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The Venetian

February 1 - 3, 2018
Main Event: 827 Entrants
Winner: Kfir Nahum
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EVENT RECAP

The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV

Feb 1-3, 2018

Main Event: 827 Entrants

Kfir Nahum Wins MSPT Poker Bowl II at The Venetian, $108,410!

The $1,100 buy-in MSPT Poker Bowl II, which coincides yearly with NFL Super Bowl weekend, drew 827 entries (268 on Day 1A and 559 on Day 1B) to The Venetian, crushing the $500,000 guarantee with an $806,325 prize pool and surpassing last year’s field of 695.

After two starting flights and Saturday’s Day 2 (instead of Sunday, to allow players to be free to watch Super Bowl LII), it was 43-year-old Kfir Nahum, who recently relocated to Las Vegas, earning the victory after a four-way chop (chops are allowed per The Venetian policy), netting him $108,410 and the current lead in the Season 9 Kimo Sabe Mezcal POY Standings.

“I feel great, my wife and parents are here,” said Nahum, a businessman who owns a travel agency. He’s also a father of two boys and a girl, the latter having just graduated high school. “I bought in three times to this tournament. The same guy knocked me out two times. The third time was the charm.”

As for who he wants to win tomorrow’s Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, Nahum was quick to answer: “I will go with the Eagles. It’s a business decision. If they win, my brother will make a lot of money in Philly.”

The win brought Nahum’s career earnings up to $587,960. It was the latest notch on his poker belt which includes finishing 61st in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event for a career-high $121,188, and a pair of wins in Bay 101 $1K event for $100,000 and $79,330 respectively. He also won the 2014 Israel Poker Tour Summer Edition Main Event for $73,689.

On Day 2, 115 players returned to action, which meant 25 players left without a payday. Some of those unfortunate players that didn’t make the money include Osama “Sammy” Aweida, “DQ” Dan Hendrickson, 2017 MN Magazine POY Todd Melander, and poker pro Darren Rabinowitz. Nikhil Gera was our bubble boy, getting his set of kings cracked by Daniel Frumkin’s queens when Frumkin rivered a flush.

Notable players that were able to score a cash in the tournament include Ryan “protentialmn” Laplante (85th - $2,096), Washington’s all-time tournament earnings leader Scott Clements (83rd - $2,096), 2016 WSOP Colossus II Champ Ben Keeline (75th - $2,177), MSPT Poker Bowl I fourth-place finisher Jordan Cristos (70th - $2,258), Day 1B chip leader Valentin Vornicu (59th - $2,419), Jon “PearlJammed” Turner (55th - $2,419), 2010 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Joseph Cheong (47th - $2,580), Day 1A chip leader Dylan Thomassie (45th - $2,903), Kathy Liebert (42nd - $2,903), Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin (23rd - $5,725), MSPT Season 3 Running Aces champ Rodger Johnson (12th - $11,289), and a double elimination prior to the final table that saw Connor Arlia (11th - $11,289) and Marc Bernal (10th - $11,289) give us a nine-handed Final Table from the start.

Final Table Action

Early on, Daniel Perkins was unfortunate enough to run his K♠K♣ into Ana Freitas’ A♦A♣ and after a 4♥A♥K♦ flop left him drawing to one out, he found no help on a 7♦ turn or 2♦ river and was crippled and subsequently eliminated in ninth place for $14,514.

Season 8 MSPT Grand Falls Champion Ahmed Taleb was next to go, after he jammed his last 450,000 from the cutoff, and was called by Matthias De Cercq in the big blind.

Taleb: K♣9♦
De Cercq: K♠K♥

Taleb found no love on a 5♦Q♥2♦2♣8♥ board and the former MSPT Champion had to settle for eighth place and $18,454 as a consolation prize.

Freitas’s demise came in two hands, first when her jacks ran into Nahum’s kings in a monster pot, then two hands later, when her sixes weren’t able to hold when Mike Lang spiked an ace on the turn, to leave her with seventh place and $23,383 for her efforts.

The next player to fall was Steve Buell, after Nahum jammed from the small blind for Buell’s last ten blinds and Buell snapped him off.

Nahum: 8♠7♥
Buell: A♦8♥

Buell’s lead was short lived after the 8♣Q♠7♠ flop brought Nahum two pair, and the 10♦ on the turn and 7♦ on the river filled Nahum up. That sent Buell to the payout desk in sixth place with a $30,640 payday waiting for him.

Lang was the next to go losing a flip with eights against De Cercq’s ace-king. That gave Lang, the last MSPT regular in the field, a fifth-place finish and $40,316 in winnings, enough to propel him into the top 40 all-time for MSPT tournament earnings.

After Lang’s elimination, the four remaining players struck a deal as follows:

Nahum = $108,410 and the title (via chip count)
De Cercq = $108,410
John Ploski = $84,743
Bob Shao = $76,926

“The blinds were so high. It was more luck than skill at that point,” Nahum said of the decision to work a deal. “It was going too long, the average was about 20 bigs, so we decided to do away with the luck and chop. As for the money, I’ll be playing more poker and taking care of my family.”

Season 9 of the MSPT continued February 23-25 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. That $1,100 buy-in, $300K GTD will offer two starting flights on Friday and Saturday culminating with Day 2 on Sunday. The stop will also mark our first live-streamed final table of the year.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
NV 
$108,410
1,800
2
 
 
$108,410
1,600
3
IL 
$84,743
1,500
4
CA 
$76,926
1,400
5
Waukee 
IA 
$40,316
1,300
6
WI 
$30,640
1,200
7
Brazil 
 
$23,383
1,100
8
MN 
$18,545
1,000
9
NV 
$14,514
900
10
IL 
$11,289
800
11
WV 
$11,289
800
12
ND 
$11,289
800
13
MA 
$9,676
700
14
NV 
$9,676
700
15
VA 
$9,676
700
16
HI 
$8,063
600
17
NV 
$8,063
600
18
NJ 
$8,063
600
19
NY 
$6,773
500
20
TX 
$6,773
500
21
GA 
$6,773
500
22
OH 
$5,725
400
23
NV 
$5,725
400
24
CA 
$5,725
400
25
Acton 
CA 
$4,677
350
26
 
$4,677
350
27
TX 
$4,677
350
28
FL 
$3,548
300
29
KY 
$3,548
300
30
SD 
$3,548
300
31
OR 
$3,548
300
32
MN 
$3,548
300
33
NV 
$3,548
300
34
Aurora 
IL 
$3,548
300
35
CA 
$3,548
300
36
Paris 
 
$3,548
300
37
Caguas 
 
$2,903
250
38
Hilo 
HI 
$2,903
250
39
CT 
$2,903
250
40
CO 
$2,903
250
41
TX 
$2,903
250
42
NV 
$2,903
250
43
NV 
$2,903
250
44
TX 
$2,903
250
45
NV 
$2,903
250
46
NV 
$2,580
200
47
NV 
$2,580
200
48
IL 
$2,580
200
49
 
$2,580
200
50
NV 
$2,580
200
51
CA 
$2,580
200
52
OR 
$2,580
200
53
NV 
$2,580
200
54
CA 
$2,580
200
55
NV 
$2,419
150
56
CA 
$2,419
150
57
Austin 
TX 
$2,419
150
58
Fresno 
TX 
$2,419
150
59
CA 
$2,419
150
60
CA 
$2,419
150
61
CO 
$2,419
150
62
WA 
$2,419
150
63
NE 
$2,419
150
64
Osaka 
 
$2,258
100
65
NV 
$2,258
100
66
Natick 
MA 
$2,258
100
67
SD 
$2,258
100
68
Mobile 
AL 
$2,258
100
69
TX 
$2,258
100
70
CA 
$2,258
100
71
NV 
$2,258
100
72
NV 
$2,258
100
73
UT 
$2,177
75
74
WI 
$2,177
75
75
CO 
$2,177
75
76
GA 
$2,177
75
77
CO 
$2,177
75
78
CA 
$2,177
75
80
CA 
$2,177
75
82
AZ 
$2,096
50
83
WA 
$2,096
50
84
Baku 
 
$2,096
50
85
NV 
$2,096
50
86
NV 
$2,096
50
87
 
$2,096
50
88
 
$2,096
50
89
IA 
$2,096
50
90
ID 
$2,096
50