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(Battle Creek, MI.) May 23, 2016 – FireKeepers Casino Hotel is excited to announce that, yet again, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) had its largest prize pool in history, outside of Las Vegas, during their ninth event at FireKeepers. Mike Shanahan of Avon, IN., walked away the champion, with the top prize of $216,829. The record-breaking event generated a pool of $1,032,520, shattering its $300,000 advertised guarantee and establishing FireKeepers Casino as one of the nation’s best places for poker.   

After a long weekend of play, Shanahan, a 49-year-old attorney, came out on top with the first place prize. “I’ve been knocking on the door for a couple years, and this is the best I ever played,” Shanahan said after the win. “I’m elated. This was fun. There’s nothing like going deep in a tournament and finishing it off.”

To win the title, Shanahan bested poker pro Aaron Massey in heads-up play. Massey had won the MSPT FireKeepers one year prior, and amazingly it was his third MSPT FireKeepers final table in a row!  He ultimately exited in second place for $131,646.  The final hand culminated when Massey four-bet all in holding the A♦Q♦ and Shanahan called with the Q♥Q♠. The board ran out 4♠J♥8♥K♣J♦ and Shanahan became a MSPT champ.

Satellites and qualifiers for FireKeepers MSPT tournament started in late March and ran through May 13. A trio of Day One flights took place Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20.  Day 2 of the Main Event was held on Sunday, May 21 at 11 a.m. with a field of 206 remaining in action.  

With 1,066 total entries, this surpasses the FireKeepers MSPT record set in the fall of 2016 which saw 884 entries, making this the single largest MSPT event held outside of Las Vegas.

“We are proud to partner with the Mid-States Poker Tour to provide our guests the opportunity to play in a high caliber tournament series such as this,” stated Lance Allen, Vice President of Table Games at FireKeepers Casino Hotel. “Poker is a priority at FireKeepers Casino and we have witnessed enormous increases in participation and prize pools in MSPT events over the last two years.  Every day, our spacious 22-table, non-smoking poker room offers a great array of tournaments and an outstanding spread of games and limits.   It won’t be long before we begin satellites and qualifiers for October’s MSPT Michigan State Championship and we expect another great prize pool!”

  The complete final table results are as follows:

1st Place – Mike Shanahan - $216,829

2nd Place – Aaron Massey - $131,646
3rd Place – Frank Lucarelli - $85,699
4th Place – Justin Rice - $57,924
5th Place – Chris Meyers - $42,333
6th Place – Terry Moore - $32,731
7th Place – Daniel Panone - $26,846
8th Place - Dustin Smith - $22,199
9th Place - Scott Skriba - $18,276
10th Place - Joseph Hinton - $14,145

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 2015 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.