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The Mid-States Poker Tour kicked off Season 9 at the Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa this month. The first Main Event of the season attracted 414 entries and sent a casual player who entered on a $250 satellite event home $88,000 richer. Nathan Trenkamp of Grand Mound, Iowa took the title.
Trenkamp’s cash was life-changing. Before last weekend, his highest poker cash was just $1,600, and he only allowed himself to play poker about twice per month. The Main Event was the fourth MSPT event he entered and the first in which he was able to make it in the money.
In an interview with tournament organizers after his win, Trenkamp said the weight of the prize money had not hit him yet. He plans to get into real estate investment and will put some of his winnings there, along with a vacation which he called “boring stuff.”
Former MSPT Meskwaki champion Jonathan Olson made it to the final day of the tournament but was eliminated 29th for $2,400. Other MSPT champions, including Season 8 Potawatomi Regional winner Craig Trost; and MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champion Andy Rubinberg also made it in the money.
Local celebrities were also in the mix including former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson, poker reporter Mo Nuwwarah, and stand-up comedian Jeff Grimes.
MSPT Season 9 now moves on to the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Potawatomi stop begins March 31 and runs through April 8, with the $300,000 guaranteed, $1,100 buy-in Main Event scheduled for the final weekend of the tour stop.