Day 1a Completed
Day 1a Completed
Jesse Lonis Leads 17 Surviving Players From Day 1a of the $1,600 MSPT Venetian Main Event
Day 1a of the $1,600 MSPT Venetian Main Event has come to an end and Jesse Lonis is the chip leader after play came to an end with 32 minutes left in Level 16.
The first of three flights in the $750,000 guarantee attracted 153 entries and 17 players made the money by surviving to see Day 2.
Lonis is the chip leader with 816,000 thanks to a late run that included a big pot against Michael Rossitto and the elimination of Steve Wilkie to end the evening. Lonis is followed on the leaderboard by Jared Jaffee with 688,000, who made a big jump up the leaderboard with the late elimination of Francis Anderson.
Michael Wang finished in the third spot with 526,000 and Alexander Nachtwey is fourth with 523,000. Jared Strauss rounds out the top five with 326,000.
$1,600 MSPT Venetian Main Event Day 1a Top Ten Chip Counts
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Also bagging for Day 2 was Dan Bekavac after battling adversity throughout the day. Bekavac clashed with Nachtwey several times over the late levels, including a pot where the former lost with aces full to the latter's four of a kind. He ultimately ended with a healthy stack of 168,000 and he will return tomorrow to continue his quest for the MSPT Player of the Year title.
Also in the hunt for the Season 13 points race is CJ Peake. Peake bagged just 53,000, but he will return on Sunday with the opportunity to catch some points and catch Bekavac, who sits in second behind Josh Reichard on the season-long leaderboard.
Joining Peake and Bekavac with a bag were Darren Rabinowitz, Peter Lynn, Connor Stuewe, Hyo Joo, John Riordan, and Michael Rossitto. Rossitto ended the night with 131,000 after running up a stack in the middle levels, but he clashed with Lonis late and lost a lot of chips.
Several players made their second appearance of the week after playing in the $1,100 MSPT Main Event that started on Tuesday. Among those that stopped by for Day 1a but didn’t survive were Landon Tice, Angela Jordison, Kenny Huynh, Jim Collopy, Tyler Patterson, Eric Baldwin, Jesse Yaginuma, Jordan Cristos, and MSPT regulars Rob Wazwaz and Justin Barnum.
All 17 surviving players are in the money and they will return for the Sunday finale at 11:00 a.m. local time to play down to a winner. Day 1b kicks off on Friday at 11:10 a.m. and Day 1c will follow on Saturday at the same time.
Be sure to keep it with the PokerNews team all weekend long for live updates from the floor of the $1,600 MSPT Main Event at Venetian Las Vegas.
End of Day 1a Chip Counts (full)
Lonis Busts Wilkie to End the Evening
Jesse Lonis raised to 19,000 and Steve Wilkie went all in for just over 50,000. Lonis called and the cards were turned up.
The board ran out and Lonis held on with the ace to eliminate Wilkie and bring the evening to an end.
Stay tuned for official chip counts and a recap from the PokerNews team.
Time for Another Break
The remaining 18 players are now on a 10-minute break.
Jaffee Eliminates Anderson in Big Pot
A player in the small blind raised to 25,000 and it was exactly enough to commit Francis Anderson and the last of his chips. Jared Jaffee and action was three ways.
The flop was and the small blind shoved immediately. Jaffee called for his last 98,000 and the cards were turned up.
The board ran out with no help for the small blind and Jaffee held on with a flopped set of fours to secure the big pot and eliminate Anderson.
With 18 players remaining, play will now continue hand-for-hand.
Rossitto Bounces Back With Onikul Elimination
Ark Onikul got his last 65,000 into the middle and Michael Rossitto was the one to put him at risk.
The board ran out and Rossitto's pocket sevens held to secure the elimination and get his stack moving in the right direction.
Lonis Bets Big on the River
Action was heads up with a big pot near 200,000 in the middle and a full board of when Michael Rossitto checked and Jesse Lonis bet 160,000. Rossitto went into the tank before he finally emerged with a call. Lonis turned over and Rossitto mucked the losing hand.
Wang Takes From Lonis
Action was heads up with nearly 50,000 in the pot and a full board of when Michael Wang bet 47,000. Jesse Lonis went into the tank from the next seat over and considered his options before he tossed out chips to call.
Wang turned over for two pair and Lonis mucked the losing hand.
Meanwhile, Michael Rossitto has chipped up to 355,000 at the same table.