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MSPT historic 100th Main Event finishes at Meskwaki Casino

29 March 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- This past weekend, the MSPT hosted its historic 100th Main Event. The $1,100 buy-in tournament took place at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa, a venue the tour had visited 15 times prior. The largest tournament in past stops was 451 entrants, but that was surpassed by #MSPT100, which drew 466 entries.

After two days of intense play, 35-year-old Jason Ramos, who last year took a leave of absence to spend more time with his three little girls and to pursue poker on the side, emerged victorious to win the prestigious title and a $108,120 first-place prize.

Prior to the win, Ramos had $161,490 in lifetime earnings, including a previous career-best $97,016 for winning the Opening Event of last October's World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond stop. Ramos topped a massive field of 2,121 entries in that $365 buy-in no-limit hold'em event.

"I took a leave of absence in January to purse the poker a little bit, it's paying off," Ramos said. "I got engaged in December, so the money is going to go towards a house and probably some more poker tournaments. I'll take the family on vacation this summer for sure."

Ramos, who said he'll be traveling to Vegas this summer, put his hand on the MSPT trophy and added, "I've always wanted one of these."

Final table results
1. Jason Ramos (Carol Stream, IL) $108,120
2. Matt Roling (Irvingdale, IA) $65,325
3. Joel Klipping (Red Lake Falls, MN) $42,574
4. Jon McKamie (Walls, MO) $29,509
5. Keith Heine (Hillsboro, MO) $22,526
6. David Hengen (Omaha, NE) $17,345
7. Nathan Crookshank (Grinnell, IA) $14,417
8. Eric Eelkema (Brooklyn Park, MN) $11,939
9. Vlad Revniaga (Burnsville, MN) $10,092
10. Richard Thousand (Ames, IA) $7,659

On Day 2, 88 players returned to action, each looking to make the money at the top 45. Among those to fall short were poker reporter Mo Nuwwarah, reigning champ Ken Komberec, MSPT Pro Matt Alexander, former champs Joe Matheson and Josh Reichard, and one-time NFL running back Fred Jackson.

Once Nick Marsh fell as the bubble boy in 46th place – the result of his ace-ten failing to hold against deuce-three – the in-the-money finishes began to mount. Among those to earn a payday but fall short of the final table were Everett Carlton (41st, $2,253), Johnny "Quads" Wenzel (33rd, $2,703), Nikki Nelson (27th, $3,379), 2016 Iowa State Poker Champ John Sun (13th, $5,857), and 2016 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship (12th, $7,659).

"It was a great experience," Ramos concluded. "I love the MSPT structure. I love how it ends on Sunday and doesn't carry over. It was good, you'll see me a lot more this season."

The MSPT now heads to Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado, for an $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed Main Event this weekend. Then, a week after that, we head to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in downtown Milwaukee for another $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed Main Event.

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