For the first time in Season 8, the MSPT is headed to Black Hawk, Colorado for both a $360 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Regional Event and $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed Main Event.
From March 23 through April 2, Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, which is about an hour west of Denver, will play host to a series of satellites as well as two headliner events. The first, the MSPT Golden Gates Regional, will feature three starting flights at Noon each day from Thursday, March 23 through Saturday, March 25. The surviving players from each flight will then combine for Day 2 on Sunday, March 26.
The last time the MSPT visited the property for a Regional Event was back in November when 838 entrants packed the poker room, which made it the tour’s largest-ever tournament at the property. “Money” Mike Maruna claimed the title and a $50,997 prize after a heads-up chop with Tom Bouziden. Maruna has already confirmed he’ll be back in March to attempt a title defense.
The upcoming stop will mark the fifth time the MSPT will host Regional Event at the stop. In April 2016, Stephen Zipprich topped a field of 835 entries in the Regional Event to capture a $29,331 first-place prize. In March 2015, Bruce Carter walk away with $45,883. Then eight months later, Bobby Sanoubane topped a field of 770 entrants to win $33,000 after a six-way deal.
The weekend after March’s Regional Event, the highly-anticipated Main Event will kick off. That event will feature three starting flights beginning with Day 1a at Noon local time on Thursday, March 30. Days 1b and 1c will then be held at the same time on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 respectively. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.
The last time the MSPT visited Golden Gates, Carl Carodenuto topped field of 490 entrants to in his record-breaking third title, not to mention a $114,072 first-place prize. Before that, in April 2016, 439 entrants turned out for the Main Event to more than double the guarantee. Josh Crain emerged victorious in that tournament to capture a $102,199 first-place prize. Before that, Phanora Prom topped a field of 510 entries in November 2015 to win the title and $123,180.
Others past winners of the MSPT Golden Gates include Kane Lai, who topped a field of 409 entries to win the March 2015 Main Event for $101,365; Reza Yazdi, who outlasted 499 other entrants to win the November 2014 Main Event for $120,765; and Dan Colpoys, who won $114,156 after emerging victorious over a 453-entry field in March 2014.
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