$1,100 Main Event
$1,100 Main Event
Day 1a Completed

Matthew Waldt and Jeff Heiberg tie for the Chip Lead in Day 1a of MSPT Venetian Poker Bowl IV Main Event

jessefullen • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Matthew Waldt and Jeff Heiberg
Matthew Waldt and Jeff Heiberg

Day 1a of the Season 11 MSPT Poker Bowl IV came to a successful close with a total of 141 entrants and 18 remaining advancing to Saturday's Day 2. An MSPT first occurred Wednesday night when two players bagged the exact same amount to tie for the chip lead. Both Matthew Waldt of Las Vegas, Nevada and Jeff Heiberg of Buffalo, Wyoming bagged 441,000 of the approximate 3.5 million chips in play. The two chip leaders get the spotlight and two days off to prepare for the eventual Day 2 on Saturday, February 1st.

Some notable players who didn't make it through Day 1a include Scott Clements, Ashley Sleeth, Ryan Laplante, Jeremy Ausmus, and Mike Del Vecchio.

Sorel Mizzi and Joseph Cheong both bagged and are looking forward to a few days off before Day 2 begins on Saturday. There are still two more flights in the $1,100 Main Event, which features a hefty $1,000,000 guarantee.

Day 1b starts at 12:10 p.m. PT on Thursday, while 1c will be at the same time on Friday, and PokerNews will be there to cover the action as the field grows and we get closer to Day 2 and an eventual winner.

Tags: Ashley SleethJeff HeibergJeremy AusmusJoseph CheongMatthew WaldtMike Del VecchioRyan LaplanteScott ClementsSorel Mizzi

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

jessefullen • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Jeff Heiberg us
Jeff Heiberg
us 441,000 359,000
Matthew Waldt US
Matthew Waldt
US 441,000 416,000
Grachia Minasian US
Grachia Minasian
US 398,000
Kou Yang us
Kou Yang
us 365,500 130,500
Sorel Mizzi ca
Sorel Mizzi
ca 316,500 -53,500
Jared Strauss us
Jared Strauss
us 224,500
Jacques Zaicik us
Jacques Zaicik
us 150,000 125,000
Joseph Cheong us
Joseph Cheong
us 146,500 -155,500
Tony Jakes us
Tony Jakes
us 142,000
Justin Teal US
Justin Teal
US 134,000 62,000
Robenito Roxas us
Robenito Roxas
us 131,500
Christopher Ocksrider us
Christopher Ocksrider
us 114,000 -1,000
Karapet Galstyan us
Karapet Galstyan
us 110,500
Eric Wasylenko ca
Eric Wasylenko
ca 87,000
Rodger Johnson us
Rodger Johnson
us 82,000 -156,000
Jeremy Menard us
Jeremy Menard
us 80,000 27,000
Joseph Jackson US
Joseph Jackson
US 65,000 10,000
Mark Ioli us
Mark Ioli
us 62,500 -4,500

Bag 'N Tag!

jessefullen • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
End of Day 1a
End of Day 1a

We’ve played down to our stopping point for the evening, and players are bagging and tagging for the night. Stay tuned for a recap of all the action.

The Clock Has Stopped. Eight Hands Remain in Day 1a

jessefullen • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Eight Hands Remain
Eight Hands Remain

With 16 minutes remaining on the clock in level 15, the clock has been stopped. A card was pulled and it was announced that only eight more hands will be played this evening.

Christopher Ocksrider Knocks Out Mike Del Vecchio as Day 1a Nears It's End

jessefullen • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
Christopher Ocksrider
Christopher Ocksrider

Mike Del Vecchio experienced a roller coaster ride that would shock even the most seasoned poker professionals.

Del Vecchio lost a huge hand and nearly left the room. He was called back to find he had 4,000 remaining. Del Vecchio had just over one big blind.

Over the next 10 hands or so, Del Vecchio doubled up four or five times and found himself with 70,000 chips at 2,000/4,000.

Del Vecchio lost another huge hand taking him down to 11,000 before Christopher Ocksrider delivered the final blow.

Del Vecchio was all-in with {8-}{8-} against the {a-}{q-} of Ocksrider.

The board ran out {3-}{10-}{j-}{q-}{k-} giving Ocksrider the last of Del Vecchio's chips.

Christopher Ocksrider us
Christopher Ocksrider
us 115,000 90,000
Mike Del Vecchio us
Mike Del Vecchio
us Busted

Tags: Christopher OcksriderMike Del Vecchio

We Have Reached The Final Level of Day 1a

jessefullen • Level 15: 2,500-5,000, 5,000 ante
19 Players Remain
19 Players Remain

Level 15 has just begun and there are currently 19 players remaining. The plan is to stop with 16 players remaining in the field. Two players in the field have less than 10 big blinds. If these two are knocked out quickly, we will start hand for hand action.