The Venetian: June 18 - 22, 2018

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The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV

June 18-22, 2018

Main Event: 2,877 Entrants

Michael Soyza Wins $1,600 MSPT Venetian for $588,249!

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The Mid-States Poker Tour’s 127th Main Event – a $1,600 buy-in, $3,000,000 GTD tournament held at The Venetian in Las Vegas – attracted 2,877 entries. After three long days of play it was Malaysia’s Michael Soyza who came out on top to win $588,249, the biggest first-place prize in MSPT history.

Prior to the win Soyza had $1,271,288 in live earnings including a prior best $260,552 for winning the Macau Poker Cup 27 High Roller back in September. Soyza previously sat fifth on Malaysia’s all-time money list but moved into fourth place with his new career-high score.

“Very long day, I started in the middle of the pack but ran really hot the first level,” the 28-year-old Soyza said after the win. “I had aces against kings, jacks against nines, and tens against eights. I just played my game and ran pretty damn well at the end.”

Soyza, who is in Vegas grinding the entire summer, continued: “Last year was my first World Series, it wasn’t that great but not that bad. This is so much better.”

The tournament also saw Minnesota’s Rich Alsup finish in third place for $273,430. The score brought the MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year’s tour earnings up to $611,460, which puts him atop the MSPT’s all-time money list. It was also his record-tying ninth MSPT final table, which means he is just one away (or four more Main Event cashes) from being inducted into the MSPT Hall of Fame.

The tournament played through the money on Day 2, which saw a long list of notable players finish in the top 297 and get paid. They included Jeremy Ausmus (57th - $8,700), Darryll Fish (61st - $8,700), Marvin Rettenmaier (64th - $8,079), Elio Fox (73rd - $7,457), Phil Laak (81st - $7,457), WSOP bracelet winner John Reading (104th - $5,800), MSPT Poker Bowl I champ Jordan Young (157th - $5,179), Aaron Johnson (226th - $3,936) and Lisa Costello (269th - $3,729).

On Day 3, 41 players return to action. Among those to fall short of the final table were Jason Song, (11th - $49,715), two-time MSPT champ Greg Himmelbrand (19th - $29,829), Minnesota’s Sam De Silva (31st - $14,500), Luke Vrabel (32nd - $14,500) and MSPT Season 8 Grand Falls champ Ahmed Taleb (41st - $11,186).

Final Table Action

The first final table elimination came when Hye Park moved all in for 3.28 million from the button holding the A♠5♠ and Paul Fisher called off for 1.8 million after looking down at the J♣J♦ in the big blind. Fisher was ahead but fell behind on the 6♥A♥Q♠ flop. Neither the 5♥ turn nor 9♠ river helped Fisher and he headed to the payout desk in tenth place to collect $49,715.

Ryan Yu, who began Day 3 as the chip leader, had a rough go of it at the final table and finally succumbed after shoving all in with ace-five only to run into Alsup’s ace-king. Not long after, Bulgaria’s Ivaylo Sivinov three-bet jammed his ace-eight only to run it smack dab into Soyza’s ace-queen. The board ran out clean and that was all she wrote for Sivinov.

Soyza then dispatched three-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Peter Vitantonio in seventh place after the latter shoved the button with the K♣5♣ and the former called from the big blind with the A♥4♣. The board ran out A♣9♦7♥3♣Q♦ and Vitantonio missed his flush draw to bust in seventh place for $103,572.

David Chen exited in sixth place when his ace-ten suited failed to win a flip against Soyza’s pocket sevens all in preflop, and then Park followed him out the door in fifth when he too lost a race. He jammed with ace-queen and was up against Soyza’s pocket fives. A five on the flop was a disaster for Park and he was left drawing dead on the brick turn.

Soyza’s run good continued when he called Glen Nguyen’s shove holding pocket sixes. Nguyen had him crushed with sevens but a six on the turn gave Soyza another K.O. and the chip lead.

That left Alsup on the short stack and he’d soon tangle with Saderne, who led most of the final table. In Level 36 (200,000/400,000/50,000), Saderne raised to 900,000 with the A♣Q♦ and then called when Alsup three-bet shoved for 11 million holding the Q♠J♠. The board ran out lackluster 2♦8♥8♣K♣K♠ and Alsup bowed out in third place for a career-high $273,430.

Soyza and Saderne began heads-up play nearly even in chips and they briefly discussed a deal. However, they were unable to come to terms and opted to play it out straight up in true MSPT fashion.

“We talked about a deal but he said he thought he had an edge and wanted more money,” Soyza explained. “I had more chips and he thinks he has an edge. He didn’t have a good grasp on my game I guess but I had a pretty good grasp on his game.”

From the get-go, things went Soyza’s way and he opened up a big lead.

In the final hand of the tournament, which took place in Level 38 (400,000/800,000/100,000), Saderne jammed for 10.4 million with the 10♣9♠ and Soyza called holding the Q♦J♣. The 5♠A♦Q♥ gave Soyza a huge lead, but the K♣ turn kept Saderne drawing live. The dealer burned one final time and put out the 8♠. Saderne was eliminated in second place for $364,573 while Soyza captured the richest first-place prize in tour history!

The MSPT Venetian continues at Noon Monday with Day 1A of the $3,500 buy-in, $3.5 million GTD tournament. Flights 1B and 1C will take place at the same time on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. MSPT live updates will begin on Day 2 and once again the final table will be live streamed worldwide.

Results

Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Michael Soyza Kuala Lumpur $588,2492,000
2 Jeremy Saderne St Nitre Les Remparts $364,5731,800
3 Richard Alsup New Hope MN $273,4301,700
4 Glen Nguyen Los Angeles CA $215,4301,600
5 Hye Park Guttenberg NJ $165,7151,500
6 David Chen Burlingame CA $132,5721,400
7 Peter Vitantonio Cleveland OH $103,5721,300
8 Ivaylo Sivinov Plovdiv $78,3001,200
9 Ryan Yu Toronto $62,1431,100
10 Paul Fisher Northbrook IL $49,7151,000
11 Jason Song Hoffman Estates IL $49,7151,000
12 Marcelo Drumm Brazil $49,7151,000
13 Matthew Isherwood Succasunna NJ $39,357900
14 Nicholas Newport Wexford $39,357900
15 Alberto Rodriguez Hellandale FL $39,357900
16 Takashi Ogura Tokyo $36,043800
17 Felix Bleiker Bregenz $36,043800
18 Vineet "Vinny" Pahuja Jersey City NJ $36,043800
19 Greg Himmelbrand Bayside NY $29,829750
20 Jose Delacruz Flagler Beach FL $29,829750
21 Jonathan Karamalikis Adelaide $29,829750
22 Justin Sternberg Post Falls ID $24,857700
23 Georgiy Philippovich Krasnoturinsk $24,857700
24 Derek Staib Wilmington DE $24,857700
25 Jared Griener Santa Ana CA $20,300650
26 Juan Pardo Domínguez Cortilligos $20,300650
27 Damien Le Goff Rennes $20,300650
28 Javier Garcirreynaldos Espagnole $14,500600
29 Luca Stevanato Padova $14,500600
30 Erwann Pecheux France $14,500600
31 Sam DeSilva Austin MN $14,500600
32 Luke Vrabel Deadwood SD $14,500600
33 Joseph Serock Albuquerque NM $14,500600
34 Leo Worthington-Leese Brighton $14,500600
35 Vadim Baranousky Los Angeles CA $14,500600
36 Colin York Black Hawk CO $14,500600
37 Stefan Huber Bregenz $11,186550
38 Alex Greenblatt San Francisco CA $11,186550
39 John Dolan Tallahassee FL $11,186550
40 Mark Van Keirsbilck Edmond OK $11,186550
41 Ahmed Taleb Moorhead MN $11,186550
42 Michael Lancaster San Francisco CA $11,186550
43 Kelly Kim Las Vegas NV $11,186550
44 Nicholas Davidson Troy MI $11,186550
45 Michael Gathy Brussels $11,186550
46 Marc Rivera $9,529500
47 Farhad Sinaei Las Vegas NV $9,529500
48 Kevin Boesel Rochester NY $9,529500
49 Andrew Hanna Lanoka Harbor NJ $9,529500
50 Renato Nomura $9,529500
51 Cher Vang Anchorage AK $9,529500
52 Kevin O'Donnell Petaluma CA $9,529500
53 Jonathan Fhima Paris, France $9,529500
54 Alexander Lynskey Las Vegas NV $9,529500
55 Andreas Krause Rees $8,700450
56 Jeremy Ofseyer Palm Desert CA $8,700450
57 Jeremy Ausmus Las Vegas NV $8,700450
58 Jamel Hassani $8,700450
59 Brock Wilson (NY) Ardsley NY $8,700450
60 Gediminas Uselis $8,700450
61 Darryll Fish Cape Coral FL $8,700450
62 Ryan Franklin Vero Beach FL $8,700450
63 Edward Liu Los Angeles CA $8,700450
64 Marvin Rettenmaier Las Vegas NV $8,079400
65 Victor Davalos Guadalajara $8,079400
66 Ronit Chamani $8,079400
67 Hung Tran San Jose CA $8,079400
68 Jan Schwippert UK $8,079400
69 Brian Small Los Angeles CA $8,079400
70 Brett Murray Santa Rosa CA $8,079400
71 Ayaz Mahmood Houston TX $8,079400
72 Yordan Petrov Sliven $8,079400
73 Elio Fox New York NY $7,457350
74 Simon Thwaites Christchurch $7,457350
75 Navot Golan Hofit $7,457350
76 Hewitt Poland Wilson NC $7,457350
77 Goran Mandic $7,457350
78 Lang Lee Alhambra CA $7,457350
79 Matthew Maccaroni Hamilton Square NJ $7,457350
80 Ivan Deyra Le Teich $7,457350
81 Phil Laak Las Vegas NV $7,457350
82 Cosima "Mina" Greco Houston TX $6,836300
83 Justin Carey Somerville MA $6,836300
84 Anthony Spinella Las Vegas NV $6,836300
85 Bahar Musa Isperih $6,836300
86 Eduards Kudrjavcevs Latvia $6,836300
87 Lokesh Garg Las Vegas NV $6,836300
88 Ha Duong $6,836300
89 Louis Lynch Sinking Spring PA $6,836300
90 Ebony Kenney Austin TX $6,836300
91 Jeff Tanouye Las Vegas NV $6,421250
92 James Edminister Chicago IL $6,421250
93 Foad Larki Vancouver $6,421250
94 William Steffin Las Vegas NV $6,421250
95 Thomas Jackson Birmingham AL $6,421250
96 Balakrish Patur Parsippany NJ $6,421250
97 David Jackson Atlanta GA $6,421250
98 Roberto Trevino Corpus Christi TX $6,421250
99 Francisco Moreno $6,421250
100 Hiroaki Harada Los Angeles CA $5,800200
101 Neil Ho Orange CA $5,800200
102 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $5,800200
103 Hema Nandipati Fremont CA $5,800200
104 John Reading Rochester MN $5,800200
105 Kou Vang Maplewood MN $5,800200
106 David Laka Calzada Spain $5,800200
107 Phuoc Nguyen San Jose CA $5,800200
108 Steve Eoff Nixa MO $5,800200
109 Tomas Szwarcberg Mexico City $5,800200
110 Daniel Ades Buenos Aires $5,800200
111 Cirilo Martinez Alcade NM $5,800200
112 Samantha Cohen Boca Raton FL $5,800200
113 David Nowling Fort Lauderdale FL $5,800200
114 Steven Van Zadelhoff Diel $5,800200
115 Christopher Putz Ayl $5,800200
116 Darren Rabinowitz Las Vegas NV $5,800200
117 Abraham Araya Carrollton TX $5,800200
118 Zachary Donovan Franklin MA $5,800200
119 Robert Girardin Raleigh NC $5,800200
120 Thorben Vellrath $5,800200
121 Warren Sheaves Asheville NC $5,800200
122 Almedin Imsirovic Portland OR $5,800200
123 Charles Gomez Hialeah FL $5,800200
124 Cliff Goldkind Potomac MD $5,800200
125 Victor Choupeaux St. Brieuc $5,800200
126 Robert Kuhn Barnsville OH $5,800200
127 Kahle Burns Teasdale $5,800200
128 Rebecca Campbell Baton Rouge LA $5,800200
129 Jarred Solomon Johannesburg $5,800200
130 William Palmer Chicago IL $5,800200
131 Eugenio Pernia Soto Bolivarnia FL $5,800200
132 Oliver Rusing $5,800200
133 Eric Coffman Portland OR $5,800200
134 Matthew Wantman Stoneham ME $5,800200
135 Panja Lymswan Quincy MA $5,800200
136 Dimitar Yosifov $5,179150
137 Evan Teitelbaum Parkland FL $5,179150
138 Tony Phan Las Vegas NV $5,179150
139 Matthew Zarcadoolas Fort Lauderdale FL $5,179150
140 Rafael Moraes $5,179150
141 Pablo Fernandez $5,179150
142 John Gulino Brooklyn NY $5,179150
143 William Corvine Staten Island NY $5,179150
144 Lytle Allen Nashville TN $5,179150
145 Andy Philachack Garland TX $5,179150
146 Qing Liu Pasadena CA $5,179150
147 Abbey Daniels Boca Raton FL $5,179150
148 Joseph Cheong Las Vegas NV $5,179150
149 Charbel Azzi Methuen MA $5,179150
150 Dirk Luenzer Friedrichsdorf $5,179150
151 Kai Yang (TX) Plano TX $5,179150
152 Marco Palacios Austin TX $5,179150
153 Shannon Shorr Mobile AL $5,179150
154 Zinan Xu $5,179150
155 Matas Cikanas $5,179150
156 Frank LaCava Goodland FL $5,179150
157 Jordan Young Twin Lake MI $5,179150
158 Marcelo Mendes Sao Paulo $5,179150
159 Ken Kao Santa Clara CA $5,179150
160 Andrew Crookston Salt Lake City UT $5,179150
161 Jon Prekup Buckeye AZ $5,179150
162 Candace Collins Redding CA $5,179150
163 Riley Fuller Boca Raton FL $5,179150
164 Sebastian Pauli $5,179150
165 Christopher McNally Philadelphia PA $5,179150
166 Boris Kolev Bulgaria $5,179150
167 Martin Gorenc Reno NV $5,179150
168 Dan O'Brien Las Vegas NV $5,179150
169 Josias Santos Lithia FL $5,179150
170 Fahredin Mustafov Sofia $5,179150
171 Paul Leckey Ballymena $5,179150
172 Jason Johnson (MI) Waterford MI $4,557100
173 Daniel Buzgon Marlton NJ $4,557100
174 John Pierce Rochester MN $4,557100
175 David Somers Bayonne NJ $4,557100
176 Ricky Guan Brooklyn NY $4,557100
177 Keith Ferrera Las Vegas NV $4,557100
178 Claas Segebrecht Dublin $4,557100
179 Yotam Shmuelov San Francisco CA $4,557100
180 William Palmar Orland Park IL $4,557100
181 Jeremy Joseph Las Vegas NV $4,557100
182 John Gravagna Chicago IL $4,557100
183 Dustin Fox Lake Tahoe NV $4,557100
184 Petar Kalev $4,557100
185 Martin Ward Brisbane $4,557100
186 Andrew Ostapchenko Carlsbad CA $4,557100
187 Todd Ivens Hinsdale IL $4,557100
188 Anthony Anissipour Seattle WA $4,557100
189 Martin Staszko Prague $4,557100
190 Alexis Fleur London $4,557100
191 Kent Roman Dearborn MI $4,557100
192 Mike Callahan Henderson NV $4,557100
193 Matthew Moss London $4,557100
194 Bradley Yazici Baltimore MD $4,557100
195 Vivek Rughani $4,557100
196 Lander Lijo Bereciartua Gipuzkoa $4,557100
197 Mohsin Charania Des Plaines IL $4,557100
198 Ihar Soika $4,557100
199 Troy Quenneville St. Clair Beach $4,557100
200 Steve Ruh Oklahoma City OK $4,557100
201 Viliyun Petleshkov Bulgaria $4,557100
202 Philip Ward Dublin $4,557100
203 $4,557100
204 Achille Samaran Paris $4,557100
205 Simon Burns York $4,557100
206 Frederik Brink $4,557100
207 Ryan Jones Burlington NC $4,557100
208 Egor Gerasimchuk Moscow $3,93675
209 Conor Beresford York $3,93675
210 Dien Le Bellevue WA $3,93675
211 Michael Ortiz Miami Lakes FL $3,93675
212 Rickey Lee Woodbury NY $3,93675
213 Michael Scarborough Cincinnati OH $3,93675
214 Keven Stammen Coldwater OH $3,93675
215 Latz Hendrik Vienna $3,93675
216 Raymond Gollahon Brookville OH $3,93675
217 Jonathan Concepcion San Cristobal $3,93675
218 Elliott Peterman London $3,93675
219 Giuliano Bendinelli London $3,93675
220 Farukh Tach $3,93675
221 Iaron Lightbourne United Kingdom $3,93675
222 Marton Czuczor Budapest $3,93675
223 Jose Serratos Detroit MI $3,93675
224 Blake Kelso Las Vegas NV $3,93675
225 Anthony Marquez Camarillo CA $3,93675
226 Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN $3,93675
227 Alex Sako $3,93675
228 Kevin Jungmann Libertyville IL $3,93675
229 Young Eum Los Angeles CA $3,93675
230 Dan Dykhouse Sioux Falls SD $3,93675
231 Michael Haag Las Vegas NV $3,93675
232 Connie Bruce Longmont CO $3,93675
233 Benjamin Miner Sandy Springs GA $3,93675
234 Rich Bruning Long Beach CA $3,93675
235 Richard Spirra San Diego CA $3,93675
236 Rania Nasreddine Tulsa OK $3,93675
237 David Levy (NY) Rockville Centre NY $3,93675
238 Anatoly Korochenskiy Rostov-on-Don $3,93675
239 Shivan Abdine Australia $3,93675
240 Timur Margolin Ramla $3,93675
241 Ryan Van Sanford Colorado Springs CO $3,93675
242 Abhinav Iyer Mumbai $3,93675
243 Jonathan Roux London $3,93675
244 David Powers Las Vegas NV $3,93675
245 Matthew Leecy Trinity FL $3,93675
246 Timo Kamphues $3,93675
247 Will Failla Commack NY $3,93675
248 Aditya Prasetyo Cambridge MA $3,93675
249 Martin Mathis Ocean Beach CA $3,93675
250 Blake Vita Orlando FL $3,93675
251 Krasimir Yankov $3,93675
252 Jared Jaffee Brooklyn NY $3,93675
253 Atanas Kavrakov Plovdiv $3,72950
254 Jeff Heiberg Buffalo WY $3,72950
255 Yulian Bogdanov $3,72950
256 Doyle Elliott Bradenton FL $3,72950
257 Scott Weidema Dayton MN $3,72950
258 Ramin Hajiyev Baku $3,72950
259 Matous Houzvicek Prague $3,72950
260 Anthony Diotte Windsor $3,72950
261 Hamid Izadi Marietta GA $3,72950
262 Brent Roberts Las Vegas NV $3,72950
263 Steve Firestone San Diego CA $3,72950
264 Artur Koren Germany $3,72950
265 James Huang Dix Hills NY $3,72950
266 Kristen Bicknell St. Catharines $3,72950
267 Anthony Farrell Henderson NV $3,72950
268 Randy Gil Roseville CA $3,72950
269 Lisa Costello Las Vegas NV $3,72950
270 Igor Yaroshevskyy Ukraine $3,72950
271 Dustin Lee Las Vegas NV $3,72950
272 Eric Garma Las Vegas NV $3,72950
273 Natalia Breviglieri Scunthorpe $3,72950
274 Alex Rocha S Setauket NY $3,72950
275 Benjamin Zamani Boca Raton FL $3,72950
276 Vojtech Ruzicka Czech Republic $3,72950
277 James Salmon Miami FL $3,72950
278 Micah Smith Warren Robbins GA $3,72950
279 Jody Evans Vancouver $3,72950
280 Alan Snow Lynwood WA $3,72950
281 Brandon Eisen Mililani HI $3,72950
282 Simon Webster McKinney TX $3,72950
283 Ben Lai Central Park $3,72950
284 Brett Apter Arlington VA $3,72950
285 Sebastian Kos $3,72950
286 Rafael Gonzalez Modesto CA $3,72950
287 Justin Boggs New Paris OH $3,72950
288 Robert Heidorn London $3,72950
289 Nandor Solyom $3,72950
290 Michael Younan Chicago IL $3,72950
291 Timothy Chang Las Vegas NV $3,72950
292 Pascal Rabany $3,72950
293 Aleksandr Shevelev $3,72950
294 Daniel Sindelar Lincoln NE $3,72950
295 David Bennett Tampa FL $3,72950
296 Vladislav Donchev $3,72950
297 Eugene Trincher Las Vegas NV $3,72950

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