Michael Phelps, Michigan stars bust in WSOP opener

In a universe of poker, many often, you’re on your own.

But not this week in Las Vegas, as a annual World Series of Poker circuit kicked off with a new, tag-team eventuality that brought together several label sharks with Michigan ties.

Former Main Event champions Joe Cada (Shelby Township, 2009) and Ryan Riess (Clarkston, 2013) assimilated army to emanate an fondness of a Michigan fan (Cada) and Michigan State fan (Riess).

Another intriguing group featured Ann Arbor’s Jeff Gross personification with record-setting Olympian Michael Phelps — they apparently met when Phelps was training during Michigan — as good as poker stars Antonio Esfandiari and Brian Rast.

Teams could include of between dual and 4 players, with a teammates bursting a $10,000 buy-in.

Of 102 teams that started play Wednesday, accurately half done it to Day 2.

The Cada-Riess twin didn’t tarry Day 1, nor did Gross’ team.

Riess was dealt a large blow early Wednesday, losing scarcely half a team’s starting smoke-stack of 50,000 chips, and never recovered.

“We could never get anything going, really,” Cada said.

While Cada and Riess are a dual many obvious poker players from Michigan — any won some-more than $8 million for winning their Main Event — keep an eye on Gross, whose repute is rising quickly. He cashed an considerable 7 times in final year’s WSOP schedule, including one 18th-place finish that netted him scarcely $200,000.

This summer, he’s looking for his initial WSOP bracelet, Riess his second and Cada his third.

The WSOP report facilities 74 events, all during a Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, jacket with a Main Event in July.

Riess and Cada both devise to attend in a $111,111 buy-in, high-roller, No-Limit Hold’em contest that starts Friday.

Indianan wins state event

Last month, FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek hosted a largest and some-more remunerative poker contest in Michigan history, featuring 1,066 players and some-more than $1 million in payouts.

Indiana’s Mike Shanahan, a 49-year-old attorney, won a Mid-States Poker Tour championship and a cold $216,829.

In heads-up action, Shanahan — whose prior best money was reduction than $30,000 for finishing 291st during a 2015 WSOP Main Event — kick poker pro Aaron Massey, who won a pretension in 2016 and was creation his third uninterrupted FireKeepers final list in a row, an considerable attainment to be sure. Massey, won $131,646.

Woodhaven’s Frank Lucarelli took third and $85,699, and Walled Lake’s Justin Rice fourth and $57,924 in a $1,100 buy-in event.

The Firekeepers contest has turn a large event, and in a hurry. In Year 1 usually 4 years ago, it drew usually 272 participants.

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