Season 5 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) continues from Nov. 7-16 at the Golden Gates Casino in Blackhawk, Colorado. The stop will feature a $200,000 guaranteed $1,100 buy-in Main Event beginning with Day 1a on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 12 p.m. Two subsequent starting flights will be held at the same time on both Friday and Saturday.
This marks the second time the MSPT has visited the property. The first time, which took place in March of this year, 453 entrants took to the felt and crushed the guarantee by creating a prize pool of $453,000. Dan Colpoys, who bagged the Day 2 chip lead and going wire to wire on Day 3, won that tournament for $114,156.
“The Mid-States Poker Tour is excited to return to Colorado. Golden Gates Casino knows how to host a big-time poker tournament, which was evidenced by our first stop at the property. We’re expecting things to be even bigger and better the second time around,” said MSPT owner and operator Bryan Mileski.
The MSPT Golden Gates is also one of the last opportunities players will have to accumulate precious Player of the Year points. Right now Michael Deis leads that race with 3,350 points, but MSPT Team Pro Kou Vang, who finished fifth in the last MSPT Golden Gates, is hot on his heels with 3,100 points. Likewise, Jason Zarlenga, who has won two MSPT titles this season, is sitting with the same amount of points. For a look at the full MSPT Season 5 POY leaderboard, click here.
“Our property sits in the center of Blackhawk’s casino district and is surrounded by the magnificent rocky mountains. We also have a beautiful creek running alongside the property,” Golden Gates Casino Poker Room Manager Tony Niehaus previously told PokerNews. “The scenic views of Blackhawk are amazing and just a short drive on any road will lead to spectacular views and even natural wildlife sightings. Just up the street is old town Central City that brings an old western feel to gambling. The ski resorts are just a one-hour drive from the casinos and offer unmatched skiing and entertainment.”
Niehaus went on to add: “Our property was newly renovated last year and has been on the rise ever since. We opened a new buffet, expanded our casino floor for even more of the newest slots around, and renovated our poker room with brand new chairs, tables, carpet, flat screen televisions and high-speed wireless internet.”
The latest MSPT Golden Gates stop will kick off on Friday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. with a $135 qualifier, which will see the top 10 percent of the field advance to the Main Event. They will then host a series of qualifiers everyday leading up to the $1,100 Main Event. Here’s a look at the schedule:
|Friday, Nov. 7||10:00 a.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Tournament||$40|
|Friday, Nov. 7||12:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$135|
|Friday, Nov. 7||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Saturday, Nov. 8||10:00 a.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Tournament||$40|
|Saturday, Nov. 8||12:00 p.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Deepstack||$300|
|Saturday, Nov. 8||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Sunday, Nov. 9||10:00 a.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Tournament||$40|
|Sunday, Nov. 9||12:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Sunday, Nov. 9||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$135|
|Monday, Nov. 10||10:00 a.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Tournament||$40|
|Monday, Nov. 10||12:00 p.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Deepstack||$130|
|Monday, Nov. 10||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Tuesday, Nov. 11||10:00 a.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Tournament||$40|
|Tuesday, Nov. 11||12:00 p.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Deepstack||$200|
|Tuesday, Nov. 11||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Wednesday, Nov. 12||10:00 a.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Tournament||$40|
|Wednesday, Nov. 12||12:00 p.m.||Golden Gates NLHE Deepstack||$200|
|Wednesday, Nov. 12||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Thursday, Nov. 13||12:00 p.m.||Main Event Day 1a||$1,100|
|Thursday, Nov. 13||7:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Friday, Nov. 14||9:00 a.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Friday, Nov. 14||12:00 p.m.||Main Event Day 1b||$1,100|
|Friday, Nov. 14||9:00 p.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Saturday, Nov. 15||9:00 a.m.||Main Event Qualifier||$260|
|Saturday, Nov. 15||12:00 p.m.||Main Event Day 1c||$1,100|
|Sunday, Nov. 16||11:00 a.m.||Main Event Day 2||N/A|
The Main Event will be held over four days beginning Thursday with Day 1a at 12:00 p.m. and will play 14 levels. Days 1b and 1c will be held at the same time on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Players who advance from Day 1a are not eligible to play in Day 1b and so one and so forth. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned. The Main Event final table will be broadcast on a 15-minute delay with hole cards on both MSPTPoker.com and PokerNews using RFID technology.
Listen to Bryan Mileski talk about Season 5 of the MSPT on the latest PokerNews Podcast. Click here to listen.
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