MSPT Venetian $1,100 Main Event
MSPT Venetian $1,100 Main Event
Day 1b Completed

Brian Heeb Leads the Overall Field After Day 1b of the 2020 MSPT Venetian $1,100 Main Event

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Brian Heeb
Brian Heeb

Another 15 full levels were played to their completion on Saturday night in the 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,100 Main Event, a day where the room was full before the tournament began and remained that way until well after registration closed more than seven hours later. In total, 638 entries were logged to bring the two-day total to 1,123 and generate a massive prize pool of $1,089,310.

When play finished for the day, 84 players remained and Brian Heeb found himself as the man on top of the leader board, finishing play with a massive stack of 786,500. Heeb was spotted with over 500,000 shortly after the last break of the evening and continued to climb as the minutes wound down off the clock until he ended the day with a stack that significantly surpassed Alan Findlay's Day 1a chip lead of 612,500.

Other big stacks included Illinois' Stanley Statkiewicz (411,000), Scott Mobark (376,500), Zachary Reinbold (373,500), and Brandon Lombardo (303,000). Plenty more familiar names to the MSPT and the overall poker world also advanced, including the likes of Blake Whittington (271,000), Ricardo Eyzaguirre (251,500), John Sun (158,500), Nick Pupillo (108,000), and Todd Sladek (102,000).

Many others were less fortunate: Faraz Jaka, Ben Keeline, Rob Wazwaz, Dapo Ajayi, and DJ Buckley were some of those who found the rail prior to the night's completion.

In total, 148 are set to advance to Sunday's Day 2, and those players will come back at 11 a.m. local time to compete for a share of the seven-figure prize pool with the eventual champion set to lock up $201,529 for their weekend's efforts. The top 128 will make it into the money, meaning there is still some work left to be done for all in contention.

PokerNews will be back at it and in for the long haul Sunday morning with updates on all the action. See you then.

Assorted End-of-Day Chip Counts

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

One table is in the process of bagging up their chips and all other players have finished the process and made their way from the poker room. Leading the way by a large margin is Brian Heeb, who further increased his stack in the last level of the night to finish with 786,500.

The tournament clock displays 96 remaining players, though official numbers will be provided as soon as they are compiled. In the meantime, an assortment of end-of-day chip counts has been provided below, and a recap of the day's action will soon follow.

Brian Heeb us
Brian Heeb
us 786,500 231,500
Stanley Statkiewicz US
Stanley Statkiewicz
US 411,000
Scott Mobark US
Scott Mobark
US 376,500 116,500
Zachary Reinbold us
Zachary Reinbold
us 373,500
Brandon Lombardo US
Brandon Lombardo
US 303,000 172,000
Nadya Magnus us
Nadya Magnus
us 297,500 107,500
Blake Whittington us
Blake Whittington
us 271,000 271,000
Ricardo Eyzaguirre us
Ricardo Eyzaguirre
us 251,500 -18,500
Ben Klier US
Ben Klier
US 227,000 -4,000
Jon Bennett us
Jon Bennett
us 195,000 26,000
John Sun us
John Sun
us 158,500 68,500
Marquez Davis us
Marquez Davis
us 155,000 -5,000
David Larson us
David Larson
us 111,000 1,000
Nick Pupillo us
Nick Pupillo
us 108,000 -136,000
Todd Sladek us
Todd Sladek
us 102,000 10,000
Sean Yu us
Sean Yu
us 89,000 -28,000

Eyzaguirre Sends One Home Before Bagging

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Action was three handed on a flop of {a-Hearts}{8-Spades}{10-Diamonds} with a bet of 12,000 on the table that Ricardo Eyzaguirre raised to 33,000. The third player in the hand came over the top, re-jamming for 61,500. A fold brought action back to Eyzaguirre, who wasted no time calling.

All-In Player: {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Ricardo Eyzaguirre: {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

The turn {3-Clubs} cemented the pot for Eyzaguirre and the all-in player stood up and gathered his belongings to head home as the river {6-Clubs} came to complete the runout.

Ricardo Eyzaguirre us
Ricardo Eyzaguirre
us 270,000

Six More Hands

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The tournament clock has been stopped at 12 minutes and an announcement was just made that six hands will be played to their completion on all remaining tables with 96 players now remaining.

Klier Folds Out Jackson

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

Ben Klier opened the action with a raise to 8,000 in the hijack and was three-bet to 32,000 by David Jackson, who was in the small blind. Klier came over the top, announcing he was all in for Jackson's effective remaining stack.

Jackson went into the tank for close to three minutes, taking some time to visibly display that he was unsure of his decision during that time. Eventually, he chose to fold and Klier took down the pot.

Ben Klier US
Ben Klier
US 231,000
David Jackson us
David Jackson
us 101,000 -19,000

Prize Pool Released!

HillKerby • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

A total of 1,123 entries have officially been tallied to generate a massive overall prize pool of $1,089,310. The top 128 players will make it into the money on Sunday's Day 2 and earn at least a first-level payout of $1,961.

All players who make the final table will earn $17,429 with payouts ascending for each subsequent finish until the eventual winner earns $201,529. Complete prize pool information can be located in the Payouts Tab, with final table payouts posted below.


Yu Saved by a Queen

HillKerby • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Sean Yu
Sean Yu

All of the chips got into the middle preflop between Sean Yu in the small blind and Brian Heeb, who was under the gun. Yu was at risk.

Sean Yu: {k-Clubs}{q-Hearts}
Brian Heeb: {a-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}

Yu needed to improve to stay alive and the flop {k-Spades}{6-Hearts}{2-Spades} was all he would need as the turn {6-Spades} and river {8-Clubs} completed the runout to score the double.

Despite the lost pot, Heeb has amassed a huge stack and still has over 500,000, making him the likely chip leader nearing the final level of play for the night.

Brian Heeb us
Brian Heeb
us 555,000 555,000
Sean Yu us
Sean Yu
us 117,000 -24,000

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