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May 12 - 20, 2018

 
  • Level: 37
  • Blinds: 250000 / 500000
  • Ante: 50000
Mark Brazis Wins Record-Breaking MSPT FireKeepers for $221,323
Created (5/21/2018 2:23:05 AM by Chad Holloway)

The latest MSPT FireKeepers $1,100 Main Event was the largest poker tournament in Michigan history with 1,287 runners (surpassed the previous record of 1,067 set in 2017). After a long weekend of play, Indiana’s Mark Brazis emerged victorious to capture a $221,323 top prize.

“The MSPT FireKeepers is a great tournament, I really enjoyed it,” said the 36-year-old Brazis, who was playing his first MSPT event and only had to fire one bullet. “The structure was wonderful, no too slow, not too fast. FireKeepers has a great establishment here, they’re always first class. You’ll see me more on the MSPT and at FireKeepers Casino.”

Prior to the win, Brazis had just three tournament cashes on his poker resumé, with his prior best being $25,018 for finishing fifth in the 2014 World Series of Poker Horseshoe Hammond Event #1: $365 NLH.

In other news, Kou Vang became the first player inducted into the MSPT Hall of Fame while at FireKeepers. One of the criteria for induction is to notch 25 MSPT cashes with either one MSPT win or Player of the Year title. Vang, who won a title back in Season 2, cashed the MSPT FireKeepers to become the inaugural inductee.

Here’s a look at the final table payouts:

Final Table Results

1st Mark Brazis (Syracuse, IN) $221,323
2nd Bryant Miller (West Unity, OH) $137,158
3rd Henry Zou (Saginaw, MI) $99,751
4th Bryan Norris (Farmington Hills, MI) $76,185
5th Kou Vang (Maplewood, MN) $57,357
6th Justin Lee (Grand Haven, MI) $43,641
7th Michael Reardon (St. Claire Shores, MI) $33,666
8th Jason Zarlenga (Lansing, MI) $26,185
9thAaron Soulliere (Ontario, Canada) $21,197
10th Charles Baryames (East Lansing, MI) $17,456

Day 2 saw 173 players return to action, but with only 135 slated to get paid, 38 would leave empty-handed. They included Day 1C chip leader Frank Lagodich, two-time champ Jeremy Dresch, and Chad Furbay, who exited in 136th place as the bubble boy.

From there, the in-the-money finishes came quick and included current Kimo Sabe Mezcal MSPT Season 9 Player of the Year points leader Aaron Johnson (15th - $13,715), World Poker Tour champ Kevin Saul (25th - $6,983), MSPT Season 6 FireKeepers champ Harry Tisdale (29h - $5,237), MSPT Season 4 POY Pat Steele (43rd - $4,115), poker pro Kenna James (57th - $3,242), two-time champ Greg Himmelbrand (68th - $2,993), MSPT Season 7 FireKeepers winner Aaron Massey (87th - $2,743), #MSPT100 victor Jason Ramos (96th - $2,618), and Minnesota’s all-time money leader Blake Bohn (124th - $2,120).

At the final table, Charles Baryames was the first to go after jamming with the and failing to hold against the of Bryant Miller on a runout. Not long after, Aaron Soulliere busted after flopping top pair only to run into the bottom set of Bryan Norris.

Two-time MSPT champ Jason Zarlenga, who entered the final table as the short stack, saw his quest for a third title come to an end in eighth place. He shoved his short stack holding the and was called by Norris, who held the . The board contained a jack and that was all she wrote for Zarlenga.

Before the first break of the final table, a cooler flop sent Michael Reardon to the rail in seventh place. It happened when he raised to 400,000 from the small blind with the and Day 1B chip leader Justin Lee defended the big blind with the . The flop saw Reardon bet 800K with his two pair and Lee, who flopped the nuts, just called. They got the rest in on the turn and Readon failed to boat up on the river, which was the .

Despite winning that hand, Lee was next to go after running into the of Vang, who in turn followed him out the door in fifth place. Vang lost most of his stack in a flip against Henry Zou when his pocket eights failed to hold against the latter’s Big Slick. Vang then lost his remaining chips after getting it in with ace-deuce and failing to hold against Miller’s king-queen suits.

Norris took his leave in fourth place after running his into Miller’s , and then Zou hit the rail when his pocket nines lost a race to Miller’s ace-ten. That allowed Miller to take a 2-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Brazis, but the tables were soon turned.

Brazis got lucky with king-queen to double through Miller, who had him crushed with ace-queen. Eventually, the two got it in preflop again, this time with Miller holding the and Brazis the . It was a classic flip, and Brazis held on the runout to win the tournament.

“It was a hard battle, he played really well,” Brazis said after the win. “He took some bad beats but always handled himself well. He fought me to the end. I’m happy I was able to win tonight. You take bad beats earlier in the tournament, you win some you lose some. Just gotta be happy to come out on top.”

Season 9 of the MSPT continues this summer at The Venetian in Las Vegas. It’s there that we’ll be hosting five events with a combined $12 million in GTDs. That includes the famed $1,100 MSPT Venetian ($3.5 million GTD) from June 3-8.

  • Level: 37
  • Blinds: 250000 / 500000
  • Ante: 50000
Bryant Miller Eliminated In 2nd Place ($137,158)
Created (5/21/2018 2:06:11 AM by Brandon Temple)

Bryant Miller

Bryant Miller limped the button, and Mark Brazis raised to 1.4 million from the big blind. Miller then limp-shoved for 7.3 million and Brazis snapped him off!

Miller:
Brazis:

It was a classic coin flip, and the flop was good for Brazis, leaving Miller drawing to an ace, king, or running hearts.

The turn meant Brazis just had to dodge six outs to take down MSPT Firekeepers, and he did just that when the fell on the river.

Bryant Miller - Eliminated in 2nd place for $137,158

  • Level: 37
  • Blinds: 250000 / 500000
  • Ante: 50000
Updated Chip Counts
Created (5/21/2018 1:59:09 AM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Mark Brazis1560000017600000
Bryant Miller103000008300000

  • Level: 36
  • Blinds: 200000 / 400000
  • Ante: 50000
Mark Brazis Doubles Into The Chip Lead
Created (5/21/2018 1:35:44 AM by Brandon Temple)

Mark Brazis raised to 1 million on the button, then snapped off his last 9 million when Bryant Miller jammed from the big blind.

Miller:
Brazis:

Miller was five cards away from taking the title, but he hung his head after a flop gave Brazis top pair and the lead. The on the turn gave Miller some hope with a gutshot in addition to his ace, but he bricked off on the river.

Mark Brazis - 18.1 million
Bryant Miller - 8.3 million

  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 50000
Big Pot For Bryant Miller
Created (5/21/2018 1:18:42 AM by Brandon Temple)

Mark Brazis raised to 1 million on the button and was called by Bryant Miller in the big blind.

Both players checked a flop, and Miller bet 600,000 on the turn. Brazis called.

The hit the river, and Miller bet 4 million. Brazis tanked for a bit, then called.

Miller tabled for a full house, and Brazis mucked.

Bryant Miller - 22 million
Mark Brazis - 3.8 million

  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 50000
Henry Zou Eliminated In 3rd Place ($99,751)
Created (5/21/2018 12:56:14 AM by Brandon Temple)

Henry Zou

Henry Zou jammed his last 2.4 million and Bryant Miller snapped him off in the big blind.

Zou:
Miller:

Miller hit the flop hard when the flop gave him trips. Zou needed a nine to stay alive, but the turn and river sent him packing.

Bryant Miller - 18.335 million
Henry Zou - Eliminated in 3rd place for $99,751

  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 50000
Bryan Norris Eliminated In 4th Place ($76,185)
Created (5/21/2018 12:46:16 AM by Brandon Temple)

Bryan Norris

Bryant Miller raised to 700,000 from UTG, then called a three-bet shove to 2.2 million from Bryan Norris in the small blind.

Miller:
Norris:

Miller’s kicker held on the flop, but the turn gave Norris a gutshot to go along with his six for outs. He bricked off on the river, however, and he bows out in fourth.

Bryant Miller - 16 million
Bryan Norris - Eliminated in 4th place for $76,185

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 40000
MSPT Hall Of Famer Kou Vang Eliminated In 5th Place ($57,357)
Created (5/21/2018 12:13:58 AM by Brandon Temple)

Kou Vang

Bryant Miller raised to 550,000 on the button, then called the three-bet shove to 2.5 million from Kou Vang in the big blind.

Miller:
Vang:

Vang held on the flop, but the turn left Vang seeking an ace or deuce to keep his coronation as the inaugural member of the MSPT Hall Of Fame continuing, but the river means he has to settle for a fifth place showing here at MSPT Firekeepers.

Bryant Miller - 9.1 million
Kou Vang - Eliminated in 5th place for $57,357

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 40000
Henry Zou Doubles Through Kou Vang
Created (5/21/2018 12:07:55 AM by Brandon Temple)

Kou Vang raised to 520,000 from the cutoff, and Henry Zou jammed for 4.1 million from the small blind. Vang went into the tank for sometime before making the call.

Vang:
Zou:

Vang held on the flop, but Zou pumped his fist when the hit the turn, giving him top pair and the lead. He held on the river and scored a massive double.

Henry Zou - 8.6 million
Kou Vang - 2.5 million

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 40000
Justin Lee Eliminated In 6th Place ($43,641)
Created (5/20/2018 11:58:30 PM by Brandon Temple)

Justin Lee

Kou Vang raised to 520,000 from UTG, then snapped off a three-bet shove from Justin Lee to 1.3 million in the big blind.

Vang:
Lee:

Vang gained a hammerlock on the hand with a turn and ended Lee’s day on a turn and river.

Kou Vang - 6.88 million
Justin Lee - Eliminated in 6th place for $43,641

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
IN 
25,740,000  
25,740,000 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
 
Canada 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
 
 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Onslow 
IA 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
Aurora 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Owosso 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Ida 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Novi 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Novi 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Elgin 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
VA 
0  
Busted 
 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
NV 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
Manton 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Canton 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
NY 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Newton 
NC 
0  
Busted 
 
Novi 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Romeo 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
Dryden 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Holt 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
NY 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Dexter 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
Warren 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
 
Troy 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
Parma 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Macomb 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
Dewitt 
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Owosso 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Okemos 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MO 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IA 
0  
Busted 
  
Toledo 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Muncie 
IN 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Delta 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
MN 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Luther 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Toledo 
OH 
0  
Busted 
  
Canton 
OH 
0  
Busted 
 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Verona 
WI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Dekalb 
IL 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Warren 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Olivet 
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
Busted 
  
MI 
0  
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Flint 
MI 
0  
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IN 
0  
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MI 
0  
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MI 
0  
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MI 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
IN 
$221,323
1,900
2
OH 
$137,158
1,700
3
MI 
$99,751
1,600
5
MN 
$57,357
1,400
6
MI 
$43,641
1,300
8
MI 
$26,185
1,100
9
 
Canada 
$21,197
1,000
12
 
 
$17,456
900
13
OH 
$13,715
800
14
MI 
$13,715
800
15
MN 
$13,715
800
16
MI 
$11,721
700
19
MI 
$9,850
650
20
MI 
$9,850
650
21
MI 
$9,850
650
22
MI 
$8,229
600
23
Onslow 
IA 
$8,229
600
24
IN 
$8,229
600
25
Aurora 
IL 
$6,983
550
26
MI 
$6,983
550
28
MI 
$5,237
500
29
Owosso 
MI 
$5,237
500
31
MI 
$5,237
500
32
MI 
$5,237
500
33
MI 
$5,237
500
34
MI 
$5,237
500
35
Novi 
MI 
$5,237
500
36
OH 
$5,237
500
38
MI 
$4,115
450
39
Ida 
MI 
$4,115
450
40
IL 
$4,115
450
41
MI 
$4,115
450
42
MI 
$4,115
450
43
MI 
$4,115
450
44
Novi 
MI 
$4,115
450
45
Elgin 
IL 
$4,115
450
46
MI 
$3,616
400
49
IN 
$3,616
400
51
MI 
$3,616
400
52
MI 
$3,616
400
53
VA 
$3,616
400
54
IN 
$3,616
400
55
MI 
$3,242
350
57
NV 
$3,242
350
58
MI 
$3,242
350
59
IN 
$3,242
350
62
MI 
$3,242
350
65
IL 
$2,993
300
66
Manton 
MI 
$2,993
300
67
Canton 
MI 
$2,993
300
70
MI 
$2,993
300
71
Newton 
NC 
$2,993
300
72
Novi 
MI 
$2,993
300
73
MI 
$2,868
250
75
IL 
$2,868
250
77
Romeo 
MI 
$2,868
250
79
Troy 
MI 
$2,868
250
80
Dryden 
MI 
$2,868
250
81
MI 
$2,868
250
82
Holt 
MI 
$2,743
200
84
NY 
$2,743
200
85
IL 
$2,743
200
86
MN 
$2,743
200
89
MI 
$2,743
200
90
Dexter 
MI 
$2,743
200
91
Warren 
MI 
$2,618
150
92
MI 
$2,618
150
93
IN 
$2,618
150
94
MI 
$2,618
150
97
Troy 
MI 
$2,618
150
98
MI 
$2,618
150
101
MI 
$2,369
100
102
MI 
$2,369
100
103
MI 
$2,369
100
104
MI 
$2,369
100
105
MN 
$2,369
100
106
Parma 
MI 
$2,369
100
107
Macomb 
MI 
$2,369
100
108
MI 
$2,369
100
110
IL 
$2,244
75
111
Dewitt 
MI 
$2,244
75
116
Owosso 
MI 
$2,244
75
117
IL 
$2,244
75
119
MI 
$2,120
50
120
Okemos 
MI 
$2,120
50
122
MI 
$2,120
50
123
MI 
$2,120
50
124
MN 
$2,120
50
125
MO 
$2,120
50
128
Toledo 
OH 
$2,120
50
129
MI 
$2,120
50
130
MI 
$2,120
50
131
MI 
$2,120
50
134
Muncie 
IN 
$2,120
50
135
IL 
$2,120
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
37
Blinds
250000 / 500000
Ante
50000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
1287
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
25,740,000
Total Chips
25,740,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
25,740,000
0
0
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,725
4,442
3,500
3,450
3,425
3,250
3,000
2,900
2,800
10 
2,800