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Seneca Niagara Casino

September 15 - 23, 2018

 
  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Veerab Zakarian Wins Inaugural MSPT Seneca for $63,340!
Created (9/23/2018 9:02:25 PM by Chad Holloway)

The MSPT first-ever visit to New York attracted 264 entrants to Seneca Niagara Casino, and after a full weekend of play, it was 22-year-old Veerab Zakarian of Ontario, Canada that walked away as champion for $63,340.

“I feel pretty good, I didn’t expect to win,” Zakarian said. “It feels pretty good, you know. I just know I ran really good today. I’m just thankful.”

It was a career-high score for the Toronto poker pro. Prior to the win, he had $227,514 in live tournament earnings including a prior best of $40,000 for finishing runner-up in the 2014 Seneca Niagara Fall Poker Classic Main Event. Other highlights on his poker résumé include $29,394 for finishing third in the 2016 Seneca Niagara Fall Poker Classic Main Event, $25,000 for winning the 2017 Empire State Hold’em Championships Event #1: $570 NLH, and $21,960 for taking second in the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event #6: $1,150 Purple Chip Bounty.

Interestingly, Zakarian is good friends with MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year Chris Meyers. In fact, Meyers credits Zakarian for keeping him in the game by encouraging him to stay on the grind during a rough patch. That led to Meyers winning the 2017 MSPT Michigan State Poker Championship.

“I’m happy he won and I get to do something he did,” Zakarian said of his win. “He’s talked very nice about me in interviews so now I get to do the same thing.”

Final Table Results
1st Veerab Zakarian (Toronto, Canada) $63,340
2nd Paul Butski (Scio, NY) $39,169
3rd Adam Foster (Rochester, NY) $28,181
4th Aaron Olshan (Amherst, NY) $20,683
5th Matthew Dziomba (Kenmore, NY) $15,512
6th Steve Anderson (Clarklake, MI) $11,893
7th Budwey Salhab (Williamsville, NY) $9,049
8th Derrick Brown (Mount Clemens, MI) $7,239
9th Thomas Smolinski (West Seneca, NY) $5,688
10th Brian Soja (New Brighton, MN) $4,654

On Day 2, 51 players returned to action, but with only 27 of them slated to get paid, nearly half the field walked away empty handed including Scotty Gaddi, Henry Zou, Buck Ramsay, Greg Ostrander, Andy Spears, Dan Wagner, Frank Lagodich, 2017 MNPokerMag POY Todd Melander, and bubble boy Darwin Smith, who fell after a two-hour long bubble.

Among those to finish in the money but fall short of the final table were Day 1B chip leader Maria Parlatore (11th - $4,654), MSPT Season 8 Player of the Year Chris Meyers (14th - $3,878), MSPT Season 5 Majestic Star champ Ken Baime (24th - $2,379), and Day 1A chip leader Ilan Kandiah (27th - $2,172).

The final table got off to a quick start with 2018 MSPT Iowa State Poker Champion Brian Soja bowing out when his pocket queens lost a race to ace-king. Not long after, Thomas Smolinski lost his short stack with ace-five to Zakarian’s pocket kings. For Soja, this was his 5th MSPT main event cash and 4th final table (finishing 2nd, 10th, 1st, 10th).

In the very next hand, Zakarian picked up pocket rockets to send Derrick Brown, who got it in with king-ten, out in eighth place. This was Brown’s 2nd MSPT main event cash and 1st final table. Budwey Salhab - earning his 1st mspt cash - followed him out the door in seventh when his ace-jack failed to win a flip against Adam Foster’s pocket nines.

Michigan’s Steve Anderson, the last MSPT regular in the field, was the next to go after shoving king-jack only to have Zakarian once again wake up with aces. That allowed Zakarian to chip up to over half the chips in play. For Anderson, this was his 8th MSPT main event cash and his 4th final table (finishing 5th, 7th, 7th, 6th).

Zakarian then used Big Slick to dispatch Matt Dziomba, who held king-queen, before Paul Butski took care of Day 1C chip leader Aaron Olshan, the result of the former’s ace-queen holding against the latter’s king-queen.

After the elimination of Adam Foster, Zakarian began heads-up play with a 2-1 chip lead over Butski. The duo jostled for a bit before Butski called off holding ace-ten offsuit against Zakarian’s king-queen. Butski held through the flop and turn, but a king on the river put the final nail in his coffin.

Season 9 of the MSPT continues October 6-14 with the 2018 Michigan State Poker Championship at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. That stop’s $1,100 Main Event, which will run from Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14, is looking to eclipse a million-dollar prize pool for the fourth straight time.

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Paul Butski Eliminated In 2nd Place ($39,169)
Created (9/23/2018 8:58:01 PM by Brandon Temple)
Paul Butski

Paul Butski raised to 175,000 on the button, then called the three-bet shove for 900,000 effective when Veerab Zakarian put him to the test in the big blind.

Butski:
Zakarian:

Butski was looking to double back into contention, and held on the flop and turn. But Zakarian’s heater couldn’t be denied, and the hit the river to end Butski’s run in second and award the MSPT Seneca Niagara Casino title to Zakarian.

Paul Butski - Eliminated in 2nd place for $39,169

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Paul Butski Closes The Gap
Created (9/23/2018 8:40:19 PM by Brandon Temple)

Veerab Zakarian raised to 100,000 on the button and Paul Butski called.

Butski checked the flop, and Zakarian bet 50,000. Butski called.

The fell on the turn, and Butski checked again. Zakarian bet 300,000 and Butski called.

Both players quickly checked the river and Butski tabled . Zakarian mucked.

Veerab Zakarian - 3.3 million (66 bb)
Paul Butski - 2 million (40 bb)

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Adam Foster Eliminated in 3rd Place ($28,181)
Created (9/23/2018 8:32:32 PM by Chad Holloway)
Adam Foster

Adam Foster moved all in for around 300K from the button and Paul Butski called from the big blind.

Butski:
Foster:

Foster got it in good but fell behind on the flop. The turn left Foster looking for a four on the river to stay alive, but he didn’t get it as the bricked.

Adam Foster – Eliminated in 3rd place for $28,181

  • Level: 27
  • Blinds: 25000 / 50000
  • Ante: 5000
Paul Butski Doubles Through Adam Foster
Created (9/23/2018 8:26:48 PM by Brandon Temple)

Paul Butski jammed for 570,000 from the button, and Adam Foster three-bet shoved for 750,000 from the small blind, forcing out Veerab Zakarian in the big blind.

Butski:
Foster:

Butski hit a king on the flop, but Foster picked up outs to a straight on the turn. The river improved Butski to two pair, and Foster was left with under four big blinds.

Paul Butski - 1.1 million (22 bb)
Adam Foster - 180,000 (4 bb)

  • Level: 26
  • Blinds: 20000 / 40000
  • Ante: 5000
Aaron Olshan Eliminated in 4th Place ($20,683)
Created (9/23/2018 8:01:49 PM by Chad Holloway)
Aaron Olshan

Day 1C chip leader Aaron Olshan moved all in for roughly 400,000 under the gun and Paul Butski called from the button.

Butski:
Olshan:

Olshan was dominated and failed to get there as the board ran out an unhelpful .

Paul Butski - 1,000,000 (25 bb)
Aaron Olshan – Eliminated in 4th place for $20,683

  • Level: 26
  • Blinds: 20000 / 40000
  • Ante: 5000
Matthew Dziomba Eliminated In 5th Place ($15,512)
Created (9/23/2018 7:57:51 PM by Brandon Temple)
Matthew Dziomba

Veerab Zakarian raised to 80,000 from UTG, then snapped off a three-bet shove for 520,000 from Matthew Dziomba in the small blind.

Zakarian:
Dziomba:

Zakarian’s final table rungood continued on a board, and Dziomba hit the rail.

Veerab Zakarian - 3.1 million (78 bb)
Matthew Dziomba - Eliminated in 5th place for $15,512

  • Level: 26
  • Blinds: 20000 / 40000
  • Ante: 5000
Matthew Dziomba Doubles Through Adam Foster
Created (9/23/2018 7:51:52 PM by Chad Holloway)

Matthew Dziomba moved all in for 275,000 from the small blind and Adam Foster called from the big.

Foster:
Dziomba:

Dziomba was ahead and held when the board ran out .


Matthew Dziomba - 550,000 (14 bb)
Adam Foster - 700,000 (17.5 bb)

  • Level: 26
  • Blinds: 20000 / 40000
  • Ante: 5000
Aaron Olshan Doubles Through Veerab Zakarian
Created (9/23/2018 7:43:31 PM by Brandon Temple)

Veerab Zakarian jammed for 195,000 effective from the small blind and Aaron Olshan called.

Zakarian:
Olshan:

Sakarian flopped a seven on the flop, but Olshan found his three-outer on the turn, and Zakarian couldn’t come back on the river.

Veerab Zakarian - 2.6 million (65 bb)
Aaron Olshan - 450,000 (11 bb)

  • Level: 26
  • Blinds: 20000 / 40000
  • Ante: 5000
Updated Chip Counts
Created (9/23/2018 7:35:00 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Veerab Zakarian28000002100000
Adam Foster11700001300000
Paul Butski550000600000
Matthew Dziomba530000540000
Aaron Olshan230000300000

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
 
Canada 
5,280,000
5,280,000 
Scio 
NY 
0
Busted 
Depew 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
Ajax 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
Novi 
MI 
0
Busted 
London 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
London 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
NY 
0
Busted 
 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
 
Canada 
$63,340 
1,200 
2
Scio 
NY 
$39,169 
1,000 
3
NY 
$28,181 
900 
4
NY 
$20,683 
800 
5
NY 
$15,512 
700 
6
MI 
$11,893 
600 
7
NY 
$9,049 
500 
8
MI 
$7,239 
400 
9
NY 
$5,688 
300 
10
MN 
$4,654 
200 
11
 
Canada 
$4,654 
200 
12
Depew 
NY 
$4,654 
200 
13
NY 
$3,878 
150 
14
NY 
$3,878 
150 
15
 
Canada 
$3,878 
150 
16
NY 
$3,335 
100 
17
 
Canada 
$3,335 
100 
18
NY 
$3,335 
100 
19
NY 
$2,844 
75 
20
NY 
$2,844 
75 
21
NY 
$2,844 
75 
22
Derby 
NY 
$2,379 
50 
23
FL 
$2,379 
50 
24
IL 
$2,379 
50 
25
NY 
$2,172 
50 
26
NY 
$2,172 
50 
27
Ajax 
 
Canada 
$2,172 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
27
Blinds
25000 / 5000
Ante
5000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
264
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
5,280,000
Total Chips
5,280,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,280,000
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
5,617
4,400
4,300
3,650
3,100
3,000
2,750
2,500
2,350
10 
2,292