For the fifth stop of its sixth season, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) is heading to one of its premiere stops — Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa. From March 21-29, the venue, which only requires players be 18 years old to participate, will host a series of qualifiers and bonus events that will culminate with an $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 Main Event on Friday, March 27.
"Meskwaki has been a staple on the MSPT schedule for a long time, and with good reason as it always draws a massive crowd," said MSPT owner and operator Bryan Mileski. "The first four stops of our sixth season have surpassed all expectations, and we're confident we'll do it again in Iowa. There's no denying there will be some great poker action to be had."
The MSPT was last in Meskwaki back in November. That tournament attracted 426 entrants and saw World Series of Poker bracelet winner Nick Jivkov notch the second-biggest score of his career by capturing the $104,974 first-place prize. It was redemption for the man from Des Plaines, Illinois, as he had finished runner-up to Terry Ring in the very same event back in 2013.
Other winners of the MSPT Meskwaki include Jonathan Olson ($95,741), Matt Anderson ($100,075), Jesse Spooner ($81,060), Andy Van Blair ($88,958), Terry Ring ($87,694), Michael Reynolds ($81,060), Dan Sun ($77,103), and Muneer Ahmed ($89,184).
"The Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel (MBCH) is a casino resort located on the Meskwaki Settlement — a home to the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa with close to 1,400 enrolled members," Meskwaki Poker Room Manager Joe Fernandez previously told PokerNews. "MBCH is about one hour away from the nearest commercial airports (Des Moines Int’l Airport, Cedar Rapids airport, and Waterloo Regional airport), and it is situated at the “dead center” of where the 'Big Three' Universities in Iowa are located: --ISU–Cyclones in Ames (50 miles west), UI–Hawkeyes in Iowa City (76 miles Southeast), and UNI–Panthers in Cedar Falls (58 miles North)."
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to report all the action from the Main Event, and will offer players the opportunity to utilize the MyStack app for free. The app allows players to update their chip counts and tournament progress straight into the live blog, meaning their friends and family can keep up with their progress in real time.
"We highly encourage players to get involved using the PokerNews MyStack app," said PokerNews Editor-in-Chief Donnie Peters. "It aims to bring tournament coverage to a new level by allowing users to sync thru play up with our live coverage."
To download the MyStack app for free in preparation for the MSPT Meskwaki Casino, click here.
Here's a look at the full MSPT Meskwaki Casino schedule:
|Saturday, March 21||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$130||12 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 21||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$260||6 p.m.|
|Sunday, March 22||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$130||2 p.m.|
|Monday, March 23||Meskwaki Bonus NLHE Event||$110||7 p.m.|
|Tuesday, March 24||MSPT Super Satellite||$65||3 p.m.|
|Tuesday, March 24||Meskwaki Bonus NLHE Event||$20||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday, March 25||Meskwaki Bonus NLHE Event||$60||1 p.m.|
|Wednesday, March 25||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$260||7 p.m.|
|Thursday, March 26||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$260||12 p.m.|
|Thursday, March 26||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$260||7 p.m.|
|Friday, March 27||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$260||10:30 a.m.|
|Friday, March 27||MSPT Main Event Day 1a||$1,100||4 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 28||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$260||10:30 a.m.|
|Saturday, March 28||MSPT Main Event Day 1b||$1,100||4 p.m.|
|Sunday, March 29||MSPT Main Event Day 2||-||10:30 a.m.|
The Main Event will be held over three days beginning Friday 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 10:30 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned. The Main Event final table will be broadcast live (15-minute delay) worldwide on both PokerNews and MSPTpoker.com using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards.
For more information on all upcoming MSPT Season 6 stops, visit MSPTpoker.com.
*Lead photo courtesy of rvtravel.com.