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.