2021 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian
Days:
1a1b2
2021 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian
Day 1b Completed

Justin Ligeri Bags Big Stack on Day 1b of MSPT Venetian

Chad_Holloway • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Justin Ligeri
Justin Ligeri

Day 1b of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,100 Main Event attracted 546 runners, which along with 1a’s 463 brought the total field up to 1,009 entrants. It was a great start to the New Year for both the venue and tour, which is entering its 12th season.

The $250K guarantee was nearly quadrupled as a $978,730 prize pool is up for grabs amongst the top 104 finishers. A min-cash will be worth $2,251 and the eventual winner taking home $190,850.

After 15 levels of play, just 76 players remained with Justin Ligeri and his stack of 458,500 leading the way. That is still a ways behind that of Day 1a chip leader Bill Kachel, who bagged 658,000.

Others to bag big stacks were former MSPT Venetian champ Kfir Nahum (440,000), Brent Hart (398,500), and Daniel Jones (363,000), who is looking to continue his good luck here in the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza. Last month, he took down Event #9: $400 NLH Monster Stack for $33,772, and then a week later won Event #17: $250 NLH SuperStack for nearly $10K.

Others to survive the night were MSPT Canterbury Park champ (290,500), James Carroll (238,000), Saad Ghanem (235,500), Vic Peppe (222,500), Ben Keeline (208,500), Marle Cordiero (199,500), Josh Prager (129,500), Lexy Gavin (120,500), Denise Pratt (113,000), and Michael Rocco (55,500).

Of course, not everyone was fortunate enough to bag the second flight of the 170th Main Event in MSPT history. Among those to fall were former MSPT Venetian champ Bob Whalen, poker pro Nick Pupillo, WSOP Global Casino Champ AJ Kelsall, WPT and bracelet winner Pat “Flyin’” Lyons, former WPT Player of the Year Anthony Zinno, 2007 WSOP Main Event champ Jerry Yang, MSPT all-time money leader Rich Alsup, and three-time MSPT champ Carl Carodenuto.

The surviving players from both flights will return at 11 a.m. PST on Sunday, January 3 to play down to a winner.

Here's a look at the final table payouts:

PlacePrize
1$190,850
2$125,277
3$84,171
4$57,745
5$38,170
6$28,383
7$21,532
8$15,660
9$13,702

Remember, during the latest Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza, players must wear a mask and sanitize their hands before sitting down. Action is 8-handed at tables featuring Plexiglass dividers, which are wiped down each time a new player comes in. Additionally, dealers are required to sanitize their hands each time they enter and exit a table, and fresh decks of cards are circulated every two hours.

Click here for a look at the current Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza schedule.

Various End-of-Day 1b Chip Counts

Chad_Holloway • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Justin Ligeri us
Justin Ligeri
us 458,500
Kfir Nahum il
Kfir Nahum
il 440,000 260,000
Brent Hart us
Brent Hart
us 398,500 398,500
Daniel Jones US
Daniel Jones
US 363,000 28,000
Sarkis Khachatryan US
Sarkis Khachatryan
US 363,000 245,000
Robin Rightmire us
Robin Rightmire
us 317,000 317,000
Sukhdip Sangha us
Sukhdip Sangha
us 314,000 314,000
Hieu Dang us
Hieu Dang
us 309,500 309,500
Michael Esquivel us
Michael Esquivel
us 290,500 -9,500
Camille Brown us
Camille Brown
us 283,000 283,000
Jason Vanstrom us
Jason Vanstrom
us 263,000 263,000
James Carroll us
James Carroll
us 238,000
Saad Ghanem us
Saad Ghanem
us 235,500 135,500
Vic Peppe us
Vic Peppe
us 222,500 132,500
Ben Keeline us
Ben Keeline
us 208,500 1,500
Marle Cordeiro us
Marle Cordeiro
us 199,500 199,500
Josh Prager us
Josh Prager
us 129,500 -200,500
Lexy Gavin us
Lexy Gavin
us 120,500 -49,500
Denise Pratt us
Denise Pratt
us 113,000 -20,000
Michael Rocco us
Michael Rocco
us 55,500 55,500
Hamid Izadi us
Hamid Izadi
us 42,500 -202,500
Kyna England us
Kyna England
us Busted

Five More Hands

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

The tournament staff just announced the remaining 80 players or so will play five more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1b. Stay tuned for some chip counts as well as a recap of today's action. In addition, we'll be posting the Day 2 seat draw as soon as it's made available by officials.

Keeline Takes Some from Gavin

LoriPersinger • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Ben Keeline
Ben Keeline

Lexy Gavin raised to 10,000 from early position and Ben Keeline made the call from his big blind.

After Keeline checked the {j-Clubs}{q-Hearts}{a-Clubs} flop Gavin made a continuation bet and was called by Keeline. Both players then checked the {4-Spades} turn, and after Keeline checked again on the {k-Diamonds} river Gavin bet 16,000 and was quickly called by Keeline.

Ben Keeline: {j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Lexy Gavin: {8-Spades}{8-Clubs}

Ben Keeline us
Ben Keeline
us 207,000 7,000
Lexy Gavin us
Lexy Gavin
us 170,000 30,000
Level:
15
Blinds:
2,000/4,000
Ante:
4,000

Pratt Takes a Hit

LoriPersinger • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Randall Brooks open-shoved his remaining 45,500 and Denise Pratt made the call from the next seat over.

Randall Brooks: {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}
Denise Pratt; {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}

Pratt was ahead preflop, but that changed on the action flop of {9-Clubs}{8-Spades}{j-Hearts}, which put Brooks in the lead but still left Pratt with 10 outs. Unfortunately those outs were reduced to just two on the {j-Spades} turn.

The {9-Hearts} river completed the board and sent the pot to Brooks.

Denise Pratt us
Denise Pratt
us 133,000 3,000
Randall Brooks us
Randall Brooks
us 98,500 98,500

Tags: Denise PrattRandall Brooks

Prager vs. Peppe

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

Minnesota's Vic Peppe limped from early position and action folded around to Josh Prager, who exercised his option in the big blind by raising to 8,000.

Peppe called and then proceeded to call bets of 6,000 and 10,000 on the {7-Spades}{5-Spades}{j-Spades} flop and {5-Clubs} turn respectively.

When the {j-Hearts} double paired the board on the river, Prager slowed down with a check and Peppe checked behind with the {7-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for jacks and sevens.

It was no good though as Prager had flopped a flush with his {k-Spades}{q-Spades}.

Josh Prager us
Josh Prager
us 330,000 220,000
Vic Peppe us
Vic Peppe
us 90,000 -25,000

Tags: Josh PragerVic Peppe

King Kiprakis Stays Alive

Chad_Holloway • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante
Emanuel Kiprakis
Emanuel Kiprakis

Unknown preflop action resulted in a short-stacked player getting all in for 17,000, Emanuel Kiprakis in for 80,000 total, and another player putting both at risk.

Emanuel Kiprakis: {k-Diamonds}{k-Hearts}
Short Stack: {9-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}
Big Stack: {k-Spades}{j-Spades}

Kiprakis had the best of it and he held after the board ran out {q-Spades}{6-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. With that, Kiprakis eliminated the short stack and doubled through the big one.

Emanuel Kiprakis US
Emanuel Kiprakis
US 150,000

Tags: Emanuel Kiprakis

Brown Goes From Short Stack to Contender

LoriPersinger • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

In back-to-back hands Jerry Brown went from the outhouse to darn-near the penthouse.

In the first hand there was a raise to 7,000, which Brown called from the hijack position. The button-player then three-bet to 26,000, which got a fold from the original raiser and sent Brown into deep thought before he eventually tossed in the chips for a call.

After Brown checked the {2-Spades}{10-Clubs}{q-Spades} flop the button-player said "All in," and before he could move his chips forward Brown called all-in and the players tabled their hands.

Jerry Brown: {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}
Button Player: {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}

The {7-Diamonds} turn and {2-Clubs} river secured the double-up for Brown.

In the next hand, Brown hadn't even finished stacking his newly-acquired chips when a player moved all in and Brown made the call.

Jerry Brown: {a-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}
All-in Player: {k-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

The board ran out {9-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{j-Hearts} and sent Brown even more chips to stack.

Jerry Brown us
Jerry Brown
us 242,000 242,000

Tags: Jerry Brown