Live Events 3
$1,110 South Dakota State Championship
Days:
1a1b2

Highlights

Highlights

$1,110 South Dakota State Championship
Day 1a Completed

Matt Kirby Bags Big on Day 1a of MSPT South Dakota State Championship

MikePatrick • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Matt Kirby
Matt Kirby

Just a month after becoming the newest inductee into the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Hall of Fame, Matt Kirby headlines the 29 survivors from Day 1a of the South Dakota State Championship, bagging 424,000 chips, which was good enough for third place on the day.

The top stack belongs to Gerald Cunniff of St. Paul, Minnesota who rocketed to the top of the leaderboard late in the day to finish with 649,000 chips.

Sandwiched between Cunniff and Kirby in second place is Joshua Reichard, who finished with 425,000 chips.

South Dakota State Championship Main Event Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

RANKPLAYERCOUNTRYCHIP COUNT
1Gerald CunniffUnited States649,000
2Joshua ReichardUnited States425,000
3Matt KirbyUnited States424,000
4Kevin EllisUnited States417,000
5Peter AsmuthUnited States354,000
6Patrick RachowUnited States321,000
7Leroy StuenUnited States319,000
8Mo NuwwarahUnited States301,000
9Dave WordUnited States288,000
10Jeff HeibergUnited States269,000

The 246 entries filled the poker room at the Silverado-Franklin Hotel and Gaming Complex in Deadwood, South Dakota for the event’s opening flight, with the final 12% bringing a hard stop to action with 19 minutes and 16 seconds remaining in Level 15.

Other notables to make it to Sunday’s final day of play included Mo Nuwwarah (301,000), Jeff Heiberg (269,000), Henry Gingerich (230,000), and Eric Eelkema (169,000).

Among those falling short of advancing were Dan Bekavac, who busted just short of advancing after several entries throughout the day, MSPT Hall of Famer Aaron Johnson, and MSPT Season 13 Main Event cashes leader DJ Buckley.

They’ll all have the chance to return Saturday at 3 pm local time for Day 1b, which is expected to surpass Friday’s already huge field.

2022 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship Remaining Schedule

DateTime (MDT)TournamentLate RegGTD Prize PoolStarting StackBlind Levels
Saturday, May 2110 am$260 Turbo Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main12:10 pm-15,00015
 3 pm$1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1b11:40 pm$100,00025,00040
Sunday, May 2211 am$1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 2-$100,000-40
 12 pm$250 Last Chance Showdown NLH3 pm-15,00020

PokerNews will continue to have all the action until a champion is crowned Sunday, so keep it right here.

Tags: Aaron JohnsonDan BekavacDJ BuckleyEric EelkemaGerald CunniffHenry GingerichJeff HeibergJoshua ReichardMatt KirbyMo Nuwwarah

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

MikePatrick • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Gerald Cunniff us
Gerald Cunniff
us 649,000 151,000
Joshua Reichard
Joshua Reichard
425,000 85,000
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 424,000 62,000
Kevin Ellis US
Kevin Ellis
US 417,000 -3,000
Peter Asmuth us
Peter Asmuth
us 354,000 47,000
Patrick Rachow US
Patrick Rachow
US 321,000 -39,000
Leroy Stuen US
Leroy Stuen
US 319,000 -111,000
Mo Nuwwarah us
Mo Nuwwarah
us 301,000 257,000
Dave Word US
Dave Word
US 288,000 18,000
Jeff Heiberg us
Jeff Heiberg
us 269,000 149,000
Henry Gingerich us
Henry Gingerich
us 230,000
Joshua Kieval US
Joshua Kieval
US 213,000 -42,000
Mike Estes us
Mike Estes
us 210,000 110,000
Nate Dennis US
Nate Dennis
US 200,000 -40,000
Rick Lutt US
Rick Lutt
US 179,000 -41,000
Eric Eelkema us
Eric Eelkema
us 169,000 -11,000
Joe Grone US
Joe Grone
US 169,000 54,000
Terry Wolthuis US
Terry Wolthuis
US 133,000 -27,000
Alan Curl us
Alan Curl
us 129,000 -71,000
Cody Olson US
Cody Olson
US 108,000 -172,000
Alex Smith us
Alex Smith
us 94,000 -26,000
John Cap us
John Cap
us 92,000 18,000
Andrew Hilleren US
Andrew Hilleren
US 92,000 -1,000
Robert Thompson us
Robert Thompson
us 91,000 -4,000
Jeff Sampson US
Jeff Sampson
US 82,000 22,000

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Tripp Eliminated on Day 2 Bubble

MikePatrick • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Kara Tripp
Kara Tripp

Play has ended for the day after three quick eliminations, including Kara Tripp, who was the day's final bustout.

After Henry Gingerich opened to 15,000, Tripp moved all in for approximately 100,000, and Gingerich called.

Kara Tripp: {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Henry Gingerich: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

The dealer spread a board of {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{6-Clubs}, bringing Gingerich an ace on the flop to take the hand and send the players home with 19:16 remaining in Level 15.

Stay tuned for final chip counts and a full recap of the day's action.

Henry Gingerich us
Henry Gingerich
us 230,000 105,000
Kara Tripp US
Kara Tripp
US Busted

Tags: Henry GingerichKara Tripp

Cunniff Busts Bekavac Then Polishes off Pike

MikePatrick • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Gerald Cunniff
Gerald Cunniff

Dan Bekavac's night has come to an end at the hands of Gerald Cunniff.

After Bekavac called Cunniff's under the gun raise in the big blind, Bekavac check-raised the {10-Clubs}{10-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop, which Cunniff called.

On the {9-Clubs} turn, Bekavac moved all in for approximately 100,000 and was called by Cunniff who showed {q-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} for a turned straight, while Bekavac could only show a failed bluff with {8-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}

Cunniff then also eliminated Jill Pike shortly after, bringing the field down to 32 players.

Gerald Cunniff us
Gerald Cunniff
us 498,000 256,000
Jill PIke us
Jill PIke
us Busted
Dan Bekavac us
Dan Bekavac
us Busted

Tags: Gerald CunniffJill Pike

Level:
15
Blinds:
3,000/5,000
Ante:
5,000

Ellis Eliminates Tines

MikePatrick • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Kevin Ellis
Kevin Ellis

Kevin Ellis has rocketed over 400,000 chips after his {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} flopped a set on the {q-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} board against Tom Tines' {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs}, which saw Times move all-in for 100,000 drawing dead.

Just 34 players remain as the end of level 14 approaches.

Kevin Ellis US
Kevin Ellis
US 420,000 190,000
Tom Tines us
Tom Tines
us Busted

Tags: Kevin EllisTom Tines

Final Four Tables Chip Counts (full)

MikePatrick • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Patrick Rachow US
Patrick Rachow
US 390,000 -12,000
Joshua Reichard
Joshua Reichard
340,000 10,000
Peter Asmuth us
Peter Asmuth
us 307,000 -3,000
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 299,000 9,000
Cody Olson US
Cody Olson
US 280,000
Dave Word US
Dave Word
US 270,000 236,500
Joshua Kieval US
Joshua Kieval
US 255,000
Gerald Cunniff us
Gerald Cunniff
us 242,000
Nate Dennis US
Nate Dennis
US 240,000 124,000
Kevin Ellis US
Kevin Ellis
US 230,000 65,000
Eddie Ghostbear US
Eddie Ghostbear
US 230,000 120,000
Rick Lutt US
Rick Lutt
US 220,000
David Beadle US
David Beadle
US 210,000
Dan Bekavac us
Dan Bekavac
us 200,000 20,000
Alan Curl us
Alan Curl
us 200,000 -100,000
Eric Eelkema us
Eric Eelkema
us 180,000 -60,000
Terry Wolthuis US
Terry Wolthuis
US 160,000
John Cap us
John Cap
us 145,000 25,000
Donald Stanage US
Donald Stanage
US 130,000 -126,000
Henry Gingerich us
Henry Gingerich
us 125,000
Jeff Heiberg us
Jeff Heiberg
us 120,000 38,000
Leroy Stuen US
Leroy Stuen
US 120,000 -80,000
Alex Smith us
Alex Smith
us 120,000 53,500
Joe Grone US
Joe Grone
US 115,000
Kara Tripp US
Kara Tripp
US 100,000

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