FireKeepers Casino: October 6 - 14, 2018

 
 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 

The first of three starting flights in the 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino drew 299 entries (the largest 1A flight in venue history). With two more flights to go – 1B and 1C will begin at Noon local time on Friday and Saturday respectively – the field is on pace to be the biggest ever, thus surpassing a seven-figure prize pool for the fourth time in a row!

After 16 levels of play, just 39 bagged chips on Day 1A with Isaac Kratchman (pictured) and his stack of 384,500 leading the way. Others to bag big were Randy Bullen (298,500), MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang (298,000), poker pro Maurice Hawkins (274,000), and Jason Mangold (257,500), who round out the top five.

They were joined by the likes of MSPT Season 7 Meskwaki champ Keith Heine (194,000), Jimmy Ray (136,000), Ron Kruk (112,000), 2017 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champion Carter Myers (105,000), and Royce Matheson (64,000).

Among those to try and fall on 1A were 2016 MSPT Michigan State Poker Champ Brett Blackwood, current MSPT Season 9 POY points leader Aaron Johnson, poker pro Nick Pupillo, MSPT Season 4 POY Pat Steele, World Poker Tour champ Ravi Raghavan, 2015 MSPT Michigan State Poker Champ Michael Ferrorotti, and MSPT Season 5 POY Mike Deis.

Day 1B will kick off at Noon local time on Friday, October 12. As usual, we’ll be there the entire time to capture all the action straight from the tournament floor, so be sure to join us then.

 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 
ISAAC KRATCHMAN 389,500
RANDY BULLEN 298,500
KOU VANG 298,000
MAURICE HAWKINS 274,000
JASON MANGOLD 257,500
VICTOR GAYHEART 237,500
HEINZ SCHLOTER 229,000
HAROLD MORGAN 224,500
HEIDI DRESBACH 222,000
JOEL FREDETTE 215,000
KEITH HEINE 194,000
TIMOTHY HEREK 192,500
TONY PENA 188,000
PETER SKINSACOS 186,500
BRIAN EKLUND 186,000
CHARLES AMMERMAN 177,000
BRYANT MILLER 153,000
KENNETH HARRINGTON 149,500
RASUL EDILOV 138,500
JAMES RAY 136,000
CHRISTOPHER CHILDERS 127,000
MICHAEL MULLINS 125,500
TRACY SIBSON 122,000
RONALD KRUK 112,000
DELMAR WIESCHOWSKI 107,000
CARTER MYERS 105,000
MARK BARRETT 104,000
SCOTT MODETZ 94,500
STEVEN WILLIAMS 92,500
GARY STONE 85,000
JAMES HURST III 83,000
DANIEL CONWAY 83,000
ALAN WALLER JR 81,500
TOM KUBIN 69,000
ROYCE MATHESON 64,000
ADAM JONES 61,000
KEVIN OCONNOR 61,000
DENNIS SIRIANNI 38,000
MATTHEW POOLEY 26,500
 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play five 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
 
Harold Morgan

Harold Morgan raised to 12,000 from UTG, and was called by Jason Mangold in the big blind.

Mangold led out for 12,000 on the flop, and Morgan called.

The fell on the turn, and Mangold bet 12,000. Morgan quickly called.

On the river, Mangold fired 36,000, and Morgan thought for a bit, before placing two columns of yellow 1k chips in the pot to call.

Mangold tabled for a pair of jacks, but Morgan had that beat with his .

Harold Morgan - 260,000 (65 bb)
Jason Mangold - 160,000 (40 bb)

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 
Charles Ammerman

Charles Ammerman raised to 8,500 from the hijack and the player on the button called. Pat McCullough came along from the small blind, Ben Keeline did the same from the big, and four players went to the flop.

Two checks saw Ammerman continue for 28,000 and the button folded. McCullough then check-raised all in for 33,000, Keeline folded, and Ammerman snap-called.

McCullough:
Ammerman:

It was a cooler flop as McCullough made two pair but Ammerman had him beat with a set. Neither the turn nor river was a king and just like that McCullough hit the rail.

Charles Ammerman - 125,000 (42 bb)
Pat McCullough - Busted

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 
Victor Gayheart

Victor Gayheart raised to 7,000 from the cutoff, then called the three-bet shove to 50,000 from DJ Buckley on the button.

Gayheart:
Buckley:

“It’s not over yet!” Gayheart told Buckley.

“It’s over.” Buckley said, before a flop left him looking for running kings to win or a four to chop. The turn and river didn’t improve Buckley, and he hit the rail.

Victor Gayheart - 145,000 (48 bb)
DJ Buckley - Busted

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 
Isaac Kratchman

Steven Putnam jammed for 30,000 from UTG, and Isaac Kratchman called from UTG+1. Ravi Raghavan then three-bet shoved for 75,000 from the button, and Kratchman called.

Putnam:
Kratchman:
Raghavan:

Putnam’s kings held on the flop, but Kratchman shot from worst to first on the turn, leaving Raghavan and Putnam both to quickly hit the rail after the fell on the river.

Isaac Kratchman - 300,000 (100 bb)
Steven Putnam - Busted
Ravi Raghavan - Busted

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 
Randy Bullen

Randy Bullen raised to 13,000 from middle position and then called the shove of 67,000 from Lee Ash in the cutoff.

Ash:
Bullen:

Ash’s was looking for some help but he didn’t get any as the board ran out a dry .

Randy Bullen - 250,000 (83 bb)
Lee Ash - Busted

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 

A short-stacked Charles Cruce got his chips all in preflop and was looking to get lucky against Bryant Miller.

Cruce:
Miller:

The flop gave Miller a hammerlock on the hand and Cruce was left drawing dead on the turn. The meaningless was run out on the river and Cruce wished the table luck before heading for the exit.

Bryant Miller - 140,000 (47 bb)
Charles Cruce - Busted

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Kou Vang264000250000
Heidi Dresbach254000254000
Randy Bullen229000240000
Isaac Kratchman228000228000
Timothy Herek216000216000
Peter Skinsacos216000216000
Scott Modetz189500189500
Todd Wildig187000187000
Rasul Edilov180000180000
Brian Eklund172000172000
Jason Mangold160000160000
Heinz Schloter152000152000

 
 
Player Name City State Chip Count Progress
Isaac Kratchman Detroit MI 384,500 384,500  .png" />
Randy Bullen Marne MI 298,500 298,500  .png" />
Kou Vang Maplewood MN 298,000 298,000  .png" />
Maurice Hawkins Lake Worth FL 274,000 274,000  .png" />
Jason Mangold Chicago IL 257,500 257,500  .png" />
Victor Gayheart Plainwell MI 237,500 237,500  .png" />
Heinz Schluter Denver CO 229,000 229,000  .png" />
Harold Morgan Flint MI 224,500 224,500  .png" />
Heidi Dresbach Farmington MI 222,000 222,000  .png" />
Joel Fredette Kewadin MI 201,500 201,500  .png" />
Keith Heine Hillsboro MO 194,000 194,000  .png" />
Timothy Herek Bay City MI 192,500 192,500  .png" />
Tony Pena Fennville MI 188,000 188,000  .png" />
Peter Skinsacos Luther MI 186,500 186,500  .png" />
Brian Eklund Augusta MI 186,000 186,000  .png" />
Charles Ammerman Holt MI 177,000 177,000  .png" />
Bryant Miller West Unity OH 153,000 153,000  .png" />
Kenneth Harrington Petoskey MI 149,500 149,500  .png" />
Rasul Edilov Fort Wayne IN 138,500 138,500  .png" />
Jimmy Ray Churubusco IN 136,000 136,000  .png" />
Carter Myers Breckenridge MI 127,000 127,000  .png" />
Michael Mullins Ypsilanti MI 125,500 125,500  .png" />
Tracy Sibson Muskegon MI 122,000 122,000  .png" />
Ron Kruk Osceola IN 112,000 112,000  .png" />
Delmar Wieschowski Alpena MI 107,000 107,000  .png" />
Carter Myers Breckenridge MI 105,000 105,000  .png" />
Mark Barrett Ypsilanti MI 104,000 104,000  .png" />
Scott Modetz Oxford MI 94,500 94,500  .png" />
Steven Williams Novi MI 92,500 92,500  .png" />
Daniel Conway Grand Rapids MI 88,000 88,000  .png" />
Gary Stone Howell MI 85,000 85,000  .png" />
James Hurst III East Lansing MI 83,000 83,000  .png" />
Alan Waller Paw Paw MI 81,500 81,500  .png" />
Thomas Kubin St. Louis MI 69,000 69,000  .png" />
Royce Matheson Traverse City MI 64,000 64,000  .png" />
Adam Jones St Charles MI 61,000 61,000  .png" />
Kevin O'Connor Lansing MI 61,000 61,000  .png" />
Dennis Sirianni Grosse Pointe Woods MI 38,000 38,000  .png" />
Matthew Pooley West Bloomfield MI 26,500 26,500  .png" />
Ben Keeline Longmont CO 0 Busted  .png" />
Dapreesch Scates Sterling Heights MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Michael Ferrarotti Livonia MI 0 Busted  .png" />
DJ Buckley Eden Prairie MN 0 Busted  .png" />
Ravi Raghavan Northbrook IL 0 Busted  .png" />
Bob Buyce Portage MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Michael Deis Ann Arbor MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Patrick Steele Chelsea MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Gary Herstein Chicago IL 0 Busted  .png" />
Nicholas Pupillo Addison IL 0 Busted  .png" />
Mike Shanahan Avon IN 0 Busted  .png" />
Jake Baumgartner Grand Rapids MI 0 Busted  .png" />
James Miller West Olive MI 0 Busted  .png" />
David Gutfreund Chicago IL 0 Busted  .png" />
Travis Sweet Black River Falls WI 0 Busted  .png" />
Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN 0 Busted  .png" />
Joshua Borders Belding MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Derrick Brown Mount Clemens MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Brett Blackwood Ypsilanti MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Tom Hammers Burnsville MN 0 Busted  .png" />
George Dietz Oak Park IL 0 Busted  .png" />
Nathan Trenkamp Grand Mound IA 0 Busted  .png" />
Altaf Motiwala Kalamazoo MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Al Singletary Okemos MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Cooper Wanty Ann Arbor MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Joel Tasman Caledonia MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Sandra Morse Hudsonville MI 0 Busted  .png" />
Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Matthew Stammen Coldwater OH $218,5651,900
2 Joey Wideman Belle Chasse LA $135,4511,700
3 Isaac Kratchman Detroit MI $98,5101,600
4 Maurice Hawkins Lake Worth FL $75,2371,500
5 Victor Gayheart Plainwell MI $56,6431,400
6 Heinz Schluter Denver CO $43,0981,300
7 Frank Lagodich Canton OH $33,2471,200
8 Jason Mangold Chicago IL $25,8591,100
9 Dennis Brady Traverse City MI $20,9331,000
10 Derek Ritchie New Boston MI $17,239900
11 Nicholas Pupillo Addison IL $17,239900
12 Mike Shin Milwaukee WI $17,239900
13 Shawn Thompson Coldwater MI $13,545800
14 Carter Myers Breckenridge MI $13,545800
15 Steven Stout Milford MI $13,545800
16 Gheorghe Farima Chicago IL $11,575700
17 Steven Bahls Auburn IN $11,575700
18 Delmar Wieschowski Alpena MI $11,575700
19 Jimmy Ray Churubusco IN $9,728650
20 Ryan Shinevare Portage MI $9,728650
21 Steven Hensley Mishawaka IN $9,728650
22 Millard Hale Kalamazoo MI $8,127600
23 Heidi Dresbach Farmington MI $8,127600
24 Sam Federoff Flint MI $8,127600
25 Ken Stevens Marlette MI $6,896550
26 Jacob Jarous Lansing MI $6,896550
27 Kenneth Harrington Petoskey MI $6,896550
28 Tony Pena Fennville MI $5,172500
29 Edward Rush Belleville MI $5,172500
30 Alvaro Oliveira Prata Toronto $5,172500
31 Christopher Childers Gardner IL $5,172500
32 Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN $5,172500
33 Larry Baxter Parma MI $5,172500
34 Marc Steingold Royal Oak MI $5,172500
35 Blake Whittington Jacksonville FL $5,172500
36 Shawn Rings Grand Rapids MI $5,172500
37 Shane Hall Romulus MI $4,064450
38 Randall Brooks Detroit MI $4,064450
39 Matthew Ploof Bryson City NC $4,064450
40 Charles Baryames East Lansing MI $4,064450
41 Michael Lech Fayetteville AR $4,064450
42 Brian Opyrchal Troy MI $4,064450
43 John Hoppes Portland MI $4,064450
44 Steven Sarmiento Queens NY $4,064450
45 Henry Zou Saginaw MI $4,064450
46 Joshua Mosher Lansing MI $3,571400
47 Marko Doljevic Highland MI $3,571400
48 Tracy Sibson Muskegon MI $3,571400
49 Praneeth Thangallapally Holland MI $3,571400
50 Kou Vang Maplewood MN $3,571400
51 Anthony Clevio Northville MI $3,571400
52 Larry Owen East Lansing MI $3,571400
53 Cooper Wanty Ann Arbor MI $3,571400
54 Jesse McIntyre Dearborn MI $3,571400
55 Scott Modetz Oxford MI $3,202350
56 DJ Buckley Eden Prairie MN $3,202350
57 Mike Bates Royal Oak MI $3,202350
58 Satish Thakur Farmington Hille MI $3,202350
59 Brian Eklund Augusta MI $3,202350
60 Mark Barrett Ypsilanti MI $3,202350
61 Randy Bullen Marne MI $3,202350
62 Scott Hammett Chelsea MI $3,202350
63 Henry Paniccia Macomb MI $3,202350
64 Nolan Brower Byron Center MI $2,955300
65 Gemal Abdorabehe Dearborn MI $2,955300
66 Jason Sanders Grand Rapids MI $2,955300
67 Marius Kudzmanas $2,955300
68 Nicholas Depalma Lima OH $2,955300
69 Dhimitri Lleshi Clawson MI $2,955300
70 Matthew Radcliffe Columbus OH $2,955300
71 Anthony Zelinko Gladwin MI $2,955300
72 Vincent Grill Grand Rapids MI $2,955300
73 Anthony Teresi Chardon OH $2,832250
74 James Hurst III East Lansing MI $2,832250
75 Peter Skinsacos Luther MI $2,832250
76 Timothy Herek Bay City MI $2,832250
77 Ron Kruk Osceola IN $2,832250
78 Andrzej Rogowski Chicago IL $2,832250
79 Michael Lane White Lake MI $2,832250
80 Scott Vonspreecken Lansing MI $2,832250
81 Rodger Johnson Grand Forks ND $2,832250
82 Alan Waller Paw Paw MI $2,709200
83 Danny Shaba West Bloomfield MI $2,709200
84 Matt Lushin Westfield IN $2,709200
85 David Berman Solon OH $2,709200
86 Christopher George Royal Oak MI $2,709200
87 Ryan Kingsley Grosse Pointe MI $2,709200
88 Ramtilak Gattu Northville MI $2,709200
89 Royce Matheson Traverse City MI $2,709200
90 Greg Jennings Overland Park KS $2,709200
91 Uday Are Auburn Heights MI $2,586150
92 Alec Lenander Shelby Township MI $2,586150
93 Charles Ammerman Holt MI $2,586150
94 Ben Keeline Longmont CO $2,586150
95 Gary Farhat Jackson MI $2,586150
96 Irbrahim Shoubah Dearborn MI $2,586150
97 Rasul Edilov Fort Wayne IN $2,586150
98 Ralph Callear Morley MI $2,586150
99 Gary Viaches Shepard MI $2,586150
100 Ryan Rodgers Angola IN $2,340100
101 Paul Welke Ypsilanti MI $2,340100
102 Stanley Shedlowsky Waterfor MI $2,340100
103 Harold Morgan Flint MI $2,340100
104 Mark Talbert Fort Wayne IN $2,340100
105 Jose Rodriguez Jackson MI $2,340100
106 Benjamin Grise Indianapolis IN $2,340100
107 Mark Morris Grand Haven MI $2,340100
108 Joseph Ermatinger Twin Lake MI $2,340100
109 Gregory Miller Corning NY $2,21675
110 Amit Rupani Ypsilanti MI $2,21675
111 Rita Davison Cincinnati OH $2,21675
112 Aaron Steury Fort Wayne IN $2,21675
113 Dominic Zsigo Owosso MI $2,21675
114 Ryan Terpstra Grand Rapids MI $2,21675
115 Anthony Dalpra Hannon $2,21675
116 Ravi Raghavan Northbrook IL $2,21675
117 Matthew Blinder Chicago IL $2,21675
118 Tim Ebenhoeh Chesaning MI $2,09350
119 Scott Lenter Miami FL $2,09350
120 Michael Mullins Ypsilanti MI $2,09350
121 Michael Argiero Dexter MI $2,09350
122 Broderick Johnson Battle Creek MI $2,09350
123 Cy Church East Lansing MI $2,09350
124 Marius Toderici Chicago IL $2,09350
125 James Uschuk Grand Ledge MI $2,09350
126 Daniel Conway Grand Rapids MI $2,09350
127 John Simon (IL) Naperville IL $2,09350
128 Keith Heine Hillsboro MO $2,09350
129 Brian Hou Ann Arbor MI $2,09350
130 Jordan Miller Louisville KY $2,09350
131 Joseph Mattia Shelby Township MI $2,09350
132 John Mingus Louisville KY $2,09350
133 Joel Fredette Kewadin MI $2,09350
134 Jesse Allen (MI) Marquette MI $2,09350
135 Kevin O'Connor Lansing MI $2,09350
 
 

 

Level Info
Level 16
Blinds 2000 / 4000
Ante 500
Players Info
Entries 299
Players Remaining 39
Average Chip Stack 153,333
Total Chips 5,980,000
Top 10 Chip Count
Rank Player Name Chip Count
Isaac Kratchman 384,500
Randy Bullen 298,500
Kou Vang 298,000
Maurice Hawkins 274,000
Jason Mangold 257,500
Victor Gayheart 237,500
Heinz Schluter 229,000
Harold Morgan 224,500
Heidi Dresbach 222,000
10  Joel Fredette 201,500
Season Top 10 POY Points
 
Rank Player Name Points
Aaron Johnson 5,617
Blake Bohn 4,400
Kou Vang 4,300
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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