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Potawatomi Casino

April 1 - 9, 2017

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
WSOP Bracelet Winner John Reading Leads 43 Survivors from Day 1A of MSPT Potawatomi
Created (4/8/2017 2:16:05 AM by Chad Holloway)

Day 1A of the MSPT Potawatomi $1,100 Main Event in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin easily surpassed the advertised $200,000 guarantee as 233 entrants took to the felt in the first of two starting flights. After 14 levels of play, just 43 remained with World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Reading and his stack of 298,000 leading the way.

Reading, who hails from Minnesota, topped a field 1,436 in the 2015 WSOP Event #6: $1,000 Hyper Hold’em to win $252,068 and a gold bracelet. As for the MSPT, he has nine cashes for $97,685, which includes three final table appearances. His best finish to date was third in the MSPT Season 5 Canterbury Park for $37,509.

Others who bagged big stacks were Dan Crawford (219,00), MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup (208,500), two-time champ Jeremy Dresch (191,000), Andrija Solovjev (188,500), and Cero Zuccarello (182,000).

Joining them, albeit with smaller stacks, were Gary Herstein (145,000), Randy Perkins (115,000), Aaron Johnson (100,000), 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champ John Sun (71,000), and Cory Cove (34,500).

Of course, not everyone was so lucky. Among those to try and fall on Day 1A were former MSPT champs Ken Baime, Jason Mirza, Dan Goepel, Keith Heine, Travis Lauson, Vinh Tran, and Dan “DQ” Hendrickson. They were joined on the rail by MSPT Season 6 Player of the Year Mark Hodge, 2016 Aussie Millions champ and eight-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Ari Engel, and everyone’s favorite curmudgeon Howard Hankins.

Day 1B, which will kick off at 4 p.m. local time on Saturday, will the last opportunity for players to get into action. Late registration and a single re-entry option will remain open until the start of Level 10, which is approximately 10:30 p.m.

Join us tomorrow as we bring you all the action straight from the MSPT Potawatomi tournament floor.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1A Chip Counts
Created (4/8/2017 2:10:25 AM by Chad Holloway)

John Reading 298,000
Dan Crawford 219,000
Rich Alsup 208,500
Jeremy Dresch 191,000
Andrija Solovjev 188,500
Cero Zuccarello 182,000
Michael Martinelli 172,500
Goran Filipovic 169,000
Bradley Jansen 157,000
Greg Koutelidakis 153,000
Gary Herstein 145,000
Eric Eklund 137,500
Gerardo Perez 132,000
Daniel Sepiol 131,000
Duane Goetz 130,500
James Gregg 126,500
Randy Perkins 115,000
George Dietz 114,000
Brian Ganos 110,000
Jill Bryant 109,000
Nilsson Davis 108,000
Aaron Johnson 100,000
Mark Gorecki JR 96,500
Gregory Baird 95,000
Konstantin Mikhailov 92,000
Jerome Meyer 90,500
Parmod Soni 79,500
Derek Dunifer 74,000
Carter Meyers 73,000
John Sun 71,000
Abraham Montegro 70,000
Sonny Nguyen 66,500
Abraham Beddaoui 61,000
Edward Flattery 60,500
Steve Alonzo 50,000
Mary Gambotz 49,500
Louie Brazzoni 42,500
Arthur Harb 38,500
Wayne Fujita 38,500
Steven Stolzmann 35,500
Cory Cove 34,500
Corey Blomdahl 28,500
Noel Dubey 26,500

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
David Gutfreund Eliminated Late
Created (4/8/2017 2:05:24 AM by Chad Holloway)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Five More Hands
Created (4/8/2017 1:52:47 AM by Chad Holloway)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play five more hands before bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a list of survivors with chip counts as well as a recap of the Day 1A action.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Greg Baird Eliminates Brian Thomas
Created (4/8/2017 1:39:28 AM by Chad Holloway)

Greg Baird

A short-stacked Brian Thomas moved all in for 13,100 from middle position and action folded all the way around to Greg Baird, who called from the big blind.

Thomas:  ac 6h
Baird:  as js

Thomas was in a bad spot, but he got lucky to pair his kicker on the 2d 7h 6s flop. Unfortunately for him, his lead didn’t last long as Baird took it back on the  jd turn.

The  da river improved both to two pair, but of course Baird’s was best to sed Thomas to the rail.

Greg Baird - 70,000
Brian Thomas - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
John Reading Sends Alex Ziskin to the Rail
Created (4/8/2017 1:18:46 AM by Chad Holloway)

WSOP bracelet winner John Reading raised to 5,000 only to have Alex Ziskin three-bet jam for 25,200. Action folded back to Reading and he made a quick call.

Reading:  ac kh
Ziskin:  da jc

Ziskin had a kicker problem and it didn’t get resolved as the board ran out a lackluster  3d 9d 10c 7s ks.

John Reading - 230,000
Alex Ziskin - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
A Round of Chip Counts
Created (4/8/2017 1:03:45 AM by Chad Holloway)

Rich Alsup - 215,000
Jeremy Dresch - 200,000
John Reading - 200,000
Brian Ganos - 185,000
Daniel Sepiol - 175,000
Bradley Jansen - 160,000
Cero Zuccarello - 160,000
Dan Crawford - 150,000
Gary Herstein - 140,000
Aaron Johnson - 90,000
Cory Cove - 65,000
John Sun - 42,000
Garry Perez - 40,000
Carter Myers - 40,000
Marius Toderici - 38,000
Jason Reno - Busted

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
MSPT Heads to Michigan’s FireKeepers Casino May 13-21 for $300K GTD Main Event
Created (4/8/2017 12:47:26 AM by Chad Holloway)

Don’t look now, but Michigan is one of the country’s hottest spots for poker, a fact evidenced by massive tournament fields. Case in point, recent stops of the MSPT, which will visit FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek for the first time in Season 8 May 13-21.

A series of $65 and $250 qualifiers will take place in the weeks leading up to the $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 guarantee Main Event, which is once again expected to draw a massive field.

“FireKeepers recently expanded their poker room, which is great considering the fields keep getting bigger and bigger,” said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. “Not only that, they’re in the process of making changes around the casino to make it even more player friendly. If you haven’t visited FireKeepers Casino, you’re truly missing out on one of the Midwest’s premiere gaming destinations.”

The Main Event, which requires players be 21 years of age to participate, will feature three starting flights beginning with Day 1A at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. Days 1B and 1C will then be held at Noon local time on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 respectively. The remaining players from each flight will combine on Sunday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. and play until a champion is crowned.

The Main Event final table will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide on msptpoker.com using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards. In addition, the entirety of the Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT's live blog.

Last May, the largest event in MSPT history outside Las Vegas took place back as 820 entrants packed the poker room. In the end, it was poker pro Aaron Massey who took home $174,658 for the win. That event was followed up by the MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship in October. That tournament became the largest poker tournament in state history with 884 entrants and saw Brett Blackwood walk away with an $188,314 first-place prize.

Some others who've notched wins at FireKeepers are Harry Tisdale (May 2015 for $142,637), Jason Zarlenga (May 2014 for $101,482), Jordan Townsend (August 2013 for $76,975), and Thomas Midena (March 2013 for $73,456).

FireKeepers Casino Hotel opened in August of 2009. The venue features an 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, multiple restaurants and lounges, a live poker room and bingo room.

According to their website, FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104, has been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, plus earned nine first-place awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2015 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort.

FireKeepers was also selected one of the Best Casinos to Work for by Casino Player Magazine. Their signature restaurant, Nibi, is a multiple recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship a Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event.

For more information, visit firekeeperscasino.com.

For a full look at the MSPT FireKeepers schedule, click here.

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (4/8/2017 12:30:06 AM by Chad Holloway)

Players are now on their last 10-minute break of the night. When they return, they’ll play two more levels before bagging and tagging on Day 1A.

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Cero Zuccarello With the Major Cooler
Created (4/8/2017 12:29:12 AM by MSPT)

Cero Zuccarello
The Flop, Turn, & River

Cero Zuccarello of Madison, Wisconsin, recounted what may have been the cooler of the night.

As he told it, Zuccarello opened preflop from UTG+2 for 3,500 and was called by a player in middle position. Keith Heine then called from the small blind, and the player in the big blind came along.

The flop came  9s jh 9h and all players checked.

The  6h hit the turn and Zuccarello checked to the middle-position player, who bet 6,000. All players called.

The river brought the  4h and Heine led for 16,000. Zuccarello shoved all in for 37,500 and action folded to Heine, who called.

Zuccarello tabled  9c 9d for flopped quads and a stunned Heine showed  Jx Jx for a flopped full house.

Cero Zuccarello - 128,000
Keith Heine - 14,100

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MN 
298,000  
298,000 
 
WI 
219,000  
219,000 
 
MN 
208,500  
208,500 
 
MN 
191,000  
191,000 
 
WI 
188,500  
188,500 
 
WI 
182,000  
182,000 
 
NV 
172,500  
172,500 
 
WI 
169,000  
169,000 
 
WI 
157,000  
157,000 
 
IL 
153,000  
153,000 
 
IL 
145,000  
145,000 
 
WI 
137,500  
137,500 
 
WI 
132,000  
132,000 
 
IN 
131,000  
131,000 
 
WI 
130,500  
130,500 
 
WI 
126,500  
126,500 
 
IA 
115,000  
115,000 
 
IL 
114,000  
114,000 
 
WI 
110,000  
110,000 
 
Aurora 
IL 
109,000  
109,000 
 
WI 
108,000  
108,000 
 
MN 
100,000  
100,000 
 
WI 
96,500  
96,500 
 
IL 
95,000  
95,000 
 
WI 
92,000  
92,000 
 
WI 
90,500  
90,500 
 
IL 
79,500  
79,500 
 
WI 
74,000  
74,000 
 
MI 
73,000  
73,000 
 
MI 
73,000  
73,000 
 
WI 
71,000  
71,000 
 
IL 
70,000  
70,000 
 
WI 
66,500  
66,500 
 
IL 
61,000  
61,000 
 
WI 
60,500  
60,500 
 
Beloit 
WI 
50,000  
50,000 
 
IL 
49,500  
49,500 
 
WI 
42,500  
42,500 
 
WI 
38,500  
38,500 
 
IL 
38,500  
38,500 
 
WI 
35,500  
35,500 
 
Blaine 
MN 
34,500  
34,500 
 
WI 
28,500  
28,500 
 
WI 
26,500  
26,500 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MO 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Gurnee 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Verona 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Wausau 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Canton 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Ripon 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
FL 
0  
Busted 
  
NV 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Mequon 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
NV 
$114,876
1,500
3
MO 
$45,232
1,200
4
IL 
$31,352
1,100
5
IL 
$23,933
1,000
10
MN 
$8,137
500
12
IL 
$8,137
500
13
IL 
$6,222
400
14
Canton 
IA 
$6,222
400
16
MN 
$4,643
300
17
WI 
$4,643
300
18
WI 
$4,643
300
21
NY 
$3,590
200
22
IL 
$3,590
200
24
IL 
$3,590
200
25
WI 
$3,590
200
27
WI 
$3,590
200
29
WI 
$2,872
100
30
Aurora 
IL 
$2,872
100
32
IN 
$2,872
100
33
IL 
$2,872
100
34
Beloit 
WI 
$2,872
100
35
WI 
$2,872
100
39
MI 
$2,393
50
40
Denver 
CO 
$2,393
50
41
MN 
$2,393
50
42
IL 
$2,393
50
44
WI 
$2,393
50
45
WI 
$2,393
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
233
Players Remaining
43
Average Chip Stack
108,372
Total Chips
4,660,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
298,000
219,000
208,500
191,000
188,500
182,000
172,500
169,000
157,000
10 
153,000
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,400
3,500
3,425
3,250
2,950
2,867
2,700
2,700
2,492
10 
2,450