2021 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian

Event Info

Buy-in $1,100
Prize Pool $978,730
Players 1,009

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 80,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 1,009
2021 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian
Day 2 Completed

James Carroll Wins MSPT Venetian $1,100 ($180,850)

mnuwwarah • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 80,000 ante
James Carroll
James Carroll

James Carroll shined at Venetian again, but unlike last time, he didn't have to share the spotlight after a chop.

Two years ago in February, he chopped a big DeepStack Extravaganza event here for $184K apiece. At MSPT Venetian $1,100 this time around, after a small saver that still left the vast majority of the first-place money in play against William Chao, Carroll came out on top for the trophy and $180,850.

It's step one in recapturing the momentum from his stellar 2019 — he cashed for just shy of $1.3 million — that was halted by coronavirus. He said it was his fourth tournament since the lockdowns hit and put the kibosh on most live poker.

"It's nice to stop that online grind," he said. "Probably the best I've ran in a tournament in a single day in my life. Just had a lot of big hands and got paid a lot."

Official Final Table Results

1James Carroll$180,850
2William Chao$135,277
3Daniel Jones$84,171
4Daniel Sammarco$57,745
5Bill Lewis$38,170
6Veselin Dimitrov$28,383
7Justin Ligeri$21,532
8Monty Ford$15,660

Carroll got some heat early in the day and was cruising with a big stack of about 100 blinds, but where he really started to take over was at the final two tables. There, he opened constantly and swept up blinds while also showing up with some big hands when players tried shoving on him, and he soon had about 20% of the total chips with the final table still yet to convene.

From those final two tables on, it seemed Carroll was locked in a collision course with Chao. Despite being in second place, Chao still had almost double the chips of the third-place Bill Lewis when the final table went to battle.

Chao tested Carroll early with a four-bet and did his best to keep pace even as Carroll collected a couple of knockouts, of Lewis and Veselin Dimitrov.

In fact, Carroll did slip into second momentarily, but he recovered with the good run he referenced when he three-outed Daniel Sammarco shoving king-three suited into queens in a blinds battle. He then dispatched Daniel Jones — it was a day of near misses for Daniel Joneses as a more famous one bubbled the NFL playoffs — and looked to be complete command with a big lead heads up against Chao.

Heads-Up Save

However, Chao let him know he wasn't going quietly with a three-street value play holding top pair on a pretty coordinated board. That put him down only about 14 million to 10 million.

With deep stacks, the two opted to look at the numbers and quickly agreed to a $10K saver that tightened the payouts a bit.

"He's a super tough player," Carroll said. "So, I didn't mind doing a small saver. But, I wanted to get some heads-up practice in live and make sure the money still meant something."

In the end, he wouldn't get much practice at all. He turned on the aggression with a couple of three-bets that got through, and when Chao three-bet him, Carroll four-bet jammed ace-nine. Chao opted to go with ace-six suited and was left wanting when each player paired his ace but the kicker of Carroll played.

Carroll said it's onwards for him as he plans to play the WPT in Florida next, and he'll presumably be right back to his adopted home city for the following WPT events in March at Venetian.

William Chao Eliminated in 2nd Place ($135,277)

mnuwwarah • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 80,000 ante
William Chao
William Chao

James Carroll opened on the button for 400,000, William Chao made it 1,360,000 and Carroll jammed. Chao had about 9 million and called off.

Chao: {a-Spades}{6-Spades}
Carroll: {a-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}

The {7-Hearts}{4-Hearts}{8-Hearts} flop gave Chao outs to a straight but he missed on the {a-Diamonds} turn and {8-Spades} river, and Carroll's kicker played.

James Carroll us
James Carroll
us 25,225,000 10,700,000
William Chao us
William Chao
us Busted

Looking at the Numbers...

LoriPersinger • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 80,000 ante

After a brief pause in the action the two remaining players, James Carroll and William Chao, have requested a "$10K saver," which means that the posted payout will be slightly adjusted and $10,000 will be moved from the top spot to the 2nd place payout.

Chao Gets Three Streets

mnuwwarah • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 80,000 ante

William Chao opened for 400,000 and James Carroll called. Carroll check-called 500,000 on the {q-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{5-Spades} flop and 700,000 on the {j-Clubs} turn. On the {9-Hearts} river, he check-called a final 1.2 million, though this time it took awhile before the call went in.

Chao opened {q-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and Carroll mucked.

James Carroll us
James Carroll
us 14,525,000 25,000
William Chao us
William Chao
us 10,700,000 5,100,000

Most MSPT Main Event Cashes in History

LoriPersinger • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 80,000 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. Click here for a look at all the leaderboards.Click here for a look at all the leaderboards.

Here's a look at the top ten MSPT Main Event cashers:

PlacePlayerHometownMain Event Cashes
1Aaron JohnsonRed Wing, Minnesota39
2Kou VangMaplewood, Minnesota32
3Richard AlsupNew Hope, Minnesota30
4DJ BuckleyEden Prairie, Minnesota27
5Patrick SteeleChelsea, Michigan26
6Mark HodgeFernandina Beach, Florida25
7Blake BohnEden Prairie, Minnesota25
8Jason SeitzShakopee, Minnesota22
9Phil MaderGrand Island, Nebraska23
10Rob WazWazMinneapolis, Minnesota22

Daniel Jones Eliminated in 3rd Place ($84,171)

LoriPersinger • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 80,000 ante
Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones moved his last remaining chips all-in from the button, which got a fold from William Chao in the small blind and an immediate call from James Carroll in the big blind.

Daniel Jones: {j-Spades}{9-Diamonds}
James Carroll: {a-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}

Amazingly both players flopped trip jacks, but unfortunately for Jones Carroll's ace-kicker did play on the {j-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{k-Spades}{10-Clubs} runout and he was eliminated in 3rd place.

Daniel Jones US
Daniel Jones
US Busted

Break Time Once Again...

LoriPersinger • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

The three remaining players have been sent on a 15-minute break.

Carroll Soaring After Getting Thin Value

mnuwwarah • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

James Carroll opened for 250,000 on the button and William Chao defended the big blind. Chao check-called 450,000 on the {2-Spades}{9-Spades}{8-Hearts} flop and both players checked the {a-Diamonds}. On the {9-Clubs} river, Carroll bet 1.1 million when checked to, and Chao called but couldn't beat {k-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}.

James Carroll us
James Carroll
us 14,500,000 5,600,000
William Chao us
William Chao
us 5,600,000 -3,700,000
Daniel Jones US
Daniel Jones
US 5,000,000 775,000