MSPT Kicks Off Season 11 on January 15

MSPT Kicks Off Season 11 on January 15

The start of 2020 brings the beginning of another year of poker tours, one of the most popular of which is the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT). While many other tours focus on California and Nevada, Florida and New Jersey, the MSPT brings reasonable buy-in tournaments to the middle of America.

When the MSPT began in 2009, it was the Minnesota State Poker Tour, a much more local series. But the tour quickly expanded into Iowa and other nearby states, as players were clamoring for deepstacked tournaments with mid-level buy-ins at their local casinos and cardrooms. The tour did just that and offered low-level buy-in satellites, solid structures, and guaranteed prize pools.

The MSPT happily expanded to meet the needs of all players but mostly the “weekend warriors,” those who played poker on a recreational basis. With most events scheduled around weekends, more players could get involved.

Season 10 just wrapped in December 2019. Anthony Dunne won the season finale tournament at Canterbury Park for $155,288. Mike Shin of Wisconsin was the Player of the Year and won a $10K buy-in to the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas for 2020.

To date and through Season 10, the MSPT has awarded $101,352,563 in prize money in its history. And on that milestone-setting note, Season 11 is ready to get underway.

Season 11 Regional Events

Many of the tournaments to not yet have a full schedule attached, but they all offer $350 or $360 buy-in Main Events with varying guarantees. This is the schedule as listed thus far:

January 15-19:  Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado ($150K GTD)

March 4-8:  Grand Falls Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota ($50K GTD)

July 15-19:  Tropicana Evansville in Evansville, Indiana ($100K GTD)

August 5-9:  Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($100K GTD)

November 19-22:  Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado ($150K GTD)

Season 11 Main Events

There are many more of the Main Event stops on the calendar already. All of them will offer a series of satellites and then a $1,100 buy-in Main Event. Prize pool guarantees will vary depending upon location and anticipated fields.

January 16-19:  Jack Cleveland Casino in Cleveland, Ohio ($300K GTD)

January 29-February 1:  The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada ($1M GTD)

February 21-23:  Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($300K GTD)

March 20-22:  Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa ($300K GTD)

April 3-5:  Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana ($200K GTD)

April 13-19:  Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado ($200K GTD)

April 24-26:  Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($300K GTD)

May 1-3:  Silverado-Franklin in Deadwood, South Dakota ($100K GTD)

May 14-17:  Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan ($1M GTD)

June (dates to be announced):  The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada

July 24-26:  Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa ($300K GTD)

August 14-16:  Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana ($200K GTD)

August 28-30:  Grand Falls Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota ($150K GTD)

September (dates to be announced):  The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada

September 10-13:  Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($300K GTD)

October 8-11:  Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan ($1M GTD)

October 23-25:  Silverado-Franklin in Deadwood, South Dakota ($100K GTD)

November 6-8:  Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa ($300K GTD)

November 19-22:  Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado ($200K GTD)

December 10-13:  Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($500K GTD)

The two Las Vegas events that have yet to be finalized will be announced in the coming months. In addition, there are likely to be more events added to the overall schedule.

How to Follow Along

The MSPT website is the best place to get the details on any stop in Season 11. Each event will post the full event schedule for each stop, including satellite opportunities, as the event nears.

When the tournaments play out, PokerNews will be there to do live reporting from the events. All of those live reports and recaps can be found from the MSPT Live Reporting section of the website.

 

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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