Season 9 of the MSPT kicked off at Tropicana Evansville in southern Indiana with a $350 Regional Event back in January, and now we’re headed there again from August 11-19. However, this time it’ll be for the $1,100 buy-in, $250,000 GTD 2018 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship.
For nearly 22 years, Tropicana Evansville operated as Indiana’s first riverboat casino, and now they’ve become the first to transition to a land-based casino with their new 75,000 square-foot facility.
“Tropicana Evansville has totally transformed,” MSPT President Bryan Mileski boasted. “Gone if the antiquated riverboat and in its place one of the nicest venues in all the Midwest has sprung up. We couldn’t have chosen a nice place for this year’s Indiana State Poker Championship.”
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The 2018 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship will kick off with Day 1A at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 17 with the plan of playing 16 levels. Day 1B will then take place at the same time on Saturday, August 18. Players who advance from Main Event Flight 1A to Day 2 are not eligible to play in Flight 1B without forfeiting their chips. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.
The 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 entire Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT live blog.
It’ll mark the fifth time a Main Event has been held at Tropicana Evansville, albeit the first in the new land-based facility. In August 2017, the 2017 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship drew 320 entries and saw Satish Thakur claim the title and $71,047 top prize.
In 2016, Earl Potter bested a 340-entry field to win the 2016 MSPT Indiana State Poker Championship for $82,450. Other winners of the MSPT Tropicana Evansville include Michael O’Neill (August 2015 for $67,746) and Charlie Dawson (August 2014 for $60,527).
Tropicana Evansville is a multi-million-dollar entertainment complex located on the scenic banks of the Ohio River in southwestern Indiana. The single-level 24-hour casino, which opened on October 20, 2017, encompasses 45,000 square feet of gaming space featuring 1,175 slot games, 33 table games, a dedicated Poker Room and a High Limit Room.
Accommodations include a 243-room hotel tower and a 95-room boutique hotel. The property showcases an ultramodern entertainment lounge, five dining options, five bars, gift shop, conference center, riverfront pavilion and a 1,660-vehicle attached parking garage.
For more information, visit tropevansville.com. Stay tuned to msptpoker.com for upcoming hotel rates.