The first day of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Grand Falls $1,110 Main Event drew 197 entries to kick things off, almost surpassing the tournament's $200,000 guaranteed prize pool with one flight still to go.
Plenty of big names made their way to Grand Falls Casino, creating a star-studded field with a room full of MSPT champs and Hall of Famers.
With chips flying and players dropping throughout the day, play slowed down after the final break and a full 15 levels were played until completion.
Once players put their chips into the bags, it was Dave Swenson leading the pack with 369,000, edging out Kevin Berthelsen (341,000), and Josh Fordyce (334,00) for the top spot.
Rounding out the top five stacks were Luke Hewitt (306,000) & Dalton Smith (289,000), while MSPT champ’s Aaron Johnson (241,000), Chris Burke (235,000), and Dan DQ Hendrickson (126,00), all found a Day 2 birth.
All who did not bag will have one more flight to try and do so, with that being held tomorrow Saturday, March 11th at 3 p.m. local time.
As usual, the live reporting team will be back at it then, so be sure to come back and see who else adds their name to Sunday's Day 2 roster.