The Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel draws players from all over central Iowa. The PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour events held there draw from a wide player base in the area. Meskwaki was the first venue to offer a $300,000 guarantee for an MSPT event, and it has paid off with huge fields. This time will be no different.
The MSPT festivities kick off at Meskwaki on Saturday, March 30 and will run through Sunday, April 7. The $300,000 guaranteed $1,100 Main Event will begin on Friday, April 5
One of the great features of this MSPT stop is that Meskwaki has the ability to host tournaments, as well as cash games all in the spacious event center. There's no jaunt back-and-forth to the poker room - it's a one-stop shop.
The most common cash game in the room is $1/$2 no-limit hold'em, but the $5/$10 pot-limit Omaha game gets going every time the MSPT rolls in. At one point during a previous event, the casino nearly ran out of chips for the cash games because there were so many games.
Meskwaki has hosted three MSPT events to date, creating prize pools totaling $950,000 in 2012. Players from three states earned a win and an RF Moeller diamond championship bracelet at Meskwaki last season including Muneer Ahmed of Dassel, Minn., Dan Sun of Cedar Rapids and Mike Reynolds of Chicago, Ill. The three combined to earn $247,267.
"We are really grateful for the opportunity to work with Meskwaki.," said MSPT founder Bryan Mileski. Meskwaki's general manager is Dan Stromer who is an avid poker player and has played MSPT events in the past, as well as several other tournaments and tours across the nation, so he gets it. He shares the same vision as the MSPT on what we're trying to build."