The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) will stop at the Golden Gates Casino in Blackhawk, Colorado this weekend. This is the first time that the MSPT has come to the Golden Gates Casino and Tony Niehaus, the poker room manager at Golden Gates is expecting a good turnout.
Last week, the MSPT was at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana where it paid out $77,681 to Ken Baime after he beat a playing field of over 300 players. The tournament at the Golden Gates Casino will run for a period of 3 days and have a $200,000 guarantee for the main event.
The Golden Gates casino has played host to a number of events including the Heartland Poker Tour but this will be the first time that it hosts the MSPT. Bryan Mileski who is the MSPT owner and operator was happy to add a new stop to his tour. He said
We’re very excited for the MSPT to visit Colorado for the very first time. The venue is among the most scenic we’ve ever visited, and the excitement for a brand new stop seems to be at an all-time high. The MSPT is definitely going to make its mark on Blackhawk.
Most poker tour events last for just two days but the tournament at the Golden Gate casino is scheduled for three days. This is because the Casino has only 17 poker tables and needs the extra day to accommodate the huge turnout of players that they expect. The casino is situated in an extremely scenic location and also has a new look as it went through a renovation in 2013. The poker rooms at the Golden Gate are now extremely comfortable and are equipped with flat screen TV’s, high speed wireless internet, new chairs and carpets.
The Golden Gates is well prepared to host the MSPT. Niehaus who is in charge of organizing the tournament was confident that his staff would be able to run a successful event. Niehaus said
We have a long track record of running big tournaments that are similar to the MSPT and very successful, so our staff should be more than prepared for yet another one coming into town. We have been making it a point to strongly promote the MSPT coming to the Golden Gates through social media, paperwork in the poker room, schedules and structures throughout the casino, and dealer buttons on the tables for a few months now. We believe good news travels fast and it shouldn’t take long for this thing to catch on big time around here