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Matt Paten Wins the 2021 MSPT United States Poker Championship For $94,782

Matt Paten

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.

MSPT Sycuan Casino $1,110 Main Event Final Table Results

PlaceNamePrize
1Matt Paten$94,782
2Jonathan McGowan$58,232
3Mike Rosado$41,966
4Gary Hansen$31,739
5Pej Niyati$23,804
6Lucy Hargett$18,704
7Rubin Chappell$14,106
8Vladimir Medvinsky$11,021
9Allen Galutera$8,376

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.

MSPT United States Poker Championship Final Table
MSPT United States Poker Championship Final Table

"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.

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