$

Awarded to date

Canterbury Park

December 5 - 8, 2019
Main Event: 802 Entrants
Winner: Anthony Dunne
recap_icon

EVENT RECAP

Season 10 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) ended Sunday, December 8 at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park. The $1,100 buy-in Main Event cruised by its $500K guarantee by attracting 802 entries, and after a long Day 2, it was Anthony Dunne coming out on top to capture a $155,288 first-place prize.

Dunne, who doesn’t have any other documented tournament cashes on HendonMob, defeated a tough final table that included three former MSPT champs, two of which were also former Players of the Year. Still, Dunne outlasted them all to claim the title and six-figure score.

Day 2 Action

On Sunday, 105 players returned to action, but with only 81 slated to get paid two dozen of them were destined to leave empty-handed. Among those to fall short of the money were Minnesota Poker Hall of Famer Kou Vang, former MSPT Grand Falls champ Ahmed Taleb, and bubble boy Brian Zupancich, who lost a flip with Big Slick to Steve Webb’s pocket jacks.

Among those to finish in the money but fall short of the final table were Day 1b chip leader Phil Mader (15th - $9,318), former MSPT Canterbury Park champs Jon Kim (16th - $7,764) and Rob Wazwaz (20th - $6,522), Luke Vrabel (26th - $4,503), poker reporter Brandon Temple (27th - $4,503), WSOP bracelet winner Derek McMaster (32nd - $3,416), MSPT Season 10 POY Mike Shin (35th - $3,416), Day 1a chip leader Bill Kachel (40th - $2,873), Day 1c chip leader John Reading (65th - $2,329), and Craig Trost (78th - $2,174).

Peter Kuretsky was the first to fall at the final table after his pocket queens were beaten when Aaron Johnson’s jacks made a spade flush, and then Chan Pelton followed him out the door after losing with queen-ten suited all in preflop against Andrew Johnson’s ace-four.

After Dunne limped the small blind with ace-ten suited, Ian Matakis raised all in from the big blind with ten-four of clubs. Dunne called and his hand held to send Matakis to the rail in eighth place.

From there, short-stacked Yevgeniy Minakrin called off with nine-three from the big blind after Josh Damm, who had jacks, had shoved the small. The fishhooks held and Minakrin had to settle for seventh place.

Andrew Johnson then lost with ace-six to Dunne’s queens to bust in sixth, and Damm bowed out in fifth after flopping top pair of queens and getting it in against Rich Alsup’s bottom two pair. Four-handed play then lasted for a while before Steve Wilkie, who had won the prior MSPT stop at Colorado’s Golden Gates, missed a flush draw against Alsup’s top pair. Wilkie saw his hopes of becoming just the second player to win back-to-back MSPT Main Events go up in smoke, but he had $51,944 in prize money to help ease the pain.

Likewise, Aaron Johnson came close to winning his second title of the season but got unlucky to fall in third after his ace-queen fell to Dunne’s queen-jack after a brutal jack on the river. Johnson, who won $69,880 for his deep run, wound up finishing second on the MSPT Season 10 Player of the Year leaderboard behind Mike Shin, an impressive feat considering Johnson won it last year.

Dunne entered heads-up play against Alsup, a former MSPT Meskwaki champ, with a big chip lead and closed it out holding king-jack against ace-five all in preflop. A jack on the turn was the final nail in the coffin for the MSPT Season 6 POY, who extended his lead atop the MSPT’s all-time money list with a $95,502 score for finishing as runner-up.

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
MN 
$155,288
1,800
2
MN 
$95,502
1,600
3
MN 
$69,880
1,500
4
Arvada 
CO 
$51,944
1,400
5
MN 
$39,598
1,300
6
MN 
$30,281
1,200
7
Eagan 
MN 
$23,293
1,100
8
MN 
$17,858
1,000
9
TX 
$13,976
900
10
MN 
$11,569
800
12
AZ 
$11,569
800
13
MN 
$9,318
700
14
MN 
$9,318
700
15
NE 
$9,318
700
16
MN 
$7,764
600
17
MN 
$7,764
600
18
ND 
$7,764
600
19
WI 
$6,522
500
20
MN 
$6,522
500
21
TX 
$6,522
500
22
Omaha 
NE 
$5,513
400
23
MN 
$5,513
400
24
MN 
$5,513
400
25
MN 
$4,503
300
26
SD 
$4,503
300
27
WI 
$4,503
300
28
Nevis 
MN 
$3,416
250
29
 
$3,416
250
30
VA 
$3,416
250
31
Fargo 
ND 
$3,416
250
32
MN 
$3,416
250
33
MN 
$3,416
250
34
IA 
$3,416
250
35
WI 
$3,416
250
36
MN 
$3,416
250
37
MN 
$2,873
200
38
MN 
$2,873
200
39
MN 
$2,873
200
40
MN 
$2,873
200
41
MN 
$2,873
200
43
MN 
$2,873
200
44
Hugo 
MN 
$2,873
200
45
Pierz 
MN 
$2,873
200
46
Holmen 
WI 
$2,640
150
47
IA 
$2,640
150
48
MN 
$2,640
150
49
MN 
$2,640
150
50
MN 
$2,640
150
51
MN 
$2,640
150
52
Miami 
FL 
$2,640
150
53
MN 
$2,640
150
54
WI 
$2,640
150
55
MN 
$2,485
100
56
MN 
$2,485
100
57
ND 
$2,485
100
58
Kiowa 
CO 
$2,485
100
59
MN 
$2,485
100
60
MN 
$2,485
100
61
MN 
$2,485
100
62
Milaca 
MN 
$2,485
100
63
WI 
$2,485
100
64
MO 
$2,329
75
65
MN 
$2,329
75
66
NJ 
$2,329
75
67
IL 
$2,329
75
68
IL 
$2,329
75
69
IL 
$2,329
75
70
IA 
$2,329
75
71
MN 
$2,329
75
72
Mound 
MN 
$2,329
75
73
ND 
$2,174
50
75
MN 
$2,174
50
76
 
$2,174
50
77
MN 
$2,174
50
78
WI 
$2,174
50
79
MN 
$2,174
50
80
MN 
$2,174
50
81
MN 
$2,174
50