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Grand Falls Casino Outside Sioux Falls, SD to Host $1,100 Main Event September 6-8


The MSPT is headed back to Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa, located just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota! Beginning August 15, Grand Falls Casino will play host to a series of satellites that’ll culminate with a $1,100 buy-in, $150,000 GTD Main Event (September 6-8).

The $1,100 Main Event will feature two starting flights beginning with Day 1A at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 6. Day 1B will take place at the same time on Saturday, September 7. Both days will play 15 levels. The surviving players from both flights will then return at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 8 to play down to a winner.

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Ryan Skluzak

Last year’s MSPT event at Grand Falls Casino attracted 226-entrants and saw two-time South Dakota State Poker Champion Ryan Skluzak defeat 2018 MSPT Player of the Year Aaron Johnson. The duo engaged in an epic, 2.5 hour-long heads-up match during which each held a big chip lead. In the end, Skluzak prevailed to capture the title and $54,427 first-place prize.

In August 2017, the $1,100 Main Event drew 216 runners and saw 25-year-old Ahmed Taleb take down the title for $54,098 in his first-ever MSPT cash. Since then, Taleb has went on a tear both on the tour and in the poker world.

More recently, a $350 MSPT Grand Falls Regional Event earlier this year attracted 339 entries and saw South Dakota’s Eric Atchison come out on top. For Atchison this was his second MSPT cash and his largest career score.

The upcoming tournament will mark the eighth time the MSPT will have hosted a Main Event at Grand Falls. The first took place back in 2012 when Dan Sun topped a field of 215 entrants to win $60,486 and become the MSPT's first back-to-back champion.

Other winners of the MSPT Grand Falls Casino include Josh Smith, who topped a field of 218 to win $59,221 in August 2013; MSPT Pro Blake Bohn, who outlasted 200 other entrants to win in August 2014 for $54,607; Alan Curl, who topped a field of 238 entrants to win it in 2015 for $64,655; and Fishing Hall of Famer Ted Takasaki who topped a field of 187 runners to capture a $52,360 first-place prize.

Inspired by the lavish casino resorts of Las Vegas, Grand Falls sets a new standard of entertainment and fun for the Sioux Falls, South Dakota region. The resort’s world-class golf course – which is open now – is constructed on 155 acres of rolling terrain directly adjacent to the casino. Inside the casino, players will find more than 750 slots machines, 27 gaming tables including blackjack, craps and roulette, and an eight-table poker room.

We’ve worked out a special MSPT Rate at the high-end Grand Falls Casino Hotel. Thursday, September 5 is $99.95, while Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7 are $159.95. Call 712-777-7777 to book now.