy Rubinberg - 6.5 million (41 bb)
Jesse Rockowitz - Eliminated in 4th place for $61,502

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Joel Klipping Doubles Into The Chip Lead Through Jesse Rockowitz
Created (12/9/2018 11:58:55 PM by Admin System)

Joel Klipping raised to 300,000 on the button, and was called by Jesse Rockowitz in the big blind.

Rockowitz checked a flop over to Klipping, who bet 350,000. Rockowitz check-raised all in for 2.41 million effective and Klipping snapped him off.

Klipping:
Rockowitz:

Klipping’s nut flush draw was in the lead, but Rockowitz could win with a five or six. The turn and river were no help for Rockowitz, however, and Klipping doubled up.

Joel Klipping - 5.4 million (45 bb)
Jesse Rockowitz - 4.085 million (34 bb)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Thanks from Schneids
Created (12/9/2018 11:54:57 PM by Admin System)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Shawn Douglass Eliminated In 5th Place ($46,363)
Created (12/9/2018 11:42:06 PM by Admin System)
Shawn Douglass

Jesse Rockowitz raised to 250,000 from UTG, and Shawn Douglass three-bet jammed for 880,000 on the button. Andy Rubinberg four-bet jammed for around 3 million in the big blind, and Rockowitz folded.

Douglass:
Rubinberg:

Rubinberg kept the lead on a flop, and the two players both turned gutshots on the turn. Douglass needed a queen to keep his MSPT Canterbury Park title hopes alive, but he headed to get paid when the fell on the river.

Andy Rubinberg - 4.5 million (38 bb)
Shawn Douglass - Eliminated in 5th place for $46,363

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Updated Chip Counts at the Break
Created (12/9/2018 11:09:30 PM by Admin System)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Jesse Rockowitz7,395,0006,740,000
Ronnie Lamb4,540,0004,973,000
Andrew Rubinberg3,505,0004,345,000
Joel Klipping3,460,0003,025,000
Shawn Douglass1,120,000740,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Andrew Rubinberg  2x Champ  
IL 
19,540,000
19,540,000 
Jesse Rockowitz  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Denver 
CO 
0
Busted 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Chris Meyers (NY)  1x Champ  
NY 
0
Busted 
Rob WazWaz  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Aalok Arora  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Grimes 
IA 
0
Busted 
TN 
0
Busted 
 
Aaron Johnson  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Austin 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Taylor Howard  2x Champ  
IA 
0
Busted 
Marne 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
 
 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
CO 
0
Busted 
 
Albany 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Steve Federspiel  1x Champ  
Tiffin 
IA 
0
Busted 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Wilton 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Dan DQ Hendrickson  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Bagley 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Austin 
TX 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Zion 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Elroy 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Wausau 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Carl Carodenuto  3x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Kou Vang  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Savage 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
ND 
0
Busted 
 
Mark Sandness  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Marion 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Blake Bohn  3x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
CO 
0
Busted 
 
Hudson 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
ND 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Jason Seitz  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Hugo 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Jeffrey Birt  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Benjamin Wiora  1x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Verona 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$179,776 
1,900 
2
Denver 
CO 
$110,704 
1,700 
3
MN 
$81,278 
1,600 
4
MN 
$61,502 
1,500 
5
MN 
$46,363 
1,400 
6
MN 
$35,009 
1,300 
7
MN 
$27,440 
1,200 
8
Omaha 
NE 
$21,762 
1,100 
9
MN 
$17,037 
1,000 
10
Keota 
IA 
$13,247 
900 
11
MN 
$13,247 
900 
12
MN 
$13,247 
900 
13
MN 
$11,354 
800 
14
MN 
$11,354 
800 
15
NY 
$11,354 
800 
16
Troy 
MI 
$9,367 
700 
17
Quincy 
IL 
$9,367 
700 
18
NE 
$9,367 
700 
19
MN 
$7,759 
600 
20
MI 
$7,759 
600 
21
MN 
$7,759 
600 
22
MN 
$6,529 
500 
23
Grimes 
IA 
$6,529 
500 
24
MN 
$6,529 
500 
25
MN 
$5,393 
400 
26
IL 
$5,393 
400 
27
FL 
$5,393 
400 
28
TN 
$4,163 
350 
29
Omaha 
NE 
$4,163 
350 
30
MN 
$4,163 
350 
31
IL 
$4,163 
350 
32
MN 
$4,163 
350 
33
MN 
$4,163 
350 
34
MA 
$4,163 
350 
35
WI 
$4,163 
350 
36
Austin 
MN 
$4,163 
350 
37
MN 
$3,217 
300 
38
MN 
$3,217 
300 
39
IA 
$3,217 
300 
40
Fargo 
ND 
$3,217 
300 
41
MN 
$3,217 
300 
42
Marne 
MI 
$3,217 
300 
43
IL 
$3,217 
300 
44
MN 
$3,217 
300 
45
MN 
$3,217 
300 
46
MI 
$2,933 
250 
47
IN 
$2,933 
250 
48
 
 
$2,933 
250 
49
MN 
$2,933 
250 
50
CO 
$2,933 
250 
51
MN 
$2,933 
250 
52
MN 
$2,933 
250 
53
Albany 
MN 
$2,933 
250 
54
WI 
$2,933 
250 
55
MN 
$2,744 
200 
56
LA 
$2,744 
200 
57
WI 
$2,744 
200 
58
SD 
$2,744 
200 
59
Tiffin 
IA 
$2,744 
200 
60
MN 
$2,744 
200 
61
MN 
$2,744 
200 
62
Bronx 
NY 
$2,744 
200 
63
Wilton 
MN 
$2,744 
200 
64
MN 
$2,555 
150 
65
MN 
$2,555 
150 
66
MN 
$2,555 
150 
67
MN 
$2,555 
150 
68
MI 
$2,555 
150 
69
NY 
$2,555 
150 
70
MN 
$2,555 
150 
71
IA 
$2,555 
150 
72
MN 
$2,555 
150 
73
WI 
$2,460 
100 
74
MN 
$2,460 
100 
75
MN 
$2,460 
100 
76
MN 
$2,460 
100 
77
WI 
$2,460 
100 
78
WI 
$2,460 
100 
79
MN 
$2,460 
100 
80
MN 
$2,460 
100 
81
ND 
$2,460 
100 
82
Bagley 
MN 
$2,365 
75 
83
MN 
$2,365 
75 
84
MN 
$2,365 
75 
85
MN 
$2,365 
75 
86
Omaha 
NE 
$2,365 
75 
87
MN 
$2,365 
75 
88
MN 
$2,365 
75 
89
FL 
$2,365 
75 
90
Austin 
TX 
$2,365 
75 
91
IL 
$2,271 
50 
92
MN 
$2,271 
50 
93
MN 
$2,271 
50 
94
MN 
$2,271 
50 
95
MN 
$2,271 
50 
96
TX 
$2,271 
50 
97
MN 
$2,271 
50 
98
Zion 
IL 
$2,271 
50 
99
MN 
$2,271 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
33
Blinds
100000 / 200000
Ante
30000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
977
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
19,540,000
Total Chips
19,540,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
19,540,000
0
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
3,925
3,633
3,075
2,850
2,550
2,500
2,500
2,450
2,300
10 
2,200