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MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

"Big John" Lytle Leads the Final 63 After Day 2 of the MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
John Lytle
John Lytle

Day 2 of the 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,600 Main Event saw 326 players return to action from 1,069 entries over three starting flights, but it was one of 170 additional Day 2 entries in "Big John" Lytle (3,888,000) to make their way to the top of the leader board among the 63 that remained when play ended for the night.

Lytle used a combination of aggression, good cards, and winning races all night to become the first player over 1 million, nearing that mark before the dinner break and eclipsing it shortly thereafter. Lytle continued to ascend as the night went on, knocking out Michael Rossitto on the bubble to take a stack of 1.4 million into the money. His work was nowhere near done, though, and he nearly tripled that stack as the next three-and-a-half hours wound off the tournament clock.

Following Lytle in the counts is Dale Eberle (2,699,000). Eberle entered the day with a top-10 stack and saw it continue to increase through the evening to finish the day second out of the 63 that put chips into bags. In total, five other players bagged seven-figure stacks, with Martin Zamani (1,658,000) being the largest stack of those five: James Vales (1,492,000), Hesam Alagha (1,333,000), Day 1a chip leader Salim Admon (1,091,000), and Jason Obinger (1,021,000) will all be taking stacks of over 60 big blinds into Monday's Day 3 as well.

Other notables to make it through included Saad Ghanem (680,000), Ralph Massey (658,000), Vic Peppe (428,000), Aaron Massey (288,000), and Michael Rocco (260,000).

Last weekend's $1,100 Main Event champion Landon Tice was among those who did not advance, falling in 68th place just a handful of minutes before the end of the night. Ben Keeline (79th), Matt Bond (86th), Katie Lindsay (102nd), Aaron Van Blarcum (105th), and Shannon Shorr (121st) also joined Tice in making it into the money and being eliminated before the night's end.

Play will resume for Day 3 on Monday at noon local time, giving players an extra hour's rest before what will certainly be an extended day as the tournament plays down to a winner. A massive $327,773 is up for grabs and PokerNews will be on hand keeping you up to date every step of the way. Make sure you come back and see who wins.

Tags: Aaron MasseyAaron Van BlarcumBen KeelineDale EberleHesam AlaghaJames ValesJason ObingerKatie LindsayLandon TiceMartin ZamaniMatt BondMichael RoccoMichael RossittoRalph MasseySaad GhanemSalim AdmonShannon ShorrVic Peppe

End of Day 2 Chip Counts (full)

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Sixty-three players have officially finished Day 2 with chips in play. Complete chip counts have been provided below and an end-of-day recap will follow shortly.

John Lytle us 3,888,000 338,000
Dale Eberle us 2,699,000 1,549,000
Martin Zamani us 1,658,000 283,000
James Vales us 1,429,000 1,395,500
Hesam Alagha us 1,330,000
Salim Admon us 1,091,000 798,000
Jason Obinger us 1,021,000 902,500
Rick Lee us 981,000 101,000
David Poces us 854,000 772,000
Saad Ghanem us 680,000 307,000
Will Pengelly us 670,000 310,000
Ralph Massey us 658,000 27,000
Quy Dao us 655,000 551,500
Jonathan Lawson us 636,000 561,000
Korey Payne us 605,000 444,500
Chet Sickle us 578,000 183,000
Dinh Ba us 572,000 418,500
Randy Froelich US 559,000 559,000
Don Matsuzuki US 559,000 559,000
Joey Weissman us 532,000 512,000
Sukhdip Sangha us 527,000 492,500
David Moshe us 512,000 474,000
Satoshi Tanaka us 508,000 430,500
Austin Yoo us 492,000 -138,000
Zachary Grech us 490,000 490,000

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Five More Hands

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

The tournament clock has been paused with 10 minutes remaining and the nine remaining tables will play five hands to their completion before bagging their chips for the night.

Onikul; Tice Among Recent Departures

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante

Both Ark Onikul and Landon Tice were just seen making their ways to the payout desk after being eliminated. While Tice was receiving his payout slip, Onikul was kind enough to share that he had become the most recent victim to chip leader John Lytle.

Onikul opened with {a-}{q-} and a player called in position before action made its way around to Lytle, who reraised and wound up with a one-on-one shot to felt Onikul with two nines. Onikul found neither an ace nor a queen on the runout and that was the end of his tournament as a result.

John Lytle us 3,550,000 1,250,000
Ark Onikul US Busted
Landon Tice us Busted
Frank Lagodich us Busted
Jared DeGrenier US Busted
Mehrdad Ghiasvand us Busted
Sean Yu us Busted

The Next-To-Last Woman Standing Gets Eliminated

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Rachel Cooper
Rachel Cooper

"I'm going to need a payout card," said Rachel Cooper, standing up behind the seat she had just been sitting in. After the elimination of Katie Lindsay before the final break of the night, Cooper found herself with Nadya Magnus as the last two women left in contention. Unfortunately for her, her run just came to an end.

According to Cooper, a player raised to 25,000 and received a call on the button. She was in the big blind and defended to take action three ways to a flop of {10-}{6-}{4-}. Cooper check-shoved on the original raiser and he called.

Rachel Cooper: {10-}{4-}
Opponent: {j-}{j-}

Cooper had flopped top-and-bottom pair and was ahead of her opponent's jacks, but the turn {6-} counterfeited her two pair and she was unable to find help on the river to fall with just over 20 minutes remaining in the night.

Rachel Cooper US Busted

Tags: Katie LindsayRachel Cooper

Looking Ahead to the Upcoming Season-Ending MSPT Grand Falls

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
MSPT Grand Falls
MSPT Grand Falls

Just one more stop remains in Season 11 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT). From December 18-20, the tour will close out the year with a $1,100 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed Main Event at Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa, which is actually situated just across the border from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A series of $65 and $250 satellites will feed into the Main Event, which will feature two starting flights. Day 1a will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 18 with Day 1b taking place at the same time on Saturday, December 19. The surviving players from both flights will then return for Day 2 at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 20 to play down to a winner.

The tournament comes on the heels of August’s record-breaking MSPT Main Event at Grand Falls. That $1,100 buy-in tournament was the first mid-major poker tournament in the United States in nearly six months, and the 518 entrants not only surpassed the venue’s previous best field of 238 runners in 2015 but also became the largest major ($1,000+ buy-in) in Iowa history.

In the end, 47-year-old Mark Collins, a systems administrator from the St. Louis area, came out on top to win a $107,706 top prize and his second MSPT title. He previously won the MSPT Season 9 Canterbury Park for $102,076.

PokerNews will be offering live updates at the upcoming MSPT Grand Falls.

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MSPT Grand Falls Schedule

DateTimeEventStarting Stack inc. add-onLocation
Wednesday, 11/251:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Thursday, 11/266:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Wednesday, 12/21:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Thursday, 12/36:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Wednesday, 12/91:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Thursday, 12/106:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Saturday, 12/1212:00 PM$250 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $200K GTD Main Event15,000Poker Room
Saturday, 12/121:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Saturday, 12/124:00 PM$250 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $200K GTD Main Event15,000Poker Room
Sunday, 12/131:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Sunday, 12/134:00 PM$250 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $200K GTD Main Event15,000Poker Room
Wednesday, 12/161:00 PM$65 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $250 Satellite12,000Poker Room
Wednesday, 12/166:00 PM$250 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $200K GTD Main Event15,000Poker Room
Thursday, 12/1712:00 PM$250 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $200K GTD Main Event15,000Poker Room
Thursday, 12/176:00 PM$250 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $200K GTD Main Event15,000Poker Room
Friday, 12/1810:00 AM$250 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $200K GTD Main Event15,000Event Center
Friday, 12/183:00 PM$1,100 Main Event Day 1A (2-Day Trophy Event)25,000Event Center
Saturday, 12/1910:00 AM$250 Satellite - 1/5 advance to $200K GTD Main Event15,000Event Center
Saturday, 12/193:00 PM$1,100 Main Event Day 1B (2-Day Trophy Event)25,000Event Center
Sunday, 12/2011:00 AM$1,100 Main Event Day 2 Restart (2-Day Trophy Event)N/AEvent Center

Velisek Gets a Fun Runout

HillKerby • Level 20: 6,000-12,000, 12,000 ante
Scott Velisek
Scott Velisek

David Vig raised to 40,000 in middle position and action folded around to Scott Velisek in the small blind, who shoved for 255,000. Andy Rogowski folded in the big blind and action was back on Vig, who started the hand with less than Velisek and was now faced with a decision for his tournament life.

Several minutes went by and a clock was eventually called. The floor came and let him know he had 30 seconds to call, and he took about two of them before dropping in a chip to call.

David Vig: {a-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Scott Velisek: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

Velisek saw an unfavorable flop of {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{j-Hearts}, giving Vig a pair of jacks. The turn {4-Hearts} brought Velisek's side of the table to bring up the possibility of a chop, but the dealer instead brought the river {q-Diamonds} to give Velisek a pair of queens and put him back on top, earning him the pot and sending Vig to the payout desk.

Scott Velisek US 380,000 270,500
Andy Rogowski us 300,000 -165,000
David Vig us Busted

Tags: Andy RogowskiDavid VigScott Velisek