MSPT Grand Falls $360 Regional Event

Event Info

Buy-in $360
Prize Pool $231,054
Players 794

Level Info

Level 35
Blinds 250,000 / 500,000
Ante 50,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 113
MSPT Grand Falls $360 Regional Event
Day 2 Completed

Eric Atchison Wins MSPT Grand Falls for $46,020 Claiming Second Regional Title in Two Years

AnthonyThompson • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante
Eric Atchison Claims Second MSPT Grand Falls Regional Title
Eric Atchison Claims Second MSPT Grand Falls Regional Title

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) returned to Iowa's Grand Falls Casino, which is situated just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for a $360 Regional Event and it set the bar high with 794 entries over three days. Of those, 113 players found their way into Sunday's Day 2 with their eyes set on the title.

After 12 hours of play, it was Eric Atchison who navigated his way to the finish line to capture a $46,020 first-place prize along with his second MSPT Grand Falls Regional title.

Atchison came into the final day with a stack of 121,000 but continued to grind it out until there were 12 players left where he went on a little heater, taking a top four stack into the final table. From there, he picked his spots wisely and eliminated three of his eight competitors on his way to claiming his second MSPT title.

He previously won the Season 10 $360 Regional Event for $22,457.

"I feel good," Atchison stated after taking down his second title, "I definitely enjoy playing poker, I mean I'm up so it's fun. "

MSPT Grand Falls 2021 Regional Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrizeMSPT POY Points
1Eric Atchison$46,020600
2Daryl Oppelt$28,297533
3Chris Moen$20,705500
4Jason Lich$15,391467
5Terence Reid$11,733433
6Daqrnell White$8,972400
7Lawrence Vigil$6,902367
8Curtis Vierstraete$5,291333
9William Reynolds$4,141300

Day 2 Action

It took around an hour of play before the 113 remaining players became 81 when Paul Cross was eliminated from the tournament on the same hand as the bubble boy. The tournament’s half-hour levels kept the blinds escalating and players responded accordingly with chips flying all over the room throughout the afternoon.

Bodies dropped at a furious pace as players like Paul Camby (75th place - $644), Mark Fink (60th place - $736), defending champ Swadeep Mishra (50th place - $782), Lisa Simone (42nd pace - $851), and Day 1b chip leader Justin Rustvold (34th place - $1,012) found themselves out of chips.

Day 1a and overall Day 2 chip leader Abraham Garang started hot out of the gate, taking 629,000 up to over 1 million before the money was reached. He remained one of the largest stacks in the room until some costly bumps ended his tournament in 25th place for $1,334.

Eliminations continued like rapid fire and just a few short hours later, Bridgette Field (12th place - $3,428), Tremayne Blue (11th place - $3,428), and Ken Pates (10th place - $3,428) were eliminated, setting the stage for the final table.

Final Table Action

Darnell White entered the final table with a little over two bigs but started climbing the money ladder after William Reynolds departed in ninth place and Curtis Vierstraete hit the rail in eighth after being hooked by Atchison.

Chip Counts shuffled around for a level before the final table chip leader Lawrence Vigil was eliminated in seventh place after losing back-to-back hands. After getting some pay jumps, White decided to make his move with a made hand of sixes after Terence Reid jammed from the small blind holding a junk king. White was looking for his hand to hold but a cowboy appeared on the flop and ended his tournament in sixth place for $8,972.

A few hands later, Reid found himself in a similar position only this time he held the made hand and was racing against Daryl Oppelt, who held a suited ace-jack. Reid didn't have much of sweat as Oppelt flopped Broadway and ended his tournament in fifth place for $11,733.

Four-handed play went on for another 30 minutes and the beginning of Level 33 saw the next body drop after Day 1c chip leader Jason Lich lost two brutal hands taking home a fourth-place finish worth $15,391.

A full two levels saw the chip lead continue to exchange between Atchison and Chris Moen until the latter bowed out in third place after jamming his ace-eight into Atchison's pocket aces.

From there, the heads-up match lasted no more than 15 minutes as Oppelt got his final chips in the middle holding king-eight and Atchison called holding pocket nines. Oppelt didn't have much of a fighting chance after Atchison flopped a full house, earning his second MSPT trophy and payday good for $46,020, while Oppelt took home $28,297 for second place,

The MSPT is headed to Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa for the first time, hosting a $1,100 Main Event next weekend March 26-28. PokerNews will be on hand providing all the updates for the inaugural tournament so be sure to tune in!

Tags: Abraham GarangBridgette FieldChris MoenCurtis VierstraeteDarnell WhiteDaryl OppeltEric AtchisonJustin RustvoldKen PatesLawrence VigilMark FinkPaul CambyPaul CrossSwadeep MishraTerence ReidTremayne BlueWilliam Reynolds

Daryl Oppelt Eliminated in 2nd Place ($28,297)

AnthonyThompson • Level 35: 250,000-500,000, 50,000 ante
Daryl Oppelt
Daryl Oppelt

Daryl Oppelt moved all in preflop and was called by Eric Atchison.

Daryl Oppelt: {k-Hearts}{8-Spades}
Eric Atchison: {9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

Atchison woke up with another made hand and the {q-Hearts}{9-Spades}{q-Clubs} flop left Oppelt drawing to running cowboys.

Unfortunately for Oppelt, the {a-Hearts} dropped on the turn leaving him drawing dead and the {4-Spades} river ended his tournament.

Eric Atchison us
Eric Atchison
us 19,850,000 5,500,000
Daryl Oppelt us
Daryl Oppelt
us Busted

Tags: Daryl OppeltEric Atchison


Break Time

AnthonyThompson • Level 34: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

The final three players are on a 10-minute break.

Atchison Calls Correctly

AnthonyThompson • Level 34: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Chris Moen limped in from the small blind and Eric Atchison checked his big blind to see a {8-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{q-Spades} flop.

Moen check-called Atchison's 400,000 bet and then did the same for 1,000,000 after the {6-Hearts} fell on the turn.

Once the {3-Clubs} completed the board on the river, Moen moved all in and Atchison called off his 3,550,000 stack.

Moen said, "just a queen" and showed {q-Clubs}{2-Clubs} but it was no good as Atchison turned two-pair with {10-Hearts}{6-Spades} to win the massive double.

Eric Atchison us
Eric Atchison
us 9,100,000 4,700,000
Chris Moen us
Chris Moen
us 2,600,000 -6,400,000

Atchison Trips Up Moen and Takes the Chip Lead

AnthonyThompson • Level 34: 200,000-400,000, 50,000 ante

Eric Atchison raised from the button and Chris Moen defended his big blind to see a {5-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} flop. Moen led out and then called the 4,270,000 all in raise from Atchison.

Chris Moen: {9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}
Eric Atchison: {a-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

Atchison flopped trips but still had a sweat as Moen held a gutshot straight draw. The turn was a pretty sight for Atchison as the {q-Clubs} dropped and the {a-Hearts} river secured him the double-up, making him the new final table chip leader.

Eric Atchison us
Eric Atchison
us 8,540,000 3,440,000
Chris Moen us
Chris Moen
us 4,250,000 -3,480,000

Tags: Eric AtchisonChris Moen