The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) has spread far and wide since its inception just eight years ago. Initially based in Minnesota, the tour spread across the state line into Iowa in 2010, and since then has expanded almost coast-to-coast, with tournaments everywhere from Las Vegas to Florida.

One of the most interesting things about the MSPT is the variety of venues we visit. While many of our players look forward to the tour visiting their hometown or state, others enjoy the opportunity to travel and experience a different kind of casino somewhere new and interesting. On the MSPT, we try to offer as diverse a choice of venues, from tribal casinos in the Midwest, to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, to hometown racetrack venues that offer a huge range of games and entertainment.

Let’s take a look at some of our partner venues across America, starting with the place where it all began, Canterbury Park, located on the outskirts of Minneapolis. Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino is Minnesota’s only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility. There is also year-round wagering on simulcast horse racing and hosts a variety of other entertainment and special events at its facility.

In addition, Canterbury Park’s Card Casino hosts “unbanked” card games 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering both poker and table games. The card casino offers year-round tournaments, jackpots, table-side food and beverage service, and the friendliest staff in Minnesota.

Opened in 2000, the Canterbury Card Casino is an integral part of the success of the facility, attracting gaming enthusiasts to Shakopee year-round. Blackjack and other table games are offered with limits ranging from $5 to $300. There are 31 poker tables featuring Texas Hold’em, 7-Card Stud, and Omaha Hi-Lo Split with limits from $2/4 to $50/100. There also various bad beat jackpots.

If racing does not appeal to you, then you can always combine your poker playing with a round of golf at the Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort in Larchwood, Iowa, which includes an 18-hole course designed by leading course expert, Rees Jones.

Many tournaments on the MSPT take place at Native American casinos. This includes Iowa’s spectacular 67,000 sq. ft. Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, Michigan’s huge FireKeepers Casino Hotel (which has 70 tables, 2,900 slot machines, and is run by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi), and Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Hotel and Casino (which is run by the Forest County Potawatomi and attracts 6million visitors every year).

For a decidedly different poker experience that takes you back to the classic days of Mark Twain and the Mississippi riverboat poker games, take a trip to Indiana’s Tropicana Evansville, where a genuine riverboat casino can hold 2,700 passengers, playing at 40 tables and 1,000 slots.

Where better to finish our tour of the MSPT than in the casino capital of the world: Las Vegas. Here, the sophisticated Venetian hosts a poker room near its very own Rialto Bridge.

With such a wide range of venues, it’s no surprise that the MSPT attracts such a broad base of players, from veterans of the WSOP to enthusiastic amateur players who fancy a crack at the big time. With more than thirty events already on the tour every year, and more being added all the time, we can’t wait to see what exciting, original and unusual venues will be gracing our schedule in Season 9. Stay tuned!