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$1,100 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Dresch Bags Day 1b Chip Lead at 2020 MSPT Canterbury Park $1,100 Main Event

HillKerby • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Jeremy Dresch
Jeremy Dresch

The second and final starting flight of the 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Canterbury Park $1,100 Main Event saw a total of 262 entries logged Saturday, bringing the two-day total up to 485 entries and generating a total prize pool of $468,950.

Action was aplenty all day long as a roomful of hopefuls looked to add their name to the 26 already on the Day 2 roster from Friday’s Day 1a. Many players saw their stacks regularly fluctuate throughout the day, but Jeremy Dresch steadily found his way to the chip lead, bagging a total of 510,000.

Dresch chipped up to around three-and-a-half times the starting stack of 25,000 around the midway point in the day and was up to 140,000 by Level 11. He dropped down to 100,000 before the final break of the night but had chipped up to 225,000 with an hour remaining in the evening. He then began his major ascent, accumulating chips by winning a series of small pots until his stack eclipsed 500,000, making him the only player from Day 1b with over a half-million.

Dresch was followed in the counts by Jake Blumberg (420,000), Mark Abboud (379,000), Phil Mader (336,000), and Ted Sennes (332,000).

Phil Mader
Phil Mader

Other notable players to advance were Mikiyo Aoki (166,000), Todd Fisher (165,000), Joe Ebanks (129,000), Andy Tran (117,000), and Jesse Rockowitz (98,000).

The day was not as kind to many others. Former champions Rob Wazwaz, Kou Vang, and Mark Jaroslawki were only a few of those back in action after failing to advance on Day 1a, only to find themselves out of chips again before the end of the day. Others like Blake Whittington, Matt Alexander, Adam Dahlin, and Jonathan Kim also fell short on the one or two bullets they each fired.

In total, 40 players advanced to bring the two-day total up to 66 set to return Sunday at 11 a.m. local time for Day 2 to play down to a winner. Fifty-four of those 68 players will make it into the money and earn a first-level payout of $2,110. The eventual champion will take home $100,824.

Who will be the first MSPT Canterbury Park champion of the new decade? Come back to PokerNews Sunday to find out.

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

HillKerby • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Jeremy Dresch us
Jeremy Dresch
us 510,000 -18,000
Jake Blumberg us
Jake Blumberg
us 420,000 -40,000
Mark Abboud us
Mark Abboud
us 379,000 189,000
Phil Mader us
Phil Mader
us 336,000 226,000
Ted Sennes US
Ted Sennes
US 332,000 7,000
Lucas Cowden US
Lucas Cowden
US 316,000 316,000
Phong Vang US
Phong Vang
US 296,000 296,000
Eric Grave US
Eric Grave
US 260,000 260,000
Kevin Pender US
Kevin Pender
US 207,000 -23,000
Fredger West us
Fredger West
us 198,000 33,000
Mikiyo Aoki us
Mikiyo Aoki
us 166,000 16,000
Todd Fisher us
Todd Fisher
us 165,000 -5,000
Gary Loeffler us
Gary Loeffler
us 159,000 -21,000
Scott Ringdahl US
Scott Ringdahl
US 159,000 159,000
Nathan Fair us
Nathan Fair
us 152,000 152,000
Matt Dodd us
Matt Dodd
us 139,000 -5,000
Leo Fussy us
Leo Fussy
us 139,000 4,000
Alex Maas us
Alex Maas
us 135,000 135,000
Joe Ebanks us
Joe Ebanks
us 129,000 59,000
James Schmidt us
James Schmidt
us 128,000 128,000
Wilnor Lundi us
Wilnor Lundi
us 125,000 125,000
Babak Izadpanah us
Babak Izadpanah
us 124,000 124,000
Dedric Henderson us
Dedric Henderson
us 118,000 118,000
Andy Tran us
Andy Tran
us 117,000 -55,000
John Dennehey us
John Dennehey
us 112,000 112,000

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Play Finished

HillKerby • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

Play has concluded and the remaining 40 players are in the process of putting chips into bags. Stay tuned for complete end-of-day chip counts and a recap of the day's action.

Blumberg Sends One Home

HillKerby • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

A player ripped in his last 50,000 or so under the gun and action made its way around to Jake Blumberg, who reraised to 100,000. Both players in the blinds folded.

All-In Player: {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Jake Blumberg: {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}

Blumberg had his opponent dominated and the runout {5-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} sealed the deal, sending the player home on the penultimate hand of the night.

Jake Blumberg us
Jake Blumberg
us 460,000 115,000

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Two More Hands

HillKerby • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

The tournament clock has been stopped and the number two has been drawn, meaning two more hands will be played across each of the five remaining tables before play will conclude for the evening.


Dinh Done In

HillKerby • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Thai Dinh
Thai Dinh

The hijack saw action folded around to him and limped in. Thai Dinh limped behind in the cutoff and action folded around to Fredger West, who checked his option out of the big blind.

The flop was {5-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} and West checked. The hijack bet 12,000 and Dinh called. West then check-raised all in and the hijack quickly folded. Dinh called all in for less.

Thai Dinh: {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}
Fredger West: {2-Diamonds}{2-Spades}

Dinh's flopped top pair, top kicker was up against West's set of ducks. He needed to hit running cards to a straight, wheel, or full house and the turn {9-Hearts} smashed his hopes of any of the three. The river {8-Diamonds} completed the runout and stood up, tapped the table, and made his way from the tournament area before the pot was finished being sent West's way.

Fredger West us
Fredger West
us 165,000 60,000
Thai Dinh us
Thai Dinh
us Busted

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Dresch Over a Half-Million

HillKerby • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jeremy Dresch
Jeremy Dresch

Jeremy Dresch has spent the last level of play chipping up steadily with no significant pots of mention and was just seen with a stack of 528,000, making him the chip leader with about 15 minutes left before the clock is stopped for a number of hands to be drawn to end play for the evening.

Furthermore, a few more eliminations have occurred recently and Table 6 has now broken, leaving 45 players remaining in the field.

Jeremy Dresch us
Jeremy Dresch
us 528,000 303,000

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Mader Dusts a Shorty

HillKerby • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Phil Mader
Phil Mader

Phil Mader saw action folded to him in the hijack and put in a raise. The cutoff three-bet all in for about 35,000 and action folded back to Mader, who made the call.

All-In Player: {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}
Phil Mader: {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}

Mader's cowboys were out in front and stayed there as the board ran out {9-Spades}{5-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{5-Clubs} to give him aces up and secure the knockout and the pot, bringing the tournament down to 47 players nearing the midway point in Level 14.

Phil Mader us
Phil Mader
us 110,000 35,000

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