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Grand Falls Casino

August 18 - 26, 2018

 
  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Pierce Acuff leads after Day 1B of the $1,100 MSPT Grand Falls Main Event
Created (8/26/2018 1:19:10 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1B of the $1,100 MSPT Grand Falls Main Event attracted 145 entrants to the luxury venue and golf resort just south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Along with the 81 runners from 1A, that brought the total field up to 226 entries.

The top 24 players will get paid a minimum of $2,090 while the eventual winner will walk away with $54,427. The player from Day 1B best positioned to make a run at it is Pierce Acuff, who lead the surviving 18 players with 425,500. That is well ahead of 1A chip leader Luke Blindert, who bagged 332,000 on Friday night.

Acuff, who is seeking his first MSPT cash, won the largest pot of the tournament thus far late in the night when he eliminated World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eric Rodawig, who jammed with straight and flush draws. Acuff had a pair but went runner-runner to make a heart flush and claim a 400K+ pot.

Others to bag on 1B were Eric Eelkema (293,000), MSPT Season 9 Grand Falls Regional champ Aaron Johnson (274,000), Alex Winter (102,000), and 2018 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champion Brian Soja (87,000).

Among those to compete but fall on Saturday were defending champ Ahmed Taleb, four-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Mark Fink, MSPT Season 8 Grand Falls Regional champ Travis Gant, PokerNews reporter Mo Nuwwarah, and former MSPT Grand Falls champs Blake Bohn, Alan Curl and Ted Takasaki.

On Sunday, 27 players (nine from 1A + 18 from 1B) will return to action at 11 a.m. and play down to a winner. This stop does not feature a live stream, but we will be providing live updates throughout. Action will resume with 10:25 left in Level 15.

Be sure to join us tomorrow as we bring you continued coverage of the MSPT Grand Falls!

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
End-of-Day 1B Chip Counts
Created (8/26/2018 1:16:53 AM by Chad Holloway)

Pierce Acuff West Des Moines, IA 425,500
Eric Eelkema Brooklyn Park, MN 293,000
Aaron Johnson Red Wing, MN 274,000
Randy McQueen White Lake, SD 260,500
Bruce Luick Fairmont, ND 227,500
Trevis Devericks Sioux Falls, SD 184,000
George Shabatura Plymouth, MN 182,500
Corey Skogrand Marshall, MN 133,500
Scott Jamison Sioux Falls, SD 124,500
Demetrios Sengos Sioux Falls, SD 113,000
Justin Saathoff Brookings, SD 104,500
Alex Winter Roseville, MN 102,000
Josh Skogen Sioux Falls, SD 99,000
Kim Rasmussen Forman, ND 93,500
Brian Soja New Brighton, MN 87,000
Ryan Skluzak Kimball, SD 76,500
Swadeep Mishra Sioux Falls, SD 72,500
Tucker Hummel Fargo, ND 42,500

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Josh Skogen Gets Revenge On Maurice Chaplin To Close Out The Night
Created (8/26/2018 1:14:32 AM by Brandon Temple)

Maurice Chaplin jammed for 30,000 from UTG, and Josh Skogen three-bet shoved for 64,000 in middle position, chasing out the field.

Chaplin:
Skogen:

“I have a draw,” Chaplin told Skogen with a smile.

That draw was rendered moot after the fell, giving Skogen an unbeatable full house. “It’s over!” Skogen said, and after the turn and river, Chaplin took his leave and play was halted for the night.

Maurice Chaplin - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Pierce Acuff vs. Eric Rodawig in Monster Pot
Created (8/26/2018 1:04:06 AM by Chad Holloway)

Pierce Acuff

With around 17,000 in the pot and a flop of , WSOP bracelet winner Eric Rodawig bet 12,000 from the hijack and Pierce Acuff raised to 42,000 from the button.

Rodawig responded by moving all in for 175,000 and Acuff asked for a count before making the call to create the bigger pot of the tournament thus far.

Acuff:
Rodawig:

Acuff had middle pair with a gutshot while Rodawig flopped a double gutter with a flush draw. The turn was a brick, and Rodawig got out of his chair. However, he sat back down when the spiked on the river to give him a straight. It took him, and the rest of the table, a few seconds to realize it also gave Acuff a winning runner-runner flush.

Pierce Acuff - 420,000 (140 bb)
Eric Rodawig - Eliminated

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Ryan Skluzak Wakes Up To A Double
Created (8/26/2018 12:57:32 AM by Brandon Temple)

Ryan Skluzak

Ryan Skluzak jammed for 43,500 from the small blind and was snapped off by Tucker Hummel in the big blind.

“I looked at one,” Skluzak said.

Skluzak:
Hummel:

Skluzak found a queen on the flop to extend his lead, but the turn gave Hummel an open-ended straight draw. Hummel bricked off on the river, however, and Skluzak doubled up.

“This table change is good!” Skluzak said with a grin as he raked in the pot.

Ryan Skluzak - 90,000 (30 bb)
Tucker Hummel - 60,000 (20 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Updated Chip Counts from Table 17
Created (8/26/2018 12:43:01 AM by Chad Holloway)

17 1 Bruce Luick Fairmont, ND 190,000
17 2 Brian Soja New Brighton, MN 90,000
17 3 Pierce Acuff West Des Moines, IA 270,000
17 4 Kim Rasmussen Forman, ND 135,000
17 5 empty -
17 6 Tucker Hummel Fargo, ND 127,000
17 7 Trevis Devericks Sioux Falls, SD 215,000
17 8 empty -
17 9 Ryan Skluzak Kimball, SD 35,000
17 10 empty -

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Updated Chip Counts from Table 15
Created (8/26/2018 12:42:23 AM by Chad Holloway)

15 1 Demetrios Sengos Sioux Falls, SD 100,000
15 2 empty -
15 3 George Shabatura Plymouth, MN 175,000
15 4 Maurice Chaplin Marshall, MN 38,500
15 5 Alex Winter Roseville, MN 80,000
15 6 Josh Skogen Sioux Falls, SD 60,000
15 7 empty -
15 8 Justin Saathoff Brookings, SD 115,000
15 9 empty -
15 10 Eric Rodawig Omaha, NE 173,000

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Updated Chip Counts from Table 9
Created (8/26/2018 12:42:01 AM by Chad Holloway)

9 1 empty -
9 2 Corey Skogrand Marshall, MN 120,000
9 3 Aaron Johnson Red Wing, MN 160,000
9 4 Swadeep Mishra Sioux Falls, SD 70,000
9 5 Randy McQueen White Lake, SD 305,000
9 6 Eric Eelkema Brooklyn Park, MN 290,000
9 7 Scott Jamison Sioux Falls, SD 70,000
9 8 Josh Martin Sioux Falls, SD 44,000
9 9 empty -
9 10 empty -

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Chip counts on break
Created (8/26/2018 12:41:24 AM by Eric Anderson)

9 5 Randy McQueen White Lake, SD 305,000
9 6 Eric Eelkema Brooklyn Park, MN 290,000
17 3 Pierce Acuff West Des Moines, IA 270,000
17 7 Trevis Devericks Sioux Falls, SD 215,000
17 1 Bruce Luick Fairmont, ND 190,000
15 3 George Shabatura Plymouth, MN 175,000
15 10 Eric Rodawig Omaha, NE 173,000
9 3 Aaron Johnson Red Wing, MN 160,000
17 4 Kim Rasmussen Forman, ND 135,000
17 6 Tucker Hummel Fargo, ND 127,000
9 2 Corey Skogrand Marshall, MN 120,000
15 8 Justin Saathoff Brookings, SD 115,000
15 1 Demetrios Sengos Sioux Falls, SD 100,000
17 2 Brian Soja New Brighton, MN 90,000
15 5 Alex Winter Roseville, MN 80,000
9 4 Swadeep Mishra Sioux Falls, SD 70,000
9 7 Scott Jamison Sioux Falls, SD 70,000
15 6 Josh Skogen Sioux Falls, SD 60,000
9 8 Josh Martin Sioux Falls, SD 44,000
15 4 Maurice Chaplin Marshall, MN 38,500
17 9 Ryan Skluzak Kimball, SD 35,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Pierce Acuff Nets A Big Double Through Brian Soja
Created (8/26/2018 12:37:09 AM by Brandon Temple)

Pierce Acuff

Action folded to Brian Soja in the small blind, and he simply jammed to put Pierce Acuff at risk for his last 130,500. Acuff looked pained at the situation, but finally shrugged and said, “I call.”

Soja:
Acuff:

The flop gave Acuff trips and left Soja looking for running hearts or sevens to earn the KO, but he was dead after the turn and Acuff picked the double up after the river.

“Easy come, easy go,” Soja said before shipping the chips to Acuff.

Pierce Acuff - 263,000 (110 bb)
Brian Soja - 84,000 (35 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
IA 
425,500  
425,500 
 
MN 
293,000  
293,000 
 
MN 
274,000  
274,000 
 
SD 
260,500  
260,500 
 
ND 
227,500  
227,500 
 
SD 
184,000  
184,000 
 
MN 
182,500  
182,500 
 
MN 
133,500  
133,500 
 
SD 
124,500  
124,500 
 
SD 
113,000  
113,000 
 
SD 
104,500  
104,500 
 
MN 
102,000  
102,000 
 
SD 
99,000  
99,000 
 
Forman 
ND 
93,500  
93,500 
 
MN 
87,000  
87,000 
 
SD 
76,500  
76,500 
 
SD 
72,500  
72,500 
 
Fargo 
ND 
42,500  
42,500 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
WY 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Boyden 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Perham 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Omaha 
NE 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
Geddes 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
SD 
0  
Busted 
 
Groton 
SD 
0  
Busted 
  
Marion 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
SD 
$54,427
1,200
2
MN 
$33,834
1,000
4
MN 
$18,071
800
6
IA 
$10,233
600
7
ND 
$8,056
500
10
MN 
$3,919
200
12
Forman 
ND 
$3,919
200
13
MN 
$3,266
150
14
SD 
$3,266
150
LEVEL INFO
Level
15
Blinds
1500 / 3000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
145
Players Remaining
18
Average Chip Stack
161,111
Total Chips
2,900,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
425,500
293,000
274,000
260,500
227,500
184,000
182,500
133,500
124,500
10 
113,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
2,100
2,050
2,000
1,800
1,750
1,700
1,700
1,600
10 
1,600