FireKeepers Casino Hotel continues to be a leading poker destination in the USA, as the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) had its largest prize pool in history, outside of Las Vegas. Mark Brazis of Lafayette, IN, walked away with the top prize of $221,323, won the 2018 FireKeepers spring tournament, May 17-20. The record-breaking event created a prize pool of more than $1.2 million; with a new record of 1,287 players participating, which surpasses the previous record set in Oct. ‘17 at FireKeepers by 220 entrants.
36-year-old Brazis, playing his first MSPT event, had just three tournament cashes on his poker resumé before this big win.
“The MSPT FireKeepers is a great tournament, I really enjoyed it. The structure was wonderful, not too slow, not too fast. FireKeepers has a great establishment here, they’re always first class,” stated Brazis. “You’ll see me more on the MSPT and at FireKeepers Casino.”
The dramatic tournament culminated when Brazis got lucky with king-queen to double through Bryant Miller of West Unity, Ohio, who had the initial advantage with ace-queen. Eventually, the two got into a preflop again, this time with Miller holding the and Brazis the . It was a classic flip, and Brazis held on the runout to win the tournament.
Satellites and qualifiers for FireKeepers MSPT Tournament started in late March and ran through May 17. The Main Event took place Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19. The Final Event was held on Sunday, May 20.
“We are proud to partner with the Mid-States Poker Tour to bring such a high caliber tournament series to the FireKeepers Poker Room for the eleventh time,” stated Lance Allen, Vice President of Table Games at FireKeepers Casino Hotel. “Our tournaments continue to surpass records, 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 – Mark Brazis – $221,323
2nd Place – Bryant Miller – $137,158
3rd Place – Henry Zou – $99,751
4th Place – Bryan Norris – $76,185
5th Place – Kou Vang – $57,357
6th Place – Justin Lee – $43,641
7th Place – Michael Reardon – $33,666
8th Place – Jason Zarlenga – $26,185
9th Place – Aaron Soulliere – $21,197
10th Place – Charles Baryames – $17,456
135 places were paid out.
The next FireKeepers MSPT event, the Michigan State Poker Championship will be held October 11 – 14. Visit www.firekeeperscasino.com/play/poker/ for upcoming tournament information.