This weekend, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) will be at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells for a $1,100 buy-in $200,000 guaranteed Main Event. If satellite numbers are any indication, the penultimate stop of Season 6 is slated to more than double the guarantee!
Among those confirmed to be in action are Allen Kessler, who actually designed the MSPT structure to make it "Chainsaw Approved"; circuit grinder Daniel Lowery, who will be making his first trip to Wisconsin; and defending champ Ben Wiora.
"I look forward to returning to Wisconsin to defend my title," said Wiora, who has since relocated to Las Vegas. "The MSPT coming to town is always one of the more exciting times of the year in Wisconsin, and players come from all over the state to compete. With a little luck, maybe I can hold onto the title!"
The last time the MSPT visited Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells was way back in February for the Wisconsin State Poker Championship, a tournament that attracted 463 runners and saw Wiora walk away with the $114,512 first-place prize.
To learn more about Wiora, check out our article Big Cheese: Ben Wiora Goes From Low-Stakes Grinder to Wisconsin State Poker Champion.
The PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to capture all the action from that event, which means 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 has been nonstop action," said MSPT owner and operator Bryan Mileski. "The numbers continue to grow, and we seem to be attracting some big names in the game. There's no denying that the MSPT has become the premiere tour in the Midwest and throughout the country."
Here's a look at the remaining MSPT Ho-Chunk schedule:
|Wednesday, November 18||Super Satellite||$65||1:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, November 18||MSPT Qualifier||$250||6:30 p.m.|
|Thursday, November 19||MSPT Qualifier||$250||12:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, November 19||MSPT Qualifier||$250||6:30 p.m.|
|Friday, November 20||MSPT Qualifier||$250||10:30 a.m.|
|Friday, November 20||MSPT Main Event Day 1a||$1,100||4:00 p.m.|
|Friday, November 20||MSPT Qualifier||$250||7:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, November 21||MSPT Qualifier||$250||10:30 a.m.|
|Saturday, November 21||MSPT Main Event Day 1b||$1,100||4:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, November 22||MSPT Main Event Day 2||-||11:00 a.m.|
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 start at 4 p.m. and also play 14 levels. Players who advance from Main Event Flight 1a to Day 2 are not eligible to play in Flight 1b. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned. The Main Event final table will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide on msptpoker.com using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards.
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||Mark Rubenstein||$142,637|
|June 1-5||MSPT Venetian||1,964||Angelina Rich||$215,815|
|July 24-26||MSPT Meskwaki||410||Blake Bohn||$101,229|
|August 14-16||MSPT Grand Falls||238||Alan Curl||$64,941|
|August 21-23||MSPT Tropicana Evansville||251||Michael O'Neill||$67,746|
|September 4-6||MSPT Potawatomi||462||Dan Goepel||$114,117|
|September 18-20||MSPT Running Aces||328||Peixin Liu||$85,498|
|October 10-18||MSPT FireKeepers Casino||559||Michael Ferraroti||$134,642|
|November 6-8||MSPT Meskwaki||410||Rich Alsup||$101,229|
|November 12-15||MSPT Golden Gates||510||Phanora Pham||$123,180|