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Grand Falls Casino

August 28 - 30, 2020
Main Event: 518 Entrants
Winner: Mark Collins
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EVENT RECAP

To say the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Grand Falls Casino $1,100 buy-in, $150K GTD Main Event crushed it would be an understatement. The first live mid-major poker tournament in the United States in nearly six months attracted 518 entries (226 from Day 1a; 292 from 1b), which not only surpassed the venue’s previous best field of 238 entries in 2015, but also became the largest major ($1,000+ buy-in) in Iowa history.

While Grand Falls Casino is situated just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota, it is technically located just across the border in Larchwood, Iowa. Despite being a bit remote, players flocked from the Midwest as well as Colorado, Florida, and Vegas. The turnout was evidence that, despite the current pandemic, there is a big demand for live tournament poker.

On Sunday, 67 players returned for Day 2 action, and after it was 47-year-old Mark Collins, a systems administrator from the St. Louis area, coming out on top to win the $107,706 top prize and his second MSPT title. He previously won the MSPT Season 9 Canterbury Park for $102,076.

It was a triumphant return to live poker for Collins, who hadn’t played since January. He rarely travels to play to the game, but like so many others had the itch.

With 54 slated to get paid, more than a dozen players needed to exit before the money was made. Among those to leave empty-handed were Howard Hankin, Michael Berk, and Ben Keeline, just to name a few.

Once Mike Cordell bubbled in 55th place, the march to the final table began. Among those to fall along the way, albeit with a payday, were Blake Whittington (11th - $7,514), MSPT Hall of Famer Pat Steele (13th - $6,012), Day 1b chip leader Ryan Dodson (14th - $6,012), Donnie Phan (21st - $4,559), three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby (29th - $2,705), MSPT Hall of Famer Rich Alsup (31st - $2,705), and Kyna England (40th - $2,455).

At the final table, Steve Wilkie and Mark Collins, both former MSPT champs, navigated their way to heads-up play after beginning fourth and eighth in chips respectively. Wilkie added to his stack by using aces to dispatch Jimmie Lucero, who had ace-seven, in eighth place, while Collins busted former MSPT champ Max Havlish in seventh in a blind-versus-blind short-stack hand.

Collins then doubled into the chip lead when his ace-king held against the ace-queen of Tom Sundling, who exited a short time later in fifth place.

Kevin Berthelsen then eliminated Jason Reisdorfer in fourth before following him out the door in third place, the result of losing a flip with pocket eights to Wilkie’s ace-queen. Heads-up play began with Collins holding a very narrow lead over Wilkie, and the duo battled back and forth for awhile.

Eventually, Collins was able to pull out to a decent lead before the two played the final hand. Wilkie three-bet jammed holding queen-jack only to have Collins call with king-jack. Wilkie, who last November won the MSPT Golden Gates for $85,149, failed to get lucky and had to settle for second place and $66,180 in prize money.

Future stops for the MSPT’s Season 11 are to be determined, but hopes are high there will be more live tournaments on tap in 2020. Be sure to check msptpoker.com regularly for up-to-date news.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
Moro 
IL 
$107,709
1,600
2
Arvada 
CO 
$66,177
1,400
3
Omaha 
NE 
$47,691
1,300
4
SD 
$36,069
1,200
5
SD 
$27,052
1,100
6
Divide 
CO 
$20,539
1,000
7
MN 
$16,031
900
8
CO 
$12,524
800
9
TN 
$9,518
700
10
CA 
$7,514
600
11
FL 
$7,514
600
12
SD 
$7,514
600
13
MI 
$6,012
500
14
CO 
$6,012
500
15
Omaha 
NE 
$6,012
500
16
SD 
$5,010
400
17
MN 
$5,010
400
18
SD 
$5,010
400
19
IA 
$4,559
300
20
NV 
$4,559
300
21
TN 
$4,559
300
22
MN 
$3,857
200
23
NE 
$3,857
200
24
 
 
$3,857
200
25
Omaha 
NE 
$3,356
150
26
SD 
$3,356
150
27
MO 
$3,356
150
28
IL 
$2,705
100
29
MN 
$2,705
100
30
IL 
$2,705
100
31
MN 
$2,705
100
32
MI 
$2,705
100
33
SD 
$2,705
100
34
SD 
$2,705
100
35
Dyer 
IN 
$2,705
100
36
MN 
$2,705
100
37
MN 
$2,455
75
38
Anoka 
MN 
$2,455
75
39
ND 
$2,455
75
40
IL 
$2,455
75
41
MN 
$2,455
75
42
FL 
$2,455
75
43
 
 
$2,455
75
44
Denver 
CO 
$2,455
75
45
Tea 
SD 
$2,455
75
46
MN 
$2,254
50
47
IL 
$2,254
50
48
MN 
$2,254
50
49
WI 
$2,254
50
50
MI 
$2,254
50
51
MI 
$2,254
50
52
IL 
$2,254
50
53
Waukee 
IA 
$2,254
50
54
SD 
$2,254
50