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The Venetian

June 5 - 9, 2017
Main Event: 3273 Entrants
Winner: Nadar Kakhmazov
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EVENT RECAP

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).

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
 
 
$395,888
2,000
2
AZ 
$316,782
1,800
3
TX 
$205,283
1,700
4
Tempe 
AZ 
$157,169
1,600
5
FL 
$118,679
1,500
6
PA 
$89,811
1,400
7
NY 
$70,566
1,300
8
France 
 
$54,528
1,200
9
MN 
$41,698
1,100
10
 
$35,283
1,000
11
IL 
$35,283
1,000
12
UK 
 
$35,283
1,000
13
FL 
$28,868
900
14
CA 
$28,868
900
15
TX 
$28,868
900
16
TN 
$24,057
800
17
NY 
$24,057
800
18
NY 
$24,057
800
19
NY 
$19,245
700
20
 
$19,245
700
21
Vienna 
VA 
$19,245
700
22
Ozark 
MO 
$16,038
700
23
 
 
$16,038
700
24
IL 
$16,038
700
25
NV 
$12,830
700
26
IN 
$12,830
700
27
MA 
$12,830
700
28
 
$10,906
600
29
MI 
$10,906
600
30
KS 
$10,906
600
31
CA 
$10,906
600
32
KY 
$10,906
600
33
Biloxi 
MS 
$10,906
600
34
MI 
$10,906
600
35
PA 
$10,906
600
36
NV 
$10,906
600
37
IL 
$8,981
500
38
 
$8,981
500
39
MD 
$8,981
500
40
MI 
$8,981
500
41
UK 
 
$8,981
500
42
CA 
$8,981
500
43
 
$8,981
500
44
CA 
$8,981
500
45
WA 
$8,981
500
46
NY 
$8,019
400
47
 
$8,019
400
48
 
 
$8,019
400
49
TX 
$8,019
400
50
IL 
$8,019
400
51
TX 
$8,019
400
52
Miami 
FL 
$8,019
400
53
CA 
$8,019
400
54
MA 
$8,019
400
55
 
$7,057
300
56
CA 
$7,057
300
57
WA 
$7,057
300
58
MI 
$7,057
300
59
 
$7,057
300
60
 
 
$7,057
300
61
 
 
$7,057
300
62
FL 
$7,057
300
63
VA 
$7,057
300
64
FL 
$6,415
200
65
FL 
$6,415
200
66
CO 
$6,415
200
67
TN 
$6,415
200
68
MD 
$6,415
200
69
PA 
$6,415
200
70
France 
 
$6,415
200
71
Tampa 
FL 
$6,415
200
72
TX 
$6,415
200
73
Denver 
CO 
$5,934
100
74
TX 
$5,934
100
75
IN 
$5,934
100
76
London 
 
$5,934
100
77
Austin 
TX 
$5,934
100
78
NY 
$5,934
100
79
TN 
$5,934
100
80
Avon 
IN 
$5,934
100
81
NJ 
$5,934
100
82
 
$5,453
50
83
 
 
$5,453
50
84
CA 
$5,453
50
85
MN 
$5,453
50
86
CA 
$5,453
50
87
PA 
$5,453
50
88
FL 
$5,453
50
89
FL 
$5,453
50
90
 
$5,453
50
91
NV 
$4,972
50
92
CA 
$4,972
50
93
KY 
$4,972
50
94
FL 
$4,972
50
95
KY 
$4,972
50
96
FL 
$4,972
50
97
NJ 
$4,972
50
98
MN 
$4,972
50
99
MI 
$4,972
50
100
Wilson 
NC 
$4,491
50
101
MI 
$4,491
50
102
NV 
$4,491
50
103
 
$4,491
50
104
NV 
$4,491
50
105
CO 
$4,491
50
106
CA 
$4,491
50
107
 
$4,491
50
108
Bend 
OR 
$4,491
50
109
MN 
$4,491
50
110
PA 
$4,491
50
111
TX 
$4,491
50
112
PA 
$4,491
50
113
 
$4,491
50
114
 
$4,491
50
115
NV 
$4,491
50
116
TX 
$4,491
50
117
UK 
 
$4,491
50
118
 
$4,491
50
119
GA 
$4,491
50
120
FL 
$4,491
50
121
 
$4,491
50
122
AL 
$4,491
50
123
NV 
$4,491
50
124
Davis 
CA 
$4,491
50
125
Sussex 
NJ 
$4,491
50
126
IA 
$4,491
50
127
Dayton 
OH 
$4,491
50
128
NY 
$4,491
50
129
Irvine 
CA 
$4,491
50
130
Aspen 
CO 
$4,491
50
131
MN 
$4,491
50
132
NY 
$4,491
50
133
TX 
$4,491
50
134
Brazil 
 
$4,491
50
135
Weston 
FL 
$4,491
50
136
CA 
$4,491
50
137
Russia 
 
$4,491
50
138
CA 
$4,491
50
139
 
$4,491
50
140
FL 
$4,491
50
141
CO 
$4,491
50
142
AZ 
$4,491
50
143
CA 
$4,491
50
144
CA 
$4,491
50
145
Canada 
 
$4,009
50
146
IN 
$4,009
50
147
NJ 
$4,009
50
148
Dallas 
TX 
$4,009
50
149
WY 
$4,009
50
150
CA 
$4,009
50
151
 
$4,009
50
152
NV 
$4,009
50
153
CO 
$4,009
50
154
 
$4,009
50
155
FL 
$4,009
50
156
FL 
$4,009
50
157
TX 
$4,009
50
158
 
$4,009
50
159
HI 
$4,009
50
160
NE 
$4,009
50
161
IL 
$4,009
50
162
Skokie 
IL 
$4,009
50
163
CA 
$4,009
50
164
NY 
$4,009
50
165
MN 
$4,009
50
166
TN 
$4,009
50
167
 
$4,009
50
168
Denver 
CO 
$4,009
50
169
MN 
$4,009
50
170
CA 
$4,009
50
171
MO 
$4,009
50
172
TX 
$4,009
50
173
NJ 
$4,009
50
174
OR 
$4,009
50
175
AL 
$4,009
50
176
CA 
$4,009
50
177
Israel 
 
$4,009
50
178
 
$4,009
50
179
Spain 
 
$4,009
50
180
HI 
$4,009
50
181
OH 
$4,009
50
182
MN 
$4,009
50
183
OH 
$4,009
50
184
Davie 
FL 
$4,009
50
185
IA 
$4,009
50
186
NV 
$4,009
50
187
NV 
$4,009
50
188
MA 
$4,009
50
189
MN 
$4,009
50
190
China 
 
$3,208
50
191
NV 
$3,208
50
192
MN 
$3,208
50
193
MD 
$3,208
50
194
CO 
$3,208
50
195
Miami 
FL 
$3,208
50
196
CA 
$3,208
50
197
OH 
$3,208
50
198
GA 
$3,208
50
199
WI 
$3,208
50
200
Sofia 
TX 
$3,208
50
201
NV 
$3,208
50
202
MI 
$3,208
50
203
Omaha 
NE 
$3,208
50
204
GA 
$3,208
50
205
CO 
$3,208
50
206
IN 
$3,208
50
207
Vernon 
CT 
$3,208
50
209
Omaha 
NE 
$3,208
50
210
Canada 
 
$3,208
50
211
MI 
$3,208
50
212
FL 
$3,208
50
213
FL 
$3,208
50
214
NJ 
$3,208
50
215
CA 
$3,208
50
216
FL 
$3,208
50
217
MN 
$3,208
50
218
 
$3,208
50
219
TN 
$3,208
50
220
CT 
$3,208
50
221
FL 
$3,208
50
222
MD 
$3,208
50
223
MD 
$3,208
50
224
IL 
$3,208
50
225
NY 
$3,208
50
226
NV 
$3,208
50
227
CA 
$3,208
50
228
Oxnard 
CA 
$3,208
50
229
NC 
$3,208
50
230
NV 
$3,208
50
231
Farino 
NJ 
$3,208
50
233
IN 
$3,208
50
234
MO 
$3,208
50
235
FL 
$2,887
50
236
CA 
$2,887
50
237
NV 
$2,887
50
238
WI 
$2,887
50
239
NC 
$2,887
50
240
Dallas 
TX 
$2,887
50
241
NM 
$2,887
50
242
VA 
$2,887
50
243
FL 
$2,887
50
244
 
$2,887
50
245
York 
PA 
$2,887
50
246
AL 
$2,887
50
247
NV 
$2,887
50
248
 
$2,887
50
249
Fresno 
CA 
$2,887
50
250
 
$2,887
50
251
NV 
$2,887
50
253
MI 
$2,887
50
254
MI 
$2,887
50
255
Miami 
FL 
$2,887
50
256
CA 
$2,887
50
257
NV 
$2,887
50
258
CO 
$2,887
50
259
CA 
$2,887
50
260
 
$2,887
50
261
MN 
$2,887
50
262
MD 
$2,887
50
263
NV 
$2,887
50
264
FL 
$2,887
50
266
TX 
$2,887
50
267
MD 
$2,887
50
268
NY 
$2,887
50
269
Renton 
WA 
$2,887
50
270
FL 
$2,887
50
271
OH 
$2,887
50
272
 
$2,887
50
273
GA 
$2,887
50
274
CA 
$2,887
50
275
FL 
$2,887
50
276
CT 
$2,887
50
277
CA 
$2,887
50
279
LA 
$2,887
50
280
NV 
$2,566
50
281
FL 
$2,566
50
282
Boston 
MA 
$2,566
50
283
FL 
$2,566
50
284
Japan 
 
$2,566
50
285
MI 
$2,566
50
286
 
$2,566
100
287
FL 
$2,566
50
288
Folsom 
CA 
$2,566
50
289
IL 
$2,566
50
290
FL 
$2,566
50
291
IA 
$2,566
50
292
IA 
$2,566
50
293
CA 
$2,566
50
294
CA 
$2,566
50
295
France 
 
$2,566
50
296
 
$2,566
50
297
NY 
$2,566
50
298
 
$2,566
50
299
CA 
$2,566
50
300
Frisco 
TX 
$2,566
50
301
Italy 
 
$2,566
50
302
 
$2,566
50
303
 
$2,566
50
304
NV 
$2,566
50
305
IL 
$2,566
50
306
FL 
$2,566
50
307
Oxward 
CA 
$2,566
50
308
KY 
$2,566
50
309
FL 
$2,566
50
310
FL 
$2,566
50
311
TN 
$2,566
50
312
Brasil 
 
$2,566
50
313
CO 
$2,566
50
314
FL 
$2,566
50
315
 
$2,566
50
316
SC 
$2,566
50
317
TX 
$2,566
50
318
IL 
$2,566
50
319
FL 
$2,566
50
320
AR 
$2,566
50
321
Spain 
 
$2,566
50
322
OH 
$2,566
50
323
Denver 
CO 
$2,566
50
324
NV 
$2,566
50
325
IL 
$2,085
50
326
WI 
$2,085
50
327
NY 
$2,085
50
328
CA 
$2,085
50
329
FL 
$2,085
50
330
NV 
$2,085
50
331
Canada 
 
$2,085
50
332
 
$2,085
50
333
CA 
$2,085
50
334
WA 
$2,085
50
335
MD 
$2,085
50
336
CA 
$2,085
50
337
GA 
$2,085
50
338
 
$2,085
50
339
TX 
$2,085
50
340
AK 
$2,085
50
341
NV 
$2,085
50
342
CA 
$2,085
50
343
Spain 
 
$2,085
50
344
CA 
$2,085
50
345
WI 
$2,085
50
346
TX 
$2,085
50
347
Brazil 
 
$2,085
50
348
NC 
$2,085
50
349
Seaman 
OH 
$2,085
50
350
Spain 
 
$2,085
50
351
Canada 
 
$2,085
50