Grand Casino Mille Lacs: August 6 - 14, 2016

 

Grand Casino Mille Lacs - Onamia, MN

August 11-14, 2016

Buy-In: $350 Regional; 458 Entrants (140 Day 1a; 126 Day 1b; 182 Day 1c)

Kraig Komrosky Wins MSPT Grand Casino Mille Lacs Regional for $31,747

The Mid-States Poker Tour $350 Regional Event at Grand Casino Mille Lacs in central Minnesota attracted 458 entrants, and it proved to be a breakout performance by 29-year-old self-employed construction worker Kraig Komrosky of Moorhead, Minnesota, who captured a $31,747 first-place prize and nearly matched his prior lifetime earnings.

It was a bit of redemption for Komrosky, who back in January finished 11th in the same event and in Season 6 took second to Joel Klipping in the MSPT Regional Shooting Star Casino for $23,000. It was made all the more special considering Komrosky, who has been playing poker for more than 11 years, began the final table dead last in chips.

"The win felt so surreal, Komrosky said after the win. "Having been there before and getting so close I know that I will cherish this win for a while. My family and friends couldn't be happier for me. They know how bad I wanted it. My close buddies are trying to get me to go to Vegas this weekend to play some events."

Day 1a of the tournament drew 140 runners, but only 27 of them made it through the night including chip leader Durwin Matuska and Aaron Johnson, who a month removed from finishing 72nd in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event.

On Day 1b, 126 entrants took to the felt and saw 28 advance including MSPT Running Aces champ Erv Bjerga; Carl Carodenuto, who successfully defended his MSPT Canterbury Park title earlier this year; and MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge.

As expected, Day 1c was the biggest flight with 182 entrants. Among the 34 players to advance were chip leader Brian Granger, Season 4 Running Aces champ David Gonia, and MSPT Pro Matt Alexander.

All told, 88 players returned for Day 2 action, but with 45 paid, nearly half the returning field left empty handed. Among those fortunate to leave with some cash were Alexander (43rd - $661), Curtis Biloki (38th - $661), David Gonia (33rd - $794), Jason Seitz (21st - $992), Moon Ahmed (15th - $1,720), and Bjerga (13th - $1,720).

As for Komrosky, he said he is sure to be at some upcoming MSPT stops.

"I mostly just play in Minnesota at Running Aces, Canterbury Park, or Mille Lacs," he explained. "I'm looking forward to the MSPT at Running Aces next month!"

Results

Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Kraig Komrosky $31,747500
2 Nicholas Ingolfsland $19,180433
3 Paul Skjerseth $12,500400
4 Paul Schanhaar $8,664367
5 Lonny Krych $6,614333
6 Mark Secora $5,093300
7 Jon Medure $4,233267
8 Bob Van Syckle $3,505233
9 Shari Williams $2,963200
10 Allen McLeod $2,249167
11 Tom Paulson $2,249167
12 Durwin Matuska $2,249167
13 Ervin Bjerga $1,720133
14 Gordon Gall $1,720133
15 Muneer Ahmed $1,720133
16 Aaron Johnson $1,283100
17 Mick Orton $1,283100
18 Jacob Coughlin $1,283100
19 Howard Dion $99267
20 Troy Hagen $99267
21 Jason Seitz $99267
22 Michael Bakeman $99267
23 Wayne Layne $99267
24 Scotty Hendrickson $99267
25 Paul Schiller $99267
26 Joel Martin $99267
27 Paul Schroeder $99267
28 Jeromie Songetay $79433
29 Cody Varner $79433
30 Todd Barrett $79433
31 Michael Goggin $79433
32 Steve Belland $79433
33 David Gonia $79433
34 Nathan Shervheim $79433
35 Tracy Schutt $79433
36 James Schiltz $79433
37 Mike Lovelace $66117
38 Curtis Biloki $66117
39 David Sutton $66117
40 George Shabatura $66117
41 Josh Dahlstrom $66117
42 Rob Maier $66117
43 Matt Alexander $66117
44 Douglas Prindle $66117
45 Jeremy Fleischhacker $66117

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