2022 MSPT Winter Poker Classic

$1,100 Main Event
Days: 1a
Event Info

2022 MSPT Winter Poker Classic

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000
Players Info - Day 1a
Players Left

$1,100 Main Event

Day 1a Completed

A Tie for the Top Spot After 31 Players Survive Day 1a

Level 15 : Blinds 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Matt Wolff
Matt Wolff

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Running Aces $1,110 Main Event is officially in the books with 238 total entries tallied by night's end.

After a full 15 levels were played to their completion, just 31 players were able to find a Day 2 birth with two players tying for the top spot.

Matt Wolff's late-night heater soared him to the top of the counts where he is joined by Kirby Rogers for the chip lead with 506,000.

The top five is rounded out by the only other three players to bag north of 300k: Anthony Sedlak (363,000), Loki Abboud (361,000), and Luke Struck (326,000).

$1,110 MSPT Running Aces Event Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts

RankNameChip Count
1Matt Wolff506,000
2Kirby Rogers506,000
3Anthony Sedlak363,000
4Loki Abboud328,000
5Luke Struck326000
6Russell DeVilbliss287,000
7Chris Knapp278,000
8Matt Alexander269,000
9Yer Vang220,000
10Ian Matakis218,000

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 49 down to 31.

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, Blake Bohn, Kou Vang, Aaron Johnson, Jason Seitz, and Pat Steele.

Day 1b will get underway at Noon on Friday, December 9th. 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 Winter Poker Classic Remaining Schedule

*DateTime (CDT)Tournament 
Friday, 12/910:00 AM$265 Satellite - 1 in 5 advance to $300K GTD 
Friday, 12/912:00 PM$1,110 MSPT $300K GTD Main Event NLH Day 1B (2-Day Event) 
Friday, 12/97:00 PM$265 Satellite - 1 in 5 advance to $300K GTD 
Saturday, 12/109:00 AM$265 Turbo Ironman Satellite - 1 in 5 advance to $300K GTD 
Saturday, 12/1012:00 PM$1,110 MSPT $300K GTD Main Event NLH Day 1C (2-Day Event) 
Saturday, 12/107:00 PM$135 Nightly NLH 
Sunday, 12/1111:00 AMDay 2: $1,110 MSPT $300K GTD Main Event NLH (2-Day Event) 
Sunday, 12/1112:00 PM$250 Last Chance NLH 
Sunday, 12/113:00 PM$135 Last Dance NLH 

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: Aaron JohnsonBlake BohnChris KnappJason SeitzKou VangLuke StruckMatt WolffPat SteeleRob WazwazRussell DeVilblissTurbo Ironman Satellite

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

Level 15 : Blinds 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Matthew Wolff us
Matthew Wolff
506,000 81,000
Kirby Rogers us
Kirby Rogers
506,000 36,000
Anthony Sedlak us
Anthony Sedlak
363,000 161,000
Loki Abboud us
Loki Abboud
328,000 18,000
Luke Struck us
Luke Struck
326,000 133,000
Russell DeVilbliss us
Russell DeVilbliss
287,000 287,000
Chris Knapp us
Chris Knapp
278,000 -92,000
Matt Alexander us
Matt Alexander
269,000 49,000
Yer Vang us
Yer Vang
220,000 220,000
Ian Matakis us
Ian Matakis
218,000 78,000
WSOP 1X Winner
Rob Adsem us
Rob Adsem
211,000 161,000
Victor Akuloff us
Victor Akuloff
206,000 206,000
Peyton Smith us
Peyton Smith
188,000 188,000
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
186,000 120,000
Dan Warner us
Dan Warner
Justin Thurlow us
Justin Thurlow
174,000 -126,000
Mike Schneider us
Mike Schneider
146,000 146,000
Steve Tully us
Steve Tully
131,000 131,000
Eric Eelkema us
Eric Eelkema
129,000 72,000
Connor Sun us
Connor Sun
127,000 127,000
Jeffrey Campe us
Jeffrey Campe
125,000 125,000
Jesse Haddeland us
Jesse Haddeland
117,000 117,000
Barb Blechinger us
Barb Blechinger
106,000 106,000
Michael Roher us
Michael Roher
98,000 98,000
Gary Ewald us
Gary Ewald
95,000 95,000

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Wolff's Snowmen Won't Melt, Doubles Through Kim

Level 15 : Blinds 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

There was three-way action after a {8-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}{k-Hearts} flop between Jun Kim from the button, Loki Abboud, from the small blind and Matt Wolff from the big blind.

A series of raises saw Wolff get his 212,000 stack in the middle and only Kim called holding only a few thousand more.

Matt Wolff: {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs}
Jun Kim: {5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}

Both players flopped a set, but Wolff's was better and the {a-Spades} turn followed by the {7-Clubs} river secured him another late night double.

Kim was left short and was eliminated a few hands later.

Player Chips Progress
Matthew Wolff us
Matthew Wolff
Loki Abboud us
Loki Abboud
Jun Kim us
Jun Kim

Tags: Jun KimLoki AbboudMatt Wolff

A Look at the Running Aces Winter Poker Classic Winners Thus Far

Level 15 : Blinds 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $360 MSPT Mystery Bounty1,065$213,000 prize pool + $106,500 in bountiesDavid Gonia$38,606
Event #2: $250 Sunday Feast NLH190$38,000Michael Winter$8,122
Event #3: $185 Multi-Flight NLH424$61,480Ed Veith$13,427
Event #4: $250 Seniors (50+)160$32,000Bob Moore$8,640
Event #5: $250 Turbo Super Stack NLH102$20,400Loren Burbach$6,121
Event #6: $250 Pot-Limit Omaha108$21,600Doug Tran$6,479
Event #7: $300 MSPT Tag Team ($150/player)411$47,265Daniel & Dennis Stevermer$12,287
Event #8: $250 Hump Day NLH111$22,200Mark Dufner$4,487
Event #9: $2,500 MSPT Hall of Fame High Roller98$225,400Kou Vang$67,621

Wolff Doubles Through Abboud with Rockets

Level 15 : Blinds 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Matt Wolff
Matt Wolff

A player from middle position raised and Loki Abboud called from the cutoff before Matt Wolff three-bet from the button.

Action folded back to Abboud who four-bet jammed and Wolff called off his 103,000 stack.

Matt Wolff: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Loki Abboud: {a-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}

Wolff woke up with the weapons of mass destruction once again and they paid off as the {4-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{2-Hearts} runout secured his double-up.

Player Chips Progress
Loki Abboud us
Loki Abboud
330,000 -115,000
Matthew Wolff us
Matthew Wolff
215,000 125,000

Tags: Loki AbboudMatt Wolff

Most MSPT Main Event Cashes in History

Level 15 : Blinds 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson

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. Click here for a look at all the leaderboards.Click here for a look at all the leaderboards.

Here's a look at the top ten MSPT Main Event cashers:

PlacePlayerHometownMain Event Cashes
1Aaron JohnsonRed Wing, Minnesota46
2DJ BuckleyEden Prairie, Minnesota40
3Richard AlsupNew Hope, Minnesota38
4Kou VangMaplewood, Minnesota34
5Rob WazWazMinneapolis, Minnesota31
6Josh ReichardJanesville, WI29
7Patrick SteeleChelsea, Michigan29
8Blake BohnEden Prairie, Minnesota28
9Phil MaderGrand Island, Nebraska28
10Matt KirbyBemidji, MN27

Tags: Aaron JohnsonBlake BohnDJ BuckleyEden PrairieJosh ReichardKou VangMatt KirbyPatrick SteelePhil MaderRichard AlsupRob WazWaz

Level: 15

Blinds: 3,000/5,000

Ante: 5,000