Last weekend the fourth season of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) kicked off at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa. The $1,100 Main Event attracted 348 entries over two starting days including Blair Hinkle, Jeff Fielder, Everett Carlton, Brett Schwertley and Larry Ormson. The MSPT will continue on August 17-25 with the Michigan State Poker Championship from the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan.
"Firekeepers is a very friendly and active room," professional poker player and MSPT ambassador Chris "Fox" Wallace previously said of the venue. "I'm originally from Michigan and still pass through often, so I've been to FireKeepers a number of times. You’ll want to get there early on weekend nights to avoid a wait.”
The MSPT first visited Firekeepers, and the state of Michigan for that matter, back in March as 272 entrants turned out to compete for the $73,456 first-place prize and coveted RF Moeller diamond championship bracelet. That tournament was won by Thomas Midena of Brooklyn, Michigan, who happened to be a regular cash game player at Firekeepers.
A short drive from Chicago and Detroit, Firekeepers features a new hotel, six restaurants, a huge gaming floor, a bingo room, and an upscale 24-hour poker room. Flying into the area is easy, with big airports in Lansing, Detroit and Chicago, as well as a fine airport in Battle Creek itself. Located right off Exit 104 from Highway I-94, driving to FireKeepers is also fast and simple.
For the stop in August, Firekeepers will offer weekly $250 MSPT qualifiers every Wednesday at 7 p.m. (EST) and $60 super satellites every Saturday at 10 a.m. (EST). The $1,000+$100 Main Event will run August 22-25 and include three Day 1 flights. The final table will be broadcasted live on PokerNews.com with hole cards.
For more information on the complete MSPT schedule, visit MSPTPoker.com.