The Venetian: February 2 - 4, 2017


The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV

February 2-4, 2017

Main Event: 695 Entrants

Jordan Young Wins Inaugural MSPT “Poker Bowl” at The Venetian, $139,624!

The inaugural Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) $1,100 Poker Bowl at The Venetian in Las Vegas proved to be a successful affair drawing 695 entrants (253 on Day 1A, 442 Day 1B). That created a $681,100 prize pool – more than double the advertised guarantee – and after two days of play it was poker pro Jordan Young who walked away with $139,624 and two different trophies.

Young, who only had to fire one bullet in the tournament, defeated Ankush Mandavia, who won $2,387,064 in 2016 and is one of four nominees for “Breakout Player of the Year” in the 3rd Annual American Poker Awards, in heads-up play to capture the title.

“I’ve had a little bit of a struggle playing deep, mainly at the World Series of Poker, so it feels good to finally close a big tournament out,” said Young after the win. “The structure was great. I love the 40-minute levels. My playing style is not suited all that much for the real long levels. I like to get it in there and just ram and jam. I loved the structure and I never had below the starting stack. Right away I had 80,000 and never looked back.”

The win marked the largest score of Young’s career, which dates back to 2010. Prior to his breakthrough win, Young’s top cash was $54,936 for finishing ninth in a 2011 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. The win pushed Young’s lifetime tournament earnings up to $461,921.

Day 2 saw 99 players return to action, but with only 72 slated to get paid, 27 would leave empty handed. Among them were Dylan Wilkerson, Jeff Fielder, 2016 MSPT Iowa State Poker champ John Sun, MSPT Meskwaki champ Ken Komberec, and Vancouver’s Yimin Fang, who fell as the bubble boy after his ace-queen failed to hold against Cody Schumacher’s nine-ten suited.

Once the money was made, the eliminations came rapid fire. Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Michigan’s Griff Woodman (72nd - $2,248), Lily Kiletto (55th - $2,384), World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eric Baldwin (48th - $2,520), Luke Vrabel (38th - $2,656), three-time bracelet and start-of-the-day short stack Dutch Boyd (35th - $2,997), World Poker Tour Five Diamond champ James Romero (29th - $2,997), and the last MSPT champ in the field Jason Seitz (23rd - $4,904).

Early on at the final table, Joseph Alban exited after his Big Slick fell to the trip tens of Michigan’s Chris Moon, and start-of-the-day chip leader Gary Bolden followed him out the door after he ran queen-jack into the king-queen of Michael Vanier.

Mark Hamilton was the next to go after his ace-ten fell to Moon’s turned flush with the jack-seven of hearts, and from there Moon took care of Vanier after pairing the turn with ace-eight against the latter’s ace-queen.

MSPT Golden Gates runner-up Jason Vanstrom hit the rail in sixth place after losing a race to Mandavia. It marked Vanstrom’s third MSPT final table and ninth overall cash to bring his tour earnings up to $108,190.

After Patrick Gunraj bowed out in fifth place, WPT champ Jordan Cristos exited when his ace-seven was outdrawn by Young’s jack-six. In the very next hand, Moon ran pocket eights smack dab into Young’s queens to bust in third place.

Heads-up play began with Young holding a slight chip lead over Mandavia, but the two ended up swapping it on numerous occasions. Eventually, the pair struck a deal that saw them even split on the condition the loser would give the winner $5,000. From there, Young pulled out to a healthy lead and finished things off when his jack-four got there against Mandavia’s king-ten.

“Andy is just really good,” Young said of his opponent. “He’s really strong especially heads-up. My card distribution was solid heads-up, so it made it easier to play against him.”

Seeing as it was the Poker Bowl was just a day away from the New England Patriots taking on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, we decided to get the champ’s prediction, despite the fact he is a Detroit Lions fan.

“I can’t really imagine betting against New England, but I’d like to see the Falcons beat them,” said Young. “New England is so easy to hate, but you have to respect how good they are.”


Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Jordan Young Twin Lake MI $117,3811,700
2 Ankush Mandavia Richmond TX $107,3811,500
3 Chris Moon Sterling Heights MI $63,3421,400
4 Jordan Cristos Palmdale CA $46,9961,300
5 Patrick Gunraj Las Vegas NV $35,4171,200
6 Jason Vanstrom Colorado Springs CO $26,5631,100
7 Michael Vanier Lincoln NE $20,4331,000
8 Mark Hamilton Northridge CA $16,346900
9 Gary Bolden St. Louis MO $12,260800
10 Joseph Alban Henderson NV $10,217700
11 Raymond Speck Burkburnett TX $10,217700
12 Steve Jewell Dubuque IA $10,217700
13 Alan Snow Lynwood WA $8,173600
14 Jeff Tanouye Las Vegas NV $8,173600
15 Nicholas Marchitti Lakewood CO $8,173600
16 Franck Boyer France $6,811500
17 Stephen Schumacher Lewiston ID $6,811500
18 Michael Haas Lodi CA $6,811500
19 Timothy Vu Lakewood CO $5,857400
20 Nick Quraishi Studio City CA $5,857400
21 Rocky Bowers Washington DC $5,857400
22 Joseph Phanhyaseng Las Vegas NV $4,904400
23 Jason Seitz Shakopee MN $4,904400
24 Terry Fleischer Henderson NV $4,904400
25 Mark Darner Winter Park FL $3,950400
26 Tom Bouziden Colorado Springs CO $3,950400
27 Rory Brown Ireland $3,950400
28 Brian Gallegos Denver CO $2,997300
29 James Romero Portland OR $2,997300
30 Llyod Addie British Columbia $2,997300
31 Paul Berger Las Vegas NV $2,997300
32 Bobby Poe Las Vegas NV $2,997300
33 Ben Perez Plainview TX $2,997300
34 Heinz Kleissner Bermuda $2,997300
35 Dutch Boyd Las Vegas NV $2,997300
36 Longsheng Tan Alhambra CA $2,997300
37 Tony Utnage Bloomington IN $2,656200
38 Luke Vrabel Deadwood SD $2,656200
39 Roy Chang Honolulu HI $2,656200
40 Hank Mlekoday Minneapolis MN $2,656200
41 Rodolphe Rey France $2,656200
42 Jeremie Bouchet France $2,656200
43 Frankie Flowers Poughkeepsie NY $2,656200
44 Daniel Rodriguez New Braunfels TX $2,656200
45 Mike Ferguson Orinda CA $2,656200
46 Jason Rogers Raleigh NC $2,520100
47 Jason Kim Lower Gwynedd PA $2,520100
48 Eric Baldwin Las Vegas NV $2,520100
49 Chris Coupal Waterloo, ON, Canada $2,520100
50 Julio Novo Las Vegas NV $2,520100
51 Paul DiStefano Plaquemine LA $2,520100
52 Derrick Mokedi Long Beach CA $2,520100
53 Mike Harvey San Francisco CA $2,520100
54 Darren Rabinowitz Las Vegas NV $2,520100
55 Lily Kiletto Englewood FL $2,38450
56 Daniel James London $2,38450
57 Tuan Phan Washington DC $2,38450
58 Artem Zverkhovskyy Ukraine $2,38450
59 Anthony Spinella Las Vegas NV $2,38450
60 Matt Gambino West Babylon NY $2,38450
61 Marc Bernal Oak Forest IL $2,38450
62 Ben Palmer Las Vegas NV $2,38450
63 Dustin Smith Middleville MI $2,38450
64 Hani Awad Las Vegas NV $2,24850
65 Edward Duncan Oneida TN $2,24850
66 Jeff Sluzinski Henderson NV $2,24850
67 Matt Scieszka West Bloomfield MI $2,24850
68 Bill Croft Henderson NV $2,24850
69 Paul Vacchio Inwood NY $2,24850
70 Georgios Antoniou Phoenix AZ $2,24850
71 Chris Staats Oklahoma City OK $2,24850
72 Griff Woodman Portland MI $2,24850

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