FireKeepers Casino: March 2 - 10, 2013


PokerNews MSPT Firekeepers - Battle Creek, Michigan

3/08/2013 - 3/10/2013

Battle Creek, Michigan

Main Event - $272,000 Prize Pool, 272 Entrants

Congratulations to Thomas Midena for taking home the RF Moeller Diamond Championship Bracelet and $73,456!


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The PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour rolled into Firekeepers Casino this week for its first appearance in the state of Michigan. With a limited number of tables available, the poker room was buzzing with activity all week, and the field of 272 entrants was remarkable for a first time event. With MSPT fields growing year-by-year, this is one of the largest first time events in the history of the tour.

The winner was a popular local pro named Thomas Medina from Brooklyn, Michigan, a regular in the cash games at FireKeepers. Medina primarily plays cash games, but was so excited by his win that he is considering following the tour and will definitely be a regular at future events in the area. Medina said that he plans to use the money to continue playing poker for a living and spend some more time golfing this summer. What started as a $250 qualifier seat turned into $73,456 and the coveted RF Moeller Diamond Championship Bracelet while a large cheering section shouted support.

The heads-up battle lasted more than an hour, with another local grinder, Adam Lamphere eventually taking second place and walking away with $39,351 to help soothe the burn of a runner-up finish.

The final table was broadcast on a fifteen minute delay with hole cards on and viewership was up significantly from previous events with the addition of the PokerNews simulcast. The event was a huge success with a near perfect broadcast, excellent attendance, and positive reviews from players throughout the week.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is a beautiful, new property located on highway 94 directly between Chicago and Detroit with live poker action 24/7 as well as craps, other table games including two-deck blackjack and baccarat, a world class buffet and a host of quality restaurants and bars.

The PokerNews Mid-States Poker Tour will visit four states in the next 45 days, stopping in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Iowa before returning to Minnesota for a stop at Canterbury Park. The tour will be back at FireKeepers from August 17th to 25th and a large crowd is expected. For more information and a complete schedule, go to or follow @msptpoker on twitter.

"This was so much fun." said MSPT Ambassador Chris 'Fox' Wallace who is originally from the area. "To come back to Michigan and host an event here that was such a huge success is fantastic. The staff was great here, from the beverage servers all the way up to the top we had everything we needed and we were able to make sure the players all left wanting more. We're really looking forward to coming back in August."


Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Thomas Midena Brooklyn MI $73,4561,200
2 Adam Lamphere Lansing MI $39,3511,000
3 Tim Ebenhoeh Chesaning MI $24,922900
4 Patrick Steele Chelsea MI $18,364800
5 Benjamin Krill Las Vegas NV $15,740700
6 Trevor Kirkland Jackson MI $11,805600
7 Tom Hujda New Lenox IL $9,969500
8 Adam Bacon Bryan OH $8,920400
9 Sai Mudduluru Lansing MI $7,346300
10 Dusty Feller Angola IN $6,034200
11 Jeremy Rayburn Corunna MI $5,247200
12 Dale Hackney Durand MI $4,460200
13 Larry Garman Fort Wayne IN $3,935150
14 Ken Smurr Battle Creek MI $3,148150
15 Bryan Gwin Battle Creek MI $2,886150
16 Sam Oberlin Grand Rapids MI $2,623100
17 Chris Petrick Hudsonville MI $2,623100
18 Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI $2,623100
19 Thongkam Bousim Fort Wayne IN $2,36150
20 Steve Virant Livonia MI $2,36150
21 Hassan Fawaz Dearborn Heights MI $2,36150
22 Nai Lin Grand Rapids MI $2,09950
23 Glenn Rudd Battle Creek MI $2,09950
24 Matt Glassley Fort Wayne IN $2,09950
25 Lee Ackley Battle Creek MI $1,83650
26 Darren Rice Battle Creek MI $1,83650
27 Michael Kohles Berrien Springs MI $1,83650

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