Radio’s Cove wins Spring Poker Classic main event

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Cory Cove, better known as “Sludge” on KFAN Sports Radio’s The Power Trip, won the top prize of $47,490 in the Spring Poker Classic Main Event at Running Aces Harness Park. The main event drew 153 entries and had a prize pool of $148,410. Brian Zekus had about 3 million chips to Cove’s 800K when heads-up play began. But Cove was the champion when the dust settled at almost 6 a.m. after about 14 hours of play on Day 2.

John Marlowe was one of the standouts in the series, cashing in four of the 12 events and winning twice. Erick Wright won the $500 event and cashed in two others. Muneer Ahmed and Brian Mikesh also cashed in three events.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Canterbury Park hosted the Minnesota State Poker Championship (March 2-10) as Yen Pham of Maple Grove, Minn., took the title and $46,654. The $1,100 event drew 185 entries and generated a $179,450 prize pool.

WILBERG INTERVIEWED: Tristan Wilberg, Running Aces Harness Park tournament director, was interviewed on the Feb. 14 episode of the Ante Up Magazine PokerCast and the March 6 episode of Fifth Street Radio about the Ante Poker Tour event at Running Aces.

— John Somsky is the Ante Up Ambassador for Minnesota. You can email him at john.somsky@gmail.com.

Spring Poker Classic, Running Aces Harness Park, March 7-17

Event 1 • $100 NLHE
Entries 58 • Pool $9,635
Adam Hunkins, $3,757
Event 2 • $230 NLHE
Entries 87 • Pool $8,700
Joe Benson, $2,978
Event 3 • $500 NLHE
Entries 106 • Pool $50K
Erick Wright, $16,500
Event 4 • $100 NLHE
Entries 178 • Pool $14,240
Justin Pick, $4,413
Event 5 • $150 O/8
Entries 44 • Pool $5,500
John Marlowe, $2,255
Event 6 • $250 NLHE
Entries 292 • Pool $62,240
Craig Fierke, $15,928
Event 7 • Freeroll
Entries 291 • Pool $6,265
Troy Raymond, $1,756
Event 8 • $50 Rebuys
Entries 36 • Pool $4,260
John Marlowe, $1,917
$1,100 Main Event
Entries 153 • Pool $148,410
Cory Cove, $47,490
Event 10 • $50 Rebuys
Entries 62 • Pool $4,320
William Records, $1,600
Event 11 • $300 NLHE
Entries 42 • Pool $11,130
Mark Iafigliola, $4,563
Event 12 • $100 NLO
Entries 34 • Pool $2,720
Steve Marlowe, $1,225