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

Quads for Ajayi

Chad_Holloway • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Dapo Ajayi
Dapo Ajayi

Dapo Ajayi raised all in for 34,000 from the under-the-gun position and that cleared the field all the way around to three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby, who called from the big blind.

Matt Kirby: {a-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}
Dapo Ajayi: {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}

Ajayi was behind but not after the flop came down {q-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}{4-Spades} to give him two pair. The {k-Clubs} on the turn made it a full house and locked up the double, but just for good measure the dealer put out the {k-Diamonds} on the river to improve Ajayi to quad kings.

Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 140,000 -35,000
Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi
us 75,000 41,000

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Prize Pool and Payout Information

Chad_Holloway • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante

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.

The top 54 finishers will get paid with the eventual winner walking away with a $107,706 first-place prize.

PlacePrizeMSPT POY Points

Big Slick Does the Trick for Fink

Chad_Holloway • Level 13: 2,000-3,000, 3,000 ante
Mark Fink
Mark Fink

A short-stacked player was all in preflop for their last 35,000 and at risk against Mark Fink, who back in 2016 finished runner-up to Ted Takasaki here in the MSPT Grand Falls Main Event.

Mark Fink: {a-Clubs}{k-Spades}
Opponent: {a-Spades}{q-Clubs}

Fink had the superior ace and his kicker made the difference after the board ran out {a-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{6-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}.

Mark Fink us
Mark Fink
us 150,000 20,000

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Last Break of the Night

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante

Players are now on their last 10-minute break of the night. When they return, late registration and the single re-entry option will be closed, which means we'll have prize pool and payout information for you shortly.

Another Round of Chip Counts

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante
Cody Brinn us
Cody Brinn
us 150,000 100,000
Mike Lang us
Mike Lang
us 140,000 50,000
Matt Kirby us
Matt Kirby
us 105,000 25,000
Howard Hankin us
Howard Hankin
us 100,000 10,000
Steve Wilkie gb
Steve Wilkie
gb 100,000 -45,000
Max Young us
Max Young
us 90,000 78,000
Mike Cordell us
Mike Cordell
us 80,000 8,000
Josh "Lightning" Borders US
Josh "Lightning" Borders
US 75,000 17,000
Dapo Ajayi us
Dapo Ajayi
us 70,000 -35,000
Ryan Fetherkile US
Ryan Fetherkile
US 65,000 -15,000
Jonathan Kim us
Jonathan Kim
us Busted
Tara Nuss
Tara Nuss
Sammy Aweida us
Sammy Aweida
us Busted
Steve Wazwaz US
Steve Wazwaz
US Busted
Phil Mader us
Phil Mader
us Busted
Bob Van Syckle us
Bob Van Syckle
us Busted
Greg Geller us
Greg Geller
us Busted

"You'll Hit an Ace the Way I've Been Running with Queens"

Chad_Holloway • Level 12: 1,500-2,500, 2,500 ante
Luke Blindert in prior poker play.
Luke Blindert in prior poker play.

Scott Schneider opened with a raise and then called when Luke Blindert three-bet jammed for 41,000 next to act.

Scott Schneider: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Luke Blindert: {a-Spades}{7-Spades}

"You'll hit an ace the way I've been running with queens," Schneider said before the flop was dealt out.

He called it as the {8-Clubs}{a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} flop did indeed pair Blindert. Neither the {3-Clubs} turn nor {6-Diamonds} river helped Schneider and he was left with crumbs.

Luke Blindert us
Luke Blindert
us 90,000 90,000
Scott Schneider US
Scott Schneider
US 6,000 -83,000

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MSPT Champ Sends One to the Rail

Chad_Holloway • Level 11: 1,000-2,000, 2,000 ante
Max Havlish
Max Havlish

MSPT champ Max Havlish raised to 5,000 from the cutoff and then called when the player in the small blind three-bet jammed for 28,000.

Max Havlish: {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}
Opponent: {4-}{4-}

Havlish was out in front and stayed there when the board ran out a clean {2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}.

Max Havlish us
Max Havlish
us 165,000 85,000

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