Live Events 4
Main Event
Days:
1a1b1c2

Highlights

Highlights

Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Ross Leads 29 Day 1a Players Into Day 2

Brentharrington • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
Mike Ross
Mike Ross

The first of three starting flights in the 2015 Mid-States Poker Tour Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino attracted 154 entries, but after 14 levels of play, just 29 remained with Mike Ross (pictured left) and his stack of 311,500 leading the way.

Ross had been building a stack all day until his stack exploded over 200,000, due in no small part to turning a straight flush against George Janssen. Janssen had turned an ace-high flush and the two players got their massive stacks all in, leaving Ross with the chip lead and Janssen with about 30,000. Janssen managed to navigate the rest of the night to make Day 2, even with Ross on his direct right for almost the entire day.

Bill Rogers, who was the runner-up in May's MSPT FireKeepers event, won a huge pot right before the end of the night to take the number two spot behind Ross. In one hand, with the board reading {3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds}, James Smith bet 24,000 and Rogers raised to 50,000. Smith then shoved all in for about 132,000, and Rogers agonized for several minutes over his decision.

"You can't have aces," said Rogers, trying to talk himself through Smith's possible holdings.

After a few more minutes Rogers tilted his hand up while still deciding his next move. Standing up, then kneeling on his chair, then standing again. The answer seemed to be eluding him, until finally he threw one orange chip into the pot.

"Alright, show me a four," he said, "I call."

Rogers turned over his hand, the {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts}, and Smith turned over his, {10-}{10-}. The river was the {8-Clubs} and Rogers won a huge pot shortly before play stopped for the night.

"I'm sorry guys," Rogers said, apologizing to the table for taking so long to make his decision.

Meanwhile former MSPT FireKeepers champions Tommy Midena and Ryan Dykhouse were among the Day 1a casualties, as was 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Ryan Riess.

A big crowd is expected for tomorrow’s Day 1b flight. The day begins at noon local time and the players will play 14 40-minute levels. Stay tuned for updates and chip counts all weekend long.

Mike Ross us
Mike Ross
us 311,500 500
Bill Rogers
Bill Rogers
287,000 7,000
Timothy Greiner
Timothy Greiner
200,000 200,000
Chad Bienz
Chad Bienz
165,000 45,000
Douglas Singleton
Douglas Singleton
164,500 164,500
Douglas Suffel
Douglas Suffel
146,500 146,500
Ryan Terpstra us
Ryan Terpstra
us 129,500 59,500
Brandon Carswell
Brandon Carswell
128,500 43,500
Chan Li
Chan Li
124,500 500
Paul Welke us
Paul Welke
us 117,000 117,000
George Janssen us
George Janssen
us 114,000 114,000
Jamey Kramer us
Jamey Kramer
us 98,000 98,000
Joseph Glyshaw
Joseph Glyshaw
94,000 94,000
David Gutfreund us
David Gutfreund
us 93,000 93,000
Dash Dudley us
Dash Dudley
us 86,500 -5,500
Linda Callear
Linda Callear
82,500 82,500
Gregory Lamson
Gregory Lamson
80,000 80,000
Sean Roy
Sean Roy
79,000 79,000
Justin Potrykus
Justin Potrykus
66,500 66,365
Douglas Orweller
Douglas Orweller
63,000 63,000
Charles Casavant
Charles Casavant
62,500 62,500
Dennis Shute
Dennis Shute
61,000 -11,000
James Hettich
James Hettich
57,500 57,500
Samuel Angott
Samuel Angott
55,500 55,500
Dan Hatfield
Dan Hatfield
51,000 27,600

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Tags: Bill RogersMike RossRyan DykhouseRyan RiessTommy Midena

Welcome Players to Day 2

Brentharrington • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Play has ended for the night. The players are bagging up and the floor is verifying all the counts. Stay tuned for final chip counts.

Three More Hands

Brentharrington • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Players have three more hands before play stops for the night.

Rogers!

Brentharrington • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante
William Rogers
William Rogers

The board read {3-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and James Smith bet 24,000. Bill Rogers raised to 50,000. Smith then shoved all in for about 132,000. Rogers agonized for several minutes over his decision.

"You can't have aces," said Rogers, trying to talk himself through Smith's possible holdings.

After a few more minutes Rogers tilted his hand up while still deciding his next move. Standing up, then kneeling on his chair, then standing again. The answer seemed to be eluding him, until finally he threw one orange chip into the pot.

"Alright, show me a four," he said, "I call."

Rogers turned over his hand, {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts} and Smith turned over his, {10-}{10-}. The river was the {8-Clubs} and Rogers won a huge pot shortly before play stops for the night.

"I'm sorry guys," Rogers said, apologizing to the table for taking so long to make his decision.

Bill Rogers
Bill Rogers
280,000 280,000
James Smith us
James Smith
us 45,000 -48,000

Tags: Bill RogersJames Smith

Ross on Roll

Brentharrington • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

Mike Ross just eliminated former MSPT Firekeepers Champ, Ryan Dykhouse when the two players were all in preflop. Dykhouse was behind and stayed behind with {a-}{q-} and Ross added even more to his chip-leading stack with {a-}{k-}. There are 33 players remaining with about 30 minutes left in the final level. Play might stop short of the end of the level, should the field get down to 27 players.

Mike Ross us
Mike Ross
us 260,000 50,000

Tags: Mike Ross

Level:
14
Blinds:
1,200/2,400
Ante:
400

Ross Busts One, Chips Up

Brentharrington • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

The under the gun player shoved all in for 12,000 and Dash Dudley reraised to 32,200. The action folded to Mike Ross who shoved all in for 150,000. Dudley tanked for a while. Dudley and Ross were the two biggest stacks at the table, so a call would have put someone over 300,000. Dudley eventually folded and Ross showed {q-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}. The under the gun player showed {j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. The board was no help for him and ran out {3-Clubs}{k-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{8-Spades}, giving Ross the win and putting him back over 200,000.

Mike Ross us
Mike Ross
us 210,000 35,000
Dash Dudley us
Dash Dudley
us 92,000 -60,000

Tags: Dash DudleyMike Ross

Bienz Snaps

Brentharrington • Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Chad Bienz raised preflop to 4,800 under the gun and the big blind was the lone caller. The flop came {7-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{10-Hearts} and the big blind checked to Bienz who bet 5,800. The big blind called. The turn was the {a-Spades} and the big blind checked again. Bienz bet 15,000 and the big blind called. The river was the {3-Spades} and the big blind took about 40 seconds to eyeball Bienz's stack and consider his move before he shoved all in. Bienz called so fast his chips may have been in the pot before the big blind. The big blind turned over {j-Clubs}{4-Clubs} for a busted flush draw and Bienz showed {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} for the winner and a huge pot.

Chad Bienz
Chad Bienz
120,000 15,000

Tags: Chad Bienz