This weekend, Season 6 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) continues with a $150,000 guaranteed $1,100 buy-in Main Event at Grand Falls Casino & Resort in Larchwood, Iowa, which is just across the border from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The stop actually kicked off last weekend with a series of qualifiers and side events, but the capstone event doesn't take place until this weekend (Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16). Last year, MSPT Lead Pro Blake Bohn, won the MSPT Grand Falls for $54,607 and his first MSPT title.
Interestingly, Bohn, who finished 23rd in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event, topped a field of 410 entrants to win the MSPT Meskwaki in Tama, Iowa for $101,229. The win vaulted Bohn to the top of the Season 6 Player of the Year leaderboard and made him just the fourth player to win multiple MSPT titles.
"It's been a great year for the MSPT," MSPT owner and operator Bryan Mileski boasts. "Not only is the tour experiencing record numbers, our Team Pros are making waves in the poker world. Few players are as hot as Bohn right now, and another pro of ours, Matt Kirby, is fresh off a nice five-figure score right in his own backyard."
In regards to Kirby, who hails from Bemidji, Minnesota, Mileski was referring to the recently completed Midwest Poker Classic at Running Aces in Columbus, Minnesota. That $1,100 Main Event, which wasn't a part of the MSPT, attracted 119 entrants and created a prize pool of $121,430. Among those to cash were Midwest regulars Rob Wazwaz (11th - $2,125), Erick Wright (9th - $2,732), Matt Alexander (8th - $3,946), Dan Hendricks (7th - $5,161), Chris "Fox" Wallace (5th - $8,197), Jeremy Dresch (4th - $10,322), and Mike Mernin (2nd - $23,072). Kirby took home $40,071 for the win.
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to capture all the action from the MSPT Grand Falls Main Event, and of course players will have the opportunity to use the My Stack app to update their hands and chip counts straight into the live blog.
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Here's a look at the remaining MSPT Grand Falls schedule:
|Tuesday, August 11||Weekly No-Limit Hold'em||$40||1:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, August 12||Multi-Table Super Satellite||$65||1:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, August 12||Main Event Qualifier||$250||7:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, August 13||Main Event Qualifier||$250||1:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, August 13||Main Event Qualifier||$250||7:00 p.m.|
|Friday, August 14||Main Event Qualifier||$250||10:30 a.m.|
|Friday, August 14||Main Event Day 1a||$1,100||4:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 15||Main Event Qualifier||$250||10:30 a.m.|
|Saturday, August 15||Main Event Day 1b||$1,100||4:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 16||Main Event Day 2||-||10:30 a.m.|
The Main Event will be held over three days beginning Friday 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 also 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 10:30 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.
Here's a look at those who've capture titles in Season 6 thus far:
|Jan. 15-25, 2015||MSPT bestbet Jacksonville||421||Brian Arbaugh||$102,806|
|Jan. 30 – Feb. 8, 2015||MSPT Running Aces||354||Erv Bjerga||$91,941|
|Feb. 14-22, 2015||MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells||463||Ben Wiora||$114,512|
|March 5-15||MSPT Golden Gates||409||Kane Lai||$101,365|
|March 21-29||MSPT Meskwaki||371||Chad Willett||$96,760|
|April 4-12||MSPT Potawatomi||635||Jason Mirza||$147,529|
|April 6-19||MSPT Maryland Live! Casino||270||Greg Himmelbrand||$72,910|
|April 17-26||MSPT Canterbury Park||430||Dan Hendrickson||$106,182|
|May 9-17||MSPT FireKeepers Casino||614||Harry Tisdale||$142,637|
|June 1-5||MSPT Venetian||1,964||Angelina Rich||$215,815|
|July 24-26||MSPT Meskwaki||410||Blake Bohn||$101,229|