Day 2 Completed
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Day 2 Completed
Taylor Howard Takes Down 2021 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship for $119,165 and Claims Second Main Event Title
The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) returned to the historic Deadwood for the 2021 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship at Silverado-Franklin Casino.
The $1,100 buy-in, $100K GTD Main Event was one to remember as a total of 585 entries (265 from Day 1a; 320 from 1b) were tallied, which not only surpassed the venue’s previous best field of 258 entries in 2019 but also became the largest major ($1,100+ buy-in) in Deadwood history.
On Sunday, 82 players returned for Day 2 action, and after it was Iowa native Taylor Howard, coming out on top to win the $119,165 top prize and his second MSPT title. His first came back in November 2018 when he won the MSPT Meskwaki for $89,939.
"Man it's crazy to hear you say that I just won a second MSPT," Howard said after his win. "I don't know its pretty insane when you think about it" he added. "I grew up going to MSPT's praying that I could satellite into one of these events and now to say that I'm a two-time MSPT Main Event Champion, it's insane".
Howard's first MSPT cash came back in 2014 when he finished fourth in Meskwaki for $24,423 and since then he has accumulated over $250,000 in MSPT earnings.
2021 MSPT Deadwood South Dakota State Poker Championship Final Table Results
|Place||Player||Hometown||Prize||MSPT POY Points|
|1||Taylor Howard||Altoona, IA||$119,165||1,700|
|3||Cy Church||East Lansing, MI||$53,340||1,400|
|4||Paul Camby||Guerneville, CA||$39,722||1,300|
|5||Michael Kinzer||Las Vegas, NV||$30,075||1,200|
|6||John Nidhiry||Rockville, MD||$22,698||1,100|
|7||Wesley Ismay||Vale, SD||$17,591||1,000|
|9||Tim Dunse||Reedsburg, WI||$10,782||800|
With 63 slated to get paid, more than a dozen players needed to exit before players reached. Among those to leave empty-handed were Curtis Vierstraete, Mark Fink, and Dave Sanderson, just to name a few.
Once Zarren Egesdal bubbled in 64th place, the march to the final table began. Among those to fall along the way, albeit with a payday, were Paul Jain (10th - $8,512), Phil Mader (14th - $6,809), Nick Pupillo (16th - $6,809), 2018 MSPT player of the year Aaron Johnson (21st - $4,994), three-time MSPT Champ Matt Kirby (24th - $4,142), Defending Deadwood Champ Sergio Mireles (25th - $3,518), and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Adam Friedman (50th - $2,123).
Final Table action
Cy Church entered the final table with a stack of 4.7 million, well ahead of the rest of the field and once players returned from their dinner break it didn't take long before Tim Dunse dropped in ninth place after flopping an ace holding ace-five suited but he was out-kicked by Paul Cambys ace-jack off.
A few minutes later, Clint Lilienthal hit the rail after being tripped up on the river by Church. The next player to be sent home was Wesley Ismay, whose jack-six off came up just short after Camby flopped a pair holding Doyle Bruson.
John Nidhiry was next on the chopping block after his ace-jack off was dominated by Howard's ace-queen suited. Shortly after, Michael Kinzer departed in fifth place after his queen-five suited fell short against Church's suited ace-six.
Four-handed play went on for almost another two full levels before Camby hit the rail. Camby bluffed off three barrels with the last being an all in bet holding an ace-eight off. Church called Camby the whole way down and rolled over an ace-five for trip fives.
Three-handed action saw Church and Howard hold almost identical stacks with John Schroer sitting at the bottom but it was Church would find the exit in third place after he lost a race to Schroer.
The head-up match was a battle with chips shifting back-and-forth between the two players for a few hours. In the final level of the night, Schroer got his chips in the middle after flopping a pair of fours and turning an open-ended straight draw. Howard called holding the weapons of mass destruction and Schroer bricked the river, sending him home in second place for $73,201 while Howard collected $119,165 to go along with the coveted Deadwood custom trophy.
The MSPT will be heading back to the Venetian in Las Vegas for back-to-back events being held June 2nd - 14th and PokerNews will be on hand providing updates for both Main Events.
John Schroer Eliminated in 2nd Place ($73,201)
Taylor Howard limped the button and John Schroer checked to see a flop. Schroer check-called Howard's 400,000 bet bringing about the on the turn.
Schroer checked once again and then jammed after Howard fired out 500,000. Howard took a brief moment but ultimately called and the two players tabled their hands.
Howard held the weapons of mass destruction and the river secured him the victory while Schorer took home $73,201 for his efforts.
Chips Keep Shuffling
John Schroer raised to 600,000 and Taylor Howard defended bringing the flop.
Howard check-called the 500,000 continuation bet and the turn was checked by both players, as was the river.
Howard rolled over for a pair of jacks and that was good enough to win the pot.
Schroer Evens the Playing Field
Taylor Howard open-jammed and John Schroer called off his 3,525,000 stack.
Schroer had Howard dominated and the runout secured Schroer the double-up, making the chip stacks almost dead even.
Howard Flushes Schroer
John Schroer raised to 500,000 and Taylor Howard called bringing the flop. Howard check-called the 300,000 continuation bet from Schroer and both players checked the turn.
Once the completed the board on the river, Howard led out for 1,500,000 and Schroer called only to muck his hand after rolled over .
Schroer Sets Up Howard for Double
Taylor Howard open-jammed and John Schroer called off his 3,020,000 stack.
Schroer was ahead with his made hand and nothing changed after the flop.
The turn came the giving Schroer a set but he still had a sweat as Howard could win the pot if a deuce were to fall on the river.
Luckily for Schroer, it was the that completed the board on the river and secured his double-up.
Schroer Gaining Traction
John Schroer raised to to 400,000 and Taylor Howard called bringing the flop. Howard check-called the 225,000 continuation bet from Schroer and the fell on the turn.
Howard check-raised to 1,500,000 after Schroer fired out 500,000 only to fold after Schroer three-bet all in.