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Sycuan Casino Resort

April 28 - May 1, 2022
Main Event: 473 Entrants
Winner: Sebastian Kolman
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EVENT RECAP

The second trip of the year for the MSPT to San Diego, California was another massive success, culminated by the crowning of Sebastin Kolman as the $1,110 Showdown Series Main Event champion.

Kolman outlasted a field of 473 entries that shattered the $300,000 guarantee to claim the winner’s share of the $457,310 prize pool.

The Los Angeles pro, who is originally from Bombay, India, took home $79,671 in prize money and the champion’s trophy after a four-handed deal was struck that ultimately saw Kolman earn the final $23,000 that was left on the table for the winner.

The victory was Kolman’s biggest ever tournament score, and a huge boost for someone who says he’s primarily a cash game player.

“I play mostly cash, but I play tournaments occasionally and am starting to play more," he said after his victory.

When asked what he’ll do with the money, playing more tournaments is definitely in Kolman’s plans, including a certain dream event he now says he’ll play: “I was already going to play at the World Series of Poker, but I’ve wanted to play the Main Event for a while. Now I have the incentive to play it.”

He’ll certainly be ready and able after outlasting a star-studded field in the MSPT event, including a final table that included four-time WSOP bracelet winner and MSPT champion Adam Friedman and MSPT Hall of Famer Rob Wazwaz.

Road to the Final Table

On Sunday, 59 players from the three opening flights returned with their eyes on MSPT glory. Just 54 of them would make the money, and it didn’t take long to burst the bubble as eventual runner-up Rich Lanes eliminated Adrian Lopez in 55th place to guarantee the remaining players $2,058 in prize money.

From there, the eliminations came at a rapid pace with such notables as Poker League of Nations founder Lena Evans (37th - $2,241), and MSPT stalwarts DJ Buckley (30th - $2,469) and Rich Alsup (20th ($4,162) among those cashing, but falling short of the final table.

After a short dinner break, the players came back hungry for action with Day 1c chip leader Scott Sisler being the first to be sent home with $8,689. A swingy day for Wazwaz ended in eighth place for $11,433 after he lost a flip to third-place finisher Derek Molnar.

Friedman battled with a short stack as best he could at the final table before he was finally eliminated in sixth place by Lanes for $18,750. Friedman earned his 10th MSPT top-ten finish, tying him for third on the all-time list with Kou Vang.

A turning point at the final table for Kolman was when he won a massive pot from the man he would eventually defeat heads-up, Lanes, to take the chip lead at the final table for the first time.

From there, Kolman made the most of his stack, getting to heads-up play with the lead before whittling away Lanes’ stack before finally defeating him for the title.

Kolman’s crowning as Main Event champion capped a hugely successful couple of weeks for the MSPT, as along with the huge Main Event prize pool, they awarded over $300,000 in the many side events throughout the week.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
CA 
$80,170
1,200
2
CA 
$56,540
1,200
3
CA 
$53,258
1,200
4
CA 
$45,224
1,200
5
CA 
$24,695
1,100
6
OH 
$18,750
1,000
7
CA 
$14,634
900
8
MN 
$11,433
800
9
Novi 
MI 
$8,689
700
10
CA 
$6,860
600
11
Morton 
IL 
$6,860
600
12
CA 
$6,860
600
13
CA 
$5,488
500
14
CA 
$5,488
500
15
CA 
$5,488
500
16
CA 
$4,573
400
17
CA 
$4,573
400
18
CA 
$4,573
400
19
Santee 
CA 
$4,162
300
20
MN 
$4,162
300
21
CA 
$4,162
300
22
CA 
$3,521
200
23
 
$3,521
200
24
Eugene 
OR 
$3,521
200
25
CA 
$3,064
150
26
CO 
$3,064
150
27
NV 
$3,064
150
28
CA 
$2,469
100
29
CA 
$2,469
100
30
MN 
$2,469
100
31
Bonita 
CA 
$2,469
100
32
CA 
$2,469
100
33
CA 
$2,469
100
34
CA 
$2,469
100
35
CA 
$2,469
100
36
 
$2,469
100
37
CA 
$2,241
75
38
CA 
$2,241
75
39
CA 
$2,241
75
40
CA 
$2,241
75
41
CO 
$2,241
75
42
CA 
$2,241
75
43
CA 
$2,241
75
44
MD 
$2,241
75
45
Elyria 
OH 
$2,241
75
46
CA 
$2,058
50
47
CA 
$2,058
50
48
CA 
$2,058
50
49
FL 
$2,058
50
50
 
 
$2,058
50
51
CA 
$2,058
50
52
CA 
$2,058
50
53
CA 
$2,058
50
54
Denver 
CO 
$2,058
50