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



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

Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin Bags Day 1b Chip Lead of MSPT $1,600 Main Event

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Day 1b Chip Leader Eric Baldwin
Day 1b Chip Leader Eric Baldwin

Day 1b of the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour $1,600 Venetian Main Event ($2 Million GTD) has concluded with Eric "basebaldy" Baldwin bagging today’s chip lead with 645,500 in chips.

The two-time WSOP-bracelet winner is certainly no stranger to poker success and currently leads Day 1a chip leader Osmin "Oddie" Dardon (618,000).

Baldwin got off to a hot start and never looked back, increasing his stack steadily throughout the day, including taking down a four-bet pot with pocket nines. Trailing Baldwin, but still with a monster stack is Michael Foley with 538,000 in chips.

Day 1b more than doubled the amount of entries from Day 1a with 665 by the end of late registration. From those entries, 98 players remained by the day’s end.

Among those who managed to bag into Day 2 include Stephen Song (127,000), Joseph Cheong (164,500), Justin Saliba (301,500), and Lee Markholt (64,000)

Some notables who tried and fell short were Benjamin Moon, Kathy Liebert, Matt Affleck, Maria Konnikova, Tuan Le, and Chris Moorman and Joe Cada — both of whom were eliminated on the last level of the day.

All players who failed to bag today will have one last chance tomorrow during Day 1c — wherein players will be able to enter and re-enter as many times as they'd like until the end of dinner break after level nine.

Be sure to stick with PokerNews for another full day of poker action as the MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD) continues for the third and final Day 1 tomorrow beginning at 11:10 a.m. local time.

Assorted End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

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Eric Baldwin us
Eric Baldwin
us 645,500 320,500
Osmin Dardon us
Osmin Dardon
us 618,000
Tommy Tran us
Tommy Tran
us 553,000
Michael Foley us
Michael Foley
us 538,000 538,000
Rittie Chuaprasert us
Rittie Chuaprasert
us 518,500
Zachary Gutierrez
Zachary Gutierrez
477,000 477,000
Steven Saklad
Steven Saklad
Rajai Wazwaz us
Rajai Wazwaz
us 465,000 465,000
William Givens us
William Givens
us 436,000 436,000
Carlos Aldaz us
Carlos Aldaz
us 417,500 417,500
Hao Sun us
Hao Sun
us 388,000 388,000
Benjamin Thomas us
Benjamin Thomas
us 376,500 376,500
Denise Pratt us
Denise Pratt
us 372,500 500
Brendan Shiller us
Brendan Shiller
us 365,000 365,000
Adam Demersseman us
Adam Demersseman
us 362,000 -40,000
Eugene Lee
Eugene Lee
360,000 360,000
Alan Wentz us
Alan Wentz
us 356,000 356,000
Aaron Motoyama us
Aaron Motoyama
us 355,000 355,000
Tan Nguyen us
Tan Nguyen
us 355,000 355,000
Denis Bagdasarov us
Denis Bagdasarov
us 325,000 325,000
Patrick Eskandar us
Patrick Eskandar
us 324,500
Shohei Miyazaki us
Shohei Miyazaki
us 322,500
Brady Seeley us
Brady Seeley
us 320,000
Francis Rusnak us
Francis Rusnak
us 313,000 313,000
Sora Park
Sora Park
311,000 311,000

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Play Wraps up For The Day

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Day 1b has come to an end.

Stay tuned for a recap.

Seven More Hands

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The tournament staff just announced that each table will deal seven more hands until bagging and tagging for the evening.

Moorman Getting Short

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Joe Cada opened to 8,500 from middle position and was called by the player in the cutoff. Chris Moorman then squeezed to 35,000 and action folded back around to the cutoff, who called.

The flop came {j-Clubs}{2-Spades}{10-Spades} and it was checked to Moorman, who bet enough to put his opponent all in for his last 70,000. Moorman's opponent immediately called and hands were revealed.

Moorman: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}
Cutoff: {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}

Moorman had flopped a huge draw, while his opponent held top pair.

The {2-Clubs} turn and {4-Clubs} river bricked out for Moorman, who was left with just about ten big blinds after the hand.

Chris Moorman gb
Chris Moorman
gb 42,000 -118,000

Moorman Taken to Value Town

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Chris Moorman opened to 6,500 from early position and found one caller in the big blind.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and Moorman bet 5,500 when checked to. His opponent called.

Both players checked on the {8-Diamonds} river, but the player in the big blind bet 8,000 on the {q-Spades} river, sending Moorman into the tank.

Moorman eventually cut out a call and slid it into the middle and his opponent revealed {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for two pair. Moorman mucked and his opponent scooped the pot.

Chris Moorman gb
Chris Moorman
gb 160,000 45,000

Cheong Won't be Bullied

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Joseph Cheong
Joseph Cheong

Joseph Cheong opened to 7,000 from early position and was three-bet to 21,000 by the player in the lojack. Action folded back around to Cheong, who quickly announced he was all in for about 150,000.

Cheong's opponent mused, but eventually folded and Cheong scooped the pot.

Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 180,000 20,000