Live Events 4
Main Event
Days:
1a1b1c2

Highlights

Highlights

Main Event
Day 1c Completed

Jason Smith Leads the 40 Day 1c Survivors with Stack of 278,000

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

The Mid-States Poker Tour Michigan State Poker Championship starting flights at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, are over, and the surviving 110 players are set to play for the title on Sunday. On Saturday, 40 players managed to advance from Day 1c – which attracted 213 entrants to bring the total field up to 559 entries.

Jason Smith leads the pack with 278,000, though that's the lowest of the end-of-day chip leaders. Smith hovered around 100,000 or so for a lot of the day and finally topped 200,000 when he got {a-}{a-} against a player holding {a-}{k-}. The two players got it all in preflop and Smith's aces held up. That hand was in the penultimate level and set Smith up nicely to finish the day with the chip lead. Mike Ermie (250,500) and Mark Garrod (250,000) round out the top three.

MSPT Pro Nick Pupillo was able to work his stack up to 174,000, above the average going into Day 2. Pupillo got paid by top pair in a 70,000 pot where he held two pair. Pupillo is probably stoked after busting earlier today and making it to Day 2 on this last bullet.

He will join fellow MSPT Pro Jason Zarlenga in the Day 2 field, as well as MSPT regulars Steve Anderson (151,000) and Mark Hodge (26,000), the latter of which is contending for the MSPT Player of the Year title.

Meanwhile, Tony Pena played in multiple Day 1 flights, but he was unable to make it to Day 2. He busted a few levels before the end of the day when he played a hand with Paul Prentis. Pena raised all in preflop for his last 12,800 and action folded to Prentis, who was sitting directly to Pena's right. Prentis asked for a count and then called. He showed the {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and Pena showed the {k-Hearts}{10-Spades}. The board ran out {a-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Prentis won the pot eliminating Pena.

Others who fell on Day 1c include Mark Ader, John Hoppas, Chuck Newcomb, Steve Berra, and Shane Raikes.

Day 2 will start at 11 a.m. local time Sunday. Check back then to see who is crowned the Michigan State Poker Champion and walks away with the $134,642 first-place prize.

Jason Smith us
Jason Smith
us 278,000 -64,000
Mike Ermie
Mike Ermie
250,500 199,500
Mark Garrod us
Mark Garrod
us 250,000 185,000
Carmin Argiero
Carmin Argiero
185,000 185,000
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
us 174,000
Tongen Zhang
Tongen Zhang
168,500 168,500
David Austin
David Austin
165,000 165,000
Imari Love us
Imari Love
us 157,500 157,500
Abbas Namazi
Abbas Namazi
154,500 -39,500
Steve Anderson us
Steve Anderson
us 151,000 -30,100
Paul Prentis
Paul Prentis
133,000 15,000
Ryan Hoffman us
Ryan Hoffman
us 107,000 80,000
Mike Parvin
Mike Parvin
102,000 102,000
Ayed Shweihat us
Ayed Shweihat
us 100,000 100,000
James Hurst
James Hurst
97,000 -21,000
Scott Hammett us
Scott Hammett
us 86,500 -71,500
Gary Herstein us
Gary Herstein
us 82,500 82,500
Trevor Renner
Trevor Renner
80,000 80,000
Thomas Martin
Thomas Martin
79,500 79,500
Harvey Matthews
Harvey Matthews
66,000 66,000
Phillip Chandler
Phillip Chandler
66,000 66,000
Mark Uminn
Mark Uminn
65,500 -62,500
Sab Mansour
Sab Mansour
65,000 -45,000
David Blicksenstaff
David Blicksenstaff
65,000 65,000
Heath Muzslay us
Heath Muzslay
us 63,500 63,500

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Play Ending

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

Dealers were told to deal out five more hands. There wasn't much action as each player was five hands closer to a Day 2 berth. Stay tuned for the recap of today's events including a list of all the Day 2 players and chip counts.

Tomorrow's Day 2 will start at 11 a.m. local time and play down to a winner. The final table will be broadcast with hole cards on a 15-minute delay.

Jason Smith Now Over 300,000

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

Jason Smith won another huge pot to break the 300,000 mark. He had {a-}{a-} and his opponent had {a-}{k-} for all the chips. Smith won and is now looking like a good bet to finish the night as the chip leader, and possibly challenge Day 1b's end of day leader, Steven Williams for the overall chip lead coming into Day 2.

Jason Smith us
Jason Smith
us 342,000 130,000

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Final Level of the Night, 49 remain

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

The MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship is entering the final level of its Day 1 flights. Tomorrow the remaining players will play down to a winner. The MSPT doesn't allow deals, so the MSPT Champion will have to beat every other player to claim the crown.

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

Prentis Puts Pena Out

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

Tony Pena raised all in preflop for his last 12,800 and the action folded around to Paul Prentis, who was sitting directly to Pena's right. Prentis asked for a count and then called. He showed {j-Spades}{j-Diamonds} and Pena showed {k-Hearts}{10-Spades}. The board ran out {a-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{3-Spades}{3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} and Prentis won the pot eliminating Pena.

Paul Prentis
Paul Prentis
118,000 118,000
Tony Pena
Tony Pena
Busted

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