2021 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian

Welcome to Day 1b of the MSPT Venetian $1,100 Buy-In Main Event

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Today, the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) continues its 12th season with Day 1b of the $1,100 buy-in MSPT Venetian Main Event!

The tournament, the 170th Main Event in MSPT history, featured a $250,000 guarantee, but that was crushed with the Day 1a flight alone with 463 runners. Of those, 59 survived the night with Minnesota’s Bill Kachel and his stack of 658,000 leading the way. Others to bag big stacks were Wisconsin poker couple Missy Bartleme (496,500) and Dan Dombrowski (112,500), Nizom Abdukadyrov (448,000), MSPT Venetian champ Landon Tice (286,000), and Lokesh Garg (235,500).

Today’s Day 1b will begin at 11:10 a.m. PST and players will start with 25,000 in chips. Levels will be 40 minutes with late registration open until 6:25 p.m. PST. The surviving players from both flights will then return at 11 a.m. PST on Sunday, January 3 to play down to a winner.

It’s expected to be a big turnout, and registration for Day 1b is open now. In the instance of alternates, be sure to follow both @VenetianPoker and @msptpoker on Twitter for updates.

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.

MSPT Looks to Continue Momentum

Due to the pandemic, Season 11 of the MSPT was interrupted at the beginning of March. After a six-month hiatus, the tour returned August 28-30 at Grand Falls Casino, which is situated just outside Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The stop proved to be a tremendous hit asthe $1,100 buy-in, $100K GTD Main Event attracted 518 entries, well ahead of the venue’s previous record of 238 runners from 2015.

In January of 2019, the MSPT hosted the annual $1,100 buy-in, $1 million GTD Poker Bowl, a tournament that attracted 1,093 entries. The night before the Kansas City Chiefs dispatched the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl LIV, Bob Whalen claimed $100,682 in prize money after a five-way deal was struck.

Season 11 then wrapped up with two November stops at Venetian. The first was a $1,100 buy-in tournament that attracted 1,123 runners and saw 21-year-old Landon Tice come out on top to win $201,529. The following weekend, Korey Payne bested a 1,239-entry field to win the $1,600 buy-in version for an even bigger payday of $327,773.

The upcoming MSPT Venetian is expected to once again attract a big field, and PokerNews will be on-site to capture all the action.