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Meskwaki Casino

March 18 - 26, 2017

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Jon McKamie Leads as 52 Advance from Day 1B of Record-Breaking #MSPT100
Created (3/26/2017 2:20:23 AM by Chad Holloway)

The #MSPT100, which is what we’ve been calling this weekend’s 100th Main Event, proved to be a record-breaking affair at Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa. In the tour’s 15 previous stops, the largest field was 451 entrants. Thanks to turnouts of 211 and 255 entries on Days 1A and 1B respectively, the total field grew to 466 runners!

That means the prize pool will be distributed to the top 45 players with the eventual winner taking home $108,120. Of the 52 Day 1B survivors, Jon McKamie is best positioned to make a run at it with his stack of 250,500. That is a good bit behind that of Gabriel Neighbors, who bagged the Day 1A lead with 317,500.

McKamie is looking for his first tournament cash since 2010, which is when he took down a $230 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament at the Gold Strike Winter Classic in Tunica. He took home $3,702 for that win.

Others who made it through on Day 1B were Vlad Revniaga (218,000), last year’s MSPT Meskwaki spring champ Keith Heine (212,000), four-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Mark Fink (199,500), and 2016 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker champ Andy Rubinberg (196,500), who round out the top five Day 1B stacks.

Some players that made it through on smaller stacks were MSPT Season 5 Running Aces champ Mark Sandness (166,000), 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker champ John Sun (143,000), PokerNews reporter Mo Nuwwarah (117,000), and MSPT Season 4 Ho-Chunk champ Josh Reichard (100,500).

On Sunday, they will join survivors from 1A that include 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 who failed to make it through to Day 2 were Minnesota poker pro Kou Vang, Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup, WSOP bracelet winner John Reading, and former champs Jason Sell, Dan Sun, Peixin Liu, and Blake Bohn.

Day 2 will get underway at 11 a.m. on Sunday and will play until a winner is crowned. Remember, the final table will be live streamed worldwide both here and on Twitch. 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 1B Chip Counts
Created (3/26/2017 2:14:40 AM by Chad Holloway)


Jon McKamie 250,500
Vlad Revniaga 218,000
Keith Heine 212,000
Mark Fink 199,500
Andrew Rubinberg 196,500
Matthew Roling 195,000
Joel Klipping 190,500
Jason Ramos 188,000
Eric Eelkema 180,500
Mark Hubble 166,000
Mark Sandness 166,000
Jason Bender 154,500
David Hengen 148,500
Nikki Nelson 146,500
John Sun 143,000
Marius Toderici 118,000
Mo Nuwwarah 117,000
James Maxey 103,000
Josh Reichard 100,500
Jerry Hapunik 100,000
Tracy Porter 94,500
Sherry Hammers 94,000
Everett Carlton 92,500
James Livingston 92,500
Ryan Leng 87,500
Jared Lofland 85,500
Jeff Grimes 82,000
Joe Barnard 79,500
Chase Kinchen 78,500
Mathew Wyngarden 75,000
Nathan Crookshank 74,000
Gary Tsui 74,000
James Schelling 72,500
Ryan Phan 66,000
David Kimbrell 62,500
Matt Alexander 57,000
Matthew Sztamburski 57,000
Neil Patel 54,500
Aaron Johnson 40,000
Brian Weipert 39,000
Brandon Pratt 38,500
Darin Utley 38,500
Terry Eisenman 37,000
DJ Buckley 34,500
Ken Auker 34,500
Parminder Singh 33,500
Josh Smith 33,000
Thomas Peebles 30,500
Tom Hammers 29,000
Brian Gonder 27,500
Michael Thul 21,000
Taylor Howard 20,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Four More Hands
Created (3/26/2017 1:57:20 AM by Chad Holloway)

The remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1B. Stay tuned for a recap of the day’s action as well chip counts and the Day 2 seat draw.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Big Slick Doesn't Do the Trick for Loren Lettingto
Created (3/26/2017 1:55:37 AM by Chad Holloway)

Loren Lettington

MSPT Season 5 Running Aces champ Mark Sandness and Loren Lettington engaged in a preflop raising war that saw the duo get around 100,000 in the middle. Lettington then jammed his last 30,000 all in on the  6d 10c 10h flop and Sandness called.

Lettington:  ah kc
Sandness:  qc qs

Lettington needed to catch to stay alive in the tournament, but it didn’t happen as the  8s blanked on the turn followed by the  9c on the river.

Mark Sandness -175,000
Loren Lettington - Busted

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Mark Fink Catches Fire
Created (3/26/2017 1:52:10 AM by Chad Holloway)

It’s been a good last two levels for Mark Fink, a four-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner.

In a recent hand, Thomas Peebles raised to 5,700 under the gun and Fink defended the button. Both blinds folded, the flop came down  10s 4h 2d, and action went check-check.

Peebles then check-called a bet of 7,500 on the  4c turn before check-calling one of 13,000 on the  jd river.

Fink then rolled over the  js 9s for a pair of jacks.

“Nice river,” Peebles said before mucking.

Mark Fink - 190,000
Thomas Peebles - 31,200

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 100
Goodbye Sweet Blake
Created (3/26/2017 1:15:25 AM by Chad Holloway)

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
MSPT Returns to Milwaukee's Potawatomi Hotel & Casino April 1-9
Created (3/26/2017 1:11:00 AM by Chad Holloway)

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) is headed back to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From April 1-9, the venue will play host to a series of satellites that will culminate with an $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed Main Event.

That tournament, which will take place the weekend of April 7-9, will feature two starting flights – Day 1A and Day 1B at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8 respectively. The survivors from both those flights will combine for Day 2 at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 9 and play until a champion is crowned.

“Milwaukee has proven itself to not only be one of the hottest poker destinations in the Midwest, but in the entire country,” said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. “Between locals, players from nearby Chicago and Madison, and those comings from surrounding states, Potawatomi is consistently setting new state records for largest fields and prize pools. We’re looking forward to another big one come April.”

The 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 entire Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT's live blog, which can be found on msptpoker.com once the tournament begins. Simply look for the neon green button that reads "Live Updates.”

The last time the MSPT visited Potawatomi for a Main Event was back in November when Alex Aqel topped a field of 596 entrants to win a $138,385 first-place prize. Amazing, Aqel had another big score at the property just six months later when he won the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event there for $208,184.

More recently, the MSPT kicked off Season 8 at Potawatomi back in January with a $350 Regional Event, which set what was then a state record for largest poker tournament with 1,228 entries. Craig Trost came out on top in that event to take home $63,252.

In April 2016, Travis Lauson topped a field of 556 entries to win a $129,077 first-place prize in the Main Event. Before that, in September 2015, Dan Goepel topped a field of 462 entries to win a $114,117 first-place prize. Amazingly, Lauson had finished runner-up in that event!

Prior to Goepel’s win, the MSPT had visited the property two other times – in April 2015 when Jason Mirza topped a field of 635 entries to win $147,529, and in September 2014 when Jason Zarlenga became a two-time champ by emerging victorious over a 487-entry field to win $120,164.

Click here for a look at the full MSPT Potawatomi schedule.

Set in the heart of Milwaukee, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is Wisconsin’s premier entertainment destination, offering guests the best in gaming, dining and entertainment. The property features six award-winning restaurants, the intimate 500-seat Northern Lights Theater and more than 60,000 sq. feet of event space. A 381-room, 19-story hotel opened in August 2014.

It has come a long way since its opening in 1991 when the Forest County Potawatomi first opened as a 45,800-square foot bingo hall, making it the first tribal off-reservation gaming operation in the country.

Aside from gaming, Potawatomi offers seven great dining options to choose from including beautiful Italian cooking at Bella Italiana, down-home cooking at Canal Street Café, and authentic Asian cuisine and sushi bar at Ruyi.

To discover more visit https://www.paysbig.com/.

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Mark Sandness with the Old Check-Raise
Created (3/26/2017 1:10:30 AM by Chad Holloway)

Mark Sandness

Matt Alexander raised to 4,500 from the hijack and Mo Nuwwarah called from the button. MSPT Season 5 Running Aces champ Mark Sandness came along from the big blind and three players saw a flop of  2h 6s 4h.

Sandness checked, Alexander continued for 6,500, and Nuwwarah called. Sandness then woke up with a check-raise to 23,000, and that did the trick as both Alexander and Nuwwarah folded.

Matt Alexander - 100,000
Mo Nuwwarah - 90,000
Mark Sandness - 80,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Jason Ramos Sends One to the Rail
Created (3/26/2017 1:07:54 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jason Ramos

On a  6c 3h 5c flop, Jason Ramos and another player jostled back and forth until the former jammed and the latter called off for around 50,000.

Ramos:  9h 9d
Opponent:  5d 6d

Ramos’ overpair was behind, but not after the dealer burned and turned the  3c to counterfeit his opponent. The  3s river improved Ramos to a full house and he sent his opponent to the rail.

Jason Ramos - 175,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
MSPT Grand Falls $350 Regional Event Added to the Schedule in Season 8
Created (3/26/2017 12:47:53 AM by Chad Holloway)

One of the new events on the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Season 8 schedule is May’s $350 Regional Event at Grand Falls Casino, which is located just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The event, which requires players be 21 or older, will take place May 4-7 and feature a $50,000 guarantee.

The stop will kick off April 1 with a series of satellites. Then, in May, the satellite schedule will be bolstered by two side events. First is the $40 Omaha Hi/Lo Spread Limit Grand Falls Weekly at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1. At 1:00 p.m. the following day, there will also be a $40 No-Limit Hold’em Grand Falls Weekly event.

As for the Regional Event, the tournament will feature three starting flights. Days 1A and 1B will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 respectively. Day 1C will then be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The surviving players will then combine for Day 2 action at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 7 and play down to a winner.

“Over the past five years, the Grand Falls Casino has continued to grow, which is why we thought Season 8 was the perfect time to add a Regional Event to the schedule,” said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. “Of course this will be in addition to our annual Main Event.”

Schedule for August, the MSPT Grand Falls $1,100 Main Event features a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool and tends to draw players from across the Midwest. Last year, the tournament attracted 187 entrants and saw Fishing Hall of Famer Ted Takasaki top a tough final table to walk away with $52,360.

The first visit at Grand Falls took place way back in 2012 when Dan Sun topped a field of 215 entrants to win $60,486 and become the MSPT's first back-to-back champion. Other winners of the MSPT Grand Falls Casino include Josh Smith, who topped a field of 218 to win $59,221 in August 2013; MSPT Pro Blake Bohn, who outlasted 200 other entrants to win in August 2014 for $54,607; and 2015 champ Alan Curl, who topped a field of 238 entrants to win $64,655.

“Our players look forward to the MSPT every year,” said Grand Falls poker room manager Renee Thomas. “It’s a great way for our local players to have the opportunity to satellite into a large tournament without having to travel. Because of our location we bring in players from multiple states and because of our amenities, many of them treat it like a mini vacation with their spouse.”

Here’s a look at the MSPT Grand Falls Regional schedule:

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort was granted an operator's license for a casino in May of 2010, which followed the passage of a referendum approving a gaming structure by the citizens of Lyon County, Iowa in September of 2008. Since then, the property has won a number of awards including Midwest Gaming and Destination Magazine 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Amenities,” “Best Golf Course,” and “Best Casino Personnel.”

It also ranked as the second-best overall property in Iowa, second-best for amenities in the entire Midwest, and having the best golf course in the entire Midwest!

“Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort has so much to offer our guests and it’s a great destination for a mini vacation,” Thomas concluded. “You can relax at the spa or pool, play golf, shop in our boutique and then have dinner at Ruthie’s, Robert’s Buffet or the Big Drop.”

For more information on the property, visit grandfallscasinoresort.com.

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Walls 
MO 
250,500  
250,500 
 
MN 
218,000  
218,000 
 
MO 
212,000  
212,000 
 
SD 
199,500  
199,500 
 
IL 
196,500  
196,500 
 
IA 
195,000  
195,000 
 
MN 
190,500  
190,500 
 
IL 
188,000  
188,000 
 
MN 
180,500  
180,500 
 
MN 
166,000  
166,000 
 
IA 
166,000  
166,000 
 
Keota 
IA 
154,500  
154,500 
 
Omaha 
NE 
148,500  
148,500 
 
Dayton 
MN 
146,500  
146,500 
 
WI 
143,000  
143,000 
 
IL 
118,000  
118,000 
 
Omaha 
NE 
117,000  
117,000 
 
Isle 
MN 
103,000  
103,000 
 
WI 
100,500  
100,500 
 
IL 
100,000  
100,000 
 
IA 
94,500  
94,500 
 
MN 
94,000  
94,000 
 
Newton 
IA 
92,500  
92,500 
 
MN 
92,500  
92,500 
 
IL 
87,500  
87,500 
 
Ankeny 
IA 
85,500  
85,500 
 
MO 
82,000  
82,000 
 
MN 
79,500  
79,500 
 
SD 
78,500  
78,500 
 
Cedar 
IA 
75,000  
75,000 
 
IL 
74,000  
74,000 
 
IA 
74,000  
74,000 
 
Clive 
IA 
72,500  
72,500 
 
Omaha 
NE 
66,000  
66,000 
 
KS 
62,500  
62,500 
 
Ankeny 
IA 
57,000  
57,000 
 
MN 
57,000  
57,000 
 
MO 
54,500  
54,500 
 
MN 
40,000  
40,000 
 
IA 
39,000  
39,000 
 
IA 
38,500  
38,500 
 
IA 
38,500  
38,500 
 
WA 
37,000  
37,000 
 
IL 
34,500  
34,500 
 
MN 
34,500  
34,500 
 
SD 
33,500  
33,500 
 
IA 
33,000  
33,000 
 
WI 
30,500  
30,500 
 
MN 
29,000  
29,000 
 
IA 
27,500  
27,500 
 
IA 
20,000  
20,000 
 
Lacona 
IA 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Blaine 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Canton 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Bagley 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Austin 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
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
255
Players Remaining
52
Average Chip Stack
98,076
Total Chips
5,100,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
250,500
218,000
212,000
199,500
196,500
195,000
190,500
188,000
180,500
10 
166,000
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