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Indiana State Poker Championship begins at Tropicana Evansville

17 Aug 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The MSPT is back at Tropicana Evansville now for this weekend's 2017 Indiana State Poker Championship, which begins Friday.

A series of satellites — all $250 satellites at the venue guarantee 10 Main Event seats — will feed into the $1,100 buy-in, $250,000 guaranteed Main Event, which will take place the weekend of 18-20 August. The MSPT is primed to pass last year's record 340 entrants for what is sure to be the biggest Indiana State Poker Championship to date.

"Tropicana Evansville is one of the Midwest's hidden gems when it comes to gaming," said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. "It's situated right on the Ohio River, which makes it one of the more scenic stops on the tour. Poker players should definitely check it out this August."

The Main Event will feature two starting flights beginning with Day 1A at 4 p.m. on Friday, 18 August. Day 1B will take place at the same time on Saturday, 19 August. The surviving players from each flight will then return for Day 2 at 11 a.m. on Sunday to play down to a winner.

The MSPT first visited Tropicana Evansville back in 2014, which is when Charlie Dawson topped a field of 225 entrants to win $60,527. The following year, which was the inaugural Indiana State Poker Championship, Michael O'Neill bested 251 entries to win $67,746. More recently, Earl Potter overcame a venue record 340 runners to win the title in Season 7 for $82,450.

Tropicana Evansville is a combination Evansville hotel and riverboat casino owned and operated by Tropicana Entertainment. The property is a $212 million entertainment complex located on the scenic banks of the Ohio River in southwestern Indiana. It includes a 2,700-passenger riverboat casino featuring over 1,000 slot games and 40 table games, including a dedicated poker room.

That will soon change though as Tropicana Evansville became the first casino in Indiana to be approved to move from a riverboat to a land-based property. That expansion is expected to be completed later this year.

Accommodations include the Tropicana Evansville Hotel with 243 standard rooms and 10 suites and the Le Merigot boutique hotel with 91 Standard Rooms and five suites.

The Tropicana Evansville Casino has set aside a block of rooms for MSPT players at a fantastic nightly rate — just $69/night on Thursday and Sunday and $89/night on Friday/Saturday. Call 1-800-342-5386 (ext. 7) and use the code GMSPT17.

The property showcases nine dining options, 11 bars and nightclubs, and a gift shop. One of the most popular dining options is Cavanaugh's, which serves the finest cuisine paired with sweeping river views — the perfect place for the perfect dining experience. The casual upscale atmosphere of Cavanaugh's is the ideal place to meet friends or clients. Enjoy signature martinis, delicious appetizers or indulge in Cavanaugh's full dinner menu. You can also enjoy live entertainment nightly at Cavanaugh's piano bar.

There's also Max & Erma's, which serves all-American favorites including soups, salads, gourmet burgers, delicious sandwiches and treats, as well as Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant, which features homemade dough pizza by the slice.
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