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January 17 - 20, 2019

 
  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 30000
Sean Munjal Wins The MSPT Cleveland Poker Open!
Created (1/21/2019 12:16:07 AM by Brandon Temple)

The MSPT Season 10 Cleveland Poker Open at JACK Cleveland Casino drew 725 entries creating a $703,250 total prize pool, which made it by far the largest major poker tournament ($1K+ buy-in) in Cleveland’s history, breaking our own record from the previous year. In the end, it was 33 year old professional poker player Sean Munjal Sean Munjal of Ann Arbor, Michigan, who navigated the field to take down a $140,654 first-place prize.

“I feel amazing!” Munjal said while reflecting on his victory. “This is my first huge score. I was never a tournament player, I always played cash, I play a lot of higher stakes PLO cash games across the country, but I never play tournaments much. This was my first tournament of the year, so I’m off to a good start!”

Many players with PLO backgrounds have penchants for being action players, but Munjal took a different approach to this tournament. “It’s different skill sets. Tournament No Limit Poker is a game of patience, a game of endurance; it’s a marathon. So, you have to adjust. And, today was my day!”

Munjal’s girlfriend, described as “the love of my life,” was also on the rail through the final table, even bringing him chocolates at one point. “The first thing I’m going to do is pay off all my student loan debt. To be honest, I’ve been playing poker for close to ten years, and for me this is a dream come true. I’m really excited about it, and I think I’m going to use this to propel myself into other tournaments, play bigger games and stuff like that.”

Munjal also had props for Adam Friedman, who was a thorn in his side all day. “Adam was one of the toughest opponents in the field today, I actually kinda blew up at him when I knocked him out, but it was because throughout the day he was difficult to deal with. So, props to him, he came and played a great tournament. He’s phenomenal.”

Day 2 saw 109 players return to action, but with only 81 slated to get paid, a few had to leave empty handed, including Colorado’s Mace Reed, Chris Moon, former MSPT FireKeepers champ Mike Shanahan, Nick Davidson, and bubble boy John Michalak, who final tabled this very event last year.

The bustouts came swiftly after the bubble burst, and many notables fell short of the final table, including final table bubble girl Sherry Hammers (11th - $10,478), Vance Essak (25th - $4,079), Season 8 MSPT POY Chris Meyers (34th - $3,094), former WPT champ Ravi Raghavan (37th - $2,602), Season 9 MSPT POY Aaron Johnson (38th - $2,602), Season 4 MSPT POY Pat Steele (41st - $2,602), Gary Herstein (53rd - $2,391), Alex Winter (60th - $2,250), Cooper Wanty (62nd - $2,250), WSOP Bracelet winner Joe Ebanks (66th - $2,110), and Montana’s Mikiyo Aoki (73rd - $1,969).

Final Table Action

A former Cleveland Poker Open final tablist was the first to fall, when Michael Pempin’s king-queen couldn’t best the ace-jack suited of Clinton Hubble. Pempin, who finished sixth last year, joins Adam Friedman as the only two-time Cleveland Poker Open final tablists.

Hubble was the next to fall, when the Midland, Michigan native got tens in on a seven-high flop, only to run into the set of Anthony Carbone. Hubble, who made a deep run in Season 8’s Indiana State Poker Championship with a 21st place finish, logged a career best cash of $12,659 with his ninth-place finish.

Carbone added another knockout a short time later, when his pocket deuces flopped a set and rivered a full house, which bested the ace-trey of eighth-place finisher Sean Troha, who flopped a flush draw and a gutshot and rivered a flush. Troha, a two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, recorded his first MSPT cash.

Cleveland native Edward Mogilnicki made his last stand with king-jack offsuit on the button a few hands later, but Sean Munjal’s pocket deuces prevailed on an eight-high board, leaving Mogilnicki to settle for his second career MSPT cash in seventh.

It took an hour for the next player to fall in sixth, and it was Kentucky’s John Mingus, who came into the final table as the chip leader, held jack-ten suited against Munjal’s ace-eight offsuit. Mingus now has three MSPT Final Tables in the last year and a half, and this cash marks the second biggest score of his career.

Just a few hands later, Munjal would claim another victim after calling an all-in three-bet shove of Igor Ioffe, who held ace-nine off. Munjal’s pocket sevens held, and Ioffe was eliminated in fifth-place. Ioffe’s first MSPT cash was a career best for the Reminderville, Ohio native, who was also the Day 1B chip leader.

The other two Day 1 chip leaders wound up clashing a short time later, with Joel Brink jamming ace-ten in the small blind and Munjal calling with king-eight suited in the big blind. Munjal spiked a king to send Brink home in fourth place. Brink, who resides in Erie, Pennsylvania, previously shipped an $1,100 Main Event at Naples Fort Myers for $40,000; this cash, his first with the MSPT, now stands as his largest cash of his career.

The most accomplished player at the final table, two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Adam Friedman, had spoken all day about how ironic it would be to finish third in this event in back to back years. He limped in with an ace-seven from the small blind, and Munjal checked ace-ten in the big blind. An ace-high flop was checked through, and the queen of hearts turn gave both players a flush draw with their kickers. The chips got in, and Friedman had to settle for third and a MSPT career-best $63k cash, along with his fifth career final table. He also moved up to 36th on the all-time MSPT career earnings list with the cash.

Heads up play was swift, and it ended in Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000) when Carbone limped the button, and Munjal raised to 700,000. Carbone then shoved for 4 million and Munjal snapped him off.

Carbone:
Munjal:

Carbone needed a jack after the flop brought no immediate help, but the turn added an open-ended straight draw for Carbone, while giving Munjal the nut flush draw.

“Always a sweat!” Munjal said with a grin.

The river bricked off for Carbone, and the twenty-two year old’s second cash at the MSPT Cleveland Poker Open fell one spot shy of the winner’s podium. Carbone, who had a substantial rail sweating him for heads up play, improved vastly on last year’s 60th place finish in this very event, and pushed his lifetime tournament earnings to just over six-figures with his runner-up performance.

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Anthony Carbone Eliminated In 2nd Place ($86,500)
Created (1/20/2019 11:44:39 PM by Brandon Temple)
Anthony Carbone

Anthony Carbone limped the button, and Sean Munjal raised to 700,000 from the big blind. Carbone jammed for around 4 million and Munjal snapped him off.

Carbone:
Munjal:

Carbone needed a jack after the flop brought no immediate help, but the turn added an open-ended straight draw for Carbone, while giving Munjal the nut flush draw.

“Always a sweat!” Munjal said with a grin.

The river bricked off for Carbone, and the twenty-two year old’s second cash at the MSPT Cleveland Poker Open falls one spot shy of the winner’s podium.

Anthony Carbone - Eliminated in 2nd place for $86,500

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Big River Bet For Sean Munjal
Created (1/20/2019 11:34:36 PM by Brandon Temple)

Sean Munjal limped in from the button, then called a raise to 600,000 from Anthony Carbone in the big blind.

Both players checked the flop, and Carbone checked the turn. Munjal bet 500,000 and Carbone called.

Carbone checked the river, and Munjal bet 2 million. Carbone winced, then folded.

Sean Munjal - 10.9 million (54.5 bb)
Anthony Carbone - 3.6 million (18 bb)

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Sean Munjal Finds The Right River
Created (1/20/2019 11:28:33 PM by Brandon Temple)

Anthony Carbone raised to 400,000 on the button, and Sean Munjal called in the big blind.

On the flop, Munjal check-called a bet of 400,000 from Carbone.

Both players checked the turn and river.

“Ace,” Munjal said, before tabling . Carbone mucked.

Sean Munjal - 8.9 million (44.5 bb)
Anthony Carbone - 5.6 million (28 bb)

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Heads Up Chip Counts
Created (1/20/2019 11:16:37 PM by Eric Anderson)

Sean Munjal and Anthony Carbone are off on a ten-minute break Blind levels will be thirty minutes in length for heads up play.

Sean Munjal Ann Arbor, MI 9,605,000
Anthony Carbone Buffalo, NY 4,965,000
  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Adam Friedman Eliminated In 3rd Place ($63,293)
Created (1/20/2019 11:12:53 PM by Brandon Temple)
Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman limped in from the small blind, and Sean Munjal checked his option in the big blind.

Friedman checked an flop, and Munjal checked behind.

On the turn, Friedman bet 200,000, and Munjal raised to 600,000. Friedman jammed for 2.2 million and Munjal snapped him off.

Friedman:
Munjal:

Friedman, who had prophetically mentioned how ironic it would be to finish third in this event in back-to-back years, did just that after the river gave both players a flush, but Munjal the higher flush.

“You guys just wanna ship me third-place money next year?” Friedman joked after busting.

Adam Friedman - Eliminated in 3rd place for $63,293

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Updated Chip Counts
Created (1/20/2019 10:54:32 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Sean Munjal6,400,0006,000,000
Anthony Carbone5,600,0005,875,000
Adam Friedman2,400,0002,020,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Adam Friedman Doubles Through Sean Munjal
Created (1/20/2019 10:52:02 PM by Brandon Temple)

Adam Friedman jammed for 980,000 in the small blind after saying, “Doug Polk would move all in with this hand,” after seeing the first card, and “Even Allen Kessler would move all-in with this hand!” after seeing the second. Sean Munjal called in the big blind.

Friedman:
Munjal:

Friedman flopped top pair on the flop, but Munjal turned a pair of his own on the turn. Munjal needed an ace or nine to bust Friedman, but the scored Friedman the double instead.

Sean Munjal - 6 million (37.5 bb)
Adam Friedman - 2.02 million (13 bb)

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Joel Brink Eliminated In 4th Place ($47,047)
Created (1/20/2019 10:46:17 PM by Brandon Temple)
Joel Brink

Joel Brink, the Day 1A chip leader, jammed for 1.1 million in the small blind, and Day 1C chip leader Sean Munjal called in the big blind.

Brink:
Munjal:

Brink was pushed to the edge on the flop, and he was eliminated when no ace fell on the turn or river, and Munjal took over the chip lead.

Sean Munjal - 6 million (37.5 bb)
Joel Brink - Eliminated in 4th place for $47,047

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Anthony Carbone Gets His Revenge On Joel Brink
Created (1/20/2019 10:30:14 PM by Brandon Temple)

Anthony Carbone raised to 250,000 on the button, and Joel Brink called in the big blind.

Brink checked a flop to Carbone, who bet 225,000. Brink called.

On the turn, Brink checked again, and Carbone fired 400,000. Brink called again.

Brink checked a third time on the river, and Carbone bet 600,000. Brink took a minute in the tank before tossing in a call. Carbone tabled for a set, and Brink mucked.

Anthony Carbone - 6.5 million (54 bb)
Joel Brink - 1.5 million (12.5 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Sean Munjal  1x Champ  
MI 
14,500,000
14,500,000 
Adam Friedman  1x Champ  
OH 
0
Busted 
Estero 
FL 
0
Busted 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Brian Hou  1x Champ  
MI 
0
Busted 
Dayton 
OH 
0
Busted 
Chris Meyers  1x Champ  
NY 
0
Busted 
Akron 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Troy 
PA 
0
Busted 
Oswego 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
McKean 
PA 
0
Busted 
 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
Kent 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0
Busted 
 
MT 
0
Busted 
 
Mentor 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Mentor 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Solon 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Bobby Noel  1x Champ  
PA 
0
Busted 
 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
Canton 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Troy 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
Akron 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Mike Shanahan  1x Champ  
Avon 
IN 
0
Busted 
 
China 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
Chris Moon  1x Champ  
MI 
0
Busted 
 
Jeddo 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
Akron 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MI 
$140,654 
1,800 
2
NY 
$86,500 
1,600 
3
OH 
$63,293 
1,500 
4
Estero 
FL 
$47,047 
1,400 
5
OH 
$35,866 
1,300 
6
KY 
$27,427 
1,200 
7
OH 
$21,098 
1,100 
8
OH 
$16,175 
1,000 
9
MI 
$12,659 
900 
10
OH 
$10,478 
800 
11
MN 
$10,478 
800 
12
PA 
$10,478 
800 
13
Poland 
OH 
$8,439 
700 
14
NY 
$8,439 
700 
15
OH 
$8,439 
700 
16
MI 
$7,033 
600 
17
OH 
$7,033 
600 
18
MI 
$7,033 
600 
19
OH 
$5,907 
500 
20
MI 
$5,907 
500 
21
OH 
$5,907 
500 
22
MI 
$4,993 
400 
23
MI 
$4,993 
400 
24
OH 
$4,993 
400 
25
MI 
$4,079 
300 
26
OH 
$4,079 
300 
27
MI 
$4,079 
300 
28
MI 
$3,094 
250 
29
Hung Le  
Dayton 
OH 
$3,094 
250 
30
OH 
$3,094 
250 
31
OH 
$3,094 
250 
32
Elyria 
OH 
$3,094 
250 
33
OH 
$3,094 
250 
34
NY 
$3,094 
250 
35
OH 
$3,094 
250 
36
OH 
$3,094 
250 
37
IL 
$2,602 
200 
38
MN 
$2,602 
200 
39
OH 
$2,602 
200 
40
OH 
$2,602 
200 
41
MI 
$2,602 
200 
42
MN 
$2,602 
200 
43
Troy 
PA 
$2,602 
200 
44
OH 
$2,602 
200 
45
OH 
$2,602 
200 
46
Oswego 
IL 
$2,391 
150 
47
McKean 
PA 
$2,391 
150 
48
OH 
$2,391 
150 
49
OH 
$2,391 
150 
50
Elyria 
OH 
$2,391 
150 
51
Hae Yim  
OH 
$2,391 
150 
52
OH 
$2,391 
150 
53
IL 
$2,391 
150 
54
OH 
$2,391 
150 
55
MI 
$2,250 
100 
56
MI 
$2,250 
100 
57
MI 
$2,250 
100 
58
OH 
$2,250 
100 
59
OH 
$2,250 
100 
60
MN 
$2,250 
100 
61
Mentor 
OH 
$2,250 
100 
62
MI 
$2,250 
100 
63
MI 
$2,250 
100 
64
GA 
$2,110 
75 
65
OH 
$2,110 
75 
66
Kent 
OH 
$2,110 
75 
67
MI 
$2,110 
75 
68
MI 
$2,110 
75 
69
Akron 
OH 
$2,110 
75 
70
OH 
$2,110 
75 
71
OH 
$2,110 
75 
72
Denver 
CO 
$2,110 
75 
73
MT 
$1,969 
50 
74
Mentor 
OH 
$1,969 
50 
75
Mentor 
OH 
$1,969 
50 
76
OH 
$1,969 
50 
77
OH 
$1,969 
50 
78
PA 
$1,969 
50 
79
Solon 
OH 
$1,969 
50 
80
OH 
$1,969 
50 
81
OH 
$1,969 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
33
Blinds
100000 / 200000
Ante
30000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
725
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
14,500,000
Total Chips
14,500,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
14,500,000
0
0
0
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
4,800
3,500
3,425
3,250
2,950
2,700
2,700
2,417
2,400
10 
2,300