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Sycuan Casino Resort

May 6 - 9, 2021
Main Event: 676 Entrants
Winner: Alesandro Jauregui
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EVENT RECAP

The inaugural MSPT Showdown Series $1,100 Main Event at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino attracted 676 entries over three starting flights, which resulted in a $654,220 prize pool. After a full weekend of play, it was 31-year-old Alejandro Jauregui, a poker dealer from Bay 101 who called in sick just so he could play, emerging victorious to claim the title and a $140,665 prize.

While Jauregui, who hails from Salinas, California, has been playing poker most of his life, it was far and away his largest win. In fact, according to The Hendon Mob, he had just a pair of cashes for $18,090. That because when he does play, he’s usually grinding the cash games.

This weekend, some friends from all around the country were congregating in San Diego, so he flew down on Saturday and fired a single bullet into the tournament. Now, he’s an MSPT champ with a juicy six-figure score on his poker résumé.

Day 2 saw 80 players return to action and with 72 slated to get paid it didn’t take long for eight players to fall by the wayside including Satoshi Tanaka, Joe Zona, and bubble boy Terence Reid, who fell when his king-jack suited failed to overcome ace-ten in an all-in preflop spot.

Among those to cash the tournament but fall short of the final table were start-of-day chip leader and three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (10th - $9,813), Day 1c chip leader Trung Le (11th - $8,505), MSPT veteran DJ Buckley (12th - $8,505), bracelet winner Sandeep Pulusani (14th - $7,196), Kyna England (20th - $5,168), former MSPT champ Ken Baime (22nd - $5,168), Day 1b chip leader Alex Greenblatt (24th - $5,168), and 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer (30th - $4,318).

The final table started with a bang as three players – Haiau Han (8th - $11,122), Britton Scheibe (7th - $15,701), and Andrew Moreno (6th - $20,281) – all fell within 20 minutes. That left the remaining five players fairly deep, but then Jauregui caught fire. First, he picked off a big bluff from Jose Araya to pull out to a chip lead, which he extended by knocking out Jason Fitzpatrick when ace-seven held against queen-jack all in preflop.

Jauregui began three-handed play with a significant chip lead over his two opponents. First, he dispatched Eli Loewenthal in third place when ace-six held against ace-deuce, and then he set about applying pressure to Jesse Jones.

The duo jostled for a bit before getting in a coinflip with Jones holding two overs against pocket sixes. Jauregui flopped a set, and Jones was left drawing dead on the turn to put an official end to the MSPT Showdown Series at Sycuan Casino.

The MSPT continues next weekend with the 2021 South Dakota State Championship at Silverado-Franklin Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota. PokerNews will be on-site offering live updates from that tournament. For more information, click here.

MSPT Showdown Series at Sycuan Casino Winners

All told, the 11-event series catered to a combined 3,306 entrants over its slate of trophy events, with thousands of others participating in satellites, nightly tournaments, and cash games. In those trophy events, a hefty $1,288,650 in prize money was awarded, truly making it a million-dollar festival.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
CA 
$140,665
1,700
2
MO 
$88,320
1,500
3
CA 
$58,880
1,400
4
TX 
$40,562
1,300
5
CA 
$26,823
1,200
6
CA 
$20,281
1,100
7
CA 
$15,701
1,000
8
CA 
$11,122
900
9
CA 
$9,813
800
10
OH 
$9,813
800
11
TX 
$8,505
700
12
MN 
$8,505
700
13
CA 
$7,196
600
14
CA 
$7,196
600
15
OR 
$6,215
500
16
CA 
$6,215
500
17
CA 
$5,168
400
18
CA 
$5,168
400
19
CA 
$5,168
400
20
IL 
$5,168
400
21
CA 
$5,168
400
22
IL 
$5,168
400
23
CA 
$5,168
400
24
CA 
$5,168
400
25
CA 
$4,318
300
26
CA 
$4,318
300
27
CA 
$4,318
300
29
CA 
$4,318
300
30
NC 
$4,318
300
31
Denver 
CO 
$4,318
300
32
CA 
$4,318
300
33
CA 
$3,598
200
34
Wilton 
MN 
$3,598
200
35
MI 
$3,598
200
36
MN 
$3,598
200
37
PA 
$3,598
200
38
Boston 
MA 
$3,598
200
39
CA 
$3,598
200
40
NV 
$3,598
200
41
CA 
$3,009
150
42
CA 
$3,009
150
43
Clive 
IA 
$3,009
150
44
Corona 
CA 
$3,009
150
45
IL 
$3,009
150
46
CA 
$3,009
150
47
CA 
$3,009
150
48
CA 
$3,009
150
49
Denver 
CO 
$2,682
100
50
Poway 
CA 
$2,682
100
51
MI 
$2,682
100
52
IL 
$2,682
100
53
CA 
$2,682
100
54
CA 
$2,682
100
55
Tustin 
CA 
$2,682
100
56
CA 
$2,682
100
57
NV 
$2,486
75
58
MN 
$2,486
75
59
CA 
$2,486
75
60
Santee 
CA 
$2,486
75
61
CA 
$2,486
75
62
CA 
$2,486
75
63
IL 
$2,486
75
64
CA 
$2,486
75
65
CA 
$2,290
50
66
CA 
$2,290
50
67
CA 
$2,290
50
68
Tucson 
AZ 
$2,290
50
69
MN 
$2,290
50
70
MN 
$2,290
50
71
CA 
$2,290
50
72
CA 
$2,290
50