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FireKeepers Casino

October 10 - 13, 2019
Main Event: 1615 Entrants
Winner: Bobby Noel
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EVENT RECAP

The 2019 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino proved to be a record-setting affair by attracting 1,615 entries over three flights. That made it the largest poker tournament in Michigan state history, as was the $1,565,066 prize pool on tap.

In the end, 31-year-old Bobby Noel finished as the last player standing to claim the title and $262,145 first-place prize. Prior to the career-high score, Noel had $305,584 in lifetime earnings including a prior best $136,625 for finishing runner-up to Josh Reichard in the 2018 HPT Championship.

“My first time here, I’ll probably come back now I guess. I’m feeling good,” Noel said after the win. “I haven’t been playing a ton this year. I had some success last year. Things just seem to be working out pretty well for me.”

On his way to victory, Noel had to defeat a former champ and a World Poker Tour champion.

“I would say it was the hardest final I’ve played by far,” he added.

Day 2 Action

The start of Day 2 saw 211 players return to action, and of those 171 were slated to get paid. Among those to fall short of the money was MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang, WSOP Main Event finalist Nick Manion, and bubble boy Brandon Sinawi, who lost ace-king to ace-queen all in preflop when a lady spiked on the river.

Among those to cash but fall short of making the final table were bracelet winner Ben Keeline (55th - $3,913), Minnesota Hall of Famer Blake Bohn (67th - $3,443), Nick Pupillo (68th - $3,443), MSPT FireKeepers champ Chris Moon (74th - $3,287), three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby (87th - $3,130), and current MSPT Season 10 points leader Mike Shin (95th - $2,817).

Making his fourth appearance at a MSPT FireKeepers final table was poker pro Aaron Massey, who was joined by his brother Ralph Massey. It marked the first time the two had made a major final table together, but their shared experienced didn’t last long as Aaron was the first to fall after losing a flip with king-jack to the pocket tens of Noel.

Dapreesch Scates was the next to go after his ace-queen fell to king-jack blind on blind against Noel, and Erik Koch followed him out the door in eighth place losing queen-ten suited to Noel’s kings all in preflop.

At that point a rare double elimination took place when Hyung Cho got it in with nine-ten suited, Justin Pease with Big Slick, and Keven Stammen holding ace-eight. Stammen, who had both players covered, spiked a runner-runner straight to send them both to the rail and bring the field down to five players.

Day 1c chip leader Isaac Kratchman, who finished third in the 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship, was the next to go after shoving the small blind with queen-ten only to have Noel wake up with ace-jack suited in the big. The better hand held and Kratchman had to settle for fifth place and $70,427 in prize money.

Massey then cracked the pocket aces of Elliott Hebden holding ten-nine thanks to a ten on the flop – which is when the chips went in – and another on the river. Not long after, the short-stacked Stammen, brother to 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Champ Matt Stammen, also fell to Massey, who took a nearly 2-1 chip lead into heads-up play.

Despite that, it was Noel coming out on top to send Massey to the rail in second place for a career-high $161,200.

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
PA 
$262,145
0
2
IL 
$161,200
0
3
OH 
$122,074
1,600
4
Perry 
MI 
$92,337
1,500
5
MI 
$70,427
1,400
6
 
 
$53,212
1,300
7
IN 
$42,256
1,200
8
MI 
$32,866
1,100
9
MI 
$26,606
1,000
10
IL 
$20,345
900
11
Macomb 
MI 
$20,345
900
12
MI 
$20,345
900
13
OH 
$17,215
850
14
KS 
$17,215
850
15
WI 
$17,215
850
16
MI 
$14,398
800
17
Miami 
FL 
$14,398
800
18
MI 
$14,398
800
19
MI 
$12,051
750
20
IN 
$12,051
750
21
MI 
$12,051
750
22
OH 
$10,173
700
23
FL 
$10,173
700
24
NY 
$10,173
700
25
MI 
$8,608
650
26
Delton 
MI 
$8,608
650
27
Holly 
MI 
$8,608
650
28
Okemos 
MI 
$6,260
600
29
IN 
$6,260
600
30
Milan 
MI 
$6,260
600
31
MI 
$6,260
600
32
MI 
$6,260
600
33
Boone 
NC 
$6,260
600
34
IL 
$6,260
600
35
OH 
$6,260
600
36
MI 
$6,260
600
37
OH 
$4,852
550
38
MN 
$4,852
550
39
Omaha 
NE 
$4,852
550
40
MI 
$4,852
550
41
MI 
$4,852
550
42
MI 
$4,852
550
43
OH 
$4,852
550
44
CA 
$4,852
550
45
IL 
$4,852
550
46
MI 
$4,382
500
47
Dewitt 
MI 
$4,382
500
48
SC 
$4,382
500
50
MI 
$4,382
500
51
Macomb 
MI 
$4,382
500
52
MI 
$4,382
500
53
Flint 
MI 
$4,382
500
54
MO 
$4,382
500
55
CO 
$3,913
450
56
 
 
$3,913
450
57
MI 
$3,913
450
58
IL 
$3,913
450
59
OH 
$3,913
450
60
Troy 
MI 
$3,913
450
61
OH 
$3,913
450
62
MI 
$3,913
450
63
Holly 
MI 
$3,913
450
64
MI 
$3,443
400
65
MI 
$3,443
400
66
 
$3,443
400
67
MN 
$3,443
400
68
IL 
$3,443
400
69
MI 
$3,443
400
70
MI 
$3,443
400
71
MI 
$3,443
400
72
IA 
$3,443
400
73
CA 
$3,287
350
74
MI 
$3,287
350
75
MI 
$3,287
350
76
VA 
$3,287
350
77
MI 
$3,287
350
78
MI 
$3,287
350
79
IL 
$3,287
350
80
MI 
$3,287
350
81
MI 
$3,287
350
82
IN 
$3,130
300
83
MI 
$3,130
300
84
MO 
$3,130
300
85
Naples 
FL 
$3,130
300
86
MI 
$3,130
300
87
MN 
$3,130
300
88
MI 
$3,130
300
89
Marne 
MI 
$3,130
300
90
Canton 
MI 
$3,130
300
91
TN 
$2,817
250
92
MI 
$2,817
250
93
MI 
$2,817
250
94
IL 
$2,817
250
95
WI 
$2,817
250
96
MI 
$2,817
250
97
IL 
$2,817
250
98
MI 
$2,817
250
99
MI 
$2,817
250
100
MI 
$2,661
200
101
MI 
$2,661
200
102
MI 
$2,661
200
103
Pewamo 
MI 
$2,661
200
104
MI 
$2,661
200
105
IL 
$2,661
200
106
MI 
$2,661
200
107
MI 
$2,661
200
108
MI 
$2,661
200
109
MI 
$2,504
150
110
Nunica 
MI 
$2,504
150
111
 
 
$2,504
150
112
MI 
$2,504
150
113
OH 
$2,504
150
114
Warren 
MI 
$2,504
150
115
MI 
$2,504
150
116
CO 
$2,504
150
117
IL 
$2,504
150
118
TX 
$2,348
100
119
MI 
$2,348
100
120
MI 
$2,348
100
121
MI 
$2,348
100
122
NC 
$2,348
100
123
MI 
$2,348
100
124
IL 
$2,348
100
125
MI 
$2,348
100
126
 
 
$2,348
100
127
Warren 
MI 
$2,348
100
128
MI 
$2,348
100
129
 
 
$2,348
100
130
MI 
$2,348
100
131
Owosso 
MI 
$2,348
100
132
SD 
$2,348
100
133
MI 
$2,348
100
134
MI 
$2,348
100
135
Milan 
MI 
$2,348
100
136
IL 
$2,191
75
137
Macomb 
MI 
$2,191
75
138
MI 
$2,191
75
139
MI 
$2,191
75
140
MI 
$2,191
75
141
Savage 
MN 
$2,191
75
142
MI 
$2,191
75
143
MI 
$2,191
75
144
Avon 
IN 
$2,191
75
145
MI 
$2,191
75
146
Flint 
MI 
$2,191
75
147
MI 
$2,191
75
148
MI 
$2,191
75
149
MI 
$2,191
75
150
MI 
$2,191
75
151
MI 
$2,191
75
152
IL 
$2,191
75
153
WI 
$2,191
75
154
IL 
$2,035
50
155
MI 
$2,035
50
156
MI 
$2,035
50
157
MI 
$2,035
50
158
MI 
$2,035
50
159
Miami 
FL 
$2,035
50
160
IN 
$2,035
50
161
OH 
$2,035
50
162
MI 
$2,035
50
163
Fresno 
CA 
$2,035
50
164
MI 
$2,035
50
165
Okemos 
MI 
$2,035
50
166
Holt 
MI 
$2,035
50
167
Toledo 
OH 
$2,035
50
169
IL 
$2,035
50
170
Muncie 
IN 
$2,035
50
171
MI 
$2,035
50