In Dec. 2009, the Minnesota State Poker Tour (MSPT) 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."
Now in our eighth season, the MSPT has grown to 30+ events a year in states across the country. Most stops stay true to our Midwestern roots, but the tour has proved so popular that we now hold $1,100 Main Events in such poker hotspots as Florida, Colorado, and Las Vegas, just to name a few. In addition, in Season 6 we introduced Regional Events, which offer players the chance to play our great structure at either a more affordable $350 or $360 buy-in.
From the deepstack structures to reasonable buy-ins and popular gaming destinations, the MSPT is designed to cater directly to POKER PLAYERS. As we like to say, the MSPT is “suited for players.” The low buy-ins offer a shot at large prize pools while utilizing a blind structure that allows for patient play and for skill to prevail. In fact, the MSPT Main Event structure was personally designed and approved by Allen "Chainsaw" Kessler, a leading authority on poker structures.
Among the big-name poker pros who’ve taken their shot at a MSPT title over the years are Matt Salsberg and Mukul Pahuja, who were the World Poker Tour Seasons 11 and 12 Player of the Year respectively; European Poker Tour champ Martin Finger; 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Poker champ Poorya Nazari, who earned $3 million for that win; World Series of Poker bracelet winners Jeremy Ausmus, Dan Heimiller, and Keven Stammen; and even foreigners Serio Aido, Erwan Pecheux, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Ludovic Geilich.
We’ve also had the privilege of hosting WSOP Main Event champs Carlos Mortensen (2001), Greg Raymer (2004), Jamie Gold (2006), Jerry Yang (2008), Joe Cada (2009), and Ryan Riess, as well as 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event champ Annette Obrestad.
"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 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, which offers $65 super satellites and $250 qualifiers at all stops, serves players of all skill levels proudly and adds new levels of intrigue and prestige to poker in the Midwest — one of the most underrated poker hotbeds in the country. Midwest poker players truly have a poker tour to call their own.
In addition, MSPT Main Events are live reported on msptpoker.com, which allows fans to follow the action as it happens. Furthermore, final tables from most events are broadcast worldwide on RFID technology - allowing family and friends to watch the action LIVE with the ability to see all players' hole cards.
For inquiries about tour sponsorship opportunities, tournament structures, locations, etc. contact MSPT Media Director Chad Holloway at Chad@msptpoker.com.
MSPT Founder & President Bryan Mileski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org