MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,100
Prize Pool $836,140
Players 862

Level Info

Level 32
Blinds 150,000 / 250,000
Ante 40,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 862
MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Daniel Sepiol Wins MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event ($162,781)

mnuwwarah • Level 32: 150,000-250,000, 40,000 ante
Daniel Sepiol
Daniel Sepiol

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) has come roaring back, and there's been no surer sign of the health of the tour than the state-record turnout of 862 entries that showed up for MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event in the tour's first-ever visit there.

Conquering that field after three long days of play was Indiana's Daniel Sepiol. The 27-year-old pro earned a career-best $162,750 that outdistanced his previous personal best of $52K by quite a bit. Playing for big money didn't rattle him at all though, as he said he was comfortable pretty much the whole time.

"I've played a lot of these tournaments and made some deep runs but never really made runs at the final table," he said. "So, it feels good."

Indeed, Sepiol had accrued four cashes on tour, but a ninth-place finish back in January 2019 had been his top placing. Here, he never put himself in danger of fizzling out as he held the chip lead nearly the entire time at the final table.

Official Final Table Results

1Daniel SepiolMichigan City, Indiana$162,750
2Jason CrewsAnkeny, Iowa$100,156
3Kyna EnglandNorthbrook, Illinois$73,782
4Jovan SudarOmaha, Nebraska$55,086
5Renato SpahiuLombard, Illinois$41,732
6Nick PupilloGilbert, Arizona$31,716
7Austin HohenadelMuscatine, Iowa$24,205
8Andy RogowskiChicago, Illinois$19,197
9Lester CrewColana, Illinois$15,024

Sepiol had to deal with several accomplished players as the field wound down, sitting with the likes of Phil Mader and Byron Ziebell. However, they'd fall short of the final table while Sepiol chipped up and carried the lead into the final nine.

Once there, he continued to have things break his way as he won a key early flip against Lester Crew by hitting an ace on the river with Big Slick against pocket eights. As Crew had come in with the third-place stack, Sepiol took control of a third of the chips with eight players remaining.

Jovan Sudar briefly challenged for the lead when he busted Nick Pupillo, who was appearing at his seventh final table on the tour. Sudar couldn't sustain his surge, though, and he handed out doubles to both Kyna England and Jason Crews before bowing out in fourth.

Sepiol, on the other hand, continued to have the key spots go his way. England made a big call blind versus blind with king-nine and was ahead of Sepiol's queen-ten but he found a queen on the flop to bust her and get heads up.

"I ran really, really well all day," he admitted.

His streak of all-in luck finally ended heads up as Crews doubled through him once and then pulled out a runner-runner chop after Sepiol got him all in with two pair against Crews' top pair. That one left Sepiol cursing in frustration, but he won enough of the other pots that it just didn't matter and he busted Crews not long after.

The big score will aid Sepiol as he continues to transition more of his play from online to live. He said he's been playing for a living for about three years, and while he was comfortable playing online during the shutdown, he was eager to get back to cards and felt he could feel and opponents he could see.

"Definitely," he said when asked if he returned to live play as soon as it was available. "I had the itch."

There will be plenty more ahead as he plans to tackle a busy schedule coming up. He's going to start by heading back to Vegas, where he's been grinding since last year, and then plans to hit Florida for the big WPT.

Then, Sepiol and the MSPT will meet up in California for another new event at Sycuan Casino Resort in San Diego. Both will try to keep the momentum going after a hugely successful trip to Iowa.

Click here for more information on the MSPT's next stop, which will be its first-ever in California.

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Crews Survives With Chop

mnuwwarah • Level 32: 150,000-250,000, 40,000 ante

In a limped pot, the flop came {4-Spades}{6-Clubs}{q-Hearts} and Daniel Sepiol checked. Jason Crews bet 400,000, Sepiol made it 1.2 million, and Crews shoved for about 5 million. Sepiol quickly called.

Sepiol: {q-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}
Crews: {q-Spades}{10-Spades}

Sepiol was in fantastic shape to end it but the board came {q-Diamonds}, {6-Spades} for a chop.

"F***," Sepiol said.

Daniel Sepiol us
Daniel Sepiol
us 16,300,000 150,000
Jason Crews us
Jason Crews
us 5,250,000 -150,000

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Sepiol Pulls Farther Ahead

mnuwwarah • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante

Daniel Sepiol bet 400,000 on a {10-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} flop and Jason Crews check-called out of the big blind. Crews checked the {j-Hearts} and Sepiol bet 1.1 million. Crews made it a check-raise to 2.2 million and Sepiol pretty quickly shoved all in.

Crews thought a couple of minutes and folded.

Daniel Sepiol us
Daniel Sepiol
us 16,750,000 2,750,000
Jason Crews us
Jason Crews
us 4,800,000 -2,750,000

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Jovan Sudar Eliminated in 4th Place ($55,086)

mnuwwarah • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 30,000 ante
Jovan Sudar
Jovan Sudar

Jason Crews limped in under the gun and went to a {7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop with the blinds. They checked to him and he bet 500,000. Only small blind Jovan Sudar continued. Sudar check-called another 500,000 on the {a-Spades} and both players quickly checked the {8-Hearts} river.

Crews turned over {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Sudar nodded and flashed {9-Spades}{6-Hearts} before mucking.

The next hand, Sudar shoved on the button for about 1.5 million. Kyna England isolated on his left.

England: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Sudar: {k-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

The {4-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{9-Spades}{q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} board didn't help Sudar, and he headed for a fourth-place payout.

Jason Crews us
Jason Crews
us 5,875,000 -225,000
Kyna England us
Kyna England
us 4,600,000 1,900,000
Jovan Sudar us
Jovan Sudar
us Busted

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