Kevin Nguyen wins the Grand Falls Main Event of the Mid-States Poker Tour

Kevin Nguyen – Photo credit: MSPT

Kevin Nguyen got the win Mid States Poker Tour Main Event at the Grand Falls Casino right on the South Dakota-Iowa state line. It was awarded along with the $83,109 grand prize MSPT Title late on Sunday March 12th. This was the first tournament win for the resident of Sioux City, Iowa; and his career earnings now total $85,738.

The $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em event had a prize pool worth $377,770 thanks to two starting flights with a total of 391 entries. The top 45 players all cashed in at least $2,078 in prize money. On the final day of the tournament, 56 players returned and the money bubble quickly burst to start the day.

With the nine-man final table set after nearly nine hours of play, Nguyen held the chip lead with a stack of 3.3 million versus his closest opponent’s 1,205,000. Blake Bohn headlined the final table with a career earnings of $3,738,921, but he was the short stack when things started, finishing in fourth place.

Nguyen lost the chip lead to Dan Dykhouse early in the heads-up game. Stacks ranged from 7 million to 2,775,000 when the cards blew between the last two cards, but Nguyen quickly doubled up and then made a straight in a key hand to take the lead. In the last hand, the A isheart suit8thheart suit von Nguyen stayed at the top of the 6thclub suit4club suit by Dykhouse on a board with Kdiamond suitKheart suitJheart suit2diamond suit5diamond suit.

“It feels great, I really have nothing more to say,” Nguyen said MSPT Reporter after the win. But he continued, “I don’t really play that often, but when you guys come into town I try to play. This is a great tour and the staff is amazing so I will definitely come and play.”

Some other notable figures to cash in the tournament included Alex Wheeler (18th), Matt Alexander (20th), Terence Reid (37th), Max Havlish (38th), Ryan Skluzak (44th) and Adam Schultz (45′).

Here’s a look at the payouts and POY Points for the final table:

Location player merits POY Points
1 Kevin Nguyen $140,771 600
2 Dan Dykhaus $106,890 500
3 Markus Weber $102,278 400
4 Blake Bohn $100,804 300
5 Aaron Johnson $48,396 250
6 Jens Jensen $37,305 200
7 Scott Sisler $29,239 150
8th Michael Este $22,181 100
9 Justin Gisch $18,148 50

The next stop on the Mid States Poker Tour is taking place at the Riverside Casino in Riverside, Iowa and the $1,110 Main Event is taking place from March 16th to 19th. Kevin Nguyen wins the Grand Falls Main Event of the Mid-States Poker Tour

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