The 2021 Mid-States Poker Tour Canterbury Park Main Event was a massive success, attracting a record turnout of 1,042 entries, the largest in the history of the venue. In the end, Evanston, Illinois native Kyna England emerged as the winner, taking home $186,709 in top prize.
England has had a great year so far, scoring three final tables which make up the majority of her career winnings. It all started in March when she finished 3rd in the $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em MSPT Main Event Iowa Riverside for $73,782.
In July, she once again scored a 3rd-place finish in the 2021 World Poker Tour Venetian $5,000 Main Event, walking away with $448,755, her biggest live tournament cash to date.
Now, the 36-year-old has added another major score to her resume, and while the figure pales in comparison with her deep run at the WPT Venetian Main Event, her latest win marks her very first tournament title, making it more special.
Kyna England’s total live earnings now sit at $766,378, more than $700,000 of that she managed to win this year alone.

MSPT Canterbury Main Event Final Action Recap

The $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament featured three Day 1s, and out of the 1,042 players, only 144 advanced to Day 2. The massive field created a seven-figure prize pool, surpassing the tournament’s $400K guarantee. The top 108 finishers walked away with some cash.
England wasn’t in the top 20 when she entered Day 2 but she managed to climb her way to the second spot as soon as the final table was reached. Aaron Frommgen and Jonathan Hanner were the first players to bow out of the game, finishing 9th and 8th respectively for $18,166 and $22,203.
William Phillips was eliminated next after his 8-7 suited was defeated by Angela Jordison’s A-10 suited. Phillips ended his bid in 7th place for $29,286. England and Cody Espeseth battled each other in a key race which was eventually won by England. Espeseth earned $37,342 for his 6th-place finish. The eventual winner went on to knock out Jordison who settled for 5th place with $48,444 in winnings.
The last two eliminations before the heads-up play took place courtesy of Matthew Morfitt. He first sent Rory Linton to the rail after calling his pre-flop shove with flush against A-J. Linton finished 4th for $63,582. Andy Jeric suffered a similar fate, finishing 3rd for $85,785.
The knockouts gave Morfitt a more than 4:1 chip advantage going into heads-up play, but he was not able to hold on to that huge lead for long as England quickly narrowed the gap by doubling up after making a straight.
She eventually turned the tide in her favor, and in the final hand, her opponent moved all in from the button with Qs7h. England called with Ks10h, and the board ran out Ac5s2s2h6d. England was declared the winner, with Morfitt taking home $115,053 for finishing 2nd.
England’s latest victory earned her 960 POY points. Throughout the year, she has managed to accumulate a total of 2,848 points, taking her to the 34th spot in the 2021 POY race sponsored by Global Poker.

2021 Winter Poker Classic Winners

The $1,100 MSPT Main Event ran as part of the 2021 Winter Poker Classic Series which took place from December 2-12 at Canterbury Park Racetrack & Card Club.
The other winners at the series were Patrick Hoffman ($360 NLH Mystery Bounty), Alan Carlson ($250 Pot Limit Omaha), Steve Shanks ($250 NLH), Paul Eidem ($250 NLH Seniors), Robert Biorn ($250 NLH Super Stack Turbo), David Bakey ($250 PLO 8 or Better), Dylan Christensen ($300 NLH Tag Team), Chad Willett ($250 NLH), and Matthew Schurter ($250 NLH).

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