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The three-day long $1,100 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Main Event at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, attracted a total of 456 entries creating a prize pool of $440,820. Outlasting the massive field and staking claim on the trophy and top prize of $94,776 was Minnesota’s all-time money leader Blake Bohn (cover image).
Boasting of total live earnings of $2,905,685, which includes a career-best live cash of $288,171, Bohn went head-to-head with Kou Vang to take down the Main Event, along with a record-tying third title at the series.
“Finishing second sucks,”Bohn said after the win. “Before this, I had two firsts and three seconds; four seconds would’ve looked pretty bad. People don’t get heads up too often and it’s tough to play. I’m really grateful right now, really happy. We’re from Minnesota and this tournament was in Minnesota,” he said, “but I think we stack up pretty well at any event across the nation.”
With the top 54 places assured a min-cash of $1,984, several notables were able to finish in the money including Shawn Bartness (12th for $6,612), Ronald Olson (14th for $5,290), Henry Mlekoday (17th for $4,408), Carl Carodenuto (21st for $4,011), Joe Maas (24th for $3,394), Dave Welch (26th for $2,953), Jodene Jensen (31st for $2,380), Scott Overby (38th for $2,160) and Keith Heine (47th for $1,984).
Eric Alwin finished 11th for $6,612 and became the final table bubble boy.
Following the elimination of Rich Alsup in third place, the heads-up play began between Vang and Bohn, with the former in the lead. But Bohn succeeded in three big coinflip spots and took over the chip lead from Vang. On the final hand of the tournament, Vang was at risk with pocket nines pitted against Bohn’s ace-queen. After Bohn flopped an ace, Vang’s fate was sealed in the runner-up spot.
“Kou is a more experienced online player, but I think we all played well,” said Bohn. “It’s always fun to play against experienced opponents, makes it more interesting.”
With 4,400 and 3,900 points, Bohn and Vang jumped to second and third place respectively in the MSPT Season 9 Player of the Year race behind Aaron Johnson, who has 5,117 points.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Blake Bohn – $94,776
2. Kou Vang – $58,238
3. Rich Alsup – $41,966
4. Ian Matakis – $31,739
5. Jesse Allen – $23,804
6. Dennis Stevermer – $18,074
7. Dedric Henderson – $14,106
8. Tyree Johnson – $11,021
9. Mark Sandness – $8,376
10. Bill Criego – $6,612
However, Bohn was not the player to come out on top. Rich Alsup became the second player along with runner-up Vang to inducted into the MSPT Hall of Fame (HoF). His third-place finish in the Main Event was his tenth final table, bringing his MSPT earnings up to $653,426, putting him second on the leaderboard and less than $30,000 outside the all-time lead.
The MSPT HoF is not based on a voting system but instead requires players to fulfil certain criteria to be inducted. One way is to make 10 MSPT final tables and have either one MSPT win or a MSPT POY title. Alsup became the only player in MSPT history to make 10 final tables, and he has both the MSPT Season 6 Meskwaki and MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year titles to his name.