• August 3, 2021

Mark Rubenstein Wins Record-Breaking MSPT

(pokernews.com) -It started with a $90 super satellite seat, which turned into a $250 qualifier seat, and now Mark Rubenstein has $142,637 in his pocket after winning the Mid-States Poker Tour FireKeepers Casino, a tournament that set a Michigan state record with 614 entries. Rubenstein prevailed over a tough final table that included MSPT sponsored pros Nick Pupillo and Jason Zarlenga.
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Rubenstein began the day eighth out of the 119 Day 2 runners. Sixty-three would be paid, and the money bubble hit fairly quickly, as is the norm under the Allen Kessler-approved structure in the MSPT. Scott Hammett, Nick Jivkov, Adam Friedman, David Gutfreund, and Brett Reichard were among the players walking away empty handed.
Once the money bubble burst, Mike Ross (59th), Zal Irani (57th), defending champ Ryan Dykhouse (51st), Pat Steele (48th), Adam Lamphere (39th), Jose Serratos (37th), Tom Midena (20th), Ken Baime (16th), Dan Bekavac (15th), and Mark Johnson (13th) were among the notables falling but earning compensation.
The MSPT grinders will now get some time off before the biggest event of the season, the $1 million guaranteed tournament at the Venetian in early June.
Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Mark Rubernstein $142,637
2 William Rogers $80,201
3 Nicholas Aranda $50,497
4 Jason Zarlenga $40,992
5 Jeremy Grable $32,674
6 Nick Pupillo $27,031
7 JC Chen $21,684
8 Tom Theisen $16,337
9 Ryan Michael $11,288
10 Sean Munjal $7,723

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