Matthew Vignali Triumphs at MSPT Potawatomi

Matthew Vignali Triumphs at MSPT PotawatomiThe Mid-States Poker Tour’s (MSPT) latest stop was the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a state record of 1,658 players attending the $350 buy-in tournament to create a prize pool worth $481,478. Following three starting days, the event was eventually won on Day 2 by amateur player Matthew Vignali for $70,240, and commenting later on a win that now accounts for all but $4,273 of his life-time earnings, the 47-year-old attorney stated:
“I’m pretty exhausted but very excited. I don’t travel the circuit or anything [but] I always play in the MSPT and WSOP Circuit when they come to Milwaukee.”
Day 2 saw 294 players return to the arena, and amongst the 171 players who subsequently received a return on their buy-in was Ken Pates in 164th ($626), Michael Castro in 40th ($1,493), Saad Ghanem in 37th ($1,493), and Bob Van Syckle in 11th ($6,259). Vignali then entered the final table in second place, albeit with less than half the chips of the table leader Michael Berry, and as he explained:
“When I got to the final table I felt pretty relaxed and pretty good. Things had been swinging my way and I felt like I’d been playing real good all tournament, not making many mistakes. I felt pretty confident actually.”
Much to the crowds disappointment, last woman standing Joan Sandoval later exited the competition in 6th, after getting her stack all-in holding K-J on a 4-J-6 board, only to be called by Alexander Hill with pocket aces. Hill was then able to progress all the way through to heads-up play, where he found himself at a 6m to 27m chip disadvantage against Vignali.
Nevertheless, Hill eventually managed to narrow the gap, leading the two players to agree a deal in which they secured $60,000 a piece, while leaving the title and $10,240 in prize money for the ultimate champion. The very next hand, Vignali moved all-in preflop with A-9, and after Hill called holding K-9, the board ran out 10-A-8-8-J to secure the victory for Vignali.
Final Table Results:
1: Matthew Vignali $70,240
2: Alexander Hill $60,000
3: Michael Filippo $37,555
4: Michael Berry $28,407
5: Alex Crawford $21,667
6: Joan Sandoval $16,370
7: Miroslav Semanisin $13,000
8: Ken Garbowicz $10,108
9: Jeff Olson $8,185
10: David Papais $6,259


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