Carlson wins Midwest main event, $53K

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Michael Carlson of Maple Grove, Minn., took down the bracelet and $52,925 for the Midwest Poker Classic at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minn. Carlson came to the final table with chip lead and defeated Chad Himmelspach for the win. Other standout performances: Darrell Windingstad (six cashes, $6,148), Erick Wright (five cashes, $4,412) and Anthony Burgoyne (four cashes, $12,639). Also, Nes Coburn won back-to-back events.

The series featured 25 events, including H.O.R.S.E., ladies edge, seniors, Big O/8 (which I won, so we didn’t list in the results) and Jokers Wild. Men were encouraged to enter the ladies-edge tournament. Women received a $25 discount and the extra $25 paid by men went to the last woman standing, which ended up being a $1,600 bonus. And there was a wild card in the joker’s wild event.

VANG HONORED: Kou Vang has been announced as the fourth club pro for Running Aces Harness Park.

— Email John Somsky at john.somsky@gmail.com.

Midwest Poker Classic results

Event 1 • $100 NLHE
Entries: 81 • Pool: $6,286
Steve Sherritt, $2,154
Event 2 • $150 NLO
Entries: 53 • Pool: $5,398
Jerry Olson, $2,104
Event 3 • $150 NLHE
Entries: 61 • Pool: $7,396
Lance Delich, $2,736
Event 4 • $2,500 NLHE
Entries: 20 • Pool: $50K
Kou Vang, $32,500
Event 5 • $100 NLHE
Entries: 96 • Pool: $7,450
Kevin Bergerson, $2,551
Event 6 • $200 6-Max
Entries: 138 • Pool: $22,746
Floyd Degroat, $7,283
Event 7 • $500 NLHE
Entries: 150 • Pool: $64,154
Hunter Cichy, $20,529
Event 8 • $300 Bounty
Entries: 92 • Pool: $15,171
Tyler Ripplinger, $5,198
Event 9 • $100 Seniors
Entries: 96 • Pool: $7,450
Bob Watters, $2,551
Event 10 • $250 NLHE
Entries: 68 • Pool: $14,181
Leo Fussy, $5,247
Event 11 • $100 Jokers
Entries: 42 • Pool: $3,259
Steve Rouse, $1,336
Event 12 • $100 NLHE
Entries: 71 • Pool: $5,510
Jeff Cramer, $1,887
Event 13 • Freeroll
Entries: 81 • Pool: $3,542
Josh Rothstein, $1,205
Event 14 • $150 NLHE
Entries: 47 • Pool: $5,699
Jon Goetze, $2,336
Event 15 • $200 NLHE
Entries: 76 • Pool: $12,056
Muneer Ahmed, $4,417
Event 16 • $100 NLHE
Entries: 80 • Pool: $6,208
Tony Burgonye, $2,126
Event 17 • $150 HORSE
Entries: 62 • Pool: $7,517
Nes Coburn, $2,781
Event 18 • $150 NLHE
Entries: 55 • Pool: $6,669
Nes Coburn, $2,781
Event 19 • $150 Ladies
Entries: 103 • Pool: $11,093
Tony Lazar, $3,793
Event 20 • $100 NLHE
Entries: 68 • Pool: $5,307
Luke Bohnen, $1,964
$1,100 Main Event
Entries: 176 • Pool: $170,720
Michael Carlson, $52,925
Event 22 • $150 NLHE
Entries: 109 • Pool: $13,183
Ryan Ruuska, $4,349
Event 23 • $100 NLHE
Entries: 40 • Pool: $3,104
Robert Poznanovich, $1,397
Event 24 • $250 NLHE
Entries: 28 • Pool: $5,839
Muneer Ahmed, $2,919