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November 11 - 19, 2017

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Jill Bryant Leads as 54 of 311 Advance from Day 1A of 2017 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship at Potawatomi Casino
Created (11/18/2017 2:15:57 AM by Chad Holloway)

The first day of the MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship, which for the first time is being held at Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, attracted 311 entries. That made it the largest Day 1A flight in MSPT Potawatomi history, and puts the field on pace to surpassed the previous MPST venue record of 635 entries set back in the Spring of 2016.

With a little luck, the tournament could even become the largest major poker tournament ever held in Wisconsin. In order for that to happen, the field will need to grow past the 677 entries from February’s World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event.

After 14 levels of play on Friday night, the field was whittled down to 54 players with Jill Bryant and her stack of 339,000 leading the way. Bryant is a familiar face here at Potawatomi; in fact, in this very tournament one year ago she bagged the Day 1B chip lead with 371,000. She went on to finish in third place for $53,626.

Others to bag big stacks were Lei Zhou (259,000), Voytek Glab (243,500), Brian McDaniel (213,000), and Daniel Bouton (199,500), who round out the top five.

They will be joined on Day 2 by the likes of Ryan Leng (184,500), WSOPC Harveys Lake Tahoe champ Max Young (183,500), MSPT Season 8 Grand Falls champ Ahmed Taleb (172,500), 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Champ Chris Meyers (149,000), Howard Hankin (135,000), WSOP bracelet winner Nick Jivkov (128,000), MSPT Season 7 Potawatomi champ Travis Lauson (125,500), and World Poker Tour champs Ravi Raghavan (104,500) and Kevin Saul (63,500).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to survive the night. Among those to try and fall were reigning MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champion Andy Rubinberg, MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge, MSPT Season 7 POY Rich Alsup, two-time champ MSPT Jeremy Dresch, and Keith Heine, who currently sits second on the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year Leaderboard.

All of those players will have the opportunity to try again in Saturday’s Day 1B flight, which will kick off at 4 p.m. local time and allow players to late register until roughly 10:30 p.m. We have it on good authority some new players, such as online poker legend Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon and inaugural MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champion Ben Wiora, will be taking a shot.

We’ll be there to capture all the action and eliminations straight from the tournament floor, so be sure to join us then.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1A Chip Counts
Created (11/18/2017 2:15:13 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jill Bryant 339,000
Lei Zhou 259,000
Voytek Glab 243,500
Brian McDaniel 213,000
Daniel Bouton 199,500
Ryan Leng 184,500
Max Young 183,500
Ahmed Taleb 172,500
Gerald Heckathorn 172,000
Leevy Yousep 157,500
Steve Alonzo 156,500
Robert Hesslink 153,500
John Riesterer 151,000
Chris Meyers 149,000
Howard Hankin 135,000
Songjie Zhou 133,000
James Broderick 132,500
Nick Jivkov 128,000
Eric Maier 127,000
Scotter Clark 126,500
Travis Lauson 125,500
Bryan Andrews 124,500
Gary Hernstein 124,000
Paul Elfelt 123,000
Mike Younan 119,500
Nicholas Blumenthal 118,500
Matthew Shepsky 118,500
Geremi Wicinski 114,500
John Ames 113,500
Benjamin Wasechek 105,000
Ravi Raghavan 104,500
Brendan Shiller 102,000
Chad Wiedenhoeft 100,500
Royce Matheson 94,000
Daniel Kitzis 92,000
Aaron Johnson 92,000
Joshua Janis 91,500
Frank Cerminara 82,000
Dapreesch Scates 74,500
Sam Angott 66,500
David Kowal 65,500
Kevin Saul 63,500
Andres Garcia 59,500
Todd Burg 56,500
Umesh Babusukumar 53,000
Philip Russo 45,000
Scott Yoon 42,000
Kenneth Ulickey 41,500
Aaron Nickeas 41,000
Josh Reichard 40,500
Jon Lund 38,500
Lynda Cantrell 37,000
Steven Lauson 34,000
Brian Wilke 28,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Two More Hands
Created (11/18/2017 1:51:32 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play two more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1A. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts along with a recap of today’s action.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Late Night Double For Gary Herstein
Created (11/18/2017 1:39:38 AM by Brandon Temple)

Josh Reichard raised to 5,400 from the cutoff, and was called by Voytek Glab on the button. Gary Herstein three-bet jammed for 22,700, and Reichard four-bet to 42,000. Glab folded face-up.

“Sorry for the bad beat,” Reichard told Herstein.

Reichard:
Herstein:

The flop gave Reichard eight new outs with his straight draw, and would’ve paired Glab up. The turn was no help, and Reichard said, “Another card!” after the fell on the river, scoring Herstein a critical double.

Josh Reichard - 120,000 (50 bb)
Gary Herstein - 55,000 (23 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
WPT Champ Kevin Saul Doubles Through Todd Burg
Created (11/18/2017 1:31:49 AM by Chad Holloway)

Kevin Saul

With around 30,000 in the pot and a board reading , WPT champ Kevin Saul checked and Todd Burg bet 15,000 from the cutoff.

Saul woke up with an all-in check-raise to 31,300 and Burg thought for a bit before making the call.

“You have a pair?” Saul asked. Burg indicated that he did not. “Me neither.”

Saul:  da 5d
Burg:  kc 9c

Both players had opposite flush draws, but as it was Saul was ahead with ace high. That’s the card that made the difference after the  10s bricked the river.

Kevin Saul - 99,000 (41 bb)
Todd Burg - 60,000 (25 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Robert Hesslink Flops The Nuts
Created (11/18/2017 1:25:37 AM by Brandon Temple)

Robert Hesslink

There was around 15,000 in the pot when Robert Hesslink bet 7,000 after Todd Burg checked the big blind on a flop. Kevin Saul raised to 18,500, and after a short tank, Burg three-bet jammed with a covering stack. Hesslink thought a moment, then declared himself all-in for 67,500, and Saul mucked his hand.

Hesslink:
Burg:  da

Burg bemoaned his bad luck at being flopped essentially dead by Hesslink’s set of jacks. The turn ended matters prematurely, and the river was a mere formality.

“Why do you have to have jacks there? I could have doubled up,” Saul said. Hesslink smirked, said nothing, and raked in the pot.

Robert Hesslink - 170,000 (85 bb)
Todd Burg - 100,000 (50 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Late Night Glamor Shots
Created (11/18/2017 1:21:38 AM by Chad Holloway)

MSPT Season 8 POY contender Dapreesch Scates
Lynda Cantrell
Ryan Leng
Michael Schlegel
Philip Russo

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Lei Zhou Doubles through Jason Bender
Created (11/18/2017 1:14:04 AM by Chad Holloway)

Lei Zhou

The preflop action escaped us, but we do know things exploded between three players. Two of them, Jason Bender and Lei Zhou ended up all in for 116,00- and 106,600 respectively, while another played folded the face up.

Bender:
Zhou:

Zhou was a big favorite, and he improved to a set on the flop. Neither the  6c turn nor  jh river made a difference, and Bender sent the vast majority of his stack over to Zhou.

Lei Zhou - 240,000 (120 bb)
Jason Bender - 10,000 (5 bb)

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Songjie Zhou Four-Bet Jams Huge
Created (11/18/2017 1:12:29 AM by Brandon Temple)

Songjie Zhou

Albert Chiozzi raised to 10,500 from the cutoff, and was called by Songjie Zhou on the button. Mike Shanahan three-bet to 26,000 from the small blind, which Chiozzi called.

Zhou had other ideas though, and four-bet shoved to 121,000, which sent Shanahan deep into the tank. After a few minutes, he released his hand. Chiozzi took about a minute himself, then reluctantly gave his hand up as well, securing the pot for Zhou.

After the hand, Chiozzi admitted he had tens, which Shanahan said he had beat. When asked what he had, Zhou smirked and said, “A pair.”

Songjie Zhou - 180,000 (90 bb)
Albert Chiozzi - 90,000 (45 bb)
Mike Shanahan - 70,000 (35 bb)

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Jill Bryant Coolers Cody Brinn
Created (11/18/2017 12:56:55 AM by Chad Holloway)

Jill Bryant

We missed the hand play out, but we do know that Cody Brinn got his six-figure stack all in holding pocket kings.

The problem was Jill Bryant, who finished third in this very event one year ago, woke up with pocket aces.

The chips went in, and Brinn went out.

Jill Bryant - 290,000 (145 bb)
Cody Brinn - Busted

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Aurora 
IL 
339,000  
339,000 
 
IL 
259,000  
259,000 
 
IL 
243,500  
243,500 
 
IL 
213,000  
213,000 
 
WI 
199,500  
199,500 
 
IL 
184,500  
184,500 
 
OR 
183,500  
183,500 
 
MN 
172,500  
172,500 
 
WI 
172,000  
172,000 
 
IL 
157,500  
157,500 
 
Beloit 
WI 
156,500  
156,500 
 
MN 
153,500  
153,500 
 
WI 
151,000  
151,000 
 
NY 
149,000  
149,000 
 
IL 
135,000  
135,000 
 
IL 
133,000  
133,000 
 
IL 
132,500  
132,500 
 
IL 
128,000  
128,000 
 
CO 
127,000  
127,000 
 
Marion 
IA 
126,500  
126,500 
 
WI 
125,500  
125,500 
 
WI 
124,500  
124,500 
 
IL 
124,000  
124,000 
 
WI 
123,000  
123,000 
 
IL 
119,500  
119,500 
 
Skokie 
IL 
118,500  
118,500 
 
WI 
118,500  
118,500 
 
Trevor 
WI 
114,500  
114,500 
 
WI 
113,500  
113,500 
 
WI 
105,000  
105,000 
 
IL 
104,500  
104,500 
 
IL 
102,000  
102,000 
 
WI 
100,500  
100,500 
 
MI 
94,000  
94,000 
 
MN 
92,000  
92,000 
 
IL 
92,000  
92,000 
 
WI 
91,500  
91,500 
 
WI 
82,000  
82,000 
 
MI 
74,500  
74,500 
 
MI 
66,500  
66,500 
 
IL 
65,500  
65,500 
 
Aurora 
IL 
63,500  
63,500 
 
Skogen 
IL 
59,500  
59,500 
 
Plover 
WI 
56,500  
56,500 
 
WI 
53,000  
53,000 
 
IL 
45,000  
45,000 
 
WI 
42,000  
42,000 
 
WI 
41,500  
41,500 
 
IL 
41,000  
41,000 
 
WI 
40,500  
40,500 
 
WI 
38,500  
38,500 
 
WI 
37,000  
37,000 
 
WI 
34,000  
34,000 
 
WI 
28,000  
28,000 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MO 
0  
Busted 
 
Avon 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
GA 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$139,086
1,700
3
IL 
$63,098
1,400
4
WI 
$46,814
1,300
5
WI 
$35,280
1,200
6
OR 
$26,460
1,100
7
MN 
$20,354
1,000
8
IL 
$16,283
900
10
WI 
$10,177
700
11
IL 
$10,177
700
13
IL 
$8,142
600
14
WI 
$8,142
600
15
IL 
$8,142
600
16
IL 
$6,785
500
17
IL 
$6,785
500
21
WI 
$5,835
400
22
IL 
$4,885
400
25
IL 
$3,935
400
26
IL 
$3,935
400
29
IL 
$2,985
300
30
WI 
$2,985
300
31
IL 
$2,985
300
33
MN 
$2,985
300
34
IL 
$2,985
300
35
Marion 
IA 
$2,985
300
37
Elgin 
IL 
$2,646
200
38
Beloit 
WI 
$2,646
200
39
IL 
$2,646
200
40
Skokie 
IL 
$2,646
200
41
MI 
$2,646
200
46
IL 
$2,510
100
47
Aurora 
IL 
$2,510
100
48
WI 
$2,510
100
49
IL 
$2,510
100
50
IL 
$2,510
100
53
WI 
$2,510
100
54
IL 
$2,510
100
55
MT 
$2,375
50
61
IL 
$2,375
50
62
NY 
$2,375
50
63
IL 
$2,375
50
66
IL 
$2,239
50
67
Butler 
WI 
$2,239
50
69
MN 
$2,239
50
71
IL 
$2,239
50
72
Trevor 
WI 
$2,239
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
311
Players Remaining
54
Average Chip Stack
115,185
Total Chips
6,220,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
339,000
259,000
243,500
213,000
199,500
184,500
183,500
172,500
172,000
10 
157,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
1,700
1,500
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,375
10 
1,375