Johnson – a farmer/pilot/real estate investor, etc – was the last man standing in a 311-player Main Event though he’s not the first in his family to win a MSPT event. His brother Brian took down the 2010 event at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN.
Johnson entered Day 2 at 16 big blinds with 32,000 chips. At one point he was all-in with Q9 for his last 15,300. “I won that hand,” Johnson said, “then started picking up some cards.”
Johnson began the final table with 525,000. With the blinds at 20K/40K, he faced a 3X raise in front of him that was more than his 115K stack. He got it all-in with A3 suited in a 3-way pot and hit his flush to triple up. After that it was fairly clear sailing. He rolled to a large chip lead heads up against Erick Wright where he flopped a set of 9’s and got it all-in against Wright’s K-high. That was it!
Wright again proved he’s a force to be reckoned with. Wright has won the Twin Cities Poker Open, the Anniversary Tournament and placed 2nd in the Freeze Out, all $1k buy-in tourneys.
Congratulations to Rodger Johnson, Erick Wright and all the players who cashed! This is a wrap for the 2012 Mid-States Poker Tour at Running Aces, a record field to-date for the MSPT!
The next stop is at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, IA March 24 – April 1. That event is $300,000 GUARANTEED!! Will the MSPT break 400? See you there!