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Matthew Waldt and Jeff Heiberg tie for the Chip Lead in Day 1a of MSPT Venetian Poker Bowl IV Main Event


Day 1a has come to a successful close with a total of 141 entrants and 18 remaining players. An MSPT first occurred tonight when two players bagged the exact same amount to tie for the chip lead. Both Matthew Waldt of Las Vegas, Nevada and Jeff Heiberg of Buffalo, Wyoming bagged 441,000 of the approximate 3.5 million chips in play. If you have never seen four grown men go back and forth from table to table to confirm what they are seeing, you should have been here tonight. Two chip leaders get the spot light and two days off to prepare for the eventual Day 2 on Saturday, February 1st.

Some notable players who didn't make it through the day include Scott Clements, Ashley Sleeth, Ryan Laplante, Jeremy Ausmus, and Mike Del Vecchio.

Sorel Mizzi and Joseph Cheong both bagged and are looking forward to a few days off before Day 2 begins on Saturday.

Day 1b starts at 12:10pm PT and PokerNews will be there to cover the action as the field grows and we get closer to Day 2 and an eventual winner.


Jeff Heiberg Buffalo, WY 441,000
Matthew Waldt Las Vegas, NV 441,000
Grachia Minasian 398,000
Kou Yang St. Paul, MN 365,500
Sorel Mizzi Toronto, ON 316,500
Jared Strauss Syosset, NY 224,500
Jacques Zaicik France 150,000
Joseph Cheong Las Vegas, NV 146,500
Tony Jakes Las Vegas, NV 142,000
Justin Teal Las Vegas, NV 134,000
Robenito Roxas Las Vegas, NV 131,500
Christopher Ocksrider Albuquerque, NM 114,000
Karapet Galstyan Los Altos, CA 110,500
Eric Wasylenko Winnipeg, MB, Canada 87,000
Rodger Johnson Grand Forks, ND 82,000
Jeremy Menard Raleigh, NC 80,000
Joseph Jackson Las Vegas, NV 65,000
Mark Ioli Las Vegas, NV 62,500