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Potawatomi Casino

April 2 - 10, 2016

 
  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Travis Lauson Finds Redemption 7 Months After Finishing Runner-Up
Created (4/11/2016 12:40:49 AM by Chad Holloway)

The Mid-States Poker Tour Potawatomi Hotel & Casino began with 556 entrants (246 Day 1a; 292 Day 1b), and on Sunday 113 returned to battle down to a winner. It took a full day of action, but in the end 38-year-old Travis Lauson who emerged victorious to capture his first MSPT title and a $129,077 first-place prize.

It was an unbelievable story of redemption for Lauson, who finished runner-up to Dan Goepel back in September, which was the last time the MSPT visited the property.

"Amazing," Lauson said when asked how winning felt. "I needed redemption from that second place. It's simply amazing. If I would have lost heads-up back-to-back I would have gone crazy."

Prior to the win, Lauson, who hails from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, only had four cashes on his poker résumé, three of which are on the MSPT. Now he had a fourth, this one being his first-ever six-figure score.

Lauson, who owns four bars, including one called Shoot the Bull, plans to use the money to pad his poker bankroll while setting some aside for his three-year-old daughter's college fund.

At the start of the day, just 54 players were slated to earn a portion of the $556,000 total prize pool – which crushed the advertised $200,000 guarantee – and that meant 59 needed to leave empty handed. Among those to fall early were reigning Wisconsin State Poker Champion Andy Rubinberg, MSPT Pro Blake Bohn, and Luke Arora, who was a week removed from winning the MSPT Running Aces Main Event.

Once the bubble burst – poker pro Darryl Ronconi was the unfortunate bubble boy – the in-the-money finishes began to mount. Among those to go home with some cash were Adam Lamphere (54th - $2,151), Anselmo Villarreal (38th - $2,420), reigning MSPT Player of the Year Mark Hodge (33rd - $2,904), Nick Jivkov (20th - $3,711), and defending champ Dan Goepel (14th - $6,508), who saw his title defense come to an end when his pocket fives failed to hold against the king-ten of start-of-the-day chip leader Abe Montenegro.

With a dozen players remaining, a big hand saw both John Zawaski and Jonathan DiMatteo fall to Lauson, who picked up pocket aces against the former's ace-queen and the latter's pocket kings. The aces held and Lauson advanced to the final table nearly tied for the chip lead with Hao Sun.

Those two proceeded to attack the table, but while Sun faltered, Lauson only continued to rise. Eventually Sun bowed out in third place, and that set up an entertaining heads-up match against fellow Wisconsinite Brandon Byrne.

"I went into heads-up play with the big chip lead, so I wanted to play big," explained Lauson. "He started fighting back so I had to adapt right away."

Lauson lost his 2-1 chip lead, but with both players willing to put chips in the middle, it didn't take long for him to get it back. Still, he admits he had flashbacks to his match against Goepel when he blew an 8-1 lead.

Fortunately for Lauson, victory wouldn't slip through his fingers this time as he looked down at pocket kings after Byrne had shoved with ace-five. No ace appeared, and Lauson took down the MSPT Potawatomi Casino title and the accompanying $129,077 first-place prize.

Final Table Results

Rank Player Name City State Amount Points
1 Travis Lauson Manitowac WI $129,077 1,600
2 Brandon Byrne De Pere WI $76,646 1,400
3 Hao Sun Milwaukee WI $50,017 1,300
4 Abraham Montenegro Franklin Park IL $34,689 1,200
5 Benjamin Reinhart Laporte IN $26,084 1,100
6 Nicholas Kost Chicago IL $20,168 1,000
7 Miroslav Semanisin Wisconsin Dells WI $16,404 900
8 Scott Vetter Washington IL $13,446 800
9 Richard Bai Schaumburg IL $10,756 700
10 Shane Thorne Sheboygan WI $8,605 600

The MSPT will now head to Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. That stop is just wrapping up its $350 Regional, and next weekend will culminate with a $200,000 guaranteed, $1,100 buy-in Main Event, which you can read about by clicking here.

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Brandon Byrne Eliminated in 2nd Place ($76,646)
Created (4/10/2016 11:54:10 PM by Chad Holloway)

Brandon Byrne

Brandon Byrne open-jammed for 2.2 million and ran smack dab into Travis Lauson’s monster.

Byrne:  as 5h

Lauson:  kd ks

Byrne needed to find an ace or some other help to stay alive, but it didn’t come as the board ran out  3s 10d 6d 8h 6h.

Brandon Byrne - Busted

Stay tuned for a full recap of Travis Lauson’s MSPT Potawatomi Casino win.

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Lauson Back in the Lead
Created (4/10/2016 11:31:37 PM by Chad Holloway)

The heads-up match has been an action-packed affair, and it’s evident neither Travis Lauson nor Brandon Byrne are afraid to play.

In their most recent encounter, Lauson raised the button and then called off when Byrne moved all in from the big blind.

Lauson:  10s 10d

Byrne:  da 4s

Byrne could win it all with an ace, but it didn’t come as the board ran out  6c 2s 8d 9h 8s. The players are now on a 10-minute break.

Travis Lauson - 7,610,000

Brandon Byrne - 3,515,000

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Byrne Doubles Into the Lead
Created (4/10/2016 11:12:34 PM by Chad Holloway)

Travis Lauson began heads-up play with a 2-1 chip lead, but it was short lived as Brandon Byrne scored a quick double to reverse the standings.

It happened on the turn with a board reading  10c 9s qh ah when a back-and-forth raising war saw Byrne get his stack in good holding two pair with the  9d da. Meanwhile, Lauson held an inferior two pair with the  qc 9h.

The  4h river was not the queen Lauson needed to clinch victory, and just like that Byrne holds the chip lead.

Travis Lauson - 3,400,000

Brandon Byrne - 7,500,000

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
John Sun Eliminated in 3rd Place ($50,017)
Created (4/10/2016 11:06:56 PM by Chad Holloway)

Jon Son

Travis Lauson raised to 400,000 from the button holding the  qd qc and Brandon Byrne called from the small blind with the  ac jc. John Sun then called off for 360,000 from the big with the  da 2h, the flop came down  5d 10h 6c, and Byrne check-folded to a bet of 500,000.

That meant Sun could triple with an ace, but he didn’t get it as the  10s bricked on the turn followed by the 2d river.

John Son - Busted

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Sun Crippled After Paying Off Lauson
Created (4/10/2016 11:02:24 PM by Chad Holloway)

On a flop of  jc 9c 6c, John Sun check-called a bet of 200,000 from Travis Lauson. Action then repeated itself on the  2s turn, and when the  2h paired the board on the river, Sun checked for a third time. Lauson bet 700,000 and Sun paid it off with the  jh 10d. Lauson then rolled over the  4c 8c for a flopped flush and the win.

Travis Lauson - 6,500,000

John Sun - 380,000

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Three-Handed Chip Counts
Created (4/10/2016 10:52:37 PM by Chad Holloway)

Travis Lauson - 6,370,000

Brandon Byrne - 2,390,000

John Sun - 2,500,000

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Abe Montenegro Eliminated in 4th Place ($34,689)
Created (4/10/2016 10:50:48 PM by Chad Holloway)

Abe Montenegro

After Travis Lauson raised to 200,000 under the gun, Abe Montenegro moved all in for 650,000 from the button. Brandon Byrne then called from the small blind, John Sun folded the big, and Lauson got out of the way.

Byrne:  as qh

Montenegro:  kh js

Montenegro held two live cards, but neither appeared as the board ran out  2h 10h 5s 9c 6h.

Brandon Byrne - 2,390,000

Abe Montenegro - Busted

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Benjamin Reinhart Eliminated in 5th Place ($26,084)
Created (4/10/2016 10:37:32 PM by Chad Holloway)

Benjamin Reinhart

Action folded to Benjamin Reinhart in the small blind and he moved all in for 540,000, which John Sun called after looking down at a big hand.

Reinhart:  qs 6c

Sun:  kd kh

The  5c 10d qd flop gave Reinhart a sweat, but it didn’t matter as the  4s blanked on the turn followed by the  4c on the river.

Benjamin Reinhart - Busted

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
The Sun Doesn't Set Yet
Created (4/10/2016 10:34:27 PM by Chad Holloway)

Benjamin Reinhart raised to 175,000 holding the  ah 3c in the cutoff only to have John Sun move all in for 570,000 with the  da qs on the button. Travis Lauson opted to call with the  kh 8h from the small blind, Reinhart came along, and then both active players checked it down as the board ran out  5c 9c 4d 4h qh. Ship the triple to Sun.

Travis Lauson - 6,700,000

John Sun - 1,800,000

Benjamin Reinhart - 650,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
WI 
11,120,000  
11,120,000 
 
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0  
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Lisle 
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0  
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0  
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Elroy 
WI 
0  
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0  
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Neenah 
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0  
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Racine 
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0  
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CA 
0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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Sussex 
WI 
0  
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Skokie 
IL 
0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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Skokie 
IL 
0  
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0  
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IL 
0  
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0  
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0  
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VT 
0  
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0  
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MN 
0  
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0  
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FL 
0  
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0  
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IL 
0  
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0  
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IL 
0  
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Hobart 
IN 
0  
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0  
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WI 
0  
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Racine 
WI 
0  
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IL 
0  
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MN 
0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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Trevor 
WI 
0  
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Verona 
WI 
0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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Mequon 
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0  
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0  
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0  
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0  
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Beloit 
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Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
WI 
$129,077
1,600
2
WI 
$76,646
1,400
3
WI 
$50,017
1,300
5
IN 
$26,084
1,100
6
IL 
$20,168
1,000
8
IL 
$13,446
800
9
IL 
$10,756
700
10
WI 
$8,605
600
11
Lisle 
IL 
$8,605
600
12
IL 
$8,605
600
13
Elroy 
WI 
$6,508
500
14
WI 
$6,508
500
15
WI 
$6,508
500
16
Neenah 
WI 
$4,840
400
17
IL 
$4,840
400
18
IL 
$4,840
400
20
IL 
$3,711
300
21
IL 
$3,711
300
22
WI 
$3,711
300
23
IL 
$3,711
300
25
WI 
$3,711
300
26
WI 
$3,711
300
29
IL 
$2,904
200
31
IL 
$2,904
200
35
IL 
$2,904
200
36
WI 
$2,904
200
37
MN 
$2,420
100
39
WI 
$2,420
100
40
VT 
$2,420
100
45
WI 
$2,420
100
46
IL 
$2,151
50
48
WI 
$2,151
50
51
WI 
$2,151
50
52
MI 
$2,151
50
54
MI 
$2,151
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
31
Blinds
60000 / 120000
Ante
20000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
556
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
5,560,000
Total Chips
11,120,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
11,120,000
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
1,700
1,500
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,300
10 
1,300