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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

November 14 - 17, 2019
Main Event: 660 Entrants
Winner: Gerald Heath
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EVENT RECAP

It was a long journey to the finish line at the 2019 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship $1,100 Main Event as 660 entries came out to Milwaukee's Potawatomi Hotel & Casino over three starting days. Seventy-eight returned for Day 2 Sunday, and it took more than 18 levels for a winner to be determined.

Gerald Heath was that winner, coming out on top for a first-place prize of $130,935. Heath agreed after the tournament that it was a long weekend, but had more commentary to add on said weekend: “Best ever for me, man. No doubt."

Day 2 Action

The clock was turned back from the 15 levels that played to completion over the first two starting flights as the final heat reached a hard stop shortly before the end of Level 14. Of the 78 to return, 72 players were set to make it into the money. Play started slowly due to the extended time, and the bubble burst shortly before the end of Level 16 after nearly two full levels of play.

Players dropped quickly at first upon reaching the money, but the pace of play steadied again not long after. It took three more hours for the field to be halved, and Heath rode a small roller coaster through that time. He chipped up from his start-of-day 196,000 to 288,000 in the first couple hours and then won a huge coin flip with ace-king to pocket queens after hitting a king on the river to become one of the chip leaders in the tournament.

However, Heath then lost half his stack and hung around until 15 players remained, scoring another double through Li Shen. Meanwhile, other players such as Yao Yin, Josh Reichard, and Wai Ngai all began leading charges to eclipse 2 million in chips.

The Final Table

When the final table was reached, Heath was seventh in chips with just under 1 million. Gary Herstein quickly found a double with two jacks, getting stacks in preflop against Reichard’s tens. Shortly thereafter, short-stacked Alin Cotolan also doubled but found himself bounced from the tournament a half-hour later in 10th place.

Play continued to progress slowly with small pots being the norm, and stacks evened out as the blinds continued to escalate. It was another hour before Luke Goodwillie would bow out at the expense of Heath, and nearly another hour passed by from there before Paul Camby and Shen were eliminated in short succession.

When six-handed play began, Heath had pulled away as the chip leader. Yin was the next to be eliminated after folding down to one big blind, and play went on with more small pots that led to all five remaining stacks pulling nearly even. Nearly 90 minutes later, Reichard took fifth place when he shoved jack-ten into Ngai’s ace-seven. He flopped a ten on a board that also gave Ngai a gutshot straight draw, and he turned another ten to leave Ngai with four outs. However, one of those outs hit on the river to knock out the former MSPT champion.

Another full level then went by, bringing the average stack in the tournament to only 15 big blinds with no significant pots played. Then came the turning point in the tournament; Heath and Nicola Ditrapani had both pulled away from Ngai and Herstein a bit, and the two chip leaders got stacks in the middle on a king-five-four flop with two hearts. Ditrapani had queen-ten suited for a flush draw and Heath held a set of fives. Heath held and found himself with a huge chip advantage.

Some back-and-forth action went on between the now-three small stacks, with Herstein being the next one to bust. Ten minutes later, Heath knocked out Ngai and entered the heads-up match with all but three big blinds worth of chips in play. It wasn’t long before Ditrapani got his last chips in with jack-nine, only to run into Heath’s queen-jack. No help came and Heath claimed the title.

When asked about what he is going to do with the money, Heath said he is going to pay a few bills and help his kids.The win was Heath’s second victory of the year, saying he took down a tournament recently for around $16,000.

“It’s been a good year.”

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$130,935
1,700
2
IL 
$79,838
1,500
3
NY 
$59,399
1,400
4
IL 
$44,070
1,300
5
WI 
$33,212
1,200
6
WI 
$24,909
1,100
7
IL 
$19,161
1,000
8
CA 
$15,329
900
9
IL 
$11,497
800
10
IL 
$9,582
700
11
IL 
$9,582
700
12
IL 
$9,582
700
13
WI 
$7,664
600
14
Edmond 
OK 
$7,664
600
15
WI 
$7,664
600
16
WI 
$6,387
500
17
IL 
$6,387
500
19
MN 
$5,493
400
20
IL 
$5,493
400
21
MN 
$5,493
400
22
IN 
$4,599
300
23
IL 
$4,599
300
24
FL 
$4,599
300
25
WI 
$3,704
250
26
Lemont 
IL 
$3,704
250
27
NC 
$3,704
250
28
WI 
$2,810
200
29
Bagley 
MN 
$2,810
200
30
IL 
$2,810
200
32
 
$2,810
200
33
MI 
$2,810
200
34
WI 
$2,810
200
35
IL 
$2,810
200
36
WI 
$2,810
200
37
MN 
$2,491
150
38
WI 
$2,491
150
39
MN 
$2,491
150
40
MN 
$2,491
150
41
Tiffin 
IA 
$2,491
150
42
IA 
$2,491
150
43
OH 
$2,491
150
44
MN 
$2,491
150
45
Skokie 
IL 
$2,491
150
46
WI 
$2,363
100
47
MN 
$2,363
100
48
WI 
$2,363
100
49
IL 
$2,363
100
50
WI 
$2,363
100
51
IL 
$2,363
100
52
IN 
$2,363
100
53
WI 
$2,363
100
54
WI 
$2,363
100
55
MN 
$2,235
75
56
NE 
$2,235
75
57
WI 
$2,235
75
58
IN 
$2,235
75
59
Aurora 
IL 
$2,235
75
60
MN 
$2,235
75
61
WI 
$2,235
75
62
WI 
$2,235
75
63
IL 
$2,235
75
64
IL 
$2,108
50
65
Trevor 
WI 
$2,108
50
66
MN 
$2,108
50
67
IL 
$2,108
50
68
IL 
$2,108
50
69
WI 
$2,108
50
70
WI 
$2,108
50
71
WI 
$2,108
50
72
WI 
$2,108
50