Pittsburgh, PA resident takes home $262,145

(Battle Creek, MI) Oct. 18, 2019 – FireKeepers Casino Hotel has broken the Mid-States Poker Tour record, yet again, for events outside of Las Vegas. The record-setting affair drew 1,615 entries, generating a $1,565,000 prize pool! Bobby Noel of Pittsburgh, PA, topped the field taking home the title of Michigan State Poker Champion and a $262,145 prize.

On his way to victory, Noel had to defeat former champ, Aaron Massey, and a World Poker Tour champion.

Final Table Results:

1. Bobby Noel - $262,145
2. Ralph Massey - $161,200
3. Kevin Stammen - $122,074
4. Elliott Hebden - $92,337
5. Isaac Kratchman - $70,427
6. Justin Pease - $53,212
7. Hyung Cho - $42,256
8. Erik Koch - $32,866
9. Dapreesch Scrates - $26,606
10. Aaron Massey - $20,345

171 places were paid out.

Satellites and qualifiers for FireKeepers MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship started in late Aug. and ran through Oct. 11. The final event took place on Sunday, Oct. 13. “We are proud of our partnership with MSPT as well as our ability to bring a first-rate tournament to Battle Creek,” stated Lance Allen, FireKeepers VP of Table Games. “Even more outstanding is the FireKeepers team members who continue to provide exceptional guest service year after year, bringing players back event after event.”

With this kind of action, it’s time to start thinking about the next MSPT event, set for May 14-17, 2020. Head to for upcoming details, plus check out our other tournaments, including the Black Chip Bounty on Nov. 3.


FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, MI, has been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, plus earned multiple awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2019 Native Midwest category, including Best Casino. FireKeepers was recognized as 2019 Employer of the Year by Michigan Works! Association and was also selected as one of the Best Casinos to Work For by Casino Player Magazine. FireKeepers' signature restaurant, Nibi, is a multiple recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The property features 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room, and bingo room. FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. Driven by high demand, construction on a second hotel tower is underway and expected to be complete in late 2020. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and a host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship a Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event. For more information, visit

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.

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