The Venetian: June 5 - 9, 2017

Days: 
 

The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV

June 5-9, 2017

Main Event: 3,273 Entrants

Nadar Kakhmazov Wins Largest Tournament in MSPT & Venetian History for $395,888

The $1,100buy-in MSPT Venetian Main Event began with 3,273 entries, the largest tournament in both tour and Venetian history, and after three days of play Russia’s Nadar Kakhmazov emerged victorious to capture a $395,888 first-place prize and two trophies.

“I am cool, I am happy,” was all the29-year-old businessman could muster in broken English. He also indicated that he will be trying to parlay his success by playing in the 2017 World Series of Poker this summer.

Day 3 saw 13 players return to action, and in quick succession Jeff Kaplan (13th - $28,868), Sergio Cabrera (12th - $35,283), and Joe Elpayaa (11th - $35,283) all hit the rail to set up the final table.

After Steve Malone bowed out in 10th place for 35,283, the last MSPT tour regular, Max Havlish, took his leave. It happened when he moved his short stack all in holding king-queen and failed to get there against the ace-jack of 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event third-place finisher Jake Balsiger. The last Minnesotan in the field earned $41,698 for his ninth-place finish.

From there, Day 1A chip leader Ludovic Riehl fell in eighth when his ace-ten failed to overcome the pocket jacks of Balsiger. The Frenchman earned $54,528 for his performance.

Jewook Oh and Wen Zhang fell in seventh and sixth place respectively before Chris O’Rourke followed them out the door in fifth after a bad beat. He got his stack in holding pocket aces against Balsiger’s tens, but a ten on the turn sent O’Rourke back to Tampa with $118,679 in his pocket.

Despite that knockout, Balsiger was the next to go after shoving with king-nine suited and running into the Big Slick of Kakhmazov, who started the day as the chip leader but lost it midway through the final table. Balsiger picked up a heart flush draw on the ace-high flop but failed to find another.

After negotiations for a three-way deal fell through, El Paso’s Maury Solano fell when his Big Slick failed to hold against Kakhmazov’s queen-jack suited. That set up a heads-up match with Kakhmazov holding 26.9 million to Arizona’s Brayden Gazlay’s 22 million, and at the time the two struck a deal that saw them each lock up over $300K while leaving $70K on the table.

In just the first hand of heads-up play, Gazlay flopped two pair and Kakhmazov straight and flush draws. The chips got in and Kakhmazov promptly turned a straight to take the lead. The river failed to help Gazlay and he had to settle for second place and a $316,782 consolation prize.

Others to claim a portion of the $3,207,540 MSPT Venetian prize pool were Frankie Flowers (18th - $24,057), last woman standing Heidi May (23rd – 16,038), WPT champ Taylor von Kriegenbergh (27th - $12,830), last MSPT champ standing Andy Rubinberg (37th - $8,981), inaugural MSPT Venetian winner Drake Bronk (50th - $8,019), Day 1B chip leader and MSPT FireKeepers champ Mike Shanahan (80th - $5,934), and 2001 WSOP Main Event champ Carlos Mortensen (263rd - $2,887).

Results

Rank Player Name City State AmountPoints
1 Nadar Kakhmazov Russia $395,8882,000
2 Brayden Gazlay Scottsdale AZ $316,7821,800
3 Maury Solano El Paso TX $205,2831,700
4 Jacob Balsiger Tempe AZ $157,1691,600
5 Chris ORourke Tampa Bay FL $118,6791,500
6 Wen Zhang Philadelphia PA $89,8111,400
7 Jewook Oh New York NY $70,5661,300
8 Ludovic Riehl France $54,5281,200
9 Max Havlish Coon Rapids MN $41,6981,100
10 Steve Malone Dublin, Ireland $35,2831,000
11 Joseph Elpayaa Forrest Park IL $35,2831,000
12 Sergio Cabrera UK $35,2831,000
13 Jeff Kaplan Sarasota FL $28,868900
14 Sam Garcia (CA) Salinas CA $28,868900
15 Jeffrey Soffer Houston TX $28,868900
16 Tyler Joyner Bethel Springs TN $24,057800
17 Ricky Guan Brooklyn NY $24,057800
18 Frankie Flowers Poughkeepsie NY $24,057800
19 Brett Brucaleri St. James NY $19,245700
20 Cristian Castro Netherlands $19,245700
21 John Myung Vienna VA $19,245700
22 Shawn Roberts Ozark MO $16,038700
23 Heidi May Australia $16,038700
24 Ingram Boykins Chicago IL $16,038700
25 Mike Hack Las Vegas NV $12,830700
26 Michael Comeau Fort Wayne IN $12,830700
27 Taylor von Kriegenbergh Stoneham MA $12,830700
28 Daniel Wendorf Austria $10,906600
29 Joseph Damon Highland MI $10,906600
30 Nam Phan Kansas City KS $10,906600
31 Jeff Griffiths Alameda CA $10,906600
32 Kurt Jewell Frankfort KY $10,906600
33 Dustin Stewart Biloxi MS $10,906600
34 Kim Schinco Freeland MI $10,906600
35 Jesse Cohen Ardmore PA $10,906600
36 Jason Lilly Las Vegas NV $10,906600
37 Andrew Rubinberg Chicago IL $8,981500
38 Josh Herman Toronto, Canada $8,981500
39 Stephen Deutsch Baltimore MD $8,981500
40 Marko Doljevic Highland MI $8,981500
41 Deryck Barnes UK $8,981500
42 Julie Cornelius Aliso Viejo CA $8,981500
43 Antonio Buonanno Marzano Appio, Italy $8,981500
44 Bruce Kramer Westminster CA $8,981500
45 Scott Eskenazi Mercer Island WA $8,981500
46 Seth Berger Woodbury NY $8,019400
47 Daniel Carter Cheltenham, UK $8,019400
48 Alfonso Moro Spain $8,019400
49 Joey Alesna Lake Jackson TX $8,019400
50 Drake Bronk Chicago IL $8,019400
51 Dejuante Alexander Houston TX $8,019400
52 Matthew Yorra Miami FL $8,019400
53 Daniel Fuhs San Diego CA $8,019400
54 Brian LeBlanc Danvers MA $8,019400
55 Dean Hutchison Glasgow $7,057300
56 Nima Shariatmadari Arcadia CA $7,057300
57 Robert Covert Everett WA $7,057300
58 Jesse Vilchez Fruitport MI $7,057300
59 Sebastien Comel St Praire Du Mont, France $7,057300
60 Paul Haycock UK $7,057300
61 Andrew Dooley Ireland $7,057300
62 James Calderaro Venice Beach FL $7,057300
63 Corey Kennel Springfield VA $7,057300
64 David Poces Boca Raton FL $6,415200
65 John Shuler Bristol FL $6,415200
66 Timothy Vu Lakewood CO $6,415200
67 David Lee (TN) Memphis TN $6,415200
68 Dong Jun Ji Potomac MD $6,415200
69 Jonas Wexler Southampton PA $6,415200
70 Huynh Patrick France $6,415200
71 Sterling Savill Tampa FL $6,415200
72 Ryan Hardin Pilot Point TX $6,415200
73 Chris Barrett Hartford CT $5,934100
74 Andy Philachack Garland TX $5,934100
75 Don Saylor Fort Wayne IN $5,934100
76 Sadan Turker London $5,934100
77 Jonathan Alfonso Austin TX $5,934100
78 Jerry Wong Brooklyn NY $5,934100
79 Nate Bandy Chattanooga TN $5,934100
80 Mike Shanahan Avon IN $5,934100
81 Rich Foster Fur Hills NJ $5,934100
82 Michael Martin Belfort, France $5,45350
83 Vyacheslav Stoyanov Russia $5,45350
84 Elias Travis Rocklin CA $5,45350
85 Nathan Fair Plymouth MN $5,45350
86 Blaise Hom Rosemead CA $5,45350
87 James Gilbert Bensalem PA $5,45350
88 Matthew Leecy Trinity FL $5,45350
89 Mark Dube Fort Lauderdale FL $5,45350
90 Masoud Tavangari Toronto, Canada $5,45350
91 Julian Parmann Las Vegas NV $4,97250
92 Rommel Santos Sacramento CA $4,97250
93 Daniel Aharoni Forest Hills KY $4,97250
94 Charles Gomez Hialeah FL $4,97250
95 John Utley Morganfield KY $4,97250
96 Marcus Stein Pembroke Pines FL $4,97250
97 Anthony Alonso Clifton NJ $4,97250
98 Luke Mernin Robbinsdale MN $4,97250
99 Bill Rogers Midland MI $4,97250
100 Hewitt Poland Wilson NC $4,49150
101 Michael ONeill Royal Oak MI $4,49150
102 David Levi Las Vegas NV $4,49150
103 Jeffrey Chotikul Washington DC $4,49150
104 Avi Drori Las Vegas NV $4,49150
105 Rory Lucero Boulder CO $4,49150
106 Bob Mather Redding CA $4,49150
107 Terry Schumacher Belgium $4,49150
108 Seth Davies Bend OR $4,49150
109 John Morgan Minneapolis MN $4,49150
110 Kevin Grabel South Hampton PA $4,49150
111 Gabriel Andrade Houston TX $4,49150
112 Zach Gruneberg Boolsburg PA $4,49150
113 Louis Salter United Kingdom $4,49150
114 Shaotong Chang Long Island City NC $4,49150
115 Lizzy Harrison Las Vegas NV $4,49150
116 David Hubbard Angleton TX $4,49150
117 Jack Salter UK $4,49150
118 Clifton Green Eckville, Canada $4,49150
119 Seth Fischer Atlanta GA $4,49150
120 Carlos Loving Sarasota FL $4,49150
121 Kenny Hallaert Belgium $4,49150
122 Nathan Burdette Birmingham AL $4,49150
123 Bryden Baxter Las Vegas NV $4,49150
124 Davin Anderson Davis CA $4,49150
125 Dan Dizonzo Sussex NJ $4,49150
126 Jeff Fielder Des Moines IA $4,49150
127 Hung Le Dayton OH $4,49150
128 Tyng Low New York NY $4,49150
129 Paul Lui Irvine CA $4,49150
130 Garrett Patrick Aspen CO $4,49150
131 James Walsh Burnsville MN $4,49150
132 Mukul Pahuja Long Island NY $4,49150
133 Daniel Parshall Fort Worth TX $4,49150
134 Carlos Lima Brazil $4,49150
135 Dimitry Agrachov Weston FL $4,49150
136 Carey Pickus Atherton CA $4,49150
137 Andrei Shatilov Russia $4,49150
138 Hrach Roger Los Angeles CA $4,49150
139 Steve Worr Red Deer, Canada $4,49150
140 Austin Peck Fort Lauderdale FL $4,49150
141 Norman Straughn Westminster CO $4,49150
142 Richard Saine Phoenix AZ $4,49150
143 Dana Kellstrom Stevenson Ranch CA $4,49150
144 David Forster Alameda CA $4,49150
145 Jason Mann Canada $4,00950
146 Steve Miller Bedford IN $4,00950
147 Isaac Fermin Bayonne NJ $4,00950
148 Mstr Lynch Dallas TX $4,00950
149 Rich Dixon Cheyenne WY $4,00950
150 Mike Sower Camarillo CA $4,00950
151 Daniel Bland United Kingdom $4,00950
152 Eric Tipsword Henderson NV $4,00950
153 Michael Lipscomb Littleton CO $4,00950
154 Jorg Peisert Germany $4,00950
155 Zo Karim Orlando FL $4,00950
156 Jeffrey Pringle Orlando FL $4,00950
157 Jeffery Kester Marshall TX $4,00950
158 Aleks Dimitrov Sofia, Bulgaria $4,00950
159 John Holeyfield Honolulu HI $4,00950
160 Drazen Ilich Lincoln NE $4,00950
161 Scott Vetter Washington IL $4,00950
162 Ahmed Maniar Skokie IL $4,00950
163 Joseph Rothway Walnut Creek CA $4,00950
164 Tom Dobrilovic Westnyack NY $4,00950
165 Gennady Shimelfarb Minneapolis MN $4,00950
166 Richard Morton Nashville TN $4,00950
167 Charalampos Lappas Brighton, UK $4,00950
168 Krzysztof Stybaniewicz Denver CO $4,00950
169 Todd Breyfogle Hopkins MN $4,00950
170 Ivan Holmes Berkeley CA $4,00950
171 Michael Urbaniak St. Peters MO $4,00950
172 Israel Jasso Beasley TX $4,00950
173 Jason Paster Old Bridge NJ $4,00950
174 Jeffrey White Hillsboro OR $4,00950
175 Steven McCartney Clanten AL $4,00950
176 Dave Liu Rancho Santa Fe CA $4,00950
177 Menashe Levy Israel $4,00950
178 Thomas Muhlocker Austria $4,00950
179 Jesus Martinez Spain $4,00950
180 Micah Yoshino Honolulu HI $4,00950
181 Ryan Wince Delaware OH $4,00950
182 Zachary Pierce Rochester MN $4,00950
183 Christopher Lee Middleport OH $4,00950
184 Phil Hernz Davie FL $4,00950
185 Josh Smith (Iowa) Bettendorf IA $4,00950
186 Shaun Plummer Las Vegas NV $4,00950
187 Anthony Spinella Las Vegas NV $4,00950
188 Jeremy Meacham Oak Bluffs MA $4,00950
189 Aaron Johnson Red Wing MN $4,00950
190 Linglin Zeng China $3,20850
191 Dylan Thomassie Las Vegas NV $3,20850
192 John Pierce Rochester MN $3,20850
193 Charles Welch Baltimore MD $3,20850
194 David Hass (Colorado) Boulder CO $3,20850
195 Domenico Maurici Miami FL $3,20850
196 James Cavanaugh Santa Rosa CA $3,20850
197 Nate Geise Fort Jennings OH $3,20850
198 Richard Seymour Suwanee GA $3,20850
199 Chris Roth Milwaukee WI $3,20850
200 Simeon Naydenov Sofia TX $3,20850
201 Michael Hlavaty Henderson NV $3,20850
202 Nicholas Morris Oak Park MI $3,20850
203 Ryan Phan Omaha NE $3,20850
204 Corey Bierria Atlanta GA $3,20850
205 Ryan Simoneau Milliken CO $3,20850
206 TM Williams Indianapolis IN $3,20850
207 Johanssy Joseph Vernon CT $3,20850
208 Paul Ephremsen Berkhamsted, England $3,20850
209 Yashueen Mudireddy Omaha NE $3,20850
210 Harsukhpual Sangha Canada $3,20850
211 Chris Moon Sterling Heights MI $3,20850
212 Michael Aron Palm Beach FL $3,20850
213 Jermaine Gerlin Jacksonville FL $3,20850
214 John Lee Westwood NJ $3,20850
215 Bariz Sundhanshu San Francisco CA $3,20850
216 Ryan Gianquitti Boca Raton FL $3,20850
217 Scott Ziebarth Shorewood MN $3,20850
218 Boris Kolev Bulgaria $3,20850
219 Will Joyner Rose Creek TN $3,20850
220 Melech Prozan West Hartford CT $3,20850
221 Thomas Cuce Delray Beach FL $3,20850
222 Daniel Aviles Baltimore MD $3,20850
223 Joseph Stiers Baltimore MD $3,20850
224 James Snyder Oak Forest IL $3,20850
225 Patrick Chan Brooklyn NY $3,20850
226 Pete Morris Las Vegas NV $3,20850
227 Candace Collins Redding CA $3,20850
228 Henry So Oxnard CA $3,20850
229 Tim Frasure Raleigh NC $3,20850
230 Mikel Finstein Las Vegas NV $3,20850
231 Tim Finne Farino NJ $3,20850
232 Jonathan Gamarov Sydney, Australia $3,20850
233 Ryan Johnson Whiteland IN $3,20850
234 Travis Higginbothum Kansas City MO $3,20850
235 Andrew Touchette Coconut Creek FL $2,88750
236 Tyler Jackson Corona Del Mar CA $2,88750
237 Melanie Banfield Las Vegas NV $2,88750
238 Josh Reichard Janesville WI $2,88750
239 Evan Young Wilmington NC $2,88750
240 Paul Lackey Dallas TX $2,88750
241 Joseph Serock Albuquerque NM $2,88750
242 Ben McCoy Arlington Heights IL $2,88750
243 Daniel Clemente Wesley Chapel FL $2,88750
244 Igor Yaroshevskyy Ukraine $2,88750
245 Robert Marquette York PA $2,88750
246 Chris Donaldson Trussville AL $2,88750
247 Stephan Freudenberger Las Vegas NV $2,88750
248 Vojtech Ruzicka Czech Republic $2,88750
249 Zachary Hatcher Fresno CA $2,88750
250 Devin Jackson Palo Alto $2,88750
251 Lisa Costello Las Vegas NV $2,88750
252 Nicholas Grippo Arlington Heights IL $2,88750
253 Barry Brown Grand Rapids MI $2,88750
254 Michael Peters Temperane MI $2,88750
255 James Salmon Miami FL $2,88750
256 Charisse Case Sacramento CA $2,88750
257 Paul Figarotta Las Vegas NV $2,88750
258 Osama Aweida Broomfield CO $2,88750
259 Tal Hart Sunnyvale CA $2,88750
260 Sascha Walter Germany $2,88750
261 Rob WazWaz Minneapolis MN $2,88750
262 Dave LaBrie Chestertown MD $2,88750
263 Carlos Mortensen Las Vegas NV $2,88750
264 Toby Boas Gainesville FL $2,88750
265 Mordechai Kirschenbaum Unk, NV, Israel $2,88750
266 Lawrence Masi Faeriere TX $2,88750
267 Cliff Goldkind Potomac MD $2,88750
268 Alex Rocha S Setauket NY $2,88750
269 Enrique Villacres Renton WA $2,88750
270 Sean Bauerschmidt Cooper City FL $2,88750
271 Derek Bowers Alliance OH $2,88750
272 Artem Metalidi Ukraine $2,88750
273 David Jackson Atlanta GA $2,88750
274 Martin Mathis Ocean Beach CA $2,88750
275 Richard Loynd North Palm Beach FL $2,88750
276 Leonard Sande Wethersfield CT $2,88750
277 Wenlong Jin Arcadia CA $2,88750
278 Matt Davenport Cheshire, England $2,88750
279 Brennan Benglis Lake Charles LA $2,88750
280 Justin Geronsin Las Vegas NV $2,56650
281 John Roveto Sarasota FL $2,56650
282 Albert Shenker Boston MA $2,56650
283 Steve Leahy Miami Beach FL $2,56650
284 Kento Inami Japan $2,56650
285 Casey Carroll Byron Center MI $2,56650
286 Marc MacDonnell Ireland $2,566100
287 Joshua Jimmerson St. Augustine FL $2,56650
288 Joshua Roberts Folsom CA $2,56650
289 Solouiou Ruslan Palatine IL $2,56650
290 Sam Panzica Fort Lauderdale FL $2,56650
291 Mickey Stuefen Cedar Rapids IA $2,56650
292 Randy Perkins Davenport IA $2,56650
293 Peter Malkoun Burbank CA $2,56650
294 Marcello Campbell Pittsburg CA $2,56650
295 Jean Paul Pasqualini France $2,56650
296 Daniel Parsonage Cornwall, UK $2,56650
297 Vincent Moscati Verplanck NY $2,56650
298 Daniel Engels Germany $2,56650
299 Dave Goshgarian San Diego CA $2,56650
300 Jim Carroll Frisco TX $2,56650
301 Miguel Cieri Italy $2,56650
302 Kristof Papp Budapest $2,56650
303 Patrick Serda Winnipeg, Canada $2,56650
304 Dutch Boyd Las Vegas NV $2,56650
305 Stuart Marshak Chicago IL $2,56650
306 Rean Nirath Jacksonville FL $2,56650
307 Bryan Sokolowski Oxward CA $2,56650
308 Scott Watkins Henderson KY $2,56650
309 Martin Zamani Boca Raton FL $2,56650
310 Abbey Daniels Coral Spring FL $2,56650
311 Daniel Marcus Memphis TN $2,56650
312 Vinicius Scarpini Brasil $2,56650
313 Craig Varnell Fort Collins CO $2,56650
314 Yegor Moroz Palm Coast FL $2,56650
315 Oleg Pavlyuchuk Moscow, Russia $2,56650
316 Cory Waaland Charleston SC $2,56650
317 Dean Baranowski Lewisville TX $2,56650
318 Brad Sailor Lombard IL $2,56650
319 Sara Hall Riverview FL $2,56650
320 Michael Sanders Pottsville AR $2,56650
321 Javier Zarco Spain $2,56650
322 Patrick Coughlin Amherst OH $2,56650
323 Phillip Luong Denver CO $2,56650
324 Jason Corrigan (NV) Las Vegas NV $2,56650
325 Amanda Heidbrick Round Lake IL $2,08550
326 Jacob Rich Plymouth WI $2,08550
327 Jose Jaramillo Woodside NY $2,08550
328 Matthew Ara Los Angeles CA $2,08550
329 Steven Wark Boynton Beach FL $2,08550
330 Thomas Lutz Las Vegas NV $2,08550
331 Pamela MacNaughton Canada $2,08550
332 Rory Brown Ireland $2,08550
333 Steven Ayoub Torrance CA $2,08550
334 Tesfaldet Tekle Seattle WA $2,08550
335 Joshua Steiner Bethesda MD $2,08550
336 Frank Giammarinaro San Diego CA $2,08550
337 Chris Taylor Woodbury GA $2,08550
338 John Zioulas Toronto, Canada $2,08550
339 Doug Ashmore Houston TX $2,08550
340 Alexander Lilagan Anchorage AK $2,08550
341 Chino Rheem Las Vegas NV $2,08550
342 Bryan Ngo Arcadia CA $2,08550
343 Santiago Torres Spain $2,08550
344 Matt Schultz San Diego CA $2,08550
345 David Mowery (NV) Las Vegas NV $2,08550
346 Jackson White Houston TX $2,08550
347 Paulo Villena Gini Brazil $2,08550
348 Ben Eilers Raleigh NC $2,08550
349 Jared Palmer Seaman OH $2,08550
350 Javier Gomez Spain $2,08550
351 Anthony Fiumidinisi Canada $2,08550

©  2009 - 2017 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT)

Developed by DHK Technologies