Matt Kirby brings 345,500 into Day 2 of Mid-States Poker Tour Meskwaki Casino as he seeks his third MSPT title, though it would be his first since 2012, when he claimed two. Kirby counts live career cashes of more than $500,000 on his poker resume.
The going won't be easy, as he will have to contend with possibly the toughest Day 2 field on the tour this year, packed with well-known pros and tough players. Ryan Tepen (304,000), Mike Vanier (267,000), James "mig.com" Mackey (238,000), Aaron Johnson (193,000), Grant Hinkle (136,000), Jeremy Dresch (99,500), Lance Harris (98,000), David Gonia (79,000), Brett Schwertley (48.000), and Dustin Dirksen (42,000) are among the players who will undoubtedly have a say in who takes home the $100,075 first-place prize.
Play will resume at 10 a.m. as the 70 remaining players combine and play down to a champion, starting with Level 15 (1,500/3,000/500). Don't go away, as we'll be bringing you all of the live updates and photos throughout the day here on PokerNews.