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MSPT Season 8 includes inaugural Poker Bowl

5 January 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Season 8 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) kicks off this weekend at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It marks the first of over two dozen stops across the country, which includes several State Championships and the inaugural "Poker Bowl" in Las Vegas.

From 2-4 February 2017, the MSPT and The Venetian will join forces for the $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 guarantee "Poker Bowl," which coincides with the NFL's Super Bowl Weekend. There will be two starting flights — at noon local time on Thursday, 2 February and Friday, 3 February — and then return on Saturday, 4 February to play down to a winner. That means players are guaranteed to have Sunday free to watch this year's Super Bowl.

The Poker Bowl will mark the first time the MSPT has visited The Venetian outside of the summer months. In June 2016, the venue played host to the largest MSPT in history as 2,887 entrants took to the felt. Thomas Boivin emerged victorious in that event to win $352,153, the largest prize ever awarded on the MSPT. Other past winners of the MSPT Venetian include Angelina Rich, who defeated 1,964 runners in 2015 to win $215,815, and Drake Bronk, who topped a field of 854 entrants to win 2014's inaugural event for $163,870.

In addition, we can reveal that the MSPT will once again return to The Venetian in June for what could very well be another record-breaking summer event with exact dates to be determined.

"We are excited to partner with the MSPT for two events in 2017 starting 2-4 February with DeepStack Extravaganza I and then again in June during DeepStack Extravaganza III," said The Venetian poker room manager Tommy LaRosa. "These are sure to be can't miss events on the poker calendar with some of the largest fields and prize pools of the year."

For the full schedule, please visit the MSPT website.

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