The first event of the 4th Annual Diamond Jo Poker Bash is complete. The $100+$15, 6-handed No-Limit Hold’em tournament started at 11 a..m this morning and two brothers from Lake Mills, Iowa took home the majority of the cash by placing 1st & 2nd.
Lake Mills, Iowa is a small town about 7 miles from the Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood with a population of roughly 2,200.
Older brother Tyler Brackey (24 yrs old) took down younger bro Spencer (21) heads up to earn the trophy. The event started with 40 players, 5 got paid. There was no chopping or nice-guy poker as you may expect in this sibling rivalry, both wanted bragging rights. Spencer even 3-bet older brother Tyler on multiple occasions at the final table. But eventually Tyler – as older brothers tend to do – closed the deal to take home the $1,600 first place prize. Spencer earned $1,000 for 2nd.
Champion Tyler Brackey is an Elementary Ed major at Minnesota State University, currently student teaching. He was a regular online player prior to Black Friday. Now he grinds out live cash games and tournaments at Diamond Jo about 4-5 days per week.
Spencer Brackey will be attending the University of Minnesota this fall to study Mortuary Science.
Both plan to play the $250 Poker Bash Main Event on Saturday and the Twin Cities Poker Open on Sunday.
The $100+$15 NLHE/PLO Tournament is going on now. The $250 Main Event starts Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.
Tyler Brackey – $1,600
Spencer Brackey – $1,000
Matthew Hruska – $600
Chad Ditsworth – $480
Stanley Vandewalker – $320