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$1,600 Main Event



$1,600 Main Event
Day 1c Completed

Aaron Massey Leads Final Flight of MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Aaron Massey Bags Heaps on  Day 1c
Aaron Massey Bags Heaps on Day 1c

The field has been set for Day 2 of the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,100 Main Event after Day 1c pulled together 631 total entries, bringing the overall total up to 1,341.

Day 1c was the largest field of the three starting flights and by the end of the night, it was Illinois native Aaron Massey who put the most chips in a bag (608,000). Massey was accumulating chips throughout the tournament but he catapulted into the top spot at the end of the night.

Others to bag large in Day 1c were Stefan Fabian (516,000), Levy Tzur (498,000), Gediminas Uselis (468,000), and Sundiata DeVore (417,000).

Just below them are three more formidable opponents in Brock Wilson (394,000), Minnesota's Ian Matakis (326,000), and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Barry Shulman (216,00).

Others were not as fortunate. Camille Brown, Shannon Shorr, MSPT Season 10 Player of the Year Mike Shin, Cherish Andrews, and Alex Foxen were just a few players who came short.

The surviving players will be returning Thursday's for Day 2’s 11 a.m. start time, and 135 of them will make it into the money to earn a first-level payout of $3,440, though players are sure to have their eyes set on the first-place prize of $325,428.

PokerNews will be back on hand for tomorrow for Day 2, so make sure to come back and see who makes it through to the final day!

Tags: Aaron MasseyAlex FoxenBarry ShulmanBrock WilsonCamille BrownCherish AndrewsGediminas UselisIan MatakisMike ShinShannon ShorrStefan FabianSundiata DeVoreTzur Levy

End of Day 1c Chip Counts (full)

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Aaron Massey us
Aaron Massey
us 608,000 38,000
Daniel Smiljkovic de
Daniel Smiljkovic
de 520,000 520,000
Stefan Fabian ro
Stefan Fabian
ro 518,000 -132,000
Tzur Levy at
Tzur Levy
at 498,000 108,000
Gediminas Uselis lt
Gediminas Uselis
lt 468,000 18,000
Nick Blackburn us
Nick Blackburn
us 459,000 349,000
Jorge Gomez us
Jorge Gomez
us 420,000 420,000
Sundiata DeVore us
Sundiata DeVore
us 417,000 -48,000
Karl Held us
Karl Held
us 411,000
Michael Luong au
Michael Luong
au 395,000 395,000
Brock Wilson us
Brock Wilson
us 394,000 99,000
Ezequiel Waigel ar
Ezequiel Waigel
ar 386,000 316,000
James Romero us
James Romero
us 365,000 365,000
Raul Martínez ES
Raul Martínez
ES 352,000 352,000
Michael Hudson us
Michael Hudson
us 337,000 337,000
Nils Pudel de
Nils Pudel
de 335,000 335,000
Florian Duta ro
Florian Duta
ro 333,000 333,000
Ian Matakis us
Ian Matakis
us 326,000 106,000
Josip Simunic at
Josip Simunic
at 315,000 315,000
Patrick Megna us
Patrick Megna
us 313,000 313,000
Daan Mulders nl
Daan Mulders
nl 302,000 302,000
James Gilbert us
James Gilbert
us 301,000 301,000
Hannes Jeschka fr
Hannes Jeschka
fr 295,000 295,000
David Polop es
David Polop
es 294,000 294,000
Matt Gillingham us
Matt Gillingham
us 293,000 -107,000

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Final Six Hands

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante

The tournament director has just announced the final six hands of the night.

Ventura Catches Lady Luck From the Big Blind

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Diego Ventura
Diego Ventura

There was three-way action after a {8-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} flop with roughly 70,000 in the middle and a series of raises saw Diego Ventura call off his 164,000 stack after the player under the gun four-bet jammed while the button player folded.

Diego Ventura: {a-Spades}{8-Spades}
Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}

Ventura was ahead after flopping trip eights but the {q-Diamonds} turn gave his opponent the nut flush.

Just when Ventura lost hope, the dealer dropped another lady {q-Spades} on the river, double pairing the board and giving Ventura a full house to double-up.

Diego Ventura pe
Diego Ventura
pe 415,000 215,000

Tags: Diego Ventura

Uselis Out Kicks Opponent

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Gediminas Uselis
Gediminas Uselis

A player from middle position open-jammed and Gediminas Uselis called from the button.

Opponent: {a-Clubs}{4-Hearts}
Gediminas Uselis: {a-Diamonds}{7-Spades}

Uselis had his opponent dominated but the {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{8-Spades} flop came paired bringing possible chop outs.

The turn came the {7-Clubs}, pairing Uselis and the {j-Spades} river sent his opponent packing.

Gediminas Uselis lt
Gediminas Uselis
lt 450,000 165,000

Tags: Gediminas Uselis

MSPT Season 12 Race for Player of the Year

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Cy Church
Cy Church

Since its inception in 2009, the MSPT has done a great job keeping track of player stats. As a result, 12 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 point leaders of this season:

PlacePlayerHometownSeason 12 Points
1Cy ChurchEast Lancing, MI3,925
2Taylor HowardAltoona, IA3,633
3Jason CrewsClive, Iowa3,075
4Kyna EnglandNorthbrook, Illinois2,850
5Daniel SepiolMichigan City, IN2,500
6Jordan CristosLas Vegas, NV2,500
7Ryan DoddRunnemede, NJ2,350
8Saad GhanemBloomington, MN2,300
9Larry WagnerMiddleton, WI2,200
10Francis AndersonPoughkeepsie, NY2,075

Massey Soars to the Top

AnthonyThompson • Level 15: 3,000-5,000, 5,000 ante
Aaron Massey
Aaron Massey

Action folded to the button player who raised to 10,000 only to have Aaron Massey three-bet bet to 44,000 from the big blind.

Massey's opponent thought for a moment then four-bet all in for roughly 170,000 and was snap-called.

Opponent: {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}
Aaron Massey: {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}

Massey had his opponent dominated and the {9-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} runout eliminated them from the tournament while Massey climbs to the top of the chip counts in the last level of the evening.

Aaron Massey us
Aaron Massey
us 570,000 310,000

Tags: Aaron Massey


Venetian DeepStack Championship II Results Thus Far...

AnthonyThompson • Level 14: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

This MSPT tournament is a part of the Venetian DeepStack Championship II, which began on September 27 and will run through November 28. During that time they will award more than $10 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Here's a look at those who've captured titles thus far in the series...

DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerHometownPrize
27-SepEvent #1: $400 NLH92$30,820Matthew ZazaianHenderson, NV$9,248
27-SepEvent #2: $400 NLH Survivor42$15,0005 WinnersN/A$2,900
30-SepEvent #3: $800 Ultimate Stack737$508,530Antonio TorpocoMemphis, TN$101,700
30-SepEvent #4: $600 Limit Omaha 8B161$82,593Kelly VandemheenOmaha, NE$15,047
1-OctEvent #5: $600 Monster Stack202$103,020Sean DavidsonPlymouth, MA$20,646
2-OctEvent #6: $600 Monster Stack205$104,550Florian RibouchonFrance$28,656
2-OctEvent #7: $800 PLO 8/B181$127,605Ray HensonHouston, TX$23,994
5-OctEvent #78: $600 Monster Stack1,321$667,105Bassel AsiHouston, TX$113,609
3-OctEvent #9: $400 NLH Survivor190$64,98019 WinnersN/A$3,400
4-OctEvent #10: $400 NLH Survivor162$55,40415 WinnersN/A$3,400
6-OctEvent #11: $800 Monster Stack413$289,100Frederic NormandCanada$54,126
7-OctEvent #12: $600 Monster Stack301$153,510Gloria JacksonJacksonville, FL$35,306
8-OctEvent #13: $800 Big O333$233,100Josh ThatcherGwinn, MI$53,383
8-OctEvent #14: $600 Monster Stack316$161,160Phillip GioiaWheat Ridge, CO$23,367
 Event #15: Mega Satellite     
10-OctEvent #16: $1,100 Ultimate Stack895$859,200Matthias AuerAustria$169,256
11-OctEvent #17: $1,100 Monster Stack458$444,260Joseph CrowleyArlington, VA$78,263
 Event #18: Mega Satellite     
14-OctEvent #19: $1,100 MSPT1,741$1,680,065Ethan "RampagePoker" YauQuincy, MA$230,379
15-OctEvent #21: $1,100 Double Stack317$309,075Howard MashCoconut Creek, FL$61,082
16-OctEvent #22: $600 Monster Stack359$183,090Angela JordisonCrooked River Ranch, OR$39,570
16-OctEvent #23: $1,100 PLO267$260,325James MinghiniStateline, NV$63,907
 Event #24: Mega Satellite     
17-OctEvent #25: $800 Ultimate Stack256$176,640Forrest KollarTalent, OR$43,367