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FireKeepers Casino

October 6 - 14, 2018
Main Event: 1271 Entrants
Winner: Matthew Stammen
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EVENT RECAP

FireKeepers Casino - Battle Creek, MI

October 11-14, 2018

Main Event: 1,271 Entrants

Matt Stammen Wins 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers, $218,565!

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The 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan drew 1,271 entries, which resulted in the fourth consecutive visit with a $1,000,000+ prize pool!

After three starting flights and a long Day 2, Matt Stammen, the elder brother of well-known poker pro Keven Stammen, emerged victorious to capture his first major title and $218,565 in prize money.

“I’m elated, what can I say? It’s unbelievable,” Stammen said after the victory. “I threw my money in the hat and it worked out.”

Stammen, a shipping manager in an Ohio machine shop earning his first MSPT cash, had this to say on his poker-famous brother: “He’s 12 years younger. He’s been yelling at me the whole tournament. He’s been giving me a little bit of advice, let’s put it that way. It’s all about the trophy, I wanted one of those trophies so bad. The money is a bonus.”

Brother Keven Stammen has cashed four times on the MSPT including a runner-up finish to Angelina Rich at The Venetian back in 2015, Keven took home $199,635 for that deep run.

Amazingly, Stammen had a surgery scheduled for Monday morning, which he planned to attend just three hours after shipping one of the Midwest’s most prestigious titles.

“The weekend went perfect,” he said. “I asked them to move my surgery back just in case this happened. It was like it was all meant to be. I’ve got foot drop, so they’re going to cut a hole in my knee to loosen up a nerve. I’ll be off work the next 4-6 weeks.”

Day 2 saw 173 players return to action but with only 135 getting paid, 38 would leave empty handed including defending champ Chris Meyers, two-time MSPT champ Greg Himmelbrand, and joint bubble victims Miles Reinhard and Dee Bell.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Nick Pupillo (11th - $17,239), 2017 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champion Carter Myers (14th - $13,545), last year’s runner-up Millard Hale (22nd - $8,127), current MSPT Kimo Sabe Mezcal Season 9 POY points leader Aaron Johnson (32nd - $5,172), Michael Lech (41st - $4,064), MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang (50th - $3,571), 2017 MSPT Indiana State Poker Champ Satish Thakur (58th - $3,202), start-of-the-day chip leader Irbrahim Shoubah (96th - $2,586), and World Poker Tour champ Ravi Raghavan (116th - $2,216).

Final Table Action

On the first hand of the final table, a short-stacked Derek Ritchie, also earning his first MSPT cash, shoved holding king-eight suited only to run into Isaac Kratchman’s pocket tens. The board ran out clean and Ritchie was the first to fall, good for $17,239.

Not long after, Dennis Brady bowed out in ninth place after running pocket threes into the kings of Matt Stammen, and then Jason Mangold exited in eighth losing ace-jack suited to Kratchman’s pocket kings all in preflop. This was Brady’s and Mangold’s first MSPT cash as well.

Frank Lagodich was the next to go in seventh place for $33,247 after losing ace-ten to Joey Wideman’s ace-jack, this was Lagodich’s second MSPT cash, previously finishing fourteenth. Germany’s Heinz Schluter followed him out the door in sixth for $43,098.

It took a while for the next players to fall but happened when Victor Gayheart got his short stack all in preflop holding ace-nine and failed to get there against Kratchman’s pocket queens. Poker pro Maurice Hawkins, who was a few hours late showing up for Day 2 after attending his 20-year high school reunion, lost ace-five to Wideman’s pocket eights to lose most of his chips. He’d lose the rest a short time later to bust in fourth place for $75,273. Hawkins’ third MSPT cash and first final table brought his career earnings to over $3.4 million.

Kratchman, the Day 1A chip leader, hit the rail in third place after the blinds and antes got too high. He jammed holding ace-nine and failed to hold against Stammen’s king-jack. Kratchman now has three MSPT cashes, one in each of the last three seasons.

On Hand #234 of the marathon final table, the final hand of the tournament took place when Stammen jammed holding ace-jack suited and Wideman called off with ten-nine. The latter flopped a gutshot straight draw but missed the turn and river to bust in second place for $135,451.

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
OH 
$218,565
1,900
2
LA 
$135,451
1,700
3
MI 
$98,510
1,600
4
FL 
$75,237
1,500
5
MI 
$56,643
1,400
6
Denver 
CO 
$43,098
1,300
7
Canton 
OH 
$33,247
1,200
8
IL 
$25,859
1,100
9
MI 
$20,933
1,000
10
MI 
$17,239
900
11
IL 
$17,239
900
12
WI 
$17,239
900
13
MI 
$13,545
800
14
MI 
$13,545
800
15
MI 
$13,545
800
16
IL 
$11,575
700
17
Auburn 
IN 
$11,575
700
18
Alpena 
MI 
$11,575
700
19
IN 
$9,728
650
20
MI 
$9,728
650
21
IN 
$9,728
650
22
MI 
$8,127
600
23
MI 
$8,127
600
24
Flint 
MI 
$8,127
600
25
MI 
$6,896
550
26
MI 
$6,896
550
27
MI 
$6,896
550
28
MI 
$5,172
500
29
MI 
$5,172
500
30
 
$5,172
500
31
IL 
$5,172
500
32
MN 
$5,172
500
33
Parma 
MI 
$5,172
500
34
MI 
$5,172
500
35
FL 
$5,172
500
36
MI 
$5,172
500
37
MI 
$4,064
450
38
MI 
$4,064
450
39
NC 
$4,064
450
40
MI 
$4,064
450
41
AR 
$4,064
450
42
Troy 
MI 
$4,064
450
43
MI 
$4,064
450
44
Queens 
NY 
$4,064
450
45
MI 
$4,064
450
46
MI 
$3,571
400
47
MI 
$3,571
400
48
MI 
$3,571
400
49
MI 
$3,571
400
50
MN 
$3,571
400
51
MI 
$3,571
400
52
MI 
$3,571
400
53
MI 
$3,571
400
54
MI 
$3,571
400
55
Oxford 
MI 
$3,202
350
56
MN 
$3,202
350
57
MI 
$3,202
350
58
MI 
$3,202
350
59
MI 
$3,202
350
60
MI 
$3,202
350
61
Marne 
MI 
$3,202
350
62
MI 
$3,202
350
63
Macomb 
MI 
$3,202
350
64
MI 
$2,955
300
65
MI 
$2,955
300
66
MI 
$2,955
300
67
 
 
$2,955
300
68
Lima 
OH 
$2,955
300
69
MI 
$2,955
300
70
OH 
$2,955
300
71
MI 
$2,955
300
72
MI 
$2,955
300
73
OH 
$2,832
250
74
MI 
$2,832
250
75
Luther 
MI 
$2,832
250
76
MI 
$2,832
250
77
IN 
$2,832
250
78
IL 
$2,832
250
79
MI 
$2,832
250
80
MI 
$2,832
250
81
ND 
$2,832
250
82
MI 
$2,709
200
83
MI 
$2,709
200
84
IN 
$2,709
200
85
Solon 
OH 
$2,709
200
86
MI 
$2,709
200
87
MI 
$2,709
200
88
MI 
$2,709
200
89
MI 
$2,709
200
90
KS 
$2,709
200
91
MI 
$2,586
150
92
MI 
$2,586
150
93
Holt 
MI 
$2,586
150
94
CO 
$2,586
150
95
MI 
$2,586
150
96
MI 
$2,586
150
97
IN 
$2,586
150
98
Morley 
MI 
$2,586
150
99
MI 
$2,586
150
100
Angola 
IN 
$2,340
100
101
MI 
$2,340
100
102
MI 
$2,340
100
103
Flint 
MI 
$2,340
100
104
IN 
$2,340
100
105
MI 
$2,340
100
106
IN 
$2,340
100
107
MI 
$2,340
100
108
MI 
$2,340
100
109
NY 
$2,216
75
110
MI 
$2,216
75
111
OH 
$2,216
75
112
IN 
$2,216
75
113
Owosso 
MI 
$2,216
75
114
MI 
$2,216
75
115
Hannon 
 
$2,216
75
116
IL 
$2,216
75
117
IL 
$2,216
75
118
MI 
$2,093
50
119
Miami 
FL 
$2,093
50
120
MI 
$2,093
50
121
Dexter 
MI 
$2,093
50
122
MI 
$2,093
50
123
MI 
$2,093
50
124
IL 
$2,093
50
125
MI 
$2,093
50
126
MI 
$2,093
50
127
IL 
$2,093
50
128
MO 
$2,093
50
129
MI 
$2,093
50
130
KY 
$2,093
50
131
MI 
$2,093
50
132
KY 
$2,093
50
133
MI 
$2,093
50
134
MI 
$2,093
50
135
MI 
$2,093
50