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Tropicana Evansville

August 13 - 21, 2016

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Michael O'Neill Looks to Defend His Indiana State Poker Championship Title as 38 Survive Day 1b
Created (8/21/2016 2:24:59 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1b of the 2016 Mid-States Poker Tour Indiana State Poker Championship at Tropicana Evansville drew an unexpected 198 entrants that, along with Day 1a's 142 runners, brought the total field up to 340 entries. That is considerably more than the 225 and 251 entrants that played in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Of course the $250,000 advertised guarantee was laid to rest early on. By the time late registration closed, a total prize pool of $340,000 was created. That will be distributed to the top 36 players with $82,450 reserved for the eventual winner.

The man best positioned to make a run at the title, at least from the Day 1b field, is Jason Ramos, who bagged the chip lead among the 38 survivors with 285,500. That is a little ahead of Day 1a chip leader Joseph Bommarito's 260,000.

Another player advancing from the Day 1b flight is Michael O'Neill (pictured above), who won the inaugural Indiana State Poker Championship last year for $67,746. O'Neill, who was second in chips with 256,000, aims to follow in the footsteps of Carl Carodenuto, who earlier this year became the first player to successfully defend his title (he did it at Canterbury Park). Can O'Neill retain the Indiana State Poker Championship title? One thing is for sure, if he does he'll forever etch his name in poker history.

Others who made it through the night were current MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year leader and Iowa State Poker Champion John Sun (228,000), Hollywood Poker Open St. Louis champ Cory Bogert (135,500), 2014 MSPT Tropicana Evansville Chales Dawson (75,500), West Virginia's Cotton Snuffer (54,500), and Justin Brown (48,000).

Among those to try and fail were World Series of Poker bracelet winners Nick Jivkov and Adam Friedman; MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champion Andy Rubinberg; MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge; two-time MSPT champ Jason Zarlenga; husband and wife John and Crystal Utley; and WSOP shift supervisor Charlie Ciresi.

Day 2 will get underway at 11 a.m. local time Sunday with the plan of the final 65 players (27 Day 1a survivors; 38 Day 1b survivors) playing down to a winner. As usual, the final table will be live streamed worldwide on msptpoker.com. Join us then as we bring you all the action straight from the floor of the 2016 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship from Tropicana Evansville!

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts
Created (8/21/2016 2:18:45 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jason Ramos bags the Day 1b chip lead with 285,500 in the Indiana State Poker Championship at Tropicana Evansville

38 of 198 players from Day 1b advance to Day 2
‪#‎canyoufeelit‬

Jason Ramos - Carol Stream, IL 285,500
Michael Oneill - Royal Oak, MI 256,000
Michael Hahn - Indianapolis, IN 244,000
Ryan Rogers - St. Louis, MO 242,500
Jon Sun - Milwaukee, WI 228,000
Garrick Ballard - Shelbyville, IN 196,500
Scott Watkins - Henderson, KY 155,500
Cory Bogert - South Roxana, IL 135,500
Carl Masters - Clarksville, TN 135,000
Theodore Zalesiak - Chicago, IL 131,500
Kenneth Zuspan - Langsville, OH 128,000
Jeremy Brown - Mitchell, IN 110,000
Shannon Mastin - Greenfield, IN 109,500
Kyle Brantley - Henderson, KY 103,500
Alexander Maxfield - Louisville, KY 98,000
Thomas Jaggers - Sonora, KY 98,000
Jason Simon - O Fallon, MO 93,000
Derek Schroeder - St. Charles, MO 92,500
Ronald Kruk - Osceola, IN 90,000
David Chocheles - Mandeville, LA 82,500
Christopher Lee - Middleport, OH 80,500
Charles Dawson - Owensboro, KY 75,500
Mark Shaffer - Glassford, IL 71,100
John Thomas Lynnn - Nashville, TN 70,000
Jenson Quinn - Carbondale, IL 68,000
Thomas Organ - St. Louis, MO 68,000
Donald Williams - Rockville, IN 60,000
Snuffer Iverson - Milton, WV 54,500
Bryan Dillon - Prospect, KY 53,500
Michael Ferrand - Noelsville, TN 51,500
Marcus Gildersleeve - Clarksville, TN 51,000
Justin Brown - Mitchell, IN 48,000
Richard McCoy - Leadwood, MO 44,500
Robert Reel - Indianaplis, IN 41,000
Brian Church - Hawesvilly, KY 37,500
Michael Mendenall - Mount Vernon, IL 36,500
Craig Spalding - Evansville, IN 32,000
Mercedez Ramos - Lexington, KY 27,500

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Five More Hands
Created (8/21/2016 1:55:46 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced that the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chips counts, a recap of the Day 1b action, and the Day 2 seat draw.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Two-Time MSPT Champ Jason Zarlenga Counterfeited
Created (8/21/2016 1:54:56 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jason Zarlenga

Ryan Rogers opened with a raise and two-time MSPT champ Jason Zarlenga three-bet all in for 33,000 from the hijack. Action folded back to Rogers, who was sitting on a mountain of chips, and he opted to make the call.

Rogers:  as 10s
Zarlenga:  5c 5h

It was a flip and Zarlenga was looking to hold to double. The  kc 6s2d flop was safe enough, and the  6h turn kept Zarlenga out in front. However, that is when the  ks peeled off on the river to put two pair on the board and counterfeit Zarlenga. Rogers’ ace played and just like that the two-time champ was sent back to Michigan.

Ryan Rogers - 300,000
Jason Zarlenga - Eliminated

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Scott Watkins Doubles Big Through Peter Gozinya
Created (8/21/2016 1:42:10 AM by Chad Holloway)

With around 30,000 in the pot and a board reading  ks 9h ah kd, a flurry of action broke out between Scott Watkins and Peter Gozinya with former getting all in for 78,700. Gozinya was debating what to do and eventually spiked in a call.

Gozinya:  as 2s
Watkins:  kh qs

Gozinya went with his ace, but he needed to find another to eliminate Watkins, who held trip kings. The  qh river wasn’t what Gozinya was looking for and Watkins, who improved to a full house, doubled big here at the end of the night.

Scott Watkins - 190,000
Peter Gozina - 160,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Garrick Ballard Pushes Off Peter Gozinya
Created (8/21/2016 1:31:51 AM by Chad Holloway)

Garrick Ballard limped the cutoff and watched Peter Gozinya raise to 10,000 from the button. Both blinds folded, Ballard called, and the flop came out  5h 7h jd.

Ballard checked, Gozinya continued for 15,500, and Ballard immediately check-raised to 32,000. That did the trick as Gozinya released his hand.

Peter Gozinya - 260,000
Garrick Ballard - 200,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Mark Hodge Doubles But Busts Soon Thereafter
Created (8/21/2016 1:21:42 AM by Chad Holloway)

Action folded to reigning MSPT Player of the Year Mark Hodge and he moved all in (without looking at his cards he would later claim). Jason Simon called from the big blind and Hodge tabled a big one.

Hodge:  kh kd
Simon:  kc qc

The board ran out  2s ah 10h ks 4c and Hodge shipped a double Unfortunately, as we were writing this hand he swung by the media desk to inform us he had been eliminated after getting it all in with ace-king and failing to get there against pocket queens.

Meanwhile, MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champion Andy Rubinberg has also been eliminated from the tournament. He said we will see him in a few weeks at the MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells stop.

Jason Simon - 70,000
Mark Hodge - Eliminated
Andy Rubinberg - Eliminated

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Peter Gozinya Shoves; Adam Friedman Gone
Created (8/21/2016 12:57:16 AM by Chad Holloway)

With around 20,000 in the pot and a flop of 2d 10c 6h, Peter Gozinya checked from the under-the-gun position and Christopher Lee bet 12,000 from the hijack. The player on the button folded, Gozinya called, and the dealer burned and turned the  7d.

Gozinya check-called a bet of 20,000 and then checked for a third time on the  8d river. Lee bet 30,000 and Gozinya thought long and hard before moving all in for roughly 40,000 more. Lee flashed the  5d da and folded his hand.

Meanwhile, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Adam Friedman has been eliminated from the 2016 Indiana State Poker Championship in unknown action.

Peter Gozinya - 155,000
Christopher Lee - 85,000
Adam Friedman - Eliminated

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (8/21/2016 12:34:41 AM by Chad Holloway)

Players are now on their last 10-minute break of the night. When they return they’ll play two more levels before bagging and tagging.

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Adam Friedman vs. Charles Dawson
Created (8/21/2016 12:34:07 AM by Chad Holloway)

World Series of Poker bracelet winner Adam Friedman opened for 3,500 from middle position and MSPT Tropicana Evansville champ Charles Dawson called from the button. Reigning MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champ Andy Rubinberg came along from the small blind, the player in the big did too, and four players took a flop of  6d 5c 2h.

All four players checked, the  7h appeared on the turn, and Rubinberg led out for 4,000. The big blind folded, both Friedman and Dawson called, and the  qh completed the board on the river. Two checks saw Dawson bet 7,500, Rubinberg folded, and Friedman made a reluctant call.

Dawson tabled the  9c qc for a gutshot that turned into top pair, and it was good as Friedman simply shook his head and tossed his cards to the muck.

Charles Dawson - 120,000
Andy Rubinberg - 74,000
Adam Friedman - 35,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
IL 
285,500  
15,500 
 
MI 
256,000  
36,000 
 
Carmel 
IN 
244,000  
244,000 
 
MO 
242,500  
242,500 
 
WI 
228,000  
8,000 
 
IN 
196,500  
196,500 
 
KY 
155,500  
155,500 
 
MO 
135,500  
5,500 
 
TN 
135,000  
135,000 
 
IL 
131,500  
131,500 
 
OH 
128,000  
128,000 
 
IN 
110,000  
110,000 
 
IN 
109,500  
109,500 
 
KY 
103,500  
103,500 
 
Sonora 
KY 
98,000  
98,000 
 
KY 
98,000  
98,000 
 
MO 
93,000  
93,000 
 
MO 
92,500  
92,500 
 
IN 
90,000  
90,000 
 
LA 
82,500  
22,500 
 
OH 
80,500  
19,500 
 
KY 
75,500  
10,500 
 
IL 
71,100  
71,100 
 
TN 
70,000  
70,000 
 
IL 
68,000  
68,000 
 
MO 
68,000  
68,000 
 
IL 
60,000  
60,000 
 
Milton 
WV 
54,500  
500 
 
KY 
53,500  
28,500 
 
TN 
51,500  
26,500 
 
TN 
51,000  
51,000 
 
IN 
48,000  
48,000 
 
MO 
44,500  
44,500 
 
IN 
41,000  
41,000 
 
KY 
37,500  
37,500 
 
IL 
36,500  
36,500 
 
IN 
32,000  
32,000 
 
KY 
27,500  
27,500 
 
Roark 
KY 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Tri Do  
TN 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
KY 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
KY 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
Fenton 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
GA 
0  
Busted 
 
TN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IN 
$82,450
1,400
2
Newark 
OH 
$49,470
1,200
3
KY 
$32,090
1,100
5
MO 
$16,820
900
12
Avon 
IN 
$6,266
400
13
Carmel 
IN 
$4,617
300
16
KY 
$3,298
200
22
Galena 
OH 
$2,638
100
23
IN 
$2,638
100
24
KY 
$2,638
100
26
Kevil 
KY 
$2,638
100
29
IN 
$2,078
50
30
Sonora 
KY 
$2,078
50
31
IN 
$2,078
50
32
IL 
$2,078
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
198
Players Remaining
38
Average Chip Stack
104,210
Total Chips
3,960,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
285,500
256,000
244,000
242,500
228,000
196,500
155,500
135,500
135,000
10 
131,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
4,800
3,500
3,425
3,250
2,950
2,700
2,700
2,417
2,400
10 
2,300