MSPT Grand Falls $1,100 Main Event ($200K GTD)
MSPT Grand Falls $1,100 Main Event ($200K GTD)
Day 1b Completed

Chris Baker Leads 47 Surviving Day 1b Players

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Chris Baker
Chris Baker

The second and final starting flight of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Grand Falls Casino $1,100 buy-in, $200K GTD Main Event is in the books. Day 1b attracted 308 runners during Saturday's action, bringing the grand total to 532 entries (224 from Day 1a; 308 from 1b), putting it just behind the record-breaking field from this last August.

After reaching the hard stop in Level 15, just 47 players bagged with Chris Baker and his stack of 399,000 leading the way. That was a just behind Day 1a chip leader Darlo Vansurksum, who bagged 420,000.

Others to punch their tickets to Day 2 were Eric Eelkema (381,000), Saad Ghanem (340,000), Matthew Molsen (338,000), and Jovan Sudar (278,000).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to make it through the night. Among those to fire and fall in Saturday's flight were MSPT Hall of Famer Jason Seitz, along with MSPT Champion's Rob Wazwaz, Chad Bjorkman, and Jonathan Kim, just to name a few.

Day 2 will get underway at 11 a.m. local time and play to a winner with 73 players returning to the felt. The top 54 finishers will get paid with the eventual winner walking away with a $110,633 first-place prize.

PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action, so be sure to join us then.

Tags: Chad BjorkmanChris BakerEric EelkemaJason SeitzJonathan KimJovan SudarRob WazwazSaad Ghanem

End of Day 1b Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Chris Baker us
Chris Baker
us 399,000 74,000
Eric Eelkema us
Eric Eelkema
us 381,000 144,000
Saad Ghanem us
Saad Ghanem
us 340,000 30,000
Matthew Molsen US
Matthew Molsen
US 338,000 138,000
Jovan Sudar us
Jovan Sudar
us 278,000 -7,000
Tim Garles us
Tim Garles
us 266,000 36,000
Wesley Cannon us
Wesley Cannon
us 262,000 -21,000
TJ Murphy us
TJ Murphy
us 258,000 63,000
Dan Grossman us
Dan Grossman
us 250,000 35,000
Eric Polson us
Eric Polson
us 249,000 49,000
Pat Nikolai US
Pat Nikolai
US 235,000 -5,000
Stephen Torre us
Stephen Torre
us 234,000 44,000
Hung Phan Nguyen US
Hung Phan Nguyen
US 217,000 217,000
Chris Burke us
Chris Burke
us 207,000 207,000
Rajasekhar Kola us
Rajasekhar Kola
us 192,000 192,000
Dwayne Ingaus US
Dwayne Ingaus
US 190,000 190,000
Cy Church us
Cy Church
us 183,000 -62,000
Jeremy Calverley us
Jeremy Calverley
us 164,000 164,000
Travis Gant us
Travis Gant
us 164,000 14,000
Jared Ditmarson us
Jared Ditmarson
us 159,000 159,000
Steven Madsen US
Steven Madsen
US 156,000 156,000
Scott Geier US
Scott Geier
US 156,000 156,000
Daniel Stevermen US
Daniel Stevermen
US 154,000 154,000
Michael Anderson us
Michael Anderson
us 149,000 149,000
Cory Nordstrand us
Cory Nordstrand
us 145,000 10,000

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Final Two Hands

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante

The tournament director has just announced the final two hands of the evening.

Prize Pool and Payout Information

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante

The $1,100 Main Event at Grand Falls Casino attracted 532 total entries through two starting days and created a $514,540 prize pool.

A total of 54 places will be paid a minimum of $2,315, with the winner of the event will taking home $110,633.

MSPT Grand Falls Main Event Payouts

PlacePrizeMSPT POY Points

MSPT Season 12 Race for Player of the Year

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Cy Church
Cy Church

Since its inception in 2009, the MSPT has done a great job keeping track of player stats. As a result, 12 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 point leaders of this season:

PlacePlayerHometownSeason 12 Points
1Cy ChurchEast Lancing, MI3,775
2Kyna EnglandNorthbrook, Illinois2,800
3Daniel SepiolMichigan City, IN2,350
4Jordan CristosLas Vegas, NV2,100
5Jason CrewsClive, Iowa2,100
6Chance KornuthLas Vegas, NV2,000
7Harlen MillerBismark, ND2,000
8Raman AfanasenkaMinsk, Belarus2,000
9Kfir NahumHenderson, NV2,000
10Taylor HowardAltoona, IA1,933

Skluzak Loses Race to Ghanem

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

Breanna Skluzak was all in preflop from under the gun for 90,000 and Saad Ghanem called from the small blind.

Saad Ghanem: {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds}
Breanna Skluzak: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

It was a classic race with Skluzak looking to connect with either of her two overs but the feat was easier said then done as the {8-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds} runout gave Ghanem a straight and ended her tournament.

Saad Ghanem us
Saad Ghanem
us 310,000 210,000
Breanna Skluzak US
Breanna Skluzak
US Busted

Tags: Breanna SkluzakSaad Ghanem