The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) may currently be hosting a $1,100 Main Event at the Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa but in less than one week the next Main Event of Season 5 will kick off at Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana - there’s no waiting around in the MSPT!
Majestic Star and the MSPT launched qualifiers for the tournament, which will feature a $200,000 guarantee, on the weekend that will continue throughout the week.
The series began with a MSPT Main Event $250 qualifier on Saturday. Similar qualifiers will be held on Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:00 PM local time, with a special midday qualifier also to be held on Thursday. Finally, two last-chance $250 qualifiers will be held on Friday and Saturday at 9:30 AM. There will also be $65 Multi-Table Super Satellites, which will see 20% of the field advance to the $250 qualifiers, held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We have been putting the word out about the MSPT since we signed on with them and have been receiving good feedback on Majestic Star hosting this event,” Majestic Star poker room manager Darrell Sangster previously told PokerNews. “We have had many calls about the event. So there has been a general buzz about this MSPT event.”
Majestic Star Bonus Events are also scheduled throughout the week, including:
- $80 No-Limit Hold’em at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30
- $55 No-Limit Hold’em at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 3
- $60 No-Limit Hold’em at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 3
The MSPT is no stranger to the Majestic Star casino, having already stopped there in its fifth season. Back in March, Ken Baime of Glenview, Illinois topped a field of 301 players to win the $77,681 first-place prize.
“Bryan Mileski and the MSPT staff are great. They were always present and very accessible. They take their job very seriously and run a great tournament and were constantly hustling all over the place,” Baime told PokerNews. “I also really like the players in this tournament. One of the goals of the MSPT is to be accessible to recreational players and players with jobs. So, while the tournament had its share of pros and semi-pros, there were also a number of people with jobs. So, even though it was an $1,100 buy-in tournament, the general vibe was very relaxed and fun.”
The Main Event will be held over three days, kicking off at Majestic Star casino on Friday at 4 PM with Day 1a. This first day will contain 14 levels for players to get through. Saturday’s Day 1b will also begin at 4 PM and play the same number of levels. The remaining players from each two flights will combine on Sunday morning at 10 AM to play for the championship.
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Jason Sell took home the top prize as the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour (MSPT) Season 5 Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin came to a close on Sunday night.
Sell managed to beat a record field of 393 players to win the title and $97,539 first-place prize. Sell began the day with just 14 big blinds, but managed to score his victory over 2012 World Series of Poker National Championship runner-up Nik Stone, who he beat in heads-up play.
Final Table Results
Sell started his play with a great start, getting lucky with a queen-nine against ace-king to double straight out of the gates, and it was mostly smooth sailing from then until the final table.
But while Sell found success, many other notables struggled. Kou Vang was denied his fourth consecutive MSPT final table, while Day 1a chip leader Aaron Johnson, Day 2 leader Chris Burmeister, and the experienced David Gutfruend all hit the rails, unable to make it to the final table.
Being a WSOP bracelet winner did little to help Nick Jivkov win this battle. He was the first to fall, alongside Jason Seefeld, when Jivkov pushed all in under the gun and Ryan Jefferson shipped over the top from the cutoff. Seefeld pushed his 300,000-chip stack all in and the blinds were out of the way. The three-way battle saw Jefferson walk away victorious with his double aces. Despite being ousted at the same time, Jivkov placed higher than Seefeld since he had more chips at the beginning of the hand.
This wouldn’t be the last three-way all in of the match, in fact two more would follow. DJ Buckley busted a short time after Jivkov and Seefeld in the second three-way all in, while the third three-way resulted in the eliminations of Jun Kim and Travis Lauson in sixth and seventh place, respectively. All five players eliminated thus far were, amazingly, from three-way all ins.
Mike Deis exited in fifth place when his King and Jack was outdrawn by Sell’s King and 10. He managed one place higher than his performance in the MSPT Majestic Star just a few weeks prior.
Fourth-place Taylor Tollefson ran smack into Sell’s rockets, leaving just three players. They were locked in a two hour battle of three-handed play that saw several huge swings, including seven doubles by the short stack in all-in pots.
The eighth was upon them when Stone opened to 250,000 and Jefferson called. But Sell put everyone all in from the big blind, and Stone folded while Jefferson snap-called. That was his fatal move, after which Sell dealt him a heart-breaking third-place exit and over $35,000 in prize money.
Play came to an end after a short heads-up match between Sell and Stone. In the last hand, Sell put the much-shorter-stacked Stone all in and managed to make a flopped pair of fives hold up. Stone took home $53,370 for his runner-up finish, while Sell became champion and captured the $97,539 first-place prize.
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