$1,110 MSPT Main Event
Days:
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$1,110 MSPT Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Robert Michener Leads 25 Survivors After Day 1a of MSPT Running Aces $1,100 Main Event

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

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Running Aces $1,110 Main Event is officially in the books with 225 total entries tallied by night's end.

Almost a full 15 levels were played to their completion but a hard stop with 25 players saw the night end with 13:00 remaining in the final level.

Robert Michener (729,000) leads the pack by after finishing the night with an exclamation mark, earning knockouts on the penultimate hand of the evening to edge out 2014 MSPT Running Aces champ Mark Sandness (692,000) for the top spot.

The top five is rounded out by three other players who finished the day north of 300,000: Steve Houle (439,000), Chris Knapp (337,000), and Cassidy McCabe (337,000).

The action hit a new gear in the final two levels of the evening, which saw the remaining players in the field ultimately drop from 41 down to 25.

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's Rob Wazwaz, three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby, Brad Sailor, and Jason Bender.

Day 1b will get underway at Noon on Friday, April 8th. Late registration and re-entries will remain open through Level 12 (approximately 9:10 p.m.). PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

MSPT Showdown Series Remaining Schedule

DateTime (CDT)TournamentLate RegGTD Prize PoolStarting StackBlind Levels
Friday, April 0810:00 a.m.$265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main1:00 p.m.-15,00020
 NoonEvent #9: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1b9:10 p.m.$300,00025,00040
 7:00 p.m.$265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main10:00 p.m.-15,00020
Saturday, April 099:00 a.m.$265 Turbo Ironman Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT MainNoon-15,00020
 NoonEvent #9: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1c11:40 p.m.$300,00025,00040
 7:00 p.m.$135 Nightly NLH9:10 p.m.$5,00012,00020
Sunday, April 1011:00 a.m.$1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 2-   
 NoonEvent #10: $250 Last Chance NLH3:00 p.m.$10,00015,00020
 3:00 p.m.$135 Last Dance NLH5:10 p.m.$3,00012,00020

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 Noon local time.

Tags: Brad SailorCassidy McCabeChris KnappJason BenderMark SandnessMatt KirbyRob WazwazRobert MichenerRobert Michener LeadsSteve Houle

End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Robert Michener US
Robert Michener
US 729,000 249,000
Mark Sandness us
Mark Sandness
us 692,000 132,000
Steve Houle us
Steve Houle
us 439,000 204,000
Chris Knapp us
Chris Knapp
us 337,000 97,000
Cassidy McCabe US
Cassidy McCabe
US 337,000
Jeff Grimes us
Jeff Grimes
us 283,000 -57,000
Larry Beilfuss US
Larry Beilfuss
US 257,000 -8,000
Jackson Vue us
Jackson Vue
us 249,000
Bernard Morrow us
Bernard Morrow
us 244,000
Michael Nguyen us
Michael Nguyen
us 207,000
Michael Estes us
Michael Estes
us 202,000
Zeph Baer us
Zeph Baer
us 179,000
Terence Reid us
Terence Reid
us 165,000 -1,000
David Gonia us
David Gonia
us 162,000 71,000
Wesley Cannon us
Wesley Cannon
us 161,000 65,000
Rob Maier us
Rob Maier
us 153,000
Nick Wilken US
Nick Wilken
US 148,000 -93,000
Joe Barnard us
Joe Barnard
us 119,000
Anthony Sedlak us
Anthony Sedlak
us 116,000
Vincent Vang US
Vincent Vang
US 114,000
Ezequiel Gonzalez us
Ezequiel Gonzalez
us 92,000
Derek McMaster us
Derek McMaster
us 78,000 -86,000
Aaron Johnson us
Aaron Johnson
us 77,000 -43,000
Bradley Beetz us
Bradley Beetz
us 48,000 -32,000
Jon Hanner us
Jon Hanner
us 38,000 -102,000

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Hard Stop Reached, Play Has Concluded

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

With 13:00 remaining in the final level, the hard stop of 27 players has been reached and play has concluded.

End-of-day chip counts and recap will follow.

A Look at the Showdown Series Winners Thus Far

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

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, eight players are currently enshrined in the MSPT Hall of Fame.

MSPT Hall of Fame
MSPT Hall of Fame
Level:
15
Blinds:
3,000/5,000
Ante:
5,000

Beetz Wins Race to Double Through Beilfuss

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

Bradley Beetz open-jammed for 39,000 from late position and Larry Beilfuss looked him up from the big blind.

Bradley Beetz: {k-Spades}{8-Clubs}
Larry Beilfuss: {6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}

Beetz was behind holding two overs and was able to find one after the {k-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{3-Spades} flop paired his king.

The {q-Hearts} turn didn't change a thing nor did the {a-Hearts} river and Beetz collected his double-up.

Larry Beilfuss US
Larry Beilfuss
US 145,000 -132,000
Bradley Beetz us
Bradley Beetz
us 80,000 7,000

Tags: Bradley BeetzLarry Beilfuss

Olson Doubles with Rockets

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

Robert Michener raised to 15,000 from early position, Ronald Olson three-bet all in for 32,000 from the cutoff and the button came over the top for 67,000.

Action was back on Michener who took a good look at his opponent's from across the table and then tossed {j-Clubs}{j-Diamonds} into the muck.

Ronald Olson: {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}

Olson was ahead with his made hand of aces but the {q-Hearts}{k-Hearts}{k-Clubs} flop did pair his opponent's queen.

Luckily for Olson, the {3-Clubs} turn followed by the {9-Hearts} river completed the board and secured his double-up.

Robert Michener US
Robert Michener
US 380,000 187,000
Ronald Olson us
Ronald Olson
us 80,000 21,000

Tags: Robert MichenerRonald Olson