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July 22 - 30, 2017

 
  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Carter Myers Wins 2017 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Casino for $115,109
Created (7/30/2017 11:42:35 PM by Chad Holloway)

The MSPT has set yet another record, this time for largest-ever major ($1,000+ buy-in) poker tournament in Iowa.

The 2017 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship drew 496 entries (226 from Day 1A, 270 1B), the most the MSPT has ever drawn to Meskwaki in 17 visits (the previous record of 466 as set earlier this year in the #MSPT100, the tour’s 100th ever Main Event).

On Sunday night, 29-year-old Carter Myers went wire-to-wire at a boisterous and entertaining final table to capture the title and $115,109 first-place prize, a new career-high score for the man from Michigan.

“It feels good right now, I really don’t know how to describe it,” said Myers, who traveled to Iowa with his longtime girlfriend, Alisha, and their two-year old daughter. “Obviously, I’ve played a ton of tournaments, got a lot of seconds, so whenever you win one it feels pretty good.”

Prior to the win, Myers had $452,781 in tournament earnings dating back to 2010. His prior best of $112,420 came when he finished runner-up in a WSOP Circuit Main Event back in February 2014. It marked the second win of the year for Myers, who has a WSOP Circuit ring on his résumé. Back in March, he won the Chicago Poker Classic Event #6: $600 NLH 6-Max for $28,742. He also had three prior MSPT cashes including a 2016 final table at Tropicana Evansville (8th for $9,234).

“More poker tournaments,” Myers said when asked what he’ll do with the prize money. “I love the MSPTs so I’ll be at as many as I can.”

Final Table Results
1 Carter Myers (Breckenridge, MI) $115,109
2 Alan Cutler (Northbrook, IL) $69,545
3 Keith Block (Pomona, NY) $45,324
4 Kurt Bales (Cedar Falls, IA) $31,415
5 Josh Smith (Bettendorf, IA) $23,981
6 “Big” Al Hedin (Keystone, CO) $18,465
7 Josh Reichard (Janesville, WI) $15,348
8 Jason Ramos (Carol Stream, IL) $12,710
9 Nick Manganaro (Omaha, NE) $10,743
10 Garrett Riley (Quincy, IL) $8,154

Day 2 began with 96 returning players, but with just 45 of them slated to get paid more than half the field would leave empty handed. They included former MSPT champs Dan “DQ” Hendrickson, Ken Komberec, and Ken Pates.

On the bubble, action folded to Brian Weipert in the small blind and he raised enough to put Nikki Nelson, who was sitting with 25,000 in the big, to the test. She opted to call off and the two waited until action completed at the other tables before tabling their hands.

Nelson: A♣K♥
Weipert: K♣J♦

Nelson was way out in front, but the 10♣8♠Q♥ flop made things interesting by giving Weipert an open-ended straight draw. The 9♦ turn completed it, and suddenly Nelson found herself in need of a jack to stay alive. It wasn’t meant to be though as the 10♠ bricked on the river to send Nelson out in 46th place.

With that, the remaining 45 players were guaranteed a minimum payday of $2,398. The in-the-money bust outs came quick and included Dustin Dirksen (39th - $2,398), last woman standing Jay Philips (28th - $2,878), MSPT champ Kou Vang (24th - $3,597), 2017 Minnesota State Poker Champ Jon Hanner (18th - $4,625), and MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup (11th $8,154).

A double elimination on the final table bubble saw just nine players make it to the live-streamed final. At the time, Myers held the chip lead, which he would maintain throughout. He kicked things off by looking down at pocket kings and eliminating the short-stacked Nick Manganaro, who had shoved with queen-ten.

Not long after, Jason Ramos, who was looking to go back-to-back at the MSPT Meskwaki after winning March’s #MSPT100, exited in eighth place after running pocket tens into the kings of Chicago’s Allan Cutler, who aimed to bring the fun back to poker ala the WSOP’s John Hesp.

Josh Reichard, the last former MSPT champ in the field, was the next to go after jamming pocket threes into the pocket queens of Josh Smith, and then Day 1A chip leader “Big” Al Hedin followed him out the door when his Big Slick failed to get there against Myers’ pocket sevens.

Cutler then cut down Smith in fifth place – the result of the latter’s ace-eight suited not getting lucky against the former’s cowboys – and Kurt Bales, the last Iowa player in the field, took his leave after his pocket fives fell to Myers’ ace-king.

Keith Block, who earlier in the year finished runner-up in the MSPT Golden Gates Main Event, was bounced in third place, which earned him a spot atop the MSPT Season 8 Kimo Sabe Mezcal Player of the Year Leaderboard with 2,500 points. The aforementioned Ramos is second with 2,250 points.

Myers took a decent chip lead into heads-up play against Cutler, who genuinely seemed to be having a good time. Throughout the day, he was cracking jokes, showing cards, and entertaining players and staff.

“Definitely enjoyable and fun whenever someone’s having a good time, making people laugh,” Myers said of his opponent. “It beats everyone sitting there straight faced not talking.”

In the final hand of the tournament, which was Hand #99 of the final table, Myers shoved the button holding ten-nine and Cutler called off with ace-king. Cutler held through both the turn and river, but a ten on the river ended his run in second place.

As for Myers, he prevailed over a tough final table to take the 2017 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship title to Michigan.

“There were definitely some tough players here, so I had to watch what I was doing a little bit,” Myers said of going wire to wire. “The cards pretty much played themselves, I feel like, so I got pretty lucky.”

The MSPT will now heads to Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota for a $350 Regional Event August 5-13. The next $1,100 Main Event will be the 2017 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship at Tropicana Evansville the weekend of August 18-20.

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Alan Cutler Eliminated In 2nd Place ($69,545)
Created (7/30/2017 11:34:52 PM by Brandon Temple)
Alan Cutler

Carter Myers shoved all in from the button and Alan Cutler snap-called for his last 1.2 million.

Cutler:  as kd
Myers:  10h 9d

Cutler needed to dodge an ace or king, and did so on the  2d 5s 8d flop. The turn  5d took one of Myers’ tens away as outs, and Cutler recognized it, calling for “any diamond!”

The river was not a diamond, but the  10c, ending Cutler’s run in 2nd place for $69,545.

Congratulations to Carter Myers, the MSPT Meskwaki Champion, taking home $115,109! Stay tuned for a full recap shortly!

Carter Myers – Winner of MSPT Meskwaki ($115,109)
Alan Cutler – Eliminated in 2nd Place ($69,545)

  • Level: 31
  • Blinds: 60000 / 120000
  • Ante: 20000
Heads-Up Chip Counts
Created (7/30/2017 11:25:50 PM by Brandon Temple)

Carter Myers – 8.7 million
Alan Cutler – 1.2 million

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Keith Block Eliminated In 3rd Place ($45,324)
Created (7/30/2017 11:21:18 PM by Brandon Temple)
Keith Block

Carter Myers raised to 200,000, and Keith Block jammed from the small blind for 1.1 million. Alan Cutler thought for a while before folding the big blind, and Meyers called.

Myers:  ac 10h
Block:  qc 9c

Block flopped a huge draw on the 2d 7c 5s flop, but the  4s and the  6s didn’t help him, and he was busted in third place for $45,324, leaving Carter Myers and Alan Cutler heads-up for the title, the trophy, and $115,109.

Carter Myers – 6 million
Keith Block – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($45,324)

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Kurt Bales Eliminated In 4th Place ($31,415)
Created (7/30/2017 11:13:43 PM by Brandon Temple)
Kurt Bales

Carter Myers open shoved from the small blind and Kurt Bales called off for his last 800,000.

Bales:  5h 5s
Myers:  ac kh

Bales was able to fade the  jc qs 6s flop, but the  kc turn left him drawing to two fives. The  8s on the river meant that Kurt Bales is our 4th place finisher at MSPT Meskwaki.

Carter Myers – 4.4 million
Kurt Bales – Eliminated in 4th Place ($31,415)

  • Level: 30
  • Blinds: 50000 / 100000
  • Ante: 10000
Josh Smith Eliminated In 5th Place ($23,981)
Created (7/30/2017 11:04:58 PM by Brandon Temple)
Josh Smith

Carter Myers opened the pot to 200,000 UTG, and then Josh Smith ripped his last in 1.3 million and was met with an immediate re-shove from Alan Cutler for 2 million, getting the two heads-up.

Smith:  ah 8h
Cutler:  kd kc

Smith needed an ace, but was left drawing to a chop after the  ks qs 9c flop. The turn  3c sealed the hand for Cutler, and the inconsequential 2d meant Cutler scored a big knockout and has now caught Carter Myers for the chip lead by busting Josh Smith in 5th.

Carter Myers – 3.6 million
Alan Cutler – 3.6 million
Josh Smith – Eliminated in 4th Place ($31,415)

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
"Never Complain About Winning The Small Ones"
Created (7/30/2017 10:24:09 PM by Brandon Temple)

Alan Cutler raised to 180,000 from the cutoff, getting a lone caller in Kurt Bales in the small blind.

The flop came  10s 9s 5d, Bales checked, and Cutler fired 220,000. Bales called.

The turn was a  3d, and Bales checked again. Cutler bet 360,000, leaving himself about 500,000 behind. After a moment, Bales showed the  10c and folded.

“I had the ladies,” said Cutler. “Never complain about winning the small ones.”

Alan Cutler – 1.86 million
Kurt Bales – 1.11 million

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Chip Counts After The Break
Created (7/30/2017 10:06:42 PM by Brandon Temple)

Carter Myers – 4.385 million
Alan Carter – 2.015 million
Kurt Bales – 1.64 million
Josh Smith – 990,000
Keith Block – 885,000

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Allan "Big Al" Hedin Eliminated in 6th Place ($18,465)
Created (7/30/2017 9:59:24 PM by Brandon Temple)
Allan Hedin

In one of the final hands of the level, “Big Al” Hedin shoved for his last 780,000 and got a call from Carter Myers in the small blind.

Myers:  7s 7c
Hedin:  da kd

Hedin got little help from the  6d qc 5c flop, and the  6s shut out any backdoor draws. The  7d fell on the river and Hedin had to take his leave in 6th place for a $18,465 payday.

Carter Myers – 4 million
Allan “Big Al” Hedin – Eliminated in 6th Place ($18,465)

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Let's Have A Break!
Created (7/30/2017 9:53:10 PM by Brandon Temple)

Players are on a ten minute break.

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MI 
9,920,000
9,920,000 
Pomona 
NY 
0
Busted 
CO 
0
Busted 
MN 
0
Busted 
Austin 
MN 
0
Busted 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Ankeny 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Tucson 
AZ 
0
Busted 
KS 
0
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0
Busted 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
Echo 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
Newton 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
Union 
MO 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
WI 
0
Busted 
 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
Leeds 
ND 
0
Busted 
 
NE 
0
Busted 
 
Toledo 
OH 
0
Busted 
 
Ames 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Ankeny 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
MO 
0
Busted 
 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Baylis 
IL 
0
Busted 
 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Baxter 
IA 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MI 
$115,109 
1,500 
2
IL 
$69,545 
1,300 
3
Pomona 
NY 
$45,324 
1,200 
4
IA 
$31,415 
1,100 
5
IA 
$23,981 
1,000 
6
CO 
$18,465 
900 
7
WI 
$15,348 
800 
8
IL 
$12,710 
700 
9
Omaha 
NE 
$10,743 
600 
10
Quincy 
IL 
$8,154 
500 
11
MN 
$8,154 
500 
12
WI 
$8,154 
500 
13
IA 
$6,235 
400 
14
IN 
$6,235 
400 
15
NE 
$6,235 
400 
16
MN 
$4,625 
300 
17
MN 
$4,625 
300 
18
MN 
$4,625 
300 
19
CO 
$3,597 
200 
20
MO 
$3,597 
200 
21
IA 
$3,597 
200 
22
MN 
$3,597 
200 
23
KS 
$3,597 
200 
24
MN 
$3,597 
200 
25
KS 
$3,597 
200 
26
Asbury 
IA 
$3,597 
200 
27
Austin 
MN 
$3,597 
200 
28
MN 
$2,878 
100 
29
Hugo 
MN 
$2,878 
100 
30
Ankeny 
IA 
$2,878 
100 
31
MN 
$2,878 
100 
32
Omaha 
NE 
$2,878 
100 
33
SD 
$2,878 
100 
34
MN 
$2,878 
100 
35
IA 
$2,878 
100 
36
MI 
$2,878 
100 
37
IA 
$2,398 
50 
38
IA 
$2,398 
50 
39
Grimes 
IA 
$2,398 
50 
40
Tucson 
AZ 
$2,398 
50 
41
IA 
$2,398 
50 
42
IA 
$2,398 
50 
43
KS 
$2,398 
50 
44
IA 
$2,398 
50 
45
IA 
$2,398 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
31
Blinds
60000 / 120000
Ante
20000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
496
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
9,920,000
Total Chips
9,920,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
9,920,000
0
0
0
0
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,617
4,400
4,300
3,650
3,100
3,000
2,750
2,500
2,350
10 
2,292