The Venetian: June 6 - 10, 2016

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The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV

June 6-10, 2016

Main Event: 2,887 Entrants

Thomas Boivin Wins MSPT The Venetian!

The third annual Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian Main Event proved to be a record-setting affair.

First, it was the largest MSPT in history with 2,887-entry field (499 entries on Day 1a; 968 Day 1b; and 1,420 Day 1c), which smashed the advertised $2 million guarantee by creating a $2,829,260 prize pool. Second, Day 1c was the largest-ever single flight ever held at the Venetian (all 72 tables were reserved for tournament play). Finally, Belgium's Thomas Boivin captured the title and a $352,153 -- the largest prize ever awarded on the MSPT – after a heads-up deal with poker pro Mukul Pahuja.

Boivin is a 26-year-old player who holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. He learned the game when he was just 16 years old and cut his chops online. According to HendonMob, he had $84,178 in live tournament earnings before the win with his largest cash being $25,367 for a runner-up finish in the Belgian Poker Challenge €2,000 High Roller.

"It's definitely a good moment for the money to come," said Boivin, who plans to stick around Vegas (it's his first time here) to try his luck at the 2016 World Series of Poker across town.

Boivin played a patient game at the final table as Pahuja controlled the action with a big stack. However, Boivin hit a heater with four players remaining and entered heads-up play against Pahuja, WPT Season XII Player of the Year, close enough in chips. The two proceeded to change the chip lead several times before taking a timeout to strike a deal. Instead of one of them winning the 403k first-place prize, they agreed that Pahuja would lock up $300,000, Boivin $352,153, and that $41,494 would be left on the table.

Soon thereafter, Boivin shoved the button with six-eight suited and Pahuja called with king-jack. Pahuja held through the flop and turn, but then Boivin spiked a gutshot straight on the river to clinch victory.

Long before that, the third and final day of play saw 22 players return to action, and it didn't take long for them to hit the rail. Tizzy Brown was the first to go after kings cracked his pocket aces, and then the last Minnesotan and MSPT champ standing, Dan "DQ" Hendrickson, followed him out the door in 21st for $20,371.

Others to fall over the next few hours were start-of-the-day chip leader Matt Herrera (16th - $24,615), Delmiro Toledo (14th - $26,876), and James Mangararo (11th - $33,951), just to name a few.

For more results and hand histories, feel free to pull from our live blog here.

Thanks to his third-place finish, TJ Thondup took the lead in the MSPT Season 7 Player of the Year with 2,400 points, ahead of Lauson and Boivin who have 2,117 and 2,000 respectively.

Results

Rank Player Name AmountPoints
1 Thomas Boivin $352,1532,000
2 Mukul Pahuja $300,0001,800
3 Thupten Thondup $186,7311,700
4 Michael Rudolph $147,1221,600
5 Taylor Wilson $113,1701,500
6 Jim Casement $90,5361,400
7 Will Mietz $70,7321,300
8 James Akenhead $53,4731,200
9 Kevin Johnson $42,4391,100
10 Edward Lewis $33,9511,000
11 James Mangararo $33,9511,000
12 David Patterson $33,9511,000
13 Long Tran $26,876900
14 Delmiro Toledo $26,876900
15 Shawn Roberts $26,876900
16 Matthew Herrera $24,615900
17 Chris Roth $24,615900
18 Rory Lucero $24,615900
19 Klein Bach $20,371800
20 Jake Nguyen $20,371800
21 Dan Hendrickson $20,371800
22 Tizzy Brown $16,976800
23 Gavin O'Rourke $16,976800
24 Gary Banks $16,976800
25 Marc MacDonnell $13,863800
26 Viliyun Petleshkov $13,863800
27 Angelina Rich $13,863800
28 Salvatore DiCarlo $9,902700
29 Alexander Lynskey $9,902700
30 Hussain Sajwani $9,902700
31 Marcel Sabag $9,902700
32 Jared Hamby $9,902700
33 Clay Henry $9,902700
34 John Eger $9,902700
35 Derek Wolters $9,902700
36 Alberto Rodriguez $9,902700
37 Diana Yang $7,639600
38 Mark Sandness $7,639600
39 Gilberto Amaral $7,639600
40 Harry Lodge $7,639600
41 Yulius Sepman $7,639600
42 Chris Cornell $7,639600
43 Jason Seitz $7,639600
44 Brett Silverman $7,639600
45 Roman Valerstein $7,639600
46 Matt Ezrol $6,507500
47 Bobby Poe $6,507500
48 Kirill Zapletin $6,507500
49 Tamas Lendvai $6,507500
50 Catherine Dever $6,507500
51 Corey Kempson $6,507500
52 Nemash Patel $6,507500
53 Richard Syverud $6,507500
54 Charles Johnson $6,507500
55 Erik Christensen $5,941400
56 Paul Sokoloff $5,941400
57 Maksim Semisoshenko $5,941400
58 Ryan Phan $5,941400
59 Kevin Campbell $5,941400
60 Jeff Rodriguez $5,941400
61 Fergal Nealon $5,941400
62 Michael Katz $5,941400
63 Travis Remmert $5,941400
64 Len Demchan $5,517300
65 Tyler Kenney $5,517300
66 Edward Hislop $5,517300
67 Anthony Fung $5,517300
68 Chris Conrad $5,517300
69 Cliff Deardorff $5,517300
70 Randy Pfeifer $5,517300
71 Norbert Szelsi $5,517300
72 Josh Mullins $5,517300
73 Henry Tran $5,093200
74 Thomas Williams (FL) $5,093200
75 Brian Gallegos $5,093200
76 Felipe Difini $5,093200
77 Larry Gurney $5,093200
78 Brandon Ienn $5,093200
79 Charles Welch $5,093200
80 Collin Grubaugh $5,093200
81 Ryan Jaconetti $5,093200
82 Erwan Pecheux $4,385100
83 Barry Brown $4,385100
84 Ryan Darby $4,385100
85 Chris Da Silva $4,385100
86 Damir Krolo $4,385100
87 Craig Bergeron $4,385100
88 Michael Guzzardi $4,385100
89 Jared Koppel $4,385100
90 Justin Kadet $4,385100
91 Joseph Serock $4,385100
92 Mircea Ionescu $4,385100
93 Joshua Steiner $4,385100
94 Josh Mancuso $4,385100
95 Shane Hennen $4,385100
96 Henry Gingerich $4,385100
97 Keith Heine $4,385100
98 Jan Schwippert $4,385100
99 Christopher Usade $4,385100
100 Nick Stowell $3,96150
101 Travis Lauson $3,96150
102 Joey Weissman $3,96150
103 Timothy Miles $3,96150
104 Marvin Rettenmaier $3,96150
105 Jia Tse $3,96150
106 Cody Borders $3,96150
107 Joe Kuether $3,96150
108 Vince Stroup $3,96150
109 Bob Shao $3,96150
110 Mike Michnik $3,96150
111 Domingos Fernandes $3,96150
112 Scott Hart $3,96150
113 Jimmy Kebe $3,96150
114 Jeff Coburn $3,96150
115 Ulysses Alcaraz $3,96150
116 Maury Solano $3,96150
117 Jonathan Lawson $3,96150
118 Frank Debus $3,96150
119 James Kilarjian $3,96150
120 Milan Dragic $3,96150
121 John Gordon $3,96150
122 Shaun Plummer $3,96150
123 Jonathan Bennett $3,96150
124 Evan Young $3,96150
125 Nicholas Welu $3,96150
126 Brian LeBlanc $3,96150
127 Mina Greco $3,96150
128 Jared Griener $3,96150
129 Nate Geise $3,96150
130 Theo Lima $3,96150
131 Balram Bhandari $3,96150
132 Tony Gargano $3,96150
133 Kevin Boesel $3,96150
134 Christopher Caruso $3,96150
135 David Simon $3,96150
136 TM Williams $3,53750
137 Stoyan Obreshkov $3,53750
138 Matthew Vaughan $3,53750
139 William Kopp $3,53750
140 Marios Savvides $3,53750
141 Michael Younan $3,53750
142 George Abi-Zeid $3,53750
143 Justin Brown $3,53750
144 Osmin Dardon $3,53750
145 Georgios Kapalas $3,53750
146 Jon Hanner $3,53750
147 Andrew Spears $3,53750
148 Andrew Hawkins $3,53750
149 James Gilbert $3,53750
150 Daniel Goepel $3,53750
151 Krzysztof Stybaniewicz $3,53750
152 Craig Gold $3,53750
153 Casey Bogus $3,53750
154 Rob Brown $3,53750
155 Gordon Huntly $3,53750
156 James Gibson $3,53750
157 Joseph Alban $3,53750
158 $3,53750
159 Justin Kindred $3,53750
160 Michael Hlavaty $3,53750
161 Anthony Hulbert $3,53750
162 Eduards Kudrjavcevs $3,53750
163 Brennan Benglis $3,53750
164 Zach Gruneberg $3,53750
165 Christopher Larrea $3,53750
166 Dean Baranowski $3,53750
167 Markus Prinz $3,53750
168 $3,53750
169 Anthony Alonso $3,53750
170 David Lasierra $3,11250
171 Jonathan Lewis $3,11250
172 Allan Hedin $3,11250
173 Travis Hartshorn $3,11250
174 Seth Davies $3,11250
175 Majid Radaei $3,11250
176 Gary Payne $3,11250
177 Denis Vladimirovich $3,11250
178 Steve Karp $3,11250
179 Michael Wynn $3,11250
180 Grayson Nichols $3,11250
181 Nikolai Sears $3,11250
182 Daniel Schunk $3,11250
183 Adam Bishop $3,11250
184 Chaz Wexler $3,11250
185 Jeremy Joseph $3,11250
186 Ronnie Bardah $3,11250
187 Sergio Aido $3,11250
188 Dylan Wilkerson $3,11250
189 Niel Mittelman $3,11250
190 Sinh Nguyen $3,11250
191 Don Landers $3,11250
192 Frank Lucarelli $3,11250
193 Steve Buell $3,11250
194 Jonathan McGowan $3,11250
195 Michael Lipman $3,11250
196 Viktoria Lucenkova $3,11250
197 Annette Obrestad $3,11250
198 Somar Madhdhiatla $3,11250
199 Severin Schleser $3,11250
200 Jack Battaglia $3,11250
201 Robert Conner $3,11250
202 Daniel Smith $3,11250
203 Sol Carmona $3,11250
204 Jessica Dawley $3,11250
205 Michael Banducci $3,11250
206 Hewitt Poland $3,11250
207 David Datashvili $2,68850
208 Aziz Wehbey $2,68850
209 Mark Dube $2,68850
210 Thomas Keeper $2,68850
211 Jarod Ludemann $2,68850
212 Michael Lavenburg $2,68850
213 Vitor Coelho $2,68850
214 Chaz Wexler $2,68850
215 Darryl Beal $2,68850
216 Stephen Ralph $2,68850
217 Jude Ainsworth $2,68850
218 Bryan Piccioli $2,68850
219 Michael Rocco $2,68850
220 Darren Rabinowitz $2,68850
221 Nikolaus Teichert $2,68850
222 Senh Cong $2,68850
223 Diaz Guillame $2,68850
224 Guy Cicconi $2,68850
225 William Davis $2,68850
226 Paul Spitzberg $2,68850
227 Danny Loomis $2,68850
228 Sterling Savill $2,68850
229 Jean Ledoux $2,68850
230 Justin Adams $2,68850
231 Marshall White $2,68850
232 Tim Ulmer $2,68850
233 Michael Sanders $2,68850
234 Ravinder Bedi $2,68850
235 Lisa Costello $2,68850
236 Antonio Mitrotta $2,68850
237 Robert Fulford $2,68850
238 Dusty Nelson $2,68850
239 Adam Levy $2,68850
240 Grace Zhang $2,68850
241 Gladys Landegger $2,68850
242 Carlos Mortensen $2,68850
243 Clayton Jiang $2,68850
244 Lance Harris $2,68850
245 Noel Herbert $2,68850
246 Patrick Karschamroon $2,68850
247 David Bradshaw $2,68850
248 Alan Myerson $2,68850
249 Jason Vanstrom $2,68850
250 Marsel Backa $2,68850
251 Joseph Brown $2,68850
252 Hyojin Chon $2,54650
253 Dan Heimiller $2,54650
254 Lily Kiletto $2,54650
255 Audley Harrison $2,54650
256 Kerignard Yorane $2,54650
257 Brad Coultas $2,54650
258 Mate Mecs $2,54650
259 Rohan Long $2,54650
260 John Pierce $2,54650
261 Almedin Imsirovic $2,54650
262 Romik Vartzar $2,54650
263 John Pierce $2,54650
264 Ting Ho $2,54650
265 Steven Gray $2,54650
266 Zal Irani $2,54650
267 Sam Nguyen $2,54650
268 Tom Thomas $2,54650
269 Zachary Zaffos $2,54650
270 Alex Noble $2,54650
271 Steven Clark $2,54650
272 Hannes Spaiser $2,54650
273 Jeremy Ausmus $2,54650
274 Cristobal Luna $2,54650
275 Shivan Abdine $2,54650
276 Nipun Java $2,54650
277 Earl Barron $2,54650
278 Yeping Shan $2,54650
279 Tom Kearney $2,54650
280 Nate Bandy $2,54650
281 Steve Cha $2,54650
282 Mark Darner $2,54650
283 Rachel Kranz $2,54650
284 Thomas Lutz $2,54650
285 Vyacheslav Stoyanov $2,54650
286 Bronson Tucker $2,54650
287 Marius Toderici $2,54650
288 Alfredo Vaz $2,54650
289 Victor Perches $2,54650
290 Henri Ojala $2,54650
291 Alex Greenblatt $2,54650
292 Ryan Amoroso $2,54650
293 Mark Hodge $2,54650
294 Scott Cooper $2,54650
295 Darius Narmontas $2,54650
296 Shannon Shorr $2,54650
297 Justin Zaki $2,54650

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