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Majestic Star Casino

January 25 - 27, 2019

 
  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Mike Shin Wins MSPT Majestic Star!
Created (1/28/2019 12:01:07 AM by Brandon Temple)

Majestic Star Casino and Hotel - Gary, Indiana

January 25-27, 2019

Main Event: 309 Entrants

Mike Shin Wins MSPT Majestic Star, $68,593

The MSPT Majestic Star Casino Main Event drew 309 entries, creating a $309,000 total prize pool, which eclipsed the largest prior field at the property, a 301 entry Main Event all the way back in Season 5. In the end, Mike Shin of Milwaukee, Wisconsin managed to navigate his way through the field and walk away with the $68,593 top prize. The win was the second-largest of Shin’s career after the $427,930 he received for finishing 12th in the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

"I feel awesome, man! I don't know what else to say." Shin said about his victory. "I try not to miss these events, especially in this region." Shin, who recorded his seventh career MSPT cash with the victory, admitted that he had a game plan for the final table. "There were a couple of good players at the table, and I was trying to stay away from them. There was a couple of players I was trying to pick spots with and play hands with."

Shin treated his victory humbly, saying, "It feels good, but you treat this as a business, you don't feel like you're hitting a jackpot, it feels like income that you're suppose to have." When asked if he had any advice for players that just hit a big score of their own, Shin said, "Best thing is invest, but if you don't know what to invest in, don't go crazy, hold on to the money. I see people win a big score, and they think it's going to keep happening. It's hard to win one of these tournaments." He also credited his family with helping him be motivated. "Shout out to my brother, my parents, my cousin John (former MSPT champ Hao "John" Sun), especially my brother; he's helped me through a lot."

Day 2 saw 46 players return to the felt, but with only 36 slated to get paid, a few left short of a payday, including Jordan Miller, George Dietz, Jill Bryant, and bubble boy Daniel O'Connor, who lost a flip to John Nelson to fall one spot short of a cash.

A number of players managed to find a cash before the final table kicked off, including Jeffrey Rasch (11th - $5,040), Jason Mangold (14th - $4,026), Henry Zou (17th - $3,430), Jeff Minnerly (19th - $3,131), former WPT Five Diamond champ Ravi Raghavan (22nd - $2,386), Season 4 MSPT POY Pat Steele (24th - $2,386), Sam DeSilva (25th - $2,177), Michael VanderWoude (33rd - $2,088) and Joshua Hergott (36th - $2,088).

Final Table Action

Ashor Ochana was the first to fall, a result of a squeeze play with his ace-four running into the nines of Mo Nuwwarah. Ochana, who recorded his second MSPT cash, now sits just under six-figures in Hendon Mob recorded earnings after his tenth-place finish.

Daniel Sepiol fell next, after Mike Shin set a trap in the small blind for him with kings, and Sepiol ripped his last fifteen big blinds with jack-six off. Sepiol, who also earned his second career MSPT cash, was looking to best his career high $52,655 cash in the 2017 Chicago Poker Classic Kickoff Event.

Local grinder Bryan Skreens then found himself up against Nuwwarah and his nines, and Skreens couldn't find a six to go with his pair of sixes to fall in eighth. Skreens recorded his first MSPT cash to go along with an impressive resume that finds him with nearly a quarter-million in recorded tournament earnings, including a victory in an America's Poker Tour event in 2017 for $39,106.

Zachery Schneider was the third victim of Nuwwarah, as Schneider's king-nine couldn't hold up to Nuwwarah's king-four when Nuwwarah found a four on the flop. Schneider's first MSPT cash for his seventh place finish goes nicely alongside two WSOP Circuit Rings, including one for shipping the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Horseshoe Hammond in October for $302,492.

Matt Weller then found one double up with pocket nines, but his next attempt to double with the nines found him running into Greg Baird's aces, and Weller was forced to exit in sixth. Along with a 15th place finish at the Season 9 MSPT Denver Poker Open, Weller now holds two deep runs on the MSPT in a three month span.

Brad Oliver lost a massive pot to Mo Nuwwarah just before his elimination in fifth, when his ace-seven couldn't overcome the pocket tens of Jeremy Brown. Oliver made his first MSPT and second career recorded cash count, and the start of Day 2 chip leader was able to parlay his chip lead into a career best payday.

Brown bowed out in fourth after a length four-handed affair, when he ripped king-five into the aces of Shin. Brown's second MSPT final table led to the third biggest cash of his career, which was topped by a runner-up performance in the 2014 $260 buy-in Queen City Classic in Cincinnati for $61,256.

Baird was the last to go before heads-up play began, as Shin's tens bested Baird's ace-nine. Baird crosses the $200,000 threshold in lifetime earnings with the third-place finish, with this marking the largest cash of his career.

An epic heads-up battle ensued between Nuwwarah and Shin, with both players coming within a card of winning the title, but in the last hand, with blinds at 80,000/160,000/20,000, Mo Nuwwarah jammed for 2.4 million from the button and Mike Shin called to put him at risk from the big blind.

Nuwwarah:
Shin:

Nuwwarah found a little help on the flop, giving him a pair and a gutshot. The on the turn left him drawing to an ace, three or five to survive, but Nuwwarah was left wanting with the on the river.

The $42,349 Nuwwarah received for his runner-up finish was the biggest of his playing career. His previous best was $17,170 for finishing sixth in November’s MSPT Meskwaki. A couple weeks before that, he also shipped a WSOP Circuit ring by taking down a $600 HORSE event at Horseshoe Hammond for $14,008.

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Mo Nuwwarah Eliminated In 2nd Place ($42,349)
Created (1/27/2019 11:54:51 PM by Brandon Temple)
Mo Nuwwarah

Mo Nuwwarah jammed for 2.4 million from the button and Mike Shin called to put him at risk from the big blind.

Nuwwarah:
Shin:

Nuwwarah found a little help on the flop, giving him a pair and a gutshot. The on the turn left him drawing to an ace, three or five to survive, but Nuwwarah was left wanting with the on the river.

Mo Nuwwarah - Eliminated in 2nd place for $42,349

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Mike Shin Battling Back
Created (1/27/2019 11:45:36 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mo Nuwwarah raised to 325,000 on the button, and Mike Shin called from the big blind.

Both players checked down to the river of a board, and Shin checked, then called a bet of 300,000 from Nuwwarah. Nuwwarah showed  4x 3x for a busted straight draw, and Shin took the pot with

Mo Nuwwarah - 3.58 million (22 bb)
Mike Shin - 2.6 million (16 bb)

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Mike Shin Getting Short
Created (1/27/2019 11:32:15 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mike Shin raised to 340,000 on the button, and Mo Nuwwarah called in the big blind.

Nuwwarah checked an flop over to Shin, who bet 275,000. Nuwwarah called.

The turn and river were checked down, and Nuwwarah tabled . Shin mucked.

Mo Nuwwarah - 4.48 million (28 bb)
Mike Shin - 1.7 million (11 bb)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Mo Nuwwarah's Turn To Jam
Created (1/27/2019 11:25:04 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mo Nuwwarah raised to 250,000 from the button and Mike Shin called in the big blind.

Shin check-called a bet of 180,000 on the flop, and 480,000 on the turn. Shin checked a third time on the river, and Nuwwarah jammed for 1.3 million. Shin thought for a bit, then folded.

Mo Nuwwarah - 3.12 million (26 bb)
Mike Shine - 3.06 million (25.5 bb)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Mike Shin Takes The Lead
Created (1/27/2019 11:15:50 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mo Nuwwarah raised to 250,000 from the button, and Mike Shin called in the big blind.

Shin check-called a bet of 185,000 on the flop, and 460,000 on the turn. Both players checked the river, and Shin took down the pot when he tabled  Ax Jx.

Mike Shin - 3.48 million (29 bb)
Mo Nuwwarah - 2.7 million (23 bb)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Three Streets From Mo Nuwwarah
Created (1/27/2019 11:02:03 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mike Shin limped on the button and Mo Nuwwarah checked his option in the big blind.

Nuwwarah led for 120,000 on the flop, and Shin called.

The turn saw Nuwwarah bet 180,000 and Shin called again.

Nuwwarah emptied the clip with a bet of 480,000 on the river, and Shin folded.

Mo Nuwwarah - 3.9 million (32.5 bb)
Mike Shin - 2.28 million (19 bb)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Break Time - Heads Up Chip Counts
Created (1/27/2019 10:52:26 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Mo Nuwwarah3,455,0003,250,000
Mike Shin2,725,0002,930,000

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Mo Nuwwarah Doubles Through Mike Shin
Created (1/27/2019 10:35:54 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mo Nuwwarah raised to 200,000 on the button, and Mike Shin called in the big blind.

Both players checked the flop, and Shin bet 275,000 on the turn. Nuwwarah called.

Shin jammed for 1.15 million effective on the river. Nuwwarah tanked for a few minutes before calling his stack off.

Shin showed for busted draws, and Nuwwarah doubled up with his .

Mo Nuwwarah - 3.25 million (32.5 bb)
Mike Shin - 2.93 million (29 bb)

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Mike Shin Takes 'Em Back
Created (1/27/2019 10:28:02 PM by Brandon Temple)

Mo Nuwwarah raised to 250,000 on the button, and Mike Shin called in the big blind.

Shin check-called bets of 175,000 and 330,000 on the flop and turn, before both players checked the river. Shin tabled and Nuwwarah mucked.

Mike Shin - 3.86 million (39 bb)
Mo Nuwwarah - 2.32 million (23 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Mike Shin  1x Champ  
WI 
6,180,000
6,180,000 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
Elgin 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Marne 
MI 
0
Busted 
MI 
0
Busted 
Austin 
MN 
0
Busted 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Aurora 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Olney 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
WI 
$68,593 
1,400 
2
Omaha 
NE 
$42,349 
1,200 
3
IL 
$30,718 
1,100 
4
IN 
$22,655 
1,000 
5
MI 
$16,996 
900 
6
MN 
$13,122 
800 
7
IL 
$10,140 
700 
8
IL 
$8,052 
600 
9
IN 
$6,233 
500 
10
Elgin 
IL 
$5,040 
400 
11
IL 
$5,040 
400 
12
IL 
$5,040 
400 
13
Marne 
MI 
$4,026 
300 
14
IL 
$4,026 
300 
15
Fargo 
ND 
$4,026 
300 
16
Elgin 
IL 
$3,430 
200 
17
MI 
$3,430 
200 
18
IL 
$3,430 
200 
19
WI 
$3,131 
150 
20
OH 
$3,131 
150 
21
OH 
$3,131 
150 
22
IL 
$2,386 
100 
23
IN 
$2,386 
100 
24
MI 
$2,386 
100 
25
Austin 
MN 
$2,177 
75 
26
IL 
$2,177 
75 
27
MI 
$2,177 
75 
28
IL 
$2,088 
50 
29
MI 
$2,088 
50 
30
IL 
$2,088 
50 
31
IL 
$2,088 
50 
33
IN 
$2,088 
50 
34
IN 
$2,088 
50 
35
Hobart 
IN 
$2,088 
50 
36
IL 
$2,088 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
32
Blinds
80000 / 160000
Ante
20000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
309
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
6,180,000
Total Chips
6,180,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
6,180,000
0
0
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
4,475
3,250
3,200
2,600
2,417
2,300
2,200
2,100
2,050
10 
2,050