Live Events 2
$1,110 MSPT Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in $1,110
Prize Pool $457,310
Players 473

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 59

Highlights

Highlights

$1,110 MSPT Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Sebastin Kolman Wins MSPT Sycuan Showdown Series Main Event ($80,170)

MikePatrick • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
MSPT Sycuan Champion Sebastin Kolman
MSPT Sycuan Champion Sebastin Kolman

The second trip of the year for the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) to San Diego, California was another massive success, culminated by the crowning of Sebastin Kolman as the $1,110 Showdown Series Main Event champion.

Kolman outlasted a field of 473 entries that shattered the $300,000 guarantee to claim the winner’s share of the $457,310 prize pool.

The Los Angeles pro, who is originally from Bombay, India, took home $80,170 in prize money and the champion’s trophy after a four-handed deal was struck that ultimately saw Kolman earn the final $23,500 that was left on the table for the winner.

The victory was Kolman’s biggest ever tournament score, and a huge boost for someone who says he’s primarily a cash game player.

“I play mostly cash, but I play tournaments occasionally and am starting to play more," he said after his victory.

When asked what he’ll do with the money, playing more tournaments is definitely in Kolman’s plans, including a certain dream event he now says he’ll play: “I was already going to play at the World Series of Poker, but I’ve wanted to play the Main Event for a while. Now I have the incentive to play it.”

He’ll certainly be ready and able after outlasting a star-studded field in the MSPT event, including a final table that included four-time WSOP bracelet winner and MSPT champion Adam Friedman and MSPT Hall of Famer Rob Wazwaz.

MSPT Sycuan Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Sebastin Kolman$80,170*
2Rich Lanes$53,258*
3Derek Molnar$56,540*
4Hesam Fedaifar$45,224*
5David Leese$24,695
6Adam Friedman$18,750
7Andres Moran$14,634
8Rob Wazwaz$11,433
9Scott Sisler$8,689

*Denotes four-handed deal.

Road to the Final Table

On Sunday, 59 players from the three opening flights returned with their eyes on MSPT glory. Just 54 of them would make the money, and it didn’t take long to burst the bubble as eventual runner-up Rich Lanes eliminated Adrian Lopez in 55th place to guarantee the remaining players $2,058 in prize money.

From there, the eliminations came at a rapid pace with such notables as Poker League of Nations founder Lena Evans (37th - $2,241), and MSPT stalwarts DJ Buckley (30th - $2,469) and Rich Alsup (20th ($4,162) among those cashing, but falling short of the final table.

Final Table Action

MSPT Sycuan Main Event Final Table
MSPT Sycuan Main Event Final Table

After a short dinner break, the players came back hungry for action with Day 1c chip leader Scott Sisler being the first to be sent home with $8,689. A swingy day for Wazwaz ended in eighth place for $11,433 after he lost a flip to third-place finisher Derek Molnar.

Friedman battled with a short stack as best he could at the final table before he was finally eliminated in sixth place by Lanes for $18,750. Friedman earned his 10th MSPT top-ten finish, tying him for third on the all-time list with Kou Vang.

A turning point at the final table for Kolman was when he won a massive pot from the man he would eventually defeat heads-up, Lanes, to take the chip lead at the final table for the first time.

From there, Kolman made the most of his stack, getting to heads-up play with the lead before whittling away Lanes’ stack before finally defeating him for the title.

Kolman’s crowning as Main Event champion capped a hugely successful couple of weeks for the MSPT, as along with the huge Main Event prize pool, they awarded over $300,000 in the many side events throughout the week.

MSPT Sycuan Side Event Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $360 MSPT Mystery Bounty446$91,700 prize pool + $46,600 in bountiesRich Alsup$20,070 (+12,600 in bounties)
Event #2: $250 Pot-Limit Omaha69$13,800Daniel Ruiz$3,324
Event #3: $250 Sunday Feast93$18,600Steve Sharp$5,579
Event #4: $185 Deepstack208$30,160Robert Fortuno$4,595
Event #5: $250 Seniors (50+)95$19,000William Glasser$4,439
Event #6: $250 Turbo Super Stack NLH90$18,000Patrick McCool$5,760
Event #7: $250 6-Max76$14,769Justin Lynch$4,438
Event #8: $300 Tag Team Championship248$28,520Jose Parra & Luis Montano$8,556
Event #9: $250 Hump Day NLH72$14,400Luis Montano$4,897
Event #10: $1,100 Main Event473$457,310Sebastin Kolman$80,170
Event #11: $200 Ladies Event, Powered by PLON39$6,825Mikella Pedretta$3,070

The MSPT crew is now packed up and on its way to the next stop, their long-awaited return to Cleveland for the 2022 Ohio State Poker Championship at the JACK Casino Cleveland. Click here for a preview of that event, which will be live reported by PokerNews.

MSPT Ohio State Championship Event Schedule

DateTime (PDT)TournamentLate RegGTD Prize PoolStarting StackBlind Levels
Wednesday, May 412:00 pm$400 Pot-Limit Omaha4:20 pm-20,00030
Thursday, May 53:00 pm$1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1a11:40 pm$500,00025,00040
Friday, May 612:00 pm$1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1b9:10 pm$500,00025,00040
Saturday, May 712:00 pm$1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1c9:10 pm$500,00025,000 
 7 pmNightly $135 NLH9:10 pm-12,00020
Sunday, May 812:00 pm$1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 2  $25,00040
 12 pm$360 Last Chance4:20 pm-15,00030

This concludes our coverage of the MSPT Showdown Series Main Event from the beautiful Sycuan Casino Resort. Be sure to keep PokerNews just a click away, as we’ll have plenty more action-packed live reporting from a multitude of tournament stops this summer, and throughout the coming months.

Rich Lanes Eliminated in 2nd Place ($53,258)

MikePatrick • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Rich Lanes
Rich Lanes

Rich Lanes limped his small blind / button and Sebastin Kolman moved all in. Lanes decided to call for a little under 3,000,000, only to find out he was dominated.

Rich Lanes: {a-Clubs}{2-Spades}
Sebastin Kolman: {a-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}

The dealer spread a board of {5-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}{j-Spades}{7-Diamonds}, bringing no help to Lanes, ending his night in second place and crowning Kolman the champion.

Sebastin Kolman in
Sebastin Kolman
in 11,825,000 3,225,000
Rich Lanes us
Rich Lanes
us Busted

Tags: Rich LanesSebastin Kolman

More Back and Forth Play

MikePatrick • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Heads-up pots between Rich Lanes and Sebastin Kolman have been plentiful but ending quickly with few pots getting past a flop bet followed by a fold.

Sebastin Kolman in
Sebastin Kolman
in 8,600,000 -100,000
Rich Lanes us
Rich Lanes
us 3,200,000 100,000

Derek Molnar Eliminated in 3rd Place ($56,540)

MikePatrick • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Derek Molnar
Derek Molnar

Just a couple of hands after losing the majority of his stack to Rich Lanes, when his pocket jacks were coolered by Lane's pocket kings, Derek Molnar limped his small blind then called off for a bit over 1,400,000 after Sebastin Kolman moved all in.

Derek Molnar: {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Sebastin Kolman: {a-Spades}{4-Spades}

The board came {a-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{7-Hearts}, with Kolman's flopped pair of aces taking the pot and bringing heads-up play between Kolman and Lanes.

Sebastin Kolman in
Sebastin Kolman
in 6,800,000 1,300,000
Rich Lanes us
Rich Lanes
us 5,000,000 3,500,000
Derek Molnar us
Derek Molnar
us Busted

Tags: Derek MolnarRich LanesSebastin Kolman

Level:
31
Blinds:
100,000/200,000
Ante:
200,000

Lanes Getting Short

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

After calling a button raise from Derek Molnar in the big blind, Rich Lanes led out on a flop of {q-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} for 500,000.

Molnar raised enough to put Lanes all-in for approximately 1,500,000 more.

Lanes opted to fold and preserve his remaining 10 big blinds.

Sebastin Kolman in
Sebastin Kolman
in 5,500,000 90,000
Derek Molnar us
Derek Molnar
us 4,800,000 2,670,000
Rich Lanes us
Rich Lanes
us 1,500,000 -1,950,000

Tags: Derek MolnarRich Lanes

Hesam Fadaifar Eliminated in 4th Place ($45,224)

MikePatrick • Level 30: 100,000-150,000, 150,000 ante
Hesam Fadaifar
Hesam Fadaifar

Hesam Fadaifar jammed for 1,290,000 from the button and was called by Sebastin Kolman in the big blind. Kolman had his at-risk opponent dominated.

Hesam Fadaifar: {q-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Sebastin Kolman: {k-Spades}{q-Spades}

The board came {q-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{5-Spades}{7-Hearts}{j-Clubs}, ending Fadaifar's day, but his $45,224 win is by far his largest career tournament score, and a huge score considering he earned his seat through a satellite on Club GG.

Sebastin Kolman in
Sebastin Kolman
in 5,410,000 1,510,000
Hesam Fadaifar US
Hesam Fadaifar
US Busted

Tags: Hesam FadaifarSebastin Kolman

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