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July 16 - 24, 2016

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
John Sun Leads 49 Day 1b Survivors in Record Iowa State Poker Championship
Created (7/24/2016 2:21:39 AM by Admin System)

The 2nd Annual Mid-States Poker Tour Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Casino turned out to be a record-setting affair by drawing a combined 451 entries (187 Day 1a & 264 Day 1b), which set a new state record for largest major ($1,000+ buy-in) by surpassing 426 entries from a MSPT event in 2014.

The massive turnout created a total $451,000 prize pool, which easily surpassed the advertised $300,000 guarantee. After 14 levels of play, 49 players remained with Milwaukee's John Sun and his stack of 275,500 leading the way. That is a little ahead of Day 1a chip leader Phil Mader, who bagged 236,500.

If you've ever watched one of our MSPT Potawatomi final table broadcasts, then there is a good chance your remember the entertaining Sun, who has a remarkable record on the MSPT. It started in Season 5 when he final tabled the MSPT Potawatomi, ultimately finishing in fifth place for $26,808. Two years later, which was in April of this year, he finished third in the same event for $50,017. Then, just last week, he placed seventh in the MSPT Potawatomi Regional Event for $9,497.

Sun only has three MSPT cashes on his résumé, and amazingly all are final table appearances at Potawatomi. Sun is obviously primed to notch his first MSPT cash outside of Wisconsin.

Others who punched their tickets to Day 2 were David Rutledge (240,000), Reg Powell (234,000), reigning MSPT Meskwaki champ Keith Heine (227,000), Brett Reichard (196,500), Aaron Johnson (182,000), Tom Hammers (124,500), MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge (87,000), Rick "Moose" Syverud (61,000), and Kou Vang (37,000).

Among the throngs to fall on Day 1b were former MSPT champs Dan "DQ" Hendrickson, Josh Reichard, Andy Rubinberg, Moon Ahmed, Dan Sun and Erv Bjerga; MSPT Pro and commentator Matt Alexander; Minnesota Poker Hall of Famer Mike Schneider; and Mike Shin, who was fresh off finishing in 12th place in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event (interesting note, he is the cousin of John Sun).

Day 2 will kick off at 11 a.m. local time and the remaining 78 players will play until a winner is crowned. We'll capture all the action right here in the live blog, and the final table will also be live streamed online for the world to see.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts
Created (7/24/2016 2:18:44 AM by Admin System)

Congratulations to Hao "John" Sun bagging the Day 1b chip lead with 275,500 in the Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Bingo Casino & Hotel. 49 players survived the flight.

HAO SUN - MILWAUKEE, WI 275,500
DAVID RUTLEDGE - MANKATO, MN 240,000
REGINALD POWELL - ELK RIVER, MN 234,000
KEITH HEINE - HILLSBORO, MO 227,000
KURT MORDEN - CARPENTERSVILLE, IL 207,000
BRYAN ANDREWS - MILWAUKEE, WI 198,000
BRETT REICHARD - BELOIT, WI 196,500
AARON JOHNSON - RED WING, MN 182,000
NOEL CHLADEK - DES MOINES, IA 175,000
TODD BARTLETT - DALLAS CITY, IL 167,000
MARK REID - WYOMING, IA 159,500
RYAN HOHENSTEIN - EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 127,500
MICHAEL PARTIPILO - CHICAGO, IL 127,500
THOMAS HAMMERS - EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 124,500
TERRY GORSH - BOONE, IA 124,500
KENNETH AUKER - ROCK ISLAND, IL 107,000
JUSTIN BROWN - BLOOMINGTON, IN 105,000
JASON MARTIN - DES MOINES, IA 103,000
MARK LICK - MINNEAPOLIS, MN 102,000
JOHN KURFMAN - BAYLIS, IL 100,500
RONALD GREEN - LAWRENCE, KS 97,000
KEITH NEUZIL - OXFORD, IA 96,500
GEORGE DIETZ - CHICAGO, IL 94,000
MICHEAL KAMENJARIN - CHICAGO, IL 92,500
KIRK FLOM - SOLON, IA 91,500
PAUL JAIN - BISMARCK, ND 90,000
MARK HODGE - CORCORAN, MN 87,000
JASON RAMOS - CAROL STREAM, IL 86,500
MICHAEL HANDZEL - SHAWNEE MISSION, KS 85,000
BRIAN WIEPERT - MASON CITY, IA 84,000
ANTHONY KNEPPER - DUBUQUE, IA 81,000
JAMES LIVINGSTON - TIPTON, IA 78,000
THOMAS SHEA - GOTHENBURG, NE 76,500
SCOTT MOSES - CORALVILLE, IA 72,000
CARY LONG - WITTEN, SD 71,500
MICHAEL HAMLIN - EAST PEORIA, IL 70,000
DEDRIC HENDERSON - MINNEAPOLIS, MN 68,500
TROY REPP - TOPEKA, KS 63,500
JEREMY BROWN - BLOOMINGTON, IN 63,500
MATTHEW VAUGHAN - MADISON, WI 63,500
RICHARD SYVERUD - NORTH FREEDOM, WI 61,000
PAUL ELFELT - BROOKFIELD, WI 56,500
KIM OLSON - WEST DES MOINES, IA 51,500
JAY PHILIPS - BETHEL, MN 39,500
JARED BARTHELMAN - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 37,500
KOU VANG - SAINT PAUL, MN 37,000
JOHN BAMBARA - OSKALOOSA, IA 36,500
THOMAS NYPAVER - LEAVENWORTH, KS 34,500
BYRON ZIEBELL - HALES CORNERS, WI 32,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Two More Hands
Created (7/24/2016 1:54:18 AM by Admin System)

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players will play two more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chips counts, a full recap of the Day 1b action, and the Day 2 seat draw.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
MSPT Returns to Ho Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells September 3-11
Created (7/24/2016 1:46:36 AM by Admin System)

For the second time in Season 7, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) will visit Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells in Baraboo, Wisconsin. From September 3-11, the MSPT will host a series of $65 and $250 qualifiers culminating in a $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guarantee Main Event.

The Main Event, which requires players be 21 years of age to participate, will run from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. The tournament features two starting flights beginning Friday evening with Day 1A at 4 p.m., followed by Day 1B at the same time on Saturday. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.

"Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells is a hotspot for poker," said MSPT owner and operator Bryan Mileski. "Players come from all across the Midwest for the poker action. What's more, a lot of them bring their families as there are waterparks and more just up the road."

The Main Event final table will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide on msptpoker.com using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards. In addition, the entirety of the Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT's brand new live blog.

The MSPT last visited the property back in February for the 2nd Annual Wisconsin State Poker Championship, which attracted 489 entries and more than doubled the $200k advertised guarantee. Andy Rubinberg emerged victorious in that event to capture a $120,808 first-place prize.

Others who've captured titles at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells over the years include Johnny Hayes (Nov. 2015 for $98,907), Ben Wiora (Feb. 2015 for $114,512), Ben Berlowski (Sept. 2014 for $90,632), Jason Sell (March 2014 for $97,539), Josh Reichard (Nov. 2013 for $78,003), Daniel Bekavac (March 2013 for $76,668), and Joe Illingworth (Sept. 2012 for $65,742).

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells, which is located at S3214 County Road BD in Baraboo, WI, offers a full-service casino that lets you enjoy 24-hour slot machines, bingo, blackjack and other games 365 days a year. Each of their 302-hotel room or suites are designed with a rustic elegance inspired by the area. With deluxe accommodations and full-service gaming, dining and other entertainment, Ho-Chunk is among the best casino hotels in the Midwest!

Here’s a look at the MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming schedule:

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Reg Powell Eliminates Cory Cove to Extend Chip Lead
Created (7/24/2016 1:35:50 AM by Admin System)

Reg Powell

In the last hand of Level 14, Cory Cove moved all in for 13,300 from middle position and chip leader Reg Powell, who was to his direct left, called. The rest of the players folded and the cards were turned up.

Powell:  as kd

Cove:  10d 10c

It was a flip and Cove was just looking to hold to stay alive. Unfortunately for him, that proved easier said than done as the  kh jc 4c flop paired Powell. Neither the  ks turn nor  jh river helped Cove recover, and he wished the table luck before taking his leave from the Iowa State Poker Championship.

Reg Powell - 275,000

Cory Cove - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
George Dietz Wakes Up with the Ladies
Created (7/24/2016 1:27:37 AM by Admin System)

George Dietz

After a player had opened for 5,000 from middle position, the player in the cutoff three-bet all in for 21,000. Chicago’s George Dietz then moved all in over the top from the big blind, which prompted the original raiser to fold.

Dietz:  qs qh

Cutoff:  qc 10c

The  4s2d 7s flop was safe for Dietz, but the  5c turn was scary in that hit gave his opponent a club draw. Fortunately for Dietz, it didn’t come in as the  7s appeared on the river to give him the knockout.

George Dietz - 75,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
MSPT Champ Erv Bjerga Crippled By Ryan Hohenstein; Eliminated Shortly Thereafter
Created (7/24/2016 1:25:25 AM by Admin System)

Erv Bjerga

Ryan Hohenstein found himself all in preflop for 41,500 and racing against MSPT Running Aces Season 6 champ Erv Bjerga.

Bjerga:  10d 10s

Hohenstein:  da kc

It was a big flip, but not after the flop came down  7d 4h as to give Hohenstein a pair of aces. Neither the  jc turn nor  4s river helped Bjerga, and he was left with just 10,000 after the hand. That disappeared a short time later.

Ryan Hohenstein - 90,000

Ervin Bjerga - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
A Round of Chip Counts
Created (7/24/2016 1:02:00 AM by Admin System)

Reg Powell - 272,000

John Sun - 190,000

Dave Rutledge - 170,000

Keith Heine (MSPT Meskwaki Season 7 Spring champ) - 175,000

Aaron Johnson - 140,000

Michael Kamenjarin - 100,000

Troy Repp - 100,000

Tom Hammers - 95,000

Ken Auker - 83,000

Jim Boone - 80,000

Mark Hodge (MSPT Season 6 POY) - 79,000

Brett Reichard - 75,000

Matthew Vaughan - 70,000

Bryan Andrews - 70,000

Rick “Moose” Syverud - 65,000

Kou Vang - 55,000

Ervin Bjerga (MSPT Running Aces Season 6 champ) - 46,000

Marius Roderici - 45,000

Jay Philips - 22,000

Joe Matheson (MSPT Running Aces Season 1 champ) - 17,800)

Nick Marsh - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Bye, Bye Brian Berthiaume
Created (7/24/2016 12:48:45 AM by Admin System)

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (7/24/2016 12:26:50 AM by Admin System)

The remaining Day 1b players, of which there are approximately 75, 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 night. Stay tuned to see who thrives and who fails to survive!

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
WI 
275,500  
35,500 
 
MN 
240,000  
70,000 
 
MN 
234,000  
38,000 
 
MO 
227,000  
52,000 
 
IL 
207,000  
207,000 
 
WI 
198,000  
23,000 
 
WI 
196,500  
36,500 
 
MN 
182,000  
42,000 
 
IA 
175,000  
175,000 
 
IL 
167,000  
167,000 
 
Canton 
IA 
159,500  
159,500 
 
MN 
127,500  
37,500 
 
IL 
127,500  
127,500 
 
MN 
124,500  
34,500 
 
Boone 
IA 
124,500  
124,500 
 
IL 
107,000  
7,000 
 
IN 
105,000  
105,000 
 
IA 
103,000  
103,000 
 
Blaine 
MN 
102,000  
102,000 
 
Baylis 
IL 
100,500  
100,500 
 
KS 
97,000  
97,000 
 
Oxford 
IA 
96,500  
96,500 
 
IL 
94,000  
19,000 
 
IL 
92,500  
7,500 
 
Seward 
NE 
91,500  
91,500 
 
ND 
90,000  
90,000 
 
FL 
87,000  
8,000 
 
IL 
86,500  
86,500 
 
KS 
85,000  
85,000 
 
IA 
84,000  
84,000 
 
Asbury 
IA 
81,000  
81,000 
 
Newton 
IA 
78,000  
78,000 
 
NE 
76,500  
76,500 
 
IA 
72,000  
72,000 
 
Witten 
SD 
71,500  
71,500 
 
IL 
70,000  
70,000 
 
MN 
68,500  
68,500 
 
Topeka 
KS 
63,500  
36,500 
 
IN 
63,500  
63,500 
 
MA 
63,500  
6,500 
 
WI 
61,000  
4,000 
 
WI 
56,500  
56,500 
 
IA 
51,500  
51,500 
 
MN 
39,500  
9,500 
 
IA 
37,500  
37,500 
 
MN 
37,000  
3,000 
 
IA 
36,500  
36,500 
 
KS 
34,500  
34,500 
 
WI 
32,000  
32,000 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Blaine 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Motley 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Waukee 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Marion 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MO 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
WI 
$104,627
1,500
2
IA 
$63,216
1,300
3
IA 
$41,199
1,200
4
NE 
$28,556
1,100
5
IA 
$21,799
1,000
8
IN 
$11,553
700
9
Blaine 
MN 
$9,766
600
10
Canton 
IA 
$7,411
500
11
MN 
$7,411
500
13
MN 
$5,668
400
14
NE 
$5,668
400
15
IA 
$5,668
400
16
IL 
$4,229
300
18
Newton 
IA 
$4,229
300
19
WI 
$3,270
200
22
MN 
$3,270
200
25
Newton 
IA 
$3,270
200
26
IA 
$3,270
200
27
IA 
$3,270
200
28
IL 
$2,616
100
29
Kalona 
IA 
$2,616
100
30
MN 
$2,616
100
33
IA 
$2,616
100
34
IA 
$2,616
100
36
KS 
$2,616
100
38
Asbury 
IA 
$2,180
50
39
Casper 
WY 
$2,180
50
41
Onslow 
IA 
$2,180
50
42
MO 
$2,180
50
43
MN 
$2,180
50
45
IA 
$2,180
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
264
Players Remaining
49
Average Chip Stack
97,777
Total Chips
5,280,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
275,500
240,000
234,000
227,000
207,000
198,000
196,500
182,000
175,000
10 
167,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
4,300
4,150
3,850
3,400
2,700
2,600
2,500
2,467
2,315
10 
2,250