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Day 1a Completed

Dustin Dirksen Bags Huge Day 1a Lead

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Dustin Dirksen topped the counts on Day 1a.
Dustin Dirksen topped the counts on Day 1a.

After 9 levels of play here on Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour, Dustin Dirksen bagged a massive chip lead with 254,800. The next-biggest stack is more than 100,000 below Dirksen's: Mark Sandness finished the night with 148,200. Rounding out the top five were Tim Hoberstad (118,100), Ric Cacho (114,000), and Keith Doering (113,900).

Thirty-six players bagged up stacks out of the 128 total entrants, and both the survivors and the busted can return tomorrow for Day 1b, though survivors must forfeit their Day 1a stacks to do so. The fields will then combine for the final day on Sunday.

Dirksen owes a solid chunk of his massive stack to his track shoes: he won a huge race against Brett Kuznia for a sizable pot late in the tournament. He appeared to maintain a well-above-average stack for most of the night, though we didn't catch him in many hands. Dirksen, who sports a résumé that includes three World Series of Poker final tables, a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure final table, and more than $1.1 million in live tournament cashes, is certainly a player whom not many runners will be happy to see with a large stack.

Well-known pros Matt Kirby (104,500) and Blake Bohn (75,600) also bagged solid stacks. In Bohn's case, a lucky turn enabled him to avoid busting when he semi-bluffed all in and got there against a made hand.

Other notables who made it through the day with chips include Reg Powell (101,100), Rodger Johnson (88,800), Todd "sharkslayerr" Breyfogle (75,900), Rob Wazwaz (55,400), and Terry Ring (39,100).

A larger turnout is expected for tomorrow's Day 1b, so be sure to tune back in to PokerNews as we bring you all of the live updates from the first stop on this year's MSPT.

Tags: Blake BohnBrett KuzniaDustin DirksenKeith DoeringMark SandnessMatt KirbyReg PowellRic CachoRodger JohnsonTodd Breyfogle

End of Night Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Dustin Dirksen us
Dustin Dirksen
us 254,800 2,800
Mark Sandness us
Mark Sandness
us 148,200 111,200
Tim Hoberstad
Tim Hoberstad
118,100 118,100
Ric Cacho
Ric Cacho
114,000 -1,000
Keith Doering us
Keith Doering
us 113,900 2,900
Duane Anderson us
Duane Anderson
us 113,200 113,200
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 104,500 12,000
Reg Powell us
Reg Powell
us 101,100 -41,900
Rodger Johnson us
Rodger Johnson
us 88,800 63,300
John Wilhelmy
John Wilhelmy
87,400 87,400
Steve Pint
Steve Pint
79,600 79,600
Todd "Sharkslayerr" Breyfogle
Todd "Sharkslayerr" Breyfogle
75,900 -3,100
Blake Bohn us
Blake Bohn
us 75,600 -24,400
Steve Belland us
Steve Belland
us 72,400 72,400
James Lawrence us
James Lawrence
us 68,200 68,200
Dan Stromer
Dan Stromer
65,100 -17,900
Brian Zekus us
Brian Zekus
us 64,400 14,000
Matt Sztamborski
Matt Sztamborski
56,600 56,600
Rob Wazwaz us
Rob Wazwaz
us 55,400 55,400
Craig Fierke
Craig Fierke
54,500 54,500
Judd Greenagel
Judd Greenagel
53,700
Jeff Petronack us
Jeff Petronack
us 52,200 -32,800
Jack Petschl
Jack Petschl
52,100 52,100
Dennis Stevermer us
Dennis Stevermer
us 51,000 51,000
Mike Pfautz
Mike Pfautz
50,500 50,500

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Bag 'Em

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Play has ended for the night, and players are bagging their stacks up.

Dirksen Wins Huge Flip Against Kuznia

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante
Dustin Dirksen won a key race.
Dustin Dirksen won a key race.

Brett Kuznia three-bet to about 13,000 after an early-position raise from Dustin Dirksen. When action folded back to Dirksen, he shoved all in. Kuznia called, though he didn't seem thrilled about it.

Kuznia: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Dirksen: {q-Spades}{q-Hearts}

"Classic," Dirksen said, and indeed we had a classic flip that decides so many tournament lives.

This time, it was Kuznia on the wrong end of it when the board ran out {j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}, and Dirksen vaulted to the chip lead while his opponent hit the rail.

Dustin Dirksen us
Dustin Dirksen
us 252,000 252,000
Brett Kuznia
Brett Kuznia
Busted

Tags: Brett KuzniaDustin Dirksen

Gamblin' Man

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante

According to Ric Cacho, he busted two players after he came along in a multi-way raised pot before a player behind shoved. The original raiser shoved, and action folded to Cacho, who decided to gamble with {4-Spades}{3-Spades}. His opponents held {q-}{q-} and {q-}{j-}, and Cacho flopped a pair, turned a straight draw, and rivered a second pair to eliminate both opponents.

Ric Cacho
Ric Cacho
130,000 53,100

Tags: Ric Cacho

Harris Lanced

mnuwwarah • Level 9: 800-1,600, 200 ante

Lance Harris shoved his short stack over a raise from Kou Vang and a call from another player. Vang reraised all in to isolate Harris, and the third player folded.

Vang: {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}
Harris: {k-}{q-}

Harris nodded his approval when the flop came {10-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, increasing his outs. A {2-Hearts} turn left him considerably less optimistic, as it gave Vang a flush draw. The river was a brick: {5-Spades}, and Harris wish his tablemates good luck.

Kou Vang us
Kou Vang
us 61,500 16,800
Lance Harris
Lance Harris
Busted

Tags: Lance HarrisKou Vang