Sweetman wins Mayhem in May poker event

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Will Sweetman of Minneapolis won the Mayhem in May event at Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus, Minn. Sweetman clinched first and $29,157 after a short heads-up battle against local powerhouse Peixin Liu. The win is Sweetman’s largest cash, increasing his Hendon Mob career earnings by a factor of 10.

The Mayhem in May event featured a $275 buy-in and seven Day 1 flights. There were four players who made Day 2 twice so they had their shorter stack bought back for $1K. The event drew 487 runners, an increase over the 343 last year, to generate an impressive $110,445 prize pool for the cheap buy-in.

KIRBY SHINES: Local pro Matt Kirby continues the tradition of Minnesotans doing well at the Chicago Poker Classic. Kirby cashed in four events for total earnings of $31,494. He won Event 4, which also earned him a seat at the World Series of Poker Main Event. Another local pro, Blake Bohn, won the CPC main event last year.

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