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(Battle Creek, MI.) Oct. 17, 2017 – FireKeepers Casino Hotel is excited to be in the nation’s poker spotlight for the second straight time, as the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) had its largest prize pool in history, outside of Las Vegas.  The 2017 Michigan State Poker Championship was won by Chris Meyers of Buffalo, NY, walked away the champion with the top prize of $191,196. The record-breaking event shattered its $300,000 advertised guarantee by creating a prize pool of more than $1 million, surpassing the previous record set in May at FireKeepers.

Meyers, a 35-year-old poker pro, returned to FireKeepers for the 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship, after finishing fifth in the spring event, and found redemption by taking down the title.  The tournament’s 1,067 entries beat the spring record by a single player.

“I feel good,” Meyers said after the win. “I’ve put in a lot of work honestly. This was on my list, to win a MSPT. I made the final table last time, came up a little short. I thought I played well last time, and I ran really well this time to get it done. When you run good at a certain casino, you feel comfortable, like it’s meant to be. I had a good feeling about this one.”

The dramatic tournament culminated when Meyers raised on the button to 425,000. Millard Hale made the call. The 5H, QH, 2D flop was checked through.

On the 7D turn, Hale bet out 450,000. Meyers deliberated for a moment, then raised to 1.55 million. Hale plotted and then jammed for around 4.5 million. Meyers made the call.

Meyers:  5C 7H

Hale:  Qc 4C

Hale had flopped top pair, but Meyers had caught up on the turn with his two pair. Hale needed a  Q, 4, or  2 to win the hand and even things out in the tournament, but the  6H fell on the river, locking in second place and a check for $117,818 to Hale and making Meyers the winner of the MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship!

Satellites and qualifiers for FireKeepers MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship started in late August and ran through May 13. The Main Event took place Thursday, Oct. 12 through Saturday, Oct. 14.  The Final Event was held on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

“We are proud to partner with the Mid-States Poker Tour to bring such a high caliber tournament series to the FireKeepers Poker Room,” stated Lance Allen, Vice President of Table Games at FireKeepers Casino Hotel. “Our tenth hosted tournament continued the record breaking trend, due to our high prize pools and the excellent guest service offered here at FireKeepers Casino Hotel.”

The complete final table results are as follows:

1st Place – Chris Meyers – $191,196

2nd Place – Millard Hale – $117,818
3rd Place – Altaf Motiwala – $87,847
4th Place – Jerry Delisle – $65,110
5th Place – Jake Reeser – $49,607
6th Place – Brian Reinert – $38,239
7th Place – Djon Palushaj – $29,971
8th Place – James Miller – $22,737
9th Place – Santa Zawaideh – $18,603
10th Place – Spencer Wright – $14,468

108 places were paid out.

Visit http://www.firekeeperscasino.com/play/poker/ for upcoming tournament information.


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 9 first place awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2017 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort. FireKeepers was also selected one of the Best Casinos to Work For by Casino Player Magazine. Our 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. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship a Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event.