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Meskwaki Casino to host 100th MSPT Main Event

9 March 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Since its inception in 2009, the MSPT has awarded millions of dollars to players across the country. At the end of this month, we will host our historic 100th $1,100 buy-in Main Event, which will take place at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel in Tama, Iowa.

From 18-26 March, the venue, which requires players be just 18 years old to play, will host a series of satellites, bonus events, and a capstone $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 guaranteed Main Event the weekend of 24-26 March.

"When the MSPT launched in 2009 as the Minnesota State Poker Tour, I never imagined we'd have grown to host 100 events in more than a dozen states," said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. "In 2012, the tour crossed the state border and re-branded. That was thanks to Meskwaki Casino, who welcomed us in with open arms. Ever since, it's proven one of the most popular stops on our schedule, and I'm extremely excited that Meskwaki will host our historic 100th event."

The MSPT has visited Meskwaki, which won "Best of Iowa" in Casino Player's 2016 Best of Gaming awards, 15 times over the years (three times each season). In last year's March event, 34-year-old Keith Heine topped a field of 409 entries back in March to capture a $100,981 first-place prize.

In July, John Sun topped a field of 451 entries to win the 2nd Annual Iowa State Poker Championship for $104,627, while his good friend, Ken Komberec bested 405 entrants to win the November event for $93,922.

Other past winners of the MSPT Meskwaki include Rich Alsup (November 2015 for $101,229), MSPT Pro Blake Bohn (July 2015 for $101,229), and Chad Willett (March 2015 for $96,760 prize, just to name a few.

The stop will hold its Main Event from Friday, 24 March through Sunday, 26 March. Day 1A will kick off Friday evening at 4 p.m. with the plan of playing 14 levels. Day 1B will then take place at the same time on Saturday. Players who advance from Main Event Flight 1A to Day 2 are not eligible to play in Flight 1B. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday morning 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 the MSPT website 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 live blog, which can be found on the website once the tournament begins. Simply look for the neon green button that reads "Live Updates."

Meskwaki has set aside a block of rooms for MSPT players at sensational rates. This block of rooms always sells out well in advance; be sure to book to make sure you get in.

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