$1,100 Main Event

Event Info

Buy-in $1,100
Prize Pool $1,060,210
Players 1,093

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 80,000 / 160,000
Ante 160,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Entries 1,093
$1,100 Main Event
Day 2 Completed

Bob Whalen Wins MSPT Venetian Poker Bowl IV for $140,152

Chad_Holloway • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Bob Whalen
Bob Whalen

The fourth edition of the Mid-States Poker Bowl (MSPT) $1,100 buy-in Poker Bowl at The Venetian in Las Vegas featured a $1 million guarantee, and a massive turnout of 1,093 entries over three starting flights resulted in a $1,060,210 prize pool.

On Saturday night, the day before the NFL Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, a winner was crowned in the MSPT Poker Bowl IV after Bob Whalen began as the Day 2 chip leader and rode it to victory after a five-way deal was struck.

Whalen took $140,152 as a part of that deal, which was a new career-high surpassing the $129,967 he previously won back in 2009 after taking down a Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event. In 2008, he also finished 79th in the World Series of Poker Main Event for $77,200.

Whalen, formerly from Wisconsin, has lived in Vegas for the past three and a half years playing about town nearly every day of the week. However, it wasn’t his first taste of victory at Venetian as ten years ago he won three DeepStack tournaments within a two-week span.

Final Table Results

1Bob Whalen$140,152*
2Grachia Minasian$100,682*
3George Brady$96,839*
4Thomas Lust$94,376*
5Oluwashola Akindele$85,004*
6John Dennehey$38,168
7Justin Young$29,686
8Vadim Shlez$23,325
9Eyal Al Revah$19,084
10Kou Yang$14,843

*Denotes five-way deal.

Among those to make the money at the top 150 were Terry Fleischer (14th - $11,662), Marko Pantelic (20th - $8,588), Poker Bowl II champ Kfir Nahum (22nd - $7,209), Kathy Liebert (23rd - $7,209), Sorel Mizzi (31st - $4,559), Brett Halan (41st - $3,499), Ashley Sleeth (47th - $3,181), Kenna James (60th - $2,863), Chipp Jett (66th - $2,757), Eric Wasylenko (70th - $2,757), and MSPT Season 1 Running Aces champ Joe Matheson (77th - $2,651).

MSPT Final Table
The MSPT Poker Bowl IV final table.

Final Table Action

MSPT regular Kou Yang was the first final table casualty after running pocket fours into Justin Young’s sixes, and Eyal Al Revah followed him out the door after committing his short stack with king-ten suited only to see Grachia Minasian roll over pocket aces. Revah flopped a flush draw but bricked the turn and river to fall in ninth place.

The short-stacked Vadim Shlez was next to go after losing king-ten to Young’s ace-queen all in preflop, while Young himself bowed out in seventh running pocket tens into George Brady’s two black jacks.

Next on the chopping block was John Dennehey, who lost holding jacks to Minasian’s ace-nine after the latter made a straight on the river. At that point, the final five players paused the clock to discuss a deal. They came to terms, and as the chip leader, Whalen was crowned the Poker Bowl IV MVP taking down his first MSPT title.

DatesEditionEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
February 2-4, 2017Poker Bowl I695$681,100Jordan Young$117,381
February 1-3, 2018Poker Bowl II827$806,325Kfir Nahum$108,410
January 31-February 2, 2019Poker Bowl III1,022$996,450Brian Wilson$143,929
January 29-February 1, 2019Poker Bowl IV1,093$1,060,210Bob Whalen$140,152

Season 11 of the MSPT continues February 21-23 with a $1,100 buy-in, $300K GTD Main Event at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park. Once again PokerNews will be on hand to capture all the action. For more information visit msptpoker.com.

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The Final Five Players Have Agreed to a Deal!

jessefullen • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Bob Whalen
Bob Whalen

After much consideration, the final five players have agreed to the following deal:

5th Place: Oluwashola Akindele ($85,004)

4th Place: Thomas Lust ($94,376)

3rd Place: George Brady ($96,839)

2nd Place: Grachia Minasian ($94,376)

1st Place: Bob Whalen ($140,152 + Trophy)

Stay tuned for a full recap of the action.

Tags: Bob WhalenGeorge BradyOluwashola AkindeleThomas Lust

John Dennehey Eliminated in 6th Place ($38,168)

jessefullen • Level 31: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
John Dennehey
John Dennehey

Grachia Minasian raised all in from early position and John Dennehey opted to call off his stack.

Grachia Minasian: {a-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}
John Dennehey: {j-Diamonds}{j-Spades}

The flop came {10-Clubs}{a-Spades}{7-Hearts} improving Minasian to top pair; however, the turn was the {j-Clubs} and Dennehey shot out of his seat to celebrate after making a set.

Unfortunately for him, the river was the {8-Clubs} and gave Minasian a winning straight to win the pot.

Grachia Minasian US
Grachia Minasian
US 6,500,000 3,800,000
John Dennehey us
John Dennehey
us Busted

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Break Time

jessefullen • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

The remaining seven players are going on a 10 minute break.

Minasian Folds Jacks

jessefullen • Level 30: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Grachia Minasian raised to 355,000 from under the gun but his neighbor, George Brady, immediately shoved for 2.9 million. Minasian did not want to fold while counting his chips and talking quietly to Brady.

"I folded this before and I should not have. I have a good pair!"

Minasian folded and flipped over {j-}{j-} and asked Brady to show or tell his hand. Brady didn't hesitate to turn his hand over.

Brady: {10-}{10-}

Minasian could only shake his head as Brady added a few hundred thousand to his stack.

Grachia Minasian US
Grachia Minasian
US 4,400,000 -400,000
George Brady US
George Brady
US 3,400,000 430,000