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October 6 - 14, 2018

 
  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Isaac Kratchman leads as 39 advance from record Day 1A field in 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship
Created (10/11/2018 11:13:28 PM by Chad Holloway)

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
End-of-Day 1A Chip Counts
Created (10/11/2018 11:10:09 PM by Chad Holloway)
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
Five More Hands
Created (10/11/2018 10:50:42 PM by Chad Holloway)

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 Takes From Jason Mangold
Created (10/11/2018 10:42:08 PM by Brandon Temple)
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 Sets Up Pat McCullough
Created (10/11/2018 10:27:56 PM by Chad Holloway)
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
Minnesota's DJ Buckley Runs Big Slick Into Rockets
Created (10/11/2018 10:23:22 PM by Brandon Temple)
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 Scores A Double KO In A Cooler Hand
Created (10/11/2018 10:05:36 PM by Brandon Temple)
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
Ash Lee Falls to Randy Bullen
Created (10/11/2018 10:04:17 PM by Chad Holloway)
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
Charles Cruce Hits the Rail
Created (10/11/2018 9:50:42 PM by Chad Holloway)

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
Late Night Big Stacks
Created (10/11/2018 9:50:33 PM by Brandon Temple)

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
Country
Chips
Progress
MI 
384,500
384,500 
Marne 
MI 
298,500
298,500 
MN 
298,000
298,000 
FL 
274,000
274,000 
IL 
257,500
257,500 
MI 
237,500
237,500 
Denver 
CO 
229,000
229,000 
Flint 
MI 
224,500
224,500 
MI 
222,000
222,000 
MI 
201,500
201,500 
MO 
194,000
194,000 
MI 
192,500
192,500 
MI 
188,000
188,000 
Luther 
MI 
186,500
186,500 
MI 
186,000
186,000 
Holt 
MI 
177,000
177,000 
OH 
153,000
153,000 
MI 
149,500
149,500 
IN 
138,500
138,500 
IN 
136,000
136,000 
MI 
127,000
127,000 
MI 
125,500
125,500 
MI 
122,000
122,000 
IN 
112,000
112,000 
Alpena 
MI 
107,000
107,000 
MI 
105,000
105,000 
MI 
104,000
104,000 
Oxford 
MI 
94,500
94,500 
Novi 
MI 
92,500
92,500 
Howell 
MI 
85,000
85,000 
MI 
81,500
81,500 
MI 
69,000
69,000 
MI 
61,000
61,000 
MI 
61,000
61,000 
MI 
0
Busted 
Avon 
IN 
0
Busted 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
OH 
$218,565 
1,900 
2
LA 
$135,451 
1,700 
3
MI 
$98,510 
1,600 
4
FL 
$75,237 
1,500 
5
MI 
$56,643 
1,400 
6
Denver 
CO 
$43,098 
1,300 
7
Canton 
OH 
$33,247 
1,200 
8
IL 
$25,859 
1,100 
9
MI 
$20,933 
1,000 
10
MI 
$17,239 
900 
11
IL 
$17,239 
900 
12
WI 
$17,239 
900 
13
MI 
$13,545 
800 
14
MI 
$13,545 
800 
15
MI 
$13,545 
800 
16
IL 
$11,575 
700 
17
Auburn 
IN 
$11,575 
700 
18
Alpena 
MI 
$11,575 
700 
19
IN 
$9,728 
650 
20
MI 
$9,728 
650 
21
IN 
$9,728 
650 
22
MI 
$8,127 
600 
23
MI 
$8,127 
600 
24
Flint 
MI 
$8,127 
600 
25
MI 
$6,896 
550 
26
MI 
$6,896 
550 
27
MI 
$6,896 
550 
28
MI 
$5,172 
500 
29
MI 
$5,172 
500 
30
 
Canada 
$5,172 
500 
31
IL 
$5,172 
500 
32
MN 
$5,172 
500 
33
Parma 
MI 
$5,172 
500 
34
MI 
$5,172 
500 
35
FL 
$5,172 
500 
36
MI 
$5,172 
500 
37
MI 
$4,064 
450 
38
MI 
$4,064 
450 
39
NC 
$4,064 
450 
40
MI 
$4,064 
450 
41
AR 
$4,064 
450 
42
Troy 
MI 
$4,064 
450 
43
MI 
$4,064 
450 
44
Queens 
NY 
$4,064 
450 
45
MI 
$4,064 
450 
46
MI 
$3,571 
400 
47
MI 
$3,571 
400 
48
MI 
$3,571 
400 
49
MI 
$3,571 
400 
50
MN 
$3,571 
400 
51
MI 
$3,571 
400 
52
MI 
$3,571 
400 
53
MI 
$3,571 
400 
54
MI 
$3,571 
400 
55
Oxford 
MI 
$3,202 
350 
56
MN 
$3,202 
350 
57
MI 
$3,202 
350 
58
MI 
$3,202 
350 
59
MI 
$3,202 
350 
60
MI 
$3,202 
350 
61
Marne 
MI 
$3,202 
350 
62
MI 
$3,202 
350 
63
Macomb 
MI 
$3,202 
350 
64
MI 
$2,955 
300 
65
MI 
$2,955 
300 
66
MI 
$2,955 
300 
67
 
 
$2,955 
300 
68
Lima 
OH 
$2,955 
300 
69
MI 
$2,955 
300 
70
OH 
$2,955 
300 
71
MI 
$2,955 
300 
72
MI 
$2,955 
300 
73
OH 
$2,832 
250 
74
MI 
$2,832 
250 
75
Luther 
MI 
$2,832 
250 
76
MI 
$2,832 
250 
77
IN 
$2,832 
250 
78
IL 
$2,832 
250 
79
MI 
$2,832 
250 
80
MI 
$2,832 
250 
81
ND 
$2,832 
250 
82
MI 
$2,709 
200 
83
MI 
$2,709 
200 
84
IN 
$2,709 
200 
85
Solon 
OH 
$2,709 
200 
86
MI 
$2,709 
200 
87
MI 
$2,709 
200 
88
MI 
$2,709 
200 
89
MI 
$2,709 
200 
90
KS 
$2,709 
200 
91
MI 
$2,586 
150 
92
MI 
$2,586 
150 
93
Holt 
MI 
$2,586 
150 
94
CO 
$2,586 
150 
95
MI 
$2,586 
150 
96
MI 
$2,586 
150 
97
IN 
$2,586 
150 
98
Morley 
MI 
$2,586 
150 
99
MI 
$2,586 
150 
100
Angola 
IN 
$2,340 
100 
101
MI 
$2,340 
100 
102
MI 
$2,340 
100 
103
Flint 
MI 
$2,340 
100 
104
IN 
$2,340 
100 
105
MI 
$2,340 
100 
106
IN 
$2,340 
100 
107
MI 
$2,340 
100 
108
MI 
$2,340 
100 
109
NY 
$2,216 
75 
110
MI 
$2,216 
75 
111
OH 
$2,216 
75 
112
IN 
$2,216 
75 
113
Owosso 
MI 
$2,216 
75 
114
MI 
$2,216 
75 
115
Hannon 
 
Canada 
$2,216 
75 
116
IL 
$2,216 
75 
117
IL 
$2,216 
75 
118
MI 
$2,093 
50 
119
Miami 
FL 
$2,093 
50 
120
MI 
$2,093 
50 
121
Dexter 
MI 
$2,093 
50 
122
MI 
$2,093 
50 
123
MI 
$2,093 
50 
124
IL 
$2,093 
50 
125
MI 
$2,093 
50 
126
MI 
$2,093 
50 
127
IL 
$2,093 
50 
128
MO 
$2,093 
50 
129
MI 
$2,093 
50 
130
KY 
$2,093 
50 
131
MI 
$2,093 
50 
132
KY 
$2,093 
50 
133
MI 
$2,093 
50 
134
MI 
$2,093 
50 
135
MI 
$2,093 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
16
Blinds
2000 / 4000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
299
Players Remaining
39
Average Chip Stack
153,333
Total Chips
5,980,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
384,500
298,500
298,000
274,000
257,500
237,500
229,000
224,500
222,000
10 
201,500
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