The Venetian: June 5 - 9, 2017

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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 AmountPoints
1 Nadar Kakhmazov $395,8882,000
2 Brayden Gazlay $316,7821,800
3 Maury Solano $205,2831,700
4 Jacob Balsiger $157,1691,600
5 Chris ORourke $118,6791,500
6 Wen Zhang $89,8111,400
7 Jewook Oh $70,5661,300
8 Ludovic Riehl $54,5281,200
9 Max Havlish $41,6981,100
10 Steve Malone $35,2831,000
11 Joseph Elpayaa $35,2831,000
12 Sergio Cabrera $35,2831,000
13 Jeff Kaplan $28,868900
14 Sam Garcia (CA) $28,868900
15 Jeffrey Soffer $28,868900
16 Tyler Joyner $24,057800
17 Ricky Guan $24,057800
18 Frankie Flowers $24,057800
19 Brett Brucaleri $19,245700
20 Cristian Castro $19,245700
21 John Myung $19,245700
22 Shawn Roberts $16,038700
23 Heidi May $16,038700
24 Ingram Boykins $16,038700
25 Mike Hack $12,830700
26 Michael Comeau $12,830700
27 Taylor von Kriegenbergh $12,830700
28 Daniel Wendorf $10,906600
29 Joseph Damon $10,906600
30 Nam Phan $10,906600
31 Jeff Griffiths $10,906600
32 Kurt Jewell $10,906600
33 Dustin Stewart $10,906600
34 Kim Schinco $10,906600
35 Jesse Cohen $10,906600
36 Jason Lilly $10,906600
37 Andrew Rubinberg $8,981500
38 Josh Herman $8,981500
39 Stephen Deutsch $8,981500
40 Marko Doljevic $8,981500
41 Deryck Barnes $8,981500
42 Julie Cornelius $8,981500
43 Antonio Buonanno $8,981500
44 Bruce Kramer $8,981500
45 Scott Eskenazi $8,981500
46 Seth Berger $8,019400
47 Daniel Carter $8,019400
48 Alfonso Moro $8,019400
49 Joey Alesna $8,019400
50 Drake Bronk $8,019400
51 Dejuante Alexander $8,019400
52 Matthew Yorra $8,019400
53 Daniel Fuhs $8,019400
54 Brian LeBlanc $8,019400
55 Dean Hutchison $7,057300
56 Nima Shariatmadari $7,057300
57 Robert Covert $7,057300
58 Jesse Vilchez $7,057300
59 Sebastien Comel $7,057300
60 Paul Haycock $7,057300
61 Andrew Dooley $7,057300
62 James Calderaro $7,057300
63 Corey Kennel $7,057300
64 David Poces $6,415200
65 John Shuler $6,415200
66 Timothy Vu $6,415200
67 David Lee (TN) $6,415200
68 Dong Jun Ji $6,415200
69 Jonas Wexler $6,415200
70 Huynh Patrick $6,415200
71 Sterling Savill $6,415200
72 Ryan Hardin $6,415200
73 Chris Barrett $5,934100
74 Andy Philachack $5,934100
75 Don Saylor $5,934100
76 Sadan Turker $5,934100
77 Jonathan Alfonso $5,934100
78 Jerry Wong $5,934100
79 Nate Bandy $5,934100
80 Mike Shanahan $5,934100
81 Rich Foster $5,934100
82 Michael Martin $5,45350
83 Vyacheslav Stoyanov $5,45350
84 Elias Travis $5,45350
85 Nathan Fair $5,45350
86 Blaise Hom $5,45350
87 James Gilbert $5,45350
88 Matthew Leecy $5,45350
89 Mark Dube $5,45350
90 Masoud Tavangari $5,45350
91 Julian Parmann $4,97250
92 Rommel Santos $4,97250
93 Daniel Aharoni $4,97250
94 Charles Gomez $4,97250
95 John Utley $4,97250
96 Marcus Stein $4,97250
97 Anthony Alonso $4,97250
98 Luke Mernin $4,97250
99 Bill Rogers $4,97250
100 Hewitt Poland $4,49150
101 Michael ONeill $4,49150
102 David Levi $4,49150
103 Jeffrey Chotikul $4,49150
104 Avi Drori $4,49150
105 Rory Lucero $4,49150
106 Bob Mather $4,49150
107 Terry Schumacher $4,49150
108 Seth Davies $4,49150
109 John Morgan $4,49150
110 Kevin Grabel $4,49150
111 Gabriel Andrade $4,49150
112 Zach Gruneberg $4,49150
113 Louis Salter $4,49150
114 Shaotong Chang $4,49150
115 Lizzy Harrison $4,49150
116 David Hubbard $4,49150
117 Jack Salter $4,49150
118 Clifton Green $4,49150
119 Seth Fischer $4,49150
120 Carlos Loving $4,49150
121 Kenny Hallaert $4,49150
122 Nathan Burdette $4,49150
123 Bryden Baxter $4,49150
124 Davin Anderson $4,49150
125 Dan Dizonzo $4,49150
126 Jeff Fielder $4,49150
127 Hung Le $4,49150
128 Tyng Low $4,49150
129 Paul Lui $4,49150
130 Garrett Patrick $4,49150
131 James Walsh $4,49150
132 Mukul Pahuja $4,49150
133 Daniel Parshall $4,49150
134 Carlos Lima $4,49150
135 Dimitry Agrachov $4,49150
136 Carey Pickus $4,49150
137 Andrei Shatilov $4,49150
138 Hrach Roger $4,49150
139 Steve Worr $4,49150
140 Austin Peck $4,49150
141 Norman Straughn $4,49150
142 Richard Saine $4,49150
143 Dana Kellstrom $4,49150
144 David Forster $4,49150
145 Jason Mann $4,00950
146 Steve Miller $4,00950
147 Isaac Fermin $4,00950
148 Mstr Lynch $4,00950
149 Rich Dixon $4,00950
150 Mike Sower $4,00950
151 Daniel Bland $4,00950
152 Eric Tipsword $4,00950
153 Michael Lipscomb $4,00950
154 Jorg Peisert $4,00950
155 Zo Karim $4,00950
156 Jeffrey Pringle $4,00950
157 Jeffery Kester $4,00950
158 Aleks Dimitrov $4,00950
159 John Holeyfield $4,00950
160 Drazen Ilich $4,00950
161 Scott Vetter $4,00950
162 Ahmed Maniar $4,00950
163 Joseph Rothway $4,00950
164 Tom Dobrilovic $4,00950
165 Gennady Shimelfarb $4,00950
166 Richard Morton $4,00950
167 Charalampos Lappas $4,00950
168 Krzysztof Stybaniewicz $4,00950
169 Todd Breyfogle $4,00950
170 Ivan Holmes $4,00950
171 Michael Urbaniak $4,00950
172 Israel Jasso $4,00950
173 Jason Paster $4,00950
174 Jeffrey White $4,00950
175 Steven McCartney $4,00950
176 Dave Liu $4,00950
177 Menashe Levy $4,00950
178 Thomas Muhlocker $4,00950
179 Jesus Martinez $4,00950
180 Micah Yoshino $4,00950
181 Ryan Wince $4,00950
182 Zachary Pierce $4,00950
183 Christopher Lee $4,00950
184 Phil Hernz $4,00950
185 Josh Smith (Iowa) $4,00950
186 Shaun Plummer $4,00950
187 Anthony Spinella $4,00950
188 Jeremy Meacham $4,00950
189 Aaron Johnson $4,00950
190 Linglin Zeng $3,20850
191 Dylan Thomassie $3,20850
192 John Pierce $3,20850
193 Charles Welch $3,20850
194 David Hass (Colorado) $3,20850
195 Domenico Maurici $3,20850
196 James Cavanaugh $3,20850
197 Nate Geise $3,20850
198 Richard Seymour $3,20850
199 Chris Roth $3,20850
200 Simeon Naydenov $3,20850
201 Michael Hlavaty $3,20850
202 Nicholas Morris $3,20850
203 Ryan Phan $3,20850
204 Corey Bierria $3,20850
205 Ryan Simoneau $3,20850
206 TM Williams $3,20850
207 Johanssy Joseph $3,20850
208 Paul Ephremsen $3,20850
209 Yashueen Mudireddy $3,20850
210 Harsukhpual Sangha $3,20850
211 Chris Moon $3,20850
212 Michael Aron $3,20850
213 Jermaine Gerlin $3,20850
214 John Lee $3,20850
215 Bariz Sundhanshu $3,20850
216 Ryan Gianquitti $3,20850
217 Scott Ziebarth $3,20850
218 Boris Kolev $3,20850
219 Will Joyner $3,20850
220 Melech Prozan $3,20850
221 Thomas Cuce $3,20850
222 Daniel Aviles $3,20850
223 Joseph Stiers $3,20850
224 James Snyder $3,20850
225 Patrick Chan $3,20850
226 Pete Morris $3,20850
227 Candace Collins $3,20850
228 Henry So $3,20850
229 Tim Frasure $3,20850
230 Mikel Finstein $3,20850
231 Tim Finne $3,20850
232 Jonathan Gamarov $3,20850
233 Ryan Johnson $3,20850
234 Travis Higginbothum $3,20850
235 Andrew Touchette $2,88750
236 Tyler Jackson $2,88750
237 Melanie Banfield $2,88750
238 Josh Reichard $2,88750
239 Evan Young $2,88750
240 Paul Lackey $2,88750
241 Joseph Serock $2,88750
242 Ben McCoy $2,88750
243 Daniel Clemente $2,88750
244 Igor Yaroshevskyy $2,88750
245 Robert Marquette $2,88750
246 Chris Donaldson $2,88750
247 Stephan Freudenberger $2,88750
248 Vojtech Ruzicka $2,88750
249 Zachary Hatcher $2,88750
250 Devin Jackson $2,88750
251 Lisa Costello $2,88750
252 Nicholas Grippo $2,88750
253 Barry Brown $2,88750
254 Michael Peters $2,88750
255 James Salmon $2,88750
256 Charisse Case $2,88750
257 Paul Figarotta $2,88750
258 Osama Aweida $2,88750
259 Tal Hart $2,88750
260 Sascha Walter $2,88750
261 Rob WazWaz $2,88750
262 Dave LaBrie $2,88750
263 Carlos Mortensen $2,88750
264 Toby Boas $2,88750
265 Mordechai Kirschenbaum $2,88750
266 Lawrence Masi $2,88750
267 Cliff Goldkind $2,88750
268 Alex Rocha $2,88750
269 Enrique Villacres $2,88750
270 Sean Bauerschmidt $2,88750
271 Derek Bowers $2,88750
272 Artem Metalidi $2,88750
273 David Jackson $2,88750
274 Martin Mathis $2,88750
275 Richard Loynd $2,88750
276 Leonard Sande $2,88750
277 Wenlong Jin $2,88750
278 Matt Davenport $2,88750
279 Brennan Benglis $2,88750
280 Justin Geronsin $2,56650
281 John Roveto $2,56650
282 Albert Shenker $2,56650
283 Steve Leahy $2,56650
284 Kento Inami $2,56650
285 Casey Carroll $2,56650
286 Marc MacDonnell $2,566100
287 Joshua Jimmerson $2,56650
288 Joshua Roberts $2,56650
289 Solouiou Ruslan $2,56650
290 Sam Panzica $2,56650
291 Mickey Stuefen $2,56650
292 Randy Perkins $2,56650
293 Peter Malkoun $2,56650
294 Marcello Campbell $2,56650
295 Jean Paul Pasqualini $2,56650
296 Daniel Parsonage $2,56650
297 Vincent Moscati $2,56650
298 Daniel Engels $2,56650
299 Dave Goshgarian $2,56650
300 Jim Carroll $2,56650
301 Miguel Cieri $2,56650
302 Kristof Papp $2,56650
303 Patrick Serda $2,56650
304 Dutch Boyd $2,56650
305 Stuart Marshak $2,56650
306 Rean Nirath $2,56650
307 Bryan Sokolowski $2,56650
308 Scott Watkins $2,56650
309 Martin Zamani $2,56650
310 Abbey Daniels $2,56650
311 Daniel Marcus $2,56650
312 Vinicius Scarpini $2,56650
313 Craig Varnell $2,56650
314 Yegor Moroz $2,56650
315 Oleg Pavlyuchuk $2,56650
316 Cory Waaland $2,56650
317 Dean Baranowski $2,56650
318 Brad Sailor $2,56650
319 Sara Hall $2,56650
320 Michael Sanders $2,56650
321 Javier Zarco $2,56650
322 Patrick Coughlin $2,56650
323 Phillip Luong $2,56650
324 Jason Corrigan (NV) $2,56650
325 Amanda Heidbrick $2,08550
326 Jacob Rich $2,08550
327 Jose Jaramillo $2,08550
328 Matthew Ara $2,08550
329 Steven Wark $2,08550
330 Thomas Lutz $2,08550
331 Pamela MacNaughton $2,08550
332 Rory Brown $2,08550
333 Steven Ayoub $2,08550
334 Tesfaldet Tekle $2,08550
335 Joshua Steiner $2,08550
336 Frank Giammarinaro $2,08550
337 Chris Taylor $2,08550
338 John Zioulas $2,08550
339 Doug Ashmore $2,08550
340 Alexander Lilagan $2,08550
341 Chino Rheem $2,08550
342 Bryan Ngo $2,08550
343 Santiago Torres $2,08550
344 Matt Schultz $2,08550
345 David Mowery (NV) $2,08550
346 Jackson White $2,08550
347 Paulo Villena Gini $2,08550
348 Ben Eilers $2,08550
349 Jared Palmer $2,08550
350 Javier Gomez $2,08550
351 Anthony Fiumidinisi $2,08550

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