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The start of 2020 brings the beginning of another year of poker tours, one of the most popular of which is the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT). While many other tours focus on California and Nevada, Florida and New Jersey, the MSPT brings reasonable buy-in tournaments to the middle of America.
When the MSPT began in 2009, it was the Minnesota State Poker Tour, a much more local series. But the tour quickly expanded into Iowa and other nearby states, as players were clamoring for deepstacked tournaments with mid-level buy-ins at their local casinos and cardrooms. The tour did just that and offered low-level buy-in satellites, solid structures, and guaranteed prize pools.
The MSPT happily expanded to meet the needs of all players but mostly the “weekend warriors,” those who played poker on a recreational basis. With most events scheduled around weekends, more players could get involved.
Season 10 just wrapped in December 2019. Anthony Dunne won the season finale tournament at Canterbury Park for $155,288. Mike Shin of Wisconsin was the Player of the Year and won a $10K buy-in to the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas for 2020.
After a dozen cashes totaling $441,753 and one win, @mike4444s was crowned the @msptpoker Season 10 Player of the Year.https://t.co/3ctrbD7Nv9pic.twitter.com/NTtD3n3XH7
— Chad Holloway (@ChadAHolloway) December 24, 2019
To date and through Season 10, the MSPT has awarded $101,352,563 in prize money in its history. And on that milestone-setting note, Season 11 is ready to get underway.
— MSPT (@msptpoker) December 10, 2019
Season 11 Regional Events
Many of the tournaments to not yet have a full schedule attached, but they all offer $350 or $360 buy-in Main Events with varying guarantees. This is the schedule as listed thus far:
January 15-19: Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado ($150K GTD)
March 4-8: Grand Falls Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota ($50K GTD)
July 15-19: Tropicana Evansville in Evansville, Indiana ($100K GTD)
August 5-9: Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($100K GTD)
November 19-22: Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado ($150K GTD)
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MSPT Regional @gates_poker
Jan. 15-19, 2020
$150K GTD / $360 buy-in
View Full Schedule: https://t.co/qxFZ0XVkUipic.twitter.com/SKPVpxUUea
— MSPT (@msptpoker) December 30, 2019
Season 11 Main Events
There are many more of the Main Event stops on the calendar already. All of them will offer a series of satellites and then a $1,100 buy-in Main Event. Prize pool guarantees will vary depending upon location and anticipated fields.
January 16-19: Jack Cleveland Casino in Cleveland, Ohio ($300K GTD)
January 29-February 1: The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada ($1M GTD)
February 21-23: Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($300K GTD)
March 20-22: Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa ($300K GTD)
April 3-5: Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana ($200K GTD)
April 13-19: Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado ($200K GTD)
April 24-26: Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($300K GTD)
May 1-3: Silverado-Franklin in Deadwood, South Dakota ($100K GTD)
May 14-17: Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan ($1M GTD)
June (dates to be announced): The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada
July 24-26: Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa ($300K GTD)
August 14-16: Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana ($200K GTD)
August 28-30: Grand Falls Casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota ($150K GTD)
September (dates to be announced): The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada
September 10-13: Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($300K GTD)
October 8-11: Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan ($1M GTD)
October 23-25: Silverado-Franklin in Deadwood, South Dakota ($100K GTD)
November 6-8: Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa ($300K GTD)
November 19-22: Golden Gates Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado ($200K GTD)
December 10-13: Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota ($500K GTD)
MSPT @JACKClePKR – Cleveland, OH
January 16-19, 2020
First Main Event of Season 11!
View Full Event Schedule: https://t.co/m6Zdet6aAppic.twitter.com/fwpKk41mA7
— MSPT (@msptpoker) December 26, 2019
The two Las Vegas events that have yet to be finalized will be announced in the coming months. In addition, there are likely to be more events added to the overall schedule.
How to Follow Along
The MSPT website is the best place to get the details on any stop in Season 11. Each event will post the full event schedule for each stop, including satellite opportunities, as the event nears.
When the tournaments play out, PokerNews will be there to do live reporting from the events. All of those live reports and recaps can be found from the MSPT Live Reporting section of the website.
Adam Friedman is making a habit of finding repeat success in the same poker tournaments. At the 2019 World Series of Poker he successfully defended his title in the $10,000 dealer’s choice event, backing up his win from 2018 to earn his third career gold bracelet. Friedman also had a streak of wins at the Midwest Regional Poker Championships winning the main event in 2006, taking a year off in 2007, and then returning to win the event in 2008 and 2009.
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Recently the Gahanna, Ohio native managed another impressive feat in an event which he had prior success: Friedman emerged victorious in the Mid-States Poker Tour JACK Cleveland $1,110 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event after having finished third in the two prior MSPT main events held at the same casino in January of 2019 and January of 2018.
For the win Friedman was awarded $121,405 and his 12th career live tournament title. Friedman also earned 840 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his fourth final table finish of 2019, and it was enough to see him climb into 43rd place in the POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker. Friedman took to Twitter after the celebrate the win:
I tried to get 3rd place again for the 3peat, I couldn’t pull off the feat.
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— Ada Friedan (@AdamFriedman119) August 5, 2019
Friedman entered the unofficial final table of ten with the chip lead, which he furthered by knockout out Justin Mihalek in 10th place ($8,672). Spencer Wright was able to overtake the lead heading into six-handed play.
Friedman regained the advantage by taking out Matthew McKenzie in fifth place. Friedman’s AQ held against McKenzie’s A9 to send him to the rail with $30,640.
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Friedman’s run continued, as he picked up JJ against the AJ shove of Daniel Swartz. Neither player improved and Swartz was eliminated in fourth place ($40,468).
The very next hand saw Friedman get dealt another pocket pair. Agostino Ragozzino got all-in holding A5, only to have Friedman call his shove with 99. Ragozzino flopped a five, but couldn’t improve any further. Friedman’s nines were enough to secure the pot, knocking Ragozzino out in third place ($54,343).
Friedman took just over a 3.5-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play with Spencer Wright. It didn’t take long for the final hand of the tournament to arise. With a flop of J84 Friedman-check raised all-in over Wright’s bet of 400,000. Wright quickly called with the AA. Friedman had plenty of outs with his Q2 for a flush draw with some backdoor straight possibilities. The 6 on the turn kept Wright in the lead, but the J on the river gave Friedman the winning flush.
With that Wright was eliminated in second place, earning $74,585 for his deep run in this event.
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Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:
Photos via MSPT live updates page.