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The Venetian

February 1 - 3, 2018

 
  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Valentin Vornicu Bags Monster Lead as 80 Players Make It Through Day 1B of 2018 MSPT Poker Bowl II at The Venetian
Created (2/3/2018 1:57:19 AM by Admin System)

The 2018 MSPT Poker Bowl II at The Venetian attracted 827 entries (268 on 1A, 559 on 1B) – up from last year’s 695 entries – which blew by the advertised $500K guarantee by creating an $806,325 prize pool. That will be paid to the top 90 players with a min-cash being worth $2,096 and first $157,234.

After 15 levels of play on Day 1B, 80 players bagged and tagged with Valentin Vornicu and his stack of 633,500 leading the way. That is way ahead of Day 1A chip leader Dylan Thomassie, who advanced with 324,000.

Vornicu is seeking his first MSPT cash on his already impressive résumé. You see, Vornicu is currently tied with Maurice Hawkins for most gold rings (10) on the World Series of Poker Circuit. All told, Vornicu has won over $1 million playing tournament poker, which includes a career-high $269,430 for finishing 23rd in the 2016 WSOP Main Event.

Rounding out the top five big stacks from the 1B flight are Wilson Chan (402,500), MSPT regular Mike Lang (353,500), former November Niner Joseph Cheong (349,500), and WSOP bracelet winner Eric Baldwin (305,500).

Others to advance to Saturday’s Day 2 are Sal Dicarlo (304,000), WPT & WSOP champ Scott Clements (165,000), WSOP bracelet winners Leo Wolpert (161,000) and Anthony Spinella (160,500), Maury Solano (145,500), 2017 MN Magazine Player of the Year Todd Melander (122,000), and Jeff Fielder (97,000).

Of course, not everyone was so lucky. Among those to try and fall on 1B were former MSPT champs Andy Rubinberg, Keith Heine, Jon Kim, Jason Seitz, Mike Shanahan, and Bobby Sanoubane. Likewise, defending champ Jordan Young fell today when he ran ace-queen smack dab into the ace-king of Tony Ruberto.

Day 2, which will see 115 players return to action (35 from 1A, 80 from 1B) will get underway at 11 a.m. local time on Saturday and play down to a winner.

Be sure to join us tomorrow as we bring you all the actions and eliminations straight from The Venetian tournament floor.

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
End-of-Day 1B Chip Counts
Created (2/3/2018 1:50:33 AM by Admin System)
Valentin Vornicu 633,500
Wilson Chan 402,500
Mike Lang 353,500
Joseph Cheong 349,500
Eric Baldwin 305,500
Salvatore Dicarlo 304,000
Phuoc Nguyen 272,000
Daniel Frumkin 254,500
Hayden Fortini 237,000
Narimaan Ahmadi 235,500
Kfir Nahum 223,000
Viacheslav Fentisov 215,500
Ekrem Bozkurt 202,000
Virab Zakaryan 201,000
Brian Johnson 188,000
Jerrimie Pacheco 185,500
Sajed Karim 175,500
Daniel Perkins 171,500
Mitchell Towner 170,500
Anthony Gencarelli 169,500
Christopher Bonita 168,000
Scott Clements 165,000
Leo Wolpert 161,000
Anthony Spinella 160,500
Nghia Nguyen 160,000
Pritpal Virdee 159,500
John Ploski 158,000
Todd Rodgers 156,500
Sardor Gaziev 156,500
Connor Arlia 156,000
Shawn Raines 148,500
Mauricio Solano 145,500
Kultida Berman 144,000
Cesar Claudiio 144,000
Erick Casselman 128,500
Tuan Mai 128,000
Damon Johnson 125,500
Marc Bernal 125,000
Peter Morris 123,500
Giuseppe Pantaleo 123,500
Todd Melander 122,000
Craig Varnell 122,000
Joris Springael 120,000
Ana Freitas 119,000
Nikhil Gera 116,500
David To 116,500
Brandon Hatch 115,000
Zachariah Marchiondo 111,000
Collin Grubaugh 110,000
Shinryo Nonin 104,500
Jeff Fielder 97,000
Keyavash Hemyari 95,500
William Schonsheck 92,000
Casey Stewart 88,500
Robert Cheung 88,500
Charlie Workman 86,500
Tony Woo 83,000
Timothy Reilly 80,000
Paul Lieu 76,500
Ted Gamboa 75,500
Nick Getzen 74,000
Dan Hendrickson 71,500
Victor Davalos 68,500
Rubin Chappell 67,500
Farhad Sinaei 66,000
Jon Maras 62,500
Jim Agate 62,000
Ryan Swanberg 60,000
Damian Jaworski 58,500
Nesrine Reilly 55,500
Osama Aweida 54,000
Stephen Whitaker 53,500
Joseph Alban 53,000
Edward Liu 37,000
David Burnett 32,000
John Haldie 30,000
David Simon 29,000
Yashveen Mudireddy 27,000
Tony Phan 25,500
Eric Croteau 22,500
  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Seven More Hands
Created (2/3/2018 1:22:11 AM by Admin System)

The tournament staff just announced the remaining players will play seven more hands before bagging and tagging on Day 1B. Stay tuned for a list of chip counts, a recap of the day’s action, and the Day 2 seat draw.

  • Level: 15
  • Blinds: 1500 / 3000
  • Ante: 500
Pritpal Virdee Eliminates Venerando Villarino
Created (2/3/2018 1:21:35 AM by Admin System)
Pritpal Virdee

Pritpal Virdee raised to 7,500 from the button and then called when Venerando Villarino moved all in for 40,900 from the small blind.

Virdee:
Villarino:

It was a flip, but not after the flop came down to pair Virdee. Neither the turn nor river was what Villarino needed, and he sent his chips across the table before taking his leave from the MSPT Poker Bowl II.

Pritpal Virdee - 160,000 (53 bb)
Venerando Villarino - Busted

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
"Action Val" Vornicu Sniffs Out A Monster Bluff
Created (2/3/2018 12:51:54 AM by Admin System)
Valentin Vornicu

We arrived at the table to see Valentin Vornicu dragging in a monster pot and his foe leaving the table, and he was kind enough to share the details that lead up to the elimination.

Vornicu raised to 5,500 from the cutoff, and was three-bet to 11,000 by the small blind. Vornicu called and the two saw a flop. The small blind continued for a small bet of 6,000, and Vornicu called.

The fell on the turn, and the small blind checked. Vornicu bet 20,000, and was called by the small blind.

The fell on the river, and the small blind checked a third time. Vornicu bet a hefty 60,000, and the small blind check-shoved for 145,600.

“...repping quads...” Vornicu said, trying to piece the hand together. Finally, he called.

The small blind could only muster for a busted bluff, and Vornicu tabled for a straight and the winner of the monster pot.

“I almost folded!” Vornicu said with a wide grin, while he scooped up the tremendous pot in the penultimate level of Day 1B.

Valentin Vornicu - 380,000 (158 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Pocket Rockets Propel Damon Johnson to a Double
Created (2/3/2018 12:51:29 AM by Admin System)
Damon Johnson

The preflop action escaped us, but we do know Damon Johnson got his stack of 45,000 all in preflop and was at risk against Avery Bass.

Bass:
Johnson:

Johnson was well out in front and he stayed there as the board ran out a lowly .

Damon Johnson - 100,000 (36 bb)
Avery Bass - 68,000 (28 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
#canyouFilit
Created (2/3/2018 12:43:05 AM by Admin System)
Fil Ghebre

Joseph Cheong raised to 5,500 from UTG and was called by Fil Ghebre on the button and the big blind.

The big blind checked the flop, and Cheong bet 7,500. Ghebre raised to 20,000, and after some thought, the big blind called, while Cheong made a quick fold.

Both players checked the turn, and the big blind led for 15,000 on a river, which Ghebre quickly called.

“I missed, nice hand,” the big blind said before rolling over for bottom pair and a missed flush draw.

Ghebre tabled for a pair of kings and the winner.

Fil Ghebre - 150,000 (62.5 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
2017 MN Magazine POY Todd Melander Doubles Through Maury Solano
Created (2/3/2018 12:27:39 AM by Admin System)

We happened upon the pot with roughly 15,000 in the middle and a flop of .

Minnesota’s Todd Melander (pictured in Seat 1), who is fresh off winning the 2017 MN Magazine Player of the Year, checked from the big blind and Texas’ Maury Solano, who placed third is last summer’s record-breaking MSPT Venetian, bet 7,600 from middle position.

Melander responded by check-raising all in for 36,700 and Solano gave it some thought before making the call.

“Diamonds?” Solano asked.

Melander indicated that he did not and tabled the . Solano shook his head, showed his , and said, “I didn’t think you’d have an ace.”

Melander got it in good, but then the dealer burned and turned the to give Solano the lead with two pair. An unhappy Melander slapped the table and stood up. However, all hope was not lost as he had plenty of outs.

The dealer burned one last time and put out the on the river. Melander made Broadway and stayed alive to fight another hand.

Maury Solano - 100,000 (42 bb)
Todd Melander - 88,000 (37 bb)

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Late Night Chip Counts
Created (2/3/2018 12:23:00 AM by Admin System)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Joseph Cheong230000145000
Valentin Vornicu210000190000
Todd Rodgers165000130000
Anthony Spinella140000225000
David Levy130000170000
Eric Baldwin115000105000
Victor Davalos11000080000
David To11000045000
Charles Workman10000055000
Fil Ghebre100000130000
Jeff Fielder8500070000
Vlad Tkachuk62000104000
Osama Aweida6000040000
Scott Clements5000065000
Dustin Smith0130000

  • Level: 14
  • Blinds: 1200 / 2400
  • Ante: 400
Five Things to Do in Deadwood, South Dakota During MSPT Silverado Franklin
Created (2/3/2018 12:10:48 AM by Admin System)

For the first time ever, the MSPT is partnering with the historic Silverado-Franklin Hotel & Gaming Complex, which is located on Main Street in Deadwood, for the 2018 South Dakota State Poker Championship from April 14-22.

Deadwood, known for its gold rush history, is one of the most fabled cities in the United States. Founded in 1876 and country seat of Lawrence County, Deadwood – as in the entire city – was actually named a National Historic Landmark in 1961. That’s because it’s home to such legendary figures as “Wild” Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and Al Swearengen, all immortalized in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Deadwood.

In 1989, gaming was reinstated in Deadwood. Combine that with the fact that it’s home to the “Dead Man’s Hand” (more on that below) and it’s the perfect place for a poker championship.

While we hope you’re busy all weekend long playing the South Dakota State Poker Championship, we also wanted to give you some suggestions on things to do in the case you find yourself with some extra time on your hands.

Have a Shot at Saloon #10

Nuttal & Mann’s is landmark saloon located at 657 Main Street and open until 2 a.m. daily. It was here that Wild Bill Hickok met his demise. With sawdust on the floor and thousands of artifacts and antiques decorating the walls, it’s really is a one-of-a-kind place.

Complimenting all that are historical re-enactments, live nightly music, unique signature shopping, live action gambling, and South Dakota's largest whiskey selection, offering over 171 Bourbons, Scotches & whiskeys.

Stroll Through Mount Moriah Cemetery

Mount Moriah, situated on a mountainous plateau overlooking Deadwood Gulch, is the burial place of famed icons like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Sol Star, Seth Bullock and other notable figures of the Wild West.

The cemetery is more than just a graveyard. It offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a Late Victorian cemetery set in the backdrop of the northern Black Hills. The paved roads in the cemetery provide an excellent opportunity to explore the site.

The cemetery is open seven days a week 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. There is a $2.00 entrance fee.

Pay a Visit to Adams Museum

Opened in 1930 by W.E. Adams, the Adams Museum’s purpose is to preserve and display the history of the Black Hills. It’s there that you can see such treasures as Potato Creek Johnny’s 7.346 troy ounce gold nugget, N.C. Wyeth’s pencil sketch drawing of Western Legend Wild Bill Hickok, and a rare one-of-a-kind plesiosaur.

The Adams Museum is just a three-minute walk from Silverado Franklin Casino. It’s open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in April. A suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Check Out Deadwood Distilling Company

Located at 645 Lower Main Street just a few blocks from the Silverado Franklin Casino, the Deadwood Distilling Company is a relatively new attraction in town. It’s there that you can take advantage of their “Free Moonshine Tasting,” which includes eights jars of their moonshine in flavors like apple pie, blackberry, strawberry, peach, red hot cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and plain apple.

The 70-proof moonshine runs about $25 a bottle. You can also visit the retail shop for local jams, t-shirts, and other souvenirs. For more information, call (605) 920-8240.

Visit Mount Rushmore

Every American should visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial, which is a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Completed in 1941 under the direction of Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln, the sculpture's roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It’s just an hour drive south of Deadwood, so if you’re coming to the MSPT Silverado, try not to miss it.

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
CA 
633,500
633,500 
CA 
402,500
402,500 
Waukee 
IA 
353,500
353,500 
NV 
349,500
349,500 
Eric Baldwin  1x Champ  
NV 
305,500
305,500 
NV 
304,000
304,000 
CA 
272,000
272,000 
Acton 
CA 
254,500
254,500 
FL 
237,000
237,000 
GA 
235,500
235,500 
Kfir Nahum  1x Champ  
NV 
223,000
223,000 
CA 
202,000
202,000 
NV 
201,000
201,000 
SD 
188,000
188,000 
Hilo 
HI 
185,500
185,500 
 
Canada 
175,500
175,500 
NV 
171,500
171,500 
Austin 
TX 
170,500
170,500 
OH 
169,500
169,500 
MA 
168,000
168,000 
WA 
165,000
165,000 
VA 
161,000
161,000 
NV 
160,500
160,500 
Fresno 
TX 
160,000
160,000 
TX 
159,500
159,500 
IL 
158,000
158,000 
NV 
156,500
156,500 
WV 
156,000
156,000 
WA 
148,500
148,500 
TX 
145,500
145,500 
Caguas 
 
144,000
144,000 
 
 
144,000
144,000 
 
Canada 
128,500
128,500 
 
 
128,000
128,000 
OR 
125,500
125,500 
IL 
125,000
125,000 
 
123,500
123,500 
NV 
123,500
123,500 
CO 
122,000
122,000 
MN 
122,000
122,000 
AZ 
120,000
120,000 
Brazil 
 
Brazil 
119,000
119,000 
IL 
116,500
116,500 
CA 
116,500
116,500 
UT 
115,000
115,000 
NM 
110,000
110,000 
Osaka 
 
Japan 
104,500
104,500 
IA 
97,000
97,000 
TX 
95,500
95,500 
 
Canada 
88,500
88,500 
NV 
88,500
88,500 
Savage 
MN 
86,500
86,500 
NV 
83,000
83,000 
NV 
80,000
80,000 
Aurora 
IL 
76,500
76,500 
NV 
75,500
75,500 
OR 
74,000
74,000 
Dan DQ Hendrickson  1x Champ  
MN 
71,500
71,500 
 
Mexico 
68,500
68,500 
 
 
67,500
67,500 
NV 
66,000
66,000 
SD 
62,500
62,500 
NV 
62,000
62,000 
AZ 
60,000
60,000 
 
Canada 
58,500
58,500 
Paris 
 
France 
55,500
55,500 
CO 
54,000
54,000 
Kona 
HI 
53,000
53,000 
CA 
37,000
37,000 
 
 
32,000
32,000 
NE 
30,000
30,000 
ID 
29,000
29,000 
Omaha 
NE 
27,000
27,000 
NV 
22,500
22,500 
CA 
22,500
22,500 
 
 
Israel 
0
Busted 
Dallas 
TX 
0
Busted 
 
0
Busted 
Echo 
MN 
0
Busted 
Mike Shanahan  1x Champ  
Avon 
IN 
0
Busted 
MI 
0
Busted 
 
Jason Seitz  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
Jordan Young  1x Champ  
MI 
0
Busted 
NV 
0
Busted 
Corona 
CA 
0
Busted 
 
Jonathan Kim (MN)  1x Champ  
MN 
0
Busted 
CO 
0
Busted 
Keith Heine  1x Champ  
MO 
0
Busted 
Andrew Rubinberg  2x Champ  
IL 
0
Busted 
 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
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 
 
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
 
Canada 
$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 
 
France 
$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
 
Canada 
$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 
 
Japan 
$2,258 
100 
65
NV 
$2,258 
100 
66
NV 
$2,258 
100 
67
SD 
$2,258 
100 
68
Mobile 
AL 
$2,258 
100 
69
TX 
$2,258 
100 
70
NV 
$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 
79
 
$2,177 
75 
80
CA 
$2,177 
75 
81
NM 
$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
 
Mexico 
$2,096 
50 
88
 
Canada 
$2,096 
50 
89
IA 
$2,096 
50 
90
ID 
$2,096 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
15
Blinds
1500 / 3000
Ante
500
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
559
Players Remaining
80
Average Chip Stack
139,750
Total Chips
11,180,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
633,500
402,500
353,500
349,500
305,500
304,000
272,000
254,500
237,000
10 
235,500
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
3,400
2,850
2,150
2,150
2,100
2,067
2,050
1,967
1,900
10 
1,833