Memphis resident Zac Campbell, back row, far right, made the final table at the Mid States Poker Tour Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Casino in Tama, IA. (Photo by Mid States Poker Tour.)

Memphis resident Zac Campbell was one of the record 455 entrants in the Mid States Poker Tour (MSPT) Iowa State Poker Championship held at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa.

Season 9 for the MSPT made the stop at Meskwaki Casino July 21-29, with a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool, and Campbell was happy he made the trip, coming away with an 8th place finish and nearly $11,000 in winnings.

“I grinded hard and made the final table but came up a little short,” Campbell said. “It stings a little now, but I’m sure it’ll feel better tomorrow. It was a good weekend overall, other than not getting anything going at the final table.”

Campbell won a seat in the $1,100 entry main event with a victory in a smaller satellite tourney, a 10-player one-table tourney for a cheaper entry fee, with the winner earning a seat in the main event.

Zac Campbell finished 8th out of 445 players at the Iowa State Poker Championship. (Photo by MSPT.)

He carried on his winning ways into the feature tourney, outlasted 435 other players to earn a seat at the final table. He entered play with 1,005,000 in chips, the fifth highest chip total of the 10 players. Kevin Berthelsen of Omaha, NE was the chip leader with 1,860,000 in chips while the short stack was Ron Amos of Quincy, IL with 450,000 in chips.

Campbell saw his chip stack dwindle as the blinds ate away his leverage and ultimately went all in for his last 400,000 in chips with an ace and nine of diamonds, only to run into a suited ace, king of clubs for Brian Sojo of New Brighton, MN. The flop was queen, two sevens, with two clubs, leaving Sojo in the lead with the flush draw as well. Both players hit the ace on the turn and a queen on the river gave the win to Sojo, eliminating Campbell in eighth place.

Sojo went on to win the tournament and the $94,568 top prize. Keith Berthelsen road his big starting chip lead to a second place finish and $58,104 in prize money. Travis Sweet of Black River Falls, WI finished in third.

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