Created (4/29/2018 2:14:55 AM by Chad Holloway)
Day 1B of the latest MSPT $1,100 Main Event at Canterbury Park drew 267 entries, which along with 1A’s 259 brought the total field up to 526 runners. That not only made it the largest MSPT ever held at the venue in 16 stops, but also became the largest major poker tournament ($1K+ buy-in) in Minnesota history.
The top 54 players will get paid a minimum of $2,289 while the eventual winner will walk away with a $109,375 first-place prize.
The man best positioned to make a run at it, at least from the 1B flight, is Eric Hehr, who bagged the lead among the 53 survivors with 262,000. That is behind Day 1A chip leader Carl Carodenuto, a three-time MSPT champ who advanced Friday night with 299,000.
Others to bag big stacks on 1B were Curtis Anderson (245,500), Cody Espeseth (226,500), and last April’s MSPT Canterbury Park champ Mark Wadekamper (212,000).
Others advancing were Colorado’s Sammy Aweida (155,500), two-time champ Blake Bohn (135,500), MSPT Season 2 Northern Lights champ Tom Stambaugh (126,500), MSPT Season 6 Canterbury Park champ Dan “DQ” Hendrickson (118,500), 2016 MN Poker Mag POY Saad Ghanem (82,000), and two-time champ Jeremy Dresch (73,000).
Not everyone was fortunate enough to find a bag. The UCCS Mountain Lion Poker Club, who traveled from Colorado, had four players in action but Alastair “alastaira” Armstrong, Austin “128beems” Thibaudeau, and Bill “chillbill5” Pandolph all hit the rail. That left Justin Cole (76,500) as the only one to make it to Day 2.
Likewise, Ahmed Taleb (MSPT Season 8 Grand Falls), David Gonia (MSPT Season 4 Running Aces), Joe Matheson (MSPT Season 1 Running Aces), Paul Cross (MSPT Season 8 Canterbury Park Regional), and Max Young (MSPT Season 9 Golden Gates) were among the former MSPT champs to fall. Three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dutch Boyd, MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup, and WPTDeepStacks champ Jeff Fielder were also among the 1B casualties.
Cards will be in the air at 11 a.m. on Sunday and the returning 94 players (41 from 1A, 53 1B) players will battle down to a winner. We’ll capture all the action here in the blog, and the final table action will be live streamed when 10 players remain. Be sure to join us Sunday as we bring you all the action and eliminations straight from the floor of Canterbury Park!