Sun shines at Meskwaki’s MSPT event, earns $77K

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Dan Sun of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, captured the Mid-States Poker Tour event at Meskwaki, attracting 300 players for a prize pool of just more than $300K.

This was the first major win for Sun, who pocketed $77,103 and a diamond bracelet. Second place went to Jeremy Dresch of Fridley, Minn. Dresch is no stranger to winning, with Heartland Poker Tour and MSPT titles on his resumé, so Sun had his work cut out for him.

Also, at this event was 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jamie Gold. Dresch’s A-Q crippled Gold at the end of Day 1 when Gold’s A-K failed to connect and a queen fell on the board.

BOYD BUYS DIAMOND JO: Boyd Gaming is purchasing Peninsular Gaming LLC, owner of the Diamond Jo casinos in Iowa. The deal should close before the end of the year. Boyd Gaming has shown to be supportive of poker, which could mean the Diamond Jo poker room will relaunch in Dubuque. If this happens, it could mean perks and deals for the Dubuque-area players as Mystique and Diamond Jo fight to dominate the somewhat small market.

— Ken Warren is Ante Up’s Iowa Ambassador. Email anteupken@gmail.com. 

MSPT, Meskwaki Casino, July 27-29

Entrants: 301 • Pool: $301K
1. Dan Sun, Cedar Rapids, IA, $77,103
2. Jeremy Dresch, Fridley, MN, $42,183
3. Michael Fick, Des Moines, IA, $27,932
4. Jason Brin, Desoto, KS, $18,912
5. Gene Bennett, Tama, IA, $14,548
6. Erik Burton, Onalaska, WI, $11,638
7. Nate Fair, Plymouth, $10,183
8. David Gutfreund, Chicago, $8,729
9. Brett Reichard, Janesville, WI, $7,274
10. Harry Behling, Forest Lake, MN, $5,819