Jason Mendoza Wins MSPT San Diego Title At Sycuan Casino Resort

Jason Mendoza Wins MSPT San Diego Title At Sycuan Casino Resort

Three starting flights at the Mid States Poker Tour’s first stop of 2023 built a field of 613 entries at Sycuan Casino Resort near San Diego, and 73 players returned for day 2 on Sunday, Jan. 16.

The last man standing at the end of play was Jason Mendoza, and he was awarded the biggest score of his career for $102,823 in prize money. The poker player from Hammond, Indiana also took home his first MSPT title, and his career earnings now stand well into six-figure territory after 15 years of seriously playing the game.

The $1,110 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament had a prize pool worth close to $600,000. The top 63 players all cashed for at least $2,254 in prize money.

The final table played late into the night, with Mendoza claiming the top prize well after midnight for a well-earned win.

“It feels great to get this monkey off my back, for so long, chasing that six-figure score, all that run bad for years finally paid off,” Mendoza told MSPT reporters after his victory.

Mendoza defeated Alexei Racila in the heads-up final with king-high topping queen-high on the final hand. The runner-up from San Diego also took home his largest payday to date with a cash for $77,000.

A few other notables that cashed in the event included Kyna England (10th), Adam Friedman (12th), Richard Alsup (15th), Daniel Cates (42nd), and Johnnie Moreno (51st).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded to the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Jason Mendoza $102,823 840
2 Alexei Racila $77,000 700
3 Thomas Kornechuk $77,000 560
4 Corey Peeples $41,518 420
5 Jonathan Frisch $31,435 350
6 Thomas Carlin $23,724 280
7 Haiqing Li $18,836 210
8 Scott Storres $14,235 140
9 Roberto Rodriguez $11,269 70

The Mid States Poker Tour will continue at Bally’s Black Hawk in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado for a tournament series running from Jan. 18-29. The $1,110 buy-in main event will finish out the series from Jan. 26-29 with three starting flights.