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The Venetian

February 2 - 4, 2017
Main Event: 695 Entrants
Winner: Jordan Young
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EVENT RECAP

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.”

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
MI 
$117,381
1,700
2
TX 
$107,381
1,500
3
MI 
$63,342
1,400
4
CA 
$46,996
1,300
5
NV 
$35,417
1,200
6
CO 
$26,563
1,100
7
NE 
$20,433
1,000
8
CA 
$16,346
900
9
MO 
$12,260
800
10
NV 
$10,217
700
11
TX 
$10,217
700
12
IA 
$10,217
700
13
WA 
$8,173
600
14
NV 
$8,173
600
15
CO 
$8,173
600
16
France 
 
$6,811
500
17
ID 
$6,811
500
18
Lodi 
CA 
$6,811
500
19
CO 
$5,857
400
20
CA 
$5,857
400
21
 
$5,857
400
22
NV 
$4,904
400
23
MN 
$4,904
400
24
NV 
$4,904
400
25
FL 
$3,950
400
26
CO 
$3,950
400
27
 
$3,950
400
28
Denver 
CO 
$2,997
300
29
OR 
$2,997
300
30
 
$2,997
300
31
NV 
$2,997
300
32
NV 
$2,997
300
33
TX 
$2,997
300
34
 
$2,997
300
35
NV 
$2,997
300
36
CA 
$2,997
300
37
IN 
$2,656
200
38
SD 
$2,656
200
39
HI 
$2,656
200
40
MN 
$2,656
200
41
France 
 
$2,656
200
42
France 
 
$2,656
200
43
NY 
$2,656
200
44
TX 
$2,656
200
45
Orinda 
CA 
$2,656
200
46
NC 
$2,520
100
47
PA 
$2,520
100
48
NV 
$2,520
100
49
 
$2,520
100
50
NV 
$2,520
100
51
LA 
$2,520
100
52
CA 
$2,520
100
53
CA 
$2,520
100
54
NV 
$2,520
100
55
FL 
$2,384
50
56
London 
 
$2,384
50
57
 
$2,384
50
58
 
$2,384
50
59
NV 
$2,384
50
60
NY 
$2,384
50
61
IL 
$2,384
50
62
NV 
$2,384
50
63
MI 
$2,384
50
64
NV 
$2,248
50
65
Oneida 
TN 
$2,248
50
66
NV 
$2,248
50
67
MI 
$2,248
50
68
NV 
$2,248
50
69
Inwood 
NY 
$2,248
50
70
AZ 
$2,248
50
71
OK 
$2,248
50
72
MI 
$2,248
50