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Follow the PokerNews MSPT Ho-Chunk Main Event Action Here (Updated 22:00 CT)

MSPT Ho-Chunk

This article is dedicated to coverage of this weekend’s PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells, which runs from March 22-24. The page will be updated regularly with updates, chip counts, and pictures from the event, which kicks off at 17:00 PM CST on Friday. Please scroll down for the latest posts.

This weekend the PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells in Baraboo, Wisconsin culminates a week of festivities with an $1,100 Main Event. Located just minutes from Wisconsin Dells – one of the top tourist and waterpark towns in the nation – Ho-Chunk proved to be a tremendous success in its inaugural year on the MSPT schedule.

It was in September of last year that the MSPT event at Ho-Chunk Gaming, the first ever in Wisconsin, drew 244 runners generated a prize pool of $243,600—the largest ever in the state. Joe Illingworth of Iowa emerged victorious in the event and took home $65,742 for his effort.

Of course PokerNews will keep you abreast of all the MSPT Ho-Chunk happenings throughout the weekend, but we also recommend you check out the following outlets for even more information

Mid-States Poker Tour

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Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells

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Season 4 of the MSPT will stop in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Here’s a look at the remaining stops:

March 16-24, 2013: Ho-Chunk Gaming in Baraboo, Wisconsin, had so much fun last year that it has signed on for two events this season! Located in the Wisconsin Dells, Ho-Chunk is fun for the whole family and offers a player-friendly environment. You won't find players who are more fun to play and have a drink with than Mark "PokerHo" Kroon and the always-entertaining Reggie Mims.

March 30 - April 7, 2013: The Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa, is one of the biggest stops on the MSPT. This stop drove nearly $1 million in prize money during the 2012 season, with a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool at every MSPT Meskwaki event. This event is becoming known for its huge fields and soft players, though pros like Jamie Gold, Kevin "BelowAbove" Saul, Amanda Musumeci, and others were seen at Meskwaki last season.

April 20-28, 2013: The MSPT returns to Canterbury Park expecting a massive field after its record-setting event last season where retired truck driver James Gibson won over $95,000 after surviving a field of 376. This season's event at Canterbury is a chance for the tour to break 400 players, as well as the six-figure mark for first place. Players are expected to travel from around the Midwest to join the hunt for the bracelet and cash.

May 11-19, 2013: Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Minnesota, is the northernmost stop on the tour, and also a favorite among players who follow the tour. A beautiful resort town on a lake in May? With friendly staff and a relaxing lake shore atmosphere, many players see this event as a vacation where they can win thousands of dollars in between kicking back on the balcony and watching the waves.

July 20-28, 2013: After a summer break, the MSPT returns to Tama, Iowa, for another $300,000 guaranteed event at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel.

August 10-18, 2013: The Grand Falls Casino Resort in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, welcomes the MSPT back after a fantastic inaugural event last season. Players loved this stop last year, with great staff, beautiful rooms, and a nice turnout, Grand Falls has everything a poker player could want, including an MSPT event.

August 17-25, 2013: By the time the MSPT rolls back into FireKeepers, the new event center will be finished and potential unlimited seating should mean a huge field. We'll see you in Battle Creek this summer.

Aug. 30 - Sept. 8, 2013:The MSPT is back at the Downstream Casino Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma for another great event, the second of the season.

Oct. 26 - Nov. 3, 2013: The third visit to Meskwaki in Tama, Iowa, and the third $300,000 guarantee. The MSPT may give out a million dollars this year at a single venue!

Nov. 2-10, 2013: Back at Ho-Chunk in the Wisconsin Dells, the MSPT looks forward to a venue, and players, that can turn a poker tournament into a party.

Nov. 30 - Dec. 8, 2013: Once again Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, hosts the final event of the season, and every MSPT season ends with a bang! The huge prize pool from Canterbury Park makes for a great holiday for a few skilled players.

For more information, and a complete schedule, visit MSPTPoker.com.

Updated 18:45 CST: Two levels are down on Day 1a of the MSPT Ho-Chunk. The tournament clock states that 113 players have re-entered thus far, but late registration is open for two more levels. Some notables in today's field are two-time MSPT champ and recent World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw runner-up Matt Kirby; 2012 WSOP Event #5 champ and two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Nick Jivkov; Wisconsin Poker Players Alliance representative Steve Verrett; and local grinders Dan Almerli, Michael Stick and Reggie "Great Ooohhweee" Mims, just to name a few.

Also in the field is Thomas Ryan, who won last weekend's MSPT Downstream Casino and Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma, which attracted 143 entries and created a prize pool of $143,500. Thomas, who won $39,243 for that victory, is looking to capture back-to-back titles, a feat only Dan Sun has accomplished on the MSPT. Not too shabby for the young man whom finished fourth in the record-setting event at Canterbury Park in Minnesota back in December, which earned him a $23,597 payday.

Thomas Ryan, winner of the MSPT Downstream Casino and Resort.
Thomas Ryan, winner of the MSPT Downstream Casino and Resort.

Updated 01:45 CST: Day 1a Recap

Day 1a of the PokerNews MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells attracted 121 entries, and even more are expected for Day 1B on Saturday. After nine 50-minute levels of play, just 33 players advanced to Day 2 with Daniel Bekavac and his stack of 231,700 leading the way. Coming in second in chips is local pro Dan Almerli with 176,800.

There were plenty of notables in action on Day 1a, but many hit the rail including two-time MSPT champ and recent World Series of Poker Circuit Choctaw runner-up Matt Kirby; 2012 WSOP Event #5 champ and two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Nick Jivkov; Wisconsin Poker Players Alliance representative Steve Verrett; local grinders Dan Almerli, Michael Stick and Reggie "Great Ooohhweee" Mims; MSPT Downstream Casino and Resort champ Thomas Ryan; 2012 Minnesota Player of the Year Erick Wright; and PokerNews’ own Chad Holloway.

While many fell, a few notables managed to advance including Kou Vang, John “JohnnyGstaks” Hayes, Melissa Verrett, John Taylor, Kevin Humphrey, John Orr and Eddie Blumenthal.

Here’s a look at the Day 1a Chip Counts:

Daniel Bekavac. Image courtesy of MSPT.
Daniel Bekavac. Image courtesy of MSPT.

PlayerCount
Daniel Bekavac231,700
Dan Almerli176,800
John Orr156,600
Kevin Boskey138,000
Dave Grandin112,200
Justin Filtz109,400
Mark Soik106,700
Jared Koppel104,900
Joe Serratos89,900
John Hayes87,400
Kou Vang82,200
Robert Keating79,000
Andrew Stott78,000
Eddie Blumenthal74,900
Jack Ranallo73,100
Jurate Bilar71,700
Pat Steele69,700
Kevin Humphrey62,800
Tim Belstner61,200
Tim Broeckert57,100
Jason Mirza47,500
Judy Simonsen43,000
Tim Dunse42,400
John Taylor40,600
Alex Hahn36,800
Nathan Frey32,200
Craig Sharkus32,200
Steve Lauson28,900
Joanie Dovekas27,100
Claudiu Aionesei24,200
Melissa Verrett22,000
Eric Winkle11,100
Phil Koteski9,800

Day 1b is set to kick off at 17:00 PM CST. PokerNews will be sure to bring you updates and pictures from that flight, so be sure to check back then. In the meantime, check out some photos from Day 1a courtesy of the MSPT. For more photos, visit MSPT's Facebook gallery.

MSPT Ambassador and noted poker author Chris "Fox" Wallace mans the booth
MSPT Ambassador and noted poker author Chris "Fox" Wallace mans the booth

Local player Dan Almerli
Local player Dan Almerli

Reggie "Great Ooohhweee" Mims
Reggie "Great Ooohhweee" Mims

Thomas Ryan
Thomas Ryan

Pamela Wilson
Pamela Wilson

Eddie Blumenthal
Eddie Blumenthal

Steve Verrett
Steve Verrett

Melissa Verrett
Melissa Verrett

Larry Ormson
Larry Ormson

Updated 13:45 CST: Why Does the MSPT Love Ho-Chunk?

Last year the MSPT visited Wisconsin for the first time with an event at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells. The stop proved so successful that both parties opted to extend the relationship to two visits in Season 4. According to Chris 'Fox' Wallace, Ambassador for the MSPT, it was a great way for the tour to introduce itself to the Wisconsin market.

"Ho Chunk is one of our favorite stops on the tour," Wallace explained. "The hotel rooms are beautiful, the room is well run, and they treat us really well, but the real key to this event is the players. These fields are laughing, talking, smiling, having a beer, and enjoying themselves more than any other place I have played."

Fox was at the final table of the last event here in the Dells, and while he no longer plays MSPT main events because of his commentary duties, he said this is the event he will miss playing the most. "The final table here was a lot of fun, with some really strong and well known players like Mike 'Wisco' Murray and a mix of talkative players including the most entertaining player in MSPT history, Reggie Mims. I'm hoping Reggie makes the final table again, that would make my ob doing commentary a breeze."

Updated 02:20 CST: Day 1b Recap

Day 1b of the MSPT Ho-Chunk attracted 179 entries, which combined with Day 1a’s 121 brought the final total to 300 and created a prize pool of $300,000—a record in the state of Wisconsin. "We love it here at Ho-Chunk and with this huge increase in field size we are even more excited to make Ho-Chunk a major stop on the tour for the foreseeable future," said MSPT Founder Bryan Mileski.

After nine levels of play, Stuart Davidson emerged as the Day 1b chip leader with 152,400 in chips. Just 65 players survived the day, and that means with the 33 survivors from Day 1a 98 players will return at 10 a.m. CST for Day 2 action. Only 36 players will earn a payday, and just nine will make the final table, which will be live streamed right here on PokerNews.

Others who survived the night included Larry Ormson, Steve Verrett, Doug Redman, Ben Smith, Chuck Kohler, Jon Tepp, Jeremy Dresch, Everett Carlton, Dan Sun and PokerNews’ own Chad Holloway, just to name a few.

Here’s a look at the MSPT Ho-Chunk payouts:

Payouts

PlacePrize
1st$76,668
2nd$41,949
3rd$27,773
4th$18,805
5th$14,465
6th$11,572
7th$10,126
8th$8,679
9th$7,233
10th-12th$5,786
13th-15th$4,050
16th-18th$2,893
19th-27th$2,314
28th-36th$1,447

Also, here's a look at the Day 2 chip counts:

PlayerCount
Daniel Bekavac231,700
Dan Almerli176,800
John Orr156,600
Stuart Davidson152,400
Doug Redmann145,400
Kevin Boskey138,000
James Snyder136,100
Paulin Karakikov132,400
Larry Ormson114,600
Dave Grandin112,200
Justin Filtz109,400
Daniel Vankorn106,800
Mark Soik106,700
Jared Koppel104,900
Chad Holloway101,800
Joe Serratos89,900
Steve Anderson89,500
John Hayes87,400
Mavlik Shah84,800
Kou Vang82,200
Edward Ochana80,400
John Tepp79,200
Robert Keating79,000
Andrew Stott78,000
Nicholas Blumenthal74,900
Jack Ranallo73,100
Sam Desilva73,000
John Reading72,100
Jurate Bilar71,700
Judi Gumila71,000
Pat Steele69,700
Charles Kahler68,100
James Maxey66,400
Jeff Petronack65,100
Kevin Humphrey62,800
Tim Belstner61,200
Dale Wolf61,200
Ryan Hartmann59,900
Jason Smith59,600
Brian Schumann58,600
Michael Reynolds57,400
Tim Broeckert57,100
Steve Verrett56,500
Darrin Roth55,200
John Livingston53,500
Harvey Lewis53,500
Harry Finnimore53,300
Rob WazWaz51,500
Ed Janezich51,000
Pao Vang49,800
Mark Hodge49,500
Jason Mirza47,500
Jeremy Dresch47,400
David Murray46,300
Adam Wilkins45,900
Winston Ackerman45,700
Jeff Jelinek45,600
Brian Zupancich44,900
Dustin Schmitt44,600
Michael Hartman44,000
Judy Simonsen43,000
Tim Dunse42,400
John Taylor40,600
Anthony Walter39,600
Gary Velleman39,600
Blake Luther38,900
Everett Carlton38,800
Ryan Ethridge37,900
Shawn Quinn37,200
Alex Hahn36,800
Daniel Buckley36,800
John Streblow35,600
Gary Herstein35,200
Dan Sherman35,000
Tyler Sweeney34,000
Saeed Ghasemimehr33,700
Tin Quach33,600
Reg Powell33,300
Ping Lau33,000
Nathan Frey32,200
Craig Sharkus32,200
Cory Zbinden30,900
Dustin Panoff30,600
Steve Lauson28,900
Dave Watters27,600
Joanie Dovekas27,100
Alex Klatte27,100
Russell Meyer26,600
Harry Behling26,200
Scott Wray26,100
Ben Smith25,800
Thomas Kubly25,400
Claudiu Aionesei24,200
Melissa Verrett22,000
Dan Sun16,300
Matt Alexander11,500
Eric Winkle11,100
Phil Koteski9,800

Updated 09:15 CST: Photos from Day 1b

Check out there photos from Day 1b courtesy of the MSPT. For more photos, visit MSPT's Facebook gallery.

The MSPT Ho-Chunk Day 1b field.
The MSPT Ho-Chunk Day 1b field.

Everett Carlton
Everett Carlton

Chuck Kohler
Chuck Kohler

Jeremy Dresch
Jeremy Dresch

Doug Redman
Doug Redman

Larry Ormson
Larry Ormson

MSPT Season 3 Player of the Year Dan Sun
MSPT Season 3 Player of the Year Dan Sun

"Cowboy" Ben Smith
"Cowboy" Ben Smith

Jon Tepp
Jon Tepp

Harvey Lewis
Harvey Lewis

Steve Verrett
Steve Verrett

Updated 16:15 CST: Day 2's March to the Final Table

Day 2 began with 98 hopefuls looking to make the top 36 and secure a payday, which meant 62 players left empty handed. Among them were Ben Smith, Kou Vang, Mike Reynolds and PokerNews' own Chad Holloway.
Reynolds was crippled with approximately 60 players remaining when he got his last 70,000 or so all in on a low flop holding {A-}{A-}. Larry Ormson called with {J-}{J-}, and a third {J-} on the turn put a dagger through Reynold's heart. The river was a blank, Ormson doubled through, and Reynolds was eliminated on the vey next hand.

Despite their eliminations, both Reynolds and Holloway will be joining the MSPT's Chris "Fox" Wallace as commentators at the final table, which will be live streamed right here on PokerNews.

Updated 18:15 CST: The Final Table

The Mid-States Poker Tour Ho-Chunk final table will be live streamed on at 7:30 p.m. EST. Our very own Chad Holloway will be commentating alongside Chris "Fox" Wallace. Watch the action by clicking here.

Here's a look at the final table:

SeatPlayerHometownChip Count
1Patrick SteeleChelsea, Michigan780,000
2Judi GumilaPalis Hills, Illinois1,012,000
3Jeremy DreschFridley, Minnesota700,000
4Daniel BekavacChicago, Illinois1,368,000
5John OrrMiddleton, Wisconsin175,000
6Ryan EthridgeMadison, Wisconsin544,000
7Jon TeppWaunakee, Wisconsin362,000
8Ryan HartmannMinneapolis, Minnesota406,000
9Craig SharkusOconomowoc, Wisconsin388,000
10Larry OrmsonElroy, Wisconsin275,000

Updated 22:00 CST: MSPT Ho-Chunk Final Results

Daniel Bekavac
Daniel Bekavac

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Daniel BekavacChicago, IL$76,668
2Ryan HartmannMinneapoliss, MN$41,949
3Patrick SteeleChelsea, MI$27,773
4Jeremy DreschFridley, MN$18,805
5Larry OrmsonElroy, WI$14,465
6Judi GumilaPalos Hills, IL$11,572
7John OrrMiddleton, WI$10,126
8Ryan EthridgeMadison, WI 
9Jon TeppWaunakee, WI$7,233
10Craig SharkusOconomowoc, WI$5,786
11Robert KeatingWindsor, WI$5,786
12Ulysses WrayLa Valle, WI$5,786
13Pao VangWausau, WI$4,050
14Jeff PetronackHugo, MN$4,050
15Mark SoikStevens Point, WI$4,050
16John HayesSt. Paul, MN$2,893
17Maulik ShahMadison, WI$2,893
18Dan AlmerliReedsburg, WI$2,893
19Alex HahnHartford, WI$2,314
20Harry FinnimorePlatteville, WI$2,314
21Harry BehlingForest Lake, MN$2,314
22Justin FiltzStevens Point, WI$2,314
23Stuart DavidsonArlington Heights, IL$2,314
24Jared KoppelMpls, MN$2,314
25Gary VellemanNeenah, WI$2,314
26Sam De SilvaAustin, MN$2,314
27Edward OchanaElgin, WI$2,314
28Kevin HumphreyTomah, WI$1,447
29Brian SchumannKaukauna, WI$1,447
30Eddie BlumenthalMadison, WI$1,447
31John StreblowWisconsin$1,447
32John TaylorWisconsin$1,447
33Doug RedmanIllinois$1,447
34Pavlin KarakikovIllinois$1,447
35James MaxeyMinnesota$1,447
36Brian ZupancichWisconsin$1,447

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