(Battle Creek, Mich.) Oct. 17, 2023 — FireKeepers Casino, renowned for hosting the most thrilling poker events outside of Las Vegas, has once again proven its commitment to excellence in the world of poker. The recent MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship, held from October 12 through October 15 in the FireKeepers Event Center, was an overwhelming success, breaking records and showcasing remarkable talent in the game of poker.

After two intense days of competition, a newcomer to MSPT, Travis Young from Big Bend, WI, emerged as the champion, earning not only his first MSPT title but also a career-best first-place prize of $297,977.


Final Table Results:


1st place:      Travis Young, Big Bend, WI                 $297,977

2nd place:     Brian Hou, Philadelphia, PA                $236,956

3rd place:      Cobi Cobian, Mooresville, IN              $221,666

4th place:      Brad Sailor, Lombard, IL                     $175,281

5th place:      James Tedrow, Pittsburg, PA              $153,928

6th place:      Mark Stump, Grand Rapids, MI          $89,440

7th place:      Jeffrey Kuc, Granger, IN                     $69,875

8th place:      Narimaan Ahmadi, Alpharetta, GA      $52,826

9th place:      Richard Vebranz, Hudson, OH           $41,925


The top five players graciously agreed to an Independent Chip Model (ICM) chop with an additional bonus awarded to the first-place winner.


The $1,110 buy-in, $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event exceeded all expectations with a final prize pool of $2,795,010. The record-breaking 2,883 entries marked a significant milestone, surpassing the previous record set in May by 412 entries. Compared to last October's event, this year's participation exceeded the previous record by a staggering 474 entries, indicating a remarkable 19% growth from October 2022. In 2023, all events hosted by FireKeepers Casino have outperformed those of 2022 by an impressive 11.5%.


Steven Senk, Vice President of Gaming Operations, shared his thoughts on the longstanding partnership between MSPT and FireKeepers Casino, saying, "The success of the MSPT at FireKeepers Casino is a testament to our dedicated team's exceptional service and commitment to exceeding expectations. We are proud to provide poker enthusiasts with an unmatched experience, and we look forward to continuing to offer exciting events that keep poker players coming back for more."


The FireKeepers Casino continues to be the ultimate poker room destination, with an array of daily and special poker events. Upcoming highlights include the $100k guaranteed Fifth Sunday Five Hundred on October 29 at 12 PM, hourly high hands from Sunday through Thursday, and the Tournament of Champions with a spectacular $60,000 grand finale event scheduled for January 20, 2024.




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 2023 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort. 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’ resort-style hotel has been rated AAA Four Diamond for nine consecutive years and offers 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


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

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