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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

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Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT South Dakota Deadwood Shootout
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Minnesota

Finished Tournaments

Winner Winning Hand Prize Runner-up Losing Hand
2021 MSPT United States Poker Championship Sycuan Casino Matt Paten Matt Paten q ♥8 ♦ $94,782 Jonathan "Cosmo" McGowan 10 ♣5 ♣
MSPT Venetian $1,100 Main Event Cole Keenan Cole Keenan a ♦k ♣ $135,268 Michael Williams a ♠q ♦
MSPT Grand Falls $1,100 Main Event ($200K GTD) Nicholas Smith a ♣10 ♦ $110,633 Kenneth Johnson a ♥6 ♦
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship - - - - -
MSPT Black Hawk Bobby Garcia Bobby Garcia Tyler Potts
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Blackhawk Showdown Series - - - - -
MSPT Riverside $1,100 Main Event ($200K GTD) Timothy Gundrum Timothy Gundrum $170,769 Jim Erickson
Mid-States Poker Tour - MSPT Iowa - - - - -
MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD) Chance Kornuth 7 ♠7 ♥ $412,086 Peter Braglia 3 ♦
MSPT Venetian $1,100 Main Event ($1.5M GTD) Harlen Miller $367,801 Ryan Dodd
2021 MSPT South Dakota State Poker Championship Taylor Howard a ♦a ♠ $119,165 John Schroer 5 ♥4 ♦
2021 MSPT Showdown Series Alejandro Jauregui Alejandro Jauregui 6 ♣6 ♥ $140,665 Jesse Jones a ♦j ♠
DeepStack Championship Poker Series (MSPT, WPT, WPTDS) - - - - -
MSPT Riverside Casino Daniel Sepiol Daniel Sepiol k ♦q ♦ $162,781 Jason Crews a ♣10 ♠
MSPT Grand Falls $360 Regional Event Eric Atchison Eric Atchison 9 ♣9 ♦ $46,020 Daryl Oppelt k ♥8 ♠
MSPT Poker Bowl V at Venetian Las Vegas Johnny Oshana Johnny Oshana $176,142 Jordan Cristos
MSPT Grand Falls $1,100 Main Event (Jan. 2021) Chad Bjorkman: Chad Bjorkman: 10 ♣8 ♣ $101,450 Cory Nordstrand a ♣2 ♦
2021 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian James Carroll a ♣9 ♦ $180,850 William Chao a ♠6 ♠

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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