2020 Mid-States Poker Tour Grand Falls

$1,100 Main Event ($150K GTD)
Day: 1b
Event Info

2020 Mid-States Poker Tour Grand Falls

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
100,000 / 200,000
Players Info - Day 1b
Players Left

$1,100 Main Event ($150K GTD)

Day 1b Completed

Ryan Dodson Leads 40 Surviving Day 1b Players

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Ryan Dodson
Ryan Dodson

To say the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Grand Falls Casino $1,100 buy-in, $150K GTD Main Event crushed it would be an understatement. The first live mid-major poker tournament in the United States in nearly six months attracted 518 entries (226 from Day 1a; 292 from 1b), which not only surpassed the venue’s previous best field of 238 entries in 2015, but also became the largest major ($1,000+ buy-in) in Iowa history.

While Grand Falls Casino is situated just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, it is technically located just across the border in Larchwood, Iowa. Despite being a bit remote, players flocked from the Midwest as well as Colorado, Florida, and Vegas. The turnout was evidence that, despite the current pandemic, there is a big demand for live tournament poker.

After a hard stop 10 minutes into Level 15, just 40 players bagged and tagged with Ryan Dodson and his stack of 617,000 leading the way. That was a bit ahead of Day 1a chip leader Kevin Berthelsen, who bagged 541,000.

Others to punch their tickets to Day 2 were Leo Fussy (544,000), MSPT Hall of Famer Pat Steele (377,000), three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby (220,000), and MSPT Golden Gates champ Steve Wilkie (217,000).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to make it through the night. Among those to fire and fall in Saturday’s flight were Minnesota sports radio personality Cory Cove, Colorado poker pro Nick Pupillo, former MSPT champs Ahmed Taleb, Taylor Howard, and Jonathan Kim, just to name a few.

Day 2 will get underway at 11 a.m. local time and play to a winner. The top 54 finishers will get paid with the eventual winner walking away with a $107,706 first-place prize. PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

Tags: Ryan Dodson

End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante
Player Chips Progress
Ryan Dodson us
Ryan Dodson
Leo Fussy us
Leo Fussy
544,000 254,000
Jason Reisdorfer us
Jason Reisdorfer
Pat Steele us
Pat Steele
377,000 227,000
Renard Ector us
Renard Ector
Jimmie Lucero us
Jimmie Lucero
Jordan McDonnel us
Jordan McDonnel
Eric Atchison us
Eric Atchison
Derrick Fish us
Derrick Fish
Mark Collins us
Mark Collins
233,000 38,000
John Harms us
John Harms
Thomas Lynde us
Thomas Lynde
227,000 37,000
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
220,000 80,000
Steve Wilkie gb
Steve Wilkie
Keith Doering us
Keith Doering
Ricardo Eyzaguirre us
Ricardo Eyzaguirre
186,000 86,000
Blake Whittington us
Blake Whittington
164,000 124,000
Sami Shurbaji us
Sami Shurbaji
Clinton Hubble us
Clinton Hubble
Rich Alsup us
Rich Alsup
WSOP 1X Winner
123,000 58,000
Eric Grave
Eric Grave
Jacob Fierro
Jacob Fierro
George Sanford us
George Sanford
Mike Lang us
Mike Lang
100,000 -40,000
Max Havlish us
Max Havlish
99,000 -21,000

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Three More Hands

Level 15 : 3,000/5,000, 5,000 ante

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1b. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts, a short recap of the day's action, and the Day 2 seat draw.

Level: 15

Blinds: 3,000/5,000

Ante: 5,000

Nuss No More

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

Tara Nuss had been nursing a short stack for awhile looking for a spot, and she finally found it when she got her last 8,000 all in preflop against Mark Collins.

Tara Nuss: {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}
Mark Collins: {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}

Nuss was looking for some help, most notable an ace, but she was left wanting as the board ran out a dry {7-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{j-Hearts}{5-Diamonds} to send her out in the penultimate level of the night.

Player Chips Progress
Mark Collins us
Mark Collins
Tara Nuss
Tara Nuss

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Linde Goes from Worst to First in Big Three-Way Pot

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante

Heated preflop action resulted in a three-way all-in pot with Thomas Linde in for 66,000, another player for 94,000, and Mark Fink had them both covered, albeit by only 5,000.

Mark Fink: {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}
Thomas Linde: {2-Hearts}{2-Clubs}
Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}

The {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} flop was gin for Linde, who flopped a set. The {8-Hearts} turn gave Fink an up-and-down straight draw but he missed when the {6-Spades} bricked on the river.

Linde tripled in the hand, the aces claimed the side pot, while Fink was left with crumbs. The five-time WSOPC ring winner went bust a short time later.

Player Chips Progress
Thomas Lynde us
Thomas Lynde
Mark Fink us
Mark Fink

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Wilkie Dispatches Ajayi

Level 14 : 2,000/4,000, 4,000 ante
Steve Wilkie
Steve Wilkie

We missed the action play out but we do know that Dapo Ajayi got the last of his short stack all in on the turn against Steve Wilkie with the board reading {j-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{5-Clubs}.

Steve Wilkie: {4-Spades}{5-Spades}
Dapo Ajayi: {q-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}

Ajayi had an overpaid but it was behind Wilkie's bottom two pair. The {a-Clubs} river was of no consequence and that was all she wrote for Ajayi.

Player Chips Progress
Steve Wilkie gb
Steve Wilkie
Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi

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Level: 14

Blinds: 2,000/4,000

Ante: 4,000