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January 25 - 27, 2019

 
  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Barry Schmiess Leads As 18 Advance From Day 1A Of MSPT Majestic Star
Created (1/26/2019 1:59:27 AM by Brandon Temple)

The MSPT’s Return to Chicagoland kicked off Thursday with the first of two starting flights in the $1,100 buy-in, $200K GTD MSPT Majestic Star Casino. Day 1A brought 135 entries to Majestic Star, well on the way to crushing the guarantee, and after 15 levels of play only 18 remained with Fargo, North Dakota native Barry Schmiess and his stack of 343,000 in command. Schmiess boasts over $150,000 in career tournament earnings according to Hendon Mob, and a career-best cash of $53,247 in the 2017 WSOP Main Event. Schmiess will be looking for his third career MSPT cash.

More big stacks include Jason Mangold (303,000), Matt Weller (295,000), Chad Wiedenhoeft (256,000), and PokerNews Reporter Mo Nuwwarah (214,500). Some other players to find a bag include Bryan Skreens (179,000), former WPT Five Diamond champ Ravi Raghavan (129,500), Mike Shin (68,000), and Michael VanderWoude (50,000).

Some of those unfortunate enough to fall short of bagging include former MSPT Michigan State Poker champ Mike Shanahan, former MSPT Meskwaki champ Taylor Howard, ten-time WSOP Circuit Ring winner Josh Reichard, Season 10 MSPT Cleveland Poker Open final tablist John Mingus, two-time MSPT champ Andy Rubinberg, former MSPT Iowa State Poker champ Carter Myers, Gary Herstein, and Michigan’s Steve Anderson, who fell in one of the last hands of the night to Weller.

Those players, as well as any newcomers, have one more chance to jump back in action. Day 1B will kick off at 3pm local time on Saturday, and the surviving players from each flight will then return at 11 a.m. on Sunday to play down to a winner. Some of those expected to try their luck at taking down an MSPT title include Colorado’s Ryan Dodson, former MSPT Majestic Star champ Ken Baime, and local legend Howard Hankin.

Join us tomorrow as we continue to bring you all the action and eliminations straight from the tournament floor of Majestic Star Casino!

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
End Of Day 1A Chip Counts
Created (1/26/2019 1:58:09 AM by Brandon Temple)
BARRY SCHMIESS Fargo, ND 343,000
JASON MANGOLD Chicago, IL 303,000
MATT WELLER Minneapolis, MN 295,000
CHAD WIEDENHOEFT Whitewater, WI 256,000
MO NUWWARAH Omaha, NE 214,500
BRYAN SKREENS Winfield, IL 179,000
MANNY AGNE Merrillville, IN 160,000
JOSHUA HERGOTT Highland Park, IL 138,500
KEVIN OLSTA Chicago, IL 137,000
RAVIK RAGHAVAN Northbrook, IL 129,500
DANIEL OCONNOR Forest Park, IL 90,500
DAVID PODYMA Chicago, IL 86,000
MICHAEL ALEXANDER Chicago, IL 72,000
HARRY BROCKUS Olney, IL 70,000
MIKE SHIN Milwaukee, WI 68,000
RANDY BULLEN Marne, MI 63,500
MICHAEL VANDERWOUDE Crown Point, IN 50,000
MARK OUSHANNA Elgin, IL 48,500
  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Five More Hands
Created (1/26/2019 1:32:24 AM by Brandon Temple)

The remaining field will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a full recap.

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Mo Nuwwarah Versus Josh Hergott, Round 2
Created (1/26/2019 1:24:49 AM by Brandon Temple)

Mo Nuwwarah raised to 7,000 from middle position, and Josh Hergott called in the lojack.

Nuwwarah bet 6,000 on a flop, and Hergott made the call.

On the turn, Nuwwarah checked, then quickly folded to a bet of 12,500 from Hergott.

Mo Nuwwarah - 180,000 (60 bb)
Josh Hergott - 120,000 (40 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Barry Schmeiss Busts Through to The Chip Lead
Created (1/26/2019 1:22:38 AM by Eric Anderson)
Barry Schmeiss

Barry Schmeiss opened from the hijack for 8,000. Action folded to the big blind, who shoved all-in for 58,000. Schmeiss who was already one of the top few chip leaders, went ahead and made the call.

Schmeiss:
Opponent:

When the flop fell, Schmeiss was looking to fade the king.

The did give Schmeiss’ opponent four more outs to make a straight.

The river wasn’t it and Schmeiss took the chip lead in the tournament.

Barry Schmeiss - 300,000 (100 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Harry Brockus Fires A Few Streets
Created (1/26/2019 1:10:18 AM by Brandon Temple)
Harry Brockus

A player raised to 8,000 from the lojack, and Harry Brockus called in the big blind.

Brockus checked dark before the flop fell, and the lojack checked behind.

On the turn, Brockus bet 10,000, and his opponent didn’t take long to make the call.

The completed the board on the river, and Brockus fired 20,000. His opponent frowned, then mucked, and Brockus took down the pot.

Harry Brockus - 150,000 (50 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Matt Weller Finds a Double Up
Created (1/26/2019 12:55:06 AM by Eric Anderson)
Matt Weller

Matt Weller from UTG+1, open shoved all-in for his remaining 43,900. Action folded to the big blind who made the call.

Weller:
Opponent:

Weller, who desperately needed an ace to keep his tournament hopes alive, got just that and some more on the , and since he had the jack kicker that was actually a check mark for Weller. To add salt to the wound of Weller’s opponent, the dealer found the case on the river filling both players up, but giving Weller Aces full of Jacks for the double up.

Matt Weller - 91,600 (38 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Mo Nuwwarah Takes From Josh Hergott
Created (1/26/2019 12:51:47 AM by Brandon Temple)

Mo Nuwwarah (pictured, left) limped in from the small blind, and Josh Hergott (pictured, right) checked his option in the big blind.

Nuwwarah checked a flop over to Hergott, who bet 2,500. Nuwwarah stuck in a call.

On the turn, Nuwwarah check-raised a bet of 3,500 from Hergott to 13,000 total. Hergott called.

Nuwwarah checked the river to Hergott, who tanked for a minute before checking behind. Nuwwarah showed for a pair of queens, and Hergott mucked.

Mo Nuwwarah - 140,000 (58 bb)
Josh Hergott - 85,000 (35 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Michael VanderWoude Closing In On 100k
Created (1/26/2019 12:36:28 AM by Brandon Temple)
Michael VanderWoude

Michael VanderWoude raised to 5,400 from the hijack, and found a lone caller in Mike Shin in the big blind.

Both players checked a flop, and Shin checked the as well. VanderWoude tossed in a bet of 5,500, and Shin called after some thought.

Shin checked again after the fell on the river, and VanderWoude bet 12,000. Shin didn’t take long to toss his hand away, and VanderWoude took the pot.

Mike Shin - 100,000 (42 bb)
Michael VanderWoude - 90,000 (37.5 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Mark Brazis Finds a Double Up
Created (1/26/2019 12:32:32 AM by Eric Anderson)
Mark Brazis

Mark Brazis open shoved all-in for around 32,000 from UTG+1, and only got a call from the small blind.

Brazis:
Opponent:

The gave Brazis the lead, but his opponent was still live with a Broadway draw and an overcard.

Brazis never looked back with the turn, and the river, and he doubled up.

Mark Brazis - 68,000 (28 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Fargo 
ND 
343,000
343,000 
IL 
303,000
303,000 
MN 
295,000
295,000 
WI 
256,000
256,000 
Omaha 
NE 
214,500
214,500 
IL 
179,000
179,000 
IN 
160,000
160,000 
IL 
138,500
138,500 
IL 
137,000
137,000 
IL 
129,500
129,500 
IL 
90,500
90,500 
IL 
86,000
86,000 
IL 
72,000
72,000 
Olney 
IL 
70,000
70,000 
Mike Shin  1x Champ  
WI 
68,000
68,000 
Marne 
MI 
63,500
63,500 
Elgin 
IL 
48,500
48,500 
Austin 
MN 
0
Busted 
Carter Myers  1x Champ  
MI 
0
Busted 
Mike Shanahan  1x Champ  
Avon 
IN 
0
Busted 
Taylor Howard  1x Champ  
IA 
0
Busted 
Josh Reichard  1x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
Andrew Rubinberg  2x Champ  
IL 
0
Busted 
MI 
0
Busted 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
WI 
$68,593 
1,400 
2
Omaha 
NE 
$42,349 
1,200 
3
IL 
$30,718 
1,100 
4
IN 
$22,655 
1,000 
5
MI 
$16,996 
900 
6
MN 
$13,122 
800 
7
IL 
$10,140 
700 
8
IL 
$8,052 
600 
9
IN 
$6,233 
500 
10
Elgin 
IL 
$5,040 
400 
11
IL 
$5,040 
400 
12
IL 
$5,040 
400 
13
Marne 
MI 
$4,026 
300 
14
IL 
$4,026 
300 
15
Fargo 
ND 
$4,026 
300 
16
Elgin 
IL 
$3,430 
200 
17
MI 
$3,430 
200 
18
IL 
$3,430 
200 
19
WI 
$3,131 
150 
20
OH 
$3,131 
150 
21
OH 
$3,131 
150 
22
IL 
$2,386 
100 
23
IN 
$2,386 
100 
24
MI 
$2,386 
100 
25
Austin 
MN 
$2,177 
75 
26
IL 
$2,177 
75 
27
MI 
$2,177 
75 
28
IL 
$2,088 
50 
29
MI 
$2,088 
50 
30
IL 
$2,088 
50 
31
IL 
$2,088 
50 
33
IN 
$2,088 
50 
34
IN 
$2,088 
50 
35
Hobart 
IN 
$2,088 
50 
36
IL 
$2,088 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
15
Blinds
1500 / 3000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
135
Players Remaining
18
Average Chip Stack
150,000
Total Chips
2,700,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
343,000
303,000
295,000
256,000
214,500
179,000
160,000
138,500
137,000
10 
129,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
2,200
1,600
1,550
1,500
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
10 
1,400