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Potawatomi Casino

April 2 - 10, 2016

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Abe Montenegro Leads Advancing 49 Day 1a Survivors
Created (4/9/2016 2:32:01 AM by Chad Holloway)

Season 7 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) continued on Friday night with Day 1a action from the latest Main Event at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The stop has traditionally been one of the biggest on the schedule, and the first of two starting flights did not disappoint as 264 entries – up from 246 the last time the tour was in town – took to the felt to surpass the $200,000 guarantee. The question now is, with another starting flight to go, just how big will the prize pool grow?

After 14 levels of play, just 49 players remained in contention with Illinois' Abraham Montenegro and his stack of 387,500 leading the way. Montenegro, who has $37,431 in live tournament earnings including a career-best $22,542 for an eighth-place finish in the 2013 World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw $580 No-Limit Hold'em, is seeking his first-ever MSPT cash and is in prime position to make a run at it on Day 2.

Joining Montenegro, who charged up the chip counts when he picked up Big Slick and called an opponent's ace-ten shove for 80,000, at the top of the counts are Brandon Byrne (307,500), Nick Jivkov (283,000), Brant Graves (248,000) and Rob Wazwaz (220,000), who round out the top five.

Others who made it through to Day 2, albeit it with middling to short stacks were Jason Reno (120,000), reigning MSPT Player of the Year Mark Hodge (86,500), Jon Lane (81,000), Leon Morford (77,000), and Oscar Arndt (73,500), who topped a field of 904 entries to win the MSPT Potawatomi Regional Main Event back in January.

Of course not everyone was so lucky. Among those to take a shot and miss on Day 1a were defending champ Dan Goepel; reigning MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champ Andy Rubinberg; online legend Mark "P0ker H0" Kroon; MSPT Pros Blake Bohn and Matt Alexander; and Luke Arora, who was fresh off his win in last weekend's MSPT Running Aces Main Event.

Day 1b will kick off at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday with the plan of playing another 14 levels. Join us then as we bring you all the action and eliminations straight from the floor of the MSPT Potawatomi Main Event.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts
Created (4/9/2016 2:28:45 AM by Chad Holloway)

Abraham Montengro - Franklin Park, IL 387,500
Brandon Byrne - Green Bay, WI 307,500
Nick Jivkov - Des Plaines, IL 283,000
Brant Graves - Milwaukee, WI 248,000
Rob Wazwaz - Brooklyn Park, MN 220,000
Yoon Kim - Caledonia, WI 201,500
Jonathan DiMatteo - Lisle, IL 187,500
Alex Barill - Dearborn, MI 179,500
Jim Kasputis - Rockford, IL 158,500
Rich Lasko - Racine, WI 155,000
Hao Sun - Milwaukee, WI 148,500
Jerome Eaton - Fond du Lac 145,500
Peter Nuetzel - German Town, WI 126,000
Jason Reno - Madison, WI 120,000
Mikel Mustafa - Orland Park, IL 110,500
Allen Wisniewski - Dousman, WI 100,500
Anselmo Villarreal - Greenfield, WI 88,000
Mark Hodge - Corcoran, MN 86,500
Chanda Holschbach - Manitowoc, WI 84,000
Jon Lane - Menasha, WI 81,000
Michael Wolff - Madison, WI 80,500
Alex Ziskin - Vernon Hills, IL 80,000
David Mowery - Las Vegas, NV 79,500
Jason Banfi - Platteville, WI 78,000
Leon Moford - Rockford, IL 77,000
Andrija Solovjev - Franklin, WI 75,500
Randy Delaura - Sussex, WI 74,500
George Tomasevich - Burbank, IL 74,500
Oscar Arndt - West Allis, WI 73,500
Ahmed Maniar - Skokie, IL 73,500
Michael Murack - Milwaukee, WI 72,000
Mark Sandness - Wayzata, MN 71,000
Vicente Hinog - Beach Park, IL 66,000
Joseph Kyung - Franklin, WI 66,000
Jason Zarlenga - Lansing, MI 63,000
Geremi Wicinski - Trevor, WI 59,500
Oleg Badmayev - Des Plaines, IL 57,500
Sasidhar Bobba - Chicago, IL 57,000
Ken Baime - Glenview, IL 55,500
Adam Lamphere - Lansing, MI 53,500
Steve Lauson - Manitowoc, WI 52,500
Darryl Ronconi - Naperville, IL 51,500
Pavlin Karakikov - Chicago, IL 47,000
Paul Saharsky - Green Bay, WI 44,000
David Gutfreund - Chicago, IL 41,500
Gary Cripps - Marshall, WI 40,000
Bruce Swart - Grass Lake, MI 38,500
Mark Bernal - Oak Forest, IL 34,500
Dennis Langer - Waukesha, WI 12,300

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Four More Hands
Created (4/9/2016 1:52:41 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players, of which there are currently 50, will play four more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a full list of chip counts as well as a recap of the Day 1a action.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Montenegro Vaults to 400k
Created (4/9/2016 1:35:04 AM by Chad Holloway)

Abraham Montenegro

Abraham Montenegro is on a late night heater and the first player up to 400,000, a rare mark to hit on a MSPT Day 1.

He did it after an opponent jammed 80,000 into him holding  Ax 10x and Montenegro called with  Ax Kx. The board ran out clean, and just like that Montenegro was up to 400,000 and overtook Brandon Byrne for the chip leader.

Abraham Montenegro - 400,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
A Round of Chip Counts
Created (4/9/2016 1:14:43 AM by Chad Holloway)

Brandon Byrne - 370,000

Abraham Montenegro - 290,000

Rob Wazwaz - 275,000

Brant Graves - 195,000

Geremi Wicinski - 180,000

Alex Barill - 170,000

Nick Jivkov - 160,000

Jun Kim - 160,000

Jon Lane - 135,000

Dennis Langer - 130,000

Mark Hodge - 110,000

Peter Nuetzel -110,000

Jason Reno - 100,000

Jason Zarlenga - 65,000

Ken Baime - 60,000

Dan “DQ” Hendrickson - 55,000

Bruce Swart - 50,000

Adam Lamphere - 50,000

Oscar Arndt - 47,000

Daryll Ronconi - 40,000

Mark Sandness- 40,000

David Gutfreund - 40,000

Leon Morford - 31,000

Ken Payne - Busted

Julie Cornelius - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
MSPT Potawatomi Regional Champ Eliminates Alsup
Created (4/9/2016 1:00:04 AM by Chad Holloway)

Oscar Arndt

We saw former MSPT Meskwaki champ Rich Alsup exiting the room, and a quick check with his former table confirmed that he’d just been eliminated by Oscar Arndt, who topped a field of 904 back in January to win the $350 Regional Event here at Potawatomi for $58,964.

As they explained it, Alsup had raised to 4,000 holding  ks Kx and another player called. Arndt then three-bet all in with  as Qx, Alsup called off, and the other player got out of the way.

Alsup managed to dodge an ace, but little good it did him as the board ran out with four spades to give Arndt a winning flush.

Oscar Arndt - 65,000

Rich Alsup - Eliminated

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (4/9/2016 12:31:25 AM by Chad Holloway)

Players are now on their last 10-minute break of the night. When they return, they’ll play two more levels before bagging and tagging for the evening.

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
MSPT Pro Vanishes from Reno
Created (4/9/2016 12:22:43 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jason Reno

MSPT Pro Matt Alexander, who last week finished runner-up to Luke Arora in the MSPT Running Aces Main Event, moved all in for his last 5,100 from middle position and received called from Jason Reno and Jon Lane on the button and in the big blind respectively.

Both active players then checked it down as the board ran out  7h 10h 4c 10c 2s. Alexander showed the  jc 9h, but it was no good against Reno’s  6h 6d. Lane simply mucked.

Jason Reno - 85,000

Matt Alexander - Busted

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Reigning MSPT Player of the Year Fills Up on Vince
Created (4/9/2016 12:15:55 AM by Chad Holloway)

WJ Vincent just stopped by the desk to inform us that he had been eliminated by the reigning MSPT Player of the Year Mark Hodge.

As he told it, he had turned the second-nut straight and moved all in for 27,000 after Hodge had checked. Hodge thought for a bit before calling with  Jx 10x, which gave him two pair, and then promptly caught a  Jx to fill up and send a frustrated Vincent to the rail.

WJ Vincent - Busted

  • Level: 11
  • Blinds: 600 / 1200
  • Ante: 200
Humphrey Wakes Up with Kings
Created (4/8/2016 11:50:44 PM by Chad Holloway)

After Nick Jivkov opened for 2,600, Kevin Humphrey three-bet jammed for 17,900 from the hijack. The player on the button then moved all in over the top for 18,700, and both blinds folded. Jivkov got out of the way and the cards were turned up.

Humphrey:  kc kh

Button:  10s 10c

Humphrey was well out in front, which is where he stayed as the board ran out  jd 7d jc 6c 6h.

Kevin Humphrey - 40,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
IL 
387,500  
12,500 
 
WI 
307,500  
62,500 
 
IL 
283,000  
173,000 
 
WI 
248,000  
48,000 
 
MN 
240,000  
10,000 
 
WI 
201,500  
201,500 
 
Lisle 
IL 
187,500  
187,500 
 
MI 
179,500  
179,500 
 
IL 
158,500  
158,500 
 
Racine 
WI 
155,000  
155,000 
 
WI 
148,500  
148,500 
 
WI 
145,500  
145,500 
 
WI 
126,000  
11,000 
 
WI 
123,000  
7,000 
 
WI 
120,000  
20,000 
 
IL 
110,500  
110,500 
 
WI 
100,500  
100,500 
 
WI 
88,000  
88,000 
 
FL 
86,500  
16,500 
 
WI 
84,000  
84,000 
 
WI 
81,000  
54,000 
 
WI 
80,500  
80,500 
 
IL 
80,000  
80,000 
 
WI 
79,500  
79,500 
 
WI 
78,000  
78,000 
 
IL 
77,000  
52,000 
 
WI 
75,500  
4,500 
 
IL 
74,500  
74,500 
 
Sussex 
WI 
74,500  
74,500 
 
Skokie 
IL 
73,500  
73,500 
 
WI 
73,500  
8,500 
 
WI 
72,000  
72,000 
 
MN 
71,000  
9,000 
 
WI 
66,000  
66,000 
 
IL 
66,000  
66,000 
 
MI 
63,000  
13,000 
 
Trevor 
WI 
59,500  
120,500 
 
IL 
57,500  
57,500 
 
IL 
57,000  
57,000 
 
IL 
55,500  
4,500 
 
MI 
53,500  
8,500 
 
WI 
52,500  
52,500 
 
IL 
51,500  
48,500 
 
IL 
47,000  
47,000 
 
WI 
44,000  
44,000 
 
IL 
44,000  
4,000 
 
WI 
40,000  
40,000 
 
MI 
38,500  
8,500 
 
IL 
34,500  
34,500 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
CA 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Tomah 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
WI 
$129,077
1,600
2
WI 
$76,646
1,400
3
WI 
$50,017
1,300
5
IN 
$26,084
1,100
6
IL 
$20,168
1,000
8
IL 
$13,446
800
9
IL 
$10,756
700
10
WI 
$8,605
600
11
Lisle 
IL 
$8,605
600
12
IL 
$8,605
600
13
Elroy 
WI 
$6,508
500
14
WI 
$6,508
500
15
WI 
$6,508
500
16
Neenah 
WI 
$4,840
400
17
IL 
$4,840
400
18
IL 
$4,840
400
20
IL 
$3,711
300
21
IL 
$3,711
300
22
WI 
$3,711
300
23
IL 
$3,711
300
25
WI 
$3,711
300
26
WI 
$3,711
300
29
IL 
$2,904
200
31
IL 
$2,904
200
35
IL 
$2,904
200
36
WI 
$2,904
200
37
MN 
$2,420
100
39
WI 
$2,420
100
40
VT 
$2,420
100
45
WI 
$2,420
100
46
IL 
$2,151
50
48
WI 
$2,151
50
51
WI 
$2,151
50
52
MI 
$2,151
50
54
MI 
$2,151
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
264
Players Remaining
49
Average Chip Stack
88,000
Total Chips
5,280,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
387,500
307,500
283,000
248,000
240,000
201,500
187,500
179,500
158,500
10 
155,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
4,800
3,500
3,425
3,250
2,950
2,700
2,700
2,417
2,400
10 
2,300