FireKeepers Casino: May 13 - 21, 2017

 
 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 

Day 1B of the MSPT FireKeepers Main Event drew 364 entrants, which along with 1A’s 250 brings the current field up to 614 with the third and final flight still to go. It’ll take 386 runners on Saturday to hit 1,000 entries, but either way it looks like the field will surpass last fall’s 884 and become the largest poker tournament in Michigan history.

After 14 levels of play, 72 players bagged and tagged, though none more so than Travis McIntosh and his stack of 362,500. That is well ahead of Day 1A chip leader Brian Eklund’s 238,000. McIntosh, who hails from Waterford, Michigan, is seeking his first MSPT cash.

Others who bagged on Day 1B were Jason Bender (310,000), who is two weeks removed from finishing runner-up in the MSPT Grand Falls Regional; Aaron Massey (189,500), who won this very event one year ago; MSPT Season 5 Player of the Year Mike Deis (148,500); and 2016 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship runner up Cy Church (101,500).

Joining them were 2016 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champ Andy Rubinberg (96,000), Minnesota’s Loki Abboud (94,500), 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champ John Sun (94,000), MSPT Season 4 Player of the Year Pat Steele (91,500), and MSPT Season 6 FireKeepers champ Michael Ferrarotti (33,500).

Thus far 120 players (48 from Day 1A and 72 from 1B) have advanced to Day 2 from the first two starting flights.

Among those to try and fall were World Series of Poker bracelet winner Nick Jivkov, MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup, inaugural MSPT FireKeepers champ Tom Midena, #MSPT100 champ Jason Ramos, and Michigan pros Jason Smith, Mark Johnson Jr., and Ryan Dykhouse. Fortunately, they’ll have a final opportunity to try again tomorrow if they so choose.

Day 1C will kick off at Noon local time on Saturday. Join us then as we bring you all the action straight from the tournament floor of the FireKeepers Casino Poker Room.

 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 
Travis McIntosh 362,500
Jason Bender 310,000
Raymond Smith 292,000
Kimberly Beach 262,500
Craig Bergeron 236,500
Aaron Massey 189,500
Frank Lucarelli 188,000
Devin Looney 167,000
Jared Palmer 166,500
Lawrence Chenlo 166,000
Linda Callear 158,500
Michael Deis 148,500
Paul Prentis 146,500
Charles Baryames 132,000
Wayne Smith 128,000
Jason Herron 122,500
Martin Pipoly 117,500
Michael Woeber 116,000
Duston Newton 114,000
Adrian Carter 105,500
Cy Church 101,500
Jose Rodriguez 100,500
Michael Shanahan 100,500
Satish-singh Thakur 100,000
Andy Rubinberg 96,000
Daniel Lefere 95,500
Stanley Shedlowsky 94,500
Loki Abboud 94,500
John Sun 94,000
Patrick Steele 91,500
Steven Wark 90,000
Kim Schinco 87,500
Charles Cruce 87,000
Corey Paggeot 85,500
Tom Sinistaj 84,500
Alan Waller 84,500
Stephen Miller 83,000
Joseph Cook 81,000
Tony Pena 80,000
Brandon Rogers 79,000
Rodney Derrow 76,000
James Hettich 75,500
Nathan Stuller 75,500
Al Singletary 74,500
Jonathan Demars 74,500
Dustin Smith 74,500
Paul Rashid 73,500
Gary Tsui 73,000
Gary Nyborg 70,500
Frank Schinco 70,500
Jose Serratos 70,000
Todd Breyfogle 70,000
Rudd Glenn 67,500
Todd Freyer 65,000
Michael Kincaid 63,500
David Gonzalez 59,000
Yiyang Feng 57,500
Kyle Martin 55,500
Paul Newhouse 55,000
Mike Nikolich 50,000
David Blank 46,000
Ryan Awwad 45,000
James Schavone 45,000
Terry Moore 43,500
Steven Dunkelberg 42,000
Stephen Prucher 40,000
Vytas Ray 35,500
Michael Ferrarotti 33,500
Edward Bauder 32,500
Michael Teats 32,500
Kristy Jelinek 24,000
James Uschuk 17,500
 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play four more hands before bagging and tagging on the Day 1B flight. Stay tuned for a recap of the day’s action as well as a list of survivors with chip counts.

 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 
Steve Dunkelberg

Steve Dunkelberg moved all in for 22,600 from middle position and the player in the small blind looked him up.

Dunkelberg:  ah 5h
Small Blind:  kh jh

Dunkelberg got it in good and he was rewarded with a double after the board ran out  as 5d 4h 4s 8c.

Steve Dunkelberg - 50,000

 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 

With around 15,000 in the pot and a flop of  9d kc qd, chip leader Travis McIntosh checked from the hijack and his opponent in the cutoff checked behind.

Action repeated itself on the  3d turn, and once again on the  5d river.

The player in the cutoff showed the  9x 10x, but it was no good as McIntosh had been trying to trap with his  jd 10d flopped straight turned flush.

Travis McIntosh - 350,000

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 
Paul Prentis

A short-stacked Jason Cullen moved all in for 15,200 from early position and Paul Prentis three-bet jammed for 45,300 from middle position. The player on the button called to put put the pair at risk, both blinds folded, and all three hands were turned up.

Cullen:  6s 6d
Prentis:  7c 7h
Button:  kc kd

The kings were well out in front, and they stayed there on both the  as 3s jd flop and  jh river.

However, that is when the dealer burned one last time and put out the  7s. Prentis hit one of his two outs to fill up, while Cullen headed for the exit.

Paul Prentis - 110,000
Jason Cullen - Busted

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 
Current chip leader Travis McIntosh
Devin Looney
MSPT Season 7 FireKeepers champ Aaron Massey
Frank Lucarelli has a big stack.

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 

Travis McIntosh - 210,000
Frank Lucarelli - 190,000
Aaron Massey (MSPT Season 7 FireKeepers champ) - 140,000
Loki Abboud - 125,000
Jason Ramos (#MSPT100 champ) - 125,000
Satish Thakur - 125,000
Andy Rubinberg (2016 MSPT WIiconsin State Poker Champ) - 70,000
Tom Midena (Inaugural MSPT FireKeepers champ) - 30,000
Aaron Johnson - Busted

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 

Jason Bender - 170,000
Mike Deis (MSPT Season 5 POY) - 165,000
Todd Breyfogle - 85,000
Al Singletary - 80,000
John Sun (2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champ) - 76,000
Cy Church - 65,000
Jose Serratos - 60,000
Pat Steele (MSPT Season 4 POY) - 50,000
Rodger Johnson (MSPT Season 3 Running Aces champ) - 40,000
Michael Ferrarotti (MSPT Season 6 FIreKeepers champ) 26,500
Eric Stocz - 26,000
Rich Alsup - Busted
Nick Pupillo - Busted

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 

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Player Name City State Chip Count Progress
Travis McIntosh Waterford MI 362,500 362,500 
Jason Bender Keota IA 310,000 310,000 
Raymond Smith Owosso MI 292,000 292,000 
Kimberly Beach Twin Lake MI 262,500 262,500 
Craig Bergeron Farmington Hills MI 236,500 236,500 
Aaron Massey Elmwood Park IL 189,500 189,500 
Frank Lucarelli Woodhaven MI 188,000 188,000 
Devin Looney Flushing MI 167,000 167,000 
Jared Palmer Seaman OH 166,500 166,500 
Lawrence Chenlo Grand Rapids MI 166,000 166,000 
Linda Callear Morley MI 158,500 158,500 
Michael Deis Ann Arbor MI 148,500 148,500 
Paul Prentis Gross Pointe Park MI 146,500 146,500 
Charles Baryames East Lansing MI 132,000 132,000 
Wayne Smith Chesterfield MI 128,000 128,000 
Jason Herron NO CITY MI 122,500 122,500 
Marty Pipoly Clarkston MI 117,500 117,500 
Michael Woeber Pigeon MI 116,000 116,000 
Duston Newton Allegan MI 114,000 114,000 
Adrian Carter Columbia City MI 105,500 105,500 
Cy Church East Lansing MI 101,500 101,500 
Mike Shanahan Avon IN 100,500 100,500 
Jose Rodriguez Jackson MI 100,500 100,500 
Satish Thakur Farmington Hille MI 100,000 100,000 
Andrew Rubinberg Chicago IL 96,000 96,000 
Daniel Lefere Jackson MI 95,500 95,500 
Loki Abboud Mendota Heights MN 94,500 94,500 
Stanley Shedlowsky Waterfor MI 94,500 94,500 
Hao "John" Sun Milwaukee WI 94,000 94,000 
Patrick Steele Chelsea MI 91,500 91,500 
Steven Wark Boynton Beach FL 90,000 90,000 
Kim Schinco Freeland MI 87,500 87,500 
Doug Cruce Williamston MI 87,000 87,000 
Corey Paggeot Muskegon MI 85,500 85,500 
Alan Waller Paw Paw MI 84,500 84,500 
Tom Sinishtaj Sterling Heights MI 84,500 84,500 
Stephen Miller Whitehall MI 83,000 83,000 
Joseph Cook Fort Wayne IN 81,000 81,000 
Tony Pena Fennville MI 80,000 80,000 
Brandon Rogers Grand Ledge MI 79,000 79,000 
Rod Derrow Defiance OH 76,000 76,000 
Nathan Stuller Auburn IN 75,500 75,500 
Jim Hettich Olivet MI 75,500 75,500 
Dustin Smith Middleville MI 74,500 74,500 
Jonathan Demars Northville MI 74,500 74,500 
Al Singletary Okemos MI 74,500 74,500 
Paul Rashid Lansing MI 73,500 73,500 
Gary Tsui Indian Head Park IL 73,000 73,000 
Frank Schinco Freeland MI 70,500 70,500 
Gary Nyborg Fort Wayne IN 70,500 70,500 
Todd Breyfogle Hopkins MN 70,000 70,000 
Jose Serratos Detroit MI 70,000 70,000 
Glenn Rudd Battle Creek MI 67,500 67,500 
Todd Freyer Stevensville MI 65,000 65,000 
Michael Kincaid St. Joseph MI 63,500 63,500 
David Gonzalez Flushing MI 59,000 59,000 
Yiyang Feng Columbus OH 57,500 57,500 
Kyle Martin Saline MI 55,500 55,500 
Paul Newhouse Chelsey MI 55,000 55,000 
Mike Nikolich Grand Rapids MI 50,000 50,000 
David Blank Saginaw MI 46,000 46,000 
James Schavone Kalamazoo MI 45,000 45,000 
Ryan Awwad Ann Arbor MI 45,000 45,000 
Terry Moore Muncie IN 43,500 43,500 
Steve Dunkelberg Grand Rapids MI 42,000 42,000 
Stephen Prucher Bloomfield MI 40,000 40,000 
Vytas Ray East Lansing MI 35,500 35,500 
Michael Ferrarotti Livonia MI 33,500 33,500 
Michael Teats Rochester MI 32,500 32,500 
Edward Bauder Bloomington IL 32,500 32,500 
Kristy Jelinek Battle Creek MI 24,000 24,000 
James Uschuk Grand Ledge MI 17,500 17,500 
Jason Ramos Carol Stream IL 0 Busted 
Thomas Midena Brooklyn MI 0 Busted 
Jason Cullen Benton Harbor MI 0 Busted 
Jefferson Lasecki Chicago IL 0 Busted 
Nicholas Pupillo Addison IL 0 Busted 
Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN 0 Busted 
Richard Alsup New Hope MN 0 Busted 
Griff Woodman Portland MI 0 Busted 
Ryan Dykhouse Grand Rapids MI 0 Busted 
Jason Smith Ferndale MI 0 Busted 
Nick Jivkov Des Plaines IL 0 Busted 
Ron Kruk Osceola IN 0 Busted 
Cody Brinn Algonquin IL 0 Busted 
Mark Johnson (Michigan) Warren MI 0 Busted 
Gerald Heckathorn Madison WI 0 Busted 
Casey Carroll Byron Center MI 0 Busted 
Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Mike Shanahan Avon IN $216,8291,900
2 Aaron Massey Elmwood Park IL $131,6461,700
3 Frank Lucarelli Woodhaven MI $85,6991,600
4 Justin Rice Walled Lake MI $57,9241,500
5 Chris Meyers Buffalo NY $42,3331,400
6 Terry Moore Muncie IN $32,7311,300
7 Daniel Panone Rochester MI $26,8461,200
8 Dustin Smith Middleville MI $22,1991,100
9 Scott Skriba Mason MI $18,2761,000
10 Joseph Hinton Ada MI $14,145900
11 Charles Dawson Owensboro KY $14,145900
12 Dapreesch Scates Sterling Heights MI $14,145900
13 Brett Reichard Janesville WI $10,840800
14 Jonathan Sumrack Owosso MI $10,840800
15 Todd Breyfogle Hopkins MN $10,840800
16 Al Singletary Okemos MI $7,950700
17 Jeffrey Hill Battle Creek MI $7,950700
18 Jonathan Roeder Phoenix AZ $7,950700
19 Brian Eklund Augusta MI $6,298600
20 Abraham Montenegro Franklin Park IL $6,298600
21 Randall Brooks Detroit MI $6,298600
22 Kim Schinco Freeland MI $6,298600
23 Craig Bergeron South Lyon MI $6,298600
24 Gregory Yeager Sabina OH $6,298600
25 Altaf Motiwala Kalamazoo MI $6,298600
26 Bob Buyce Portage MI $6,298600
27 Brian Berthiaume Cottage Grove MN $6,298600
28 Duston Newton Allegan MI $5,266500
29 Thongkam Bousim Fort Wayne IN $5,266500
30 Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI $5,266500
31 Carl Carodenuto Bloomington MN $5,266500
32 Daniel Wagner Buffalo NY $5,266500
33 Pierre Williams Lansing MI $5,266500
34 Jason Smith Ferndale MI $5,266500
35 Jose Rodriguez Jackson MI $5,266500
36 Michael Deis Ann Arbor MI $5,266500
37 Joseph Rahman Flint MI $4,337400
38 Yiyang Feng Columbus OH $4,337400
39 Kimberly Beach Twin Lake MI $4,337400
40 Nicholas Pupillo Addison IL $4,337400
41 James Suchala NO CITY MI $4,337400
42 Vance Essak West Bloomfield MI $4,337400
43 George Dietz Oak Park IL $4,337400
44 Cy Church East Lansing MI $4,337400
45 Alan Waller Paw Paw MI $4,337400
46 Bryan Norris Farmington Hills MI $3,820300
47 Jason Bender Keota IA $3,820300
48 Kevin Oneil Royal Oak MI $3,820300
49 Dominick Chiesa Detroit MI $3,820300
50 Andrew Davis Williamsburg MI $3,820300
51 Satish Thakur Farmington Hille MI $3,820300
52 Charles Baryames East Lansing MI $3,820300
53 James Carr Monticello IN $3,820300
54 Michael Bruce Lapeer MI $3,820300
55 Daniel Kusnerak Newton NC $3,304200
56 Steven Wark Boynton Beach FL $3,304200
57 Travis McIntosh Waterford MI $3,304200
58 Vytas Ray East Lansing MI $3,304200
59 Mark Holey Pleasant Lake MI $3,304200
60 Stephen Miller Whitehall MI $3,304200
61 Dung Thai Dewitt MI $3,304200
62 Michael Millikin Owosso MI $3,304200
63 Jesse Allen East Lansing MI $3,304200
64 James Snyder Oak Forest IL $2,891100
65 Anna Marcie NO CITY MI $2,891100
66 David Lindquist Benton Harbor MI $2,891100
67 Brandon Rogers Grand Ledge MI $2,891100
68 Joseph Ermatinger Twin Lake MI $2,891100
69 Raymond Smith Owosso MI $2,891100
70 Dandre Brown Detroit MI $2,891100
71 Mark Barrett Belville MI $2,891100
72 Edward Ochana Elgin WI $2,891100
73 Edward Dixon Detroit MI $2,68550
74 Marty Pipoly Clarkston MI $2,68550
75 David Blank Saginaw MI $2,68550
76 Peter Kim Winfield IL $2,68550
77 Hector Llerena Kalamazoo MI $2,68550
78 Jim Hettich Olivet MI $2,68550
79 Edward Mogilnicki Cleveland OH $2,68550
80 Edward Bauder Bloomington IL $2,68550
81 Paul Prentis Gross Pointe Park MI $2,68550
82 Paul Rashid Lansing MI $2,37550
83 Andrew Rubinberg Chicago IL $2,37550
84 Clinton Hubble Midland MI $2,37550
85 Mark Samson Kalamazoo MI $2,37550
86 James Gallagher Lansing MI $2,37550
87 Ben McCoy Arlington Heights IL $2,37550
88 Amit Rupani Ypsilanti MI $2,37550
89 Michael Kincaid St. Joseph MI $2,37550
90 Kevin Ammerman Mason MI $2,37550
91 Adrian Carter Columbia City MI $2,27250
92 Todd Freyer Stevensville MI $2,27250
93 Nicholas Depalma Lima OH $2,27250
94 Loki Abboud Mendota Heights MN $2,27250
95 Adam Friedman Gahanna OH $2,27250
96 Jose Serratos Detroit MI $2,27250
97 Mark Ader Novi MI $2,27250
98 Greg Meredith Fort Wayne IN $2,27250
99 Chris Moon Sterling Heights MI $2,27250
 
 

 

Level Info
Level 14
Blinds 1,200 / 2,400
Ante 400
Players Info
Entries 364
Players Remaining 72
Average Chip Stack 101,111
Total Chips 7,280,000
Top 10 Chip Count
Rank Player Name Chip Count
Travis McIntosh 362,500
Jason Bender 310,000
Raymond Smith 292,000
Kimberly Beach 262,500
Craig Bergeron 236,500
Aaron Massey 189,500
Frank Lucarelli 188,000
Devin Looney 167,000
Jared Palmer 166,500
10  Lawrence Chenlo 166,000

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