WSOP Super Circuit Online Series MSPT Deadwood 2021 NJSCOOP 2021 MISCOOP partypoker Sunday LIVE
MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event
Days:

Event Info

Prize Pool $312,600
Players 1047

Level Info

Level 30
Blinds 100,000 / 150,000
Ante 30,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 1047
MSPT Sycuan $360 Regional Event
Day 2 Completed

Armando Mesina Wins MSPT Sycuan Casino $360 Regional Event

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 100,000-150,000, 30,000 ante
Armando Mesina
Armando Mesina

The MSPT Sycuan Casino $360 Regional Event attracted 1,047 runners over three flights, but only 131 of them returned for Sunday’s Day 2 finale. It took 10 hours of play before the final seven players agreed to a seven-way ICM deal that ultimately saw chip leader Armando Mesina, a 65-year-old retired Navy veteran, claim the trophy and $33,329 in prize money.

Prior to the win, Mesina had $83,444 in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob. His MSPT score proved to be a career-high, just surpassing the $31,805 he received for finishing seventh in the 2013 Legends of Poker $150 Mega Million VII at the Bicycle Casino back in 2013.

MSPT Sycuan Regional Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountPrize
1Armando Mesina6.5 million$33,329*
2Young Hilliard5.655 million$31,265*
3Tiffany Nguyen5.295 million$30,312*
4John Yi3.63 million$25,177*
5Derek Jensen1.99 million$18,484*
6Matthew Blagg1.68 million$16,956*
7Michael Rosado1.455 million$15,781*
8Philip BruningN/A$5,002

*Denotes 7-way ICM chop.

It took less than 45 minutes of play on Day 2 for 19 players to fall, including 2020 WSOP.com $1,000 NLHE Championship bracelet winner Nahrain Tamero. That left the top 112 players getting a piece of a $312,600 prize pool.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Day 1a chip leader Happy Spaulding (9th - $4,376), Kobe Brown (15th - $2,626), Adrianne Hall (21st - $2,157), Anthony Bland (42nd - $1,219), WSOP bracelet winner and Day 1b chip leader Ben Moon (55th - $1,125), Bob Chow (62nd - $1,032), Brad Sailor (63rd - $1,032), and Harold Singleton (80th - $907).

At the final table, Philip Bruning began as the third-biggest stack, but two coinflips in near succession ended his run in eighth place. First, his pocket eights failed to hold against ace-king, and shortly thereafter he got it in with pocket threes and once again losing, this time to ace-jack. Bruning took home $5,002 for his eight-place finish, and not long after the final seven agreed to an ICM deal to end the tournament.

That concludes the PokerNews live updates until next weekend’s $1,100 Main Event. In the meantime, there’s still plenty of side event action to be had at the MSPT Showdown Series here at San Diego’s Sycuan Casino.

DateTime (PST)EventGTDTotal Chips
Monday, May 310 a.m.$80 Sunrise NLH-10,000
Monday, May 3NoonEvent #5: $360 Seniors (50+) NLHE-10,000
Monday May 34 p.m.Event #6: $250 Turbo Super Stack NLHE-25,000
Monday, May 38 p.m.$135 Nightly Deep Stack-12,000
Tuesday, May 410 a.m.$80 Sunrise NLH-10,000
Tuesday, May 4Noon$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event-15,000
Tuesday, May 42 p.m.Event #7: $360 PLO 8 of Better-15,000
Tuesday, May 45 p.m.Event #8: $250 MSPT Tag Team Championship ($125/player)-$10,000
Wednesday, May 510 a.m.$80 Sunrise NLHE-10,000
Wednesday, May 5NoonEvent #9: $250 Hump Day Showdown NLHE-15,000
Wednesday, May 57 p.m.$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event-15,000
Thursday, May 610 a.m.$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event-15,000
Thursday, May 63 p.m.Event #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1a$200,00025,000
Thursday, May 68 p.m.$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event-15,000
Friday, May 710 a.m.$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event-15,000
Friday, May 73 p.m.Event #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1b$200,00025,000
Friday, May 78 p.m.$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event-15,000
Sautrday, May 810 a.m.$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event-15,000
Saturday, May 83 p.m.Event #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1c$200,00025,000
Saturday, May 88 p.m.$135 Nightly Deep Stack-12,000
Sunday, May 911 a.m.Event #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 2$200,000-
Sunday, May 9NoonEvent #11: $360 Last Chace Showdown NLHE-15,000
Sunday, May 94 p.m.$135 Nightly Deep Stack12,000 

Tags: Armando Mesina

Tournament Ends in 7-Way ICM Deal

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 100,000-150,000, 30,000 ante

The final seven players asked the tournament staff to crunch the ICM numbers. After they were calculated, the players were asked to vote anonymously by sliding in a red card for yes and a black card for no. All players submitted a red card to the dealer, and just like that the tournament has come to an end.

As the chip leader at the time of the deal, Armando Mesina is deemed the champion. Stay tuned for a recap of tournament action. In the meantime, here's a look at the final numbers.

SeatPlayerCountPrize
1Matthew Blagg1.68 million$16,956
2Armando Mesina6.5 million$33,329
3Tiffany Nguyen5.295 million$30,312
4Young Hilliard5.655 million$31,265
5Michael Rosado1.455 million$15,777
6John Yi3.63 million$25,177
7Derek Jensen1.99 million$18,484

Philip Bruning Eliminated in 8th Place ($5,002)

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 100,000-150,000, 30,000 ante
Philip Bruning
Philip Bruning

Philip Bruning moved all in for roughly 1 million from early position and cleared the field all the way around to John Yi, who called from the big blind.

Philip Bruning: {3-Hearts}{3-Spades}
John Yi: {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

It was another flip for Bruning who once again was looking to hold. Unfortunately for him, that didn't happen as the {q-Hearts}{a-Spades}{5-Spades} flop paired Yi.

The {2-Hearts} turn gave Bruning a wheel draw but it didn't materialize as the {8-Hearts} bricked the river, a card that actually improved Yi to a flush.

John Yi US 3,700,000 2,300,000
Philip Bruning us Busted

Tags: John YiPhilip Bruning

Off to the Races

Chad_Holloway • Level 30: 100,000-150,000, 30,000 ante

Young Hilliard was all in preflop for 2.61 million and flipping against Philip Bruning.

Young Hilliard: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Philip Bruning: {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}

The {6-Spades}{a-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} flop gave Hilliard the lead and he held onto it through both the {4-Diamonds} turn and {5-Clubs} river.

Young Hilliard us 5,200,000 2,590,000
Philip Bruning us 1,000,000 -2,650,000

Tags: Philip BruningYoung Hilliard

Level:
30
Blinds:
100,000/150,000
Ante:
30,000

Final Table Draw and Counts (full)

Chad_Holloway • Level 29: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante
MSPT Sycuan Regional Final Table
MSPT Sycuan Regional Final Table

The final eight players are now on a 45-minute dinner break. Action will resume at 7:45 p.m. local time.

SeatPlayerCount
1Matthew Blagg1,750,000
2Armando Mesina6,300,000
3Tiffany Nguyen1,700,000
4Young Hilliard3,460,000
5Michael Rosado2,500,000
6John Yi1,400,000
7Derek Jensen5,000,000
8Philip Bruning3,700,000
Armando Mesina us 6,300,000 4,800,000
Derek Jensen us 5,000,000
Philip Bruning us 3,700,000 3,150,000
Young Hilliard us 3,460,000 3,185,000
Michael Rosado US 2,500,000 1,100,000
Matthew Blagg us 1,750,000 -450,000
Tiffany Nguyen us 1,700,000 -100,000
John Yi US 1,400,000 650,000

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Happy Spaulding Eliminated in 9th Place ($4,376)

Chad_Holloway • Level 29: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante
Happy Spaulding
Happy Spaulding

Philip Bruning raised to 265,000 from the cutoff only to have Day 1a chip leader Happy Spaulding three-bet jam for approximately 1.1 million from the button. Both blinds folded and Bruning opted to call.

Philip Bruning: {a-Spades}{3-Spades}
Happy Spaulding: {a-Clubs}{10-Spades}

Spaulding was primed for a double, but disaster struck when the {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop delivered Bruning two pair. Neither the {9-Diamonds} turn nor {j-Hearts} river saved Spaulding and he exited as the final table bubble boy.

The final eight players will now redraw to a single table and take a dinner break. Stay tuned for the new seat draw along with counts.

Happy Spaulding us Busted

Tags: Happy SpauldingPhilip Bruning

Andrew Gay Eliminated in 10th Place ($4,376)

Chad_Holloway • Level 29: 60,000-120,000, 20,000 ante
Andrew Gay
Andrew Gay

After Tiffany Nguyen spiked an ace on the river to double through him, Andrew Gay was left extremely short.

In the next hand, Armando Mesina raised to 300,000 from the cutoff and Gay called off for 130,000 from the button. Both blinds folded and Mesina collected his rebate.

Andrew Gay: {7-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}
Armando Mesina: {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}

The board ran out {5-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{9-Spades}{2-Spades} and Gay was eliminated two spots shy of the final table.

Andrew Gay us Busted

Tags: Andrew GayArmando Mesina