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  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Irbrahim Shoubah leads as 66 advance from Day 1B of the 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship
Created (10/12/2018 11:14:49 PM by Chad Holloway)

The second of three starting flights in the 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino drew 462 runners, which along with 1A’s 299 brought the field up to 761 entries with Day 1C still to go.

After 16 levels of play, just 66 bagged chips on Day 1B with Irbrahim Shoubah (pictured) and his stack of 488,500 leading the pack. That is well ahead of Day 1A chip leader Isaac Kratchman, who made it through with 384,500. Others to bag big on 1B were Frank Lagodich (431,500), John Hoppes (350,000), 2017 MSPT Indiana State Poker Champion Satish Thakur (310,000), and Larry Baxter (294,500), who round out the top five.

They were joined by the likes of MSPT Season 3 Running Aces champ Rodger Johnson (231,000), John Simon (203,500), Aaron Steury (132,500), Millard Hale (122,000), Ben Keeline (120,500), 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship runner-up Cy Church (102,000), and two-time MSPT champ Greg Himmelbrand (95,500).

Among those to try and fall on 1B were three-time MSPT champ Blake Bohn, former MSPT FireKeepers champion Mike Shanahan, two-time MSPT winner Jason Zarlenga, Minnesota’s Alex Winter, MSPT Hall of Famer Rich Alsup, MSPT Season 5 POY Mike Deis, defending champ Chris Meyers, former Detroit Lions tight end Eric Stocz, MSPT Season 6 POY Mark Hodge, and poker pros Michal Lech, Nick Pupillo, Jeff Fielder, and Mike Shin.

Day 1C will kick off at Noon local time on Saturday, October 13. 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 1B Chip Counts
Created (10/12/2018 11:09:20 PM by Chad Holloway)
IRBRAHIM SHOUBAH 488,500
FRANK LAGODICH 431,500
JOHN HOPPES 350,000
SATISH-SINGH THAKUR 310,000
LARRY BAXTER 294,500
MATTHEW PLOOF 258,500
MARC STEINGOLD 257,000
RODGER JOHNSON 231,000
RYAN SHINEVARE 224,500
GREGORY MILLER 216,000
VINCENT GRILL 214,000
STEVEN HENSLEY 209,500
JOHN SIMON 203,500
PRANEETH THANGALLAPALLY 179,000
MARIUS KUDZMANAS 169,000
RYAN RODGERS 164,000
MATTHEW STAMMEN 161,500
SCOTT SINAWI 161,000
STEVEN BAHLS 160,000
GHEORGH FARMIA 157,000
ERIC DIETZ 152,000
SAMUEL FEDEROFF 150,000
GEMAL ABDORABEHE 147,500
NICHOLAS DEPALMA 145,000
DANIEL BUCKLEY 143,500
COOPER WANTY 142,500
MICHAEL LANE 136,500
AARON STEURY 132,500
JOSE RODRIGUEZ 130,500
LARRY OWEN 127,000
JAMES USCHUK 124,000
JORDAN MILLER 122,000
MILLARD HALE 122,000
HENRY PANICCIA 121,000
BENJAMIN KEELINE 120,500
BRADLEY ASHTON 115,500
JOSHUA MOSHER 115,500
BRODERICK JOHNSON 110,500
DEE BELL 107,500
THOMAS TARANTINO 102,500
CY CHURCH 102,000
GARY VIACHES 100,000
MARK MORRIS 98,000
GREG HIMMELBRAND 95,500
MARK TALBERT 93,500
MARIUS TODERICI 92,000
SCOTT VONSPREECKEN 91,000
JOHN MINGUS III 88,000
BRIAN HOU 83,500
DAVID BERMAN 83,500
STANLEY SHEDLOWSKY 83,000
RAVI RAGHAVAN 74,500
RAMTILAK GATTU 74,500
JESSE MCINTYRE 68,500
BRIAN DESROSIERS 68,500
ANDREW PEPLINSKI 67,000
JOSHUA HORTON 65,000
TERRY MOORE 64,000
DOMINIC ZSIGO 56,500
MILES REINHARD 55,500
SCOTT HAMMETT 52,000
JOEY WIDEMAN 51,500
TERRY GRIFFES 50,500
MICHAEL REARDON 47,500
RYAN ROBERTS 40,500
KENNETH KOSKI 35,000
  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
Two More Hands
Created (10/12/2018 10:53:26 PM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play two more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1B. 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
Scott Sinawi Eliminates Jeffery Castle
Created (10/12/2018 10:52:48 PM by Chad Holloway)
Scott Sinawi

Scott Sinawi raised to 9,000 from early position and called when Jeffery Castle moved all in for roughly 70,000 from the big blind.

Sinawi:
Castle:

Castle had a kicker problem and it didn’t get resolved as the board ran out a lowly .

Scott Sinawi - 180,000 (45 bb)
Jeffery Castle - Busted

  • Level: 16
  • Blinds: 2000 / 4000
  • Ante: 500
John Hoppes Fades A Flush Draw For A Big Double
Created (10/12/2018 10:36:50 PM by Brandon Temple)

With 60,000 already in the middle, Gary Nyborg bet 45,000 on a board, and John Hoppes responded with an all in shove for 133,500. Nyborg went into the tank for a while, then elected to make the call.

Nyborg:
Hoppes:

Hoppes had a set, but was looking to dodge a club to avoid busting just before bag and tag, and he did just that on the river.

John Hoppes - 330,000 (83 bb)
Gary Nyborg - 60,000 (15 bb)

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Gheorghe Farima Busts Bernard Schrader
Created (10/12/2018 10:22:07 PM by Chad Holloway)
Gheorghe Farima

Bernard Schrader got his stack of 27,500 all in preflop and was racing for his tournament life against Gheorghe Farima.

Farima:
Schrader:

It was a flip but not after the flop came down to pair Farima. Neither the turn nor river helped Schrader and he headed for the exit.

Gheorghe Farima - 150,000 (50 bb)
Bernard Schrader - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Thomas Tarantino Sends Former MSPT POY Pat Steele To The Reservoir Dogs
Created (10/12/2018 10:07:43 PM by Brandon Temple)
Thomas Tarantino

Thomas Tarantino raised to 12,500 from UTG+1, then called a three-bet shove to 38,500 from Pat Steele in the cutoff.

Tarantino:
Steele:

Steele needed a king to stay alive, but the left him high and dry.

Thomas Tarantino - 100,000 (33 bb)
Pat Steele - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Late Night Chip Counts
Created (10/12/2018 10:02:59 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Satish Thakur320000250000
Frank Lagodich290000165000
Gregory Miller290000297500
Ben Keeline245000170000
Cy Church17000041800
Marc Steingold150000200000
Rodger Johnson14400034600
Jordan Miller135000102500
Cooper Wanty135000112500
Jose Rodriguez122000122000
Jake Baumgartner106000105000
Greg Himmelbrand98000100000
Ravi Raghavan9600090000
Scott Hammett7800078000
Blake Whittington7450064000
Nicholas Davidson6200045000
Ryan Dykhouse4250040000
DJ Buckley3500030000
Henry Zou3300096000

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Larry Baxter Busts Eric Stocz
Created (10/12/2018 9:59:42 PM by Chad Holloway)
Larry Baxter

Former Detroit Lions tight end Eric Stocz moved all in for 55,000 from early position and Larry Baxter called from the cutoff. The button and blinds all folded and the hands were turned up.

Baxter:
Stocz:

Stocz’s best chance at surviving was to catch an ace but he was left wanting as the board ran out .

“Good luck,” Stocz offered before heading for the exit.

Larry Baxter - 170,000 (57 bb)
Eric Stocz - Busted

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Ravi Raghavan on the Rise
Created (10/12/2018 9:55:00 PM by Chad Holloway)

A player opened for 6,000 and was met by a three-bet to 18,000 from the player to his direct left. WPT champ Ravi Raghavan then four-bet all in for 34,000 from the hijack and the original raiser jammed for roughly 60,000. The three-bettor folded what he claimed was pocket sixes.

Raghavan:
Opponent:

The flop would’ve given the three-bettor quads, but as it was Raghavan was on the ropes looking for an ace. He got one too when the dealer burned and turned the . The river was of no consequence and Raghavan more than doubled.

Ravi Raghavan - 90,000 (30 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MI 
488,500
488,500 
Canton 
OH 
431,500
431,500 
MI 
350,000
350,000 
Parma 
MI 
294,500
294,500 
NC 
258,500
258,500 
MI 
257,000
257,000 
ND 
231,000
231,000 
MI 
224,500
224,500 
NY 
216,000
216,000 
MI 
214,000
214,000 
IN 
209,500
209,500 
IL 
203,500
203,500 
 
 
169,000
169,000 
Angola 
IN 
164,000
164,000 
OH 
161,500
161,500 
Warren 
MI 
161,000
161,000 
Auburn 
IN 
160,000
160,000 
MI 
152,000
152,000 
Flint 
MI 
150,000
150,000 
MI 
147,500
147,500 
Lima 
OH 
145,000
145,000 
MN 
143,500
143,500 
MI 
142,500
142,500 
MI 
136,500
136,500 
IN 
132,500
132,500 
MI 
130,500
130,500 
MI 
127,000
127,000 
MI 
124,000
124,000 
KY 
122,000
122,000 
MI 
122,000
122,000 
Macomb 
MI 
121,000
121,000 
CO 
120,500
120,500 
MI 
115,500
115,500 
MI 
115,500
115,500 
MI 
107,500
107,500 
MI 
102,000
102,000 
MI 
100,000
100,000 
MI 
98,000
98,000 
NY 
95,500
95,500 
IN 
93,500
93,500 
IL 
92,000
92,000 
KY 
88,000
88,000 
MI 
83,500
83,500 
Solon 
OH 
83,500
83,500 
IL 
74,500
74,500 
MI 
74,500
74,500 
MI 
68,500
68,500 
MI 
65,000
65,000 
Muncie 
IN 
64,000
64,000 
Owosso 
MI 
56,500
56,500 
OH 
55,500
55,500 
MI 
52,000
52,000 
LA 
51,500
51,500 
MI 
50,500
50,500 
Hart 
MI 
40,500
40,500 
Howell 
MI 
35,000
35,000 
MI 
0
Busted 
Flint 
MI 
0
Busted 
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
462
Players Remaining
66
Average Chip Stack
140,000
Total Chips
9,240,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
488,500
431,500
350,000
310,000
294,500
258,500
257,000
231,000
224,500
10 
216,000
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