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FireKeepers Casino

May 9 - 17, 2015
Main Event: Entrants
Winner: Harry Tisdale
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EVENT RECAP

FireKeepers Casino - Battle Creek, MI

May 14-17, 2015

Main Event: 614 Entrants

Harry Tisdale Wins MSPT FireKeepers Casino, $142,637

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It started with a $90 super satellite seat, which turned into a $250 qualifier seat, and now Mark Rubenstein, aka Harry Tisdale, has $142,637 in his pocket after winning the Mid-States Poker Tour FireKeepers Casino, a tournament that set a Michigan state record with 614 entries. Rubenstein prevailed over a tough final table that included MSPT sponsored prosNick Pupillo and Jason Zarlenga.

Rubenstein began the day eighth out of the 119 Day 2 runners. Sixty-three would be paid, and the money bubble hit fairly quickly, as is the norm under the Allen Kessler-approved structure in the MSPT. Scott HammettNick JivkovAdam FriedmanDavid Gutfreund, and Brett Reichard were among the players walking away empty handed.

Once the money bubble burst, Mike Ross (59th), Zal Irani (57th), defending champ Ryan Dykhouse (51st), Pat Steele (48th), Adam Lamphere(39th), Jose Serratos (37th), Tom Midena (20th), Ken Baime (16th), Dan Bekavac (15th), and Mark Johnson (13th) were among the notables falling but earning compensation.

Rubenstein made a big move with 12 players left, clashing with Pupillo in a three-bet pot when Rubenstein opened for 125,000 in middle position at Level 26 (20,000/40,000/5,000). Pupillo three-bet to 320,000 in the small blind, and Rubenstein called. The flop brought a monotone Q♠2♠8♠, and Pupillo fired 250,000. His fingers hadn't even left the chips before Rubenstein said he was all in, and Pupillo quickly folded. That pot gave Rubenstein about 20 percent of the chips in play.

The rich only got richer in the last hour before the final table as Rubenstein put together a stack of over 3.8 million, while his closest competitor,Sean Munjal, had just 1.59 million with blinds at 25,000/50,000/5,000. Munjal's position was precarious with everyone besides Rubenstein so tightly bunched, and he ended up going out in 10th after losing a big flip for most of his stack with the 10♣10♥ to Nicholas Aranda's A♠K♣.

Ryan Michael then fell to a brutal beat as his A♦A♥ was outdrawn all in preflop by JC Chen's K♦Q♦ as the latter made a flush. Next out was Tom Theisen in eighth, followed by Chen in seventh when he tried one time too many to crack aces and couldn't catch Aranda with 4♥4♦.

At that point, Rubenstein and Pupillo butted heads in another monster pot, starting with Rubenstein opening the cutoff and Pupillo calling on the button. A 7♦8♣5♦ flop led to a bet of 500,000 and a shove of 1.7 million, with Rubenstein calling with his 9♥9♣. Pupillo was in a bad spot with 4♦4♠ and he failed to find another four. The MSPT team pro has been consistent about making final tables but hasn't been able to finish the deal, as he now has two fifths, two sixths, and a seventh in the past nine months.

Zarlenga looked poised for yet another final table rampage as he busted Jeremy Grable in fifth with the A♥6♣ against the A♣7♥, but a sick beat sent him out next. He got his last 955,000 in on a 6♦A♠6♥ flop with the 6♠5♦, only for William Rogers to bink an ace on the river with the A♣4♦.

From there, Aranda failed to hold with the K♠9♠ against the Q♥J♣ of Rubenstein, who found a jack on the river to go to heads-up play with more than two-thirds of the roughly 12 million chips in play at 50,000/100,000/10,000.

Just a few hands later, a massive cooler developed in a limped pot, with both Rogers an Rubenstein checking a 3♦6♣6♦ flop to see a 10♥ turn. Rogers bet 150,000, Rubenstein raised to 450,000, Rogers came back with 1 million, and Rubenstein immediately shoved. Rogers couldn't get away from his 6♥2♥ and was outkicked by his opponent's A♣6♠. The river brought a 7♦ to give Rubenstein the title. Rogers took home more than $80,000 as a consolation prize.

An exhausted Rubenstein said his dad was going to wake up to a hell of a birthday present.

The MSPT grinders will now get some time off before the biggest event of the season, the $1 million guaranteed tournament at the Venetian in early June. Visit msptpoker.com for more information.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
Owosso 
MI 
$142,637
1,700
2
MI 
$80,201
1,500
3
IL 
$50,497
1,400
4
MI 
$40,992
1,300
5
MI 
$32,674
1,200
6
IL 
$27,031
1,100
7
MI 
$21,684
1,000
8
MI 
$16,337
900
9
MI 
$11,288
800
10
MI 
$7,723
700
11
MI 
$7,723
700
12
MI 
$7,723
700
13
Warren 
MI 
$5,644
600
14
MI 
$5,644
600
15
IL 
$5,644
600
16
IL 
$4,159
500
17
MI 
$4,159
500
18
MI 
$4,159
500
19
MI 
$3,267
400
20
MI 
$3,267
400
21
Durand 
MI 
$3,267
400
23
OH 
$3,267
400
24
MI 
$3,267
400
25
IN 
$3,267
400
26
Warren 
MI 
$3,267
400
27
MI 
$3,267
400
28
MI 
$2,911
300
29
Dewitt 
MI 
$2,911
300
30
Hudson 
IN 
$2,911
300
31
MI 
$2,911
300
32
MI 
$2,911
300
33
MI 
$2,911
300
34
MI 
$2,911
300
35
MI 
$2,911
300
36
MI 
$2,911
300
37
MI 
$2,614
200
38
MI 
$2,614
200
39
MI 
$2,614
200
40
Holt 
MI 
$2,614
200
41
MI 
$2,614
200
42
MI 
$2,614
200
43
Parma 
MI 
$2,614
200
44
MI 
$2,614
200
45
IN 
$2,614
200
46
MI 
$2,317
100
47
MI 
$2,317
100
48
MI 
$2,317
100
49
IL 
$2,317
100
50
Fenton 
MI 
$2,317
100
51
MI 
$2,317
100
52
MI 
$2,317
100
53
MI 
$2,317
100
54
 
$2,317
100
55
IL 
$2,020
50
56
MI 
$2,020
50
57
IL 
$2,020
50
58
IL 
$2,020
50
59
IL 
$2,020
50
60
IL 
$2,020
50
61
MI 
$2,020
50
62
Lima 
OH 
$2,020
50
63
MI 
$2,020
50