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MSPT Grand Falls Main Event Will Have $200K Up for Grabs August 19-21


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 Event, which will culminate August 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 attracted 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.

MSPT Grand Falls
MSPT Grand Falls schedule

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 event, which gets underway August 20.

MSPT Grand Falls will then close out with the $250 buy-in Last Chance Showdown No-Limit Hold’em event, scheduled to take place on August 21.

Previous Winner

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.

Nicholas "grizpoker" Smith
Nicholas “grizpoker” Smith

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 Kolness (5th – $27,785).

2021 MSPT Grand Falls Main Event Final Table Results

Place Player 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 Kolness Hendrum, MN $27,785 1,100
6 Joe Osterbauer Minneapolis, MN $21,096 1,000
7 Jason Crews Clive, IA $16,465 900
8 Taylor Howard Altoona, IA $12,864 800
9 Saad Ghanem 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 September 3-5. PokerNews will be on-site to cover both Main Events, so be sure to follow along.

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