Mid-States Poker Tour Rounds Out March with Two Stops

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) is a popular series that has been steadily gaining ground in 2021. Several tournament events were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so players were excited to see the tour start up again this year. As March comes to an end, the tour will head to Grand Falls Casino near the South Dakota border as well as Riverside Casino in Iowa. There will be plenty of options for poker action at both tour stops.

Grand Falls Casino Details

The first tour stop is in Larchwood, at the Grand Falls Casino. From March 17 to the 21, players can compete in the Regional Event. This event has a $360 buy-in and features a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. This is a major event and actually the 37th one to take place on the tour.

Players must be 21 years old to compete and there are plenty of satellite options to earn a seat. The Main Event has three starting flights, so players who buy-in directly can get in on the action early or later. There is also side event action on the schedule including a Turbo Deepstack, Seniors Championship for players 50 years of age or older, along with the MSPT Tag Team Championship.

The last time the MSPT was at the Grand Falls Casino was in March of last year, just before the pandemic changed the poker industry.

Riverside Casino Details

From March 26-28s can head to the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort to take part in poker tournament gaming. The series has a direct buy-in of $1,110 to the Main Event and features a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000.

This event will only have two starting flights, so players need to be ready to compete. The first two days will feature the starting flights while March 28 is dedicated to the final round and will see the event play down to the winner.

Anyone interested in earning a spot in the competition for a lower price point can compete in satellites. The first is a low $65 buy-in option as well as a $250 satellite. Once in the Main Event, players are given 25,000 in starting chips. Blinds will increase every 40 minutes.

It will be interesting to see how well received the tour is at the Riverside Casino. It is a sister venue to Grand Falls, so the atmosphere will be ripe for poker gaming.

In April, the tour will then head to the Sycuan Casino Resort in San Diego, California. The stop features the Showdown Series and will offer a $300,000 guaranteed prize pool. Take part in this stop from April 29 to May 9.

Next up, the tour heads to the Silverado-Franklin in Deadwood, South Dakota. The event on the schedule is the South Dakota State Championship which features a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. This event runs from May 14-16. In the summer, stops carry on to Las Vegas and then head back to Riverside for even more exciting poker action!

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Conor Stack
Conor is one of our main writers on USGS focusing on a wide range of industry coverage across sports, casino and poker.