San Diego, California, hosted the second Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) trip this year, during which Sebastin Kolman won the $1,110 Showdown Series Main Event. He defeated 472 entries, and the tournament had a $300,000 guarantee and a $457,310 prize pool.
The Los Angeles poker professional, who originates from Bombay, India, left the table with $80,170 as prize money and the trophy. This was after a four-handed deal struck that saw him receive $23,000 that was remaining for the champion on the final table.
Kolman's victory was his largest ever poker tournament score, and it greatly boosted him as he mainly concentrates on cash games. He stated after winning the Main Event that he occasionally plays tournaments despite specializing in cash games, and he will start participating in more high-stakes events.
The pro added that besides increasing his tournaments, he aspires to compete in a particular event. He feels ready to compete in the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Even so, he now has the incentive to play the Main Event.
Kolman will soon be ready to defeat most of his opponents in a star-studded MSPT event field. This includes a final table of which Rob Wazwaz, MSPT Hall of Famer, and Adam Friedman, MSPT champion and four-time WSOP bracelet champion, are part of.
The MSPT Sycuan Final Table Results
The Main Event's finalists won the following cash prizes:
- Sebastin Kolman- $80,170
- Rich Lanes-$53,258
- Derek Molnar-$56,540
- Hesam Fedaifar-$45,224
- David Leese-$24,695
- Adam Friedman-$18,750
- Andres Moran-$14,634
- Rob Wazwaz-$11,433
- Scott Sisler-$8,689
The Final Table's Journey
Last Sunday, 59 bettors from three opening flights started focusing on winning the MSPT. But, 54 players won money, and the bubble burst after a short while as Rich Lanes beat Adrian Lopez and eliminated him in 55th place, thus assuring the other entrants $2,058 prize money.
There were fast eliminations that occurred afterward as Lena Evans, the Poker League of Nations founder, MSPT diehards Rich Alsup and DJ Buckley left the final table. Evan exited the event in 37th place and won $2,241; Buckley left at 30th place and received $2,469, while Alsup left the tournament at 20th place and won $4,162.
The Final Table Action
Various talented poker players returned to action after a brief MSPT Sycuan Main Event final table took a brief dinner break. Scott Sisler, Day 1c's stack leader, was the first to leave after winning $8,689. Wazwaz got eliminated in eighth place and won $11,433 after Derek Molnar beat him.
Friedman struggled with a few chips at the final table and exited the tournament in sixth place after losing to Lanes and winning $18,750. It was his 10th time to finish among the top ten players in MSPT hence tying with Kou Vang in the all-time list's third position.
Kolman's turning point came when he got a huge pot from Lanes, who he would later beat in heads-up action and take over the stack lead. It enabled him to increase his chips and widen his lead margin. MSPT awarded more than $300,000 in different side events besides awarding Kolman the largest share in its prize pool.