2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social
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Mark-Ellis Cortez Wins Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social Main Event ($81,720)

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Mark-Ellis Cortez
Mark-Ellis Cortez

From January 22-31, the Lone Star Poker Series held its second-ever stop, which was hosted by Champions Social in Houston, Texas. The 16-event series proved to be a popular festival as the tournaments catered to a combined 2,288 entrants and awarded $932,535 in prize money. Not only that, every day featured a live stream allowing fans to watch both cash game and final table action.

The stopped started with a bang as Event #1: $400 Super Stack Kickoff drew an impressive 546 runners, which created a $177,450 prize pool, well ahead of the $100,000 guaranteed. Stephen Hart won that tournament for $32,000 and the silver belt buckle trophy.

Other notable winners included Bridgette Adkins winning Event #3: $300 NLH Ladies Only for $3,155 and a Tiffany bracelet, five-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Ray Henson taking down Event #5: $400 8-Game for $4,160, John Samuelson topping a 91-entry field to win Event #11: $600 PLO Championship II for $13,028, and Logan Hewett proving himself a bounty hunter by emerging victorious in Event #13: $600 Lone Star Surprise Bounty for $15,566.

While all of those events awarded money clips as the trophy, the $600 Main Event offered up a custom silver belt buckle to the winner.

Mark-Ellis Cortez Wins Main Event

This past weekend, the Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social $600 Main Event more than doubled its $200K GTD by drawing 877 entrants over four starting flights. That resulted in a $447,270 prize pool that was paid out to the top 107 finishers.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Event #9: $400 PLO Double Black Chip Bounty champ Keith Norris (10th - $5,950), James Juvancic (16th - $4,850), Tom Hudson (27th - $2,500), Tiffany Keathley (35th - $2,100), Event #14: $400 Big-O 8-Max winner Schuyler Thornton (41st - $1,850), David Shaw (57th - $1,500), Tom Laplante (69th - $1,375), John Mingus III (80th - $1,275), La Sengphet (94th - $1,200), and Rudolph Bourg (107th - $1,200).

The final table had several accomplished players including Lone Star Poker Tour co-founder Hayden Fortini and poker pro Chan Pelton, who according to The Hendon Mob have career earnings of $625,282 and $646,601 respectively.

With a slow and steady structure, it proved to be a lengthy affair with Pelton bowing out in eighth place for $8,600 and Fortini taking his leave in fourth place for $25,400. After Kristopher Burchfield exited in third place for $35,800, the title came down to local player Mark-Ellis Cortez and Brandon Bergin of Fayetteville, Georgia.

The former ultimately prevailed to win the title and $81,720 first-place prize. It was far and away Cortez’s largest poker score; in fact, the only other cash he has on The Hendon Mob is from 2019 and for a modest $1,500.

LSPS Champions Social Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Mark-Ellis Cortez$81,720
2Brandon Bergin$49,550
3Kristopher Burchfield$35,800
4Hayden Fortini$25,400
5Richard Semander$18,200
6Amir Soleymani$13,850
7Ryan Vanderpoorten$10,500
8Chan Pelton$8,600
9Jeremy Tinsley$7,200

Justin Brassieur Wins Two Events

One of the stop’s breakout players was Louisiana’s Justin Brassieur, who captured two titles. The first came when he topped a small 25-entry field to win Event #12: $250 NLH Nightly Turbo for $1,870 after a three-way deal that saw Lone Star Poker Tour founder Kim Stone finish as runner-up for $1,723 and Catherine Young take third for $1,407.

A few days later, he secured a much larger payday in Event #16: $400 NLH Monster Stack, which drew 134 entries. This time Brassieur won $10,000 after a three-way deal with Texas players Amjad Khan and Kedron Guinn, who each took $6,714 for finishing second and third respectively.

To top it all off, Brassieur notched a 40th-place finish in the Main Event for $2,100.

Justin Brassieur
Justin Brassieur

Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 Super Stack Kickoff546$177,450Stephen Hart$32,000
Event #2: $400 NLH Sunday Special68$22,100Carlos Requena$6,030
Event #3: $300 NLH Ladies Only36$8,640Bridgette Adkins$3,155
Event #4: $400 NLH 6-Max60$19,500Adam Elfazzani$5,055
Event #5: $400 8-Game32$10,400Ray Henson$4,160
Event #6: $250 NLH Turbo33$6,600Doug Ngo$1,694
Event #7: $400 NLH Mega Stack97$31,525Darren Hicks$7,409
Event #8: $400 Triple Draw 3-Game Mix26$8,450Casey Robbins$4,225
Event #9: $400 PLO Double Black Chip Bounty36$11,700Keith Norris$1,800
Event #10: $400 NLH Double Black Chip Bounty62$20,150Linh Dinh$2,306
Event #11: $600 PLO Championship II91$46,410John Samuelson$13,028
Event #12: $250 NLH Nightly Turbo25$5,000Justin Brassieur$1,870
Event #13: $600 Lone Star Surprise Bounty109$55,590Logan Hewett$15,566
Event #14: $400 Big-O 8-Max56$18,200Schuyler Thornton$5,460
Event #15: $600 Main Event877$447,270Mark-Ellis Cortez$81,720
Event #16: $400 NLH Monster Stack134$43,550Justin Brassieur$10,000

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Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social Main Event Results

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Lone Star Champions Social Main Event final table
Lone Star Champions Social Main Event final table

The Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social $600 Main Event more than doubled its $200K GTD by drawing 877 entrants over four starting flights. That resulted in a $447,270 prize pool that was paid out to the top 107 finishers.

After a long Day 2, it was local player Mark-Ellis Cortez finishing as the last player standing to win the title and $81,720 first-place prize.

Stay tuned for a full recap of the Lone Star Poker Series stop.

LSPS Champions Social Main Event Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Mark-Ellis Cortez$81,720
2Brandon Bergin$49,550
3Kristopher Burchfield$35,800
4Hayden Fortini$25,400
5Richard Semander$18,200
6Amir Soleymani$13,850
7Ryan Vanderpoorten$10,500
8Chan Pelton$8,600
9Jeremy Tinsley$7,200
10Keith Norris$5,950
11Jon Stanfield$5,950
12Danny Fleming$5,950
13Dara Taherpour$4,850
14Emmanuel Mckenzie$4,850
15Anh Ho$4,850
16James Juvancic$4,850
17Meraf Haile$3,900
18Derek Normand$3,900
19Joseph Coffaro$3,900
20Nick Onyejiaka$3,900
21William Smith$3,150
22Au Ngo$3,150
23Alexander Perez$3,150
24Genc Govori$3,150
25Lisa Smith$2,500
26Dirty John$2,500
27Tom Hudson$2,500
28Russell Koch$2,500
29Corey Segall$2,500
30Eloy Rios$2,500
31Lalo Cavazos$2,500
32Dung Tien Mai$2,500
33Will O$2,100
34Christopher Wingard$2,100
35Tiffany Keathley$2,100
36David Hubbard$2,100
37Desmond Scott$2,100
38Jonathan Gaviao$2,100
39Rick Welch$2,100
40Justin Brassieur$2,100
41Schuyler Thornton$1,850
42Reggi Trotter$1,850
43Braxton Dunaway$1,850
44Jonathan Bennett$1,850
45Kail Holcomb$1,850
46William Howard$1,850
47Arturo Lopez$1,850
48Colin Wienken$1,850
49Nick Khondkar$1,650
50Peter Tran$1,650
51Joseph Stafford$1,650
52Noah Harthcock$1,650
53David Mann$1,650
54Dennis Busby$1,650
55Ted Mccollom$1,650
56Ambrose Brooks$1,650
57David Shaw$1,500
58Roberto Flores$1,500
59John Conn$1,500
60Kevin Kaylor$1,500
61Luis Angel$1,500
62Brandon Eberle$1,500
63Rajappa Chidambaram$1,500
64Stanley Castleman$1,500
65John Samuelson$1,375
66Robert Valden$1,375
67Mearl Wisehart$1,375
68Logan Hoover$1,375
69Tom Laplante$1,375
70Nathan Labus$1,375
71John Jacob$1,375
72Long Ma$1,375
73Christopher Cummings$1,275
74James Hordern$1,275
75Zachary Hammons$1,275
76Carl Nece$1,275
77Tyler Thompson$1,275
78Rick Troendly$1,275
79Gabriel Abusada$1,275
80John Mingus Iii$1,275
81Adam Todd$1,275
82Xiao Probst$1,275
83Scott Gronroos$1,275
84William Nguyen$1,275
85Charles Carpenter$1,275
86Stephen Hart$1,275
87James Larkin$1,275
88Warren Simon$1,275
89Brian Barros Vazquez$1,200
90Marshall Lamb$1,200
91Ray Oliver$1,200
92Shahid Ali$1,200
93Shino Fujiwara$1,200
94La Sengphet$1,200
95Larry Bibbs$1,200
96Clyde Hinton$1,200
97Reagan Rich$1,200
98Matthew Colvin$1,200
99Michael Lehner$1,200
100Jack Brown$1,200
101Mark Jefferson$1,200
102Dana Olson$1,200
103George Pardalis$1,200
104Jonathan Horowitz$1,200
105Michael-Hoc Nguyen$1,200
106William Baker$1,200
107Rudolph Bourg$1,200

Justin Brassieur Wins Event #16: $400 NLH Monster Stack Closer

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Justin Brassieur
Justin Brassieur

The last tournament of the Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social was Event #16: $400 NLH Monster Stack Closer, which drew 134 runners and more than doubled the $20K GTD by creating a $43,550 prize pool.

That was paid out to the top 19 finishers including poker photographer Hayley Hochstetler (16th - $697), Gloria Davila (14th - $806), Rick Troendly (9th - $1,089), LSPS founder Kim Stone (7th - $1,742), Ryan Love (5th - $2,722), and Genc Govori (4th - $3,702).

The final three players worked a deal that saw Texas players Amjad Khan and Kedron Guinn each take $6,714 for finishing second and third respectively.

As for the title and trophy, that went to Justin Brassieur of Lake Charles, Louisiana, who also banked $10,000 in prize money.

Event #16 Final Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Justin Brassieur$10,000*
2Amjad Khan$6,714*
3Kedron Guinn$6,714*
4Genc Govori$3,702
5Ryan Love Iii$2,722
6Gordon Peet$2,178
7Kim Stone$1,742
8Shino Fujiwara$1,372
9Rick Troendly$1,089
10Zachary Khang Vuong$936
11Nathanael Kogel$936
12Maianh Tran$936
13Jerome Moon$806
14Gloria Davila$806
15Ryan Luna$806
16Hayley Hochstetler$697
17Tyler Kolness$697
18Dirty John$697
19Jesse Wolf$135

*Denotes three-way deal.

Monster Stack Closer Final Table
Monster Stack Closer Final Table

Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social Winners

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TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 Super Stack Kickoff546$177,450Stephen Hart$32,000
Event #2: $400 NLH Sunday Special68$22,100Carlos Requena$6,030
Event #3: $300 NLH Ladies Only36$8,640Bridgette Adkins$3,155
Event #4: $400 NLH 6-Max60$19,500Adam Elfazzani$5,055
Event #5: $400 8-Game32$10,400Ray Henson$4,160
Event #6: $250 NLH Turbo33$6,600Doug Ngo$1,694
Event #7: $400 NLH Mega Stack97$31,525Darren Hicks$7,409
Event #8: $400 Triple Draw 3-Game Mix26$8,450Casey Robbins$4,225
Event #9: $400 PLO Double Black Chip Bounty36$11,700Keith Norris$1,800
Event #10: $400 NLH Double Black Chip Bounty62$20,150Linh Dinh$2,306
Event #11: $600 PLO Championship II91$46,410John Samuelson$13,028
Event #12: $250 NLH Nightly Turbo25$5,000Justin Brassieur$1,870
Event #13: $600 Lone Star Surprise Bounty109$55,590Logan Hewett$15,566
Event #14: $400 Big-O 8-Max56$18,200Schuyler Thornton$5,460

Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social Main Event Day 1d Counts

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Day 1d, the fourth and final starting flights, in the Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social $600 Main Event attracted 265 runners, which along with Day 1a's 193, 1b's 179, and 1c's 240 brought the field up to 877 entries.

At the end of the night, just 32 remained with Emmanuel Mckenzie and his stack of 898,000 leading the way. That is ahead of both Day 1c chip leader Stanley Castleman (770,000) and Day 1a chip leader John Mingus (842,000), but behind Day 1b chip lead Chan Pelton (1,166,000).

PlayerCount
Emmanuel Mckenzie898,000
Colin Wienken737,000
Joseph Coffaro580,000
William Smith556,000
Lisa Smith534,000
Jeremy Tinsley491,000
Justin Brassieur472,000
Russell Koch463,000
Mark-Ellis Cortez458,000
Eloy Rios453,000
Rajappa Chidambaram413,000
Genc Govori395,000
Rick Troendly363,000
Meraf Haile352,000
Marshall Lamb346,000
Ted Mccollom324,000
Luis Angel308,000
Logan Hoover306,000
James Juvancic259,000
Tyler Thompson257,000
Dara Taherpour239,000
Jonathan Bennett187,000
La Sengphet175,000
James Hordern156,000
Mearl Wisehart146,000
John Jacob141,000
Larry Bibbs139,000
Kevin Kaylor133,000
William Baker119,000
Noah Harthcock113,000
Shino Fujiwara80,000
Nathan Labus16,000

Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social Main Event Day 1c Counts

Chad_Holloway

Day 1c, the third of four starting flights, in the Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social $600 Main Event attracted 240 runners, which along with Day 1a's 193 and 1b's 179 brought the field up to 612 with one flight to go.

At the end of the night just 29 remained with Stanley Castleman and his stack of 770,000 leading the way. That was behind both Day 1b chip lead Chan Pelton (1,166,000) and Day 1a chip leader John Mingus (842,000).

PlayerCount
Stanley Castleman770,000
Keith Norris633,000
Xiao Probst632,000
Long Ma595,000
David Shaw567,000
Reggi Trotter441,000
Kail Holcomb381,000
Au Ngo356,000
Dana Olson324,000
Carl Nece314,000
Ambrose Brooks301,000
Corey Segall300,000
Michael-Hoc Nguyen295,000
Lalo Cavazos288,000
Ray Oliver287,000
John Samuelson265,000
Clyde Hinton252,000
James Larkin246,000
Jack Brown238,000
Amir Soleymani218,000
Corey Segall184,000
Michael-Hoc Nguyen167,000
Lalo Cavazos158,000
Ray Oliver143,000
John Samuelson140,000
Clyde Hinton131,000
James Larkin106,000
Jack Brown89,000
Amir Soleymani89,000