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MSPT Update: Wazwaz in Hall of Fame, Steffen Wins in Deadwood, Canterbury Park Preview


The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) recently wrapped up two major stops at the Venetian in Las Vegas. It was during one of those stops that a familiar face on the tour became the eighth player to earn their way into the MSPT Hall of Fame.

Additionally, a stop in Deadwood, South Dakota wrapped up over the weekend, while the tour officially announced a December stop at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park, which played host to the first-ever MSPT stop way back in 2009.

Rob Wazwaz Earns Way into MSPT Hall of Fame

By finishing in 11th place in the MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event for $26,753, Minnesota’s Rob Wazwaz notched his 25th MSPT Main Event cash and became the eighth player to ever play their way into the MSPT Hall of Fame.

In order to gain induction, a player must do one of two things. First, they can achieve a minimum of 25 MSPT Main Event cashes along with either an MSPT win or MSPT Player of the year title. Second, they can achieve a minimum of 10 MSPT Main Event final tables along with either an MSPT win or an MSPT Player of the year title.

For Wazwaz, his 25 Main Event cashes complimented his 2018 win in the MSPT Canterbury Park for $109,375. All told, Wazwaz has $349,559 in lifetime MSPT earnings including nine final table appearances.

Wazwaz joined the ranks of Jason Seitz, Blake Bohn, Pat Steele, Mark Hodge, Aaron Johnson, Rich Alsup, and Kou Vang in the MSPT Hall of Fame, which was established in 2017.

Mark Steffen Wins MSPT Deadwood

Mark Steffen
MSPT Deadwood champ Mark Steffen.

From October 22-24, the MSPT was at Silverado Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota for a $1,100 Main Event, a tournament that attracted 387 runners.

The top 45 finishers made the money including Michael Campbell (36th – $2,243), Eric Atchison (27th – $2,617), “Wild” Bill Romer (22nd – $3,029), Thomas “Cash” Hepper (12th – $5,982), and final table bubble boy Lucas Brave (10th – $5,982).

Ultimately, it was Mark Steffen of Hot Springs, South Dakota besting Wyoming’s Rosie Paules in heads-up play to claim the title and $82,256 first-place prize.

MSPT Deadwood Final Table Results

Place Player Hometown Prize MSPT POY Points
1 Mark Steffen Hot Springs, SD $82,256 1,500
2 Rosie Paules Torrington, WY $50,849 1,300
3 William Reynolds Sioux City, IA $37,015 1,200
4 Lorri Riley Spearfish, SD $27,294 1,100
5 Ralph Kingan Wright, WY $20,564 1,000
6 Tom Tines Gordon, NE $15,703 900
7 Ronald Kohner Peoria, AZ $12,338 800
8 Scott Christensen Spearfish, SD $9,721 700
9 Frank Lucero Billings, MT $7,104 600
10 Benjamin Beegle Ainsworth, NE $5,982 500

MSPT Heads to Canterbury Park in December

Canterbury Park

The MSPT is making its way back to Canterbury Park December 2-12 for the Winter Poker Classic, which will culminate in a $1,110 buy-in, $300K GTD Main Event from Thursday, December 9 through Sunday, December 12.

The Main Event headlines the series with three starting flights before the field combines on Sunday to compete for the MSPT title.

The Winter Poker Classic will also feature a “Player of the Series” award that will see the winner earn a seat in the MSPT Main Event. Among the highlights on the 10-event schedule is Event #1: $360 MSPT Mystery Bounty, Event #4: $250 Seniors NLH (50+), and Event #8: $250 Hump Day NLH, just to name a few.

Recent MSPT Canterbury Park winners include Derek McMaster ($100,824). Anthony Dunne ($155,285), Michael Esquivel ($98,133), Mark Jaroslawski ($95,700), and Matt Kirby ($99,573).

Who will be the next one to add their name to the list of aforementioned champions?

PokerNews will be on hand to provide live updates as the answer to that question is determined at December’s MSPT Canterbury Park. Click here for more information.

MSPT Canterbury Park Winter Poker Classic Schedule

Date Time Tournament Late Reg GTD Starting Stack Levels (minutes)
Thursday, December 2 10:30 a.m. $125 Green Chip Bounty 12:40 p.m. 12,000 20
  1:00 p.m. $80 Mega Satellite – 1/6 advance to $100K GTD 3:10 p.m. 10,000 20
  5 p.m. Event #1: $360 MSPT Mystery Bounty Day 1a 11:30 p.m. $100,000 25,000 30
Friday, December 3 10:30 a.m. $135 Sunrise NLH 12:40 p.m. 12,000 20
  Noon Event #2: $250 MSPT Pot-Limit Omaha 4:20 p.m. 15,000 30
  1:00 p.m. $80 Mega Satellite – 1/6 advance to $100K GTD 3:10 p.m. 10,000 20
  5 p.m. Event #1: $360 MSPT Mystery Bounty Day 1b 11:30 p.m. $100,000 25,000 30
Saturday, December 4 10 a.m. $80 Mega Satellite – 1/6 advance to $100K GTD 11:10 a.m. 10,000 20
  2 p.m. Event #1: $360 MSPT Mystery Bounty Day 1c 8:30 p.m. $100,000 25,000 30
  8 p.m. $135 Thousandaire NLH – 1 in 10 receive $1,000 10:10 p.m. 12,000 20
Sunday, December 5 11:00 a.m. $360 MSPT Mystery Bounty Day 2
  Noon Event #3: $250 Sunday Feast NLH 4:20 p.m. 15,000 30
  5:00 p.m. $265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main 8 p.m. 15,000 20
  8 p.m. $135 Nightly NLH 10:10 p.m. 12,000 20
Monday, December 6 10:00 a.m. Event #4: $250 Seniors (50+) 2:20 p.m. 15,000 30
  2:00 p.m. Event #5: $250 Turbo Super Stack NLH 4:50 p.m. 30,000 15
  5:00 p.m. $265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main 8 p.m. 15,000 20
  8 p.m. $135 Thousandaire NLH – 1 in 10 receive $1,000 10:10 p.m. 12,000 20
Tuesday, December 7 10:30 a.m. $125 Green Chip NLH 12:40 p.m. 12,000 20
  Noon Event #6: $250 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better 4:20 p.m. 15,000 30
  5:00 p.m. Event #7: $300 MSPT Tag Team ($150/player) 8:00 p.m. 15,000 20
  8 p.m. $135 Nightly NLH 10:10 p.m. 12,000 20
Wednesday, December 8 10:30 a.m. $135 Sunrise NLH 12:40 p.m. 12,000 20
  2:00 p.m. Event #8: $250 Hump Day NLH 12:40 p.m. 12,000 20
  6:30 p.m. $265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main 9:30 p.m. 15,000 20
Thursday, December 9 10:00 a.m. $265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main 1:00 p.m. 15,000 20
  3:00 p.m. Event #9: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1a 11:40 p.m. $300,000 25,000 40
  7:00 p.m. $265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main 10:00 p.m. 15,000 20
Friday, December 10 10:00 a.m. $265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main 1:00 p.m. 15,000 20
  3:00 p.m. Event #9: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1b 11:40 p.m. $300,000 25,000 40
  7:00 p.m. $265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main 10:00 p.m. 15,000 20
Saturday, December 11 10:00 a.m. $265 Satellite – 1 in 5 advance to MSPT Main Noon 15,000 20
  3:00 p.m. Event #9: $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 1c 11:40 p.m. $300,000 25,000 40
  8:00 p.m. $135 Nightly NLH 10:10 p.m. 12,000 20
Sunday, December 12 11:00 a.m. $1,110 MSPT Main Event Day 2
  Noon Event #10: $250 Last Chance NLH 3:00 p.m. 15,000 20
  3:00 p.m. $135 Last Dance NLH 5:10 p.m. 12,000 20



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