FireKeepers Casino: May 12 - 20, 2018

 
 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 

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
 
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
 

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

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
 
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

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
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

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
 
Jerold Saeman
Joel Tasman
Gary Dosey
Shawn Combs
Jeffery Castle

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 

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 Chip Count Progress
Steven Williams Novi MI 426,000 426,000 
Kevin Saul Aurora IL 388,000 388,000 
Jeffery Castle Battle Creek MI 376,500 376,500 
Tony Pena Fennville MI 311,500 311,500 
Patrick Steele Chelsea MI 251,500 251,500 
Charles Baryames East Lansing MI 239,500 239,500 
Todd Sladek Glen Ellyn IL 222,000 222,000 
Joshua Borders Belding MI 205,000 205,000 
Patrick McCullough Grand Rapids MI 204,000 204,000 
Jeremy Adams Lansing MI 204,000 204,000 
Jerold Saeman Hastings MI 202,000 202,000 
Paula Givens Oak Park MI 199,000 199,000 
Chris Blik Grandville MI 190,500 190,500 
Miles Smith Detroit MI 188,500 188,500 
Charles Ammerman Holt MI 167,000 167,000 
Blake Bohn Eden Prairie MN 166,000 166,000 
Jack Bare St. Charles MI 161,000 161,000 
Leroy Olson Delta OH 153,500 153,500 
Victor Hoffman Onslow IA 151,000 151,000 
Jade Lehman Fort Wayne IN 150,000 150,000 
Michael King Grand Rapids MI 135,000 135,000 
Jerry Horton Byron Center MI 122,500 122,500 
Hassan Fawaz Dearborn Heights MI 119,500 119,500 
Max Worth Livonia MI 117,000 117,000 
Matthew Blinder Chicago IL 102,500 102,500 
Joudat Daoud Coldwater MI 96,000 96,000 
Mark Ader Novi MI 89,000 89,000 
Michael Argiero Dexter MI 88,000 88,000 
Susan Bare St. Charles MI 65,000 65,000 
Steven Holdwick Dryden MI 64,000 64,000 
Jim Hettich Olivet MI 60,000 60,000 
Anthony Zelinko Gladwin MI 54,500 54,500 
Martin Dubois Dewitt MI 47,500 47,500 
Liz Lynch Charlotte MI 25,000 25,000 
Deanna Bell Holland MI 0 Busted 
Xiaofei Wen Warren MI 0 Busted 
Charlie Sizemore Hammond IN 0 Busted 
Casey Carroll Byron Center MI 0 Busted 
Jimmy Ray Churubusco IN 0 Busted 
Dapreesch Scates Sterling Heights MI 0 Busted 
Sai Mudduluru Lansing MI 0 Busted 
Josh Smith (IA) Bettendorf IA 0 Busted 
Terry McCabe Langsburg MI 0 Busted 
Ryan Dykhouse Grand Rapids MI 0 Busted 
Bill Goodrich Buchanan MI 0 Busted 
Nathan Trenkamp Grand Mound IA 0 Busted 
Keith Lutz Chicago IL 0 Busted 
Jeremy Dresch Fridley MN 0 Busted 
Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI 0 Busted 
Ross Bryant Elkhart IN 0 Busted 
Chris Meyers Buffalo NY 0 Busted 
Kou Vang Maplewood MN 0 Busted 
Gary Farhat Jackson MI 0 Busted 
David Armintrout Allegan MI 0 Busted 
John Tobias Dekalb IL 0 Busted 
Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN 0 Busted 
Tongen Zhang Toledo OH 0 Busted 
Ravi Raghavan Northbrook IL 0 Busted 
Santa Zawaideh Birmingham MI 0 Busted 
Gary Herstein Chicago IL 0 Busted 
Sandra Morse Hudsonville MI 0 Busted 
Al Singletary Okemos MI 0 Busted 
Adam Lamphere Lansing MI 0 Busted 
Kenna James Las Vegas NV 0 Busted 
Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Mark Brazis Syracuse IN $221,3231,900
2 Bryant Miller West Unity OH $137,1581,700
3 Henry Zou Saginaw MI $99,7511,600
4 Bryan Norris Farmington Hills MI $76,1851,500
5 Kou Vang Maplewood MN $57,3571,400
6 Justin Lee Grand Haven MI $43,6411,300
7 Michael Reardon St. Claire Shores MI $33,6661,200
8 Jason Zarlenga Lansing MI $26,1851,100
9 Aaron Soulliere Ontario, Canada $21,1971,000
10 Charles Baryames East Lansing MI $17,456900
11 Charles Casavant Fort Wayne IN $17,456900
12 Sean Roy Ontario, Canada $17,456900
13 Michael Ermie Perrysburg OH $13,715800
14 Timothy Herek Bay City MI $13,715800
15 Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN $13,715800
16 Ryan Awwad Ann Arbor MI $11,721700
17 Donald Dukate Indianapolis IN $11,721700
18 Thomas Richardi Battle Creek MI $11,721700
19 Joseph Taylor Redford MI $9,850650
20 Edward Dixon Detroit MI $9,850650
21 Nicolas Manion Muskegon MI $9,850650
22 Zinoviy Pelekh Plymouth MI $8,229600
23 Victor Hoffman Onslow IA $8,229600
24 Csaba Vicen South Bend IN $8,229600
25 Kevin Saul Aurora IL $6,983550
26 Tracy Sibson Muskegon MI $6,983550
27 James Wilson Minneapolis MN $6,983550
28 Griff Woodman Portland MI $5,237500
29 Harry Tisdale Owosso MI $5,237500
30 David Lindquist Benton Harbor MI $5,237500
31 Jacob Jarous Lansing MI $5,237500
32 Miles Smith Detroit MI $5,237500
33 Chris Blik Grandville MI $5,237500
34 Ian Morton East Tawas MI $5,237500
35 Mark Ader Novi MI $5,237500
36 Rita Davison Cincinnati OH $5,237500
37 Jason Johnson (MI) Waterford MI $4,115450
38 Jerold Saeman Hastings MI $4,115450
39 Carl McCullough Ida MI $4,115450
40 Daniel Kitzis Chicago IL $4,115450
41 Lewis Gardner Frazier MI $4,115450
42 Vinh Ho Midland MI $4,115450
43 Patrick Steele Chelsea MI $4,115450
44 Raymond Samolin Novi MI $4,115450
45 Mark Oushanna Elgin IL $4,115450
46 Jeremy Adams Lansing MI $3,616400
47 Lesley Houghtaling St. Claire Shores MI $3,616400
48 Frank Lucarelli Woodhaven MI $3,616400
49 Jerry Miller Nappanee IN $3,616400
50 Michael VanderWoude Crown Point IN $3,616400
51 Andrew Wilcox Dimondale MI $3,616400
52 Cy Church East Lansing MI $3,616400
53 Scott Davis Battle Creek MI $3,616400
54 Jade Lehman Fort Wayne IN $3,616400
55 Bob Buyce Portage MI $3,242350
56 Philip Wiszowaty Sterling Heights MI $3,242350
57 Kenna James Las Vegas NV $3,242350
58 Michael Welsh Livonia MI $3,242350
59 Aaron Werst Fort Wayne IN $3,242350
60 Jeffery Castle Battle Creek MI $3,242350
61 Jerry Horton Byron Center MI $3,242350
62 Firas Sadou Sterling MI $3,242350
63 Alec Lenander Shelby Township MI $3,242350
64 Jonathan Demars Northville MI $2,993300
65 George Dietz Oak Park IL $2,993300
66 Curt Walsh Manton MI $2,993300
67 Ryan Hoffman Canton MI $2,993300
68 Greg Himmelbrand Bayside NY $2,993300
69 Yaroob Kaskorkis Grand Rapids MI $2,993300
70 Max Worth Livonia MI $2,993300
71 Daniel Kusnerak Newton NC $2,993300
72 Steven Williams Novi MI $2,993300
73 Tony Pena Fennville MI $2,868250
74 Anton Bojaj Clinton Township MI $2,868250
75 Matthew Blinder Chicago IL $2,868250
76 Terry Taieb Sterling Heights MI $2,868250
77 Richard Tapper Romeo MI $2,868250
78 Bruce Watkins Planefield IL $2,868250
79 Brian Opyrchal Troy MI $2,868250
80 Steven Holdwick Dryden MI $2,868250
81 Mark Cherrette Rockford MI $2,868250
82 Charles Ammerman Holt MI $2,743200
83 Michael Parvin Silverwood MI $2,743200
84 Horatio Hu Flushing NY $2,743200
85 Drake Bronk Chicago IL $2,743200
86 DJ Buckley Eden Prairie MN $2,743200
87 Aaron Massey Elmwood Park IL $2,743200
88 Robert Fisher Jr Grass Lake MI $2,743200
89 Joshua Borders Belding MI $2,743200
90 Michael Argiero Dexter MI $2,743200
91 Xiaofei Wen Warren MI $2,618150
92 Roger Isaac Flushing MI $2,618150
93 Leo Crone Fort Wayne IN $2,618150
94 Paula Givens Oak Park MI $2,618150
95 Patrick McCullough Grand Rapids MI $2,618150
96 Jason Ramos Carol Stream IL $2,618150
97 Nicholas Davidson Troy MI $2,618150
98 Steven Stout Milford MI $2,618150
99 Marshall Smaltz Caledonia MI $2,618150
100 Carmino Argiero Grass Lake MI $2,369100
101 Victor Gayheart Plainwell MI $2,369100
102 William Webb Grand Rapids MI $2,369100
103 Shane Hall Romulus MI $2,369100
104 Michael King Grand Rapids MI $2,369100
105 Eric Hehr Minneapolis MN $2,369100
106 Larry Baxter Parma MI $2,369100
107 Andrew Holland Macomb MI $2,369100
108 Sandra Morse Hudsonville MI $2,369100
109 Ian Richardson Beaver Creek OH $2,24475
110 Paul Bianchi Chicago IL $2,24475
111 Martin Dubois Dewitt MI $2,24475
112 Fadi El-Khoury Farmington MI $2,24475
113 Devin Looney Grand Blanc MI $2,24475
114 Hassan Fawaz Dearborn Heights MI $2,24475
115 Shawn Rings Grand Rapids MI $2,24475
116 Michael Millikin Owosso MI $2,24475
117 Todd Sladek Glen Ellyn IL $2,24475
118 Michael Meyers Shelby Township MI $2,12050
119 Scott Hammett Chelsea MI $2,12050
120 Ardeshir Azadnia Okemos MI $2,12050
121 James Gerardot Wolcottville IN $2,12050
122 Joudat Daoud Coldwater MI $2,12050
123 Nishant Yadav Lansing MI $2,12050
124 Blake Bohn Eden Prairie MN $2,12050
125 Keith Heine Hillsboro MO $2,12050
126 Ryan Gallagher Farmington Hills MI $2,12050
127 Andy Van Blair West Des Moines IA $2,12050
128 Joshua Szczur Toledo OH $2,12050
129 Millard Hale Kalamazoo MI $2,12050
130 Paul Newhouse Chelsea MI $2,12050
131 John McDevitt Paw Paw MI $2,12050
132 Timothy McCarthy White Hall MI $2,12050
133 Anton Pecovic Auburn Hills MI $2,12050
134 Terry Moore Muncie IN $2,12050
135 Arthur Harb Chicago IL $2,12050
 
 

 

Level Info
Level 16
Blinds 2,000 / 4,000
Ante 500
Players Info
Entries 285
Players Remaining 34
Average Chip Stack 167,647
Total Chips 5,700,000
Top 10 Chip Count
Rank Player Name Chip Count
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
Patrick McCullough 204,000
10  Jeremy Adams 204,000
Season Top 10 POY Points
 
Rank Player Name Points
Aaron Johnson 5,117
Blake Bohn 4,400
Kou Vang 3,900
Alex Winter 3,650
Richard Alsup 3,100
Greg Himmelbrand 2,750
Osama Aweida 2,600
Adam Friedman 2,350
Pavel Plesuv 2,250
10  David Levine 2,200
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