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

Van Syckle Doubles Through Cordell

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

The details escaped us but we arrived at the table just in time to see Bob Van Syckle get his last 11,600 all in on a {k-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades} flop against Mike Cordell.

Mike Cordell: {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}
Bob Van Syckle: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}

Cordell had flopped top pair but was behind the bullets of Van Syckle. The {a-Clubs} turn locked up the double for Van Syckle and he was pushed the pot after the {2-Hearts} improved him to a full house.

Mike Cordell us
Mike Cordell
us 72,000
Bob Van Syckle us
Bob Van Syckle
us 33,000

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Neether Sends One Packing

Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 500-1,000, 1,000 ante
Brenda Neether
Brenda Neether

A player in early position moved all in for 9,800 and Brenda Neether called from the cutoff. The rest of the players folded and Neether asked, "What ya got?"

"Not much," came the reply as the hands were turned up.

Brenda Neether: {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}
Opponent: {k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}

Neether had the best of it and her kicker made the difference after the board ran out {5-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{2-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{8-Hearts}.

Brenda Neether US
Brenda Neether
US 40,000

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Chad_Holloway • Level 8: 500-1,000, 1,000 ante

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Former MSPT Grand Falls Champ Doubles Up

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 400-800, 800 ante
Ahmed Taleb in prior poker action.
Ahmed Taleb in prior poker action.

After a player in middle position raised to 2,000 and another called from the button, MSPT Season 8 Grand Falls champ Ahmed Taleb three-bet to 6,500, leaving himself just 8,000 behind in the small blind. The original raiser then four-bet it to 22,000 and the button player folded.

Ahmed Taleb: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}
Opponent: {9-Clubs}{9-Hearts}

Taleb had the best of it and shipped the double after the board ran out a clean {4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{q-Spades}{5-Hearts}.

Ahmed Taleb us
Ahmed Taleb
us 35,000 20,500

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Whittington Displeased

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 400-800, 800 ante
Blake Whittington us
Blake Whittington
us 10,000 10,000

"Red Bull Robbie" Brings Big City Experience to Grand Falls

Chad_Holloway • Level 7: 400-800, 800 ante
Robbie Thompson
Robbie Thompson

Back in the day, Robbie Thompson was a staple at the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Not only that, he was a fixture on the poker circuit.

So how did the man, who hails from nearby Egan, South Dakota (Pop. 720) and still lives in the same house he did when he was just three years old, get to such a spot in the poker world?

In 1993, Thompson, who used to work manual labor, took a job as a blackjack dealer.

“After a couple years in the pit, I made my move to poker,” Thompson previously said in an interview with CardsChat. “I was leaving my shift one day and my manager asked if I would deal poker that night. She knew that I played, so without any training I sat in the box to a 7-Card Stud hi-lo game and the rest is history.”

Eventually, around 2002, Thompson became a traveling dealer and worked his first WSOP in 2004. Two more years of experience saw him dealing the WSOP final table, and from there it was off to gigs on the European Poker Tour and World Poker Tour. In 2008, he had his chance to become the final table announcer of the WSOP.

In 2017, things came full circle when Thompson got off the road and Renee Thomas, the poker room manager at Grand Falls, offered him a job. As it happened, she was the aforementioned manager who gave him his start 25 years earlier.

Thompson has been using his big-time experience here at the Grand Falls poker room ever since.