Anthony Cico wins the Mid-States Poker Tour $1,100 Ohio Poker State Championship


Antonio Cico – Photo credit: MSPT extension / Jack Cleveland Casino

Anthony Cico made a strong first cash of his career in tournament poker, winning the Middle states poker tour Ohio Poker State Championship at Jack Cleveland Casino. He received first prize worth $140,771 along with his tea MSPT extension late title Sunday February 19th.

The $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em event had a prize pool worth $1,008,270 (the first poker tournament in Ohio to surpass the $1 million mark) thanks to three initial flights that drew a total of 1,041 participants. The top 108 players all cashed at least $2,117 in prize money. There were 123 players who returned for the final day of the tournament, and the prize bubble quickly burst to start the day.

The field played to the final table of nine at around 10pm, and it only took two hours to decide a champion. The fast-paced action saw three players go down during the first hour, and after two hours of play, only the bottom four remained.

It was then that the final four players decided to make a chop to end a 12-hour day of poker with Cico in the lead. Although he didn’t eliminate a single opponent during the final table, Cico maintained the chip lead from start to finish during the final stages of the tournament.

“It’s nice to be honest,” Cico told reporters after the victory. He continued, “I hadn’t really played poker in a few years, and this was my first MSPT extension event ever so it’s really cool.

Some other notables who cashed in the tournament included Jared Ingles (11th), Frank Lagodich (16th), Chan Pelton (29th), Josh Reichard (62nd), Billy Pilossoph (82nd), Ian Richardson (91st °) and Chance Kornuth (108th).

Here’s a look at payments and POY extension points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY extension Points
1 Antonio Cicco $140,771 960
2 Brent Ballentine $106,890 800
3 Dionta Giacomo $102,278 640
4 Andrew Shields $100,804 480
5 Nathan Soon $48,396 400
6 Michael Iacovone $37,305 320
7 Ali Berry $29,239 240
8 Van Tran $22,181 160
9 Thomas Scott $18,148 80

The next stage of the Middle states poker tour will be hosted at the Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa, and the $1,110 Main Event will run March 10-12.

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