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May 13 - 21, 2017

 
  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Jason Smith Leads 86 Day 1C Survivors; Field Swells to 1,066 to Make It Largest Tournament in Michigan History
Created (5/20/2017 9:26:43 PM by Admin System)

The MSPT’s ninth visit to FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan proved to be a record-setting affair. Four years ago, the first-ever MSPT event at the venue drew 272 total entries. The latest swelled to 1,066 entrants, which surpassed last October’s MSPT field of 884 to make it the largest poker tournament in Michigan history!

Day 1C of MSPT FireKeepers Casino drew 452 runners, which along with Day 1A’s 250 and 1B’s 364, brought the total field up to over 1,000 runners. It marked the first time in tour history that a MSPT Main Event outside of Las Vegas not only reached the four-figure mark, but will also award an over $1 million prize pool to players.

The top 99 are slated to get paid a minimum of $2,272, while the eventual winner will take home $216,829. In addition, the runner-up will also receive a six-figure payday of $131,646. The man from Day 1C best positioned to make a run at it is Jason Smith, who bagged the chip lead among the 82 surviving players with 331,000.

That is behind Day 1B chip leader Travis McIntosh (362,500) but ahead of Day 1A chip leader Brian Eklund (238,000). Smith is a familiar face on the MSPT and has even done commentary work for us. He has three MSPT final tables under his belt including a third-place finish here at FireKeepers one year ago, good for $69,228.

Others who survived the Day 1C fracas were big stacks Joseph Rahman (314,500), Daniel Panone (266,500), and Firas Sadou (262,500). They were joined by the inaugural MSPT FireKeepers champ (185,500), WSOP bracelet winner Adam Friedman (149,500), EPT4 Copenhagen champ Tim Vance (97,500), and Nick Pupillo (52,000)

Among the notables that failed to make it through to Day 2 were World Series of Poker bracelet winner Nick Jivkov, MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year Rich Alsup, two-time champ Jason Zarlenga, #MSPT100 champ Jason Ramos, and defending champ Brett Blackwood.

The surviving 86 players from Day 1C will join the 120 (48 from Day 1A and 72 from 1B) from the first two flights, meaning 206 players will return on Sunday.

Day 2 will kick off at 11 a.m. local time on Sunday and play down to a winner no matter how long it takes. Join us then as we bring you all the action straight from the tournament floor of the FireKeepers Casino Poker Room.

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
End-of-Day 1C Chip Counts
Created (5/20/2017 9:25:58 PM by Admin System)

Jason Smith 331,000
Joseph Rahman 314,500
Daniel Panone 266,500
Firas Sadou 262,500
Joseph Hinton 191,000
Thomas Midena 185,500
Chad Hephner 177,000
Ryan McPherson 176,000
Jonathan Sumrack 171,500
Randall Brooks 167,500
Jonathan Roeder 167,000
Amit Rupani 161,500
Brian Bmerthiaume 160,000
Joshua Marvin 155,500
Adam Friedman 149,500
Peter Kim 149,000
James Suchala 145,500
Dung Thai 145,000
Charles Dawson 144,500
George Dietz 140,000
David Lindquist 136,500
Bryan Norris 133,000
James Snyder 130,000
Abraham Montenegro 128,500
Justin Rice 127,000
Joseph Ermatinger 122,500
Kevin Oneil 119,000
Dandre Brown 117,000
Brandon Good 117,000
Jesse Allen 115,000
Damian Hodson 114,500
Robert Feathers 113,500
Gregory Meredith 112,000
Dash Dudley 110,500
Benjamin McCoy 109,000
Angel Vizcarra 108,500
Jack Rolnitzky 105,500
Daniel Wagner 103,500
Clinton Hubble 102,500
David Karnafel 101,500
Buck Bucceri 100,500
James Carr 100,500
Kenneth Koski 98,500
Tim Vance 97,500
Edward Mogilnicki 92,500
Mark Samson 92,000
Gregory Yeager 88,500
Thongkham Bousim 86,000
Kyle Thompson 83,000
James Ray 82,000
Andrew Davis 79,500
Jianming Zeng 79,000
Kevin Ammerman 76,500
Jerry Holderman 76,500
Yaroob Kaskorkis 76,500
Eddie Sako 73,500
Eldert Bontekoe 70,000
Michael Parvin 68,500
Wesley Bergman 67,000
Vance Essak 67,000
Gus Vergos 64,000
Susan Crouse 63,500
Scott Wilson 62,500
Robert Schmidt 62,000
Timothy McCarthy 62,000
Timothy Kearly 61,500
Tracy Sibson 61,000
Mark Holey 59,000
Leo Mitchell 58,500
Jaroslaw Hapunik 58,000
Brett Reichard 57,500
Daniel Kusnerak 53,500
James Gallagher 53,000
Daniel Tuckett 52,500
Nicholas Pupillo 52,000
Blake Luther 51,000
Michael Peters 49,000
David Berman 49,000
Michael Bruce 42,500
Michael Millikin 41,000
Terry Taieb 40,000
David Kaye 39,000
Anna Marcie 37,500
Brent Joost 34,500
Shane Cuccia 33,500
Casey Carroll 26,000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Three More Hands
Created (5/20/2017 8:51:04 PM by Admin System)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play three more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1C.

Stay tuned for the day’s recap, survivors with chip counts, and the Day 2 seat draw.

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Big Call Pays Off for Joseph Rahman
Created (5/20/2017 8:29:23 PM by Admin System)

Joseph Rahman

Joseph Rahman raised preflop and received three callers. All four players then checked the  9c 9s 8h flop before the dealer burned and turned the  ah.

Rahman led out for 9,000, another player raised to 20,000, and a third player moved all in for 116,000. The fourth player got out of the way and Rahman, who had a stack of 117,000, paused for a few beats before making the call. The player in between got out of the way.

Rahman:  9d 10d
Opponent:  da qc

Rahman had flopped trips and all he needed to do was dodge an ace on the river to win a nearly 300K pot.

The dealer burned one last time and put out the  qd, a safe card as far as Rahman was concerned.

Joseph Rahman - 295,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Jason Smith Wins Another Monster to Extend Chip Lead
Created (5/20/2017 8:02:45 PM by Admin System)

Jason Smith stacking chips.

Day 1C has belonged to Jason Smith, who not only sits with the biggest stack in the room, but currently has more than any players from Days 1A and 1B.

In a recent hand, the player in the cutoff limped and Smith raised to 6,000 from the button. Both blinds folded, the limper called, and the flop came down  10c 7s 9c.

The cutoff checked, Smith bet 12,000, and a check-raise to 50,000 followed.

Smith responded by moving all in and his opponent snap-called off for around 150,000!

Smith:  jh 8h
Opponent:  9x 7x

Smith had flopped the nut straight, but his opponent could still win with either a seven or nine. The  5h turn was safe for Smith, and so was the  4c river.

Jason Smith - 380,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
Inaugural MSPT FireKeepers Champ Sends One to the
Created (5/20/2017 7:59:23 PM by Admin System)

Tom Midena

Tom Midena, who won the first ever MSPT Main Event held at FireKeepers Casino, raised to 4,000 from middle position only to have the player on the button three-bet all in for 21,300. Action folded back to Midena and he thought for a bit before dropping in a call.

Midena:  ah 3h
Opponent:  kc 7c

Midena was ahead, but the  8c 6s jc flop made things scary as it gave his opponent a flush draw.

Fortunately for Midena, neither the  8d turn nor  3d river completed it and he scored the KO.

Tom Midena - 180,000

  • Level: 13
  • Blinds: 1000 / 2000
  • Ante: 300
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Created (5/20/2017 7:55:46 PM by Admin System)

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  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
Last Break of the Night
Created (5/20/2017 7:31:04 PM by Admin System)

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 1C.

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
McPherson flops quads
Created (5/20/2017 7:26:40 PM by Admin System)

Ryan McPherson

We missed the action, but on a board reading  9c 3s 3h 9s as Ryan McPherson got all in the chips in the middle holding  3c 3d against his opponent who held  10x 9x

Ryan McPherson - 160,000

  • Level: 12
  • Blinds: 800 / 1600
  • Ante: 200
A Round of Chip Counts
Created (5/20/2017 7:21:55 PM by Admin System)

Jason Smith - 230,000
Casey Carroll - 190,000
Randall Brooks - 187,000
Tom Midena - 160,000
Brian Berthiaume - 150,000
Abe Montenegro - 105,000
Brett Reichard - 100,000
Ravi Raghavan - 90,000
Adam Friedman - 65,000
Tim Vance - 55,000
Buck Bucceria - 55,000
Nick Pupillo - 50,000
Jimmy Ray - 45,000
Carlos Monteiro - 38,000
George Dietz - 35,000
Scott Hammett - 32,000
Jason Zarlenga - 27,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
MI 
331,000  
331,000 
 
Flint 
MI 
314,500  
314,500 
 
MI 
266,500  
266,500 
 
MI 
262,500  
262,500 
 
Ada 
MI 
191,000  
191,000 
 
MI 
185,500  
185,500 
 
MI 
177,000  
177,000 
 
MI 
176,000  
176,000 
 
Owosso 
MI 
171,500  
171,500 
 
MI 
167,500  
167,500 
 
AZ 
167,000  
167,000 
 
MI 
161,500  
161,500 
 
MN 
160,000  
160,000 
 
MI 
155,500  
155,500 
 
OH 
149,500  
149,500 
 
IL 
149,000  
149,000 
 
Toledo 
OH 
145,500  
145,500 
 
Dewitt 
MI 
145,000  
145,000 
 
KY 
144,500  
144,500 
 
IL 
140,000  
140,000 
 
MI 
136,500  
136,500 
 
MI 
133,000  
133,000 
 
IL 
130,000  
130,000 
 
IL 
128,500  
128,500 
 
MI 
127,000  
127,000 
 
MI 
122,500  
122,500 
 
MI 
119,000  
119,000 
 
OH 
117,000  
117,000 
 
MI 
117,000  
117,000 
 
MI 
115,000  
115,000 
 
MI 
114,500  
114,500 
 
NV 
113,500  
113,500 
 
IN 
112,000  
112,000 
 
MI 
110,500  
110,500 
 
VA 
109,000  
109,000 
 
IL 
108,500  
108,500 
 
MI 
105,500  
105,500 
 
NY 
103,500  
103,500 
 
MI 
102,500  
102,500 
 
MI 
101,500  
101,500 
 
IN 
100,500  
100,500 
 
MI 
100,500  
100,500 
 
Howell 
MI 
98,500  
98,500 
 
IL 
97,500  
97,500 
 
OH 
92,500  
92,500 
 
MI 
92,000  
92,000 
 
Sabina 
OH 
88,500  
88,500 
 
IN 
86,000  
86,000 
 
MI 
83,000  
83,000 
 
IN 
82,000  
82,000 
 
MI 
79,500  
79,500 
 
MI 
79,000  
79,000 
 
MI 
76,500  
76,500 
 
IN 
76,500  
76,500 
 
Mason 
MI 
76,500  
76,500 
 
MI 
73,500  
73,500 
 
MI 
70,000  
70,000 
 
MI 
68,500  
68,500 
 
MI 
67,000  
67,000 
 
MI 
67,000  
67,000 
 
MI 
64,000  
64,000 
 
 
 
 
63,500  
63,500 
 
Howell 
MI 
62,500  
62,500 
 
MI 
62,000  
62,000 
 
MI 
62,000  
62,000 
 
Canton 
MI 
61,500  
61,500 
 
MI 
61,000  
61,000 
 
MI 
59,000  
59,000 
 
MI 
58,500  
58,500 
 
IL 
58,000  
58,000 
 
WI 
57,500  
57,500 
 
Newton 
NC 
53,500  
53,500 
 
MI 
53,000  
53,000 
 
FL 
52,500  
52,500 
 
IL 
52,000  
52,000 
 
MI 
51,000  
51,000 
 
MI 
49,000  
49,000 
 
Solon 
OH 
49,000  
49,000 
 
Lapeer 
MI 
42,500  
42,500 
 
Owosso 
MI 
41,000  
41,000 
 
MI 
40,000  
40,000 
 
MI 
39,000  
39,000 
 
MI 
37,500  
37,500 
 
OH 
34,500  
34,500 
 
WI 
33,500  
33,500 
 
MI 
26,000  
26,000 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Warren 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
ND 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
WV 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Baylis 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
Fenton 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
Avon 
IN 
$216,829
1,900
2
IL 
$131,646
1,700
3
MI 
$85,699
1,600
4
MI 
$57,924
1,500
5
NY 
$42,333
1,400
6
Muncie 
IN 
$32,731
1,300
7
MI 
$26,846
1,200
8
MI 
$22,199
1,100
9
Mason 
MI 
$18,276
1,000
10
Ada 
MI 
$14,145
900
11
KY 
$14,145
900
12
MI 
$14,145
900
13
WI 
$10,840
800
14
Owosso 
MI 
$10,840
800
15
MN 
$10,840
800
16
Okemos 
MI 
$7,950
700
17
August 
MI 
$7,950
700
18
AZ 
$7,950
700
19
MI 
$6,298
600
21
MI 
$6,298
600
22
MI 
$6,298
600
24
Sabina 
OH 
$6,298
600
26
MI 
$6,298
600
28
MI 
$5,266
500
30
MI 
$5,266
500
32
NY 
$5,266
500
33
MI 
$5,266
500
35
MI 
$5,266
500
36
MI 
$5,266
500
37
Flint 
MI 
$4,337
400
38
OH 
$4,337
400
41
Toledo 
OH 
$4,337
400
43
IL 
$4,337
400
44
MI 
$4,337
400
45
MI 
$4,337
400
47
Keota 
IA 
$3,820
300
48
MI 
$3,820
300
49
MI 
$3,820
300
53
IN 
$3,820
300
54
Lapeer 
MI 
$3,820
300
55
Newton 
NC 
$3,304
200
58
MI 
$3,304
200
61
Dewitt 
MI 
$3,304
200
62
Owosso 
MI 
$3,304
200
64
IL 
$2,891
100
65
MI 
$2,891
100
69
Owosso 
MI 
$2,891
100
70
MI 
$2,891
100
71
MI 
$2,891
100
72
Elgin 
WI 
$2,891
100
73
MI 
$2,685
50
74
MI 
$2,685
50
75
MI 
$2,685
50
76
IL 
$2,685
50
78
Olivet 
MI 
$2,685
50
82
MI 
$2,375
50
84
MI 
$2,375
50
85
MI 
$2,375
50
87
VA 
$2,375
50
88
MI 
$2,375
50
90
Mason 
MI 
$2,375
50
93
Lima 
OH 
$2,272
50
95
OH 
$2,272
50
96
MI 
$2,272
50
97
Novi 
MI 
$2,272
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
14
Blinds
1200 / 2400
Ante
400
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
452
Players Remaining
86
Average Chip Stack
105,116
Total Chips
9,040,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
331,000
314,500
266,500
262,500
191,000
185,500
177,000
176,000
171,500
10 
167,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
3,275
2,300
2,200
2,100
2,100
2,000
2,000
2,000
2,000
10 
1,933