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Mid-States Poker Tour Tournaments in 2018 | MSPT Schedule

What is MSPT?

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) was born in December 2009 as the Minnesota State Poker Tour. In 2011, the tournament crossed into Iowa, and more expansion led to the tour’s rebranding.

Now in its ninth season, the MSPT hosts more than 30 events each year across the United States. Whereas the majority of stops remain in the Midwest, the Mid-States Poker Tour has crept into other states such as Colorado, South Dakota, and Nevada; however, this tour remains among the premier poker tournaments in the Midwest.

The Mid-States Poker Tour is known for its affordable, regionally-based, deep stack, no-limit hold’em (NLHE) tournaments designed for recreational players or, as MSPT calls them, “weekend warriors.” However, this tour also attracts many well-known poker pros including World Poker Tour (WPT) and World Series of Poker (WSOP) champions.

Mid-States Poker Tour Levels, Blinds, and Payout Structure

Each regional Mid-States Poker Tour tournament is Chainsaw approved poker as the structures was personally designed and approved by poker structure authority Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler.

At each location, the MSPT offers a number of satellite tournaments with various low-level buy-ins which give local amateurs a chance to participate in a big event when it comes to town. There are also various super satellites, turbo satellites, and other qualifiers at each stop, in addition to bounty and PLO tournaments at select locations. Satellites are single- and multi-table with various buy-ins and guaranteed seats. The top two players from $60 single-table satellites and top three players from $90 single-table satellites advance to the $250 multi-table satellites in which the top 20% of players advance to the $1,100 Main Event. There are also $250 single-table satellites where the top two players advance to the Main Event and $120 multi-table satellites with the top 10% advancing to the Main Event. MSPT Main Event payouts range from $50,000 to $500,000 in guarantees.

Main Event tournaments begin with a 15,000-chip stack with an optional $10 dealer appreciation add-on of 5,000 chips for a total of 20,000. As Main Events are multi-day, Day 1a ends at Level 14 or when 12% or fewer of the starting field remains. Subsequent flights will end at the exact same time as Day 1a. Mid-States Poker Tour Main Event tournaments offer an attractive 40-minutes-per-level blind structure with antes starting at Level 4.

$250 multi-table satellites provide an initial 10,000 chips plus a $10 add-on for an additional 2,000, 30-minute levels, and antes commencing at Level 3. Late registration and one re-entry are also available. The $120 multi-table satellite events have the same structure but blinds are only 20 minutes.

Players may re-enter an Mid-States Poker Tour event once during the standard registration process, subject to location variability, and players who register late receive a full starting stack.

Additionally, MSPT Main Events are broadcasted live on msptpoker.com so anyone can watch.

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Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) 2018 Schedule

Tropicana Evansville—Evansville, Indiana

This MSPT Regional Event offers a number of $50 or $90 satellite tournaments for entry into the $350, $100,000-guarantee Main Event.

JACK Cleveland Casino—Cleveland, Ohio

The MSPT Cleveland Poker Open at the JACK offers several $60 MSPT super satellite and $260 turbo (five-seat guaranteed) satellite events for entry into the $1,100 MSPT Main Event and a guaranteed $200,000.

The Venetian—Las Vegas

The Venetian is hosting the 2018 Poker Bowl II that features a number of daily mega satellite, SuperStack, bounty, and PLO events with buy-ins ranging from $200-$800 as well as the highly coveted $1,100 MSPT Main Event with a very attractive $500,000 guarantee.

Canterbury Park—Shakopee, Minnesota

This 18-and-over collection of MSPT tournaments offers several satellite, super satellite, and bounty events, culminating in the $300,000-guarantee MSPT Main Event. While at Canterbury Park, players can visit the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame.

The following tournaments had not yet posted event schedules at the time of this writing, so please visit the MSPT website as each event nears for more information.

Meskwaki Casino—Tama, Iowa

The Meskwaki Casino poker tournament Mid-States Poker Tour Main Event offers a $300,000 guarantee and is also for players ages 18 and up. Come and enjoy this casual and small poker room in the heart of the Midwest.

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Potawatomi Casino—Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In addition to various satellites, the spacious, 21-table, recently renovated and comfortable Potawatomi Poker room hosts an MSPT Main Event with an inviting $300,000 guarantee.

Golden Gates Casino—Black Hawk, Colorado

The Golden Gates Casino and Poker Parlour is the host of the annual Colorado Poker Championships in the tiny, picturesque mountain town of Black Hawk. This year, the first of the MSPT’s Main Event offers an attractive $200,000 guarantee.

Golden Gates Casino—Black Hawk, Colorado

Golden Gates will host a second, $200,000-guaranteed MSPT Main Event.

Silverado Franklin—Deadwood, South Dakota

Players will enjoy the Silverado Franklin’s recently renovated poker room for the South Dakota State Poker Championship where MSPT’s Main Event carries with it a $100,000 guarantee.

Canterbury Park—Shakopee, Minnesota

The Mid-States Poker Tour returns to Minnesota for another Main Event tournament and a cushy $300,000 guarantee.

Grand Falls Casino—Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The MSPT is back in South Dakota for this Regional Event that offers a $50,000 guarantee.

FireKeepers Casino—Battle Creek, Michigan

The tour heads to Michigan and the FireKeepers Poker Room—home of the largest MSPT event outside of Las Vegas. Its newly renovated, 22-table poker room will host its Main Event with a coveted $300,000 guarantee.

The Venetian—Las Vegas, Nevada

The MSPT returns to Sin City to take advantage of the huge conglomeration of poker players in Las Vegas during the annual WSOP. There will be five Main Events with buy-ins ranging from $1,100 to $10,000. Exact dates and details TBD.

Potawatomi Casino—Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Round two of the Mid-States Poker Tour in Milwaukee will feature the over-18 MSPT Regional $350 buy-in NLHE tournament with a $100,000 guarantee.

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Meskwaki Casino—Tama, Iowa

The MSPT is back in Iowa for the Iowa State Poker Championship that includes its $300,000-guarantee Main Event for players 18 and over.

Canterbury Park—Shakopee, Minnesota

Back in Minnesota, the MSPT will hold its 18-and-over Regional $350 buy-in NLHE tournament with a $100,000 guarantee.

Tropicana Evansville—Evansville, Illinois

The Mid-States Poker Tour will be at the Indiana State Poker Championships for a $250,000-guarantee Main Event tournament.

Grand Falls Casino—Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The MSPT returns to South Dakota for its $150,000-guaranteed Main Event.

The Venetian—Las Vegas, Nevada

Once again in Las Vegas, the MSPT will hold another month-long series of tournaments culminating with the widely-anticipated Main Event. Specific dates and times to be determined.

Canterbury Park—Shakopee, Minnesota

This MSPT Main Event will offer a $300,000 guarantee.

FireKeepers Casino—Battle Creek, Michigan

The MSPT will be at the Michigan State Poker Championship for a Main Event with an attractive $300,000 guarantee.

Meskwaki Casino—Tama, Iowa

This MSPT Main Event will offer a $300,000 guarantee.

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Golden Gates Casino—Black Hawk, Colorado

Time for another Rocky Mountain MSPT Regional $360 buy-in NLHE tournament with a $100,000 guarantee.

Golden Gates Casino—Black Hawk, Colorado

Immediately following this regional event, Golden Gates will host the Denver Poker Open and a $200,000-guaranteed Main Event.

Potawatomi Casino—Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The MSPT will host the Wisconsin State Poker Championship and a $300,000-guaranteed Main Event.

Canterbury Park—Shakopee, Minnesota

The Mid-States Poker Tour will end its season with its whopping $500,000-guarantee Main Event. The 2017 MSPT Season Final $1,100 Main Event held here last year attracted a record-high 493 entrants, becoming the largest major poker tournament (over $1,000 buy-in) in Minnesota’s history. 32-year-old pro Ben Marsh won the event, his second MSPT title, and a cool $102,493.

Be sure to visit the MSPT Facebook page or MSPT Twitter feed for more information on the MSPT poker schedule, live updates, and breaking news. The Mid-States Poker Tour also provides a detailed list of hotels and other accommodations for each stop as well as flight information. In fact, Delta Airlines is offering discounted airfare for each of these events.

Have you played in any MSPT tournaments? Are you planning on going this year? Please comment below.

Until next time.

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Natalie Faulk is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer/blogger and the author of several books. She is an avid low-stakes (for now) poker player and huge Vegas Golden Knights fan.



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