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October 6 - 14, 2018

 
  • Level: 39
  • Blinds: 400000 / 800000
  • Ante: 100000
Matt Stammen Wins 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship for $218,565
Created (10/15/2018 3:17:02 AM by Chad Holloway)

The 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan drew 1,271 entries, which resulted in the fourth consecutive visit with a $1,000,000+ prize pool!

After three starting flights and a long Day 2, Matt Stammen, the elder brother of well-known poker pro Keven Stammen, emerged victorious to capture his first major title and $218,565 in prize money.

“I’m elated, what can I say? It’s unbelievable,” Stammen said after the victory. “I threw my money in the hat and it worked out.”

Stammen, a shipping manager in an Ohio machine shop, had this to say on his poker-famous brother: “He’s 12 years younger. He’s been yelling at me the whole tournament. He’s been giving me a little bit of advice, let’s put it that way. It’s all about the trophy, I wanted one of those trophies so bad. The money is a bonus.”

Amazingly, Stammen had a surgery scheduled for Monday morning, which he planned to attend just three hours after shipping one of the Midwest’s most prestigious titles.

“The weekend went perfect,” he said. “I asked them to move my surgery back just in case this happened. It was like it was all meant to be. I’ve got foot drop, so they’re going to cut a hole in my knee to loosen up a nerve. I’ll be off work the next 4-6 weeks.”

Final Table Results
1 Matt Stammen (Coldwater, OH) $218,565
2 Joey Wideman (Belle Chasse, LA) $135,451
3 Isaac Kratchman (Detroit, MI) $98,510
4 Maurice Hawkins (Lake Worth, FL) $75,237
5 Victor Gayheart (Plainwell, MI) $56,643
6 Heinz Schluter (Denver, CO) $43,098
7 Frank Lagodich (Canton, OH) $33,247
8 Jason Mangold (Chicago, IL) $25,859
9 Dennis Brady (Traverse City, MI) $20,933
10 Derek Ritchie (New Boston, MI) $17,239

Day 2 saw 173 players return to action but with only 135 getting paid, 38 would leave empty handed including defending champ Chris Meyers, two-time MSPT champ Greg Himmelbrand, and joint bubble victims Miles Reinhard and Dee Bell.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Nick Pupillo (11th - $17,239), 2017 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champion Carter Myers (14th - $13,545), last year’s runner-up Millard Hale (22nd - $8,127), current MSPT Kimo Sabe Mezcal Season 9 POY points leader Aaron Johnson (32nd - $5,172), Michael Lech (41st - $4,064), MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang (50th - $3,571), 2017 MSPT Indiana State Poker Champ Satish Thakur (58th - $3,202), start-of-the-day chip leader Irbrahim Shoubah (96th - $2,586), and World Poker Tour champ Ravi Raghavan (116th - $2,216).

Final Table Action

On the first hand of the final table, a short-stacked Derek Ritchie shoved holding king-eight suited only to run into Isaac Kratchman’s pocket tens. The board ran out clean and Ritchie was the first to fall, good for $17,239.

Not long after, Dennis Brady bowed out in ninth place after running pocket threes into the kings of Matt Stammen, and then Jason Mangold exited in eighth losing ace-jack suited to Kratchman’s pocket kings all in preflop.

Frank Lagodich was the next to go in seventh place for $33,247 after losing ace-ten to Joey Wideman’s ace-jack, and Germany’s Heinz Schluter followed him out the door in sixth for $43,098.

It took a while for the next players to fall but happened when Victor Gayheart got his short stack all in preflop holding ace-nine and failed to get there against Kratchman’s pocket queens. Poker pro Maurice Hawkins, who was a few hours late showing up for Day 2 after attending his 20-year high school reunion, lost ace-five to Wideman’s pocket eights to lose most of his chips. He’d lose the rest a short time later to bust in fourth place for $75,273.

Kratchman, the Day 1A chip leader, hit the rail in third place after the blinds and antes got too high. He jammed holding ace-nine and failed to hold against Stammen’s king-jack.

On Hand #234 of the marathon final table, the final hand of the tournament took place when Stammen jammed holding ace-jack suited and Wideman called off with ten-nine. The latter flopped a gutshot straight draw but missed the turn and river to bust in second place for $135,451.

Just four more stops remain on the MSPT Season 9 schedule beginning with the MSPT Meskwaki in Tama, Iowa from October 27 thru November 4. That stop will offer a $1,100 buy-in, $300K GTD Main Event running the weekend of November 2-4.

  • Level: 39
  • Blinds: 400000 / 800000
  • Ante: 100000
Joey Wideman Eliminated In 2nd Place ($135,451)
Created (10/15/2018 3:10:40 AM by Brandon Temple)

Joey Wideman

Matthew Stammen jammed on the button and Joey Wideman called off his last 8 million in the big blind.

Stammen:
Wideman:

Stammen flopped the nut flush draw on the flop, but Wideman flopped a gutshot. The on the turn was no help for Wideman, and the sealed the victory for Stammen.

Joey Wideman - Eliminated in 2nd place for $135,451

  • Level: 39
  • Blinds: 400000 / 800000
  • Ante: 100000
Joey Wideman Doubles Through Matthew Stammen
Created (10/15/2018 3:04:50 AM by Brandon Temple)

Matthew Stammen jammed for 4.4 million effective on the button and Joey Wideman called in the big blind.

Stammen:
Wideman:

Wideman’s nines held on the flop, but Stammen picked up a Broadway draw on the turn. He bricked off on the [8c[ river and shipped the double to Wideman.

Matthew Stammen - 16.5 million
Joey Wideman - 9 million

  • Level: 39
  • Blinds: 400000 / 800000
  • Ante: 100000
Heads Up Break
Created (10/15/2018 2:55:24 AM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Matthew Stammen205000008215000
Joey Wideman500000016900000

  • Level: 38
  • Blinds: 300000 / 600000
  • Ante: 50000
Matthew Stammen Takes The Chip Lead From Joey Wideman
Created (10/15/2018 2:54:04 AM by Brandon Temple)

Joey Wideman limped the button, then called a raise to 1.6 million from Matthew Stammen in the big blind.

Both players checked the flop, then Stammen bet 2 million on the turn. Wideman called.

Stammen checked the river, then called a 4 million chip bet from Wideman.

Wideman showed for a pair of nines, but Stammen had the winner with .

Matthew Stammen - 16 million
Joey Wideman - 9.6 million

  • Level: 38
  • Blinds: 300000 / 600000
  • Ante: 50000
Joey Wideman Applying Pressure
Created (10/15/2018 2:40:55 AM by Brandon Temple)

Joey Wideman limped the button, then called a raise to 1.6 million from Matthew Stammen in the big blind.

Stammen bet 1.2 million on the flop, then folded to Wideman’s all in raise.

Joey Wideman - 16.9 million
Matthew Stammen - 8.215 million

  • Level: 38
  • Blinds: 300000 / 600000
  • Ante: 50000
Heads Up Chip Counts
Created (10/15/2018 2:23:34 AM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Joey Wideman130500008500000
Matthew Stammen1206500011325000

  • Level: 38
  • Blinds: 300000 / 600000
  • Ante: 50000
Isaac Kratchman Eliminated In 3rd Place ($98,510)
Created (10/15/2018 2:20:08 AM by Brandon Temple)

Isaac Kratchman

Matthew Stammen raised to 2 million in the small blind, then called the three-bet shove for 7.125 million effective from Isaac Kratchman in the big blind, who had him covered by just 600,000.

Stammen:
Kratchman:

Both players flopped a pair, but Stammen found a jack on the flop to best Kratchman’s nine. Stammen turned Kratchman dead with the and left Kratchman with a single big blind after the river.

Kratchman lost that blind next hand with his king-five coming up short against the king-jack of Stammen, and we’re now heads-up.

Isaac Kratchman - Eliminated in 3rd place for $98,510

  • Level: 37
  • Blinds: 250000 / 500000
  • Ante: 50000
Joey Wideman Jams The Flop
Created (10/15/2018 1:59:50 AM by Brandon Temple)

Matthew Stammen raised to 1.4 million on the button, and Joey Wideman called in the big blind.

Wideman open-shoved for 5 million on a flop, and Stammen thought for a moment before throwing his hand away.

Matthew Stammen - 11.325 million (23 bb)
Joey Wideman - 8.5 million (17 bb)

  • Level: 37
  • Blinds: 250000 / 500000
  • Ante: 50000
Joey Wideman Doubles Through Matthew Stammen
Created (10/15/2018 1:48:27 AM by Brandon Temple)

Matthew Stammen raised to 1.4 million on the button, then called the three-bet shove for 4.125 million from Joey Wideman in the big blind.

Stammen:
Wideman:

The classic race went Wideman’s way as he flopped trip aces with a flop, and he never looked back on the turn or river to double into the chip lead.

Joey Wideman - 9.65 million (19 bb)
Matthew Stammen - 8.525 million (17 bb)

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
OH 
25,420,000  
25,420,000 
 
LA 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Denver 
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
Canton 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
WI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Auburn 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
Alpena 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Flint 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
 
Canada 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
KY 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
Parma 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
NC 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
AR 
0  
Busted 
 
Troy 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Queens 
NY 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Oxford 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Marne 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Macomb 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
 
 
0  
Busted 
  
Lima 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Luther 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
ND 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
Solon 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
KS 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Holt 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
CO 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
Morley 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Angola 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Flint 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
NY 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
Owosso 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Hannon 
 
Canada 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Miami 
FL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Dexter 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MO 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
KY 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Warren 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Novi 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
NY 
0  
Busted 
  
GA 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
NY 
0  
Busted 
  
Howell 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
TX 
0  
Busted 
  
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
Muncie 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
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 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Howell 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Hart 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
OH 
$218,565
1,900
2
LA 
$135,451
1,700
3
MI 
$98,510
1,600
4
FL 
$75,237
1,500
5
MI 
$56,643
1,400
6
Denver 
CO 
$43,098
1,300
7
Canton 
OH 
$33,247
1,200
8
IL 
$25,859
1,100
9
MI 
$20,933
1,000
10
MI 
$17,239
900
11
IL 
$17,239
900
12
WI 
$17,239
900
13
MI 
$13,545
800
14
MI 
$13,545
800
15
MI 
$13,545
800
16
IL 
$11,575
700
17
Auburn 
IN 
$11,575
700
18
Alpena 
MI 
$11,575
700
19
IN 
$9,728
650
20
MI 
$9,728
650
22
MI 
$8,127
600
24
Flint 
MI 
$8,127
600
25
MI 
$6,896
550
26
MI 
$6,896
550
28
MI 
$5,172
500
29
MI 
$5,172
500
30
 
Canada 
$5,172
500
32
MN 
$5,172
500
33
Parma 
MI 
$5,172
500
37
MI 
$4,064
450
38
MI 
$4,064
450
42
Troy 
MI 
$4,064
450
43
MI 
$4,064
450
44
Queens 
NY 
$4,064
450
45
MI 
$4,064
450
46
MI 
$3,571
400
47
MI 
$3,571
400
48
MI 
$3,571
400
50
MN 
$3,571
400
52
MI 
$3,571
400
53
MI 
$3,571
400
54
MI 
$3,571
400
55
Oxford 
MI 
$3,202
350
56
MN 
$3,202
350
57
MI 
$3,202
350
59
MI 
$3,202
350
60
MI 
$3,202
350
61
Marne 
MI 
$3,202
350
62
MI 
$3,202
350
63
Macomb 
MI 
$3,202
350
67
 
 
$2,955
300
68
Lima 
OH 
$2,955
300
69
MI 
$2,955
300
71
MI 
$2,955
300
73
OH 
$2,832
250
75
Luther 
MI 
$2,832
250
76
MI 
$2,832
250
77
IN 
$2,832
250
78
IL 
$2,832
250
79
MI 
$2,832
250
82
MI 
$2,709
200
84
IN 
$2,709
200
85
Solon 
OH 
$2,709
200
91
MI 
$2,586
150
93
Holt 
MI 
$2,586
150
94
CO 
$2,586
150
95
MI 
$2,586
150
97
IN 
$2,586
150
98
Morley 
MI 
$2,586
150
99
MI 
$2,586
150
100
Angola 
IN 
$2,340
100
101
MI 
$2,340
100
103
Flint 
MI 
$2,340
100
104
IN 
$2,340
100
105
MI 
$2,340
100
107
MI 
$2,340
100
109
NY 
$2,216
75
110
MI 
$2,216
75
111
OH 
$2,216
75
112
IN 
$2,216
75
113
Owosso 
MI 
$2,216
75
115
Hannon 
 
Canada 
$2,216
75
117
IL 
$2,216
75
119
Miami 
FL 
$2,093
50
121
Dexter 
MI 
$2,093
50
123
MI 
$2,093
50
124
IL 
$2,093
50
128
MO 
$2,093
50
129
MI 
$2,093
50
132
KY 
$2,093
50
133
MI 
$2,093
50
135
MI 
$2,093
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
39
Blinds
400000 / 800000
Ante
100000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
1271
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
25,420,000
Total Chips
25,420,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
25,420,000
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