MSPT Grand Falls $1,100 Main Event ($200K GTD)
Days:
1a1b2
MSPT Grand Falls $1,100 Main Event ($200K GTD)
Day 1a Completed

Darlo Vansurksum Leads 26 Survivors From Day 1a of the MSPT Grand Falls Main Event

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Darlo Vansurksum
Darlo Vansurksum

Day 1a of the 2021 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Grand Falls Main Event is officially in the books with a whopping 224 total entries tallied by night's end. Those who entered came to play and the action at the tables proved to be eventful from start to finish.

Almost a full 15 levels were played to their completion but action came to a hard stop with 26 players finding a bag at night's end with 23:36 remaining in the final level.

The final levels of the night saw players dropping fast and it was a race to see who would end up taking the chip lead. Claiming the top stack was Darlo Vansurksum, who gathered enough chips in the final hand to take the number one spot with 420,000. The battle for the chip lead was close, as five other players finished the day north of 300,000: Todd Melander (397,000), Nicholas Smith (395,000), Luke Blindert (391,000), Graham Beynon (376,00), and Jason Crews (349,000) round out the top stacks.

The action hit a new gear on the final two level's of the evening, which saw the remaining players in the field ultimately drop from 39 down to 26. Chips flew across the room and stacks fluctuated accordingly. Others to advance included Joe Matheson (225,000), Nicola DiTrapani (242,000), Anthony Scarborough (189,000), James Pupillo (134,000), and Alex Wheeler (131,000).

Many players were not as fortunate as Season 12 Point Leader Cy Church, MSPT Hall of Famer's Aaron Johnson and Jason Seitz, along with defending champ Chad Bjorkman were just a few who took their shot at a bag on Day 1a only to come up short. All who have yet to advance will have another shot at finding a bag in tomorrow's final starting flight.

PokerNews will be on hand for the rest of the weekend to bring you all of the action, so be sure to come back for Saturday's Day 1b at 3 p.m. local time.

Tags: Aaron JohnsonAlex WheelerAnthony ScarboroughCy ChurchJames PupilloJason CrewsJason SeitzJoe MathesonNicholas SmithNicola DiTrapaniTodd Melander

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Darlo Vansurksum US
Darlo Vansurksum
US 420,000 80,000
Todd Melander us
Todd Melander
us 397,000 97,000
Nicholas Smith US
Nicholas Smith
US 395,000 85,500
Luke Blindert us
Luke Blindert
us 391,000 -4,000
Graham Beynon US
Graham Beynon
US 376,000 16,000
Jason Crews us
Jason Crews
us 349,000 179,000
Jordan Gass US
Jordan Gass
US 278,000 278,000
Joe Osterbauer US
Joe Osterbauer
US 255,000 85,000
Justin Saathoff US
Justin Saathoff
US 237,000 237,000
Joe Matheson us
Joe Matheson
us 225,000 225,000
Greg Asche US
Greg Asche
US 219,000 219,000
Nicola DiTrapani us
Nicola DiTrapani
us 207,000 7,000
Anthony Scarborough us
Anthony Scarborough
us 189,000 -1,000
Elizabeth Ethridge us
Elizabeth Ethridge
us 181,000 181,000
Tyler Kolness us
Tyler Kolness
us 180,000 -10,000
Ken Lybeck US
Ken Lybeck
US 167,000
George Tokarczyk us
George Tokarczyk
us 165,000 33,000
Maxx Holland us
Maxx Holland
us 159,000 -46,000
Frank Kapaun US
Frank Kapaun
US 146,000 81,000
Josh Thomas us
Josh Thomas
us 138,000 -72,000
James Pupillo us
James Pupillo
us 134,000 49,000
Alex Wheeler us
Alex Wheeler
us 131,000 -6,000
Alexander Hill us
Alexander Hill
us 103,000 103,000
Brian Weipert us
Brian Weipert
us 100,000 100,000
William Reynolds us
William Reynolds
us 37,000 37,000

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Hard Stop Reached

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

With 23:36 remaining in the level, the hard stop has been reached with 26 players remaining. End of day chip counts and recap will follow.

Wazwaz Loses Race Ending His Late Night Run

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Rob Wazwaz
Rob Wazwaz

Graham Buynon raised to 12,000 from under the gun and then called the 48,000 three-bet jam Rob Wazwaz made from the hijack.

Rob Wazwaz: {k-Spades}{q-Spades}
Graham Buynon: {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}

Wazwaz was behind holding two overs but couldn't find either on the {9-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} runout and he was eliminated from the tournament.

Graham Beynon US
Graham Beynon
US 360,000
Rob Wazwaz us
Rob Wazwaz
us Busted

Most MSPT Main Event Final Tables in Single Season

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Pat Steele
Pat Steele

Since its inception in 2009, the MSPT has done a great job keeping track of player stats. As a result, 11 years on they have one of the best player databases in the industry.

On their "Leaderboards" page, the MSPT tracks such things as Career Earnings, Main Event Cashes, Main Event Final Tables, Main Event Titles, Total Cashes, Most Cashes/Final Tables in a Season, Most Final Tables All-Time, and much more.

Here's a look at the top ten MSPT Main Event final table in a single season:

PlayerHometownSeasonFinal Tables
Patrick SteeleChelsea, Michigan44
Brett KuzniaStephen, Minnesota44
Dan SunCedar Rapids. Iowa33
Christian PhamSt. Paul, Minnesota43
Everett CarltonSt. Paul, Minnesota13
Kou VangMaplewood, Minnesota53
Michael DeisAnn Arbor, Michigan53
Nick PupilloAddison, Illinois53
Mark HodgeFernandina Beach, Florida63
DJ BuckleyEden Prairie, Minnesota63
Level:
15
Blinds:
3,000/5,000
Ante:
5,000

Scarborough Scores Late Night Double With Rockets

AnthonyThompson • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Anthony Scarborough
Anthony Scarborough

A player from late position raised to 55,000 and only Anthony Scarborough called from the small blind.

After the {8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop appeared, Scarborough check-called his 43,000 stack after his opponent continued for 60,000.

Opponent: {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}
Anthony Scarborough: {a-Spades}{a-Diamonds}

Scarborough held the better made hand but the {k-Clubs} turn gave him a sweat as it gave his opponent the club flush draw.

Luckily for Scarborough, the {7-Diamonds} river was a brick and secured his double-up.

Anthony Scarborough us
Anthony Scarborough
us 190,000 110,000

Tags: Anthony Scarborough

Late Night Chip Counts

AnthonyThompson • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Luke Blindert us
Luke Blindert
us 395,000 195,000
Darlo Vansurksum US
Darlo Vansurksum
US 340,000 205,000
Todd Melander us
Todd Melander
us 300,000 134,000
Josh Thomas us
Josh Thomas
us 210,000 -65,000
Maxx Holland us
Maxx Holland
us 205,000 35,000
Nicola DiTrapani us
Nicola DiTrapani
us 200,000 20,000
Tyler Kolness us
Tyler Kolness
us 190,000 93,000
Jason Crews us
Jason Crews
us 170,000 25,000
George Tokarczyk us
George Tokarczyk
us 132,000 -34,000
Rob Wazwaz us
Rob Wazwaz
us 120,000 -60,000
Brad Cohan US
Brad Cohan
US 100,000 47,000
Bob Van Syckle us
Bob Van Syckle
us 100,000
James Pupillo us
James Pupillo
us 85,000 30,000
Frank Kapaun US
Frank Kapaun
US 65,000 -33,000
Dale Hackney us
Dale Hackney
us 60,000 21,500
Justin Draayer
Justin Draayer
Busted
Pat Nikolai US
Pat Nikolai
US Busted
DJ Buckley us
DJ Buckley
us Busted
Shanda Myers US
Shanda Myers
US Busted
Drew Woodke us
Drew Woodke
us Busted
Gerald Cunniff us
Gerald Cunniff
us Busted

A Look at the MSPT Hall of Fame

AnthonyThompson • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The MSPT Hall of Fame, established in 2017, is proud to recognize those individuals who have shown superior skill and achieved specific long-term accomplishments.

The criteria to earn a spot on the MSPT Hall of Fame is as follows:

  • Achieve a minimum of 25 MSPT Main Event Cashes and 1 MSPT Win OR 1 MSPT Player of the Year; or
  • Achieve a minimum of 10 MSPT Main Event Final Tables and 1 MSPT Win OR 1 MSPT Player of the Year

To see which players are close to achieving HOF status, refer to the comprehensive MSPT Stats page.

As of today, seven players are currently enshrined in the MSPT Hall of Fame.

MSPT Hall of Fame
MSPT Hall of Fame