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MSPT FireKeepers kicks off

17 May 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The MSPT is back at FireKeepers Casino Hotel and it looks like a seven-figure prize pool will be up for grabs for the third time in a row.

A series of $65 and $250 qualifiers were held in the weeks leading up to the $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 guarantee Main Event, which will feature three starting flights beginning with Day 1A at Noon on Thursday, 17 May.

Days 1B and 1C will then be held at Noon local time on Friday, 18 May and Saturday, 19 May respectively. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday, 20 May at 11 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.

The Main Event final table will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide online 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.

In May 2017, Mike Shanahan topped a field of 1,066 entries – which set the record for largest poker tournament ever held in Michigan – for $216,829. Then, in October, the 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship set a new record with 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 including 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).

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.

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