by Bob Popper
Majestic Star Hotel & Casino’s Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) event attracted a wide variety of players to the felt in Buffington Harbor during the first week of March. The tourney featured players from the United States, and a number of international contestants all battling for the top prize.
The March 1-9 MSPT tourney structure had a two flight main event system with a buy-in of $1,100. In addition, they had super satellites costing only $60 with a healthy 20% of the field advancing to a $250 satellite. The top 20% of that category would advance to the main event, which pitted a field of 301 hopefuls.
Majestic paid out 36 spots from the field of main event combatants. The final table started on Sunday, March 9 at 8 PM and lasted almost 5 hours before the last 3 players took home their share of the prize pool. Brian Zimcosky lasted long enough to capture third place and take home $28,141 followed by Leon Morford who tucked away a nice $42,401 for finishing in second place.
The tournament winner, who took home a sweet chunk of change was Kenneth Baime. He pocketed $77,681 for his first place finish.
MID-STATES POKER TOUR No Limit Hold’Em BUY-IN $1,000 + $100 PLAYERS 301 Prize Pool $301,000 1. Kenneth Baime . . . .$77,681 2. Leon Morford . . . . $42,504 3. Brian Zimcosky . . . $28,141 4. Fadi Hamad . . . . . $19,054 5. John Simon . . . . . $14,657 6. Michael Deis . . . . $11,725 7. Allen Lanier . . . . $10,260