Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||60,000 / 120,000|
Players Info - Day 2
Day 2 Completed
The inaugural MSPT Showdown Series $1,100 Main Event at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino attracted 676 entries over three starting flights, which resulted in a $654,220 prize pool. After a full weekend of play, it was 31-year-old Alejandro Jauregui, a poker dealer from Bay 101 who called in sick just so he could play, emerging victorious to claim the title and a $140,665 prize.
While Jauregui, who hails from Salinas, California, has been playing poker most of his life, it was far and away his largest win. In fact, according to The Hendon Mob, he had just a pair of cashes for $18,090. That because when he does play, he’s usually grinding the cash games.
This weekend, some friends from all around the country were congregating in San Diego, so he flew down on Saturday and fired a single bullet into the tournament. Now, he’s an MSPT champ with a juicy six-figure score on his poker résumé.
MSPT Sycuan Main Event Final Table Results
Day 2 saw 80 players return to action and with 72 slated to get paid it didn’t take long for eight players to fall by the wayside including Satoshi Tanaka, Joe Zona, and bubble boy Terence Reid, who fell when his king-jack suited failed to overcome ace-ten in an all-in preflop spot.
Among those to cash the tournament but fall short of the final table were start-of-day chip leader and three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (10th - $9,813), Day 1c chip leader Trung Le (11th - $8,505), MSPT veteran DJ Buckley (12th - $8,505), bracelet winner Sandeep Pulusani (14th - $7,196), Kyna England (20th - $5,168), former MSPT champ Ken Baime (22nd - $5,168), Day 1b chip leader Alex Greenblatt (24th - $5,168), and 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer (30th - $4,318).
The final table started with a bang as three players – Haiau Han (8th - $11,122), Britton Scheibe (7th - $15,701), and Andrew Moreno (6th - $20,281) – all fell within 20 minutes. That left the remaining five players fairly deep, but then Jauregui caught fire. First, he picked off a big bluff from Jose Araya to pull out to a chip lead, which he extended by knocking out Jason Fitzpatrick when ace-seven held against queen-jack all in preflop.
Jauregui began three-handed play with a significant chip lead over his two opponents. First, he dispatched Eli Loewenthal in third place when ace-six held against ace-deuce, and then he set about applying pressure to Jesse Jones.
The duo jostled for a bit before getting in a coinflip with Jones holding two overs against pocket sixes. Jauregui flopped a set, and Jones was left drawing dead on the turn to put an official end to the MSPT Showdown Series at Sycuan Casino.
The MSPT continues next weekend with the 2021 South Dakota State Championship at Silverado-Franklin Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota. PokerNews will be on-site offering live updates from that tournament. For more information, click here.
MSPT Showdown Series at Sycuan Casino Winners
All told, the 11-event series catered to a combined 3,306 entrants over its slate of trophy events, with thousands of others participating in satellites, nightly tournaments, and cash games. In those trophy events, a hefty $1,288,650 in prize money was awarded, truly making it a million-dollar festival.
|Event #1: $360 Regional Event||1,047||$312,162||Armando Mesina||Chula Vista, CA||$33,329|
|Event #2: $400 PLO||75||$25,125||Aaron Wallace||North San Juan, CA||$8,543|
|Event #3: $250 NLHE Sunday Feast||251||$50,200||Fadi Yakou||San Marcos, CA||$7,221|
|Event #4: $200 NLHE Ladies Event||79||$13,825||Victoria Davidson-Castillo||West Covina, CA||$4,701|
|Event #5: $360 Seniors||175||$51,900||Joseph Szegedy||Winnetka, CA||$7,981|
|Event #6: $250 NLHE Turbo Super Stack||200||$40,000||Bob Chow||Las Vegas, NV||$6,098|
|Event #7: $360 PLO8||93||$27,900||Ken Po||Seven Hills, OH||$8,369|
|Event #8: $250 NLHE Tag Team||418||$41,800||Lena Evans & Tavish Margers||Beverly Hills, CA & Santee, CA||$9,798|
|Event #9: $200 NLHE Hump Day||161||$32,218||Jennifer Craddock||Ocala, Florida||$8,531|
|Event #10: $1,100 Main Event||676||$654,220||Alejandro Jauregui||Salinas, California||$140,665|
|Event #11: $360 Last Chace Showdown NLHE||131||$39,300||Anthony Potis||Scranton, Pennsylvania||$8,870|
Jesse Jones limped the button and Alejandro Jauregui raised to 620,000. Jones responded by jamming all in for 2.65 million and Jauregui asked for a count before making the call.
It was a flip, and while Jones paired his jack on the flop, Jauregui also made a set. The turn left Jones drawing dead, and he had to settle for second place after the meaningless was run out on the river.
The early stages of the heads-up match haven't resulted in any significant swings. The two are taking turns exchanging either small pots or the blinds, and as a result the chip counts are essentially the same as they were when the heads-up match began.
Alejandro Jauregui raised the button to 225,000 and then called when Eli Loewenthal three-bet all in for 1,675,000 from the small blind.
Loewenthal called for the chop, and there was a good chance of that happening. However, this is an elimination post, so you know that it didn't.
Instead, the board ran out and Jauregui's kicker made all the difference.
Not long after he doubled up Jesse Jones, Jason Fitzpatrick got his last 1.4 million or so all in preflop and was at risk against chip leader Alejandro Jauregui.
Fitzpatrick was drawing to two live cards, but he watched helplessly as the board ran out a dry to end his run in fourth place.
Jason Fitzpatrick raised the button to 270,000 only to have Jesse Jones three-bet jam for 2.415 million from the big blind. Fitzpatrick thought long and hard before making the call.
The board ran out and Jones doubled through Fitzpatrick.