Season 8 of the MSPT has been one of records. We’ve set state records in Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota, and Michigan. Concerning the Wolverine State, we drew 1,066 entries to FireKeepers Casino back in May, which made it the largest MSPT event ever held in the Midwest.

Well buckle your seatbelts because we’re looking to break our own record this October with the 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship.

A series of $65 and $250 qualifiers will take place in the weeks leading up to the $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 guarantee Main Event, which will run October 12-15.

Click here for a full look at the MSPT FireKeepers schedule.

The Main Event, which requires players be 21 years of age to participate, will feature three starting flights beginning with Day 1A at Noon on Thursday, October 12. Days 1B and 1C will then be held at Noon local time on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 respectively. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.

The Main Event final table will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide on using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards. In addition, the entirety of the Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT's live blog.

Last May, Mike Shanahan prevailed to win $216,829, however that wasn’t the Michigan State Poker Championship, which is only held in October. Instead, Brett Blackwood of Ypsilanti is the reigning champ after topping a field of 884 entries to win the 2016 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship for $188,314.

Other winners of the prestigious title include Michael Ferraroti (2015 for $134,642), Ryan Dykhouse (2014 for $124,500), and Jordan Townsend (2013 for $76,975). Some players to win other MSPT FireKeepers titles are Harry Tisdale (May 2015 for $142,637), Jason Zarlenga (May 2014 for $101,482), and Thomas Midena (March 2013 for $73,456).

There’s also poker pro Aaron Massey, who in Season 7 took home $174,658 for his FireKeepers win. Amazingly, he followed that up by final tabling last year’s Michigan State Poker Championship (he finished seventh for $23,882) and then returned in May of this year to attempt a title defense. He fell one spot short finishing runner-up for $131,646. Massey has already said he’ll be there come October looking to make an unprecedented four final tables in a row.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel opened in August of 2009. The venue features an 111,700-sqare foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, multiple restaurants and lounges, a live poker room and bingo room.

According to their website, FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104, has been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, plus earned nine first-place awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2015 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort.

FireKeepers was also selected one of the Best Casinos to Work for by Casino Player Magazine. Their signature restaurant, Nibi, is a multiple recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship a Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event.

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