2016: A Good Year for the Mid-States Poker Tour

When it comes to poker gaming, casinos across the United States offer ways to enjoy tournament gaming, cash gaming with poker variants and special events. From card rooms in California to casinos in New Jersey, poker players have options when it comes to enjoying the game. There are seasonal events that are quite popular such as the World Series of Poker which takes place in Las Vegas each summer or the Mid-States Poker Tour, which travels to select states to host various events. Today, we are going to look at the Mid-States Poker Tour and how 2016 was a great year, with several records broken as pros and amateurs took part in various events.

The first season of the Mid-States Poker Tour began in late 2009 and players found they could take part in affordable deepstack tournaments, rubbing elbows with pros as well as newbies to the game. In 2016, it marked the 7th season of the tour with several new records set along the way. One example is how Carl Carodenuto was able to win three events of the Mid-States Poker Tour started in December of 2015 and ending this last November.

With three wins, Carl was the first poker player to ever earn that number of titles in one twelve-month season. Just over $320,000 was earned by Carl in the process as he won two events during the MSPT Minnesota stop as well as one in Iowa.

Another record set during the 2016 Mid-States Poker Tour season was with the Michigan stop at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel. The stop saw a poker event take place with 884 players registering to compete which set the highest number of participants in a MSPT event in the history of the tour for events taking place in the state of Michigan. During this event, it was actually a recreational player who earned the first place finish as Brett Blackwood earned the title.

Go back to the summer months and June would see the biggest field ever for a poker tournament on the tour at the Venetian of Las Vegas, Nevada. Players were most likely in Las Vegas for the Mid-States Poker Tour as well as the World Series of Poker which helped the event numbers push up to 2,887 players competing. This number of entries created a prize pool of more than $2,800,000 with the first place winner, Thomas Boivin earning the win and just over $352,000 in prize money.

With so many events having been hosted over the years with the Mid-States Poker Tour, it is surprising to find that the record for longest heads up match was set this year. This record was created as Kou Vang and Andy Rubinberg competed in the Wisconsin State Poker Championship. Both men were not ready to give up the first place win and would go head to head for over four hours before a winner was named.

With 2016 coming to an end, and 2017 just begun, the 8th season of the tour will begin this weekend on the 6th of January. Players will be heading to Milwaukee to visit the Potawatomi Casino where the season will begin with the $350 Regional Event. The schedule will continue to stops in several states and players lining up to compete in various events.

It will be interesting to watch this year and see if any new records will be set as the Mid-States Poker Tour continues to be popular among professional poker players and amateurs who hope to earn a big win.