With the establishment of this year's November Nine, the 2015 World Series of Poker is on hiatus for a few months, and that means it's time for other tours to start up again. One such tour is the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), which continues Season 6 this weekend with its latest stop at Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa.
The stop, which kicks off on Saturday, July 18, will begin with a series of qualifiers and culminate in a $300,000 guarantee $1,100 buy-in Main Event from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26. Remember, Meskwaki Casino only requires participants to be 18 to play.
"Year in and year out, the MSPT Meskwaki is one of the most anticipated stops each and every season," said MSPT owner/operator Bryan Mileski. "The stop always attracts a massive field, which is usually littered with some stiff competition such as Iowa's own Jeff Fielder and Blair Hinkle."
The MSPT was last at Meskwaki back in March, which is when Chad Willett defeated Rich Alsup in a marathon heads-up match to top the 371-player field and capture a $96,760 first-place prize.
Here's a look at the upcoming MSPT Meskwaki schedule:
|Saturday, July 1||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$110+10+10||12:00 PM|
|Saturday, July 1||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$220+30+10||6:00 PM|
|Sunday, July 19||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$110+10+10||2:00 PM|
|Monday, July 20||Meskwaki Casino Bonus Event NLHE||$110||7:00 PM|
|Tuesday, July 21||Multi-Table SUPER Satellite||$65||2:00 PM|
|Tuesday, July 21||Meskwaki Casino Bonus Event NLHE||$20||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, July 22||Multi-Table SUPER Satellite||$65||2:00 PM|
|Wednesday, July 22||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$220+30+10||7:00 PM|
|Thursday, July 23||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$220+30+10||1:00 PM|
|Thursday, July 23||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$220+30+10||7:00 PM|
|Friday, July 24||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$220+30+10||10:30 AM|
|Friday, July 24||MSPT Main Event Day 1A||$1,100||4:00 PM|
|Saturday, July 25||MSPT Main Event Qualifier||$220+30+10||10:30 AM|
|Saturday, July 25||MSPT Main Event Day 1B||$1,100||4:00 PM|
|Sunday, July 26||MSPT Main Event Day 2||-||10:30 AM|
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) with hole cards worldwide on msptpoker.com and PokerNews.
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to capture all the action from the MSPT Meskwaki Main Event, and players will have the opportunity to use the MyStack app to update their hands and chip counts straight into the live blog.
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Season 6 of the MSPT continues to grow, which was evidenced by their second-ever stop in Las Vegas, which attracted a massive 1,964 entrants and saw Angelina Rich capture a $215,815 first-place prize after a four-way chop. In the process, she became the first woman to ever win a MSPT title.
"My boyfriend and I were planning on doing some of the other MSPT trips in the Midwest, so we were looking through it and saw there was one in Vegas," Rich told PokerNews after her win. "It looked like a pretty good spot, there was a big guarantee, so we decided to register it and went from there."
Here's a look at those who've capture titles in Season 6 thus far:
|Jan. 15-25, 2015||MSPT bestbet Jacksonville||421||Brian Arbaugh||$102,806|
|Jan. 30 – Feb. 8, 2015||MSPT Running Aces||354||Erv Bjerga||$91,941|
|Feb. 14-22, 2015||MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells||463||Ben Wiora||$114,512|
|March 5-15||MSPT Golden Gates||409||Kane Lai||$101,365|
|March 21-29||MSPT Meskwaki||371||Chad Willett||$96,760|
|April 4-12||MSPT Potawatomi||635||Jason Mirza||$147,529|
|April 6-19||MSPT Maryland Live! Casino||270||Greg Himmelbrand||$72,910|
|April 17-26||MSPT Canterbury Park||430||Dan Hendrickson||$106,182|
|May 9-17||MSPT FireKeepers Casino||614||Harry Tisdale||$142,637|
|June 1-5||MSPT Venetian||1,964||Angelina Rich||$215,815|
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