MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event

End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Salim Admon us 293,000
Brett Reiss us 248,000
Rafael Reis br 237,000
Jeff Trudeau us 227,500 1,000
Sergio Sanchez us 225,000 -500
Daniel Jones us 216,000
Len Clementi US 213,000 136,500
Stephen Brown us 185,000
Kane Lai us 181,500
Matthew Leecy us 177,000
Jordyn Miller us 175,000 31,000
Dan Matsuzuki us 167,500
Michael Rossitto us 166,500
Ark Onikul US 159,500
Nikolaos Platis us 155,000
Daniel Sepiol us 153,500 500
Toby Price us 143,500
Jerry Brown us 141,500
Wilbern Hoffman us 137,500
Roman Shainiuk us 137,000 -500
Louise Francoeur ca 135,000
Jong Kim us 133,000
Jeremy Ausmus us 130,000
Gina Stagnitto us 129,000
Vyacheslav Stoyanov us 128,500

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MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Admon In Front After Day 1a of the 2020 MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Salim Admon
Salim Admon

Day 1a of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) 2020 Venetian $1,600 Main Event drew 252 entries and played 10 one-hour levels to reach the end of the night. When play finished on all tables, 68 players were left in contention and Salim Admon (293,000) was the one to call himself chip leader.

Admon flew under the radar through the majority of the day and was spotted with a stack near his end-of-night total in the final level of the evening. He looks to enter Day 2 with the hopes of continuing to fly under the radar against the rest of the field, which is already plenty full of recognizable faces.

Among those recognizable faces to also finish with large stacks were Jeff Trudeau (226,500), Sergio Sanchez (225,500), Daniel Jones (216,000), and Kane Lai (181,500). Other notables to punch their tickets to Day 2 included Raman Afanasenka (125,000), Nick Pupillo (122,000), and a pair of MSPT Hall of Famers in Richard Alsup (68,500) and Kou Vang (51,000).

Plenty more fell short, with last weekend's $1,100 Main Event winner Landon Tice being among several to find the rail during the middle of the day. Blake Whittington, Bryant Miller, John Sun, and Tim Reilly also were among those to bust long before the end of the night loomed near.

Two more shots exist for all who either have not yet bagged or wish to try their hand at a larger Day 2 stack in the Venetian's best-stack-forward format, with the next one being Friday at 11:10 a.m.

PokerNews will be back at it then to bring you all the Day 1b action. See you in the morning.

Tags: Blake WhittingtonBryant MillerDaniel JonesJeff TrudeauJohn SunKane LaiKou VangLandon TiceNick PupilloRaman AfanasenkaRichard AlsupSalim AdmonSergio SanchezTim Reilly

Assorted End-of-Day Chip Counts

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Play has finished on all remaining tables and an unofficial 68 players have put chips into bags and advanced to Sunday's Day 2 with Salim Admon leading the way after bagging 293,000.

An assortment of chip counts has been provided, while a complete list will be posted once it has been received. A recap of the day's action will also be posted shortly.

Salim Admon us 293,000 500
Jeff Trudeau us 226,500 500
Sergio Sanchez us 225,500 5,500
Daniel Jones us 216,000 156,600
Kane Lai us 181,500 -5,500
Matthew Leecy us 177,000 101,000
Michael Rossitto us 166,500 73,500
Ark Onikul US 159,500 -25,500
Daniel Sepiol us 153,000 64,000
Toby Price us 143,500 -48,500
Roman Shainiuk us 137,500 137,500
Jeremy Ausmus us 130,000 26,000
Raman Afanasenka by 125,000 5,700
Nick Pupillo us 122,000 16,000
Brent Hart us 121,500 -34,500
Sung Kim us 120,000 -32,000
David Moses us 79,500 28,500
Luis Rosa us 78,000 78,000
Rick Lee us 76,500 22,500
Richard Alsup us 68,500 43,500
Alan Findlay gb 66,500 -23,500
Ken Rawlinson US 51,500 8,000
Kou Vang us 51,000 3,500

Onikul Gets A Chunk Before Bagging

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Ark Onikul
Ark Onikul

Ark Onikul opened the action with a raise to 3,000 on the button and received calls from both Toby Price in the small blind and Kane Lai, who defended his big blind.

The flop dropped {10-Diamonds}{a-Hearts}{q-Diamonds} and action checked to Onikul, who made a continuation-bet of 3,200. Price check-raised to 15,000 and Lai called. Onikul then called as well.

All three players checked the turn {k-Diamonds} and the river fell {a-Clubs}. Price and Lai checked once more and Onikul put out a bet of 43,000. Price quickly shot his cards to the muck, sending action onto Lai.

Lai thought for several minutes and eventually found a call. Onikul showed {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades} for a full house and took down the pot as Lai sent his cards to the muck.

Toby Price us 192,000 -45,200
Kane Lai us 187,000 -37,500
Ark Onikul US 185,000 103,000

Tags: Ark OnikulKane LaiToby Price

Five More Hands

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

The tournament clock has been stopped with 10 minutes remaining in Level 10 and five more hands will be played to their completion on all remaining tables before play concludes for the evening with the celebratory bag 'n tag.

Jaka's Night Falls Short of a Bag

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Faraz Jaka
Faraz Jaka

There was around 30,000 in the middle from preflop action in a pot between Sergio Sanchez in the hijack and Faraz Jaka, who was on the button. The flop read {8-Spades}{2-Hearts}{10-Spades} and Sanchez checked to Jaka, who bet 20,000. Sanchez check-shoved to put Jaka all in and Jaka wasted no time calling.

Faraz Jaka: {q-Spades}{q-Clubs}
Sergio Sanchez: {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

The turn came {2-Diamonds} to leave just one card between Jaka and a double, but one of the five cards in the deck that could end his night fell on the river {a-Diamonds} and he was eliminated from the tournament with less than 20 minutes of play remaining in the evening.

Sergio Sanchez us 220,000 220,000
Faraz Jaka us Busted

Tags: Faraz JakaSergio Sanchez

Most MSPT Main Event Final Tables in Single Season

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

Since its inception in 2009, the MSPT has done a great job keeping track of player stats. As a result, 11 years on they have one of the best player databases in the industry.

On their "Leaderboards" page, the MSPT tracks such things as Career Earnings, Main Event Cashes, Main Event Final Tables, Main Event Titles, Total Cashes, Most Cashes/Final Tables in a Season, Most Final Tables All-Time, and much more.

Here's a look at the top ten MSPT Main Event final table in a single season:

PlayerHometownSeasonFinal Tables
Patrick SteeleChelsea, Michigan44
Brett KuzniaStephen, Minnesota44
Dan SunCedar Rapids. Iowa33
Christian PhamSt. Paul, Minnesota43
Everett CarltonSt. Paul, Minnesota13
Kou VangMaplewood, Minnesota53
Michael DeisAnn Arbor, Michigan53
Nick PupilloAddison, Illinois53
Mark HodgeFernandina Beach, Florida63
DJ BuckleyEden Prairie, Minnesota63

Afanasenka Eliminates Yu

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Sean Yu
Sean Yu

Raman Afanasenka opened to 3,000 on the button and was three-bet to 10,000 by Sean Yu, who was in the big blind. Afanasenka called.

The flop fell {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{3-Clubs} and Yu made a continuation-bet of 10,000, which Afanasenka called. The turn came {a-Clubs} and Yu checked. Afanasenka bet 13,000 and Yu called, bringing the river {10-Clubs}. Yu checked to Afanasenka once more, and Afanasenka shoved all in for around 25,000 effective. Yu went into the tank for a bit and then found a call for his remaining chips.

Afanasenka tabled {k-Hearts}{j-Clubs} for the second-nut flush and Yu mucked his hand. It was not shown and the pot was sent to Afanasenka while Yu was eliminated from the tournament.

Meanwhile, Lee Markholt was also recently eliminated from the tournament, and on the other side of things, Jeff Trudeau and Salim Admon have just been spotted with stacks of around 225,000 and 290,000, respectively, making them among the largest stacks in the room as the minutes on the clock continue to wind down.

Salim Admon us 292,500
Jeff Trudeau us 226,000 226,000
Raman Afanasenka by 119,300 53,300
Lee Markholt us Busted
Sean Yu us Busted

Tags: Raman AfanasenkaSean Yu

Price Flops the Nuts and Gets Paid

HillKerby • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Toby Price
Toby Price

A player raised to 3,000 under the gun and received calls from Ben Klier in the cutoff, Toby Price in the small blind, and Kane Lai, who defended his big blind.

The flop fell {8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and action checked to the original raiser, who went all in for 13,000. Klier raised to 35,000 to send action over to Price, who called. Lai then got out of their way and the two continued with chips already in the side pot.

The turn came {3-Hearts} and Price led out with a bet of 27,000. Klier thought for about half a minute and then announced he was all in. Once the dealer confirmed his announcement, Price immediately called.

Under the Gun: {a-Clubs}{3-Clubs}
Toby Price: {6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}
Ben Klier: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

Price faded the paired board on the river {k-Clubs} and saw both pots shipped his way. His remaining stack was counted to 70,000 and Klier paid it off, bringing Price's stack up to 237,000 with less than 50 minutes left of play in the night.

Toby Price us 237,200 237,200
Kane Lai us 224,500 43,500
Ben Klier US 18,500 -143,600

Tags: Ben KlierKane LaiToby Price