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May 7 - 15, 2016

 
  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Aaron Massey Wins MSPT FireKeepers for $174,658
Created (5/16/2016 12:55:04 AM by Chad Holloway)

The record-breaking Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) FireKeepers – the tour's largest Main Event outside of Las Vegas – attracted 820 entries (165 Day 1a, 310 Day 1b, and 345 Day 1c) and created a $820,000 total prize pool. On Sunday, 167 players returned to action, and 15 hours later, Aaron Massey emerged as champion to capture his first MSPT title and a $174,658 first-place prize.

"I'm feeling really good," said Massey, who fired two bullets on Day 1c. "Perfect timing right before the summer, great for my morale. I'm heading down to New Orleans tomorrow and the World Series of Poker is after that. I thrive in these big fields over my career. I do really well in the mid-majors. That's my bread and butter. I'm just really happy to close it out in such a big field.

Massey, a top pro now with nearly $2.9 million in lifetime earnings, broke through back in 2012 when he topped a field of 1,394 to take down the Winstar The River Guaranteed $4 Million Poker Series of $651,559. Since then, he's continued to dominate by finishing third in the 2014 WSOP Event #55: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em for $255,209, runner-up in the World Poker Tour Borgata Open $500 Big Stack Reentry for $219,209, and a win in the 2014 Heartland Poker Tour East Chicago for $177,502.

Prior to this event, Massey, also a former HPT Player of the Year, only had one MSPT cash on his poker résumé -- 155th in the MSPT Venetian for $2,512. Now he's the winner of the MSPT's largest-ever event outside of Vegas.

With 81 players slated to cash, 86 players needed to hit the rail before the money was reached. Among those to leave empty handed were former champ Ryan Dykhouse, reigning MSPT Player of the Year Mark Hodge, defending champ Michael Ferrarotti, and 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Joe Cada, who fell three spots shy of the money after running pocket fives into the nines of MSPT Pro Matt Kirby.

Once the bubble burst, the eliminations came at a rapid pace and included Dan Heimiller (67th - $2,223), Tom Midena (59th - $2,540), Kirby (57th - $2,540), Nick Pupillo (54th - $2,937), Mark Johnson (43rd - $3,334), and Adam Lamphere (19th - $5,002).

Jason Smith began the final table as the chip leader, but first blood would go to MSPT Season 3 Running Aces champ Rodger Johnson, who on the fourth hand picked up pocket tens and survived Ryan Lally's ace-queen. Lally earned $11,354 for his tenth-place finish.

That's when Smith got to work eliminating players in back-to-back hands. First, he sent Brian Brenneke to the rail in ninth place after flopping a set of threes to vault past tens, and in the next hand he called David Berman's shove with ace-three, which flopped two pair to pull ahead of his opponent's ace-jack. Neither the turn nor river helped Berman, and he had to settle for eighth place and an $18,498 payday.

Not long after, Al Singletary, who had been extremely aggressive, opened for 500,000 in Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000). Smith pushed back with a three-bet to 1.2 million, Singletary moved all in for 2.8 million, and Smith called. Both players held ace-king, but Smith's were suited diamonds. The flop brought two diamonds and the river one more to send Singletary out the door in seventh place.

After Richard Bai bowed out in sixth place – his queen-eight failed to get there against the ace-ten of Ron Krux – newlywed Chris Blik hit the rail in fifth place after shoving his short stack with ten-nine and running into two players with pocket pairs. Interestingly, Blik was married on Friday, and the best man at his wedding was none other than Casey Carroll, who was less than a week removed from winning the HPT Ameristar East Chicago for $174,469.

Four-handed play lasted awhile, and that is when Massey came on strong. Eventually he and Smith collided in a cooler hand, and Massey doubled big when his kings held against Smith's queens. Smith was crippled but still managed to outlast Johnson, who fell in third after shoving his short stack with a weak ace only to run into Kruk's pocket jacks. Smith followed him out the door one hand later.

That set up a heads-up match between Massey and Kruk with the former holding a little less than a 2-1 chip lead. The two jostled back and forth for awhile, but before long it came to a head with Massey holding Big Slick and Kruk the inferior ace-queen. Massey's hand held and Kruk had to settle for runner-up.

"The fact that it was such a big field, it does make me feel good," Massey added. "It feels more prestigious to me. The MSPT is fantastic. You offer a great product, and I can speak for me, my brother, and my friends, we're always thrilled to be able come out here and compete for a good amount of money for a reasonable buy-in. It's definitely something special."

Final Table Results

Rank Player Name City State Amount Points
1 Aaron Massey Elmwood Park IL $174,658 1,800
2 Ron Kruk Osceola IN $106,383 1,600
3 Jason Smith Ferndale MI $69,228 1,500
4 Rodger Johnson Grand Forks ND $47,952 1,400
5 Chris Blik Grandville MI $34,932 1,300
6 Richard Bai Schaumburg IL $26,834 1,200
7 Al Singletary Okemos MI $22,150 1,100
8 David Berman Solon OH $18,498 1,000
9 Brian Brenneke Fort Wayne IN $14,847 900
10 Ryan Lally Rockford MI $11,354 800

The tour will now head to Las Vegas for the annual midseason summer MSPT Venetian, which will take place from June 6-10. That tournament boasts a massive $2 million guarantee and will no doubt end up the largest MSPT event in history. Don't miss it!

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Ron Kruk Eliminated in 2nd Place ($106,393)
Created (5/16/2016 12:53:12 AM by Chad Holloway)

Ron Kruk

Aaron Massey opened for 430,000 from the button and Ron Kruk three-bet all in for right around 5.3 million. Massey snap-called and Kruk discovered the bad news.

Massey:  as kh

Kruk:  ac qs

Both players held a big ace, but Massey’s king had him out in front. That’s what made the difference to as the board ran out  js 7s da 8c ks.

Ron Kruk - Eliminated in 2nd place for $106,393

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Ron Kruk Saved on the River
Created (5/16/2016 12:36:17 AM by Chad Holloway)

Aaron Massey raised to 525,000 on the button and then called when Ron Kruk shoved for 2.46 million.

Massey:  3c 3h

Kruk:  ah 2h

The  5c 4h 4c flop gave Kruk some counterfeit outs, and the  9h turn added to them. However, it’d be the  ac on the river that would give him new life.

Aaron Massey - 11,330,000

Ron Kruk - 4,980,000

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 30000
Heads-Up Slow Going
Created (5/16/2016 12:22:33 AM by Chad Holloway)

Aaron Massey and Ron Kruk have failed to play any huge pots, but that said even swiping the blinds does add up. Massey has been doing more of that, and as such he’s slowly whittling away at Kruk.

Aaron Massey - 12,840,000

Ron Kruk - 3,470,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Heads-Up Chip Counts
Created (5/15/2016 11:53:04 PM by Chad Holloway)

Aaron Massey - 10,035,000

Ron Kruk - 6,275,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Jason Smith Eliminated in 3rd Place ($69,228)
Created (5/15/2016 11:52:35 PM by Chad Holloway)

Jason Smith

Jason Smith moved all in for 950,000 from the button and Aaron Massey called from the big blind.

Massey:  as qd

Smith:  ks 3d

The  2d 7c 8s flop was no help to Smith, but the  3s turn was as he took the lead with a pair. Unfortunately for the long-time chip leader, the  qs spiked on the river to give Massey the win with a bigger pair.

Jason Smith - Eliminated in 3rd place for $69,228.

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Rodger Johnson Eliminated in 4th Place ($47,952)
Created (5/15/2016 11:49:20 PM by Chad Holloway)

Rodger Johnson

Rodger Johnson moved all in under the gun for 1.75 million and Ron Kruk called from the big blind.

Kruk:  js jd

Johnson:  3h ah

The  4s kh jc flop gave Kruk a set, and he boated up when the  4h paired the board on the turn. The meaningless  6c completed the board on the river and Johnson, the MSPT Season 3 MSPT Running Aces champ, took his leave from the tournament.

Ron Kruk - 6,335,000

Rodger Johnson – Eliminated in 4th place for $47,952

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Ron Kruk's Turn to Double Through Jason Smith
Created (5/15/2016 11:46:29 PM by Chad Holloway)

Ron Kruk moved all in under the gun for for 2.178 million and Jason Smith called from the big blind.

Kruk:  kh 10s

Smith:  ac 9s

“Blockersm” Smith joked when the flop came down  jd qc jh. While that was true, it didn’t matter as the  as turn gave Kruk the straight. The  4c river failed to help Smith, and Kruk doubled through.

Ron Kruk - 4,400,000

Jason Smith - 955,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
Massey vs. Smith in a Cooler Hand
Created (5/15/2016 11:42:15 PM by Chad Holloway)

Aaron Massey raised to 325,000 under the gun and Jason Smith three-bet to 795,000 from the button. Both blinds folded, Massey four-bet to 1.43 million, and Smith five-bet all in. Massey snap-called off for 4.55 million.

Massey:  kh ks

Smith:  qc qh

It was a cooler for Smith, and he shipped over more than half his stack after the board ran out  9h kc ac 9s 6h.

Aaron Massey - 9,420,000

Jason Smith - 3,140,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 80000 / 160000
  • Ante: 20000
A Double for Ron Krux
Created (5/15/2016 11:31:50 PM by Chad Holloway)

Jason Smith raised to 320,000 under the gun and Ron Kruk three-bet all in for 1.015 million. Both blinds folded and Smith opted to make the call.

Smith:  8d 9d

Kruk:  da 9h

The board ran out  10c 6s 6c 3s jc and Kruk doubled through.

Jason Smith - 6,500,000

Ron Kruk - 2,330,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
IL 
16,400,000  
5,100,000 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Solon 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
Okemos 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Novi 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
Akron 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
Troy 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
Morley 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Lisle 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
Parma 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Durand 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
 
 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
Elsie 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Warren 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Warren 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Ionia 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
TN 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Lima 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Olivet 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Flint 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
Novi 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
VA 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
Flint 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
Troy 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Stugis 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Argyle 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Pigeon 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Grimes 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Kent 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
CA 
0  
Busted 
  
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
Almont 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
NV 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Lapeer 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Angola 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Fenton 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
Owosso 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Macomb 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
August 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Mason 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Howe 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Willis 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IL 
$174,658
1,800
2
IN 
$106,383
1,600
3
MI 
$69,228
1,500
4
ND 
$47,952
1,400
5
MI 
$34,932
1,300
6
IL 
$26,834
1,200
7
Okemos 
MI 
$22,150
1,100
8
Solon 
OH 
$18,498
1,000
10
MI 
$11,354
800
12
IN 
$11,354
800
14
IL 
$8,654
700
16
MI 
$6,351
600
17
Morley 
MI 
$6,351
600
19
MI 
$5,002
500
20
Akron 
OH 
$5,002
500
21
Novi 
MI 
$5,002
500
23
Troy 
MI 
$5,002
500
25
MN 
$5,002
500
26
Lisle 
IL 
$5,002
500
27
IN 
$5,002
500
28
Parma 
MI 
$4,049
400
29
MI 
$4,049
400
31
Durand 
MI 
$4,049
400
32
MI 
$4,049
400
33
IN 
$4,049
400
38
IL 
$3,334
300
39
Elsie 
MI 
$3,334
300
40
Warren 
MI 
$3,334
300
41
MI 
$3,334
300
42
MI 
$3,334
300
45
Ionia 
MI 
$3,334
300
48
MI 
$2,937
200
49
MI 
$2,937
200
50
WI 
$2,937
200
52
MI 
$2,937
200
56
TN 
$2,540
100
57
MN 
$2,540
100
58
MI 
$2,540
100
59
MI 
$2,540
100
62
Lima 
OH 
$2,540
100
63
MI 
$2,540
100
64
Olivet 
MI 
$2,223
50
69
IN 
$2,223
50
72
MI 
$2,223
50
73
OH 
$2,064
50
74
MI 
$2,064
50
75
MI 
$2,064
50
79
MI 
$2,064
50
81
MN 
$2,064
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
33
Blinds
100000 / 200000
Ante
30000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
820
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
8,200,000
Total Chips
16,400,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
16,400,000
0
0
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
1,700
1,500
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,375
10 
1,375