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FireKeepers Casino

October 10 - 18, 2015
Main Event: Entrants
Winner: Michael Ferrarotti
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EVENT RECAP

FireKeepers Casino - Battle Creek, MI

October 15-18, 2015

Main Event: 559 Entrants

Michael Ferrarotti Wins MSPT FireKeepers Casino, $134,642!

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Michael Ferraroti, originally from Redford, Michigan, says he is mostly a cash game player and that he only started playing tournaments in 2014, with the exception of possibly one tournament in 2013.

"My wife would always ask me, why don't you ever do well in tournaments?" he said. "I told her that I don't play very many, but after that I figured I could focus more on getting better at tournaments."

Ferrarotti took down the first prize of $134,642 when he topped a field of 559 entries in the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour FireKeepers Casino Main Event — otherwise known as the 2015 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship — and it seems like his focus has paid off. But it wasn't all smooth sailing. As Ferrarotti put it, he spent a lot of time over the two days of the tournament "surviving."

"I had 20,000 chips for like four hours," he said. "But I'm a champion now. No one can take that away from me."

Ferrarotti came into the final table second in chips and seemed to stay out of the way while Bill Rogers knocked out four of the final table players. Ferrarotti says he was in for two buy-ins in the MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship and that this is his fourth MSPT event. He mainly plays cash games in Detroit.

Early on Day 1a, Ferrarotti was all in and won a race for his tournament life. The player from the under-the-gun position raised to 3,000 and Ferrarotti reraised all in for his last 11,525. The under-the-gun player called and showed the A♣K♣. Ferrarotti showed the 9♣9♠. The board ran out 4♦2♠J♠4♠5♦, and Ferrarotti doubled up.

After "surviving" for two days, Ferrarotti made a run at the right time. Plus, it also doesn't hurt to river a full house in the final hand to win the title and $134,642.

That will do it from the MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship. Congratulations to all the winners, but especially to the champion, Michael Ferrarotti.

The next MSPT champ will be crowned at Meskwaki Casino in Tama, Iowa, in November. The $1,110 Main Event takes place from Nov. 6-8, and you can find more information at MSPTpoker.com.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
MI 
$134,642
1,600
2
MI 
$75,703
1,400
3
OH 
$48,666
1,300
4
Morley 
MI 
$38,662
1,200
5
MI 
$30,281
1,100
6
MI 
$24,874
1,000
7
IL 
$19,737
900
8
MI 
$15,411
800
9
Toledo 
OH 
$10,815
700
10
IN 
$7,029
600
11
MI 
$7,029
600
12
TN 
$7,029
600
13
MI 
$5,407
500
14
Canton 
MI 
$5,407
500
15
Novi 
MI 
$5,407
500
16
MI 
$4,055
400
17
Novi 
MI 
$4,055
400
18
MI 
$4,055
400
19
MI 
$2,974
300
21
IL 
$2,974
300
22
IN 
$2,974
300
23
MI 
$2,974
300
24
MI 
$2,974
300
25
MI 
$2,974
300
26
MI 
$2,974
300
27
CA 
$2,974
300
28
IL 
$2,704
200
29
Flint 
MI 
$2,704
200
30
MI 
$2,704
200
31
NV 
$2,704
200
32
MI 
$2,704
200
33
MI 
$2,704
200
34
MI 
$2,704
200
35
MI 
$2,704
200
37
MI 
$2,433
100
38
MI 
$2,433
100
39
SD 
$2,433
100
40
MI 
$2,433
100
41
MI 
$2,433
100
42
MI 
$2,433
100
43
Alma 
MI 
$2,433
100
44
MI 
$2,433
100
45
MI 
$2,433
100
46
MI 
$2,163
50
47
MI 
$2,163
50
48
MI 
$2,163
50
49
MI 
$2,163
50
50
MI 
$2,163
50
51
OH 
$2,163
50
52
Olivet 
MI 
$2,163
50
53
OH 
$2,163
50
54
Parma 
MI 
$2,163
50