2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
MSPT Poker Bowl V Main Event
MSPT Poker Bowl V Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Vilchez Takes Staggeringly Large Stack into Day 2

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jesse Vilchez
Jesse Vilchez

Day 1a has ended at Mid-States Poker Tour Poker Bowl V at Venetian, and one player shined far brighter than all the rest during the 15 levels of play.

Jesse Vilchez turned a 25,000 starting stack into 1,157,000, a staggering total gives him more than 10% of the chips in play thus far. It's easily more than double the number bagged by second-place Amy Patel, who finished with 486,000.

Hailing from Michigan, Vilchez has made a habit of late cashing MSPT events at Venetian. He finished third in November in the $1K event for $91,502, then he got 77th in the $1,600 for $4,961. Overall, he's got $757K in live cashes.

Today, he simply victimized Phil Gioia in two massive spots. First, he doubled up with top pair of queens when Gioia couldn't get away from pocket tens and a live gutter on the turn. That gave Vilchez a huge stack of more than 100 big blinds, but so large was Gioia's own stack that he remained the tournament leader.

No matter, as the next pot would shift all of the chips to Vilchez. He three-bet in late position against Gioia's open then was happy to call off his entire stack with pocket aces. Gioia had eights and didn't improve, sending nearly all of his chips over and leaving Vilchez the overwhelming leader.

Overall, about 45 players advanced out of 412 entries, which enabled the tournament to breeze past the $350K guarantee by building a prize pool of almost $400K on the first starting flight alone.

Some others who made it through included MSPT stalwart Rich Alsup, former WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess and Blake Whittington, who has already booked two wins in side events this series.

Among those running dry on chips were Jordan Cristos, Pat Lyons, Mike Shin, Katie Lindsay and James Carroll, coming off a six-figure score here in the last MSPT on site just a month ago.

They'll all have another chance on Day 1b, which is set for 11 a.m. on Friday.

End of Day 1a Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Jesse Vilchez us
Jesse Vilchez
us 1,157,000 47,000
Amy Patel us
Amy Patel
us 486,000 486,000
Brandon Eisen us
Brandon Eisen
us 355,500 55,500
Kfir Nahum il
Kfir Nahum
il 353,000
Blake Whittington us
Blake Whittington
us 349,000 74,000
Joris Springael be
Joris Springael
be 340,000 165,000
Ryan Riess us
Ryan Riess
us 322,500 -2,500
Connie Bruce us
Connie Bruce
us 278,000 -37,000
Jesse Lonis us
Jesse Lonis
us 278,000 278,000
Joseph Maas us
Joseph Maas
us 277,500 277,500
John Dennehey us
John Dennehey
us 271,500 71,500
Josh Bozarth US
Josh Bozarth
US 265,000 265,000
Rich Alsup us
Rich Alsup
us 263,000 33,000
Adam Demersseman us
Adam Demersseman
us 263,000 263,000
Erik Cajelais ca
Erik Cajelais
ca 254,500 24,500
Steve Chanthabouasy us
Steve Chanthabouasy
us 251,500 251,500
David Gu US
David Gu
US 239,000 239,000
Eric Ogata US
Eric Ogata
US 237,000 158,000
Javier Zarco es
Javier Zarco
es 219,000 -46,000
Reynel Hernandez US
Reynel Hernandez
US 210,000 210,000
Vadim Shlez ua
Vadim Shlez
ua 205,500 205,500
Sean Yu us
Sean Yu
us 204,500 114,500
Anthony Danna us
Anthony Danna
us 203,000 203,000
Kou Yang us
Kou Yang
us 202,000 -98,000
Qing Liu us
Qing Liu
us 200,000 200,000

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Vilchez Unstoppable

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

Jesse Vilchez opened for 14,000 in the small blind and the big blind defended. On a {6-Hearts}{7-Spades}{3-Clubs} flop, Vilchez continued big for 29,000 and the big blind went into the tank. Vilchez kept up a monologue while his opponent thought, but we didn't hear anything he said. Finally, the big blind shoved in for about 85,000 and Vilchez beat him in the pot.

Vilchez: {9-Hearts}{9-Spades}
Opponent: {a-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}

The board ran {2-Spades}, {9-Clubs} and Vilchez collected the pot.

Jesse Vilchez us
Jesse Vilchez
us 1,110,000 110,000

Final Six

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

Each table will play six more hands.

Zarco Lucky on River

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

A player on the button was all in for about 50,000 with {a-}{10-} and had Javier Zarco's {a-}{9-} dominated. The board ran out just fine for the all-in player until the river, when Zarco found a nine to bust him.

Javier Zarco es
Javier Zarco
es 265,000 70,000

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Vilchez Wins Biggest Pot of Tournament Thus Far

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
MSPT Poker Bowl V at Venetian
MSPT Poker Bowl V at Venetian

We came upon the aftermath of a truly titanic pot between Jesse Vilchez in the cutoff and Phil Gioia on his right. The stack of Vilchez was being counted down, and it was in the neighborhood of 500,000. He had {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs} in front of him, with the board having run {3-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{j-Spades}{k-Hearts}{4-Hearts}.

As the chips were being pushed to Vilchez, a player said Gioia had shown down {8-}{8-}, having raised and then shoved all in over Vilchez's three-bet.

Jesse Vilchez us
Jesse Vilchez
us 1,000,000 542,000
Phil Gioia us
Phil Gioia
us 20,000 -480,000

Zarco Shoves on Saechao

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

With {q-Clubs}{7-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} on board, Kao Saechao bet 15,000 from early position, a small wager into the 50,000 or so in the middle. Javier Zarco responded by moving all in for about 55,000 more.

Saechao went deep into the tank before flicking in {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}. Zarco patted the felt but didn't show.

Javier Zarco es
Javier Zarco
es 195,000 35,000
Kao Saechao us
Kao Saechao
us 55,000 -1,000