Alec Anderson, 22, entered the final table of the Minnesota State Poker Championship as chip leader, only to see his stack dwindle to almost nothing when the table reached 4-handed play.
A double up, a mini-rush, and some timely aggression, however, vaulted Anderson, a Plymouth native, to the biggest cash of his young poker career, $65,955 — a cash that earns him the title as 2009 Minnesota State Poker Champ.
Anderson outlasted 137 players in the $1,500 buy-in main event, but the road wasn’t easy. He grinded his way down to the final three tables while nursing a short stack nearly the entire tournament, until doubling up with AA vs. AK.
The double-up helped propel him to the eventual chip lead heading into the final table, but once the tournament reached 4-handed play, Anderson found himself short-stacked yet again. He moved all in with AQ and doubled up through Duane Mann’s A6, and on the very next hand Anderson took a huge pot off then-chip leader “3-Putts”, who is one of the most established tournament players in Minnesota.
Anderson moved into cruise control from that point forward, knocking out Jeff Havenor in 4th place ($17,988), and severely crippling Mann just a short-while later.
“3-Putts” finished the job on Mann, who earned $23,984 for his 3rd-place finish, but Anderson’s A8 trumped the KJ of “3-Putts” on the first hand of heads up play to end the tournament.
Defending champion Justin Therlow of Cottage Grove, MN final tabled for the second consecutive year. Therlow finished 9th, earning $3,997.
Find more details about Alec Anderson and the 2009 Minnesota State Poker Championship in the June 1st issue of Minnesota Poker Magazine.
|Finish||Cash||Name||Location||Final Table Chips||Seat #|
|1||$ 65,955||Alec Anderson||Plymouth, MN||$320,000||8|
|2||$ 33,978||3 Putts||Minneapolis, MN||$200,000||3|
|3||$ 23,984||Duane Mann||Inver Grove Heights, MN||$300,000||7|
|4||$ 17,988||Jeff Havenor||Eleva, WI||$229,000||1|
|5||$ 11,992||Daniel Holthaus||Monticello, MN||$241,000||5|
|6||$ 9,993||Dave Gilbertson||Annandale, MN||$110,000||10|
|7||$ 7,995||Judd Greenagel||Minneapolis, MN||$247,000||6|
|8||$ 5,996||David Duke||Boston, MA||$98,000||4|
|9||$ 3,997||Justin Therlow||Cottage Grove||$160,000||2|
|10||$ 1,999||Matt Leshovsky||Elk River, MN||$60,000||9|
|11||$ 1,999||Ron Spaim||Plymouth, MN|
|12||$ 1,999||David Fitzsimmons||Minneapolis, MN|
|13||$ 1,999||Bill Knight||Shakopee, MN|
|14||$ 1,999||Pete Bigelow||Moose Lake, MN|
|15||$ 1,999||Kim Segrud||Mankato, MN|
|16||$ 1,999||Mike Folkens||Janesville, WI|
|17||$ 1,999||Jason Haire||Minneapolis, MN|
|18||$ 1,999||Michael Kovar||Eden Prairie, MN|