Hank Mlekoday Wins 2019 Minnesota State Poker Championship
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Over the last two weeks of March, Canterbury Park just south of the Twin Cities played host to the 2019 Minnesota State Poker Championship, a series of tournaments that culminated with a $1,100 buy-in Main Event this past weekend.
That tournament drew 180 runners from across the Midwest, which generated a $174,600 prize pool. The final table was filled with some of Minnesota’s best, but in the end, it was Hank Mlekoday of Minneapolis who claimed the title and accompanying $47,144 first-place prize.
The win brought Mlekoday’s lifetime tournament earnings up to $460,068. It was his second-largest cash behind $50,752 he won for finishing 145th in the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event. Other highlights on his poker résumé include 16th in the 2016 WSOP Colossus II for $44,740, seventh in the 2018 WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event for $28,621, and 470th in the 2009 WSOP Main Event for $25,027.
2019 Minnesota State Poker Championship Final Table Results
Others to cash the Main Event were Matt Hamilton (11th - $3,317), Vlad Tkachuk (14th - $2,794), Joe Barnard (15th - $2,794), Ian Matakis (16th - $2,444), and 2017 MN Poker Mag Player of the Year Todd Melander (17th - $2,444).
Hamilton and Hersch Victorious
While the Main Event was the main attraction, the Minnesota State Poker Championship was comprised of several other tournaments including a Crazy Pineapple, Tag Team, and both Seniors and Ladies Events.
In terms of prize pools, the two biggest tournaments outside the Main Event were a pair of $350 buy-in events. The first was the Black Chip Bounty which attracted 121 runners and created a $37,168 prize pool. Matt Hamilton wound up winning that event for $7,047 plus a bunch of bounties.
Meanwhile, the $350 Monster Stack NLH drew 213 entries and created a $61,983 prize pool. Joshua Hersch claimed that title and was rewarded with a $15,493 top prize for his efforts.
2019 Minnesota State Poker Championship Side Event Results
|$125 NL Crazy Pineapple||91||$8,736||Ray Luterbach||$2,655|
|$350 Mix||55||$16,555||Louis Hillman||$5,794|
|$250 Seniors NLH||113||$23,504||Stephen Shanks||$7,050|
|$350 Black Chip Bounty||121||$37,168||Matt Hamilton||$7,047|
|$250 6-Max NLH||109||$22,672||Rob Maier||$6,802|
|$250 Tag-Team NLH||179 (55 teams)||$17,184||Raymond Cabillot & Bulut Ozturk||$5,241|
|$125 Ladies NLH||35||$3,600||Phalla Phan||$1,332|
|$350 Monster Stack NLH||213||$61,983||Joshua Hersch||$15,493|
|$150 Double Stack NLH||208||$24,960||Dan Sherman||$6,491|
|$1,100 Main Event||180||$174,600||Hank Mlekoday||$47,144|
Images courtesy of Canterbury Park.