The Mid-Stakes Poker Tour (MSPT) will stop at Colorado this week, after which it will head over to the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, a riverboat casino located at Baton Rouge in Louisiana.
The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino will host the Main Event, a poker tournament with a guaranteed prize of $100,000 and a buy-in of $1,100, from November 21 to November 23. The MSPT is returning to Louisiana for the second time. Last time, the Main Event had a field of 118 players who generated a prize pool worth $118,000. The champion Shawn Schorek went home with the top prize of $34,105.
Recently, PokerNews.com interviewed Bill Phillips of GulfCoastPoker.net (GCP) regarding the MSPT Main Event, which is scheduled to be held at Belle of Baton Rouge. When asked why he considers the MSPT as a good thing for the Belle of Baton Rouge, Phillips said that the riverboat casino has been experimenting a great deal during the previous year and has realized that hosting live poker tournaments arouses a great deal of interest in the poker gaming community of the Gulf Coast and Louisiana.
When asked if he would be buying in to the Main Event or trying to qualify through a satellite, he said that he would try out the satellites as he feels that “satellites are an underutilized tool to manage your bankroll that too many pros and semi-pros neglect.” He is of the opinion that poker pros should grab discounts whenever possible.
Talking about the poker scene in Gulf Coast, he said that the region has plenty of talented poker players, but is “underrated nationally,” which is a shame considering the fact that poker was born in Louisiana.
According to Phillips, there are plenty of things for poker players to do in Louisiana when they are not playing poker. He suggests that they eat a lot as the region has some great food. He also urges visitors to hunt, fish, and take alligator cruises and haunted tours. He said: “There is so much to do here, people should plan on getting here a few days early and stay here well past the tournament.”
The MSPT will stay at the Belle of Baton Rouge from November 15 to November 23. The Main Event will have two starting flights with 14 blinds of 40 minutes each. Surviving players of each flight will play on Day 2 till a winner emerges.