Abdul ‘Dulie’ Amer Wins MSPT Cleveland Poker Open for $118K

It had been several years since JACK Cleveland Casino, formerly Horseshoe Cleveland, hosted a major poker event. That changed this weekend with the $1,100 buy-in MSPT Cleveland Poker Open, which wound up generating the largest tournament field and prize pool in Cleveland history.

Amer jested that a few bookies would be happy to learn about his newfound disposable income after the big win. (Image: MSPT)

Title Stays in Ohio

The tournament drew 581 entries to create a $581,000 total prize pool. It also marked the MSPT’s first Main Event of Season 9 and their first-ever stop in Ohio. On Sunday night, 34-year-old Abdul “Dulie” Amer of Columbus, Ohio, finished as the last player standing to win $118,350.

“I haven’t scooped a tournament in forever, just always get deep but hard to break through, especially in these bigger ones with good players,” said Amer, a married father of two.

He joked when asked about what he’ll do with his first six-figure score. “It’ll take care of about $50K to bookies, I’m a big sports gambler,” he said.

Prior to the win, he had $95,595 in tournament earnings including a previous best of $25,230 for finishing third in a 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open $560 NLHE event.

In the tournament, Amer actually began heads-up play down 2-1 in chips against Buffalo’s Dan Wagner. Over the next few hours, they battled back-and-forth battle and exchanged the chip lead several times before things came to a head in Level 33 (100,000/200,000/30,000).

That is when Amer raised to 400,000 holding the A♣8♣ and called when Wagner shoved for 4.6 million with the A♠5♠. The board ran out 4♦K♥3♣10♠8♦ and Wagner hit the rail in second place for $72,701.

“Blinds were big, I know he’s going to shove with any ace,” Amer said when asked about why he decided to take a shot in the last hand. “He shoved earlier with queen-jack, so I know he’s a capable player.”

Shanahan Cracks Top 10

Two other interesting storylines played out at the final table. Minnesota’s Brian Berthiaume was at back-to-back Main Event final tables after finishing fifth in December’s MSPT Season 8 finale at Canterbury Park. Unfortunately for him, he lost a race with A♠Q♦ against the 6♣6♠ of MSPT Season 8 FireKeepers champ Mike Shanahan. The board ran out K♦5♠5♥K♠2♣ and Berthiaume had to settle for eighth place and $13,526 in prize money.

Speaking of Shanahan, he busted in fourth place for $39,450 after his A♣Q♠ and failed to get there against the 8♥8♣ of Wagner after a 10♠5♥6♠4♥8♦ runout. The score brought Shanahan’s MSPT earnings up to $278,607, which allowed him to crack the Top 10 on the tour’s all-time money list.

Others to cash the MSPT JACK Cleveland were 2017 MSPT Indiana State Poker Champ Satish Thakur (62nd for $2,142), legendary Cleveland radio show host Michael “Triv” Trivisonno (38th for $2,423), final table bubble boy Kenneth Coppens (11th for $8,454), and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Adam Friedman (3rd for $52,976).

Season 9 of the MSPT continues this week with the $1,100 buy-in, $500K GTD Poker Bowl II at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

Final Tables Results
1 Abdul Amer (Columbus, OH) $118,350
2 Daniel Wagner (Buffalo, NY) $72,701
3 Adam Friedman (Gahanna, OH) $52,976
4 Mike Shanahan (Avon, IN) $39,450
5 Ronnie Lamb (Denver, CO) $29,869
6 Mike Peppin (Cleveland, OH) $22,543
7 John Michalak (Cleveland, OH) $17,471
8 Brian Berthiaume (Cottage Grove, MN) $13,526
9 Luke Edwards (Columbus, OH) $10,708
10 Randall Brooks (Detroit, MI) $8,454

Editor’s Note: Cardschat and MSPT share a cross-promotional alliance. Chad Holloway is Media Director for MSPT.

Chad Holloway
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Chad Holloway
Splitting his time between his native Wisconsin and Las Vegas, Chad Holloway gave up a potential law career to follow his passion and play and write about poker. His background includes a long stint as a senior writer for a major poker news site. Long well-known throughout the poker community for his incisive and in-depth commentary and reporting, we are proud to have Chad on board as part of our CardsChat writing team, where he will be covering everything from the World Series of Poker to interviews, features, and more.


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