Ante Up In Iowa Again: MSPT Returns To Riverside This Week

Written By Duncan Smith on March 14, 2022
MSPT in Riverside

The 2022 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) spring schedule continues with another big series stop and main event at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort in Riverside, near Iowa City.

Starting on March 17 and running through March 20 with three starting flights, the MSPT will host a $500,000 main event with a $1,100 entry fee.

Satellites available for $500,000 main event at Riverside Casino

Satellites to the main event have been running two days a week since Feb. 24, on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. These satellites will run daily from March 15-19.

March 19 is the third day of the event’s three “Day One” starting flights. The main event schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1 —
    • A — 3 p.m. Thursday, March 17
    • B — 3 p.m. Friday, March 18
    • C — 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19
  • Day 2 — 11 a.m. Sunday, March 20

How the MSPT main event at Riverside Casino works

The main event features a familiar structure for MSPT regulars. Players will start with 25,000 chips and level 1 kicks things off at 100/100/100. There will be a big blind ante in effect for the duration of the event.

Levels will be 40 minutes in duration and late registration will close at the start of level 13. Day 1 will end at the end of level 15, or when 12 percent of the field remains.

This is a re-entry event, and players who bag at the end of a flight are not allowed to play a future flight unless they forfeit their stack.

For players who would rather satellite into the main event than pay the full $1,100 entry fee, two different satellite steps are available.

The first is a $70 mega satellite, where 1 in 5 players will advance to step two, which is a $265 satellite. The $265 will send 1 in 5 players directly to the main event.

The main event won’t be the only show in town at Riverside Casino, mind you. In addition, the MSPT will host a $135 Thousandaire event at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Look for a $360 Last Chance Showdown at 12 p.m. Sunday, March 20 as well.

All of these events will be re-entries.

The sky is the limit for MSPT Iowa’s prize pool once again

The 2021 edition of the MSPT main event at Riverside Casino & Golf Course came during a troubled time with regards to the ongoing pandemic. Yet, the prize pool boomed nonetheless. The event was only a $200,000 guarantee, but thanks to 862 entries and re-entries, the prize pool was a staggering $834,672.

First place went to Bloomington, Indiana’s Daniel Sepiol, and he took home $162,781 for his time and trouble. The combined payouts for the top four places alone nearly doubled the event’s $200,000 guarantee.

This bump from a guaranteed $200,000 all the way up to $500,000 shows the MSPT’s recognition that this tour stop has massive prize pool potential. It shouldn’t come as any surprise if the turnout blows away the guarantee once again at Riverside Casino as mid-March rolls around.

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