MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD)

Event Info

Buy-in $1,600
Prize Pool $2,865,675
Players 2,011

Level Info

Level 37
Blinds 300,000 / 600,000
Ante 600,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 15
MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD)
Day 3 Completed

Chance Kornuth Takes Down MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($412,086)

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MSPT $1,600 Main Event Champion Chance Kornuth
MSPT $1,600 Main Event Champion Chance Kornuth

The Mid-Stakes Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,600 Main Event attracted 2,011 entries over three starting days, which resulted in a massive $2,865,675 prize pool. By the time the last river was dealt – it was none other than poker pro Chance Kornuth who emerged victorious to take down the title and $412,086 top prize.

Kornuth was already a massively accomplished poker player before the event with two World Series of Poker bracelets to his name and over $7 million in live tournament earnings according to The Hendon Mob. Now he can add another six-figure score to his poker resume along with a coveted MSPT Main Event title.

Kornuth said he almost forgot about the event until a friend, who wanted to stay at his place, reminded him about it. As far as future plans go, Kornuth said he is busy working on his business Chip Leader Coaching and being a new dad.

“I’ve been focusing on dad life,” Kornuth said. “I couldn’t be happier.”

MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrizeMSPT POY Points
1Chance Kornuth$412,0862,000
2Peter Braglia$282,2691,800
3Eric Baldwin$209,1941,700
4Nick Phoenix$157,6121,600
5Michael Zulker$120,3581,500
6Ryan Torgersen$93,1341,400
7Brock Wilson$71,6421,300
8Bobby Po$55,8811,200
9Raman Afanasenka$44,9911,100

Day 3 began with just 15 players and fittingly, Kornuth would be the one to eliminate four of the first five players with Rheet Rademacher, Esther Fedorkevich, Tan Nguyen, and Kelly Kielbasa all falling to Kornuth within the first three levels of play. Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin would eliminate Donys Agnelli just shy of the final table after busting Agnelli’s pocket queens with pocket kings.

The final table began with Kornuth in a commanding position, having twice as many chips as his closest opponent. Raman Afanasenka, Bobby Po, Brock Wilson and Ryan Torgersen all came into the final table with short stacks and were eliminated in that order as they found themselves getting all-in preflop and failing to double up.

Michael Zulker would drop out in fifth place after being dominated in two separate all-in preflop affairs. First against Nick Phoenix with ace-queen losing to ace-king, and again against Peter Braglia with queen-jack losing to king-queen.

Phoenix had an impressive run considering he was tied for the second-shortest stack when the final table began. He nursed a short stack for some time, but eventually fell to Kornuth after running middle pair into bottom two-pair all-in on the flop and failing to improve.

Baldwin, who, like Kornuth, holds two WSOP gold bracelets, found himself short and ran pocket treys into Baglia’s pocket fours to go out in third place.

Heads-up play began with Kornuth having a slight chip advantage over Braglia. They jousted for a little while, beating each other out of small pots, but it didn’t take long for play to come to a head. The final hand occurred when Kornuth flopped a set of sevens and got all in against Braglia on the turn after Braglia shoved with a pair of treys, which left him drawing dead.

That wraps things up here for PokerNews at the MSPT $1,600 Venetian Main Event. Be sure to check out upcoming MSPT events, including events at the Riverside Casino on July 23-25 and Grand Falls Casino on August 20-22.

Peter Braglia Eliminated in 2nd Place ($282,269)

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Peter Braglia
Peter Braglia

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Chance Kornuth opened to 1.4 million on the button and Peter Braglia called.

The flop came {8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Braglia checked to Kornuth, who downbet to 1.1 million. Braglia responded by check-raising to 3.4 million. Undeterred, Kornuth re-raised to 9.7 million total and Braglia called.

The {6-Hearts} fell on the turn and Braglia shoved for his last 12 million. Kornuth announced a call turned over {7-Spades}{7-Hearts} for a flopped set. Braglia could only turn over {q-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} for a pair of treys and found himself drawing dead.

The {5-Spades} dutifully completed the board and eliminated Braglia in second place.

Stay tuned for a recap of the event.

Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
us 60,000,000 26,000,000
Peter Braglia us
Peter Braglia
us Busted

Eric Baldwin Eliminated in 3rd Place ($209,194)

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Eric Baldwin
Eric Baldwin

Peter Braglia opened to 1.2 million from the button and action folded to Eric Baldwin in the big blind, who shoved for a bit less than six million. Braglia called.

Braglia: {4-Hearts}{4-Spades}
Baldwin: {3-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}

Braglia held an overpair, and the {8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{7-Spades}{q-Clubs}{7-Clubs} runout kept him in front — eliminating Baldwin in third place.

Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us Busted

Kornuth Trips Up Baldwin

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Chance Kornuth completed from the small blind and Eric Baldwin checked his option from the big.

The flop came {3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} and Kornuth led out for 600,000. Baldwin called.

Kornuth bet 2.1 million on the {2-Spades} turn and Baldwin again called.

The {8-Clubs} completed the board and Kornuth fired once more — this time for four million.

Baldwin tanked and stared down Kornuth a while before eventually sticking in a call. Kornuth revealed {7-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} for trip threes and Baldwin mucked.

Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
us 28,000,000 6,000,000
Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 6,000,000 -10,000,000

Back in Action

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Players have returned and cards are back in the air.

Nick Phoenix Eliminated in 4th Place ($157,612)

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Nick Phoenix
Nick Phoenix

Chance Kornuth opened the button and was called by Nick Phoenix in the big blind.

The flop came {a-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{10-Clubs} and Phoenix checked to Kornuth, who continued for 1.7 million. Phoenix then check-shoved for about six million and Kornuth quickly called.

Kornuth: {10-Spades}{7-Clubs}
Phoenix: {k-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

Kornuth had flopped two pair and had Phoenix's naked pair of tens in rough shape.

The {8-Clubs} and {2-Spades} completed the board, changing nothing and knocking Phoenix out in fourth place.

Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
us 23,000,000 11,000,000
Nick Phoenix us
Nick Phoenix
us Busted