The MSPT is headed back to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the first time in Season 9. From March 31 through April 8, the venue will play host to a series of satellites that will culminate in a $1,100 buy-in Main Event that will feature a $300K GTD.
“Milwaukee is always one of the biggest and most competitive stops on the MSPT schedule,” said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. “Players come from across the Midwest, including Minnesota and the Chicagoland area, not only for the great poker action but because the city has tons to offer. From the nightlife to the Harley Davidson Museum just down the street from the casino, there’s so much to do.”
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The Main Event will take place the weekend of April 6-8. There will be two starting flights beginning with Day 1A on Friday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. Day 1B will take place at the same time on Saturday, April 7. Players are allowed a single re-entry per flight. The surviving players from both flights will return at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 8 to play down to a winner.
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.
The MSPT visited Potawatomi back in November for the 2017 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Championship, which drew 701 entries to become the largest major poker tournament ($1,000+ buy-in) in Wisconsin history. Rich Bai, who had previously made three MSPT Potawatomi final tables, finally broke through with a win for a career-high $139,086.
With 1,658 entries, last July’s MSPT $350 Regional Event proved to be the biggest ever held in Wisconsin. Local attorney Matthew Vignali won that tournament for $70,240 after a heads-up deal with Alexander Hill.
This will mark the first time the MSPT has visited Potawatomi under new poker room manager Ken Lambert, former Regional Director of Operations at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and for the Heartland Poker Tour. Lambert, an industry veteran, took over from interim manager John Doyen, who spearheaded the room for a year after the departure of former manager Jeff Gemini.
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. For those in town, Potawatomi is offering a slew of free entertainment while the MSPT is on site. If you’re not busy playing poker, you can catch Kirk Tatnall perform at Bar 360 on Thursday, April 5 at 8 p.m. Likewise, on Friday, April 6, The WhiskeyBelles will put on a show at the Fire Pit’s Side Bar at 8:30 p.m., while Xeno & Joe will offer their rockin’ orchestral sounds and blistering solos at Bar 360 at 9 p.m.
Potawatomi has come a long way since its opening in 1991 when the Forest County Potawatomi first launched 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.
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