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
|1||Armando Mesina||6.5 million||$33,329*|
|2||Young Hilliard||5.655 million||$31,265*|
|3||Tiffany Nguyen||5.295 million||$30,312*|
|4||John Yi||3.63 million||$25,177*|
|5||Derek Jensen||1.99 million||$18,484*|
|6||Matthew Blagg||1.68 million||$16,956*|
|7||Michael Rosado||1.455 million||$15,781*|
*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.
|Date||Time (PST)||Event||GTD||Total Chips|
|Monday, May 3||10 a.m.||$80 Sunrise NLH||-||10,000|
|Monday, May 3||Noon||Event #5: $360 Seniors (50+) NLHE||-||10,000|
|Monday May 3||4 p.m.||Event #6: $250 Turbo Super Stack NLHE||-||25,000|
|Monday, May 3||8 p.m.||$135 Nightly Deep Stack||-||12,000|
|Tuesday, May 4||10 a.m.||$80 Sunrise NLH||-||10,000|
|Tuesday, May 4||Noon||$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event||-||15,000|
|Tuesday, May 4||2 p.m.||Event #7: $360 PLO 8 of Better||-||15,000|
|Tuesday, May 4||5 p.m.||Event #8: $250 MSPT Tag Team Championship ($125/player)||-||$10,000|
|Wednesday, May 5||10 a.m.||$80 Sunrise NLHE||-||10,000|
|Wednesday, May 5||Noon||Event #9: $250 Hump Day Showdown NLHE||-||15,000|
|Wednesday, May 5||7 p.m.||$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event||-||15,000|
|Thursday, May 6||10 a.m.||$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event||-||15,000|
|Thursday, May 6||3 p.m.||Event #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1a||$200,000||25,000|
|Thursday, May 6||8 p.m.||$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event||-||15,000|
|Friday, May 7||10 a.m.||$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event||-||15,000|
|Friday, May 7||3 p.m.||Event #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1b||$200,000||25,000|
|Friday, May 7||8 p.m.||$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event||-||15,000|
|Sautrday, May 8||10 a.m.||$265 satellite - 1 in 5 advance to Main Event||-||15,000|
|Saturday, May 8||3 p.m.||Event #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1c||$200,000||25,000|
|Saturday, May 8||8 p.m.||$135 Nightly Deep Stack||-||12,000|
|Sunday, May 9||11 a.m.||Event #10: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 2||$200,000||-|
|Sunday, May 9||Noon||Event #11: $360 Last Chace Showdown NLHE||-||15,000|
|Sunday, May 9||4 p.m.||$135 Nightly Deep Stack||12,000|