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Potawatomi Casino

April 1 - 9, 2017

 
  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Ari Engel Adds MSPT Title to Distinguished Poker Résumé with Win at Potawatomi Casino for $114,876
Created (4/10/2017 1:51:44 AM by Chad Holloway)

The first MSPT Potawatomi $1,100 Main Event of Season 8 attracted 495 entrants to downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After a weekend full of play, it was well-known poker pro Ari Engel who emerged victorious to capture a $114,876 first-place prize.

With the win, Engel brought his lifetime live earnings up to nearly $4.6 million. Now, he’s not only an eight-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner and the 2016 Aussie Millions champ --a win good for a career-high $1,120,110 – he’s a MSPT champion, and it was all the result of a spur-of-the-moment decision.

“There’s a Jewish holiday that starts tomorrow night, so I didn’t want to play any tournament that went into Monday,” Engel said after the win. “That excluded some tournaments. I was looking around and this looked like a good one. I was in Florida last week, went to the WSOP Circuit in Council Bluffs for one day, and then came here.”

A poker nomad, meaning he literally doesn’t have a place to call home, Engel bounces around the world for whatever poker tournament tickles his fancy. So, what’s next for the pro?

“I’m going back to Florida for the holiday with the parents, and then I’m in the tank between going to England for the partypoker Nottingham series of the WSOP Circuit in Cherokee.”

With 1,500 MSPT Player of the Year points early in Season 8, Engel said there’s also a good chance we’ll see him back on the tour this year.

“How could I not play more?” he asked rhetorically. “We’ll just have to see how it fits in my schedule. I’d like to obviously, this went really well. I was sick the last time I was at Potawatomi, so I didn’t enjoy it much. Plus, it was cold, and I don’t like the cold. However, I’m here for the poker, everything else is kind of on the side.”

Final Table Results

1 Ari Engel (Las Vegas, NV) $114,876
2 Carlos Monteiro (Minneapolis, MN) $69,405
3 Keith Heine (Hillsboro, MO) $45,232
4 George Dietz (Oak Park, IL) $31,352
5 Jim Juvancic (Westchester, IL) $23,933
6 Alex Ziskin (Vernon Hills, IL) $18,428
7 Brad Jansen (West Bend, WI) $15,317
8 Dan Crawford (Arlington, WI) $12,684
9 Patrick McCullough (Grand Rapids, MI) $10,722
10 Rich Alsup (New Hope, MN) $8,137

Day 2 saw 92 players return to action, but with only 45 spots getting paid more than half the field would leave empty handed. Among those to fall short of the money were Minnesota radio host Cory Cove, 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champ John Sun, and the defending champ Alex Aqel, who won back in November and followed it up by taking down the World Series of Poker Circuit Potawatomi Main Event three months later.

After James Paley fell as the bubble boy, the in-the-money finishes came quick. Some players to earn a payday were WSOP Circuit Potawatomi High Roller champ Nadya Magnus (42nd - $2,393), MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge (36th - $2,872), and two-time champ Jeremy Dresch (16th - $4,643).

Reigning MSPT Player of the Year Rich Alsup was the first to fall at the final table after his ace-eight failed to get there against Jim Juvancic’s ace-queen, and Patrick McCullough followed him out the door after he got it all in preflop with pocket eights against Engel’s sevens. A seven appeared on the turn and that was all she wrote for McCullough.

George Dietz then dispatched Dan Crawford in eighth place when his sixes held against Big Slick, and Brad Jansen fell in the very next hand when his king-queen failed to overcome Keith Heine’s ace-nine.

WSOP bracelet winner and inaugural America’s Poker Tour champ Alex Ziskin was next to go after his pocket nines fell to Juvancic’s ace-king, and shortly thereafter Engel notched his second elimination of the final table.

It happened in the 40,000/80,000/10,000 level on Hand #74 of the final table and began when Engel raised to 185,000 under the gun holding the  da ks. Juvancic then moved all in for 795,000 holding the  kc qh in small blind and Heine called from the big with the  ac jd. Engel proceeded to move all in, Heine had little choice but to fold, and the board ran out  8s as 9h ah 9d to give Engel a full house.

On Hand #97, which took place in Level 30 (50,000/100,000/10,000), Heine raised to 250,000 under the gun with the  ah 8h and Engel, who had the big stack, simply moved all in from the button with the  ac jd. Dietz called off for 1 million with the  as kd in the big, and he was primed to double after Heine folded. However, the board ran out 2d jc kc 6d 4c and Engel made a flush to eliminate Dietz in fourth place.

Heine, the MSPT Season 7 Meskwaki champ, took his leave in third place after his king-four failed to get there against the ace-eight of Carlos Monteiro. Heine, who was two weeks removed from finishing fifth in the #MSPT100, earned 1,200 points toward the MSPT Season 8 Kimo Sabe Mezcal Player of the Year race, which puts him in the lead with 2,200 total points.

Heine’s elimination set up a heads-up match with Engel holding a decent chip lead over his Minnesotan foe.

The final hand wouldn’t come for a while, but eventually in Level 32 (80,000/160,000/20,000), Engel raised the button to 355,000 with the  da js and quickly called when Monteiro three-bet jammed for 3.2 million with the  8d 8c. The  as ac 2s flop gave Engel trips, and he held onto the lead through the  7h turn and  5c river.

With that, Monteiro had to settle for runner-up and a $69,405 consolation prize while Engel etched his name in MSPT history.

Season 8 of the MSPT will continue April 21-30 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, which is minutes south of the Twin Cities. For a look at that stop’s schedule, click here.

  • Level: 25
  • Blinds: 15000 / 30000
  • Ante: 5000
Final Table Draw & Counts -- Tune Into Live Stream at 8:00 p.m. CDT
Created (4/9/2017 6:49:51 PM by Chad Holloway)

The final ten players of the MSPT Potawatomi Main Event are now combining down to the final table. They will then be sent on a dinner break. Cards will be back in the air at 7:45 p.m. local time with the live stream starting 15 minute after that. Who will walk away with the $114,876 prize? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

We won’t be reporting anymore of the action here in live blog (other than an end-of-day recap), so if you want more in-depth coverage we encourage you to tune into the live stream to watch the action with hole cards on a 15-minute delay.

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Final Table

1 – Jim Juvancic (Westchester, IL) … 587,000
2 – Keith Heine (Hillsboro, MO) … 1.365 million
3 – Alex Ziskin (Vernon Hills, IL) … 704,000
4 – Ari Engel (Las Vegas, NV) … 1.358 million
5 – Brad Jansen (West Bend, WI … 1.357 million
6 – Rich Alsup (New Hope, MN) … 617,000
7 – Carlos Monteiro (Minneapolis, MN) … 928,000
8 – Patrick McCullough (Grand Rapids, MI) … 1.104 million
9 – Dan Crawford (Arlington, WI) … 844,000
10 – George Dietz (Oak Park, IL) … 1.035 million

The MSPT Potawatomi final table is a stacked one.

Headlining is Ari Engel, an eight-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner and the 2016 Aussie Millions champ, which was god for $1,120,110. Engel is notching his first cash on the MSPT to compliment an already impressive résumé comprised of nearly $4.5 million in live earnings dating back to 2006.

Also at the final table is Day 1B chip leader Alex Ziskin, who currently ranks ninth on Oklahoma’s all-time money list with $690,495 in live tournament earnings. Ziskin has been on fire this past year, first winning a WSOP gold bracelet last summer in Event #29: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $401,494, and then last November taking down the inaugural America’s Poker Tour Main Event for $47,490. He is seeking his second MSPT cash after finishing 25th in the MSPT Season 6 Meskwaki Main Event for $2,509.

Then there’s both Rich Alsup and Keith Heine, each MSPT royalty in their own rights.

The former is a reigning MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year and winner of the MSPT Meskwaki back in Season 6. Not including today, Alsup has 14 MSPT Main Event cashes totaling $311,686, which includes seven final table appearances.

As for Heine, he won the MSPT Meskwaki last season for $100,981. This is also his second final table in three weeks after finishing fifth in the MSPT Meskwaki at the end of March.

Dan Crawford of Arlington, Wisconsin is seeking redemption after finishing 12th in the MSPT Potawatomi Regional back in January – his only MSPT cash -- while Michigan’s Patrick McCullough is also looking at his second MSPT cash after finishing 33rd in last year’s Michigan State Poker Championship for $4,365.

This may be the first MSPT cash for Jim Juvancic, but don’t let that fool you. The man from Westchester, Illinois has nearly $500,000 in live tournament earnings including a career-best $81,707 for placing fourth in the WSOP Circuit Cherokee Main Event last August.

Then there’s George Dietz of Oak Park, Illinois, who is making his first MSPT final table after cashing in each of the past four years.

The final table is rounded out by Carlos Monteiro and Brad Jansen. Monteiro, who finished runner-up in a WSOP Circuit event here at Potawatomi a couple months ago, has one MSPT cash on his poker résumé while this is the first cash for Jansen. As for Jansen, who is notching his first MSPT cash, he took second in an event at Borgata earlier this year for $90,000.

  • Level: 25
  • Blinds: 15,000 / 30,000
  • Ante: 4,000
Goran Filipovic Eliminated in 11th Place ($8,137)
Created (4/9/2017 6:45:53 PM by Eric Anderson)

Goran Filipovic

A preflop raising war left Ari Engel, who was in the cutoff, and Goran Filipovic, on the button, heads up.

The flop came down  9d 9c 2h and Engel led out for 45,000. Filipovic moved all in and was snap-called by Engel.

Filipovic:  5h 5s
Engel:  2s 2d

Filipovic called for a nine, but the  ks on the turn and the  8h on the river sealed his fate and he was eliminated in 11th place for $8,137.

Ari Engel - 1,358,000
Goran Filipovic - Eliminated in 11th place ($8,137)

  • Level: 25
  • Blinds: 15000 / 30000
  • Ante: 4000
Parm Soni Eliminated in 12th Place ($8,137)
Created (4/9/2017 6:35:53 PM by Chad Holloway)

Parm Soni

Parm Soni got his last 250,000 or so all in preflop and found himself in dire straits against MSPT Season 7 Meskwaki champ Keith Heine.

Heine:  ah jd
Soni:  da 9c

Soni had a kicker problem, and things got even worse when the  jh 5d ac flop gave Heine two pair. The  js turn improved Heine to a boat, and Soni was sent to the rail after the  qh was run out on the river.

Keith Heine - 1.525 million
Parm Soni – Eliminated in 12th place for $8,137

  • Level: 25
  • Blinds: 15000 / 30000
  • Ante: 4,000
Herstein Eliminated in 13th Place ($6,222)
Created (4/9/2017 6:25:13 PM by Eric Anderson)

Gary Herstein

Gary Herstein and Keith Heine got all the chips in preflop with the former being at risk.

Herstein:  10s 10d
Heine:  qh qd

The board ran out  da 3s 8s 6d 7h and Heine’s queens held to eliminate Herstein in 13th place.

Keith Heine - 1,500,000
Gary Herstein - Eliminated in 13th place for $6,222

  • Level: 24
  • Blinds: 12000 / 24000
  • Ante: 4000
Mark Reid Eliminated in 14th Place ($6,222)
Created (4/9/2017 6:12:05 PM by Chad Holloway)

Mark Reid

Action folded to Mark Reid on the button and he moved all in for his last 126,000. Reigning MSPT Player of the Year Rich Alsup decided to call from the big blind and the cards were turned up.

Alsup:  7h 6c
Reid:  kh 10c

Reid was ahead, and he improved to top pair on the  10s 5h 3s flop. However, Alsup was drawing to a gutshot straight. The  8d turn made that an open-ender, and much to the dismay of Reid it came in when the  4d spiked on the river.

Rich Alsup - 575,000
Mark Reid – Eliminated in 14th place for $6,222

  • Level: 24
  • Blinds: 12000 / 24000
  • Ante: 4000
Abe Montenegro Eliminated in 15th Place ($6,222)
Created (4/9/2017 6:01:30 PM by Chad Holloway)

Abe Montenegro

Abe Montenegro moved all in for 134,000 from the cutoff and Bradley Jansen, who had eliminated Nilsson Davis the hand before, called him from the big blind.

Jansen:  qh 10h
Montenegro:  7h 8h

Montenegro needed some help but he was left wanting after the board ran out a lowly  4s 3c2d 3h 4c.

Bradley Jansen - 1.2 million
Abe Montenegro - Eliminated in 15th place for $6,222

  • Level: 24
  • Blinds: 12,000 / 24,000
  • Ante: 4,000
Jeremy Dresch Eliminated in 16th Place ($4,643)
Created (4/9/2017 6:00:51 PM by MSPT)

Jeremy Dresch

Jeremy Dresch opened from UTG for 50,000 and action folded to George Dietz in the small blind.

Dietz three-bet all in for 313,000 and Patrick McCullough, who was in the big blind, took a moment to think before finally releasing his hand.

Dresch told Dietz, “I’m not slow-rolling you, I’m almost certainly going to make the call,” and eventually did for his own stack.

Dresch:  8s 8h
Dietz:  jc jh

“Good luck,” Dietz said, before the board ran out a clean  9s 5h 2d 3h 3d.

Dresch, who was left with a few chips, busted the next hand in 16th place for $4,643.

George Dietz - 650,000
Jeremy Dresch - Busted in 16th place for $4,643

  • Level: 24
  • Blinds: 12000 / 24000
  • Ante: 4000
Nilsson Davis Eliminated in 17th Place ($4,643)
Created (4/9/2017 5:54:24 PM by Chad Holloway)

Nilsson Davis

Bradley Jansen raised to 55,000 under the gun and action folded to Nilsson Davis, who moved all in for right around 345,000 from the big blind. Jansen made a quick call and it was off to the races.

Jansen:  9h 9s
Davis:  kc 10s

Davis needed to improve to stay alive, but that didn’t happen as the board ran out an unhelpful  qc qh 4h 2d 8c.

Bradley Jansen - 1.05 million
Nilsson Davis - Eliminated in 17th place for $4,643

  • Level: 24
  • Blinds: 12000 / 24000
  • Ante: 400
Brian Wilke Eliminated in 18th Place ($4,643)
Created (4/9/2017 5:51:22 PM by Chad Holloway)

Brian Wilke

After Ari Engel raised preflop, Brian Wilke move all in for around 270,000.

Engel called with  Ax Qx and held against Wilke’s  Ax 2x.

Brian Wilke – Eliminated in 18th place for $4,643

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
NV 
9,900,000  
9,900,000 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MO 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Canton 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
NY 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Beloit 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Skogen 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
NV 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
 
 
 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
Blaine 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
 
 
 
0  
Busted 
  
Ripon 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
NV 
$114,876
1,500
3
MO 
$45,232
1,200
4
IL 
$31,352
1,100
5
IL 
$23,933
1,000
10
MN 
$8,137
500
12
IL 
$8,137
500
13
IL 
$6,222
400
14
Canton 
IA 
$6,222
400
16
MN 
$4,643
300
17
WI 
$4,643
300
18
WI 
$4,643
300
21
NY 
$3,590
200
22
IL 
$3,590
200
24
IL 
$3,590
200
25
WI 
$3,590
200
27
WI 
$3,590
200
29
WI 
$2,872
100
30
Aurora 
IL 
$2,872
100
32
IN 
$2,872
100
33
IL 
$2,872
100
34
Beloit 
WI 
$2,872
100
35
WI 
$2,872
100
39
MI 
$2,393
50
40
Denver 
CO 
$2,393
50
41
MN 
$2,393
50
42
IL 
$2,393
50
44
WI 
$2,393
50
45
WI 
$2,393
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
32
Blinds
80000 / 160000
Ante
20000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
495
Players Remaining
100
Average Chip Stack
99,000
Total Chips
9,900,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
9,900,000
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,475
3,500
3,425
3,250
2,950
2,942
2,700
2,700
2,642
10 
2,450