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March 18 - 26, 2017

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Gabriel Neighbors Leads Surviving 36 Players from Day 1A of #MSPT100
Created (3/25/2017 2:13:30 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1A of the MSPT Meskwaki, the historic 100th Main Event in tour history, was a big one as 211 entrants hopped into action. The field was chockfull of MSPT regulars, former champs, and satellite qualifiers, all of whom received a limited edition commemorative chip for showing their support and participating in a truly special event.

After 14 levels of play, just 36 players survived with Gabriel Neighbors and his stack of 317,500 leading the way. Neighbors has just one tournament cash on his poker résumé, and it came here at Meskwaki back in November when he finished in 45th place for $1,957. Neighbors has a stack that gives him a great chance at an even deeper run.

Others who made it through were former champ David Gonia (274,000), Wisconsin’s Rick Syverud (252,500), Johnny “Quads” Wenzel (196,500), reigning champ Ken Komberec (111,000), the first-ever MSPT Meskwaki champ Moon Ahmed (68,500), MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge (54,500), and former NFL running back Fred Jackson (37,000).

Among those to fall were 2016 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker champ Andy Rubinberg, Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup, MSPT Pro Blake Bohn, two-time champ Peixin Liu, and PokerNews reporter Mo Nuwwarah.

All of those players and more have the opportunity to try again on Day 1B, which will kick off at 4 p.m. local time on Saturday. Be sure to join us then as we bring you all the latest and greatest from the #MSPT100.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1A Chip Counts
Created (3/25/2017 2:09:45 AM by Chad Holloway)

Gabriel Neighbors 317,500
Dave Gonia 274,000
Rick Syverud 252,500
Roger Bennett 252,000
Tyler Bock 230,000
John Wenzel 196,500
Todd Breyfogle 192,000
Joe Matheson 169,500
Kim Olson 142,000
Aaron Hintz 140,000
Rodger Johnson 135,500
Vincent Wolrab 116,500
Nick Marsh 113,500
Ken Komberec 111,000
Adam Vargason 108,500
Troy Clark 100,000
Anthony Frost 96,500
Thomas Dean 93,000
Mike Lang 91,500
Ryan Hohenstein 90,000
Jaycin Cross 90,000
Katie Gebhart 86,500
Michael Nikolich 85,000
Tyler Caspers 83,000
Shawn Baker 78,500
Richard Thousand 73,500
David Sutton 69,500
Moon Amhmed 68,500
Alex Smith 65,000
Kurt Bales 61,000
Mark Hodge 54,500
Matthew Hennig 50,000
David Nelson 43,500
Darren Ficek 40,000
Fred Jackson 37,000
Erick Wright 36,500

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Four More Hands
Created (3/25/2017 1:54:07 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts, as well as a recap of the Day 1A action.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Big Slick Doesn't Do the Trick for James Swearngin
Created (3/25/2017 1:53:19 AM by Chad Holloway)

James Swearngin moved all in for his last 14,400 from early position and David Gonia called from the hijack. The rest of the field folded and the cards were turned up.

Swearngin:  ac ks
Gonia:  as 10d

Swearngin was a huge favorite, but not after the flop came down  10s 10h 8d to give Gonia trips. The  2hturn left Swearngin drawing dead, and he made a beeline for the door after the  9d was run out on the river.

David Gonia - 225,000
James Swearngin - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
PokerNews Reporter Runs Into Aces
Created (3/25/2017 1:23:10 AM by Chad Holloway)

Mo Nuwwarah

PokerNews reporter Mo Nuwwarah, who was taking a break from covering tournaments to play one, swung by the media desk to inform us that he had just been eliminated.

According to him, reigning champ Ken Komberec raised the button and Nuwwarah three-bet all in from the big blind for his last 20 BBs.

Komberec snap-called with  Ax Ax, which had Nuwwarah’s  Ax 9x offsuit crushed.

No miracle would come and Nuwwarah hit the rail in the penultimate level of the night. He did say that he will return tomorrow to fire another bullet.

Mo Nuwwarah - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Jessica Anderson Set Up By David Gonia
Created (3/25/2017 1:20:07 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jessica Anderson

We picked up the action on the  3d 3h 4d flop when Jessica Anderson jammed her last 35,000 and David Gonia snap-called her.

Gonia:  4h 4c
Anderson:  5c 5s

Gonia had flopped a boat, and that left Anderson looking for a high five. She was left hanging though as the  ac bricked on the turn followed by the  7s on the river.

David Gonia - 275,000
Jessica Anderson - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
MSPT Heads to Colorado’s Golden Gates Next Week
Created (3/25/2017 1:06:37 AM by Chad Holloway)

The MSPT may be hosting our 100th Main Event this weekend here in Iowa, but there’s also a $360 Regional taking place at Black Hawk, Colorado.

Next weekend, the highly-anticipated MSPT Golden Gates Main Event will kick off. That event will feature three starting flights beginning with Day 1a at Noon local time on Thursday, March 30. Days 1b and 1c will then be held at the same time on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 respectively. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.

The last time the MSPT visited Golden Gates, Carl Carodenuto topped field of 490 entrants to in his record-breaking third title, not to mention a $114,072 first-place prize. Before that, in April 2016, 439 entrants turned out for the Main Event to more than double the guarantee. Josh Crain emerged victorious in that tournament to capture a $102,199 first-place prize. Before that, Phanora Prom topped a field of 510 entries in November 2015 to win the title and $123,180.

Others past winners of the MSPT Golden Gates include Kane Lai, who topped a field of 409 entries to win the March 2015 Main Event for $101,365; Reza Yazdi, who outlasted 499 other entrants to win the November 2014 Main Event for $120,765; and Dan Colpoys, who won $114,156 after emerging victorious over a 453-entry field in March 2014.

For more information, including a look at the schedule, click here.

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
David Gonia Wins Without a Showdown
Created (3/25/2017 1:04:03 AM by Chad Holloway)

David Gonia, the MSPT Season 4 Running Aces champ, raised from middle position and Mo Nuwwarah called from the small blind. James Swearngin came along from the big and three players took a flop of  8d 9h 3h.

Two checks saw Gonia continue for 11,500, and both his opponents called to see the  4c turn.

Gonia bet again, this time 27,000, after his opponents had checked and only Swearngin called to see the 2d river.

Swearngin, who had less than 20,000 behind, checked for a third time and then snap-folded when Gonia moved all in.

David Gonia - 175,000
Mo Nuwwarah - 50,000
James Swearngin - 20,000

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (3/25/2017 12:37:30 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
Darren Ficek Triples While Troy Clark Nearly Doubl
Created (3/25/2017 12:36:38 AM by Chad Holloway)

Troy Clark

A preflop raising war resulted in Darren Ficek getting his stack of 19,100 all in against two players, one of which was Troy Clark, who was also all in for 51,100 more. MSPT champ Rodger Johnson had both players at risk.

Johnson:  da kh
Ficek:  7d 7s
Clark:  jc jh

Johnson was looking for either an ace or king to score the double knockout, but he didn’t get it as the board ran out  6s 5h 4s 10c 3d.

Ficek rivered a straight to triple, while Clark took down the side pot.

Troy Clark - 102,200
Darren Ficek - 60,000
Rodger Johnson - 32,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
IA 
317,500  
317,500 
 
MN 
274,000  
274,000 
 
WI 
252,500  
252,500 
 
MO 
252,000  
252,000 
 
Ankeny 
IA 
230,000  
230,000 
 
IA 
196,500  
196,500 
 
MN 
192,000  
192,000 
 
MN 
169,500  
169,500 
 
IA 
142,000  
142,000 
 
Ames 
IA 
140,000  
140,000 
 
ND 
135,500  
135,500 
 
IA 
116,500  
116,500 
 
IA 
113,500  
113,500 
 
WI 
111,000  
111,000 
 
IA 
108,500  
108,500 
 
IA 
100,000  
100,000 
 
IA 
96,500  
96,500 
 
IA 
93,000  
93,000 
 
Waukee 
IA 
91,500  
91,500 
 
MN 
90,000  
90,000 
 
IA 
90,000  
90,000 
 
MN 
86,500  
86,500 
 
MI 
85,000  
85,000 
 
Echo 
MN 
83,000  
83,000 
 
MO 
78,500  
78,500 
 
Ames 
IA 
73,500  
73,500 
 
WI 
69,500  
69,500 
 
MN 
68,500  
68,500 
 
Casper 
WY 
65,000  
65,000 
 
IA 
61,000  
61,000 
 
FL 
54,500  
54,500 
 
IA 
50,000  
50,000 
 
WI 
43,500  
43,500 
 
MN 
40,000  
40,000 
 
NY 
37,000  
37,000 
 
MN 
36,500  
36,500 
 
Ames 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Newton 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Oxford 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Canton 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Marion 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Bagley 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Blaine 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MO 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
Lacona 
IA 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$108,120
1,500
2
IA 
$65,325
1,300
4
Walls 
MO 
$29,509
1,100
5
MO 
$22,526
1,000
6
Omaha 
NE 
$17,345
900
10
Ames 
IA 
$7,659
500
11
IA 
$7,659
500
13
WI 
$5,857
400
14
MN 
$5,857
400
19
IA 
$3,379
200
21
Cedar 
IA 
$3,379
200
23
IL 
$3,379
200
25
IA 
$3,379
200
26
MN 
$3,379
200
27
Dayton 
MN 
$3,379
200
28
IA 
$2,703
100
31
Ankeny 
IA 
$2,703
100
32
MN 
$2,703
100
34
Ankeny 
IA 
$2,703
100
35
IA 
$2,703
100
37
WA 
$2,253
50
38
IA 
$2,253
50
39
IL 
$2,253
50
40
MN 
$2,253
50
42
MO 
$2,253
50
43
Casper 
WY 
$2,253
50
45
IL 
$2,253
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
211
Players Remaining
36
Average Chip Stack
117,222
Total Chips
4,220,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
317,500
274,000
252,500
252,000
230,000
196,500
192,000
169,500
142,000
10 
140,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
2,100
2,000
1,800
1,700
1,700
1,650
1,600
1,600
1,600
10 
1,500