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Grand Falls Casino

April 29 - May 7, 2017
Regional Event: Entrants
Winner: Travis Gant
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EVENT RECAP

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).

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
Geddes 
SD 
$29,782
500
2
Keota 
IA 
$17,975
433
3
MN 
$11,741
400
4
ND 
$8,119
367
5
MN 
$6,198
333
6
SD 
$4,772
300
7
SD 
$3,966
267
8
Fargo 
ND 
$3,285
233
9
Fargo 
ND 
$2,776
200
10
SD 
$2,107
167
11
MN 
$2,107
167
12
Perham 
MN 
$2,107
167
13
SD 
$1,611
133
14
Parker 
SD 
$1,611
133
15
IA 
$1,611
133
16
IA 
$1,202
100
17
Waubun 
MN 
$1,202
100
18
MN 
$1,202
100
19
SD 
$929
67
20
Bradon 
SD 
$929
67
21
MN 
$929
67
22
SD 
$929
67
23
SD 
$929
67
24
SD 
$929
67
25
SD 
$929
67
26
ND 
$929
67
27
ND 
$929
67
28
SD 
$743
33
29
SD 
$743
33
30
ND 
$743
33
31
MN 
$743
33
32
SD 
$743
33
33
SD 
$743
33
34
SD 
$743
33
35
SD 
$743
33
36
SD 
$743
33
37
SD 
$619
17
38
MN 
$619
17
39
IA 
$619
17
40
SD 
$619
17
41
MN 
$619
17
42
SD 
$619
17
43
Fargo 
ND 
$619
17
44
MN 
$619
17
45
Adrian 
MN 
$619
17