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2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino October 6-14


The MSPT is returning to FireKeepers Casino October 6-14 for the 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship. The stop, which requires players be 21 or older to play, is looking to generate a seven-figure prize pool for the fourth time in a row.

A series of $65 and $250 satellites will take place in the weeks leading up to the $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 guarantee Main Event, which runs October 11-14.

The Main Event will feature three starting flights – all with a noon start time - beginning with Day 1A on Thursday, October 11. Days 1B and 1C will then be on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 respectively. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday, October 14 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 msptpoker.com 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 October, the 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship drew a then-record 1,067 entries. That tournament was won by Chris Meyers, who not only won $191,196 but went on to claim the Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year title.

Other past MSPT Michigan State Poker champions include Brett Blackwood (2016 for $188,314), Michael Ferraroti (2015 for $134,642), Ryan Dykhouse (2014 for $124,500), and Jordan Townsend (2013 for $76,975).

Most recently, the MSPT was at FireKeepers back in May, and that Main Event set the record for largest ever poker tournament in Michigan history with 1,287 entries! Mark Brazis won that event for $221,323.

Some other players to win 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).

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

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is 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 as 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.

Visit msptpoker.com for more information and hotel rates.