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Meskwaki Casino

July 21 - 29, 2018

 
  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Travis Sweet Leads as 24 of 176 Advance from Day 1A of the 2018 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship
Created (7/28/2018 2:10:19 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1A of the 2018 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Casino drew 176 entries, but after 16 levels of play just 24 remained with Travis Sweet and his stack of 382,500 leading the way.

Sweet is on a bit of a heater after finishing runner-up in the MSPT Potawatomi Regional Event two weeks ago for $50,901.

Others to bag big stacks were four-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Mark Fink (282,500), current Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 9 POY leader Aaron Johnson (260,500), Zach Campbell (259,500), and WSOP bracelet winner John Reading (245,500).

Joining them at the end of the night were Kevin Berthelesen (220,500), Peyton Smith (215,000), DJ Buckley (117,500), Scotter Clark (81,000), Mike Shin (67,500), Mike Rieck (67,000), and Mike Lang (12,500).

Among those players to hit the rail on Friday were World Series of Poker bracelet winner Chris Tryba, 2018 WSOP Main Event 11th-place finisher Ryan Phan, and MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup.

Likewise, former MSPT champs Ahmed Taleb, Blake Bohn, Ken Komberec, Jeremy Dresch, Dan “DQ” Hendrickson, Jason Seitz, and 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champ John Sun all fell by the wayside.

All of those players and any newcomers will have the opportunity to fire Day 1B at 2 p.m. local time on Saturday. There will also be a $250 buy-in Turbo satellite at 10 a.m. for those looking to get in on the cheap.

Be sure to join us tomorrow for more updates straight from the tournament floor. Until then, good night from Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa!

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
End-of-Day 1A Chip Counts
Created (7/28/2018 2:08:32 AM by Chad Holloway)

Travis Sweet Black River Falls, WI 382,500
Mark Fink Sioux Falls, SD 282,500
Aaron Johnson Red Wing, MN 260,500
Zach Campbell Memphis, MO 259,500
John Reading Rochester, MN 245,500
Corey Rasmussen Waterloo, IA 222,500
Kevin Berthelsen Omaha, NE 220,500
Peyton Smith Eagan, MN 215,000
Dan Hamm Des Moines, IA 181,500
Jon Midler St. Paul, MN 173,500
Josh Meyer Des Moines, IA 148,500
Kipp Smith Grand Island, NE 128,500
John Pierce Rochester, MN 123,500
DJ Buckley Eden Prarie, MN 117,500
Sean Fabritz Des Moines, IA 86,500
Brian Wika Sioux Falls, SD 81,500
Scotter Clark Marion, IA 81,000
Mike Shin Milwaukee, WI 67,500
Mike Rieck Louisiana, MO 67,000
Patrick Fleming Bement, IL 59,000
Shaun Burnett Lacona, IA 48,000
Rachel Keele Ankeny, IA 44,500
Larry Barbetta Wayzata, MN 19,000
Michael Lang Waukee, IA 12,500

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Two More Hands
Created (7/28/2018 1:56:59 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play two more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1A. Stay tuned for chip counts and a recap of the day’s action.

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Mark Fink busts Jeff Grimes
Created (7/28/2018 1:51:24 AM by Eric Anderson)

Jeff Grimes raised to 10,000 from under the gun and Mark Fink called from the big blind.

The flop came and Fink checked to Grimes who fired a continuation bet of 16,000. Fink called.

Both players checked the on the turn.

The came on the river and Fink shoved his stack all in. Grimes made the call with and saw the bad news as Fink tabled for a flush ending Grimes’ night a few hands before the end of Day 1A.

Mark Fink - 282,000
Jeff Grimes - Busted

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Josh Meyers Gets Lucky to Double Through Ron McMillen
Created (7/28/2018 1:41:09 AM by Chad Holloway)

Josh Meyers

Josh Meyers got his stack of 74,000 all in preflop and was in dire straits against Ron McMillen.

McMillen:
Meyers:

When the flop failed to help Meyers he got up out of his seat and began to collect his things. That is when the dealer burned and turned the . Meyers took the lead and shipped a double when the was run out on the river.

Josh Meyers - 150,000 (38 bb)
Ron McMillen - 40,000 (10 bb)

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Larry Barbetta Flips Well Against Josh Meyer
Created (7/28/2018 1:36:55 AM by Brandon Temple)

Larry Barbetta

Josh Meyer raised to 10,000 from UTG+1 and Larry Barbetta three-bet shoved to 63,500 from middle position. Meyer thought for a moment then flicked a chip in the pot to call.

Meyer:
Barbetta:

Meyer found no love on the board and he shipped about half of his stack to Barbetta.

Larry Barbetta - 138,000 (34.5 bb)
Josh Meyer - 70,000 (17.5 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Travis Sweet busts Scott Moses
Created (7/28/2018 1:29:37 AM by Eric Anderson)

Travis Sweet

Scott Moses raised to 9,000 from early position and Travis Sweet called from the small blind.

Sweet checked the flop of to Moses who continued the aggression by betting 15,000. Again, Sweet called.

Both players checked the turn.

Sweet took a different line, electing to shove his massive stack when the came on the river. Moses called and Sweet tabled for a turned flush. Moses stated that he thought Sweet was just using his chip lead to put pressure on the smaller stacks as he flipped over .

Travis Sweet - 370,000 (123 bb)
Scott Moses - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Jon Midler Can't Hang On, Doubles Up Scott Moses
Created (7/28/2018 1:17:41 AM by Brandon Temple)

Scott Moses

Scott Moses raised to 7,000 from the hijack, and was called by Jon Midler in the big blind.

The flop saw Moses get his last 40,000 in the middle and Midler looked him up.

Moses:
Midler:

Moses needed an ace or five to catch up against the queens-up of Midler. The turn gave Moses additional outs to win, but it was the river that got Moses to rise out of his chair to celebrate the double.

“Damn, I thought I was stackin’!” Midler said.

“Yeah, I thought you were too.” Moses replied.

Jon Midler - 135,000 (45 bb)
Scott Moses - 100,000 (33 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Quads for Kevin Berthelsen
Created (7/28/2018 1:17:24 AM by Chad Holloway)

Kevin Berthelsen

Zach Campbell raised to 7,000 from the cutoff and Kevin Berthelsen three-bet to 20,000 from the small blind. Campbell called and then called a bet of 11,000 on the flop.

When the dealer burned and turned the , Berthelsen moved all in for 32,000 and Campbell called.

Campbell:
Berthelsen:

Berthelsen had a set of tens but Campbell was drawing live to both straight and flush draws. However, it was the on the river that improved Berthelsen to quads for the double.

Kevin Berthelsen - 130,000 (43 bb)
Zach Campbell - 64,000 (21 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
John Reading Doubles Through Ryan Tepen
Created (7/28/2018 1:05:36 AM by Eric Anderson)

John Reading

John Reading shoved his remaining 68,000 from under the gun and Ryan Tepen called from the button.

Reading’s was ahead of Tepen’s .

The flop put Reading at risk, but he was able to spike a set when the hit the turn. The on the river made no difference and Reading doubled. Tepen busted a short time later.

John Reading - 145,000 (48 bb)
Ryan Tepen - Busted

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
WI 
382,500  
382,500 
 
SD 
282,500  
282,500 
 
MN 
260,500  
260,500 
 
MO 
259,500  
259,500 
 
MN 
245,500  
245,500 
 
IA 
222,500  
222,500 
 
Omaha 
NE 
220,500  
220,500 
 
Eagan 
MN 
215,000  
215,000 
 
IA 
181,500  
181,500 
 
MN 
173,500  
173,500 
 
IA 
148,500  
148,500 
 
NE 
128,500  
128,500 
 
MN 
123,500  
123,500 
 
MN 
117,500  
117,500 
 
IA 
86,500  
86,500 
 
SD 
81,500  
81,500 
 
Marion 
IA 
81,000  
81,000 
 
WI 
67,500  
67,500 
 
MO 
67,000  
67,000 
 
Bement 
IL 
59,000  
59,000 
 
Lacona 
IA 
48,000  
48,000 
 
Ankeny 
IA 
44,500  
44,500 
 
MN 
19,000  
19,000 
 
Waukee 
IA 
12,500  
12,500 
 
MO 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MO 
0  
Busted 
 
Vinton 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MA 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Dekalb 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$94,568
1,600
2
Omaha 
NE 
$58,104
1,400
4
Hudson 
WI 
$31,669
1,200
5
WI 
$23,752
1,100
6
NE 
$18,034
1,000
7
MN 
$14,075
900
8
MO 
$10,997
800
9
IA 
$8,357
700
10
Quincy 
IL 
$6,598
600
11
MN 
$6,598
600
12
MN 
$6,598
600
14
MN 
$5,279
500
16
MN 
$4,399
400
19
IL 
$4,003
300
20
SD 
$4,003
300
21
MN 
$4,003
300
22
Quincy 
IL 
$3,387
200
26
Topeka 
KS 
$2,947
150
27
IA 
$2,947
150
29
MN 
$2,375
100
30
IA 
$2,375
100
31
MN 
$2,375
100
32
IA 
$2,375
100
33
Ankeny 
IA 
$2,375
100
34
IL 
$2,375
100
37
IA 
$2,155
75
38
IA 
$2,155
75
39
Marion 
IA 
$2,155
75
45
Omaha 
NE 
$2,155
75
46
MN 
$1,979
50
48
MO 
$1,979
50
49
WI 
$1,979
50
50
Austin 
MN 
$1,979
50
51
Eagan 
MN 
$1,979
50
52
SD 
$1,979
50
54
Bement 
IL 
$1,979
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
16
Blinds
2000 / 4000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
176
Players Remaining
24
Average Chip Stack
146,666
Total Chips
3,520,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
382,500
282,500
260,500
259,500
245,500
222,500
220,500
215,000
181,500
10 
173,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
1,700
1,500
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,375
10 
1,375