2021 World Series of Poker Europe 888poker WPTDS London Online
$1,100 Main Event
$1,100 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Paul Jain and Nick Pupillo Hot On Howard Dion's Tail as 36 Players Survive Day 1a

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Paul Jain
Paul Jain

For the third time, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) has partnered with Silverado-Franklin Casino for the 2021 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship, a tournament that dates back to 2011 and if anyone predicted that the Day 1a turnout at Deadwood was going to compete with the record-breaking prize pool in state history in May of 2019, they were right. The first of two starting flights closed with 265 entries, which breezed past the 258 total entries back in May of 2019.

After 15 Levels, just 36 players bagged and tagged with Howard Dion and his stack of 476,000 leading the way. Hot on Dion's tail were Paul Jain and Nick Pupillo who both ended the tournament with 468,000. Rounding out the top five big stacks were Paul Camby (392,000), and Whitney Bell (268,000).

Others to punch their tickets to Day 2 were Matthew Mich (264,000), Taylor Howard (245,000), Jason Crews (209,000), DJ Buckley (158,000), Blake Whittington (131,000), and Dave Sanderson (124,000).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to make it through the night. Among those to fire and fall in Friday’s flight were three-time WSOP bracelet winner and MSPT JACK Cleveland champ Adam Friedman, Kyna England, along with MSPT Champion's Matt Kirby, Eric Atchison and 2018 MSPT Player of the Year Aaron Johnson.

Day 1b will get underway at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Late registration and re-entries will remain open through Level 12 (approximately 11:40 p.m.). PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

Tags: Aaron JohnsonAdam FriedmanDave SandersonDJ BuckleyEric AtchisonJason CrewsJason SeitzKyna EnglandMatt KirbyMatthew MichNick PupilloPaulPaul CambyTaylor HowardWhitney Bell

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Howard Dion us
Howard Dion
us 476,000 476,000
Paul Jain us
Paul Jain
us 468,000 118,000
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
us 468,000 188,000
Paul Camby us
Paul Camby
us 392,000 202,000
Whitney Bell us
Whitney Bell
us 268,000 268,000
Matthew Mich us
Matthew Mich
us 264,000 -11,000
Taylor Howard us
Taylor Howard
us 245,000 35,000
Clint Lilienthal us
Clint Lilienthal
us 242,000 242,000
Nathan Regel US
Nathan Regel
US 238,000 238,000
Scott Christensen US
Scott Christensen
US 230,000 5,000
Jason Crews us
Jason Crews
us 209,000 59,000
Curtis Vierstraete us
Curtis Vierstraete
us 192,000 192,000
Eric Eelkema us
Eric Eelkema
us 185,000 -100,000
Brad Henderson US
Brad Henderson
US 185,000 -5,000
Paula Halata us
Paula Halata
us 184,000 34,000
Tom Tines US
Tom Tines
US 180,000 38,000
Robert Steinmetz us
Robert Steinmetz
us 179,000 -3,000
Alex Smith us
Alex Smith
us 178,000 -42,000
Bryan Driver US
Bryan Driver
US 173,000 -62,000
DJ Buckley us
DJ Buckley
us 158,000 8,000
Blake Whittington us
Blake Whittington
us 131,000 86,000
Larry Loose us
Larry Loose
us 125,000 125,000
Dave Sanderson us
Dave Sanderson
us 124,000 -51,000
Ed Vieth US
Ed Vieth
US 107,000 107,000
John Nidriy US
John Nidriy
US 96,000 96,000

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Final Four Hands

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

The tournament director just announced the final four hands of the evening.

Hartmann Secures Late Night Double

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

Tony Hartmann open-jammed for 52,000 from under the gun and Taylor Howard looked him up from the big blind.

Tony Hartmann: {j-Hearts}{10-Clubs}
Taylor Howard: {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

Hartmann was behind holding live cards and the {j-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{5-Spades} flop made things interesting as it paired Howard's five but it also gave Hartmann an open-ended straight draw.

The {10-Spades} turn didn't complete Hartmann's straight but it did put him in the lead with a pair of tens and the {3-Diamonds} river secured his double-up.

Taylor Howard us
Taylor Howard
us 210,000 -60,000
Tony Hartmann us
Tony Hartmann
us 105,000 55,000

Tags: Taylor HowardTony Hartmann

A Look at the MSPT Hall of Fame

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

The MSPT Hall of Fame, established in 2017, is proud to recognize those individuals who have shown superior skill and achieved specific long-term accomplishments.

The criteria to earn a spot on the MSPT Hall of Fame is as follows:

  • Achieve a minimum of 25 MSPT Main Event Cashes and 1 MSPT Win OR 1 MSPT Player of the Year; or
  • Achieve a minimum of 10 MSPT Main Event Final Tables and 1 MSPT Win OR 1 MSPT Player of the Year

To see which players are close to achieving HOF status, refer to the comprehensive MSPT Stats page.

As of today, seven players are currently enshrined in the MSPT Hall of Fame.

MSPT Hall of Fame
MSPT Hall of Fame

Mich Hooks Another

AnthonyThompson • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The player under the gun open-jammed for 95,000 and Matthew Mich called from late position.

Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Matthew Mich: {j-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Mich was ahead with his made hand of jacks and the {k-Spades}{3-Clubs}{4-Hearts} flop didn't change a thing. The {10-Clubs} turn made things interesting but the {8-Hearts} river secured Mich the pot.

Matthew Mich us
Matthew Mich
us 275,000 75,000

Tags: Matthew Mich