Grand Falls Casino: April 29 - May 7, 2017


Grand Falls Casino - Larchwood, IA

May 4-7, 2017

Main Event: 426 Entrants

Travis Gant Wins First-Ever MSPT Grand Falls Regional, $29,782

The first ever MSPT $350 Regional Event held at Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa, which is just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, drew 426 entries (112 on Day 1A, 128 1B, and 186 1C) over three starting flights. On Sunday, the surviving 71 players returned to play down to a winner, and in the end, it was Travis Gant of Geddes, South Dakota who walked away with a $29,782 first-place prize.

“It feels pretty awesome,” said Gant, a father to a five-year-old daughter. “I came in to today short and had to spin it up right away. I got back in the game, made a few hands, and got to the final table. Hands went my way and here we are. It’s been a long time coming, I’m really happy. I’ve been grinding online before they shut us down. I saw a lot of hands before I got this break.”

The win marked Gant’s first MSPT cash. Prior to the score, he had $18,162 in tournament earnings including $8,700 for finishing fifth in the 2017 South Dakota State Poker Championship in early April.

“The tournament was run fantastic,” said Gant, who helps his family ranch and plays baseball on the side. “From the dealers on down, everybody was on top of everything. It was smooth. As far as Grand Falls goes, it’s a great place to play.”

Gant came back from a 4-1 chip deficit in heads-up play against Jason Bender. In what would be the final hand of the tournament, which took place in Level 32 (80,000/160,000/20,000), Bender got his stack of 3.5 million all in preflop holding the A♥10♥ against the A♣K♥ of Gant, who was sitting with roughly 5 million. The board ran out 2♥5♦8♠3♠6♦ and it was all over.

Bender now has four MSPT Regional cashes, all of which are final tables!

Among the 45 players to cash the event were Minnesota pro Aaron Johnson (41st - $619), 2017 South Dakota State Poker Champion Ryan Skluzak (32nd - $743), four-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Mark Fink (22nd - $929), start-of-the-day chip leader Brian Wika (19th - $929), and “Wild” Bill Romer (15th - $1,611).


Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Travis Gant Geddes SD $29,782500
2 Jason Bender Keota IA $17,975433
3 Darrin Eide Glyndon MN $11,741400
4 Curtis Vierstraete Wahpeton ND $8,119367
5 Kentraylus Pates Brooklyn Park MN $6,198333
6 John Cap Scotland SD $4,772300
7 Mark Steffen Hot Springs SD $3,966267
8 Paul Skjerseth Fargo ND $3,285233
9 David Swanholm Fargo ND $2,776200
10 Dan Dykhouse Sioux Falls SD $2,107167
11 Brad Ojala Brainerd MN $2,107167
12 Josh Matti Perham MN $2,107167
13 Michael Wallin Sioux Falls SD $1,611133
14 Craig Flyger Parker SD $1,611133
15 Bill Romer Waterloo IA $1,611133
16 TJ Murphy Spencer IA $1,202100
17 Randall Smith Waubun MN $1,202100
18 Josh Thoraldson Burnsville MN $1,202100
19 Brian Wika Sioux Falls SD $92967
20 Adam Thompson Bradon SD $92967
21 Luke Ojala Brainerd MN $92967
22 Mark Fink Sioux Falls SD $92967
23 Andrew Roberson Yankton SD $92967
24 Dan Larson Spearfish SD $92967
25 Jordan Rondell Kranzburg SD $92967
26 Curtis Biloki Prairie Rose ND $92967
27 Brian Berend Wahpeton ND $92967
28 Leroy Dubray Mobridge SD $74333
29 Brad Olson Brookings SD $74333
30 Jeremy Holmes West Fargo ND $74333
31 Maurice Chaplin Marshall MN $74333
32 Ryan Skluzak Kimball SD $74333
33 Jesse Currier Brookings SD $74333
34 Doug Ficken Rapid City SD $74333
35 Perle O'Daniel Spearfish SD $74333
36 Luke Abbas Sioux Falls SD $74333
37 Jesse Searles Centerville SD $61917
38 Corey Skogrand Marshall MN $61917
39 Larry Crichton Larchwood IA $61917
40 Mark Meeder Sioux Falls SD $61917
41 Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN $61917
42 James Girouard Sioux Falls SD $61917
43 Mark Alinder Fargo ND $61917
44 Darnell White Minneapolis MN $61917
45 Dean Bullerman Adrian MN $61917

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