2022 MSPT Riverside

$1,110 Main Event ($500K GTD)
Day: 1a
Event Info

2022 MSPT Riverside

Final Results
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
150,000 / 250,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

$1,110 Main Event ($500K GTD)

Day 1a Completed

Jason Bender Leads 17 Survivors After Day 1a of MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Jason Bender
Jason Bender

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Riverside $1,100 Main Event is officially in the books with 140 total entries tallied by night's end.

A full 15 levels were played to their completion and when the dust settled, it was Iowa native Jason Bender who bagged the top stack with 437,000. Bender caught momentum at the end of Level 9 when he set-up a double elimination to soar to the top of the counts.

Finishing second in chips was Godson Wright who rivered a four-card straight to eliminate Darren Williams in the last level of the evening to catapult him to 350,000.

Kevin Berthelsen started building his stack in the early stages of the tournament and was one of the first players to eclipse the 100k mark. Berthelsen was able to build off the momentum and finished the night third in chips with 341,000 while Angelo Tsilibiris (274,00), and Rob Chiappone (256,000) round out the top five stacks.

Others to advance included Tim Garles (254,000), two-time MSPT Main Event Champ Taylor Howard (161,000), Phil Mader (118,000), and Joe Landazzi (113,000).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to make it through the night. Among those to fire and fall in Thursday’s flight were MSPT Hall of Famer Aaron Johnson, WSOP bracelet winner Bradley Jansen, along with MSPT Champion's Ken Baime, and John Sun.

Day 1b will get underway at 3.00 p.m. on Friday, March 18th. Late registration and re-entries will remain open through Level 12 (approximately 11:40 p.m.)

PokerNews will be on hand all week long bringing you all of the action, so be sure to come back for Friday's Day 1b at 3.00 p.m. local time.

Tags: Aaron JohnsonAngelo TsilibirisBradley JansenDarren WilliamsGodson WrightJason BenderJason Bender LeadsJoe LandazziJohn SunKen BaimeKevin BerthelsenPhil MaderRob ChiapponeTaylor HowardTim Garles

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Jason Bender us
Jason Bender
437,000 57,000
Godson Wright us
Godson Wright
Kevin Berthelsen us
Kevin Berthelsen
341,000 -39,000
Angelo Tsilibiris us
Angelo Tsilibiris
274,000 -66,000
Rob Chiappone us
Rob Chiappone
256,000 136,000
Tim Garles us
Tim Garles
254,000 14,000
James Miers us
James Miers
215,000 15,000
Dan Goepel us
Dan Goepel
194,000 54,000
Travis Gaule us
Travis Gaule
175,000 175,000
Taylor Howard us
Taylor Howard
161,000 -44,000
Nick Hall us
Nick Hall
149,000 -71,000
Zhicheng Lin us
Zhicheng Lin
128,000 58,000
Phil Mader us
Phil Mader
118,000 -2,000
Jake Wilding us
Jake Wilding
118,000 118,000
Joe Landazzi us
Joe Landazzi
113,000 13,000
Ross Ferger us
Ross Ferger
111,000 111,000
Loren Rice us
Loren Rice
106,000 46,000

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Berthelsen Fires Three Streets

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante

Action folded to the button who raised to 11,000 and only Kevin Berthelsen called from the small blind.

The {3-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{5-Hearts} flop saw Berthelsen lead out for 15,000 and was called bringing the {10-Clubs} turn.

Berthelsen led out for 17,0000 and his opponent called once again to see the {j-Spades} complete the board on the river.

Berthelsen continued with his aggression and this time fired out an uncontested 31,000 to win the pot.

Player Chips Progress
Kevin Berthelsen us
Kevin Berthelsen

Tags: Kevin Berthelsen

Hall Sets Up Rice for Double

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Nick Hall
Nick Hall

A series of preflop raises saw Nick Hall call off his 108,000 stack from late position after Loren Rice jammed from the cutoff.

Nick Hall: {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}
Loren Rice: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}

Rice had Hall crushed until the {j-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{9-Clubs} flop hit the felt giving Hall a set of jacks.

The {5-Hearts} turn didn't change a thing nor did the {6-Clubs} river and Hall collected his double-up.

Player Chips Progress
Nick Hall us
Nick Hall
220,000 112,000
Loren Rice us
Loren Rice
60,000 -60,000

Tags: Nick HallLoren Rice

Level: 15

Blinds: 3,000/5,000

Ante: 5,000

A Look at the MSPT Hall of Fame

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 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, eight players are currently enshrined in the MSPT Hall of Fame.

MSPT Hall of Fame
MSPT Hall of Fame

Big Slick Does the Trick for Berthelsen

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

Kevin Berthelsen raised to 11,000 from late position and was called by Joe Landazzi from the hijack, along with the big blind.

Once the {k-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{a-Spades} flop hit the felt, the big blind moved all-in for 31,000 and only Berthelsen called.

Opponent: {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}
Kevin Berthelsen: {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}

Both players flopped two-pair, but Berthelsen held the better hand and neither the {6-Spades} turn nor the {2-Spades} river changed a thing as he eliminated his opponent.

Player Chips Progress
Kevin Berthelsen us
Kevin Berthelsen
280,000 50,000
Joe Landazzi us
Joe Landazzi

Tags: Joe LandazziKevin Berthelsen

Sun Jams into Berthelsen's Aces

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
John Sun
John Sun

Kevin Berthelsen raised from under the gun and then called the 50,000 three-bet jam John Sun made from the big blind.

John Sun: {k-Hearts}{q-Spades}
Kevin Berthelsen: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}

Sun was way behind needing help but didn't find any from the {10-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{2-Hearts}{a-Diamonds} runout and he made his exit from the tournament field.

Player Chips Progress
Kevin Berthelsen us
Kevin Berthelsen
230,000 30,000
John Sun us
John Sun

Tags: John SunKevin Berthelsen