Iowan poker player Dan Sun has bagged the 2012 Mid States Poker Tour (MSPT) Award by earning as much as $154,007 in MSPT poker tournaments. He won a total of 2 MSPT titles and finished third overall, and if only his pocket aces had held against Kirby’s hand, he would have won 3 MSPT titles, instead of just two.
Born in Texas to Chinese parents, Sun grew up playing chess and winning chess tournaments in school. When he was a student of mathematics and computer sciences in Iowa University, he began watching poker tournaments on ESPN and developed a keen interest in the game. He used to play poker with his college friends. Recalling his college days, he said that they would play till the sun came up and then head over straight to college.
Till 2011, Sun used to visit the local poker room to play a few small tournaments and ring games. Late in February 2011, a college friend urged him to travel all the way to Oklahoma to take part in the $100k guaranteed, $1,100 buy-in poker tournament that was being held there. It turned out to be a turning point in his career as he finished fourth and won the largest cash prize in his career—$21,835.
Chinese poker player, Sun took part in MSPT 2012, and in July 2012, he won his first MSPT title and a cash prize of $77,103 in Meskwaki Casino Hotel, Iowa. He had to beat a player field of 301, including Jeremy Dresch, to win this title. After one month, he won another MSPT title at a tournament held in Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. Two months later, he was at Grand Casino, Minnesota, trying to win another MSPT title. If only he had a better hand, he might have beaten Kirby and won his third MSPT title.