2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian

Event Info

Buy-in $600
Prize Pool $801,720
Players 1572

Level Info

Level 38
Blinds 500,000 / 1,000,000
Ante 1,000,000

Players Info - Day 2

Players Left 1
Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack
Day 2 Completed

Michael Prendergast Wins Maiden Bracelet in Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack ($127,428)

connorrichards • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Michael Prendergast
Michael Prendergast

Michael Prendergast of Chicago, Illinois, is the latest World Series of Poker bracelet winner after taking down Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for his biggest-ever tournament score of $127,428. Prendergast earned the six-figure cash and his first bracelet after coming back from a significant chip deficit during heads-up play and defeating Jeffrey Barnes, who cashed for $78,755.

Prendergast entered the final table of eight as one of the shortest stacks but managed to triple up early on and ran his stack up from there.

Prendergast sent John Bunch home in eighth place when Bunch shoved his short stack and Prendergast had a full house by the end of the hand. Not long after, he eliminated Donnie Phan in sixth place when he had aces, which held after Phan shoved.

Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack Final Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Michael PrendergastUnited States$127,428
2Jeffrey BarnesUnited States$78,755
3Jungwoong ParkHong Kong$57,386
4Joao SimaoBrazil$42,272
5Daniel WasserbergUnited States$31,485
6Donnie PhanUnited States$23,713
7Eric PolirerUnited States$18,062
8John BunchUnited States$13,915
9Joseph SandersUnited States$10,845

Heads-up play commenced when Barnes knocked out Jungwoong Park in a hand where Park was all-in before the flop and Barnes made a full house. Barnes had a 5:1 chip lead over Prendergast at one point but the eventual champion managed to double up multiple times and eventually took a small lead.

The final hand of the tournament occurred when Prendergast called off when facing a flop raise from his opponent. Prendergast was behind his opponent's pair of eights and had a flush draw that was no good, as his opponent had a better flush draw. However, Prendergast managed to make a pair of aces on the river and sent Barnes out in second place.

After the victory, Prendergast told PokerNews that he felt "absolutely wonderful" about winning a bracelet at his first-ever WSOP.

“I don’t pay a lot of tournaments," Prendergast said. "I’ve got a wife and kids.”

Prendergast, who dedicated the victory to his wife, said his strategy in the tournament was "to accumulate chips and survive when I had to," which included laying down a few big hands as a short stack when he knew he was behind.

“I decided to just do what I did the entire tournament and wait for a hand that I could hit the nuts with," he said about his late-stage strategy, also acknowledging that he “got the luck that I needed to win a tournament.”

Action of the Day

Day 2 got off to a rapid start that consisted of elimination after elimination for the first few levels of play. The action slowed down for a while and, after over six hours of play, the eight players left standing were moved to a feature final table.

Popular poker vlogger Andrew Neeme was eliminated in 31st place when he got in a three-way all-in with aces against kings and queens. It looked like the massive pot would be going Neeme’s way but Phan with the kings spiked a third one on the river. Neeme had him covered but was eliminated shortly after.

Andrew Neeme
Andrew Neeme

The tournament attracted a total of 1,572 entries and generated a prize pool of $801,720 with 236 places being paid. There were many notable players in the tournament who were not fortunate enough to make Day 2, among them Maria Ho, Shaun Deeb, Greg Raymer, David Williams and Barry Greenstein.

That wraps up coverage of Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack. Be sure to check for the PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of other WSOP events.

Tags: Andrew NeemeBarry GreensteinEric PolirerGreg RaymerJoseph SandersJungwoong ParkMaria HoMichael PrendergastShaun Deeb

Michael Prendergast Wins Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack for $124,428

MrCleverFox • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Michael Prendergast
Michael Prendergast

Michael Prendergast has emerged victorious in Event #24: $600 Pot-Limit Omaha Deepstack conquering the field of 1572 for $124,428. This cash represents Pendergast's fourth World Series of Poker cash and his largest recorded one to date.

Here's a look at how the final table stacked up:

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Michael PrendergastUnited States$127,428
2Jeffrey BarnesUnited States$78,755
3Jungwoong ParkHong Kong$57,386
4Joao SimaoBrazil$42,272
5Daniel WasserbergUnited States$31,485
6Donnie PhanUnited States$23,713
7Eric PolirerUnited States$18,062
8John BunchUnited States$13,915
9Joseph SandersUnited States$10,845

A full recap of the event will be posted shortly.

Tags: Michael Prendergast

Jeffrey Barnes Eliminated in 2nd Place ($78,755)

jeffmcmillan • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante
Jeffrey Barnes
Jeffrey Barnes

Action was on the flop as it read {q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. From the button Jeffrey Barnes bet 5,000,000. Michael Prendergast raised to 15,000,000, Barnes three-bet all in. Prendergast took a moment and called. Prendergast had Barnes very slightly covered as the cards were turned over.

Jeffrey Barnes: {k-Spades}{j-Spades}{8-Clubs}{5-Spades}
Michael Pendergast: {a-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Hearts}

Barnes had the substantial lead and was a 77% favorite with the pair of eights and the better flush draw. The turn was the {5-Diamonds} to not change much. But the river was the {a-Diamonds} to give Prendergast a pair of aces for the best hand and end Barnes' run at the bracelet as runner-up.

Michael Prendergast US
Michael Prendergast
US 47,100 -23,052,900
Jeffrey Barnes US
Jeffrey Barnes
US Busted

Tags: Jeffrey BarnesMichael Prendergast

Prendergast Levels Playing Field

connorrichards • Level 38: 500,000-1,000,000, 1,000,000 ante

Michael Prendergast and Jeffrey Barnes are now nearly even in chips after Prendergast took down a series of small pots, including one where he bet two million on a flop of {8-Clubs}{4-Spades}{7-Clubs} and Barnes called and then folded when facing a bet on the {8-Spades} turn.

Jeffrey Barnes US
Jeffrey Barnes
US 24,000,000 -7,100,000
Michael Prendergast US
Michael Prendergast
US 23,100,000 7,100,000
Level:
38
Blinds:
500,000/1,000,000
Ante:
1,000,000

Prendergast Draws Closer

jeffmcmillan • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 800,000 ante

Michael Prendergast was all in preflop and Jeffrey Barnes had a chance to win the bracelet.

Michael Prendergast: {j-Clubs}{j-Spades}{6-Spades}{5-Hearts}
Jeffrey Barnes: {k-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{3-Clubs}

The flop gave Predergast a boat as it came the {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}. The turn was the {6-Diamonds} and the river came the {10-Diamonds} and Prendergast doubled up.

Jeffrey Barnes US
Jeffrey Barnes
US 31,100,000 -7,900,000
Michael Prendergast US
Michael Prendergast
US 16,000,000 8,000,000

Jungwoong Park Eliminated in 3rd Place ($57,386)

connorrichards • Level 37: 400,000-800,000, 800,000 ante
Jungwoong Park
Jungwoong Park

Jungwoong Park opened on the button and called off with a stack of around six million when Jeffrey Barnes raised in the small blind.

Jungwoong Park: {j-Spades}{10-Hearts}{9-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}
Jeffrey Barnes: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{8-Spades}

It was over on the turn as the board came out {a-Spades}{k-Spades}{8-Clubs}{k-Hearts} and Barnes had a full house. The {4-Spades} river did not change the outcome and Park was eliminated in third place.

Jeffrey Barnes US
Jeffrey Barnes
US 39,000,000 16,000,000
Michael Prendergast US
Michael Prendergast
US 8,000,000 -1,500,000
Jungwoong Park HK
Jungwoong Park
HK Busted

Tags: Jeffrey BarnesJungwoong Park

Level:
37
Blinds:
400,000/800,000
Ante:
800,000