Michigan gets first poker tour in a long while

March 20, 2013, Chris  

Battle Creek, Mich., was the scene of the first Michigan stop of the Mid-States Poker Tour, which visited Firekeepers Casino on March 7-10.

Thomas Midena from Brooklyn, Mich., earned the title, $73,456, a diamond bracelet and 1,200 Player of the Year points.

Satellites began running a month ago for the $1,100 main event.

Players could qualify to a $250 qualifier by playing $60 and $90 sit-and-go tournaments. The tour had three Day 1 flights, and players could re-enter if they busted on one of the earlier flights. Here are the rest of the final-table payouts: Adam Lamphere, $39,351; Tim Ebenhoeh, $24,922; Patrick Steele, $18,364; Benjamin Krill, $15,740; Trevor Kirkland, $11,805; Tom Hujda, $9,969; Sai Muduluru, $8,920; Adam Bacon, $7,346, and Dusty Feller, $6,034. There were 271 entries.

“This is probably the smoothest ‘first-time through’ that we’ve had on the tour,” said Chris “Fox” Wallace, who narrates the online final-table broadcast. The tour returns to Firekeepers on Aug. 17.

— Frank Panama and Gambit Gras are Ante Up’s Michigan Ambassadors. They host the Michigan Poker Monster weekly podcast at mipokermonster.com. You can email them at anteupmichigan@gmail.com.