MSPT Poker Bowl V at Venetian Las Vegas

MSPT Poker Bowl V Main Event
Day: 2
Event Info

MSPT Poker Bowl V at Venetian Las Vegas

Event Info
Prize Pool
Players Left
Average Chip Stack
Total Chips
Level Info
150,000 / 300,000
Players Info - Day 2
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MSPT Poker Bowl V Main Event

Day 2 Completed

Johnny Oshana Wins MSPT Poker Bowl V ($130,000) in Four-Way Deal

Level 34 : 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
Johnny Oshana
Johnny Oshana

For the fifth time in five runnings, the Mid-States Poker Tour Poker Bowl at Venetian ended in a deal. This time around, the final four players chopped up the remaining money after a marathon 15-plus hour day.

Foremost among the dealmakers was Johnny Oshana, who banked $130,000, about three-quarters of the original top payout. Not too far behind was Jordan Cristos, who earned $119,232. Short stacks who had near-identical chip counts, Seungmook Jung and Joris Springael, each got $85,000, a small bump over their ICM numbers.

Those four emerged from a field of 908 total entries, of which 116 made the final day.

"Feels great," said Oshana, who hails from San Jose and had about $21K in live cashes according to The Hendon Mob.

The mechanical engineer who usually plays weekend tournaments at Bay 101 said his main plan for the money is to pay off his son's car.

Official Final Table Results

1Johnny OshanaSan Jose, California$130,000*
2Jordan CristosLas Vegas, Nevada$119,232*
3Joris SpringaelGlendale, Arizona$85,000*
4Seungmook JungN/A, South Korea$85,000*
5Brandon EisenLas Vegas, Nevada$34,350
6Quy DaoSan Jose, California$26,423
7Kfir NahumHenderson, Nevada$20,257
8Erik CajelaisMontreal, Canada$14,092

*reflects four-way deal

Quite a few recognizable names made deep runs in the tournament, but many of them fell just a bit before the final table. Ryan Riess, Asher Conniff, Adam Hendrix, Javier Zarco and Sean Yu all made the three-table redraw but busted out before the final eight.

There was a stalemate with 16 left that lasted more than an hour before a furious run of busts saw the final table take shape with Oshana well clear of all of his rivals. Only Springael was within striking distance. Oshana had run hot early in the day with kings over aces to bust Tim Reilly in a huge pot and he kept the pressure on with his big stack after that.

Swingy Finish

However, the final table proved to be a pretty wild affair that Oshana couldn't tame with sheer aggression.

Things went fine for him at first. After Erik Cajelais busted in eighth, Poker Bowl III champ Kfir Nahum sent Oshana all but his last few chips in a bizarre hand that saw the players check down rather than getting the last blind in.

Several times after that, Oshana was caught on big bluffs. Springael in particular seemed to have his number, and Oshana sank to the short stack.

"I guess I got caught up in the moment," Oshana admitted. "After that, I had to rethink it and start playing smart."

Springael couldn't maintain dominance either, as Brandon Eisen trapped him with a turned straight and doubled through him by cracking his aces. Eisen had the lead six-handed, but in typical fashion for this final table, he wound up busting in fifth after losing three all-in pots in a row.

MSPT Poker Bowl V final table
MSPT Poker Bowl V final table

Stalemate then a Deal

They played four-handed for an hour but after a final break, someone suggested they look at the numbers. Everyone seemed amenable, but deal negotiations were anything but smooth.

The tournament staff came back with chip chop numbers, which weren't even close to good enough for Jung. Cristos pulled up ICM, which had Jung taking home around $81K, but he said he wasn't taking a cent less than $85K and would prefer play on.

Cristos played the role of a chief negotiator as he attempted to balance everyone's desires. In the end, some money came off of his ICM number. Jung got his $85K with Springael getting an equal payout that also bumped his ICM number slightly.

Given how short stacks were — only about 70 blinds remained between the four players — Oshana said afterward he was happy to make the deal.

"At this point, it's anybody's game," he said.

That does it for the MSPT Poker Bowl V at The Venetian Las Vegas. Players now have the opportunity to enjoy Sunday's Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tags: Johnny OshanaJordan CristosJoris SpringaelSeungmook Jung

Deal Made

Level 34 : 150,000/300,000, 300,000 ante
MSPT Poker Bowl V at Venetian
MSPT Poker Bowl V at Venetian

The players have agreed to a deal that sees the two short stacks take home $85,000. Jordan Cristos, the second stack, gets $119,232, and the winner will be Johnny Oshana, who secured $130,000.

PokerNews will have a full recap up shortly.

Level: 34

Blinds: 150,000/300,000

Ante: 300,000

Brandon Eisen Eliminated in 5th Place ($34,350)

Level 33 : 125,000/250,000, 250,000 ante
Brandon Eisen
Brandon Eisen

Jordan Cristos jammed on the button covering both blinds. Brandon Eisen tanked awhile then called for around 2.5 million. Joris Springael seemed to have a tough decision but eventually folded the big blind.

Eisen: {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}
Cristos: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}

The {k-Clubs}{j-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{5-Spades} left Eisen with only a missed flush draw.

Player Chips Progress
Jordan Cristos us
Jordan Cristos
8,500,000 3,500,000
WPT 1X Winner
Brandon Eisen us
Brandon Eisen

Tags: Brandon EisenJordan Cristos