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September 9 - 18, 2016

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Ron Thompson Leads as 26 of 159 Survive MSPT Running Aces Day 1a Flight
Created (9/17/2016 2:11:52 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour Running Aces Main Event – the second such event of Season 7 – drew 159 runners, which puts the tournament well on pace to surpass the advertised $200,000 guarantee. After 14 levels of play, just 26 players remained with Ron Thompson of Fridley, Minnesota and his stack of 282,000 leading the way.

Others who bagged and tagged were MSPT Meskwaki Season 6 champ Rich Alsup (204,500), Vladimir Revniaga (187,500), Rob Wazwaz (186,000), Jeremy Dresch (160,500), MSPT Season 7 Meskwaki champ Keith Heine (143,500), Rick “Moose” Syverud (89,000), and MSPT Running Aces Season 1 winner Jason Seitz (34,000).

Of course not everyone was so lucky. Among those to fall over the course of play were two-time MSPT champ Carl Carodenuto; World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Reading; former MSPT champs Travis Lauson, Joe Matheson, Kou Vang, and Jason “GrindMentality” Mirza; and all three MSPT Pros in Blake Bohn, Matt Kirby, and Matt Alexander, who finished runner-up in this event back in April.

All of those players and more have the opportunity to play Day 1b at 16:00 local time on Saturday. We expect to see many of those players try again, while some newbies such as CardsChat forum member Matt Vaughan and Iowa State Poker champ John Sun, who currently leads the MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year race, have both told us they’ll be making the trip up in the morning.

Until then, good night from Running Aces in Columbus, Minnesota!

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts
Created (9/17/2016 2:08:24 AM by Chad Holloway)

Ron Thompson leads Day 1a with 282,000 at Running Aces Poker
26/159 players advance to Day 2
#canyoufeelit

Ron Thompson - Fridley, MN 282,000
Scott Weidema - Dayton, MN 206,000
Richard Alsup - New Hope, MN 204,500
Vladimir Revniaga - Burnsville, MN 187,500
Rob Wazwaz - Minneapolis, MN 186,000
Andy Beberg - Stillwater, MN 185,000
Andy Redleaf - Minneapolis, MN 175,000
Adam Jefferson - Burnsville, MN 169,000
Jeremy Dresch - Fridley, MN 160,500
Tony Moses - St. Anthony, MN 145,500
Keith Heine - Hillsboro, MO 143,500
Daniel Schmidt - South St. Paul, MN 135,500
Soap Song - Minneapolis, MN 130,500
Bradley Demotts - Lino Lakes, MN 115,500
Mike Gantzer - St. Paul, MN 115,000
Robert Michener - Minneapolis, MN 107,000
Richard Syverud - North Freedom, WI 89,000
Nicholas Balega - Dayton, MN 82,500
James Wilson - Minneapolis, MN 78,000
Jon Kulkay - Plymouth, MN 73,000
Gennady Shimelfarb - Minneapolis, MN 62,000
Aaron Johnson - Red Wing, MN 54,000
Kevin Quaas - Hugo, MN 50,500
Curtis Vierstraete - Wahpeton, ND 40,000
Jason Seitz - Shakopee, MN 34,000
Donald Beddow - Mankato, MN 29,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Three More Hands
Created (9/17/2016 2:01:05 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for chip counts and a full recap of the Day 1a action.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Jason Sell and Mark Hodge Fail to Survive the Night
Created (9/17/2016 2:00:24 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jason Sell

In one of the last hands of the night, MSPT Ho-Chunk Season 5 champ Jason Sell opened for 5,500 from middle position and James Wilson called from the button. Scott Weidema then three-bet to 16,600 from the small blind, the other two players called, and three players saw a flop of  6s 3c 4c.

Weidema open-shipped for 52,300, Sell called off for 45,800, and Wilson tanked for several minutes before making the call to put both his opponents at risk.

Sell:  10d 10h
Weidema:  as kc
Wilson:  5c da

Sell was ahead with an overpair, but Weidema held two overs while Wilson flopped an open-ender. The  5s turn was safe for Sell, but then the  kh spiked on the river to give Weidema the winner.

Meanwhile, MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge was also eliminated from the tournament.

Scott Weidema - 200,000
James Wilson - 70,000
Jason Sell - Busted
Mark Hodge - Busted

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
MSPT Running Aces Season 3 Champ Eliminated
Created (9/17/2016 1:40:00 AM by Chad Holloway)

Rodger Johnson

Rodger Johnson, who won this event back in Season 3, was just sent to the rail at the hands of Rob Wazwaz.

It happened when Johnson jammed his last 22,700 from early position and Wazwaz tanked before calling. The rest of the field then folded.

“I have a big hand,” Wazwaz stated. “I was just trying to get someone else to call.”

Wazwaz then tabled the  kh kd.

“I can crack that,” Johnson said optimistically before showing his  5s 8s.

“That’s a start,” Wazwaz offered when the  jd 5c 9s flop paired his opponent. The  10d turn gave Johnson some open-ended straight draw outs, but he missed when the useless  3s bricked on the river.

Rob Wazwaz - 190,000
Rodger Johnson - Busted

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Nicholas Ingolfsland Falls in Last Level of the Night
Created (9/17/2016 1:28:19 AM by Chad Holloway)

Nicholas Ingolfsland

Brad Cohen opened for 5,000 from early position and Andy Beberg called one spot over. Adam Jefferson came along from the cutoff and then Nicholas Ingolfsland three-bet all in for 29,000 from the small blind. Cohen and Beberg both folded, and Jefferson opted to make the call.

Jefferson:  7d 7c
Ingolfsland:  kd jd

It was a race, and while Ingolfsland didn’t hit the  2d 3d 2h flop directly, he picked up a flush draw to go with his overs. The  5h turn was a blank, and much to the dismay of Ingolfsland, so was the  8s river.

Adam Jefferson - 120,000
Nicholas Ingolfsland - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Ron Thompson Sends Jarad Reiser to the Rail
Created (9/17/2016 1:13:29 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jared Reiser

Andy Redleaf opened for 3,500 and Ron Thompson popped it to 12,000. When action reached Jarad Reiser in the big blind, he four-bet all in for right around 36,000. Redleaf wasted little time in getting out of the way and Thompson made the call.

Thompson:  ah kd
Reiser:  jc js

It was a race and Reiser was just looking to hold to stay alive. He survived the  2h 10s2d flop, but then disaster struck as the  kh spiked on the turn. The  9d river was no help to Reiser, and he was eliminated in the penultimate level of the night.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Poker Hall of Famer “Minneapolis” Jim Meehan was also eliminated from the tournament.

Ron Thompson - 135,000
Jarad Reiser - Busted
Jim Meehan - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Late Night Counts
Created (9/17/2016 12:56:38 AM by Chad Holloway)

James Wilson - 220,000
Vladimir Revniaga - 175,000
Soap Song - 145,000
Eric Letourneau - 145,000
Daniel Schmidt - 140,000
Andy Redleaf - 120,000
Michael Gantzer - 100,000
Jeremy Dresch - 100,000
Bradley Demotts - 70,000
Keith Heine - 40,000
Vlad Tkachuk - 40,000

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (9/17/2016 12:24:56 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
James Wilson Keeps Chipping Up
Created (9/17/2016 12:24:17 AM by Chad Holloway)

James Wilson

Rick “Moose” Syverud raised to 4,000 from early position and a short-stacked player in late position called off for 2,100. James Wilson then three-bet to 16,800 from the small blind, which prompted Syverud to get out of the hand.

Wilson:  kh ks
Opponent:  4h 3d

The  4s 10c 9c flop gave the short-stacked player a sweat, but he came up empty as the  6s blanked on the turn followed by the  2s on the river. With that, Wilson looks to be the first player to reach the 200k mark.

James Wilson - 200,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MN 
282,000  
32,000 
 
Dayton 
MN 
206,000  
136,000 
 
MN 
204,500  
104,500 
 
MN 
187,500  
67,500 
 
MN 
186,000  
86,000 
 
MN 
185,000  
65,000 
 
MN 
175,000  
55,000 
 
MN 
169,000  
49,000 
 
MN 
160,500  
60,500 
 
MN 
145,500  
65,500 
 
MO 
143,500  
83,500 
 
MN 
135,500  
35,500 
 
MN 
130,500  
14,500 
 
MN 
115,500  
25,500 
 
MN 
115,000  
35,000 
 
MN 
107,000  
  
WI 
89,000  
1,000 
 
Dayton 
MN 
82,500  
12,500 
 
MN 
78,000  
8,000 
 
MN 
73,000  
9,000 
 
MN 
62,000  
12,000 
 
MN 
54,000  
11,000 
 
Hugo 
MN 
50,500  
2,500 
 
ND 
40,000  
60,000 
 
MN 
34,000  
16,000 
 
MN 
29,000  
41,000 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Fargo 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
 
 
0  
Busted 
 
 
 
 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
 
 
 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Casper 
WY 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Blaine 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
 
 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Waukee 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Bagley 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$83,045
1,400
2
MN 
$49,827
1,200
3
MN 
$32,321
1,100
4
 
 
$22,588
1,000
6
MN 
$13,287
800
7
MN 
$11,294
700
9
MN 
$7,974
500
10
Hudson 
WI 
$6,311
400
13
MN 
$4,651
300
14
MN 
$4,651
300
16
MN 
$3,322
200
18
MN 
$3,322
200
20
Bethel 
MN 
$2,657
100
22
Wausau 
WI 
$2,657
100
24
IA 
$2,657
100
26
Ankeny 
IA 
$2,657
100
27
MO 
$2,657
100
28
Blaine 
MN 
$2,093
50
29
MN 
$2,093
50
30
MN 
$2,093
50
31
WI 
$2,093
50
33
Dayton 
MN 
$2,093
50
34
MN 
$2,093
50
36
Dayton 
MN 
$2,093
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
159
Players Remaining
26
Average Chip Stack
122,307
Total Chips
3,180,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
282,000
206,000
204,500
187,500
186,000
185,000
175,000
169,000
160,500
10 
145,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
2,100
2,050
2,000
1,800
1,750
1,700
1,700
1,600
10 
1,600