The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) is currently hosting a $1,100 Main Event at the Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa – which you can follow in our Live Reporting Section – but in less than a week the next Main Event of Season 5 will kick off at Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana. In preparation for that tournament, which will feature a $200,000 guarantee, Majestic Star and the MSPT launched qualifiers this weekend that will continue throughout the week.
The series begins with a MSPT Main Event $250 qualifier on Saturday. Similar qualifiers will be held on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. local time, with a special Noon qualifier also to be held on Thursday. Finally, two last-chance $250 qualifiers will be held on Friday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
There will also be $65 Multi-Table Super Satellites, which will see 20% of the field advance to the $250 qualifiers, held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. You can check out the full schedule of qualifiers by clicking here.
“We have been putting the word out about the MSPT since we signed on with them and have been receiving good feedback on Majestic Star hosting this event,” Majestic Star poker room manager Darrell Sangster previously told PokerNews. “We have had many calls about the event. So there has been a general buzz about this MSPT event.”
There are also several Majestic Star Bonus Events:
- $105 No-Limit Hold’em at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014
- $55 No-Limit Hold’em at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 27
- $80 No-Limit Hold’em at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30
- $55 No-Limit Hold’em at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 3
- $60 No-Limit Hold’em at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 3
The MSPT has already hosted a stop at Majestic Star in its fifth season. Back in March, Ken Baime of Glenview, Illinois topped a field of 301 players to win the $77,681 first-place prize. Baime, who is married with two teenage boys, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. From there he went on to law school at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, which is where he met his wife. They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.
“Bryan Mileski and the MSPT staff are great. They were always present and very accessible. They take their job very seriously and run a great tournament and were constantly hustling all over the place,” Baime told PokerNews. “I also really like the players in this tournament. One of the goals of the MSPT is to be accessible to recreational players and players with jobs. So, while the tournament had its share of pros and semi-pros, there were also a number of people with jobs. So, even though it was an $1,100 buy-in tournament, the general vibe was very relaxed and fun.”
The Main Event will be held over three days beginning Friday evening with Day 1a at 4 p.m. Day 1a will play 14 levels. Saturday's Day 1b will also start at 4 p.m. and play 14 levels. Players who advance from Day 1a are not eligible to play in Day 1b. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned. The Main Event final table will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards.
For more information on the MSPT Majestic Star, visit msptpoker.com.