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MSPT heads back to Midwest for July

25 June 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- For the second time in Season 8, the MSPT is headed to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This time, the downtown venue will play host to a $350 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed MSPT Regional Event.

From 17 to 21 July, a series of satellites will feed into the Regional Event, which will begin running 10 June. The first of three flights will be held on Thursday, 18 July with Day 1A at 5 p.m. Day 1A will play 15 levels. Friday's and Saturday's Day 1B and 1C will start at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively and also play 15 levels. Players who advance to Day 2 from a previous flight are not eligible to play in a subsequent flight. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.

The MSPT has hosted five previous Regional Events at Potawatomi. The first was back in January 2016 when Oscar Arndt topped a field of 904 entries to win a $58,964 first-place prize. Six months later, it was Vinh Tran who conquered a then record field of 1,169 entries to win $49,944.

In January 2017, Craig Trost bested 1,228 entrants—at the time the largest tournament by attendance ever held in Wisconsin—to take home a $63,252 prize. However, the MSPT Regional in July 2017 saw 1,658 runners take to the felt, which created the largest poker tournament ever held in Wisconsin. That tournament ended in a chop between Matthew Vignali ($70,240) and Alexander Hill ($60,000).

Then in July 2018, that event attracted the exact same number of runners to tie the state record—1,658—and saw Eric Barnes of Kenosha, WI walk away with $70,151 after a three-way chop.

The latest MSPT Potawatomi Regional, the sixth held at the venue, will be the 32nd Regional Event since their inception at the beginning of 2015. The Regional Events are designed to offer players the opportunity to play MSPT’s lauded “Chainsaw-Approved” $1,100 Main Event structure at a more affordable price point.

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