Mid-States Poker Tour Enjoys a Record-Breaking 2016January 2, 2017 12:47 pm
The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) launched in December 2009, with its affordable deepstack tournaments proving a huge success amongst both recreational and professional players alike. With its seventh season now complete, here is a look back of some of the highlights from 2016 MSPT, a year which saw a number of new tour records set.
One such record was achieved by Carl Carodenuto, who won three MSPT events between December 2015 and November 2016, in the process becoming the first player to claim three-titles over a 12 month period. Carodenuto also added $320,980 to his bankroll from his successes, which included taking down two $1,100 MSPT Minnesota events for $116,103 and $90,805; and the $1,100 MSPT Iowa for $114,072.
In June, the MSPT also achieved its largest ever field when 2,887 players entered the MSPT Venetian in Las Vegas to create a prize pool worth $2,829,260. As a result, Belgium player Thomas Boivin also set the record for receiving the biggest prize awarded at a MSPT tournament of $352,153.
In the meantime, 2016 saw the MSPT hold Michigan’s biggest ever poker tournament after 884 players showed up at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel. The event was eventually won by Brett Blackwood, a recreational player who prior to his victory worth $188,314 had just $744 in tournament cashes to his name.
One final record was set at the Wisconsin State Poker Championship, after Andy Rubinberg and Kou Vang battled it out for more than four hours to set a record for the longest heads-up match in MSPT history.
Looking forward to the year ahead, Season 8 of the MSPT gets underway on January 6th at the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a $350 Regional Event kicking off the action. Over the years, a number of notable pros have suported the MSPT, including the 2004 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, who praising the tour explained:
“With the satellites, it’s an event literally anyone who visits a poker room can afford to play. You get a great cross section of players from the traveling pros to local pros. You also get a large number of recreational players who’re there to take their shot and have some fun.”