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Waalen Leads the Way on Day 1a of the 2020 MSPT Canterbury Park $1,100 Main Event

 
Brandon Waalen

By Hill Kirby - PokerNews.com

Day 1a of the 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Canterbury Park $1,100 Main Event saw 223 entries logged and the accompanying action did not disappoint. Fifteen levels were on the docket for the day but the 12% figure of 26 players needed to reach a hard stop was attained just under a half hour early.

When that mark was reached, Brandon Waalen was the one atop the count. Waalen emerged as one of the big stacks in the room nearing the final break of the evening with a stack of around a quarter-million and built that figure up to 395,000 early in Level 14. He continued climbing from there and ended the day with 567,000, the only player with a stack over a half-million.

Following behind to round out the top five are four other players with over 400,000 in Kevin Boyer (453,000), Justin Thurlow (449,000), Jason Fitzpatrick (432,000), and Chan Pelton (417,000)

Other notable players to advance included Blake Bohn (331,000), Aaron Johnson (250,000), Richard Alsup (80,000), DJ Buckley (62,000) and Matt Kirby (55,000). Plenty of others were less fortunate: former MSPT Canterbury Park champions Rob Wazwaz and Kou Vang were only a couple of the day’s casualties, with others such as Phil Mader, Jesse Rockowitz, and Nghia “3 Putts” Le also unable to find a bag as play went on throughout the evening.

Saturday’s Day 1b will be the second and final opportunity to advance to Sunday’s Day 2, where the field will combine and play down to a winner. The $300,000 guaranteed prize pool has already come close to reaching 75% of its figure and that number is sure to be outdone on the second flight.

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BRANDON WAALEN 567,000
KEVIN BOYER 453,000
JUSTIN THURLOW 449,000
JASON FITZPATRICK 432,000
CHAN PELTON 417,000
BLAKE BOHN 331,000
GARY EWALD 326,000
RON MACDIARMID 279,000
YALE BERNADOTTE 256,000
AARON JOHNSON 250,000
NICHOLAS WELU 243,000
UMUT OZTURK 218,000
VIC PEPPE 204,000
JAMES DROCHAK 175,000
RYAN PHAN 175,000
DENNIS STEVERMER 155,000
IAN MATAKIS 93,000
KEVIN SELBY 82,000
RICH ALSUP 80,000
DJ BUCKLEY 62,000
JESSE BOWMAN 60,000
STEVE BELLAND 56,000
ALEX WINTER 55,000
MATT KIRBY 55,000
SEAN GIERE 54,000
ERIC EELKEMA 51,000