2022 bestbet Jacksonville Winter Series Open MSPT Black Hawk
$1,100 Main Event
$1,100 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Dale Belden Takes Overall Chip Lead Into Day 2 as 46 Players Survive Day 1b

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Chip Leader Dale Belden
Chip Leader Dale Belden

The second and final starting flight of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) 2021 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship is in the books. Day 1b attracted 320 runners during Saturday's action, bringing the grand total to 585 entries (265 from Day 1a; 320 from 1b), making it the largest major ($1,100+ buy-in) in Deadwood history.

After the completion of Level 15, just 46 players bagged and tagged with Dale Belden and his stack of 548,000 leading the way. Belden was seen atop the counts for majority of the evening but the final hand of the night catapulted him into the top spot.

Belden was the only player to eclipse 500,000, with John Schroer (474,000), Phil Mader (435,000), Michael Baker (367,000), and defending champ Sergio Mireles (321,000) round out the top five stacks.

Others to punch their tickets to Day 2 were Tom Hammers (292,000), Travis Gant (230,000), three-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (185,000), three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby (117,000), and 2018 MSPT Player of the Year Aaron Johnson (92,000).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to make it through the night. Among those to fire and fall in Saturday's flight were Mikiyo Aoki, Cory Nordstrand, Kyna England, MSPT Regional Champ Eric Atchison, Umut Ozturk and Ben Keeline, just to name a few.

Day 2 will get underway at 11 a.m. local time and play to a winner with 82 players returning to the felt. The top 63 finishers will get paid with the eventual winner walking away with coveted Deadwood custom trophy and the first-place prize.

PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

Tags: Ben KeelineCory NordstrandDale BeldenEric AtchisonKyna EnglandMatt KirbyMichael BakerMikiyo AokiPhil MaderSergio MirelesUmut Ozturk

End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Dale Belden US
Dale Belden
US 548,000 -12,000
John Schroer us
John Schroer
us 474,000 249,000
Phil Mader us
Phil Mader
us 435,000 85,000
Michael Baker us
Michael Baker
us 367,000 222,000
Sergio Mireles US
Sergio Mireles
US 321,000 -4,000
Chris Shebat us
Chris Shebat
us 295,000 -10,000
Ryan Thorson us
Ryan Thorson
us 293,000 151,000
Tom Hammers us
Tom Hammers
us 292,000 247,000
Travis Gant us
Travis Gant
us 230,000 60,000
Carla Douglas US
Carla Douglas
US 217,000 116,000
James Curl US
James Curl
US 217,000 37,000
Bart Ness US
Bart Ness
US 191,000 -9,000
Adam Friedman us
Adam Friedman
us 185,000 -115,000
Tyler Kolness us
Tyler Kolness
us 182,000 -1,000
Gerald Cunniff us
Gerald Cunniff
us 175,000 25,000
Terence Reid us
Terence Reid
us 175,000 53,000
Mike Carda US
Mike Carda
US 172,000 12,000
Joey Lopez US
Joey Lopez
US 167,000 32,000
Jonas Taken Alive US
Jonas Taken Alive
US 166,000 166,000
Tim Dunse US
Tim Dunse
US 161,000 -39,000
Cisco Cottier US
Cisco Cottier
US 150,000 -31,000
Dana Dietz US
Dana Dietz
US 137,000 137,000
Jason Siebel US
Jason Siebel
US 133,000 133,000
Tony Hartmann us
Tony Hartmann
us 128,000 103,000
Zarren Egesdal us
Zarren Egesdal
us 123,000 123,000

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Dale Belden Cracks Eric Sorensen's Aces to Take Chip Lead

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

Eric Sorensen raised from under the gun and Dale Belden three-bet from middle. Action folded back around to Sorensen who four-bet to 65,000 and then called Belden's 279,000 all in jam.

Dale Belden: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Eric Sorensen: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}

Sorensen got the action he wanted having Belden crushed and nothing changed after the {9-Spades}{7-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} flop. However, the dealer dropped the {10-Hearts} on the turn giving Beldun a set of tens and the {4-Clubs} river secured him the massive double-up for the chip lead.

Dale Belden US
Dale Belden
US 560,000 305,000
Eric Sorensen US
Eric Sorensen
US 120,000 -280,000

Tags: Dale BeldenEric Sorensen

Keeline Left With Crumbs After Losing Race to James Curl

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

James Curl open-jammed for 98,000 and action folded to Ben Keeline who called from the big blind.

James Curl: {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}
Ben Keeline: {9-Diamonds}{9-Spades}

It was a race with Keeline looking to stay ahead but it was Curl who came out in front after the {k-Spades}{10-Clubs}{q-Hearts} flop although, Keeline did pick-up a gut shot straight draw.

Unfortunately for Keeline, neither the {k-Clubs} turn nor the {8-Hearts} river were any help to his hand and he doubled-up Curl.

James Curl US
James Curl
US 180,000
Ben Keeline us
Ben Keeline
us 20,000 -70,000

Tags: Ben KeelineJames Curl

MSPT Season 12 Race for Player of the Year

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

Since its inception in 2009, the MSPT has done a great job keeping track of player stats. As a result, 12 years on they have one of the best player databases in the industry.

On their "Leaderboards" page, the MSPT tracks such things as Career Earnings, Main Event Cashes, Main Event Final Tables, Main Event Titles, Total Cashes, Most Cashes/Final Tables in a Season, Most Final Tables All-Time, and much more.

Here's a look at the top ten point leaders of this season:

PlacePlayerHometownSeason 12 Points
1Daniel SepiolMichigan City, Indiana2,100
2Kyna EnglandNorthbrook, Illinois2,050
3Kfir NahumHenderson, Nevada2,000
4Cory NordstrandInternational Falls, Minnesota1,800
5Jason CrewsClive, Iowa1,750
6James CarrollLas Vegas, Nevada1,700
7Alesandro JaureguiSalinas, California1,700
8William ChoEl Sobrante, California1,700
9Chad BjorkmanStillwater, Minnesota1,600
10Dan JonesKingwood, Texas1,600

Fink Gets Big Blind Special

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

The player in middle position raised to 10,000 and they were called by Wesley Ismay on the button before Mark Fink three-bet jammed for 46,000 from the big blind. The initial raiser mucked their hand while Ismay called and the two players tabled their hands.

Mark Fink: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Wesley Ismay: {4-Clubs}{4-Spades}

Fink had Ismay crushed and nothing changed after the {j-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{6-Clubs} runout.

Wesley Ismay us
Wesley Ismay
us 130,000 -40,000
Mark Fink us
Mark Fink
us 100,000 50,000

Tags: Wesley IsmayMark Fink

Lopez Eliminates Opponent With Sixes

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

A Player from early position open-jammed for 21,000 and Joey Lopez looked them up from the big blind.

Joey Lopez: {6-Spades}{6-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}

Lopez was a slight favorite with his pocket pair and didn't have much of a sweat as the {j-Spades}{4-Spades}{3-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs} runout secured him the pot.

Joey Lopez US
Joey Lopez
US 135,000 15,000

Tags: Joey Lopez