For the second time in Season 8, the MSPT is headed to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This time, the downtown venue will play host to a $350 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed MSPT Regional Event.
From July 17-21, a series of satellites will feed into the Regional Event, which will begin running June 10.
The first of three flights will be held on Thursday, July 18 with Day 1A at 5 p.m. Day 1A will play 15 levels. Friday's and Saturday's Day 1B and 1C will start at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively and also play 15 levels. Players who advance to Day 2 from a previous flight are not eligible to play in a subsequent flight. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.
The MSPT has hosted five previous Regional Events at Potawatomi. The first was back in January 2016 when Oscar Arndt topped a field of 904 entries to win a $58,964 first-place prize. Six months later, it was Vinh Tran who conquered a then record field of 1,169 entries to win $49,944.
In January 2017, Craig Trost bested 1,228 entrants – at the time the largest tournament by attendance ever held in Wisconsin – to take home a $63,252 prize. However, the MSPT Regional in July 2017 saw 1,658 runners take to the felt, which created the largest poker tournament ever held in Wisconsin. That tournament ended in a chop between Matthew Vignali ($70,240) and Alexander Hill ($60,000). Then in July 2018, that event attracted the exact same number of runners to tie the state record – 1,658 – and saw Eric Barnes of Kenosha, WI walk away with $70,151 after a 3-way chop.
The latest MSPT Potawatomi Regional, the sixth held at the venue, will be the 32nd Regional Event since their inception at the beginning of 2015. The Regional Events are designed to offer players the opportunity to play MSPT’s lauded “Chainsaw-Approved” $1,100 Main Event structure at a more affordable price point.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino features six award-winning restaurants, the intimate 500-seat Northern Lights Theater and more than 60,000 sq. feet of event space. A 381-room, 19-story hotel opened in August 2014.
It has come a long way since its opening in 1991 when the Forest County Potawatomi first opened as a 45,800-square foot bingo hall, making it the first tribal off-reservation gaming operation in the country.
Aside from gaming, Potawatomi offers seven great dining options to choose from including beautiful Italian cooking at Bella Italiana, down-home cooking at Canal Street Café, and authentic Asian cuisine and sushi bar at Ruyi.
For more information on this event, visit msptpoker.com.