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FireKeepers Casino

May 12 - 20, 2018
Main Event: 1287 Entrants
Winner: Mark Brazis
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EVENT RECAP

FireKeepers Casino - Battle Creek, MI

May 17-20, 2018

Main Event: 1,287 Entrants

Mark Brazis Wins Record-Breaking MSPT FireKeepers, $221,323!

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The latest MSPT FireKeepers $1,100 Main Event was the largest poker tournament in Michigan history with 1,287 runners (surpassed the previous record of 1,067 set in 2017). After a long weekend of play, Indiana’s Mark Brazis emerged victorious to capture a $221,323 top prize.

“The MSPT FireKeepers is a great tournament, I really enjoyed it,” said the 36-year-old Brazis, who was playing his first MSPT event and only had to fire one bullet. “The structure was wonderful, no too slow, not too fast. FireKeepers has a great establishment here, they’re always first class. You’ll see me more on the MSPT and at FireKeepers Casino.”

Prior to the win, Brazis had just three tournament cashes on his poker resumé, with his prior best being $25,018 for finishing fifth in the 2014 World Series of Poker Horseshoe Hammond Event #1: $365 NLH.

In other news, Kou Vang became the first player inducted into the MSPT Hall of Fame while at FireKeepers. One of the criteria for induction is to notch 25 MSPT cashes with either one MSPT win or Player of the Year title. Vang, who won a title back in Season 2, cashed the MSPT FireKeepers to become the inaugural inductee.

Day 2 saw 173 players return to action, but with only 135 slated to get paid, 38 would leave empty-handed. They included Day 1C chip leader Frank Lagodich, two-time champ Jeremy Dresch, and Chad Furbay, who exited in 136th place as the bubble boy.

From there, the in-the-money finishes came quick and included current Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 9 Player of the Year points leader Aaron Johnson (15th - $13,715), World Poker Tour champ Kevin Saul (25th - $6,983), MSPT Season 6 FireKeepers champ Harry Tisdale (29h - $5,237), MSPT Season 4 POY Pat Steele (43rd - $4,115), poker pro Kenna James (57th - $3,242), two-time champ Greg Himmelbrand (68th - $2,993), MSPT Season 7 FireKeepers winner Aaron Massey (87th - $2,743), #MSPT100 victor Jason Ramos (96th - $2,618), and Minnesota’s all-time money leader Blake Bohn (124th - $2,120).

At the final table, Charles Baryames was the first to go after jamming with the A♠8♥ and failing to hold against the K♣Q♠ of Bryant Miller on a Q♦J♣10♣9♥2♥ runout. Not long after, Aaron Soulliere busted after flopping top pair only to run into the bottom set of Bryan Norris.

Two-time MSPT champ Jason Zarlenga, who entered the final table as the short stack, saw his quest for a third title come to an end in eighth place. He shoved his short stack holding the A♣7♦ and was called by Norris, who held the Q♠J♠. The board contained a jack and that was all she wrote for Zarlenga.

Before the first break of the final table, a cooler flop sent Michael Reardon to the rail in seventh place. It happened when he raised to 400,000 from the small blind with the A♠K♦ and Day 1B chip leader Justin Lee defended the big blind with the Q♥J♠. The A♦10♠K♦ flop saw Reardon bet 800K with his two pair and Lee, who flopped the nuts, just called. They got the rest in on the 4♣ turn and Readon failed to boat up on the river, which was the 4♠.

Despite winning that hand, Lee was next to go after running A♠Q♥ into the A♥K♥ of Vang, who in turn followed him out the door in fifth place. Vang lost most of his stack in a flip against Henry Zou when his pocket eights failed to hold against the latter’s Big Slick. Vang then lost his remaining chips after getting it in with ace-deuce and failing to hold against Miller’s suited king-queen.

Norris took his leave in fourth place after running his K♦6♦ into Miller’s K♠Q♦, and then Zou hit the rail when his pocket nines lost a race to Miller’s ace-ten. That allowed Miller to take a 2-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Brazis, but the tables were soon turned.

Brazis got lucky with king-queen to double through Miller, who had him crushed with ace-queen. Eventually, the two got it in preflop again, this time with Miller holding the A♥K♥ and Brazis the Q♠Q♣. It was a classic flip, and Brazis held on the 5♦9♥9♣8♣3♦ runout to win the tournament.

“It was a hard battle, he played really well,” Brazis said after the win. “He took some bad beats but always handled himself well. He fought me to the end. I’m happy I was able to win tonight. You take bad beats earlier in the tournament, you win some you lose some. Just gotta be happy to come out on top.”

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
IN 
$221,323
1,900
2
OH 
$137,158
1,700
3
MI 
$99,751
1,600
4
MI 
$76,185
1,500
5
MN 
$57,357
1,400
6
MI 
$43,641
1,300
7
MI 
$33,666
1,200
8
MI 
$26,185
1,100
9
 
$21,197
1,000
10
MI 
$17,456
900
11
IN 
$17,456
900
12
 
$17,456
900
13
OH 
$13,715
800
14
MI 
$13,715
800
15
MN 
$13,715
800
16
MI 
$11,721
700
17
IN 
$11,721
700
18
MI 
$11,721
700
19
MI 
$9,850
650
20
MI 
$9,850
650
21
MI 
$9,850
650
22
MI 
$8,229
600
23
Onslow 
IA 
$8,229
600
24
IN 
$8,229
600
25
Aurora 
IL 
$6,983
550
26
MI 
$6,983
550
27
MN 
$6,983
550
28
MI 
$5,237
500
29
Owosso 
MI 
$5,237
500
30
MI 
$5,237
500
31
MI 
$5,237
500
32
MI 
$5,237
500
33
MI 
$5,237
500
34
MI 
$5,237
500
35
Novi 
MI 
$5,237
500
36
OH 
$5,237
500
37
MI 
$4,115
450
38
MI 
$4,115
450
39
Ida 
MI 
$4,115
450
40
IL 
$4,115
450
41
MI 
$4,115
450
42
MI 
$4,115
450
43
MI 
$4,115
450
44
Novi 
MI 
$4,115
450
45
Elgin 
IL 
$4,115
450
46
MI 
$3,616
400
48
MI 
$3,616
400
49
IN 
$3,616
400
50
IN 
$3,616
400
51
MI 
$3,616
400
52
MI 
$3,616
400
53
MI 
$3,616
400
54
IN 
$3,616
400
55
MI 
$3,242
350
57
NV 
$3,242
350
58
MI 
$3,242
350
59
IN 
$3,242
350
60
MI 
$3,242
350
61
MI 
$3,242
350
62
MI 
$3,242
350
63
MI 
$3,242
350
64
MI 
$2,993
300
65
IL 
$2,993
300
66
Manton 
MI 
$2,993
300
67
Canton 
MI 
$2,993
300
68
NY 
$2,993
300
69
MI 
$2,993
300
70
MI 
$2,993
300
71
Newton 
NC 
$2,993
300
72
Novi 
MI 
$2,993
300
73
MI 
$2,868
250
74
MI 
$2,868
250
75
IL 
$2,868
250
76
MI 
$2,868
250
77
Romeo 
MI 
$2,868
250
78
IL 
$2,868
250
79
Troy 
MI 
$2,868
250
80
Dryden 
MI 
$2,868
250
81
MI 
$2,868
250
82
Holt 
MI 
$2,743
200
83
MI 
$2,743
200
84
NY 
$2,743
200
85
IL 
$2,743
200
86
MN 
$2,743
200
87
IL 
$2,743
200
88
MI 
$2,743
200
89
MI 
$2,743
200
90
Dexter 
MI 
$2,743
200
91
Warren 
MI 
$2,618
150
92
MI 
$2,618
150
93
IN 
$2,618
150
94
MI 
$2,618
150
95
MI 
$2,618
150
96
IL 
$2,618
150
97
Troy 
MI 
$2,618
150
98
MI 
$2,618
150
99
MI 
$2,618
150
100
MI 
$2,369
100
101
MI 
$2,369
100
102
MI 
$2,369
100
103
MI 
$2,369
100
104
MI 
$2,369
100
105
MN 
$2,369
100
106
Parma 
MI 
$2,369
100
107
Macomb 
MI 
$2,369
100
108
MI 
$2,369
100
109
OH 
$2,244
75
110
IL 
$2,244
75
111
Dewitt 
MI 
$2,244
75
112
MI 
$2,244
75
113
MI 
$2,244
75
114
MI 
$2,244
75
115
MI 
$2,244
75
116
Owosso 
MI 
$2,244
75
117
IL 
$2,244
75
118
MI 
$2,120
50
119
MI 
$2,120
50
120
Okemos 
MI 
$2,120
50
121
IN 
$2,120
50
122
MI 
$2,120
50
123
MI 
$2,120
50
124
MN 
$2,120
50
125
MO 
$2,120
50
126
MI 
$2,120
50
127
IA 
$2,120
50
128
Toledo 
OH 
$2,120
50
129
MI 
$2,120
50
130
MI 
$2,120
50
131
MI 
$2,120
50
132
MI 
$2,120
50
133
MI 
$2,120
50
134
Muncie 
IN 
$2,120
50
135
IL 
$2,120
50