Bartender Staked by Johnnie “Vibes” During MSPT Sycuan Binks Earns $41,000

The Main Event of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Sycuan $1,110 buy-in that concluded on Sunday included an unusual fourth-place finisher who earned a career-high $41,518 after overcoming 613 competitors. Corey Peeples, a parent, bartender, and poker aficionado from California, had only participated in $80 tournaments before to being staked in the MSPT event by poker blogger Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno, who “felt motivated” to give Peeples a chance at pursuing a huge score.

“Tuesday I was eating Ramen and the bartender follows my YouTube channel, so we started discussing poker,” Moreno tweeted. “Now that he is a father, he can no longer play. Vicarious existence via vlogs.”

Moreno and Peeples agreed that Peeples would retain 50% of his gains, while 40% would go to Moreno and 10% to another bartender.

Since he lacked actual poker tournament expertise, Moreno stated that he did not expect to win any money. I only want to perform something kind for these gentlemen.

Moreno’s kind act benefited all parties involved, as Peeples was able to recoup his $1,110 buy-in and win his largest tournament prize ever. According to MSPT live updates, Indiana’s Jason Mendoza won the MSPT Sycuan Main Event for a career-high $102,823, while Alexei Racila (2nd – $77,000) and Thomas Kornecook (3rd – $77,000) also had deep runs.

2023 $1,110 MSPT Sycuan Main Event Final Table Results

 1Jason Mendoza$102,823
 2Alexei Racila$77,000
 3Thomas Kornecook$77,000
 4Corey Peeples$41,518
 5Jonathan Frisch$31,435
 6Thomas Carlin$23,724
 7Haiqing Li$18,386
 8Scott Storrt$14,325
 9Rigoberto Rodriguez$11,269

Perspiration With Corey
As the poker enthusiast-turned-MSPT competitor advanced deep into Day 2 of the tournament, his poker-vlogging supporter was there every step of the way. Moreno chronicled the deep on social media and informed his 17,600 Twitter followers on the development of Peeples.

In a post-tournament interview, Moreno informed Peeples, “I don’t know whether you’re aware of this, but there were thousands of people following you on Twitter.” The individual lacks a Twitter account.

“Thank you, and I’m sorry,” said Peeples. “I will not get one, either.”

Moreno was there when Peeples reached the final table and gained an early double-up when an opponent’s ace-king paired his ace-jack.

After informing his fans that Peeples had $41,518 locked up with four players remaining, Moreno videotaped the action as Peeples check-raised all in with ace-high against Kornecook’s two pair, whose hand held up on the river to finish Peeples’ remarkable run.

“I’ve probably participated in 15 casino tournaments,” Peeples told Moreno. “I have participated in a few $80 (tournaments) at Oceans (Casino Resort). I probably delved further into the Seven Mile daily newspaper (Casino). It’s like a $50 bill, except it’s reusable.”

The Peaples Winner

Moreno did not exaggerate when he informed Peeples that thousands of people were following him on social media. Several were casual poker players and watchers of Moreno’s vlog, but many major figures, such as all-time bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth, also showed their support for the stakes player.

Kyna England, Michael Holtz, Danielle Andersen, and Will Jaffe, the 2021 MSPT Player of the Year, Michael Holtz, and Danielle Andersen also tweeted their support for Peeples.


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