the Mid States Poker Tour (MSPT) will be stopping at Iowa’s Grand Falls Casino just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota later this month for the for $1,110 buy-in MSPT Grand Falls No-Limit Hold’em Main Eventwhich will culminate Aug 19-21.
In addition to the marquee Main Event, MSPT Grand Falls will feature a series of satellites and a few side events for players to take their shot at winning a big score.
At Least $200K In Prize Pool
The Main Event has a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000 and could surpass that if the event attracts enough entrants. Last year’s MSPT Grand Falls Main Event attended 532 runners to generate a prize pool of $514,540.
There will be two starting flights in the Main Event, one on August 19 and another on August 20, and players will get a starting stack of 25,000 chips in exchange for their buy-in.
Day 2 of the Main Event will play out on August 21 and will play down to a winner, who will take home the lion’s share of the prize pool and the MSPT championship trophy.
In the weeks leading up to the event, there will be a number of satellites running to give players a chance to win a Main Event ticket for as little as $70 or $265.
In addition to the Main Event, MSPT Grand Falls will feature the $135 buy-in Thousandaire No-Limit Hold’em eventwhich gets underground August 20.
MSPT Grand Falls will then close out with the $250 buy-in Last Chance Showdown No-Limit Hold’em eventscheduled to take place on August 21.
Last year, it was Indiana’s Nicholas “grizpoker” Smith who navigated his way through the field to take home the trophy and $110,633. Smith, who only had two Hendon Mob cashes leading up to his career-best score, defeated Kenneth Johnson during heads-up play, who in turn took home $67,971.
Other players who ran deep in the 2021 MSPT Grand Falls Main Event include Larry Wagner (3rd – $48,984), Graham Beynon (4th – $37,047) and Tyler Kolnes (5th – $27,785).
2021 MSPT Grand Falls Main Event Final Table Results
|Place||players||hometown||Prize||MSPT POY Points|
|1||Nicholas “grizpoker” Smith||Fishers, IN||$110,633||1,600|
|2||Kenneth Johnson||N / A||$67,971||1,400|
|3||Larry Wagner||Middleton, WI||$48,984||1,300|
|4||Graham Beynon||Sioux Falls, SD||$37,047||1,200|
|5||Tyler Kolnes||Hendrum, MN||$27,785||1,100|
|6||Joe Osterbauer||Minneapolis, MN||$21,096||1,000|
|7||Jason Crews||Clive, IA||$16,465||900|
|8th||Taylor Howard||Altoona, IA||$12,864||800|
|9||Saad Ghanam||Bloomington, MN||$9,776||700|
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PokerNews was on-site to report on the 2021 MSPT Grand Falls Main Event and had a chance to speak with Smith after the career-best victory.
“It’s an amazing feeling”, Smith said after his win, “I’ve worked for this for years, all I want to do is play poker”
Smith added that “I’ve been playing poker for a very long time but this was my first time playing in a big buy-in event, and after tonight I definitely plan on playing a lot more”.
“I love this game and this is what I’m made to do, it’s all I want to do,” he said.
After MSPT Grand Falls, it will be back to the Venetian for another MSPT Main Event taking place Sep 3-5. PokerNews will be on-site to cover both Main Events, so be sure to follow along.
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