The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) will continue its fifth season this weekend at the Grand Falls Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Starting on Saturday, Aug. 9, the series will kick off a weeklong schedule qualifiers before culminating on a $1,100 buy-in $150,000 Guaranteed Main Event from Aug. 15-17.
"We’re very excited to be returning to Grand Falls Casino, which is located in Larchwood, Iowa just six miles south of Sioux Falls," said MSPT owner and operator Bryan Mileski. "The location attracts players from both states, as well as our regular following of players from Minnesota and the rest of the Midwest. All signs point to another successful event."
The series begins with a $250 qualifier to the MSPT Main Event on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. CT. Similar qualifiers will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a special noon qualifier also to be held on Thursday. Finally, two last-chance $250 qualifiers will be held on Friday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
There will also be a $65 Multi-Table Super Satellite, which will see 20 percent of the field advance to the $250 qualifiers, held on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. You can check out the full schedule of qualifiers by clicking here.
Finally there will be two bonus Grand Falls Casino events – a $40 Omaha Hi/Lo Spread Limit at 6:00 p.m. on Monday and a $40 Weekly No-Limit Hold’em tournament at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
The MSPT first visited Grand Falls Casino in 2012 when 215 entrants created a prize pool of $215,000. It was there that Dan Sun emerged victorious to capture the $60,486 first-place prize and become the first-ever two-time MSPT champion. What’s more, he did it in back-to-back fashion after having took down the MSPT Meskwaki for $77,103 three weeks earlier.
In August of last year, the MSPT returned to the property and the Main Event attracted 218 entrants and created a prize pool of $218,000. Everett Carlton made his eighth MSPT final table and 10th cash — both records — while at that stop, but it was satellite winner Josh Smith of Brandon, SD, who walked away with the title and $59,221 first-place prize.
The Grand Falls Casino stop has proven to be extremely popular with several players, who laud both the tournament and the property.
"This is my favorite stop on tour," stated Dan Hendrickson of Faribault, MN. "The rooms and pool are beautiful. This is a staple on my poker schedule."
Local player Dan Dykhouse echoed those sentiments: "This is the largest tournament of the year in this area. Everyone looks forward to it!"
The Main Event will be held over three days beginning Friday evening with Day 1a at 4 p.m. Day 1a will play 14 levels. Saturday's Day 1b will also start at 4 p.m. and play 14 levels. Players who advance from Day 1a are not eligible to play in Day 1b. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned. The Main Event final table will be broadcast live (15-minute delay) worldwide using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards.
For more information on the MSPT Grand Falls, visit msptpoker.com.