Phan takes Horseshoe Classic; Sun wins back-to-back titles



Minh Phan defeated Scott Allacher heads-up for the main event title and $22,583 at Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs. Allacher won almost $14K for second. Winners from the five-event series, which ran Aug. 21-27, are below.

MSPT MESKWAKI: Imagine how difficult it is to win a poker tournament. Now imagine how hard it would be to win back-to-back events?

That’s exactly what David Sun did during the weekend of Aug. 19 at the Grand Falls Casino in northwest Iowa. Sun from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, bested a 215-player field to win his second Mid-States Poker Tour title in less than a month, earning $60,486 to add to the $77,103 he won at the Meskwaki MSPT event three weeks before.

The MSPT returns to Meskwaki Casino on Oct. 27-Nov. 4 and again will offer a $300K guarantee. This will be their last stop in Iowa for the season.

HPT AT PRAIRIE MEADOWS: The Heartland Poker Tour stops at Prairie Meadows Racetrack Casino Hotel in Altoona near Des Moines this month, running Oct. 12-21.

CATFISH DELAYED: The Southeast Iowa Poker Classic, which usually runs in October at the Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington, has been pushed to Nov. 7-12. Satellites begin running this month. Check with for more details.

— Ken Warren is Ante Up’s Iowa Ambassador. Email 
Horseshoe Poker Classic, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Aug. 21-27

Event 1 • $340 NLHE
Entries: 117 • Pool: $34,047
Brandon Fish, $9,329
Event 2 • $235 NLHE
Entries: 228 • Pool: $44,232
Brian Finn, $11,058
Event 3 • $180 Omaha/8
Entries: 63 • Pool: $9,166
Anthony Johnson, $3,207
Event 4 • $450 NLHE
Entries: 124 • Pool: $48,112
Timothy Dorzweiler, $13,474
$900 Main Event
Entries: 97 • Pool: $75,272
Minh Phan, $22,583

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