The fifth season of the Mid States Poker Tour (MSPT) was a roaring success. It stopped at 21 venues, had 7,896 participates, and created several state-level records.
Players such as Mark Sandness, Dan Colpoys, Jason Zarlenga, Nick Jivkov, and Blake Bohn won titles. The latest player to win a title was Peixin Liu, who defeated a field of 432 players to win the grand finale of the fifth season held at Canterbury Park. Liu collected a first-place prize of $106,483 for the same.
The MSPT Season Five Player of the Year was determined at Canterbury Park. Last year, it was Pat Steele of Michigan who won that title, and this year, it was Mike Deis, also from Michigan, who was awarded the title of Player of the Year.
Deis was brought up at Chelsea in Michigan. He went to Chelsea High School, after which he headed over to Michigan State University. As a college student, Deis began taking part in charity poker tournaments although he had learned poker much earlier. His family members, including his fiancée, encouraged him. Today, Deis plays poker while handling a job at the American Transport Group. He said: “My boss Harold Gross is very flexible with time off for poker, understands the major upside to poker.”
In March, Deis reached the MSPT Majestic Star final table, finished sixth, and collected a prize of $11,725. This happened to be the first time he finished in the cash at an MSPT event. Two weeks later, he reached another MSPT final table, finished fifth, and collected a bigger prize of $18,404.
In May, he won $58,589 as he finished as the runner-up in the MSPT FireKeepers Casino. He finished 26th at the MSPT Majestic Star and 17th at the MSPT Potawatomi Casino.
PokerNews.com interviewed Deis recently to find out what he felt about topping the MSPT leader board and he said that it “feels great.” He also said: “Last year, I watched Pat Steele and Tommy Midena tear it up. I told myself I was going to hit the MSPT scene hard and it paid off.”
When asked about his proudest MSPT accomplishment of this season, he said that he considers becoming the runner-up in his home state as his best MSPT accomplishment. He also feels proud about finishing at several MSPT final tables.
Regarding his plans for the future, he said that he will take part in the sixth season of the MSPT too.