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May 13 - 21, 2017

 
  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 30000
Mike Shanahan Tops Field of 1,066 to Win MSPT FireKeepers – the Largest Event in Michigan History – for $216,829
Created (5/22/2017 1:50:04 AM by Admin System)

To say the MSPT’s ninth visit to FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan was a big one would be an understatement.

Not only did it attract 1,066 entries, which surpassed last October’s MSPT field of 884 to make it the largest poker tournament in Michigan history, it also awarded over $1 million in prizes to players. Pretty amazing considering just four years ago “only” 272 runners played in the inaugural event.

After a long weekend of play in what was the MSPT’s largest-ever event held outside Las Vegas, Indiana’s Mike Shanahan, a 49-year-old attorney, emerged victorious to capture a $216,829 first-place prize.

“I’ve been knocking on the door for a couple years, and this is the best I ever played,” Shanahan said after the win. “I’m elated. This was fun. There’s nothing like going deep in a tournament and finishing it off. All the guys back home are following me. We play cash games at the Knights of Columbus and also at the Moose Lodge. A bunch of good players.”

The win was by far the biggest cash of Shanahan’s poker career. Prior to it, he had $164,291 in earnings with a career-best $29,329 for finishing 291st in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. Though that was a bit of a disappointing finish for him as he was at one time the tournament chip leader.

“I get teased about that so much,” he said of that run. “On Day 4, I had a million-chip lead on the field. If I knew then what I know now, it’d have been a different Main Event for me.”

As for what he’ll do with the money, aside from taking another shot in this year’s Main Event, the married father of two grown sons only had two things bookmarked.

“Pay some taxes and take a vacation,” he said.

To win the title, Shanahan bested poker pro Aaron Massey in heads-up play. Massey had won the MSPT FireKeepers one year prior, and amazingly it was his third MSPT FireKeepers final table in a row (he finished seventh in last fall’s MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship). To put it another way, he final tabled the three largest events – fields of 820, 884 and 1,066 entries – in Michigan history. He ultimately exited in second place for $131,646, which moved him into third place on the MSPT all-time money list.

Day 2 saw 206 players return to action, but with only 99 slated to get paid, more than half the field left empty handed. Among those to fall short of the money were MSPT Season 4 Player of the Year Pat Steele, 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champ John Sun, and former MSPT FireKeepers champ Michael Ferrarotti.

Once the bubble burst, another 89 players exited before the final table was set. Among them were World Series of Poker bracelet winner Adam Friedman (95th - $2,272), 2016 MSPT Wisconsin State Poker Champ Andy Rubinberg (83rd - $2,375), 2016 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship runner up Cy Church (44th - $4,337), three-time MSPT champ Carl Carodenuto (31st - $5,266), and the last champ in the field, Charlie Dawson (11th - $14,145), who bubbled the final table.

It took just two hands at the final table for Joe Hinton to get his stack of 1.6 million all in holding ace-queen at the 40,000/80,000/10,000 level only to run into the ace-king of Shanahan. The board ran out all low cards and Hinton was out the door in 10th place for $14,145, his first MSPT cash.

Aaron Massey

On Hand #32, Justin Rice raised to 220,000 under the gun holding the 7♣7♦ and Scott Skriba defended the big blind with the A♥10♣. The A♣7♥5♠ flop hit both players, and Skriba checked to Rice, who bet 180,000. Skirba woke up with a check-raise to 400,000, Rice just called, and the A♠ appeared on the turn.

Skirba led out for 500,000, Rice flatted, and the K♥ completed the board on the river. Skirba, who had 700,000 back, checked but ended up calling off when Rice moved all in. Skirba took home $18,276 for finishing in ninth place.

Two hands later, Dustin Smith got it in preflop with pocket deuces against Rice’s Big Slick, and an ace on the river ended his run in eighth place for $22,199. Five hands after that, Daniel Panone bowed out shoving his short stack from the button with jack-ten and failing to get there against the ace-nine of Frank Lucarelli.

From there, Terry Moore fell after getting his short stack in with jack-four and running it into Rice’s queen-jack, and a short time later Chris Meyers ran king-jack into the king-queen of Lucarelli. Neither player got lucky and fell in sixth and fifth place respectively.

On Hand #83 of the final table, with the blinds at 100,000/200,000/30,000, Rice three-bet all in for 3.8 million with the 5♣5♥ and was called by Shanahan’s Q♦Q♣. The board ran out a clean 3♠K♣8♥2♥3♥ and Rice headed to the payout desk in fourth place.

Lucarelli was the short stack three handed, and he became Massey’s first final table victim. It happened when Lucarelli shoved his last 1.1 million from the button holding the K♥4♥ and running into the J♠J♦ of Massey. The board ran out 10♠10♣5♠2♦9♦ and Massey took 13 million chips into heads-up play against Shanahan’s 8.1 million.

It only took a couple of hands for Shanahan to seize the lead, and about 30 minutes into the match things came to a head when Massey four-bet all in holding the A♦Q♦ and Shanahan called with the Q♥Q♠. The board ran out 4♠J♥8♥K♣J♦ and Shanahan became a MSPT champ.

Final Table Results
1 Mike Shanahan (Avon IN) $216,829
2 Aaron Massey (Elmwood Park, IL) $131,646
3 Frank Lucarelli (Woodhaven, MI) $85,699
4 Justin Rice (Walled Lake, MI) $57,924
5 Chris Meyers (Buffalo, NY) $42,333
6 Terry Moore (Muncie, IN) $32,731
7 Daniel Panone (Rochester, MI) $26,846
8 Dustin Smith (Middleville, MI) $22,199
9 Scott Skriba (Mason, MI) $18,276
10 Joe Hinton (Ada, MI) $14,145

The MSPT now heads to Las Vegas for our midsummer $1,100 buy-in, $2,500,000 guaranteed Main Event at The Venetian June 5-9. The MSPT will return to FireKeepers Casino October 7-15 for the 2017 Michigan State Poker Championship.

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Final Table Draw & Counts -- Tune Into Live Stream
Created (5/21/2017 8:24:55 PM by Admin System)

The final ten players of the MSPT FireKeepers Main Event – the largest poker tournament in Michigan history with 1,066 runners – are now combining down to the final table. They will then be sent on a short dinner break. Cards will be back in the air at 10:15 p.m. local time (9:15 p.m. CDT) with the live stream starting 15 minute after that. Who will walk away with the $216,829 prize? You’ll have to tune in to find out.

We won’t be reporting anymore of the action here in live blog (other than an end-of-day recap), so if you want more in-depth coverage we encourage you to tune into the live stream to watch with hole cards on a 15-minute delay.

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Final Table

1 - Dustin Smith (Middleville, MI) … 1.715 million
2 - Joe Hinton (Ada, MI) ... 1.73 million
3 - Daniel Panone (Rochester, MI) ... 665,000
4 - Frank Lucarelli (Woodhaen, MI) ... 2.1 million
5 - Aaron Massey (Elmwood Park, IL) ... 3.895 million
6 - Scott Skriba (Mason, MI) ... 3.135 million
7 - Justin Rice (Waterford, MI) ... 2.08 million
8 - Michael Shanahan (Avon, IN) ... 2.365 million
9 - Chris Meyers (Buffalo, NY) ... 2.68 million
10 - Terry Moore (Muncie, IN) ... 985,000

  • Level: 29
  • Blinds: 40000 / 80000
  • Ante: 10000
Former MSPT Champ Charlie Dawson Eliminated in 11th Place ($14,145)
Created (5/21/2017 8:23:33 PM by Admin System)

Charlie Dawson

After being crippled in a big pot, former MSPT Tropicana Evansville champ Charlie Dawson moved all in for roughly 600,000 from the button and Justin Rice called from the big blind.

Rice:  ac 10h
Dawson:  kd 8h

The  2d 10s 6c flop left Dawson looking for a king, but he came up wanting after the  3d blanked on the turn followed by the 2d river.

Charlie Dawson – Eliminated in 11th place for $14,145

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Dapreesch Scates Eliminated in 12th Place ($14,145)
Created (5/21/2017 8:19:45 PM by Admin System)

Dapreesch Scates

In the last hand of Level 28, Michael Shanahan, who was sitting on 1.24 million, raised the button to 140,000 and then snap-called when Dapreesch Scates three-bet all in for 1.165 million.

Scates:  jd 9s
Shanahan:  ks kd

As it turned out, Scates had picked a bad spot and it cost him his tournament life after the board ran out  6s kc 2d 10s2d.

Michael Shanahan - 2.4 million
Dapreesch Scates – Eliminated in 12th place for $14,145

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Brett Reichard Eliminated in 13th Place ($10,840)
Created (5/21/2017 8:01:35 PM by Admin System)

Brett Reichard

Wisconsin’s Brett Reichard moved all in for 815,000 from the hijack and Dustin Smith called from the cutoff. The button and blinds all folded and it was a classic flip.

Reichard:  ac kd
Smith:  qc qd

Reichard was looking to improve, but things went the opposite way when the flop came  qh 7c 2d to give Smith a set. The  3c turn left Reichard drawing dead, and he headed for the payout desk after the  3d was run out on the river.

Dustin Smith - 1.7 million
Brett Reichard - Eliminated in 13th place for $10,840

  • Level: 28
  • Blinds: 30000 / 60000
  • Ante: 10000
Jonathan Sumrack Eliminated in 14th Place ($10,840)
Created (5/21/2017 7:49:18 PM by Admin System)

Jonathan Sumrack

Jonathan Sumrack moved all in for 570,000 from middle position and Joseph Hinton just called from the hijack. The rest of the players folded and Sumrack discovered the bad news.

Sumrack:  5s 5h
Hinton:  ah da

“I guess I need to use my one time,” Sumrack said.

It fell on deaf ears though as the board wound up running out an unhelpful  jh 7s 4h 9d 3s.

Joseph Hinton - 2 million
Jonathan Sumrack – Eliminated in 14th place for $10,840)

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Todd Breyfogle Eliminated in 15th Place ($10,840)
Created (5/21/2017 7:16:44 PM by Admin System)

Todd Breyfogle

Minnesota’s Todd Breyfogle got his stack of roughly 630,000 all in preflop and found himself at risk against Brett Reichard.

Reichard:  ac kc
Breyfogle:  qd 10s

Breyfogle was behind but drawing to two live cards. The  jh 2h 9h flop didn’t hit him directly, but it did give him an open-ended straight draw. Unfortunately for him, both the  7c turn and  6h river were blank cards and he hit the rail in 15th place.

Brett Reichard - 1.5 million
Todd Breyfogle – Eliminated in 15th Place for $10,840

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Al Singletary Eliminated in 16th Place ($7,950)
Created (5/21/2017 7:13:39 PM by Admin System)

On a board reading  8s js kd 8h qh, Al Singletary got his chips all in holding  Kx Qx only to discover Aaron Massey had him beat with the  8c 9d.

Aaron Massey - 3.1 million
Al Singletary – Eliminated in 16th place for $7,950

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Jonathan Roeder Eliminated in 18th Place ($7,950)
Created (5/21/2017 7:09:26 PM by Admin System)

Jonathan Roeder

Scott Skriba raised to 120,000 and Brett Reichard called. Jonathan Roeder then moved all in for roughly 600,000 from the cutoff and action folded back to Skriba, who moved all in over the top. Reichard folded and it was a flip.

Roeder:  jh jd
Skriba:  as kh

Roeder got it in good, but he fell behind on the  7s 10s kd flop. Neither the  4h turn nor  kc river helped Roeder, and he made his way to the payout desk in 18th to collect 7,950.

Not long after, Jeff Hill followed him out the door in 17th place for the same payday.

Jonathan Roeder – Eliminated in 18th place for $7,950

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Chip Counts on break
Created (5/21/2017 7:02:54 PM by Admin System)

Table Seat Player Chip Count
10 1 Charles Dawson 940,000
10 2 Chris Meyers 1,650,000
10 3 Justin Rice 2,655,000
10 4 Mike Shanahan 851,000
10 5 Frank Lucarelli 1,340,000
10 6 Terry Moore 870,000
10 7 Jonathan Sumrack 575,000
10 8 Dapreesch Scates 1,600,000
10 9 Dustin Smith 683,000
Table Seat Player Chip Count
22 1 Joseph Hinton 2,600,000
22 2 Aaron Massey 1,665,000
22 3 Todd Breyfogle 725,000
22 4 Scott Skriba 2,060,000
22 5 Al Singletary 900,000
22 6 Brett Reichard 1,060,000
22 7 Jonathan Roeder 720,000
22 8 Daniel Panone 1,010,000
22 9 Jeffrey Hill 720,000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Avon 
IN 
21,320,000  
21,320,000 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
NY 
0  
Busted 
  
Muncie 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
KY 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Mason 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Ada 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
Owosso 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Okemos 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
August 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
AZ 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Sabina 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
Flint 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Keota 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
Owosso 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Newton 
NC 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Owosso 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MO 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
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
34
Blinds
120000 / 240000
Ante
40000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
1066
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
21,320,000
Total Chips
21,320,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
21,320,000
0
0
10 
0
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