FireKeepers Casino: October 11 - 19, 2014


Michigan State Poker Championship

FireKeepers Casino Hotel - Battle Creek, MI

October 11-19, 2014

Main Event: 517 Entrants

Ryan Dykhouse Wins MSPT FireKeepers Casino & Michigan State Poker Championship, $124,500

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After three starting flights and a grueling Day 2, Ryan Dykhouse bested a huge field of 517 entries to win the latest stop on the 2014 Mid-States Poker Tour schedule at FireKeepers.

The event would see 98 runners return for Day 2 to battle for the titles of Michigan State Poker Champion and MSPT Champion. Dykhouse made his way through to Day 2 via Day 1b and came into Day 2 smack-dab in the middle of the pack, ranked 49th in chips.

On Day 2, players reached the money four levels into play and it would take another six levels to reach the final table. On the way there, notable players lost to the cruelty of tournament poker included Patrick Steele(46th place), Michael Ross (35th), Dash Dudley (26th), and Jean Gaspard(16th).

The first full level of final-table play saw three players hit the rail, as Nik StoneChad Bienz and Jim Dominique all fell short in their bid for the championship. Tour regular Steve Anderson was next to go as he couldn’t win a race and his A♠J♠ fell short against the pocket tens of Adam Friedman.

Next to go was Phung Ngo, which was perhaps a sign of things to come for Dykhouse. After that, in fifth place was Nick Pupillo, also at the hands of Dykhouse when his A♦Q♦, couldn’t fade Dykhouse’s K♣Q♣ when he flopped a king. Jeremy Ehrke started the day as chip leader, but couldn’t get it done and exited in fourth place.

Friedman had scratched and clawed his way to the final three and it was he, Dykhouse and Mark Johnson that battled it out for quite some time. Friedman was eventually worn down and exited in third place, leaving Dykhouse and Johnson heads up.

Dykhouse started heads-up play with more than a 2-1 chip lead and, despite a couple of stumbles, never really gave up control and eventually finished off Johnson, who hung in nicely before finally succumbing to the strong play from Dykhouse.

Johnson would take home $70,000 for his efforts and Dykhouse more than tripled his previous largest live cash with the $124,500 score. Congratulations to Ryan Dykhouse, Michigan State Poker Champion and MSPT FireKeepers Champion.

The next stop of the 2014 MSPT schedule will be at Meskwaki Casino starting Nov. 1 and running through Nov. 9. The $1,100 Main Event boasts a $300,000 guarantee and will begin Nov. 7. Live coverage from the event will be right here on PokerNews, and for more information about the stop and others, you can check out


Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Ryan Dykhouse Grand Rapids MI $124,5001,600
2 Mark Johnson (MI) Warren MI $70,0001,400
3 Adam Friedman Gahanna OH $45,0001,300
4 Jeremy Ehrke Portage MI $35,7401,200
5 Nicholas Pupillo Addison IL $28,0001,100
6 Phung Ngo Commerce Township MI $23,0001,000
7 Steve Anderson (MI) Clarklake MI $18,250900
8 James Dominique Marshall MI $14,250800
9 Chad Bienz Fort Wayne IN $10,000700
10 Nikolas Stone Pittsville WI $6,500600
11 Greg Lamson Bay City MI $6,500600
12 Paul Stoddard Grand Ledge MI $6,500600
13 Henry Tran (GA) Dallas GA $5,000500
14 Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI $5,000500
15 Michael Ermie Perrysburg OH $5,000500
16 Jean Gaspard Evanston IL $3,750400
17 Alex Barill Grosse Ile MI $3,750400
18 Philip Clements Chelsea MI $3,750400
19 Michael Griebe Warren MI $2,750300
20 Kelley Edgar Cincinnati OH $2,750300
21 Ryan Austin Westerville OH $2,750300
22 Johnny Bahri Kalamazoo MI $2,750300
23 James Petzing Douglas MI $2,750300
24 Bryan Gwin Battle Creek MI $2,750300
25 Steve Maniaci Harper Woods MI $2,750300
26 Dash Dudley Lansing MI $2,750300
27 Clint Steelman Cincinnati OH $2,750300
28 Xingjun Chen Richland MI $2,500200
29 Dusty Feller Angola IN $2,500200
30 Steven Williams Novi MI $2,500200
31 Tom Klein Alto MI $2,500200
32 Anthony Brust Allegan MI $2,500200
33 Joseph Yashinsky Farmington Hills MI $2,500200
34 Kristopher Bradshaw Scottville MI $2,500200
35 Michael Ross Chicago IL $2,500200
36 Philip Chandler Caledonia MI $2,500200
37 Larry Baxter Parma MI $2,250100
38 Thomas Williams (MI) Albion MI $2,250100
39 Craig Fairchild Sherwood MI $2,250100
40 Laurance Essak West Bloomfield MI $2,250100
41 Terry Reznick Fenton MI $2,250100
42 Michael Matheny Mason MI $2,250100
43 Kurtis Kaspar Portage MI $2,250100
44 John Hertel Holland MI $2,250100
45 Josh Williams South Bend IN $2,250100
46 Patrick Steele Chelsea MI $2,00050
47 Satish Thakur Farmington Hille MI $2,00050
48 Eric Sarrazine Fort Wayne IN $2,00050
49 Doug Singleton South Haven MI $2,00050
50 Bledar Shaholli Saint Clair Shores MI $2,00050
51 Philip Wiszowaty Sterling Heights MI $2,00050
52 Gary Farhat Jackson MI $2,00050
53 Gary Goad Flushing MI $2,00050
54 Cooper Wanty Ann Arbor MI $2,00050

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