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 City State AmountPoints
1 Thomas Boivin Charleroi, Belgium $352,1532,000
2 Mukul Pahuja Long Island NY $300,0001,800
3 Thupten Thondup Sante Fe NM $186,7311,700
4 Michael Rudolph Austin TX $147,1221,600
5 Taylor Wilson Wheeling WV $113,1701,500
6 Jim Casement Aurora IL $90,5361,400
7 Will Mietz Black Hawk CO $70,7321,300
8 James Akenhead United Kingdom $53,4731,200
9 Kevin Johnson Raritan NJ $42,4391,100
10 Edward Lewis Brentwood CA $33,9511,000
11 James Mangararo Las Vegas NV $33,9511,000
12 David Patterson Wilmington NC $33,9511,000
13 Long Tran Stoughton MA $26,876900
14 Delmiro Toledo Fresno CA $26,876900
15 Shawn Roberts Ozark MO $26,876900
16 Matthew Herrera San Diego CA $24,615900
17 Chris Roth Milwaukee WI $24,615900
18 Rory Lucero Boulder CO $24,615900
19 Klein Bach Las Vegas NV $20,371800
20 Jake Nguyen Denver CO $20,371800
21 Dan Hendrickson Faribault MN $20,371800
22 Tizzy Brown Seattle WA $16,976800
23 Gavin O'Rourke Las Vegas NV $16,976800
24 Gary Banks Hertsfordshire, England $16,976800
25 Marc MacDonnell Ireland $13,863800
26 Viliyun Petleshkov Bulgaria $13,863800
27 Angelina Rich Australia $13,863800
28 Salvatore DiCarlo Las Vegas NV $9,902700
29 Alexander Lynskey Las Vegas NV $9,902700
30 Hussain Sajwani Chicago IL $9,902700
31 Marcel Sabag Los Angeles CA $9,902700
32 Jared Hamby Henderson NV $9,902700
33 Clay Henry Many LA $9,902700
34 John Eger AZ $9,902700
35 Derek Wolters Las Vegas NV $9,902700
36 Alberto Rodriguez Hellandale FL $9,902700
37 Diana Yang $7,639600
38 Mark Sandness Wayzata MN $7,639600
39 Gilberto Amaral Las Vegas NV $7,639600
40 Harry Lodge London, UK $7,639600
41 Yulius Sepman St. Petersburg, Russia $7,639600
42 Chris Cornell Clarksville TN $7,639600
43 Jason Seitz Shakopee MN $7,639600
44 Brett Silverman Atlanta GA $7,639600
45 Roman Valerstein Langhome PA $7,639600
46 Matt Ezrol Coconut Creek FL $6,507500
47 Bobby Poe Las Vegas NV $6,507500
48 Kirill Zapletin Las Vegas NV $6,507500
49 Tamas Lendvai Las Vegas NV $6,507500
50 Catherine Dever Ephrata PA $6,507500
51 Corey Kempson $6,507500
52 Nemash Patel $6,507500
53 Richard Syverud North Freedom WI $6,507500
54 Charles Johnson Atlanta GA $6,507500
55 Erik Christensen Fort Lauderdale FL $5,941400
56 Paul Sokoloff Toronto, Canada $5,941400
57 Maksim Semisoshenko St. Petersburg, Russia $5,941400
58 Ryan Phan Omaha NE $5,941400
59 Kevin Campbell Bayonne NJ $5,941400
60 Jeff Rodriguez Atlanta GA $5,941400
61 Fergal Nealon Sligo, Ireland $5,941400
62 Michael Katz Los Angeles CA $5,941400
63 Travis Remmert Cedar Rapids IA $5,941400
64 Len Demchan Oldsmar FL $5,517300
65 Tyler Kenney Long Beach NY $5,517300
66 Edward Hislop Ottawa, Canada $5,517300
67 Anthony Fung Fairfax VA $5,517300
68 Chris Conrad Peachtree City GA $5,517300
69 Cliff Deardorff Seattle WA $5,517300
70 Randy Pfeifer Lancaster NY $5,517300
71 Norbert Szelsi Las Vegas NV $5,517300
72 Josh Mullins Albuquerque NM $5,517300
73 Henry Tran Dallas GA $5,093200
74 Thomas Williams (FL) Panama City Beach FL $5,093200
75 Brian Gallegos Denver CO $5,093200
76 Felipe Difini Brazil NV $5,093200
77 Larry Gurney Kingston TN $5,093200
78 Brandon Ienn Henderson NV $5,093200
79 Charles Welch Baltimore MD $5,093200
80 Collin Grubaugh Sante Fe NM $5,093200
81 Ryan Jaconetti Las Vegas NV $5,093200
82 Erwan Pecheux France $4,385100
83 Barry Brown Grand Rapids MI $4,385100
84 Ryan Darby Las Vegas NV $4,385100
85 Chris Da Silva London, England $4,385100
86 Damir Krolo $4,385100
87 Craig Bergeron Farmington Hills MI $4,385100
88 Michael Guzzardi Branford CT $4,385100
89 Jared Koppel Minneapolis MN $4,385100
90 Justin Kadet New York NY $4,385100
91 Joseph Serock Albuquerque NM $4,385100
92 Mircea Ionescu Brooklyn NY $4,385100
93 Joshua Steiner Bethesda MD $4,385100
94 Josh Mancuso Mandeville LA $4,385100
95 Shane Hennen Pensacola FL $4,385100
96 Henry Gingerich Centerville IA $4,385100
97 Keith Heine Hillsboro MO $4,385100
98 Jan Schwippert UK $4,385100
99 Christopher Usade Beverly Hills CA $4,385100
100 Nick Stowell Portland OR $3,96150
101 Travis Lauson Manitowoc WI $3,96150
102 Joey Weissman $3,96150
103 Timothy Miles Tallahassee FL $3,96150
104 Marvin Rettenmaier Las Vegas NV $3,96150
105 Jia Tse Hong Kong $3,96150
106 Cody Borders Mesa AZ $3,96150
107 Joe Kuether Elm Grove WI $3,96150
108 Vince Stroup Orion IL $3,96150
109 Bob Shao Berkely CA $3,96150
110 Mike Michnik Piscataway NJ $3,96150
111 Domingos Fernandes Sunnyvale CA $3,96150
112 Scott Hart Parkland FL $3,96150
113 Jimmy Kebe UK $3,96150
114 Jeff Coburn Chino Hills CA $3,96150
115 Ulysses Alcaraz Brownsville TX $3,96150
116 Maury Solano El Paso TX $3,96150
117 Jonathan Lawson $3,96150
118 Frank Debus Germany $3,96150
119 James Kilarjian Buffalo Grove IL $3,96150
120 Milan Dragic Cary NC $3,96150
121 John Gordon Clearwater FL $3,96150
122 Shaun Plummer Las Vegas NV $3,96150
123 Jonathan Bennett Tulsa OK $3,96150
124 Evan Young Wilmington NC $3,96150
125 Nicholas Welu Mound MN $3,96150
126 Brian LeBlanc Danvers MA $3,96150
127 Mina Greco Katy TX $3,96150
128 Jared Griener Santa Ana CA $3,96150
129 Nate Geise Fort Jennings OH $3,96150
130 Theo Lima Brazil $3,96150
131 Balram Bhandari Scottsdale AZ $3,96150
132 Tony Gargano Las Vegas NV $3,96150
133 Kevin Boesel Rochester NY $3,96150
134 Christopher Caruso Dunkrek MD $3,96150
135 David Simon Idaho Falls ID $3,96150
136 TM Williams Indianapolis IN $3,53750
137 Stoyan Obreshkov Bulgaria $3,53750
138 Matthew Vaughan Brookline MA $3,53750
139 William Kopp $3,53750
140 Marios Savvides Las Vegas NV $3,53750
141 Michael Younan Chicago IL $3,53750
142 George Abi-Zeid $3,53750
143 Justin Brown Mitchell IN $3,53750
144 Osmin Dardon Los Angeles CA $3,53750
145 Georgios Kapalas Athens, Greece $3,53750
146 Jon Hanner St. Paul MN $3,53750
147 Andrew Spears Buffalo NY $3,53750
148 Andrew Hawkins Edinburgh, Scotland $3,53750
149 James Gilbert Bensalem PA $3,53750
150 Daniel Goepel Hartland WI $3,53750
151 Krzysztof Stybaniewicz Denver CO $3,53750
152 Craig Gold Belmont CA $3,53750
153 Casey Bogus West Olive MI $3,53750
154 Rob Brown Miramar FL $3,53750
155 Gordon Huntly Scotland $3,53750
156 James Gibson Manitoba, Canada $3,53750
157 Joseph Alban Henderson NV $3,53750
158 $3,53750
159 Justin Kindred Glasgaw KY $3,53750
160 Michael Hlavaty Henderson NV $3,53750
161 Anthony Hulbert Sterling VA $3,53750
162 Eduards Kudrjavcevs Latvia $3,53750
163 Brennan Benglis Lake Charles LA $3,53750
164 Zach Gruneberg Boolsburg PA $3,53750
165 Christopher Larrea Philadelphia PA $3,53750
166 Dean Baranowski Lewisville TX $3,53750
167 Markus Prinz Bonn, Germany $3,53750
168 $3,53750
169 Anthony Alonso Clifton NJ $3,53750
170 David Lasierra UK $3,11250
171 Jonathan Lewis Hopkinton MA $3,11250
172 Al Hedin Keystone CO $3,11250
173 Travis Hartshorn Pittsburgh PA $3,11250
174 Seth Davies Bend OR $3,11250
175 Majid Radaei $3,11250
176 Gary Payne Henderson NV $3,11250
177 Denis Vladimirovich Russia $3,11250
178 Steve Karp Camp Blueridge $3,11250
179 Michael Wynn Las Vegas NV $3,11250
180 Grayson Nichols Winter Park FL $3,11250
181 Nikolai Sears Burlington VT $3,11250
182 Daniel Schunk Playa Del Rey CA $3,11250
183 Adam Bishop Reno NV $3,11250
184 Chaz Wexler Arlington WA $3,11250
185 Jeremy Joseph Las Vegas NV $3,11250
186 Ronnie Bardah Brockton MA $3,11250
187 Sergio Aido Spain $3,11250
188 Dylan Wilkerson San Francisco CA $3,11250
189 Niel Mittelman Chicago IL $3,11250
190 Sinh Nguyen Ripon CA $3,11250
191 Don Landers Las Vegas NV $3,11250
192 Frank Lucarelli Woodhaven MI $3,11250
193 Steve Buell Green Bay WI $3,11250
194 Jonathan McGowan San Diego CA $3,11250
195 Michael Lipman $3,11250
196 Viktoria Lucenkova Slovakia $3,11250
197 Annette Obrestad Sandes, Norway $3,11250
198 Somar Madhdhiatla Dallas TX $3,11250
199 Severin Schleser Austria $3,11250
200 Jack Battaglia New York NY $3,11250
201 Robert Conner Austin TX $3,11250
202 Daniel Smith Las Vegas NV $3,11250
203 Sol Carmona Seattle WA $3,11250
204 Jessica Dawley West Palm Beach FL $3,11250
205 Michael Banducci Traverse City MI $3,11250
206 Hewitt Poland Wilson NC $3,11250
207 David Datashvili Forest Hills $2,68850
208 Aziz Wehbey Whitehall PA $2,68850
209 Mark Dube Fort Lauderdale FL $2,68850
210 Thomas Keeper Canada $2,68850
211 Jarod Ludemann Mankato MN $2,68850
212 Michael Lavenburg Montville NJ $2,68850
213 Vitor Coelho Tampa FL $2,68850
214 Chaz Wexler Arlington WA $2,68850
215 Darryl Beal Canada $2,68850
216 Stephen Ralph Franklin TN $2,68850
217 Jude Ainsworth Ireland $2,68850
218 Bryan Piccioli Allegany NY $2,68850
219 Michael Rocco Tustin CA $2,68850
220 Darren Rabinowitz Las Vegas NV $2,68850
221 Nikolaus Teichert Austria $2,68850
222 Senh Cong $2,68850
223 Diaz Guillame France $2,68850
224 Guy Cicconi Las Vegas NV $2,68850
225 William Davis Jacksonville FL $2,68850
226 Paul Spitzberg Tenafly NJ $2,68850
227 Danny Loomis Henderson NV $2,68850
228 Sterling Savill Tampa FL $2,68850
229 Jean Ledoux Las Vegas NV $2,68850
230 Justin Adams Fairfield CT $2,68850
231 Marshall White Boone NC $2,68850
232 Tim Ulmer Montreal, QC $2,68850
233 Michael Sanders Pottsville AR $2,68850
234 Ravinder Bedi Canada $2,68850
235 Lisa Costello Las Vegas NV $2,68850
236 Antonio Mitrotta Italy $2,68850
237 Robert Fulford $2,68850
238 Dusty Nelson Waseca MN $2,68850
239 Adam Levy Los Angeles CA $2,68850
240 Grace Zhang $2,68850
241 Gladys Landegger Tarzana CA $2,68850
242 Carlos Mortensen Las Vegas NV $2,68850
243 Clayton Jiang Philadelphia PA $2,68850
244 Lance Harris Apple Valley MN $2,68850
245 Noel Herbert San Francisco CA $2,68850
246 Patrick Karschamroon Los Angeles CA $2,68850
247 David Bradshaw Jacksonville FL $2,68850
248 Alan Myerson Sherman Oaks CA $2,68850
249 Jason Vanstrom Colorado Springs CO $2,68850
250 Marsel Backa Waterbury CT $2,68850
251 Joseph Brown Sherman TX $2,68850
252 Hyojin Chon Korea $2,54650
253 Dan Heimiller Las Vegas NV $2,54650
254 Lily Kiletto Englewood FL $2,54650
255 Audley Harrison Westlake Village CA $2,54650
256 Kerignard Yorane France $2,54650
257 Brad Coultas Estero FL $2,54650
258 Mate Mecs Budapest $2,54650
259 Rohan Long CT $2,54650
260 John Pierce Rochester MN $2,54650
261 Almedin Imsirovic Portland OR $2,54650
262 Romik Vartzar Glendale CA $2,54650
263 John Pierce Rochester MN $2,54650
264 Ting Ho Las Vegas NV $2,54650
265 Steven Gray Conway SC $2,54650
266 Zal Irani Chicago IL $2,54650
267 Sam Nguyen OR $2,54650
268 Tom Thomas Albertson NY $2,54650
269 Zachary Zaffos Weston FL $2,54650
270 Alex Noble Rockford IL $2,54650
271 Steven Clark Warren MI $2,54650
272 Hannes Spaiser Austria, Vienna $2,54650
273 Jeremy Ausmus Las Vegas NV $2,54650
274 Cristobal Luna Round Rock TX $2,54650
275 Shivan Abdine Australia $2,54650
276 Nipun Java Los Angeles CA $2,54650
277 Earl Barron Clarksdale MS $2,54650
278 Yeping Shan $2,54650
279 Tom Kearney Las Vegas NV $2,54650
280 Nate Bandy Chattanooga TN $2,54650
281 Steve Cha Las Vegas NV $2,54650
282 Mark Darner Winter Park FL $2,54650
283 Rachel Kranz New York NY $2,54650
284 Thomas Lutz Las Vegas NV $2,54650
285 Vyacheslav Stoyanov Russia $2,54650
286 Bronson Tucker Cedar Park TX $2,54650
287 Marius Toderici Chicago IL $2,54650
288 Alfredo Vaz Costa Rica $2,54650
289 Victor Perches Las Vegas NV $2,54650
290 Henri Ojala Finland, Helsinki $2,54650
291 Alex Greenblatt San Francisco CA $2,54650
292 Ryan Amoroso Burnsville MN $2,54650
293 Mark Hodge Corcoran MN $2,54650
294 Scott Cooper Greenville SC $2,54650
295 Darius Narmontas Lithuania $2,54650
296 Shannon Shorr Mobile AL $2,54650
297 Justin Zaki Tierra Verde FL $2,54650

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