Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT)

In Dec. 2009, the Minnesota State Poker Tour (MSPT) was launched at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. A year and a half later, the MSPT crossed the state border into Iowa, and before long expansion saw the tour rebranded as the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), a series of affordable deepstack no-limit hold'em tournaments designed for "weekend warriors."

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Tournaments

2022 MSPT Winter Poker Classic
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Minnesota Winter Poker Classic Series

Finished Tournaments

Winner Winning Hand Prize Runner-up Losing Hand
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Minnesota - - - - -
2022 MSPT Venetian November Connor Stuewe Connor Stuewe $156,520 David Jackson
2022 MSPT Riverside Fall Lee Zrentkowski Lee Zrentkowski a ♥4 ♦ $145,006 Miroslav Semanisin a ♣9 ♦
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Iowa - - - - -
2022 MSPT Deadwood Shootout Chris Burke Chris Burke a ♠2 ♥ $89,725 Justin Barnum 8 ♣10 ♣
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT South Dakota Deadwood Shootout - - - - -
2022 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship Matthew Davis Matthew Davis 7 ♣7 ♠ $344,446 Rinaldo Teodoro a ♣6 ♦
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship - - - - -
2022 MSPT United States Poker Championship Ken Baime Ken Baime a ♦a ♣ $82,512 Miles Barnum a ♥5 ♦
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT United States Poker Championship - - - - -
2022 MSPT Venetian Fall Jeff Platt Jeff Platt a ♥9 ♥ $100,804 Russel McClean j ♦7 ♦
2022 MSPT Grand Falls Beau WIlshire Beau WIlshire a ♦6 ♠ $104,579 Juston Welter 6 ♥3 ♣
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT South Dakota - - - - -
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Iowa - - - - -
2022 MSPT Iowa State Poker Championship Craig Trost Craig Trost 5 ♠2 ♠ $180,145 CJ Peake 4 ♦3 ♦
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Colorado - - - - -
2022 MSPT Venetian Federico Roberto Federico Roberto a ♥8 ♦ $294,327 Robert Shega k ♣2 ♠
2022 MSPT Deadwood Gerald Cunniff Gerald Cunniff $94,843 Mike Estes
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT South Dakota State Championship - - - - -
2022 MSPT Michigan Dan Bekavac Dan Bekavac $252,090 CJ Peake
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Michigan State Championship - - - - -
2022 MSPT Cleveland John Dennehey John Dennehey a ♦k ♦ $155,993 Dustin Mcelhaney a ♠q ♥
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Ohio State Championship - - - - -
2022 MSPT Sycuan Showdown Series Sebastin Kolman Sebastin Kolman a ♦8 ♦ $79,671 Rich Lanes a ♣2 ♠
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT San Diego - - - - -
2022 MSPT Running Aces Chan Pelton Chan Pelton 10 ♠6 ♠ $150,512 Ben Hanson a ♠5 ♣
2022 MSPT Riverside Dan Bekavac Dan Bekavac $193,391 Jamie Allen
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Regional South Dakota - - - - -
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Minnesota (POSTPONED) - - - - -
2022 MSPT Venetian Poker Bowl VI Ron West Ron West k ♣q ♥ $168,488 Johnnie Moreno 2 ♣2 ♠
2022 MSPT Bally's Black Hawk Casino Billyray Gallegos Billyray Gallegos $104,890 Ronald Scott
2022 MSPT Sycuan Casino Gianluca Pace Gianluca Pace 3 ♠3 ♣ $74,562 Anthony Pitesa 10 ♥5 ♠

The Hendon Mob

MSPT
MSPT

What is the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT)?

The MSPT is one of the world’s premier mid-major tours. It has grown to 30+ events throughout the country each year. These tournaments include both $1,100 Main Events and $360 Regional Events, as well as other side events as certain festival stops.

"The MSPT is a well-run event with a good price range. You're going to get a lot of local amateurs that want to take a shot at a big event when it comes to town," said 2004 WSOP Main Event champ Greg Raymer. "With the satellites, it's an event literally anyone who visits a poker room can afford to play. You get a great cross-section of players from the traveling pros to local pros. You also get a large number of recreational players who're there to take their shot and have some fun."

The MSPT offers $65 super satellites and $250 satellites at all stops, giving everyone a chance at big money. As the MSPT motto goes, they are “suited for players.”

When is the MSPT?

Each new season of the MSPT runs a calendar year. So, a new season kicks off every January and will end in December, usually at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park. The venue played host to the first-ever MSPT tournament, so it’s fitting that it’s become the traditional season-ending stop.

MSPT Main and Regional Events are either three or four-day affairs that run either Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Sunday. The goal is to allow players the opportunity at some great poker action over the weekend with the ability to get back to work come Monday morning.

PokerNews and the MSPT

Over the years, PokerNews and the MSPT have enjoyed a long relationship. Not only do we feature MSPT-specific content such as stop previews, player profiles, and winner recaps, we also provide live updates from each MSPT Main and Regional Event.

History of the MSPT

In Dec. 2009, the Minnesota State Poker Tour (MSPT) was launched at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. A year and a half later, the MSPT crossed the state border into Iowa, and before long expansion saw the tour rebranded as the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT), a series of affordable deepstack no-limit hold'em tournaments designed for "weekend warriors."

While the MSPT operates primarily in the Midwest, they’ve expanded to become a countrywide tour. Among the states in which the MSPT regularly operates are Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, South Dakota, Colorado, Nevada, and California, among others.

Among the long-time venues the MSPT has worked with are Canterbury Park, FireKeepers Casino, Potawatomi Casino, Grand Falls Casino, Bally’s Black Hawk, and The Venetian.

Interestingly, only one player has cashed each and every season of the MSPT – Dan “DQ” Hendrickson.

"DQ" Dan Hendrickson - 1st Place
Dan \"DQ\" Hendrickson

MSPT Hall of Fame

The MSPT Hall of Fame, established in 2017, is proud to recognize those individuals who have shown superior skill and achieved specific long-term accomplishments.

The criteria to earn a spot on the MSPT Hall of Fame is as follows:

  • Achieve a minimum of 25 MSPT Main Event Cashes and 1 MSPT Win OR 1 MSPT Player of the Year; or
  • Achieve a minimum of 10 MSPT Main Event Final Tables and 1 MSPT Win OR 1 MSPT Player of the Year

To see which players are close to achieving HOF status, refer to the comprehensive MSPT Stats page.

As of today, seven players are currently enshrined in the MSPT Hall of Fame – Kou Vang, Rich Alsup, Aaron Johnson, Mark Hodge, Patrick Steele, Jason Seitz, and Blake Bohn.

MSPT Hall of Fame
MSPT Hall of Fame

FAQs

Where does the MSPT take place?

The MSPT regularly operates are Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, South Dakota, Colorado, Nevada, and California, among others.

How can you follow the MSPT?

In addition to following live updates on PokerNews, the MSPT is very active on social media. They may even have the best SnapChat game in poker!

Who owns the MSPT?

[PLAYER="bryan-mileski"]Bryan Mileski[/PLAYER], who in 2017 was inducted into the Minnesota Poker Hall of Fame, is the founder and president of the MSPT.

Who is the greatest player in MSPT history?

There’s no easy answer. Dan “DQ” Hendrickson is the only player to cash every season of the MSPT, but when it comes to the MSPT Hall of Fame, there are seven members – Kou Vang, Rich Alsup, Aaron Johnson, Mark Hodge, Patrick Steele, Jason Seitz, and Blake Bohn.

What is the buy-in for a MSPT tournament?

The buy-in for most MSPT Main Events is $1,100 while the Regional Events are more moderately priced at $360. Buy-ins for other side event tournaments vary.

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