FireKeepers Casino: October 6 - 14, 2018

 
 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 

The second of three starting flights in the 2018 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino drew 462 runners, which along with 1A’s 299 brought the field up to 761 entries with Day 1C still to go.

After 16 levels of play, just 66 bagged chips on Day 1B with Irbrahim Shoubah (pictured) and his stack of 488,500 leading the pack. That is well ahead of Day 1A chip leader Isaac Kratchman, who made it through with 384,500. Others to bag big on 1B were Frank Lagodich (431,500), John Hoppes (350,000), 2017 MSPT Indiana State Poker Champion Satish Thakur (310,000), and Larry Baxter (294,500), who round out the top five.

They were joined by the likes of MSPT Season 3 Running Aces champ Rodger Johnson (231,000), John Simon (203,500), Aaron Steury (132,500), Millard Hale (122,000), Ben Keeline (120,500), 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship runner-up Cy Church (102,000), and two-time MSPT champ Greg Himmelbrand (95,500).

Among those to try and fall on 1B were three-time MSPT champ Blake Bohn, former MSPT FireKeepers champion Mike Shanahan, two-time MSPT winner Jason Zarlenga, Minnesota’s Alex Winter, MSPT Hall of Famer Rich Alsup, MSPT Season 5 POY Mike Deis, defending champ Chris Meyers, former Detroit Lions tight end Eric Stocz, MSPT Season 6 POY Mark Hodge, and poker pros Michal Lech, Nick Pupillo, Jeff Fielder, and Mike Shin.

Day 1C will kick off at Noon local time on Saturday, October 13. As usual, we’ll be there the entire time to capture all the action straight from the tournament floor, so be sure to join us then.

 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 
IRBRAHIM SHOUBAH 488,500
FRANK LAGODICH 431,500
JOHN HOPPES 350,000
SATISH-SINGH THAKUR 310,000
LARRY BAXTER 294,500
MATTHEW PLOOF 258,500
MARC STEINGOLD 257,000
RODGER JOHNSON 231,000
RYAN SHINEVARE 224,500
GREGORY MILLER 216,000
VINCENT GRILL 214,000
STEVEN HENSLEY 209,500
JOHN SIMON 203,500
PRANEETH THANGALLAPALLY 179,000
MARIUS KUDZMANAS 169,000
RYAN RODGERS 164,000
MATTHEW STAMMEN 161,500
SCOTT SINAWI 161,000
STEVEN BAHLS 160,000
GHEORGH FARMIA 157,000
ERIC DIETZ 152,000
SAMUEL FEDEROFF 150,000
GEMAL ABDORABEHE 147,500
NICHOLAS DEPALMA 145,000
DANIEL BUCKLEY 143,500
COOPER WANTY 142,500
MICHAEL LANE 136,500
AARON STEURY 132,500
JOSE RODRIGUEZ 130,500
LARRY OWEN 127,000
JAMES USCHUK 124,000
JORDAN MILLER 122,000
MILLARD HALE 122,000
HENRY PANICCIA 121,000
BENJAMIN KEELINE 120,500
BRADLEY ASHTON 115,500
JOSHUA MOSHER 115,500
BRODERICK JOHNSON 110,500
DEE BELL 107,500
THOMAS TARANTINO 102,500
CY CHURCH 102,000
GARY VIACHES 100,000
MARK MORRIS 98,000
GREG HIMMELBRAND 95,500
MARK TALBERT 93,500
MARIUS TODERICI 92,000
SCOTT VONSPREECKEN 91,000
JOHN MINGUS III 88,000
BRIAN HOU 83,500
DAVID BERMAN 83,500
STANLEY SHEDLOWSKY 83,000
RAVI RAGHAVAN 74,500
RAMTILAK GATTU 74,500
JESSE MCINTYRE 68,500
BRIAN DESROSIERS 68,500
ANDREW PEPLINSKI 67,000
JOSHUA HORTON 65,000
TERRY MOORE 64,000
DOMINIC ZSIGO 56,500
MILES REINHARD 55,500
SCOTT HAMMETT 52,000
JOEY WIDEMAN 51,500
TERRY GRIFFES 50,500
MICHAEL REARDON 47,500
RYAN ROBERTS 40,500
KENNETH KOSKI 35,000
 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play two more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1B. Stay tuned for a list of chip counts as well as a recap of the day’s action.

 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 
Scott Sinawi

Scott Sinawi raised to 9,000 from early position and called when Jeffery Castle moved all in for roughly 70,000 from the big blind.

Sinawi:
Castle:

Castle had a kicker problem and it didn’t get resolved as the board ran out a lowly .

Scott Sinawi - 180,000 (45 bb)
Jeffery Castle - Busted

 
Level:16   Blinds: 2000 / 4000   Ante:500
 

With 60,000 already in the middle, Gary Nyborg bet 45,000 on a board, and John Hoppes responded with an all in shove for 133,500. Nyborg went into the tank for a while, then elected to make the call.

Nyborg:
Hoppes:

Hoppes had a set, but was looking to dodge a club to avoid busting just before bag and tag, and he did just that on the river.

John Hoppes - 330,000 (83 bb)
Gary Nyborg - 60,000 (15 bb)

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 
Gheorghe Farima

Bernard Schrader got his stack of 27,500 all in preflop and was racing for his tournament life against Gheorghe Farima.

Farima:
Schrader:

It was a flip but not after the flop came down to pair Farima. Neither the turn nor river helped Schrader and he headed for the exit.

Gheorghe Farima - 150,000 (50 bb)
Bernard Schrader - Busted

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 
Thomas Tarantino

Thomas Tarantino raised to 12,500 from UTG+1, then called a three-bet shove to 38,500 from Pat Steele in the cutoff.

Tarantino:
Steele:

Steele needed a king to stay alive, but the left him high and dry.

Thomas Tarantino - 100,000 (33 bb)
Pat Steele - Busted

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Satish Thakur320000250000
Frank Lagodich290000165000
Gregory Miller290000297500
Ben Keeline245000170000
Cy Church17000041800
Marc Steingold150000200000
Rodger Johnson14400034600
Jordan Miller135000102500
Cooper Wanty135000112500
Jose Rodriguez122000122000
Jake Baumgartner106000105000
Greg Himmelbrand98000100000
Ravi Raghavan9600090000
Scott Hammett7800078000
Blake Whittington7450064000
Nicholas Davidson6200045000
Ryan Dykhouse4250040000
DJ Buckley3500030000
Henry Zou3300096000

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 
Larry Baxter

Former Detroit Lions tight end Eric Stocz moved all in for 55,000 from early position and Larry Baxter called from the cutoff. The button and blinds all folded and the hands were turned up.

Baxter:
Stocz:

Stocz’s best chance at surviving was to catch an ace but he was left wanting as the board ran out .

“Good luck,” Stocz offered before heading for the exit.

Larry Baxter - 170,000 (57 bb)
Eric Stocz - Busted

 
Level:15   Blinds: 1500 / 3000   Ante:500
 

A player opened for 6,000 and was met by a three-bet to 18,000 from the player to his direct left. WPT champ Ravi Raghavan then four-bet all in for 34,000 from the hijack and the original raiser jammed for roughly 60,000. The three-bettor folded what he claimed was pocket sixes.

Raghavan:
Opponent:

The flop would’ve given the three-bettor quads, but as it was Raghavan was on the ropes looking for an ace. He got one too when the dealer burned and turned the . The river was of no consequence and Raghavan more than doubled.

Ravi Raghavan - 90,000 (30 bb)

 
 
Player Name City State Chip Count Progress
Irbrahim Shoubah Dearborn MI 488,500 488,500 
Frank Lagodich Canton OH 431,500 431,500 
John Hoppes Portland MI 350,000 350,000 
Satish Thakur Farmington Hille MI 310,000 310,000 
Larry Baxter Parma MI 294,500 294,500 
Matthew Ploof Bryson City NC 258,500 258,500 
Marc Steingold Royal Oak MI 257,000 257,000 
Rodger Johnson Grand Forks ND 231,000 231,000 
Ryan Shinevare Portage MI 224,500 224,500 
Gregory Miller Corning NY 216,000 216,000 
Vincent Grill Grand Rapids MI 214,000 214,000 
Steven Hensley Mishawaka IN 209,500 209,500 
John Simon (IL) Naperville IL 203,500 203,500 
Praneeth Thangallapally Holland MI 179,000 179,000 
Marius Kudzmanas 169,000 169,000 
Ryan Rodgers Angola IN 164,000 164,000 
Matthew Stammen Coldwater OH 161,500 161,500 
Scott Sinawi Warren MI 161,000 161,000 
Steven Bahls Auburn IN 160,000 160,000 
Eric Dietz Muskegon MI 152,000 152,000 
Sam Federoff Flint MI 150,000 150,000 
Gemal Abdorabehe Dearborn MI 147,500 147,500 
Nicholas Depalma Lima OH 145,000 145,000 
DJ Buckley Eden Prairie MN 143,500 143,500 
Cooper Wanty Ann Arbor MI 142,500 142,500 
Michael Lane White Lake MI 136,500 136,500 
Aaron Steury Fort Wayne IN 132,500 132,500 
Jose Rodriguez Jackson MI 130,500 130,500 
Larry Owen East Lansing MI 127,000 127,000 
James Uschuk Grand Ledge MI 124,000 124,000 
Jordan Miller Louisville KY 122,000 122,000 
Millard Hale Kalamazoo MI 122,000 122,000 
Henry Paniccia Macomb MI 121,000 121,000 
Ben Keeline Longmont CO 120,500 120,500 
Bradley Ashton Grandville MI 115,500 115,500 
Joshua Mosher Lansing MI 115,500 115,500 
Broderick Johnson Battle Creek MI 110,500 110,500 
Dee Bell Holland MI 107,500 107,500 
Thomas Tarantino Lawrenceville GA 102,500 102,500 
Cy Church East Lansing MI 102,000 102,000 
Gary Viaches Shepard MI 100,000 100,000 
Mark Morris Grand Haven MI 98,000 98,000 
Greg Himmelbrand Bayside NY 95,500 95,500 
Mark Talbert Fort Wayne IN 93,500 93,500 
Marius Toderici Chicago IL 92,000 92,000 
Scott Vonspreecken Lansing MI 91,000 91,000 
John Mingus Louisville KY 88,000 88,000 
Brian Hou Ann Arbor MI 83,500 83,500 
David Berman Solon OH 83,500 83,500 
Stanley Shedlowsky Waterfor MI 83,000 83,000 
Ravi Raghavan Northbrook IL 74,500 74,500 
Ramtilak Gattu Northville MI 74,500 74,500 
Jesse McIntyre Dearborn MI 68,500 68,500 
Brian Desrosiers White Cloud MI 68,500 68,500 
Andrew Peplinski North Branch MI 67,000 67,000 
Joshua Horton Jackson MI 65,000 65,000 
Terry Moore Muncie IN 64,000 64,000 
Dominic Zsigo Owosso MI 56,500 56,500 
Miles Reinhard Bloomdale OH 55,500 55,500 
Scott Hammett Chelsea MI 52,000 52,000 
Joey Wideman Belle Chasse LA 51,500 51,500 
Terry Griffes Fowlerville MI 50,500 50,500 
Michael Reardon St. Claire Shores MI 47,500 47,500 
Ryan Roberts Hart MI 40,500 40,500 
Kenneth Koski Howell MI 35,000 35,000 
Nicholas Davidson Troy MI 0 Busted 
Ryan Dykhouse Grand Rapids MI 0 Busted 
Blake Whittington Jacksonville FL 0 Busted 
Henry Zou Saginaw MI 0 Busted 
Patrick Steele Chelsea MI 0 Busted 
Chris Moon Sterling Heights MI 0 Busted 
George Dietz Oak Park IL 0 Busted 
Justin Lee Grand Haven MI 0 Busted 
Keven Stammen Coldwater OH 0 Busted 
Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN 0 Busted 
Thomas Midena Brooklyn MI 0 Busted 
Sam Federoff Flint MI 0 Busted 
Eric Stocz West Bloomfield MI 0 Busted 
Mark Hodge Fernandina Beach FL 0 Busted 
Steven Pike Madison WI 0 Busted 
Harry Tisdale Owosso MI 0 Busted 
Chris Meyers Buffalo NY 0 Busted 
Travis Sweet Black River Falls WI 0 Busted 
Michael Deis Ann Arbor MI 0 Busted 
Michael Lech Fayetteville AR 0 Busted 
Gary Herstein Chicago IL 0 Busted 
Jeffrey Hill Battle Creek MI 0 Busted 
David Gutfreund Chicago IL 0 Busted 
Richard Alsup New Hope MN 0 Busted 
Ken Komberec Grafton WI 0 Busted 
Michael Paski Lansing MI 0 Busted 
Alex Winter Roseville MN 0 Busted 
Jason Zarlenga Lansing MI 0 Busted 
Victor Hoffman Onslow IA 0 Busted 
Hao "John" Sun Milwaukee WI 0 Busted 
Bob Buyce Portage MI 0 Busted 
Aaron Soulliere Ontario, Canada 0 Busted 
Mark Johnson (MI) Warren MI 0 Busted 
Mike Shin Milwaukee WI 0 Busted 
Jeff Fielder Des Moines IA 0 Busted 
Nicholas Pupillo Addison IL 0 Busted 
Sandra Morse Hudsonville MI 0 Busted 
Steve Anderson (MI) Clarklake MI 0 Busted 
Griff Woodman Portland MI 0 Busted 
Bruce Swart Grass Lake MI 0 Busted 
Blake Bohn Eden Prairie MN 0 Busted 
Mike Shanahan Avon IN 0 Busted 
Derrick Brown Mount Clemens MI 0 Busted 
Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Matthew Stammen Coldwater OH $218,5651,900
2 Joey Wideman Belle Chasse LA $135,4511,700
3 Isaac Kratchman Detroit MI $98,5101,600
4 Maurice Hawkins Lake Worth FL $75,2371,500
5 Victor Gayheart Plainwell MI $56,6431,400
6 Heinz Schluter Denver CO $43,0981,300
7 Frank Lagodich Canton OH $33,2471,200
8 Jason Mangold Chicago IL $25,8591,100
9 Dennis Brady Traverse City MI $20,9331,000
10 Derek Ritchie New Boston MI $17,239900
11 Nicholas Pupillo Addison IL $17,239900
12 Mike Shin Milwaukee WI $17,239900
13 Shawn Thompson Coldwater MI $13,545800
14 Carter Myers Breckenridge MI $13,545800
15 Steven Stout Milford MI $13,545800
16 Gheorghe Farima Chicago IL $11,575700
17 Steven Bahls Auburn IN $11,575700
18 Delmar Wieschowski Alpena MI $11,575700
19 Jimmy Ray Churubusco IN $9,728650
20 Ryan Shinevare Portage MI $9,728650
21 Steven Hensley Mishawaka IN $9,728650
22 Millard Hale Kalamazoo MI $8,127600
23 Heidi Dresbach Farmington MI $8,127600
24 Sam Federoff Flint MI $8,127600
25 Ken Stevens Marlette MI $6,896550
26 Jacob Jarous Lansing MI $6,896550
27 Kenneth Harrington Petoskey MI $6,896550
28 Tony Pena Fennville MI $5,172500
29 Edward Rush Belleville MI $5,172500
30 Alvaro Oliveira Prata Toronto $5,172500
31 Christopher Childers Gardner IL $5,172500
32 Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN $5,172500
33 Larry Baxter Parma MI $5,172500
34 Marc Steingold Royal Oak MI $5,172500
35 Blake Whittington Jacksonville FL $5,172500
36 Shawn Rings Grand Rapids MI $5,172500
37 Shane Hall Romulus MI $4,064450
38 Randall Brooks Detroit MI $4,064450
39 Matthew Ploof Bryson City NC $4,064450
40 Charles Baryames East Lansing MI $4,064450
41 Michael Lech Fayetteville AR $4,064450
42 Brian Opyrchal Troy MI $4,064450
43 John Hoppes Portland MI $4,064450
44 Steven Sarmiento Queens NY $4,064450
45 Henry Zou Saginaw MI $4,064450
46 Joshua Mosher Lansing MI $3,571400
47 Marko Doljevic Highland MI $3,571400
48 Tracy Sibson Muskegon MI $3,571400
49 Praneeth Thangallapally Holland MI $3,571400
50 Kou Vang Maplewood MN $3,571400
51 Anthony Clevio Northville MI $3,571400
52 Larry Owen East Lansing MI $3,571400
53 Cooper Wanty Ann Arbor MI $3,571400
54 Jesse McIntyre Dearborn MI $3,571400
55 Scott Modetz Oxford MI $3,202350
56 DJ Buckley Eden Prairie MN $3,202350
57 Mike Bates Royal Oak MI $3,202350
58 Satish Thakur Farmington Hille MI $3,202350
59 Brian Eklund Augusta MI $3,202350
60 Mark Barrett Ypsilanti MI $3,202350
61 Randy Bullen Marne MI $3,202350
62 Scott Hammett Chelsea MI $3,202350
63 Henry Paniccia Macomb MI $3,202350
64 Nolan Brower Byron Center MI $2,955300
65 Gemal Abdorabehe Dearborn MI $2,955300
66 Jason Sanders Grand Rapids MI $2,955300
67 Marius Kudzmanas $2,955300
68 Nicholas Depalma Lima OH $2,955300
69 Dhimitri Lleshi Clawson MI $2,955300
70 Matthew Radcliffe Columbus OH $2,955300
71 Anthony Zelinko Gladwin MI $2,955300
72 Vincent Grill Grand Rapids MI $2,955300
73 Anthony Teresi Chardon OH $2,832250
74 James Hurst III East Lansing MI $2,832250
75 Peter Skinsacos Luther MI $2,832250
76 Timothy Herek Bay City MI $2,832250
77 Ron Kruk Osceola IN $2,832250
78 Andrzej Rogowski Chicago IL $2,832250
79 Michael Lane White Lake MI $2,832250
80 Scott Vonspreecken Lansing MI $2,832250
81 Rodger Johnson Grand Forks ND $2,832250
82 Alan Waller Paw Paw MI $2,709200
83 Danny Shaba West Bloomfield MI $2,709200
84 Matt Lushin Westfield IN $2,709200
85 David Berman Solon OH $2,709200
86 Christopher George Royal Oak MI $2,709200
87 Ryan Kingsley Grosse Pointe MI $2,709200
88 Ramtilak Gattu Northville MI $2,709200
89 Royce Matheson Traverse City MI $2,709200
90 Greg Jennings Overland Park KS $2,709200
91 Uday Are Auburn Heights MI $2,586150
92 Alec Lenander Shelby Township MI $2,586150
93 Charles Ammerman Holt MI $2,586150
94 Ben Keeline Longmont CO $2,586150
95 Gary Farhat Jackson MI $2,586150
96 Irbrahim Shoubah Dearborn MI $2,586150
97 Rasul Edilov Fort Wayne IN $2,586150
98 Ralph Callear Morley MI $2,586150
99 Gary Viaches Shepard MI $2,586150
100 Ryan Rodgers Angola IN $2,340100
101 Paul Welke Ypsilanti MI $2,340100
102 Stanley Shedlowsky Waterfor MI $2,340100
103 Harold Morgan Flint MI $2,340100
104 Mark Talbert Fort Wayne IN $2,340100
105 Jose Rodriguez Jackson MI $2,340100
106 Benjamin Grise Indianapolis IN $2,340100
107 Mark Morris Grand Haven MI $2,340100
108 Joseph Ermatinger Twin Lake MI $2,340100
109 Gregory Miller Corning NY $2,21675
110 Amit Rupani Ypsilanti MI $2,21675
111 Rita Davison Cincinnati OH $2,21675
112 Aaron Steury Fort Wayne IN $2,21675
113 Dominic Zsigo Owosso MI $2,21675
114 Ryan Terpstra Grand Rapids MI $2,21675
115 Anthony Dalpra Hannon $2,21675
116 Ravi Raghavan Northbrook IL $2,21675
117 Matthew Blinder Chicago IL $2,21675
118 Tim Ebenhoeh Chesaning MI $2,09350
119 Scott Lenter Miami FL $2,09350
120 Michael Mullins Ypsilanti MI $2,09350
121 Michael Argiero Dexter MI $2,09350
122 Broderick Johnson Battle Creek MI $2,09350
123 Cy Church East Lansing MI $2,09350
124 Marius Toderici Chicago IL $2,09350
125 James Uschuk Grand Ledge MI $2,09350
126 Daniel Conway Grand Rapids MI $2,09350
127 John Simon (IL) Naperville IL $2,09350
128 Keith Heine Hillsboro MO $2,09350
129 Brian Hou Ann Arbor MI $2,09350
130 Jordan Miller Louisville KY $2,09350
131 Joseph Mattia Shelby Township MI $2,09350
132 John Mingus Louisville KY $2,09350
133 Joel Fredette Kewadin MI $2,09350
134 Jesse Allen (MI) Marquette MI $2,09350
135 Kevin O'Connor Lansing MI $2,09350
 
 

 

Level Info
Level 16
Blinds 2,000 / 4,000
Ante 500
Players Info
Entries 462
Players Remaining 66
Average Chip Stack 140,000
Total Chips 9,240,000
Top 10 Chip Count
Rank Player Name Chip Count
Irbrahim Shoubah 488,500
Frank Lagodich 431,500
John Hoppes 350,000
Satish Thakur 310,000
Larry Baxter 294,500
Matthew Ploof 258,500
Marc Steingold 257,000
Rodger Johnson 231,000
Ryan Shinevare 224,500
10  Gregory Miller 216,000
Season Top 10 POY Points
 
Rank Player Name Points
Aaron Johnson 5,617
Blake Bohn 4,400
Kou Vang 4,300
Alex Winter 3,650
Richard Alsup 3,100
Greg Himmelbrand 2,750
Osama Aweida 2,600
Adam Friedman 2,350
Pavel Plesuv 2,250
10  David Levine 2,200
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