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FireKeepers Casino: October 7 - 15, 2017

 
 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 

Day 1A of the 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino attracted 244 entries, which puts the field on pace to flirt with another $1,000,000 prize pool (remember the spring event here drew 1,066 entries).

After 14 levels of play, 45 players remained with Nick Bogus (pictured), who is seeking his first MSPT cash, and his stack of 347,000 leading the way. That was well ahead of his next closest competitor, Charles Baryames, who bagged 209,500. The other three players to bag more than 200K were David Cronk (209,000), Zac Andrews (207,500), and Altaf Motiwala (206,500).

Another player to survive was reigning MSPT Michigan State Poker Champion Brett Blackwood (94,500), who one year ago topped a field of 884 entries to win $188,314. Likewise, poker pro Aaron Massey (112,000), who in Season 7 took home $174,658 for a MSPT FireKeepers win, survived the night.

Massey is looking to make an unprecedented fourth final table in a row in MSPT FireKeepers Main Events, each of which have been Michigan state record fields. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to see if he can go back-to-back-to-back-to-back!

Dylan Linde also made it through with 77,500. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the poker pro, who ranks second on Idaho’s all-time money list, won last year’s World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event at Horseshoe Hammond for a six-figure paydays and shiny gold ring.

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to find a bag. Aaron’s older brother, Ralph Massey, was among those to fall, as were two-time MSPT champ Blake Bohn; the man who finished runner-up to Blackwood, Cy Church; World Series of Poker bracelet winner Jean “Prince” Gaspard; and Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year contender “Big” Al Hedin.

Day 1B will get underway at Noon local time on Friday. Late registration will remain open until 6:30 pm ET. Once again, we’ll be bringing you all the action straight from the tournament floor, so be sure to join us then.

 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 
Nick Bogus 347,000
Charles Baryames 209,500
David Cronk 209,000
Zac Andrews 207,500
Altaf Motiwala 206,500
Victor Gayheart 163,000
Marshall Burns 161,500
Stanley Weng 156,000
James Miller 154,500
Tony Pena 142,000
Stephen Hagar 142,000
Millard Hale 138,000
George Janssen 132,500
James Monaco 131,000
Thomas Saad 127,000
Daniel Peters 122,500
Philip Clements 122,000
Michael Ermie 119,000
Bruce Rowland 117,500
Thomas Kubin 113,500
Harold Morgan 112,000
Aaron Massey 112,000
Benjamin Levy 105,000
Kyle Thompson 101,000
Dapreesch Scates 95,000
Brett Blackwood 94,500
Bruce Swart 89,500
Nicolae Crisan 87,000
Michael Argiero 79,500
Dylan Linde 77,500
Scott Graham 74,500
Brandon Benedict 72,000
Andrew Peplinski 71,000
Scott Carr 66,000
David Blickenstaff 64,000
Justin Paynich 60,500
james Fabian 56,500
Isaac Kratchman 48,500
Michael Campbell 46,500
Cooper Wanty 46,500
Ryan Awwad 25,000
John Hoppes 19,000
Tong Shzng 18,000
Michael Thompson 16,000
Calvin Leeps 14,000
 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 

The tournament staff announced the remaining players will play two more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts as well as a recap of the Day 1A action.

 
Level:14   Blinds: 1200 / 2400   Ante:400
 
Harold Morgan

Victor Gayheart got his stack of 50,000 all in preflop and found himself primed to double through Harold Morgan.

Morgan:  9d 9c
Gayheart:  kh kc

Gayheart was way out in front, but the  8h 7d 6s flop gave Morgan an up-and-down straight draw. Fortunately for Gayheart, neither the 2d turn nor  8c river hit Morgan and he shipped the late double.

Harold Morgan - 150,000 (63 bb)
Victor Gayheart - 100,000 (42 bb)

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 

Action folded to Iowa’s Josh Smith on the button and he moved all in for 17,000, which MSPT Season 7 FireKeepers champ Aaron Massey called from the big blind.

Massey:  as 6h
Smith:  kh 5c

Smith needed to improve, but that proved easier said than done as the board ran out a dry  6d 2h 9d 2d 10d.

Aaron Massey - 112,000 (56 bb)
Josh Smith - Busted

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 

Nick Bogus - 240,000
Zac Andrews - 200,000
Tony Pena - 190,000
Dave Cronk - 155,000
Bruce Rowland - 140,000
Michael Ermie - 130,000
Aaron Massey (MSPT Season 7 FireKeepers champ) - 95,000
Bruce Swartz - 85,000
Brett Blackwood (2016 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship) - 55,000
Michael Campbell - 54,000
Ralph Massey - 50,000
Dylan Linde - 50,000

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:200
 
Kyle Whiteaker

Kyle Whiteaker raised to 4,000 from middle-position, and Sam Federoff three-bet to 9,500 on the button. Whiteaker called and the two took to a  9s jc 9c flop. Both players checked.

The  4h turn saw Whiteaker bet 8,500. Federoff shoved for his last 24,000, and Whiteaker made a quick call.

Whiteaker:  10c 10s
Federoff:  as kd

Federoff had stood up before the hands were even tabled, seemingly resigned to his fate, and the river blanked off, sending Federoff to the rail and scoring a knockout for Whiteaker in one of the final levels of Day 1A.

Kyle Whiteaker - 88,000 (44 bb)
Sam Federoff - Busted

 
Level:13   Blinds: 1000 / 2000   Ante:300
 
Millard Hale

We missed the preflop action, but we do know that Millard Hale got his stack of 39,500 all in and was flipping for his tournament life.

Hale:  9h 9c
Opponent:  ah kc

Hale was looking to hold, and he did more than that as he spiked a set on the  2d 9s jh flop. The  10c turn gave his opponent a Broadway draw, but he missed it as the  10h paired the board on the river.

Millard Hale - 80,000 (40 bb)

 
 
Player Name City State Chip Count Progress
Nicholas Bogus Holland MI 347,000 347,000 
Charles Baryames East Lansing MI 209,500 209,500 
Dave Cronk Midland MI 209,000 209,000 
Zac Andrews Battle Creek MI 207,500 207,500 
Altaf Motiwala Kalamazoo MI 206,500 206,500 
Victor Gayheart Plainwell MI 163,000 163,000 
Marshall Burns Battle Creek MI 161,500 161,500 
Stanley Weng Canton MI 156,000 156,000 
James Miller West Olive MI 154,500 154,500 
Stephen Hagar White Lake MI 142,000 142,000 
Tony Pena Fennville MI 142,000 142,000 
Millard Hale Kalamazoo MI 138,000 138,000 
George Janssen Bad Axe MI 132,500 132,500 
James Monaco St. Clair Shores MI 131,000 131,000 
Thomas Saad Okemos MI 127,000 127,000 
Daniel Peters Portage MI 122,500 122,500 
Philip Clements Chelsea MI 122,000 122,000 
Michael Ermie Perrysburg OH 119,000 119,000 
Bruce Rowland Pierson MI 117,500 117,500 
Thomas Kubin St. Louis MI 113,500 113,500 
Aaron Massey Elmwood Park IL 112,000 112,000 
Harold Morgan Flint MI 112,000 112,000 
Benjamin Levy Kalamazoo MI 105,000 105,000 
Kyle Thompson Hudsonville MI 101,000 101,000 
Dapreesch Scates Sterling Heights MI 95,000 95,000 
Brett Blackwood Ypsilanti MI 94,500 94,500 
Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI 89,500 89,500 
Nicolae Crisan Inkster MI 87,000 87,000 
Michael Argiero Dexter MI 79,500 79,500 
Dylan Linde Coeur D'Alene ID 77,500 77,500 
Scott Graham Fort Wayne IN 74,500 74,500 
Brandon Benedict Holt MI 72,000 72,000 
Andrew Peplinski North Branch MI 71,000 71,000 
Scott Carr Stevensville MI 66,000 66,000 
David Blickenstaff Plymouth MI 64,000 64,000 
Justin Paynich Portage MI 60,500 60,500 
James Fabian Long Beach IN 56,500 56,500 
Isaac Kratchman Detroit MI 48,500 48,500 
Cooper Wanty Ann Arbor MI 46,500 46,500 
Michael Campbell Rapid City SD 46,500 46,500 
Ryan Awwad Ann Arbor MI 25,000 25,000 
John Hoppes Portland MI 19,000 19,000 
Tongen Zhang Toledo OH 18,000 18,000 
Michael Thompson Grand Rapids MI 16,000 16,000 
Calvin Leeps Flint MI 14,000 14,000 
Ralph Massey Chicago IL 0 Busted 
Casey Carroll Byron Center MI 0 Busted 
Chris Moon Sterling Heights MI 0 Busted 
Josh Smith (Iowa) Bettendorf IA 0 Busted 
Sandra Morse Hudsonville MI 0 Busted 
Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN 0 Busted 
Blake Bohn   Eden Prairie MN 0 Busted 
Sam Federoff Flint MI 0 Busted 
Jimmy Ray Churubusco IN 0 Busted 
Bob Buyce Portage MI 0 Busted 
Cy Church East Lansing MI 0 Busted 
Adam Lamphere Lansing MI 0 Busted 
Wendy Freedman San Francisco CA 0 Busted 
Jean Gaspard Evanston IL 0 Busted 
Al Singletary Okemos MI 0 Busted 
Randy Perkins Davenport IA 0 Busted 
Al Hedin Keystone CO 0 Busted 
Jim Hettich Olivet MI 0 Busted 
Don Saylor Fort Wayne IN 0 Busted 
Dusty Feller Angola IN 0 Busted 
Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Chris Meyers Buffalo NY $191,1961,900
2 Millard Hale Kalamazoo MI $117,8181,700
3 Altaf Motiwala Kalamazoo MI $87,8471,600
4 Jerry Delisle Hazel Park MI $65,1101,500
5 Jake Reeser Davison MI $49,6071,400
6 Brian Reinert Atlanta GA $38,2391,300
7 Djon Palushaj Oakland MI $29,9711,200
8 James Miller West Olive MI $22,7371,100
9 Santa Zawaideh Birmingham MI $18,6031,000
10 Spencer Wright Jeddo MI $14,468900
11 Brian Matelic Detroit MI $14,468900
12 Dapreesch Scates Sterling Heights MI $14,468900
13 Jose Rodriguez Jackson MI $12,402800
14 Dave Cronk Midland MI $12,402800
15 Jordan Baharis Woodhaven MI $12,402800
16 Joseph Ermatinger Twin Lake MI $10,128700
17 Rick Wang Rochester Hills MI $10,128700
18 Mike Shanahan Avon IN $10,128700
19 Edward Dixon Detroit MI $8,475600
20 Jeff Mackey Detroit MI $8,475600
21 Michael Campbell Rapid City SD $8,475600
22 Wael Ammori West Bloomfield MI $7,028600
23 John Collis Jackson MI $7,028600
24 Tom Thomas Albertson NY $7,028600
25 Zac Andrews Battle Creek MI $5,891600
26 Mike Shin Milwaukee WI $5,891600
27 Patrick Steele Chelsea MI $5,891600
28 Ron Bell Toledo OH $4,547500
29 Henry Roberts Warren MI $4,547500
30 Alec Lenander Shelby Township MI $4,547500
31 Suman Thirumani Lansing MI $4,547500
32 Michael Ermie Perrysburg OH $4,547500
33 Mike Juszczak Zimmerman $4,547500
34 Carmino Argiero Grass Lake MI $4,547500
35 Rudy Mamo Southfield MI $4,547500
36 Bryan Gwin Battle Creek MI $4,547500
37 Dan Underhill Albion MI $3,514400
38 Robert Constable Warren MI $3,514400
39 Thomas Saad Okemos MI $3,514400
40 George Janssen Bad Axe MI $3,514400
41 Kyle Thompson Hudsonville MI $3,514400
42 Kim Schinco Freeland MI $3,514400
43 Bryan Andrews Wauwatosa WI $3,514400
44 Wasim Mahfooth Royal Oak MI $3,514400
45 Karah Sorensen Dansville MI $3,514400
46 David Saenz Brownstown MI $3,204300
47 Marshall Burns Battle Creek MI $3,204300
48 John Franciosi Rochester Hills MI $3,204300
49 Friman Villalona Bronx NY $3,204300
50 Nicholas Bogus Holland MI $3,204300
51 Frank Dellaria Burgettstown PA $3,204300
52 Jhonithon Zakar Saint Clair Shores MI $3,204300
53 Robert Koss Macomb MI $3,204300
54 Erick Weed Chesterfield MI $3,204300
55 David To Hoffman Estates IL $2,894200
56 Michael Thompson Grand Rapids MI $2,894200
57 Daniel Peters Portage MI $2,894200
58 Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI $2,894200
59 Casey Carroll Byron Center MI $2,894200
60 Charles Baryames East Lansing MI $2,894200
61 Kenneth Harrington Petoskey MI $2,894200
62 David Berman Solon OH $2,894200
63 Sandra Morse Hudsonville MI $2,894200
64 Royce Matheson Traverse City MI $2,687100
65 Nathan Root Charlotte MI $2,687100
66 Jan Trombley Fort Myers FL $2,687100
67 Brek Schutten Grand Rapids MI $2,687100
68 Mark Haddad Ann Arbor MI $2,687100
69 Timothy Herek Bay City MI $2,687100
70 Bujar Dervishaj Okemos MI $2,687100
71 Alexander Hill Madison WI $2,687100
72 Joshua Balogh Livonia MI $2,687100
73 Benjamin Grise Indianapolis IN $2,58450
74 Adam Dutton Livonia MI $2,58450
75 Benjamin Levy Kalamazoo MI $2,58450
76 Ron Taylor Charlotte MI $2,58450
77 Vincent Grill Grand Rapids MI $2,58450
78 Isaac Kratchman Detroit MI $2,58450
79 Dylan Linde Coeur D'Alene ID $2,58450
80 Mikiyo Aoki Bozeman MT $2,58450
81 Paul Newhouse Chelsey MI $2,58450
82 Brandon Benedict Holt MI $2,48050
83 Scott Graham Fort Wayne IN $2,48050
84 Brandon Poe Commerce MI $2,48050
85 Michael Kohles Berrien Springs MI $2,48050
86 Stephen Hagar White Lake MI $2,48050
87 Eric Stocz West Bloomfield MI $2,48050
88 Samuel Angott Jackson MI $2,48050
89 Shawn Thompson Coldwater MI $2,48050
90 Greg Semer Pioneer OH $2,48050
91 Brett Blackwood Ypsilanti MI $2,27450
92 Victor Gayheart Plainwell MI $2,27450
93 Jason Smith Ferndale MI $2,27450
94 Bryan Hakl Grand Rapids MI $2,27450
95 Nicholas Davidson Troy MI $2,27450
96 Doug Singleton South Haven MI $2,27450
97 Hao "John" Sun Milwaukee WI $2,27450
98 Raymond Neering Bay City MI $2,27450
99 Adam Lamphere Lansing MI $2,27450
100 Damon Blackburn Plainwell MI $2,17050
101 John McDevitt Paw Paw MI $2,17050
102 Robert Schmidt Metamora MI $2,17050
103 Andrew Mills Fort Lauderdale FL $2,17050
104 Tony Pena Fennville MI $2,17050
105 Gregory Seroka Oak Park MI $2,17050
106 Cy Church East Lansing MI $2,17050
107 Wendy Freedman San Francisco CA $2,17050
108 Michael Parvin Silverwood MI $2,17050
 
 

 

Level Info
Level 14
Blinds 1,200 / 2,400
Ante 400
Players Info
Entries 244
Players Remaining 45
Average Chip Stack 108,444
Total Chips 4,880,000
Top 10 Chip Count
Rank Player Name Chip Count
Nicholas Bogus 347,000
Charles Baryames 209,500
Dave Cronk 209,000
Zac Andrews 207,500
Altaf Motiwala 206,500
Victor Gayheart 163,000
Marshall Burns 161,500
Stanley Weng 156,000
James Miller 154,500
10  Stephen Hagar 142,000
Season Top 10 POY Points
 
Rank Player Name Points
Chris Meyers 3,300
Keith Heine 2,967
Mike Shanahan 2,700
Keith Block 2,500
Jason Ramos 2,250
Altaf Motiwala 2,200
Al Hedin 2,100
Nadar Kakhmazov 2,000
Jason Bender 1,950
10  Dapreesch Scates 1,800
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