$1,110 MSPT Main Event
Days:

Event Info

Buy-in $1,110
Prize Pool $890,900
Players 920

Level Info

Level 33
Blinds 200,000 / 300,000
Ante 300,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 109
$1,110 MSPT Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Chan Pelton Wins MSPT Running Aces $1,110 Main Event ($169,271)

AnthonyThompson • Level 33: 200,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Chan Pelton Running Aces MSPT Champion
Chan Pelton Running Aces MSPT Champion

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) returned to Minnesota's Running Aces Casino after a five-year hiatus for the Showdown Series and the turnout didn't disappoint.

The $1,110 buy-in, $300K GTD Main Event was one to remember as a total of 920 entries (225 from Day 1a; 282 from 1b; 413 from 1c) were tallied, which blasted past the venue’s previous best field of 383 runners in September of 2017.

On Sunday, 109 players returned for Day 2 action, and after it was said and done, it was Texas native Chan Pelton, coming out on top to win the $169,271 top prize and his first MSPT title.

"I'm pretty excited," Pelton said after his victory, "My goal was to have a top-three finish this year, so being able to capitalize on a win is just amazing."

Pelton's first-place victory was the icing on the cake, as he had three MSPT Main Event cashes totaling $21,607 with one final table appearance before his victory on Sunday night, and it wouldn't have come without a strong support group.

"This wouldn't have happened without the best support group," Pelton stated. " I want to thank the best wife ever, Amanda, my beautiful daughter London, and my good friend Skyler and Andy, without them I wouldn't be here."

2022 MSPT Running Aces Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrizeMSPT POY Points
1Chan PeltonCollege Station, TX$169,2711,700
2Ben HansonPrior Lake, MN$104,2411,700
3John PierceBloomington, MN$76,5281,600
4Dan WarnerDuluth, MN$57,9091,500
5Josh ReichardJanesville, WI$43,6541,400
6Mark SandnessWayzata, MN$32,9631,300
7Justin BarnumFargo, ND$25,8361,200
8Brandon KelzenbergMaple Grove, MN$20,4911,100
9Joe BarnardSt. Paul, MN$16,0361,000

With 99 slated to get paid, only ten players needed to exit before players reached the money. Among those to leave empty-handed were Bradley Beetz, Nik Stone, William Reynolds, and MSPT champ Dan Hendrickson, just to name a few.

Only one level needed to pass before the hand-for-hand process began as Tyler Kolness held out as long as he could coming into the day with the shortest stack only to lose a race to Joe Barnard on the bubble.

After the bubble burst, the march to the final table began. Among those to fall along the way, albeit with a payday, were MSPT Hall of Famer's Pat Steele (18th - $8,820), Rob Wazwaz (79th - $2,316), Blake Bohn (80th - $2,316), and Matt Kirby (81st - $2,316).

Final Table action

MSPT Running Aces Main Event Final Table
MSPT Running Aces Main Event Final Table

After the players returned from their dinner break, it didn't take long for the action to kick into gear as Dan Warner caught a double in the first hand back while Barnard was outkicked by Mark Sandness the very next hand, making him the first final table elimination.

Brandon Kelzenberg started the final table with a sizeable chip lead but ran his pocket eights into Pelton's pocket ace to drop to the bottom of the counts.

Kelzenberg was able to hold on for a few orbits but departed after he failed to win a race against his final table nemesis Pelton.

Next on the chopping block was Justin Barnum who got his chips in the middle with a made hand of fives after a jack-high flop and was snapped-off by Warner holding jack-ten. Barnum was unable to find a third five on the turn and river, ending his Main Event in seventh place for $25,836.

Following Barnum was 2014 Running Aces Main Event champ Sandness, who got his chips in after the flop with an open-ended straight draw and was called by Ben Hanson with a made hand of jacks. Sandness failed to complete his straight and made his exit in sixth place for $32,963.

Fellow MSPT champ Josh Reichard was next on the chopping block. After receiving a double-up in a previous hand, Reichard three-bet jammed with a made hand of fives and Hanson isolated with ace-queen. Reichard failed to keep his lead in the race after Hanson flopped a queen and he went home with an extra $43,654 for his fifth-place finish.

Four-handed action lasted one full level after Warner jammed his pocket fours into Hanson's pocket fives and failed to make a set as he made an exit in fourth place for $57,909.

Three-handed action saw Pelton holding a sizeable chip lead while John Pierce sitting at the bottom with 10 big blinds and he got his short stack in the middle with a weak ace only to have Hanson snap call holding a pair of queens. Pierce needed an ace to stay alive but instead, he was set up on the flop and took home $76,528 for his third-place finish.

From there, the heads-up match proved to be a battle as Hanson secured an early double to chip away at Pelton's chip lead and turned the tides to take the lead himself.

The start of Level 32 saw the chips shuffle back-and-fourth until Pelton got his 10.5 million chip stack in the middle with kind-ten suited and Hanson called with king-three suited.

The superior kicker secured Pelton the pot and he was able to seal the deal the very next hand, eliminating Hanson in second place for $104,241.

MSPT Running Aces Side Event Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $360 MSPT Mystery Bounty1,197$239,400 prize pool + $118,950 in bountiesBeile Li$25,588
Event #2: $250 Sunday Feast NLH251$50,200Shane Nelson$8,585
Event #3: $185 2-Day Deep Stack NLH443$64,235Blake Holmes$10,424
Event #4: $250 Seniors (50+)168$33,600Michael Winter$5,107
Event #5: $250 Turbo Super Stack NLH--David Ehike$3,361
Event #6: $250 Pot-Limit Omaha138$27,600Spencer Broberg$4,663
Event #7: $300 MSPT Tag Team ($150/player)280$32,200Nate Rieck & Ryan Milleland$9,016
Event #8: $250 Hump Day NLH128$25,600Nicholas Lagos$6,196
Event #9: $1,110 MSPT Main Event920$890,900Chan Pelton$169,271

The MSPT continues May 21-May 1 at San Diego's Sycuan Casino with a Shodwon Series featuring $570,000 in guarantees. Then, from May 5-8, the tour will head to Jack Cleveland Casino for the $500K GTD MSPT 2022 Ohio State Poker Championship. Visit msptpoker.com for more information.

Tags: Ben HansonBlake BohnBradley BeetzBrandon KelzenbergChan PeltonDan HendricksonDan WarnerJoe BarnardJohn PierceJosh ReichardJustin BarnumMark SandessMark SandnessMatt KirbyNik StonePat SteeleRob WazwazRunning Aces CasinoTyler KolnessWilliam Reynolds

Ben Hanson Eliminated in 2nd Place ($104,241)

AnthonyThompson • Level 33: 200,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Ben Hanson
Ben Hanson

Ben Hanson raised from the button and then called the 10,450,000 three-bet jam Chan Pelton made from the big blind.

Chan Pelton: {k-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}
Ben Hanson: {k-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

Pelton had Hanson dominated and the {8-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{6-Hearts} secured him the massive double, leaving Hanson with just 2.1 million.

The very next hand, Hanson got his short stack in the middle and Pelton called.

Ben Hanson: {a-Spades}{5-Clubs}
Chan Pelton: {10-Spades}{6-Spades}

Hanson was ahead but it was Pelton who connected with the {10-Hearts}{2-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} flop.

The {7-Clubs} turn left Hanson needing an ace on the river, but the {k-Hearts} completed the board on the river and ended his Main Event in second place for 123,000.

Chan Pelton us
Chan Pelton
us 23,000,000 16,900,000
Ben Hanson us
Ben Hanson
us Busted

Tags: Ben HansonChan Pelton

Nicholas Lagos Wins Event #8: $250 NLH Hump Day

AnthonyThompson • Level 33: 200,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Nicholas Lagos
Nicholas Lagos

While PokerNews is here offering live updates for the $1,100 Main Event, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about some of the side events that have taken place out over the past week for the Showdown Series here at Running Aces Casino.

In Event #8: $250 NLH Hump Day, 128 runners created a $25,600 prize pool that was paid out to the top 15 players.

In the end, it was Nicholas Lagos who collected every chip in play to capture the MSPT Trophy, along with a $6,196 payday.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Nicholas Lagos$6,196*
2Leonard Lewandowski$5,400*
3Dave Ehlke$3,200
4Dave Lunde$2,394
5Ed Vieth$1,741
6Vue Jackson$1,331
7Victor Hoffman$1,024
8Sage Holmes$794
9Umut Ozturk$640
Level:
33
Blinds:
200,000/300,000
Ante:
300,000

Most MSPT Main Event Final Tables in Single Season

AnthonyThompson • Level 32: 150,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Pat Steele
Pat Steele

Since its inception in 2009, the MSPT has done a great job keeping track of player stats. As a result, 13 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 MSPT Main Event final table in a single season:

PlayerHometownSeasonFinal Tables
Patrick SteeleChelsea, Michigan44
Brett KuzniaStephen, Minnesota44
Dan SunCedar Rapids. Iowa33
Christian PhamSt. Paul, Minnesota43
Everett CarltonSt. Paul, Minnesota13
Kou VangMaplewood, Minnesota53
Michael DeisAnn Arbor, Michigan53
Nick PupilloAddison, Illinois53
Mark HodgeFernandina Beach, Florida63
DJ BuckleyEden Prairie, Minnesota63

Pelton Takes Back the Chip Lead

AnthonyThompson • Level 32: 150,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Chan Pelton
Chan Pelton

Chan Pelton moved all-in for 8,750,000 after a {9-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} flop and Ben Hanson called.

Chan Pelton: {k-Hearts}{9-Spades}
Ben Hanson: {q-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}

Both players connected with the flop, but Pelto caught the better end with top pair.

The {5-Spades} turn was safe for Pelton as was the {2-Hearts} river, and he took back the chip lead.

Chan Pelton us
Chan Pelton
us 17,900,000 8,400,000
Ben Hanson us
Ben Hanson
us 5,100,000 -8,400,000

Tags: Ben HansonChan Pelton

Nate Rieck & Ryan Milleland Take Down Event #7: $300 NLH Tag Team Championship

AnthonyThompson • Level 32: 150,000-250,000, 250,000 ante
Nate Rieck & Ryan Milleland
Nate Rieck & Ryan Milleland

While PokerNews is here offering live updates for the $1,100 Main Event, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you about some of the side events that have taken place out over the past week for the Showdown Series here at Running Aces Casino.

Event #7: $300 NLH Tag Team Championship saw 280 runners (140 teams) create a $32,200 prize pool that was paid out to the top 15 teams and in the end, it was Nate Rieck & Ryan Gilleland who collected every chip in play to capture the MSPT Trophy, along with a $9,016 payday.

Final Table Results

PlacePlayersPrize
1Nate Rieck & Ryan Milleland$9,016
2Jackson Vue & Steve Vang$5,570
3Quinten Yanick & Jordyn Decoteau$4,026
4Jerome Kangas & James Kangas$3,010
5Ajinkya Mehta & Beile Li$2,190
6David Gonia & Raj Kola$1,674
7Richie Gamez & Krystie Durbin$1,288
8Mike Gullekson & Ron Johnson$998
9Thane Fliginger & Brad Pausch$806
Level:
32
Blinds:
150,000/250,000
Ante:
250,000

Hanson Flushes Pelton for Double

AnthonyThompson • Level 31: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Ben Hanson
Ben Hanson

Chan Pelton opened with a raise and Ben Hanson defended to see a {6-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop.

Hanson led out and Pelton called bringing the {9-Spades} turn.

Hanson quickly announced all in for 3,275,000 and Pelton snap called.

Ben Hanson: {q-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
Chan Pelton: {7-Spades}{2-Spades}

Pelton was ahead after flopping trip sevens, but they weren't lucky, as the {10-Diamonds} completed Hanson's flush on the river and secured his double-up.

Chan Pelton us
Chan Pelton
us 14,500,000 -4,000,000
Ben Hanson us
Ben Hanson
us 8,500,000 4,000,000

Tags: Ben HansonChan Pelton