FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL REAFFIRMS POSITION AS ONE OF THE NATION’S LEADING POKER ROOMS AS MAY MSPT PRIZE POOL EXCEEDS $2.3 MILLION!
(Battle Creek, Mich.) May 15, 2023 — FireKeepers Casino Hotel is known to host the largest Mid-States Poker Tour events outside of Las Vegas and this past weekend’s tournament did not disappoint. With a large new designated tournament area, FireKeepers was able to break records yet again drawing 2,471 entries, generating a $2,395,370 prize pool!
After two days of intense competition, MSPT Hall of Famer Kou Vang emerged victorious by defeating three-time WSOP winner Dash Dudley to claim his third MSPT title along with a career-best $314,145 first-place prize.
Final Table Results:
1. Kou Vang - $314,145
2. Dash Dudley - $257,145
3. Robert Strunk - $162,885
4. George Abi-Zeid - $126,955
5. Melissa Bartelme - $97,252
6. James Wilson - $76,652
7. Austin Thieleman - $59,884
8. Ray Ezzie - $46,710
9. Edward "EDub" Dixon - $37,128
252 places were paid out.
Satellites for FireKeepers’ MSPT event started mid-Mar. and ran through May 12. The Main Event featured three flights and began May 11, with Day Two on Sunday, May 14.
Kelley Bailey, FireKeepers Poker Manager, expressed her enthusiasm for the partnership with MSPT and the dedication of the FireKeepers Team Members to provide exceptional guest service. "Our collaboration with MSPT and the hard work of our team has once again resulted in record-breaking attendance and prize pools," she stated. "The FireKeepers team aims to consistently surpass expectations, ensuring that players return for more exciting events. We are already looking forward to our upcoming major events with great anticipation!"
The FireKeepers Poker Room is the ultimate destination for tournament action, boasting an exceptional lineup of daily and special events. Exciting tournaments such as the Memorial Day High Hands and Hot Seats on May 29 and the upcoming Ladies Only tournament on May 20, further add to the already exceptional offerings available at the FireKeepers Poker Room. Whether you are a seasoned player or just getting started, FireKeepers Poker Room has something for everyone, making it the place to be for the ultimate poker experience. Head to FireKeeperscasino.com for the complete schedule and details.
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, including Best Overall Gaming Resort and Best Overall Dining. 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 and recently awarded a AAA Four Diamond designation. The property features 2,900 slot machines, 63 table games, and a 26-table live poker room. FireKeepers offers an AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 446 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and a host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, an EPSON Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event. For more information, visit www.firekeeperscasino.com.
FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.