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FireKeepers Casino

May 12 - 20, 2018

 
  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Steven Williams Leads as 34 of 285 Advance from Day 1A of the MSPT FireKeepers
Created (5/17/2018 11:19:14 PM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1A of the MSPT FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan attracted 285 runners. That made it the largest 1A flight in the tour’s 11 visits to the property and puts the field on pace to once again eclipse a seven-figure prize pool with two starting flights still to go.

After 16 levels of play, just 34 players remained with Steven Williams and his stack of 426,000 leading the way. Williams has made two deep runs in past MSPT FireKeepers Main Events. Back in Season 5, he took 30th for $2,500, and the following year he finished 17th for $4,055. He’ll look to improve on those deep runs come Sunday.

Others to bag big stacks were WPT champ Kevin Saul (388,000), Jeffery Castle (376,500), Tony Pena (311,500), and MSPT Season 4 Player of the Year Pat Steele (251,500), who round out the top five.

They will be joined on Sunday by the likes of Chris Blik (190,500), two-time MSPT champ Blake Bohn (166,000), MSPT Season 8 Meskwaki runner-up Victor Hoffman (151,000), Mark Ader (89,000), and Martin Dubois (47,500).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to find a bag. Among those to hit the rail were poker pro Kenna James, World Poker Tour champ Ravi Raghavan, current MSPT POY points leader Aaron Johnson, Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year Chris Meyers, and former MSPT champs Ryan Dykhouse, Kou Vang, Jeremy Dresch, and Nathan Trenkamp.

Registration is now open for Day 1B, which will begin at Noon local time on Friday. It’s going to be busy, so we encourage players to register early.

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
End-of-Day 1A Chip Counts
Created (5/17/2018 11:13:04 PM by Chad Holloway)
Steven Williams 426,000
Kevin Saul 388,000
Jeffery Castle 376,500
Tony Pena 311,500
Patrick Steele 251,500
Charles Baryames 239,500
Todd Sladek 222,000
Joshua Borders 205,000
Jeremy Adams 204,000
Patrick McCullough 204,000
Jerold Saeman 202,000
Paula Givens 199,000
Christopher Blik 190,500
Miles Smith 188,500
Charles Ammerman 167,000
Blake Bohn 166,000
Jack Bare 161,000
Leroy Olson 153,500
Victor Hoffman 151,000
Jade Lehman 150,000
Michael King 135,000
Jerry Horton 122,500
Hassan Fawaz 119,500
Maxwell Worth 117,000
Matthew Blinder 102,500
Joudat Daoud 96,000
Mark Ader 89,000
Michael Argiero 88,000
Susan Bare 65,000
Steven Holdwick 64,000
James Hettich 60,000
Anthony Zelinko 54,500
Martin Dubois 47,500
Liz Lynch 25,000
  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Four More Hands
Created (5/17/2018 10:52:00 PM by Chad Holloway)

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

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Hassan Fawaz Sends Xiaofei Wen to the Rail
Created (5/17/2018 10:43:48 PM by Chad Holloway)
Hassan Fawaz

Xiaofei Wen moved all in for 34,000 from the cutoff and Hassan Fawaz called from the big blind after looking down at the granddaddy of all hands.

Fawaz:
Wen:

The flop gave Wen a little help, but he needed more to stay alive. The turn gave him a gutshot draw, but he missed when the bricked the river.

Hassan Fawaz - 110,000 (28 bb)
Xiaofei Wen - Busted

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Pocket Rockets Propel Mark Ader to Full Double
Created (5/17/2018 10:26:10 PM by Chad Holloway)
Mark Ader

Mark Ader got his stack of roughly 31,000 all in preflop and was at risk against Michael Bates.

Bates:
Ader:

Ader was primed to double, especially when the flop gave him a set. The turn kept Bates drawing live to a straight, but he missed when the blanked on the river.

Mark Ader - 64,000 (16 bb)
Michael Bates - 28,000 (7 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Tony Pena Gets Some Good News
Created (5/17/2018 10:26:03 PM by Brandon Temple)
Tony Pena

Kevin Saul raised to 6,500 from the cutoff, and was called by Charles Baryames in the small blind and Tony Pena in the big blind.

All three players checked a flop, and Baryames bet 12,500 on a turn. Pena called, and Saul got out of the way.

Baryames fired 26,000 on the river, and Pena thought briefly, then called.

“Good call,” Baryames said, and Pena tabled for a pair of eights, prompting Baryames to muck.

Tony Pena - 330,000 (110 bb)
Charles Baryames - 120,000 (40 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Todd Sladek Versus Blake Bohn
Created (5/17/2018 10:16:30 PM by Brandon Temple)
Todd Sladek
Blake Bohn

Blake Bohn raised to 7,000 from UTG+1, and Todd Sladek three-bet to 17,000 from the lojack.

“You have it, eh? I appreciate you telling me you have it. Maybe a king will come.” Bohn said before flicking in a call.

Action checked to the river on a board, with Bohn verbally checking dark before the river. Sladek bet 35,000, and Bohn didn’t take long to release his hand.

Todd Sladek - 275,000 (92 bb)
Blake Bohn - 180,000 (60 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Charlie Sizemore Falls in Penultimate Level
Created (5/17/2018 10:15:08 PM by Chad Holloway)
Charlie Sizemore

Charlie Sizemore moved all in for 33,500 from the hijack and Tony Pena called from the button. Both blinds folded and the hands were turned up.

Pena:
Sizemore:

Sizemore needed to get lucky but that didn’t happen as the board ran out to give Pena the win.

Tony Pena - 200,000 (67 bb)
Charlie Sizemore - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Late Night Glamor Shots
Created (5/17/2018 10:07:53 PM by Chad Holloway)
Jerold Saeman
Joel Tasman
Gary Dosey
Shawn Combs
Jeffery Castle

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Late Night Chip Counts
Created (5/17/2018 9:56:42 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player Name Chip Count Previous Progress
Steven Williams 335000 280000
Tony Pena 250000 190000
Kevin Saul 240000 135000
Todd Sladek 240000 175000
Blake Bohn 180000 165000
Victor Hoffman 175000 84000
Chris Blik 168000 135000
Patrick Steele 161000 120000
Hassan Fawaz 160000 140000
Charles Ammerman 100000 120000
 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Novi 
MI 
426,000
426,000 
Aurora 
IL 
388,000
388,000 
MI 
376,500
376,500 
MI 
311,500
311,500 
MI 
251,500
251,500 
IL 
222,000
222,000 
MI 
205,000
205,000 
MI 
204,000
204,000 
MI 
202,000
202,000 
MI 
199,000
199,000 
MI 
190,500
190,500 
MI 
188,500
188,500 
Holt 
MI 
167,000
167,000 
MN 
166,000
166,000 
MI 
161,000
161,000 
Delta 
OH 
153,500
153,500 
Onslow 
IA 
151,000
151,000 
IN 
150,000
150,000 
MI 
135,000
135,000 
MI 
122,500
122,500 
MI 
117,000
117,000 
IL 
102,500
102,500 
MI 
96,000
96,000 
Novi 
MI 
89,000
89,000 
Dexter 
MI 
88,000
88,000 
MI 
65,000
65,000 
Dryden 
MI 
64,000
64,000 
Olivet 
MI 
60,000
60,000 
MI 
54,500
54,500 
Dewitt 
MI 
47,500
47,500 
MI 
25,000
25,000 
Warren 
MI 
0
Busted 
IL 
0
Busted 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
MN 
0
Busted 
Dekalb 
IL 
0
Busted 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IN 
$221,323 
1,900 
2
OH 
$137,158 
1,700 
3
MI 
$99,751 
1,600 
4
MI 
$76,185 
1,500 
5
MN 
$57,357 
1,400 
6
MI 
$43,641 
1,300 
7
MI 
$33,666 
1,200 
8
MI 
$26,185 
1,100 
9
 
Canada 
$21,197 
1,000 
10
MI 
$17,456 
900 
11
IN 
$17,456 
900 
12
 
 
$17,456 
900 
13
OH 
$13,715 
800 
14
MI 
$13,715 
800 
15
MN 
$13,715 
800 
16
MI 
$11,721 
700 
17
IN 
$11,721 
700 
18
MI 
$11,721 
700 
19
MI 
$9,850 
650 
20
MI 
$9,850 
650 
21
MI 
$9,850 
650 
22
MI 
$8,229 
600 
23
Onslow 
IA 
$8,229 
600 
24
IN 
$8,229 
600 
25
Aurora 
IL 
$6,983 
550 
26
MI 
$6,983 
550 
27
MN 
$6,983 
550 
28
MI 
$5,237 
500 
29
Owosso 
MI 
$5,237 
500 
30
MI 
$5,237 
500 
31
MI 
$5,237 
500 
32
MI 
$5,237 
500 
33
MI 
$5,237 
500 
34
MI 
$5,237 
500 
35
Novi 
MI 
$5,237 
500 
36
OH 
$5,237 
500 
37
MI 
$4,115 
450 
38
MI 
$4,115 
450 
39
Ida 
MI 
$4,115 
450 
40
IL 
$4,115 
450 
41
MI 
$4,115 
450 
42
Vinh Ho  
MI 
$4,115 
450 
43
MI 
$4,115 
450 
44
Novi 
MI 
$4,115 
450 
45
Elgin 
IL 
$4,115 
450 
46
MI 
$3,616 
400 
48
MI 
$3,616 
400 
49
IN 
$3,616 
400 
50
IN 
$3,616 
400 
51
MI 
$3,616 
400 
52
MI 
$3,616 
400 
53
MI 
$3,616 
400 
54
IN 
$3,616 
400 
55
MI 
$3,242 
350 
56
MI 
$3,242 
350 
57
NV 
$3,242 
350 
58
MI 
$3,242 
350 
59
IN 
$3,242 
350 
60
MI 
$3,242 
350 
61
MI 
$3,242 
350 
62
MI 
$3,242 
350 
63
MI 
$3,242 
350 
64
MI 
$2,993 
300 
65
IL 
$2,993 
300 
66
Manton 
MI 
$2,993 
300 
67
Canton 
MI 
$2,993 
300 
68
NY 
$2,993 
300 
69
MI 
$2,993 
300 
70
MI 
$2,993 
300 
71
Newton 
NC 
$2,993 
300 
72
Novi 
MI 
$2,993 
300 
73
MI 
$2,868 
250 
74
MI 
$2,868 
250 
75
IL 
$2,868 
250 
76
MI 
$2,868 
250 
77
Romeo 
MI 
$2,868 
250 
78
IL 
$2,868 
250 
79
Troy 
MI 
$2,868 
250 
80
Dryden 
MI 
$2,868 
250 
81
MI 
$2,868 
250 
82
Holt 
MI 
$2,743 
200 
83
MI 
$2,743 
200 
84
NY 
$2,743 
200 
85
IL 
$2,743 
200 
86
MN 
$2,743 
200 
87
IL 
$2,743 
200 
88
MI 
$2,743 
200 
89
MI 
$2,743 
200 
90
Dexter 
MI 
$2,743 
200 
91
Warren 
MI 
$2,618 
150 
92
MI 
$2,618 
150 
93
IN 
$2,618 
150 
94
MI 
$2,618 
150 
95
MI 
$2,618 
150 
96
IL 
$2,618 
150 
97
Troy 
MI 
$2,618 
150 
98
MI 
$2,618 
150 
99
MI 
$2,618 
150 
100
MI 
$2,369 
100 
101
MI 
$2,369 
100 
102
MI 
$2,369 
100 
103
MI 
$2,369 
100 
104
MI 
$2,369 
100 
105
MN 
$2,369 
100 
106
Parma 
MI 
$2,369 
100 
107
Macomb 
MI 
$2,369 
100 
108
MI 
$2,369 
100 
109
OH 
$2,244 
75 
110
IL 
$2,244 
75 
111
Dewitt 
MI 
$2,244 
75 
112
MI 
$2,244 
75 
113
MI 
$2,244 
75 
114
MI 
$2,244 
75 
115
MI 
$2,244 
75 
116
Owosso 
MI 
$2,244 
75 
117
IL 
$2,244 
75 
118
MI 
$2,120 
50 
119
MI 
$2,120 
50 
120
Okemos 
MI 
$2,120 
50 
121
IN 
$2,120 
50 
122
MI 
$2,120 
50 
123
MI 
$2,120 
50 
124
MN 
$2,120 
50 
125
MO 
$2,120 
50 
126
MI 
$2,120 
50 
127
IA 
$2,120 
50 
128
Toledo 
OH 
$2,120 
50 
129
MI 
$2,120 
50 
130
MI 
$2,120 
50 
131
MI 
$2,120 
50 
132
MI 
$2,120 
50 
133
MI 
$2,120 
50 
134
Muncie 
IN 
$2,120 
50 
135
IL 
$2,120 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
16
Blinds
2000 / 4000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
285
Players Remaining
34
Average Chip Stack
167,647
Total Chips
5,700,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
426,000
388,000
376,500
311,500
251,500
239,500
222,000
205,000
204,000
10 
204,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,967
4,600
4,300
3,850
3,700
3,375
3,150
3,050
2,900
10 
2,750