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Tropicana Evansville

August 11 - 19, 2018

 
  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Kanat Ozturk Leads as 21 Players Bag on Day 1B of 2018 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship
Created (8/19/2018 1:42:29 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1B of the 2018 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship attracted 162 entries to Tropicana Evansville, which along with 1A’s 145 brought the total field up to 307 entrants. That means the top 36 players will get paid a minimum of $2,074 while the eventual winner will walk away with a $68,149 top prize.

The man best position is Minnesota’s Kanat Ozturk, who bagged 401,500 among the 21 survivors. That is well ahead of Day 1A chip leader Brian Powell, who made it through with 329,000.

Others to bag big on Day 1B were Leart Hasani (318,000), James Burn (292,000), Forrest Browning (258,500), and Donnie Phan (230,000), who round out the top five.

Joining them are nine-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Robert Hankins (194,000), Hyun Lee (99,000), Ricky Stinson (72,500), and Jeff Minnerly (41,000).

Among those to fall on Saturday were 2015 MSPT Indiana State Poker Champion Mike O’Niell, Jefferson Lasecki, Steven Pike, Alan Cutler, John Utley, and former MSPT champs Ahmed Taleb, Craig Trost, and Adam Thomas.

Day 2 will kick off at 11 a.m. on Sunday with 39 returning players (18 from Day 1A and 21 from 1B). Be sure to join us tomorrow as we bring you all the latest and greatest from the 2018 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship.

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
End-of-Day 1B Chip Counts
Created (8/19/2018 1:40:10 AM by Chad Holloway)

Kanat Ozturk 401,500
Leart Hasani 318,000
James Burns 292,000
Forrest Browning 258,500
Donnie Phan 230,000
James Umphress 198,000
Robert Hankins 194,000
Abhishek Yerra 171,000
Raymond Lantz 165,000
Tarek Elalayli 159,000
Francis Thomas 134,000
Roger Kamuf 131,000
Randall Hammelman 105,500
Hyun Lee 99,000
Brian Sanders 79,500
Ricky Stinson 72,500
Matthew Wilmes 72,500
Michael Clements 72,500
Brandon Broda 63,500
James Aldridge 43,000
Jeffrey Minnerly 41,000

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Five More Hands
Created (8/19/2018 1:19:57 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a recap of the Day 1B action, chip counts, and the Day 2 seat draw.

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 400
MSPT Heads to Seneca Niagara Casino for First Time September 15-23
Created (8/19/2018 1:15:28 AM by Chad Holloway)

If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to see Niagara Falls, you’ll have the opportunity come September. That’s because the MSPT has added a new stop in Season 9.

From September 15-23, the MSPT will visit New York for the first time. A series of satellites will feed into a $1,100 buy-in, $200K GTD Main Event at Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, New York, which isn’t far off from Buffalo.

The $1,100 Main Event, which requires players be 21 or older, will feature two starting flights beginning with Day 1A at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 21. Day 1B will take place at the same time on Saturday, September 22. Both days will play 16 levels. The surviving players from both flights will then return at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 23 to play down to a winner.

The entirety of the Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT's live blog.

Seneca Niagara Casino has a great poker history and has hosted events like the Western New York Poker Challenge, Summer Slam, and a Fall Poker Classic. It’s there that a number of players have risen to prominence including Andy Spears, Dan Wagner, and Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year Chris Meyers.

“I’m very excited the MSPT is coming to my home casino,” Meyers said of the announcement. “There are a lot of great players at Seneca Niagara Casino, and I can’t wait until they get to experience one of the country’s best poker tours.”

MSPT President Bryan Mileski echoed those sentiments: “I had the opportunity to visit Seneca Niagara Casino in December and was thoroughly impressed with the property, especially the recently-expanded poker room. Not only will this stop offer great poker action, there’s plenty to see and do with Niagara Falls minutes away. It’s a destination experience.”

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is a full-amenity resort featuring 604 rooms and suites. With ten restaurants, seven shops, more than 3,000 slots and over 80 table games, live poker, keno, a full-service spa, flexible meeting facilities, rewarding promotions, superstar entertainment and exciting nightlife, Seneca Niagara is consistently rated as a must-see Niagara Falls casino.

Every year, the prestigious gaming magazine, Casino Player, recognizes the top performers in the gaming industry based on player feedback. Among the awards Seneca Niagara has won are Best Hotel Rooms, Best Spa, Favorite Casino Resort to Vacation at, and Best Dealers.

For more information, visit senecaniagaracasino.com or follow them on Twitter @SNFPoker and @SenecaCasinos. Visit msptpoker.com for upcoming hotel rates.

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Doubled up by way of a set
Created (8/19/2018 1:14:54 AM by Eric Anderson)

Jim Umpress

There was about 22,000 in the pot when Jim Umpress shoved all in after a flop.

His opponent tanked for a few minutes eventually calling with the and found himself drawing to runner runner when he saw Umpress’ for a set.

The hit the felt on the turn and Umpress locked up the double.

Jim Umpress 215,000 - (71 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Donnie Phan Can't Get Kanat Ozturk To Bite
Created (8/19/2018 1:03:16 AM by Brandon Temple)

Donnie Phan

With 40,000 already in the middle, Kanat Ozturk checked a flop from the small blind, and Justin Calvert jammed for 30,500 from the big blind. Donnie Phan called from the cutoff, and Ozturk thought for a bit before saying, “I’m folding the best hand,” and mucking face-up.

Calvert:
Phan:

Ozturk was actually in third-place, as Calvert flopped a pair of kings, while Phan had aces and the nut flush draw. The turn locked the hand up for Phan, and after the river, Phan was stacking up the chips.

Donnie Phan - 200,000 (67 bb)
Justin Calvert - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Matt Wilmes Doubles Through Brandon Broda
Created (8/19/2018 1:01:49 AM by Chad Holloway)

Matthew Wilmes

With roughly 30,000 in the pot and a flop of , Matthew Wilmes got his stack of 70,000 all in against Brandon Broda.

Broda:
Wilmes:

Wilmes had the granddaddy of all hands and scored the double after the was run out on the turn followed by the on the river.

Matthew Wilmes - 170,000 (57 bb)
Brandon Broda - 10,000 (3 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Robert Hankins Busts a Shorty
Created (8/19/2018 12:54:49 AM by Eric Anderson)

Robert Hankins

Action folded to Robert Hankins who made a standard raise before his opponent shoved all in from the small blind.

Hankins made the call and flipped up and his opponent turned over the .

The board blanked out and Hankins got one player closer to the money.

Robert Hankins - 290,000 (97 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Dave Hickey Versus Ryan Tepen
Created (8/19/2018 12:50:55 AM by Brandon Temple)

With 30,000 already in the middle and a flop out, Dave Hickey (pictured, left) bet 17,000 from lojack, and Ryan Tepen (pictured, right) made the call from the hijack.

The hit the turn, and Hickey repeated the 17,000 bet. Tepen spent a while in the tank before electing to call the bet.

The completed the board on the river, and Hickey checked. Tepen thought for a bit before firing 25,000, and Hickey folded.

Ryan Tepen - 130,000 (43 bb)
Dave Hickey - 87,500 (29 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Brian Mckain Sent to the Rail
Created (8/19/2018 12:32:05 AM by Eric Anderson)

Action folded around Brian Mckain who barreled all in. He was called by Leart Hasani who immediately flipped up and Mckain showed the .

The flop came , which was good for Mckain.

However, the turn brought Hasani the lead with the and when the hit the river, Mckain was sent to the exit.

Brian Mckain - Eliminated

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MN 
401,500  
401,500 
 
TN 
318,000  
318,000 
 
Smyrna 
TN 
292,000  
292,000 
 
IN 
258,500  
258,500 
 
TN 
230,000  
230,000 
 
IN 
198,000  
198,000 
 
Smyrna 
TN 
194,000  
194,000 
 
TN 
171,000  
171,000 
 
IL 
165,000  
165,000 
 
TN 
159,000  
159,000 
 
IN 
134,000  
134,000 
 
KY 
131,000  
131,000 
 
IN 
105,500  
105,500 
 
Kevil 
KY 
99,000  
99,000 
 
IN 
79,500  
79,500 
 
TN 
72,500  
72,500 
 
IN 
72,500  
72,500 
 
KY 
72,500  
72,500 
 
TN 
63,500  
63,500 
 
IN 
43,000  
43,000 
 
WI 
41,000  
41,000 
 
TN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
KY 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
KY 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
KY 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
KY 
$68,149
1,400
2
TN 
$42,073
1,200
3
IN 
$30,518
1,100
4
Jasper 
IN 
$22,518
1,000
5
KY 
$16,889
900
6
IL 
$13,037
800
7
TN 
$10,074
700
8
Smyrna 
TN 
$8,000
600
10
IN 
$5,007
400
12
TN 
$5,007
400
13
IN 
$4,000
300
14
IN 
$4,000
300
15
Toledo 
OH 
$4,000
300
16
NY 
$3,407
200
17
KY 
$3,407
200
19
MN 
$3,111
150
20
Kevil 
KY 
$3,111
150
21
TN 
$3,111
150
23
IN 
$2,370
100
24
KY 
$2,370
100
25
KY 
$2,163
75
26
KY 
$2,163
75
28
IN 
$2,074
50
29
KY 
$2,074
50
32
Smyrna 
TN 
$2,074
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
16
Blinds
2000 / 4000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
162
Players Remaining
21
Average Chip Stack
154,285
Total Chips
3,240,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
401,500
318,000
292,000
258,500
230,000
198,000
194,000
171,000
165,000
10 
159,000
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