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Canterbury Park

December 9 - 12, 2021
Main Event: 1042 Entrants
Winner: Kyna England
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EVENT RECAP

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) returned to Minnesota's Canterbury Park for the Winter Poker Classic and was headlined by the $1,100 buy-in, $400K GTD Main Event which was one to remember, as a total of 1,042 entries (241 from Day 1a; 324 from 1b; 477 from 1c) were tallied, which shattered the venue’s previous best field and generated a 1,009,240 prize pool.

On Sunday, 144 players returned for Day 2 action and after roughly 12 hours of play, it was Poker Power's Kyna England coming out on top to win the $186,709 top prize and her first MSPT title.

"This is my first significant win and I'm extremely proud of myself," England said. England has career cashes dating back only a few years according to The Hendon Mob, but won her first Circuit ring just before the poker world went on a standstill from the ongoing pandemic.

"During the pandemic I started teaching through Poker Power and throughout quarantine I made it my mission to study and get better," England stated. "I sharpened-up my game to teach the other ladies and I just believe that if you want to get better you will."

England has a very positive mindset and has lived up to her words. Since returning to live poker, she scored her largest career earning's after finishing third in the MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event for $73,782, then topped that mark just a few months later with another third-place finish in the Venetian World Poker Tour $5,000 Main Event for $448,755.

England's two third-place finishes earned her more than a half of a million dollars, but her win tonight is something she is very proud of.

"It feels really good to have a title, be a part of a club," she added, "Yeah I did win the Ladies Event for my first Circuit ring and that felt really good, but this is a significant win with a really large field, there were incredible players here and it just feels really good to win."

The emotion in England's eyes and voice after her win was uncanny, but she really came to Minnesota to chase the MSPT Player of the Year. "I almost didn't come here but I'm so close in the POY running and it's just a significant thing to win to say I'm the number one player of this season."

England has positioned herself well in the POY standings taking an 800-point lead over Cy Church with one stop left on the Season 12 schedule.

Jon Hanner entered the final table at the bottom of the chip counts but was able to get a pay jump after Aaron Frommgen departed ninth place after jamming ace-ten suited into Matt Mortfitt's pocket kings. Morfitt continued with his elimination spree and hooked Hanner shortly after in eighth place.

A few hands later, William Phillips hit the rail after jamming with suited connectors and was called by Angela Jordison holding a suited ace-ten. Jordison improved her lead after flopping an ace, but Phillips found a glimmer of hope turning a gutshot straight draw. Unfortunately for him, he bricked the river and departed in seventh place.

The next player to be sent home was Cody Espeseth, whose flopped top pair came up just short after England rivered a club flush. Next up on the chopping block was Jordison, who jammed ace-jack into England's Big Slick and failed to find a jack.

Four-handed play didn't last very long after Rory Linton squeezed from the big blind after Morfitt raised from the button and Andy Jenc called from the small blind. The paired board was checked to the river which brought three clubs and Morfitt pushed Jenc out of the pot with a bet of 2 million. Morfitt rolled over a queen-high flush and sent Linton's ace-jack home in fourth place for $63,582.

Three-handed action saw Morfitt hold a commanding chip lead and he extended it after he dropped Jenc in third place holding a dominating ace.

From there, Morfitt held a dominating 5:1 chip advantage but the heads-up match proved to be a battle as England secured an early double to chip away at Morfitt's chip lead. From there, she never looked back as she won pot-after-pot until she earned herself the MSPT trophy, along with a payday good for $186,709.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$186,709
1,900
2
IA 
$115,057
1,700
3
Hugo 
MN 
$85,785
1,600
4
MN 
$63,582
1,500
5
OR 
$48,444
1,400
6
MN 
$37,342
1,300
7
WI 
$29,268
1,200
8
MN 
$22,203
1,100
9
WI 
$18,166
1,000
10
MN 
$14,129
900
11
MN 
$14,129
900
12
IL 
$14,129
900
13
WI 
$12,111
800
14
Fargo 
ND 
$12,111
800
15
MN 
$12,111
800
16
MO 
$9,891
700
17
MN 
$9,891
700
18
MN 
$9,891
700
19
Belton 
MO 
$8,276
600
20
MN 
$8,276
600
21
MN 
$8,276
600
22
MT 
$6,863
500
23
WI 
$6,863
500
24
MI 
$6,863
500
25
MN 
$5,753
450
26
MN 
$5,753
450
27
MN 
$5,753
450
28
IA 
$4,441
400
29
SD 
$4,441
400
30
MN 
$4,441
400
31
Holmen 
WI 
$4,441
400
32
IL 
$4,441
400
33
MN 
$4,441
400
34
SD 
$4,441
400
35
MN 
$4,441
400
36
WI 
$4,441
400
37
Duluth 
MN 
$3,431
350
38
MN 
$3,431
350
39
SD 
$3,431
350
40
IL 
$3,431
350
41
MN 
$3,431
350
42
MN 
$3,431
350
43
MN 
$3,431
350
44
CO 
$3,431
350
46
Hugo 
MN 
$3,129
300
47
WI 
$3,129
300
48
ND 
$3,129
300
49
TN 
$3,129
300
50
Beloit 
WI 
$3,129
300
51
MN 
$3,129
300
52
WI 
$3,129
300
53
IL 
$3,129
300
54
Onamia 
MN 
$3,129
300
55
Kenyon 
MN 
$2,826
250
56
Duluth 
MN 
$2,826
250
57
WI 
$2,826
250
58
FL 
$2,826
250
59
Hugo 
MN 
$2,826
250
60
MN 
$2,826
250
61
WI 
$2,826
250
62
MN 
$2,826
250
63
Eagan 
MN 
$2,826
250
64
MN 
$2,624
200
65
MN 
$2,624
200
66
MN 
$2,624
200
67
MN 
$2,624
200
68
SD 
$2,624
200
69
MN 
$2,624
200
70
IL 
$2,624
200
71
Corona 
CA 
$2,624
200
72
IA 
$2,624
200
73
MN 
$2,523
150
74
SD 
$2,523
150
75
MN 
$2,523
150
76
Duluth 
MN 
$2,523
150
77
Chaska 
MN 
$2,523
150
78
MN 
$2,523
150
79
IL 
$2,523
150
80
MN 
$2,523
150
81
MN 
$2,523
150
82
MN 
$2,422
100
83
MN 
$2,422
100
84
WI 
$2,422
100
85
Peyton 
CO 
$2,422
100
86
MN 
$2,422
100
87
MN 
$2,422
100
88
MN 
$2,422
100
89
MN 
$2,422
100
90
IL 
$2,422
100
91
IL 
$2,220
75
92
MN 
$2,220
75
93
Dayton 
MN 
$2,220
75
94
MN 
$2,220
75
95
MN 
$2,220
75
96
MN 
$2,220
75
97
MN 
$2,220
75
98
ND 
$2,220
75
99
IA 
$2,220
75
100
Omaha 
NE 
$2,119
50
101
MN 
$2,119
50
102
MN 
$2,119
50
103
MN 
$2,119
50
104
MN 
$2,119
50
105
MN 
$2,119
50
106
MN 
$2,119
50
107
MN 
$2,119
50
108
Anoka 
MN 
$2,119
50