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Grand Falls Casino

August 20 - 28, 2016

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Wesley Ismay Leads After Day 1a of MSPT Grand Falls; 19 Players Advance
Created (8/27/2016 2:26:15 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa – which is just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota – attracted 87 entries, which puts the tournament well on pace to surpassing the advertised $150,000 guarantee.

After 14 levels of play, the field was whittled down to the final 19 with Vale, South Dakota's Wesley Ismay (pictured) and his stack of 224,500 leading the pack.

Ismay, who ranks 16th on South Dakota's all-time money list with $93,235 in live tournament earnings, is looking for his first MSPT cash, and no doubt hopes to earn a payday similar to the $57,991 he won in 2009 after finishing 88th in the World Series of Poker Main Event.

Others who bagged and tagged were Timothy McReynolds (190,000), Joe Barnard (106,500), Phil Mader (90,000), MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge (69,000), James Weaver (54,500) and Aaron Johnson (25,000).

Of course not everyone was so fortunate. Among those to fall on Day 1a were the father-son duo Brett and Josh Reichard; four-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Mark Fink; MSPT Pros Blake Bohn and Matt Alexander; MSPT Season 3 Running Aces champ Rodger Johnson; poker pro Jeff Fielder; and PokerNews reporter Mo Nuwwarah.

Of course all of those players have the option of returning for Day 1b at 4:00 p.m. local time Saturday. We'll be back then to bring you all the action and eliminations straight from the tournament floor of the MSPT Grand Falls Casino, so be sure to join us then.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts
Created (8/27/2016 2:25:29 AM by Chad Holloway)

Wesley Ismay bags the Day 1a chip lead with 224,500 at Grand Falls Casino Resort
19/87 players advance to Day 2
#canyoufeelit

Wesley Ismay - Vale, SD 224,500
Timothy McReynolds - Omaha, NE 190,000
Luke Blindert - Sioux Falls, SD 110,500
Joseph Barnard - St. Paul, MN 106,500
Jon Maras - Hartford, SD 98,000
Jared Mohnen - Mitchell, SD 97,500
Lonny Beynon - Sioux Falls, SD 97,000
Johnny McGriff - Quinn, SD 96,000
Brian Wika - Sioux Falls, SD 90,500
Phil Mader - Grand Island, NE 90,000
Harold "Larry" Sherman - Goodwin, SD 87,000
Darlo Van Surksum - Doon, IA 85,500
John Cap - Scotland, SD 79,000
Mark Hodge - Corcoran, MN 69,000
Howard Dion - Trent, SD 60,000
Keith Ehlers - Kimball, SD 58,000
James Weaver - Rapid City, SD 54,500
Robbin Green - Groton, SD 48,000
Aaron Johnson - Red Wing, MN 25,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Three More Hands
Created (8/27/2016 2:00:42 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff has just announced that the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts as well as a full Day 1a recap.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Mo Nuwwarah Eliminated Late in the Night
Created (8/27/2016 1:52:42 AM by Chad Holloway)

Mo Nuwwarah

Action folded to Howard Dion on the button and he moved all in for 23,000. Phil Mader then moved all in over the top from the small blind and Mo Nuwwarah opted to call off his 17,000 from the big.

Nuwwarah:  10c 8c
Mader:  ah 8h
Dion:  as 9s

Nuwwarah seemed disappointed that he didn’t hold two live cards, while Mader felt the same about Dion’s kicker. That’s the card that made the difference too as the board ran out  kd 2s 7d 7c 3h.

Howard Dion - 60,000
Phil Mader - 18,000
Mo Nuwwarah - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Timothy McReynolds Gets Lucky to Stay Alive
Created (8/27/2016 1:35:25 AM by Chad Holloway)

In the next hand after losing most of his chips to Robbin Green, Timothy McReynolds moved all in under the gun for 17,000 and Darlo Van Surksum called from the small blind.

McReynolds:  ac 5s
Van Surksum:  ah 9d

McReynolds had a kicker problem, but it got resolved on the  5d 8s da flop. Neither the  qh turn nor  kh river changed a thing and McReynolds sat back down with new life.

Darlo Van Surksum - 95,000
Timothy McReynolds - 38,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Robbin Green Doubles Through Timothy McReynolds
Created (8/27/2016 1:32:09 AM by Chad Holloway)

Timothy McReynolds

Timothy McReynolds was among the chip leaders for most of the day, but he just hit a huge speed bump in the form of Robbin Green.

We missed the action unfold, but we do know that Green fot his last 60,100 all in on the turn with the board reading  10c 5s 9s 9c.

McReynolds:  8s 9h
Green:  kd 9d

Both players held trips, but Green’s kicker had him out in front. The  ac river was of no consequence, and Green doubled through McReynolds.

Robbin Green - 140,000
Timothy McReynolds - 17,500

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
MSPT Pro Matt Alexander Dispatched By James Weaver
Created (8/27/2016 1:13:37 AM by Chad Holloway)

James Weaver

“I’m out,” MSPT pro and commentator Matt Alexander told us.

Alexander, who has been keeping the room entertained by buying rounds of drinks, then explained that he shoved his last six big blinds holding  9x 9x and ran smack dab into the  Ax Ax of Rapid City’s James Weaver.

The aces held and that was all she wrote for Alexander, who will give it another go tomorrow on Day 1b.

James Weaver - 80,000
Matt Alexander - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Read New Issues of MSPT Magazine Online Absolutely Free
Created (8/27/2016 12:59:07 AM by Chad Holloway)

Earlier this season, the Mid-States Poker Tour launched the first issue of MSPT Magazine, which is released on monthly basis. Physical copies of the magazine are available at all MSPT host venues, but for those around the world who may not be able to make it to those casinos, you can now read issues online absolutely free.

Simply click here to be taken to our library!

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (8/27/2016 12:56:36 AM by Chad Holloway)

Players are now on their last 10-minute break of the night.

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Charles "Doc" Hanson Eliminated By Joe Barnard
Created (8/27/2016 12:56:17 AM by Chad Holloway)

Charles "Doc" Hanson

Joe “The Next Big Thing” Barnard opened for 3,300 only to have Charles "Doc" Hanson three-bet jam for 9,700 from the button. Both blinds folded and Barnard made a quick call.

Hanson:  qs 10s
Barnard:  da 10d

“Put a queen out there,” Hanson requested. The dealer did not oblige and instead ran out a dry  ac 5c 5d 4d 9c.

Joe Barnard - 92,000
Charles "Doc" Hanson - Busted

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Vale 
SD 
224,500  
34,500 
 
Omaha 
NE 
190,000  
152,000 
 
SD 
110,500  
46,500 
 
MN 
106,500  
14,500 
 
SD 
98,000  
38,000 
 
SD 
97,500  
47,500 
 
SD 
97,000  
47,000 
 
Quinn 
SD 
96,000  
46,000 
 
SD 
90,500  
20,500 
 
NE 
90,000  
30,000 
 
SD 
87,000  
52,000 
 
Doon 
IA 
85,500  
4,500 
 
SD 
79,000  
29,000 
 
FL 
69,000  
19,000 
 
Trent 
SD 
60,000  
37,000 
 
SD 
58,000  
18,000 
 
IA 
54,500  
25,500 
 
Groton 
SD 
48,000  
92,000 
 
MN 
25,000  
5,000 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
  
SD 
0  
Busted 
  
SD 
0  
Busted 
  
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
NE 
0  
Busted 
  
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
  
SD 
0  
Busted 
  
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
SD 
$52,360
1,200
2
SD 
$31,323
800
3
MN 
$19,074
700
5
SD 
$10,470
500
7
SD 
$7,480
300
8
SD 
$6,545
200
9
Quinn 
SD 
$5,423
100
10
Groton 
SD 
$4,301
75
11
SD 
$4,301
75
12
SD 
$4,301
75
13
SD 
$3,460
50
14
MN 
$3,460
50
15
WY 
$3,460
50
16
SD 
$2,805
50
17
SD 
$2,805
50
18
IA 
$2,805
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
87
Players Remaining
19
Average Chip Stack
91,578
Total Chips
1,740,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
224,500
190,000
110,500
106,500
98,000
97,500
97,000
96,000
90,500
10 
90,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
2,200
2,200
1,900
1,850
1,700
1,700
1,600
1,600
1,575
10 
1,550