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Potawatomi Casino

November 12 - 20, 2016

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Songjie Zhou Leads Advancing 49/269 Day 1a Players; Erika Obst Bags Second-Biggest Stack
Created (11/19/2016 2:21:39 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, the penultimate stop of our seventh season, drew an unexpected 269 entrants, which easily surpassed the advertised $200,000 guarantee. With Saturday’s Day 1b expected to be even bigger, there’s no telling just how big the prize pool will grow.

After 14 levels of play Friday night, 49 players remained with Songjie Zhou and his stack of 283,000 leading the way. Meanwhile, Erika Obst (pictured above), the only woman to advance, was second in chips with 247,000.

Songjie Zhou

Not far behind with 211,000 was MSPT Season 6 Meskwaki champ Rich Alsup. If you recall, Alsup finished runner-up last weekend to his good friend Carl Carodenuto in the MSPT Golden Gates Main Event. The win gave Carodenuto the lead in the MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year race while Alsup was just 200 points behind him.

Making things even more interesting is that Carodenuto missed his flight to Milwaukee today, meaning Alsup had put himself in a good position to pass his friend. However, Carodenuto is expected to arrive in time for Day 1b, so there’s really no telling what could happen.

Others who punched their ticket to Sunday’s Day 2 were Kou Vang (236,000), Mike Holm (188,000), Gerald Heckathorn (186,500), Aaron Johnson (133,500), Ravi Raghavan (110,500), and Mike Shin (56,500), who you may recall as finishing in 12th place in this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event.

Of course not everyone could make it through. Among those to fall on Day 1a were MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge, MSPT Pro Blake Bohn, former MSPT Potawatomi champs Travis Lauson and Dan Goepel, Potawatomi Regional champ Vinh Tran, 2016 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker champ Andy Rubinberg, and MSPT champs Aaron Massey, Josh Reichard, and Ken Baime, just to name a few.

The good news is they’ll all have the opportunity to try again on Day 1b if they so choose. The second and final starting flight will begin at 4 p.m. local time on Saturday. Once again we’ll bring you all the action right here in the MSPT Live Updates, so be sure to join us then. In the meantime, good night from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts
Created (11/19/2016 2:19:04 AM by Chad Holloway)

Songjie Zhou 283,000
Erika Obst 247,000
Kou Vang 236,000
The Nguyen 225,500
Rich Alsup - 211,000
Mike Holm 188,000
Gerald Heckathorn 186,500
Robert Esperes 161,000
Bryan Moon 154,000
Jay Goldenberg 150,000
Vadim Trovpemec 145,000
Albert Chiozzi 139,000
Derek Dunifer 136,000
Aaron Johnson 133,500
Vinh Ho 128,000
Randy Berdan 124,000
Cody Brinn 123,500
Steve Alonzo 123,500
Michael Greenen 121,000
Randy Perkins 114,500
Michael Kamenjarin 113,000
Jason Reno 111,000
Ravi Raghavan 110,500
Shane Cuccia 104,500
Ronald Wilfer 102,500
John Reading 91,000
Sam Rameshk 89,500
Umesh Babusukumar 89,500
Justin Lee 89,500
Robert Scaturo 89,500
John Nelson 88,000
Scott Obst 83,500
Jefferson Lasecki 69,500
Gerardo Perez 67,500
Ken Garbowicz 67,500
Timothy Moehrle 65,500
Bruce Swart 65,500
Robert Thomas 63,000
Roger Kregelka 58,500
Jim Boone 58,000
Mike Shin 56,500
Douglas Timmer 55,500
Michael Kopczynski 53,000
David Grandin 50,500
Vicente Hunog 41,000
Garry Kalmanovich 40,000
Vlad Revniaga 33,000
Stephen Lark 27,000
Robert Hesslink 21,500

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Three More Hands
Created (11/19/2016 1:51:31 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tourament staff just announced the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chips counts as well as a full recap of the Day 1a action.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Vadim Trovpemec Cracks Aces to Double Through Jim
Created (11/19/2016 1:45:37 AM by Chad Holloway)

Vadim Trovpemec

We missed the preflop action unfold, but we do know that MSPT regular Jim Boone, who last weeked finished 15th in the MSPT Golden Gates Main Event for $6,179, five-bet all in and Vadim Trovpemec snap-called for 51,200.

Trovpemec:  9d 9s
Boone:  as ac

Boone held the granddaddy of all hands, but he fell way behind when the  kc 9h 4d flop delivered Trovpemec a set. Neither the  3d turn nor  2s river helped Boone and he sent over a good portion of his stack.

“How does that happen?” an exasperated Boone asked.

Vadim Trovpemec - 105,000
Jim Boone - 75,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Late Night Glamor Shots
Created (11/19/2016 1:23:18 AM by Chad Holloway)

Songje Zhou
Randy Berdan
Robert Hesslink
Jeffrey Cvetezar
Allan Haupert

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Updated Chip Counts from Around the Room
Created (11/19/2016 1:09:02 AM by Chad Holloway)

Rin Nguyen - 232,000
Songje Zhou - 210,000
Rich Alsup - 200,000
Erika Obst - 180,000
Cody Brinn - 165,000
Gerald Heckathor - 135,000
Mike Holm - 133,000
Bryan Moon - 125,000
Kou Vang - 110,000
John Reading - 110,000
Mike Kamenjarin - 100,000
Aaron Johnson - 100,000
Jason Reno - 95,000
Mike Shin - 80,000
Jimmy Dennis - 80,000
Ravi Raghavan - 75,000
Jefferson Lasecki - 72,000
Roger Kregelka - 60,000
Cero Zuccarello - 41,000
Sherry Hammers - 30,000
Mike Mustafa - 17,000
David Gutfreund - Busted
Dan “DQ” Hendrickson - Busted
Jason Stansell - Busted

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (11/19/2016 12:31:30 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 night.

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
WSOP Bracelet Winner John Reading Continues to Climb
Created (11/19/2016 12:28:19 AM by Chad Holloway)

A short-stacked player got his last 16,000 all in preflop and found himself at risk against John Reading, who if you recall topped a field 1,436 players to win the 2015 World Series of Poker Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Hold’em for $252,068.

Reading:  qc js
Opponent:  ah kh

Sherry Hammers admitted that she folded queen-jack, but that didn’t matter as Reading took the lead on the  10c qs 4d flop. The  2h turn and  8d river were of no consequence, and Reading sent yet another player to the rail.

John Reading - 125,000

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Cero Zuccarello Doubles Through Scott Obst
Created (11/19/2016 12:25:15 AM by Chad Holloway)

Cero Zuccarello

Scott Obst opened for 4,300 from the hijack and a short-stacked Cero Zuccarello, a familiar face here at Potawatomi, three-bet all in for 8,000 from the cutoff. The button and blinds all folded before Obst put in the chips to call.

Obst:  ac jc
Zuccarello:  qs 10h

Zuccarello needed some help, and he got it on the 2d 10s 8d flop. Neither the  qh turn nor  5c river helped Obst, and Zuccarello shipped the double.

Scott Obst – 50,000
Cero Zuccarello - 19,000

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
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Created (11/19/2016 12:13:35 AM by Chad Holloway)

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Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
IL 
283,000  
73,000 
 
WI 
247,000  
67,000 
 
MN 
236,000  
36,000 
 
IL 
225,500  
6,500 
 
MN 
211,000  
11,000 
 
IL 
188,000  
55,000 
 
WI 
186,500  
51,500 
 
WI 
161,000  
61,000 
 
IL 
154,000  
29,000 
 
IL 
150,000  
150,000 
 
IL 
145,000  
145,000 
 
WI 
139,000  
139,000 
 
WI 
136,000  
136,000 
 
MN 
133,500  
33,500 
 
MI 
128,000  
128,000 
 
WI 
124,000  
124,000 
 
Beloit 
WI 
123,500  
123,500 
 
IL 
123,500  
41,500 
 
IL 
121,000  
121,000 
 
IA 
114,500  
24,500 
 
IL 
113,000  
13,000 
 
WI 
111,000  
16,000 
 
IL 
110,500  
35,500 
 
WI 
104,500  
104,500 
 
WI 
102,500  
102,500 
 
MN 
91,000  
19,000 
 
WI 
89,500  
89,500 
 
WI 
89,500  
89,500 
 
MI 
89,500  
89,500 
 
WI 
89,500  
89,500 
 
OH 
88,000  
88,000 
 
WI 
83,500  
83,500 
 
IL 
69,500  
2,500 
 
WI 
67,500  
67,500 
 
WI 
67,500  
17,500 
 
IL 
65,500  
15,500 
 
MI 
65,500  
25,500 
 
 
 
 
63,000  
13,000 
 
WI 
58,500  
8,500 
 
MN 
58,000  
67,000 
 
WI 
56,500  
23,500 
 
WI 
55,500  
55,500 
 
 
 
 
53,000  
3,000 
 
NH 
50,500  
50,500 
 
 
 
 
40,000  
20,000 
 
MN 
33,000  
33,000 
 
WI 
27,000  
27,000 
 
MN 
21,500  
21,500 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
Austin 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
Verona 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$138,385
1,600
2
WI 
$82,168
1,400
3
Aurora 
IL 
$53,626
1,300
4
WI 
$37,192
1,200
5
WI 
$27,966
1,100
6
IL 
$21,623
1,000
7
WI 
$17,587
900
8
CO 
$14,416
800
10
IA 
$9,226
600
11
MN 
$9,226
600
12
MN 
$9,226
600
13
IL 
$6,977
500
14
IL 
$6,977
500
18
IL 
$5,190
400
20
WI 
$3,979
300
24
MN 
$3,979
300
26
Aurora 
IL 
$3,979
300
27
MI 
$3,979
300
28
Verona 
WI 
$3,114
200
30
IL 
$3,114
200
33
MN 
$3,114
200
34
WI 
$3,114
200
35
IL 
$3,114
200
36
IL 
$3,114
200
37
WI 
$2,595
100
38
WI 
$2,595
100
40
MN 
$2,595
100
41
MN 
$2,595
100
43
IN 
$2,595
100
44
IL 
$2,595
100
47
IL 
$2,306
50
48
WI 
$2,306
50
50
MI 
$2,306
50
51
MI 
$2,306
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
269
Players Remaining
49
Average Chip Stack
109,795
Total Chips
5,380,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
283,000
247,000
236,000
225,500
211,000
188,000
186,500
161,000
154,000
10 
150,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
4,475
3,250
3,200
2,600
2,417
2,300
2,200
2,100
2,050
10 
2,050