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MSPT Running Aces Prelims Kick Off; $200K GTD $1,100 Buy-In Main Event One Week Away

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  • From Sept. 11-20, @msptpoker will be at Running Aces Casino & culminate w/ a $1,100 buy-in $200K GTD Main Event.

The latest stop of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Season 6 kicked off today at Running Aces Casino in Columbus, Minnesota. A week of qualifiers and bonus events are in store before the stop culminates with an $1,100 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed Main Event that will run from Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20.

The MSPT last visited the property back in February, which is when Ervin Bjerga topped a field of 354 entrants to capture a $91,941 first-place prize. What’s more, he did it after finishing third in the MSPT Running Aces the visit prior, which took place in September of last year.

"The MSPT and Running Aces Casino have a long history, and each visit just seems to get bigger and better," said MSPT owner and operator Bryan Mileski. "Come on out for a great weekend of poker. Hopefully you find yourself competing for huge prize on Day 2, but if not you can always watch the Minnesota Vikings take on the Detroit Lions either at the casino or nearby TCF Bank Stadium."

The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be on hand to capture action from the Main Event, and we're happy to announce that players will have the opportunity to use the My Stack app to update their hands and chip counts straight into the live blog.

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"Working with Bryan and the MSPT brand has been something great to watch grow," Marketing Director at Running Aces, Aaron Bedessem, previously told PokerNews. "We have worked well with the brand to help build it from only a few stops in Minnesota to a Midwest brand that has a great following. The growth MSPT has been able to accomplish has been great in drawing in more regional players to our poker room."

Here's a look at the MSPT Running Aces schedule:

DateEventBuy-inTime (ET)
Friday, Sept. 11MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$2506:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12Running Aces Bonus NLHE Event$8010:00 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12Multi-Table Super Satellite (20% advance)$652:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$2506:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13Running Aces Bonus NLHE Bounty Event$3010:00 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$25012:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13Multi-Table Super Satellite (20% advance)$656:00 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 14Running Aces Bonus NLHE Bounty Event$6010:00 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 14Running Aces Bonus FREEROLL (T1o MSPT Main Event Seats Added-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 15Running Aces Bonus NLHE Event$3010:00 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 15Multi-Table Super Satellite (20% advance)$656:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16Running Aces Bonus NLHE Event$5010:00 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16Multi-Table Super Satellite (20% advance)$651:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 16MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$2506:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17Running Aces Bonus NLHE Event$3010:00 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$25012:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$2506:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$25010:30 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 18MSPT Main Event Day 1a$1,1004:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 18MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$2507:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19MSPT Main Event Qualifier (20% advance)$25010:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19MSPT Main Event Day 1b$1,1004:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20MSPT Main Event Day 1-10:30 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 also 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.

"We have a 25-table poker room and adequate space for an additional 30 tables when we run larger tournaments," Bedessem added. "We typically spread limit games (2/4, 3/6 Kill , 4/8 Half-Kill) as well as spread limit. The 2-100 spread limit is our most popular game and they sometimes play variations with a $2 ante and/or a mandatory $4 straddle."

Here's a look at those who've capture titles in Season 6 thus far:

Jan. 15-25, 2015MSPT bestbet Jacksonville421Brian Arbaugh$102,806
Jan. 30 – Feb. 8, 2015MSPT Running Aces354Erv Bjerga$91,941
Feb. 14-22, 2015MSPT Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells463Ben Wiora$114,512
March 5-15MSPT Golden Gates409Kane Lai$101,365
March 21-29MSPT Meskwaki371Chad Willett$96,760
April 4-12MSPT Potawatomi635Jason Mirza$147,529
April 6-19MSPT Maryland Live! Casino270Greg Himmelbrand$72,910
April 17-26MSPT Canterbury Park430Dan Hendrickson$106,182
May 9-17MSPT FireKeepers Casino614Harry Tisdale$142,637
June 1-5MSPT Venetian1,964Angelina Rich$215,815
July 24-26MSPT Meskwaki410Blake Bohn$101,229
August 14-16MSPT Grand Falls238Alan Curl$64,941
August 21-23MSPT Tropicana Evansville251Michael O'Neill$67,746
September 4-6MSPT Potawatomi Casino462Dan Goepel$114,117

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