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!