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Grand Casino Mille Lacs

August 6 - 14, 2016
Regional Event: 458 Entrants
Winner: Kraig Komrosky
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EVENT RECAP

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!"

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$31,747
500
2
Fargo 
ND 
$19,180
433
3
Fargo 
ND 
$12,500
400
4
MN 
$8,664
367
5
Pierz 
MN 
$6,614
333
6
MN 
$5,093
300
7
Duluth 
MN 
$4,233
267
8
MN 
$3,505
233
9
MN 
$2,963
200
10
 
$2,249
167
11
MN 
$2,249
167
12
Crosby 
MN 
$2,249
167
13
Motley 
MN 
$1,720
133
14
Pierz 
MN 
$1,720
133
15
Dassel 
MN 
$1,720
133
16
MN 
$1,283
100
17
MN 
$1,283
100
18
MN 
$1,283
100
19
Trent 
SD 
$992
67
20
Fargo 
ND 
$992
67
21
MN 
$992
67
22
 
$992
67
23
MN 
$992
67
24
MN 
$992
67
25
MN 
$992
67
26
WY 
$992
67
27
Nevis 
MN 
$992
67
28
MN 
$794
33
29
Pierz 
MN 
$794
33
30
MN 
$794
33
31
MN 
$794
33
32
Bagley 
MN 
$794
33
33
MN 
$794
33
34
SD 
$794
33
35
MN 
$794
33
36
SD 
$794
33
37
MN 
$661
17
38
ND 
$661
17
39
MI 
$661
17
40
MN 
$661
17
41
MN 
$661
17
42
MN 
$661
17
43
MN 
$661
17
44
MN 
$661
17