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Sycuan Casino Resort

September 16 - 26, 2021
Main Event: 456 Entrants
Winner: Matthew Paten
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EVENT RECAP

Matt Paten rode the final table rollercoaster at the 2021 MSPT United States Poker Championship $1,100 Main Event final table, but his steady play and endurance in the final hours of Day 2 paid off. Paten took down the tournament championship at San Diego's Sycuan Casino on Sunday night, pocketing $94,782 in the win.

The pinnacle event of the recently-revived United States Poker Championship wrapped up when Paten became the latest player to put his name into the MSPT Main Event record books after topping a field of 456 entries.

Day 2 Action

The Main Event featured three starting flights, with 60 players combined coming out of those three phases. Day 2 began with 60 players competing for 54 money spots.

By the time that field played down to the final nine, Paten entered final table play in a virtual tie for the chip lead. It took more than an hour for the first player to fall at the final table, and the Main Event remained eight-handed for another 75 minutes after that.

The eliminations started coming faster after that, eventually narrowing down to Gary Hansen (4th -$31,739), Mike Rosado (3rd - $41,966), and eventual runner-up Jonathan "Cosmo" McGowan (2nd - $58,238).

Paten was on the brink of entering heads-up play with more than a four-to-one chip lead against Rosado. One big hand saw Paten limp from the small blind, and McGowan shove for 1.8 million.

Paten called, showing ace-three of spades against McGowan's seven-deuce of spades. Trip sevens came in on the runout for McGowan, however, evening the match considerably.

"When you have him dominated with ace-three of spades, you're feeling confident," Paten said. "But when he flops a seven and turns a seven, I'm drawing dead."

"You don't like it; you miss an opportunity to knock out another player with the worst hand in poker."

Paten endured, however, and eventually faced McGowan head-up, which lasted only a few hands with Paten picking off an all-in bluff on the river from McGowan to clinch the tournament.

Other final table finishers included Pej Niyati (5th - $23,804), Lucy Hargett (6th - $18,704), Rubin Chappell (7th - $14,106), Vladimir Medvinski (8th - $11,021), and Allen Galutera (9th - $8,376).

The Main Event came a week after Chris Smith won the MSPT Sycuan Casino $360 Regional for $33,149.

The MSPT continues in October with two stops in Las Vegas at the Ventian. From October 12-16, there will be an $1,100 buy-in, $1 million GTD Main Event followed by a $1,600 buy-in, $1 million GTD Main Event from October 18-22. PokerNews will be on-site to live report both tournaments. For more information, visit msptpoker.com.

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
AZ 
$94,776
1,600
2
CA 
$58,238
1,400
3
FL 
$41,966
1,300
4
CA 
$31,739
1,200
5
Plano 
TX 
$23,804
1,100
6
CA 
$18,074
1,000
7
 
 
$14,106
900
8
CA 
$11,021
800
9
CA 
$8,376
700
10
CA 
$6,612
600
11
CA 
$6,612
600
12
MI 
$6,612
600
14
CA 
$5,290
500
15
CA 
$5,290
500
16
CA 
$4,408
400
17
CA 
$4,408
400
18
CA 
$4,408
400
19
CA 
$4,011
300
20
CA 
$4,011
300
21
MI 
$4,011
300
22
MN 
$3,394
200
23
IL 
$3,394
200
24
NM 
$3,394
200
25
CA 
$2,953
150
26
CA 
$2,953
150
27
CA 
$2,953
150
28
CA 
$2,380
100
29
NV 
$2,380
100
30
CA 
$2,380
100
31
NV 
$2,380
100
32
CA 
$2,380
100
33
CA 
$2,380
100
34
CA 
$2,380
100
35
CA 
$2,380
100
36
 
$2,380
100
37
TX 
$2,160
75
38
CA 
$2,160
75
39
CA 
$2,160
75
40
CA 
$2,160
75
41
CA 
$2,160
75
42
WI 
$2,160
75
43
CA 
$2,160
75
44
IL 
$2,160
75
45
CA 
$2,160
75
46
MN 
$1,984
50
47
CA 
$1,984
50
48
MN 
$1,984
50
49
CA 
$1,984
50
50
WA 
$1,984
50
51
CA 
$1,984
50
52
GA 
$1,984
50
53
IL 
$1,984
50
54
CA 
$1,984
50