Jeff Birt won $81k in the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), and the event turned out to be huge in the past nine years.
The Running Aces, located in the north of the twin cities organised the largest event of 2017 with 383 entries breaking 2013 record of 367 entries.
On Day two, Minnesota poker pro Kou Vang, last year’s runner-up Vic Peppe and second boy Joseph Michael were among the players who came back to action out of 68.
Many players cashed through the game, including Luke Bohnen (41st for $2,035), 2016 Minnesota Poker Player o the year Saad Ghanem (35th for $2,220), World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Reading (25th for $2,590) and two-time MSPT champion Peixin Liu (19th for $3,478).
Keith Heine finished 18th for $4070 and 200 POY points. The Missourian who sat atop Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 player of the year leaderboard extended his lead to 2967 points nearing his closest competitors Keith Block and Jason Ramos with 2,500 and 2,250 points respectively. Additional people to cash were two-time MSPT champ Jeremy Dresch (16th for $4070) and MSPT Grand Falls winner Ahmed Taleb (15th for $4,810)
After the win, Birt told the Running Aces officials there it was his passion and how poker has taken over the game of golf.
Birt had $50,691 in tournament earnings before he won which included one cash on the MSPT for completing 11th in December’s Canterbury finale for $7,626. He joined the six-figure club over the weekend almost doubling to what he had
He further added that patience, and intuition for picking up the right spots not only made him win the game but also made the game enjoyable. He further added that he had a lot of confidence in his game and he was very aware that he played well with a couple of lucky spots.
The Season 8 of the MSPT will continue in October with 2017 MSPT State Poker Championship at Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan.