Jon Kim Wins MSPT Minnesota for $107,659

The last Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) tournament of Season 7 took place at the Canterbury Park Card Club in Minnesota on December 9th, with the $1,100 main event attracting 464 players to create a prize pool worth $448,580. That made it the second-biggest poker tournament ever held in the Gopher State, and triumphing over the field after three days of action was local man Jonathan Kim, who collected $107,659 for his hard-fought efforts.
According to his Hendon Mob stats, the 47 year-old underwriter had earned $37,886 playing live tournaments since 2009, with his latest victory now pushing his winnings to $145,545. Commenting on his impressive performance after having first qualified for the event through a $250 satellite, Kim said:
“It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been playing the MSPT since the beginning, but this is actually my first MSPT cash. It’s pretty cool.”
The MSPT Minnesota main event attracted a number of notable pros, and amongst those seeing a return on their buy-ins was Jim Boone in 41st ($2,243), Jeremy Dresch in 19th ($3,364), Erick Wright in 13th ($5,832), and WSOP bracelet holder John Reading in 12th ($7,626).
Soon after the final table had been set, Kim (K-K) doubled up through big stack Sam Rubin (Q-Q) to take the lead. In the hand in question, Kim managed to induce his opponent to check-call an all-in bet on a 4-K-5-7 board, with a harmless 2 on the river then sealing the deal. As Kim later explained:
“I wanted him to think I didn’t have it, tried to induce action. It was a bit of reverse psychology. I was obviously running hot, and once I had half the chips in play I was very aggressive. Pedal to the metal.”
Jonathan Kim never looked back from that point, and eventually took down the tournament after besting Wisconsin player Sam Hanson heads-up.
Final Table Results:
1 Jonathan Kim $107,659
2 Sam Hanson $65,050
3 Jason Bender $42,391
4 Alan Carty $29,382
5 Sam Rubin $22,429
6 Loki Abboud $17,270
7 Ken Pates $14,355
8 Todd Fisher $11,887
9 Zeph Baer $10,048
10 Kou Vang $7,626

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