MSPT to Kick Off Season 12 w/ January 1-3 Stop at Venetian Las Vegas
The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) will hold its 12th season in 2021, and they’re not wasting any time holding their first $1,100 buy-in Main Event on New Year’s Day. From Jan. 1-3, the Venetian Las Vegas will play host to a $250,000 GTD Main Event, the 170th in tour history.
The tournament will be live reported by PokerNews and start players with 25,000 in chips. Levels will be 40 minutes with late registration open until 6:25 p.m. PST during both starting flights. Day 1a will begin at 11:10 a.m. PST on Friday, January 1 with Day 1b taking place at the same time on Saturday, January 2. The surviving players from both flights will then return at 11 a.m. PST on Sunday, January 3 to play down to a winner.
During the latest Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza, players must wear a mask and sanitize their hands before sitting down. Action is 8-handed at tables featuring Plexiglass dividers, which are wiped down each time a new player comes in. Additionally, dealers are required to sanitize their hands each time they enter and exit a table, and fresh decks of cards are circulated every two hours.
MSPT Looks to Continue Momentum
Due to the pandemic, Season 11 of the MSPT was interrupted at the beginning of March. After a six-month hiatus, the tour returned August 28-30 at Grand Falls Casino, which is situated just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The stop proved to be a tremendous hit asthe $1,100 buy-in, $100K GTD Main Event attracted 518 entries, well ahead of the venue’s previous record of 238 runners from 2015.
In January of 2019, the MSPT hosted the annual $1,100 buy-in, $1 million GTD Poker Bowl, a tournament that attracted 1,093 entries. The night before the Kansas City Chiefs dispatched the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl LIV, Bob Whalen claimed $100,682 in prize money after a five-way deal was struck.
Season 11 then wrapped up with two November stops at Venetian. The first was a $1,100 buy-in tournament that attracted 1,123 runners and saw 21-year-old Landon Tice come out on top to win $201,529. The following weekend, Korey Payne bested a 1,239-entry field to win the $1,600 buy-in version for an even bigger payday of $327,773.
The upcoming MSPT Venetian is expected to once again attract a big field, and PokerNews will be on-site to capture all the action.