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The Venetian

June 17 - 21, 2019

 
  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 200000 / 400000
  • Ante: 400000
Linglin Zeng Becomes Second Woman Ever To Ship An MSPT Main Event; Wins MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($393,506)
Created (6/22/2019 1:20:11 AM by Brandon Temple)

By the end of the MSPT’s 151st Main Event – a $1,600 buy-in, $3,000,000 GTD tournament held at The Venetian in Las Vegas that attracted 2,472 entries, it was Linglin Zeng of China that took home the lion’s share of the prize pool after a three-way deal netted her $393,506. She becomes the second female MSPT Main Event champion ever, along with Angelina Rich, who also netted her title via a three-way chop at a MSPT Main Event at The Venetian.

Earlier in the tournament and just before the deal was made, Zeng said, “I made a huge fold against Mike Shin; he check-raised me then shoved the river.” This hand proved to be a pivotal one, as it allowed Shin, who jumped into first-place in the MSPT Hayvin Poker POY race with his third-place finish, to climb out of the danger zone just before the chop happened. Zeng said she’d get it out of Shin on what he held that hand; “I’ll find out, I need to go ask him. I think he had it.”

Not one to rest on her laurels, Zeng, a former nurse turned poker player, said she’s “ready for the WSOP Monster Stack tomorrow!” She’s already had some success this summer as well, saying, “I went deep in the $1,500 six-max, fourteenth-place, then I almost didn’t play this one. I played the WSOP Double Stack, in Day 3 I was chip leader. I lost a few hands, for some reason I just got so mad and dumped all my chips in one level. I was so mad at myself, and someone told me about this tournament at Venetian, and I was just so fired up to redeem myself. I wasn’t even going to play at all.” Describing her style, she said “I’m very aggressive, loose and aggressive. I’m super loose, I usually play cash; tournaments aren’t really my thing.” Finally, she acknowledged her rail which included her boyfriend, saying, “I have a lot of friends supporting me, I was very grateful.”

Starting in Day 2, a number of players walked away with a cash, including Day 1a chip leader Ben Diebold (39th - $10,251), MSPT Hall of Famer Rich Alsup (56th - $7,777), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Elio Fox (68th - $7,070), former MSPT Venetian champ Thomas Boivin (74th - $6,363), CSOP founder Matt Stout (81st - $6,363), former WSOP November Niner Dan Ott (105th - $5,302), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (123rd - $5,302), Felipe Davila (138th - $4,949), “Mad” Marvin Rettenmaier (221st - $3,888), three-time MSPT champ Matt Kirby (242nd - $3,888) and 2014 WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson (249th - $3,888).

Unfortunately for 22 of the 32 players that returned for Day 3 action, they would not be a part of one of the biggest final tables in MSPT history, behind only two events from last year’s MSPT The Venetian series in terms of total prize pool. Some of those falling short included Day 1c chip leader Oleg Eltsov (11th - $42,420), Jack O’Neill (13th - $33,582), Rudy Sawa (17th - $31,461), Lokesh Garg (18th - $31,461), 2018 WSOPE champ Jack Sinclair (21st - $26,159), Harry Arutyunyan (23rd - $21,397), and Dominick Sarle (29th - $12,726).

Final Table Action

Coming into the final table, it was an international affair, as six different countries had representation, including three from China, two each from the United States and Italy, and Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom were all represented as well. First to fall was Jiawei Liu, who lost a flip with ace-jack suited against the overwhelming chip leader coming into the final table, Linglin Zeng and her pocket tens. Liu settled for $42,420 for his tenth-place finish.

Knowing he had already laddered once, Brady Osterman called off his last twelve big blinds after Oliver Price jammed, and when his ace-jack failed to catch up to Price’s ace-queen, Osterman was out the door in ninth-place. The $54,792 in prize money will represent more than four-fifths of his lifetime tournament earnings, according to Hendon Mob.

Suddenly, the bustouts at the final table came to a screeching halt, as eighth-place wouldn’t fall for another ninety minutes. It was Donis Agnelli that would be out next, grinding down to two big blinds before Mike Shin’s ace-queen bested Agnelli’s ace-four. The native Italian took home $68,932 for his efforts.

Leaving just a few hands later would be Spain’s Javier Zarco, who tried to steal Oliver Price’s big blind with queen-three, only for Price to wake up with Big Slick and felt Zarco in seventh for $88,374. The 2015 WSOP Millionaire Maker runner-up and 2017 The Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza $3,500 event champ padded his $2.2 million in lifetime tournament earnings with this score.

Out the door next was Yilong Wang, who fell victim to three straight all-in defeats, including having Shin dead to three outs after the turn in one hand, before Shin pinged his king on the river to crack Wang’s tens. Wang then couldn’t get his ace-eight to overcome Alessio Sabatini’s kings, and he was left with sixth-place and $113,119.

Less than an orbit later, Price got his last thirteen bigs in with sevens against the pocket sixes of Zeng. Zeng proved how hot she was running when she flopped a set and turn quads to leave the UK product with fifth-place and $143,519 to add to an established career that includes over $1.7 million in career earnings.

Sweden’s Michael Tureneic was the next to go, when his ace-jack was dominated by the ace-queen of Sabatini. Tureneic was dead by the turn, and the fourth-place finisher adds $187,353 to his whopping $4.4 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Three-handed play lasted for a few levels before the trio looked at the numbers for a deal. In the end, they decided on the payouts listed below.

1 Linglin Zeng - China $393,506
2 Alessio Sabatini - Italy $356,000
3 Mike Shin - Milwaukee, WI $321,000
  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 200000 / 400000
  • Ante: 400000
A Deal Has Been Reached!
Created (6/22/2019 12:55:26 AM by Brandon Temple)

The final three players have agreed to a modified ICM chop with the final numbers as follows:

Linglin Zeng: $393,506 (original first-place prize: $521,448)
Alessio Sabatini: $356,000 (original second-place prize: $321,681)
Mike Shin: $334,000 (original third-place prize: $240,377)

Shin takes over first-place in the MSPT Hayvin Poker POY race, while Zeng is our MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event champ! Stay tuned shortly for a full recap of all the day’s action.

  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 200000 / 400000
  • Ante: 400000
Deal Discussion In Progress
Created (6/22/2019 12:38:55 AM by Brandon Temple)

The clock has been paused while the final three discuss a possible deal. (Chops are allowed at MSPT Venetian events.)

  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 200000 / 400000
  • Ante: 400000
Two More Orbits With The Final Three
Created (6/22/2019 12:38:22 AM by Brandon Temple)

Hand 1: Mike Shin raised to 900,000 from the button, and Alessio Sabatini called in the big blind. Both players checked the flop, and Shin bet 800,000 on the turn. Sabatini folded.

Hand 2: Linglin Zeng limped in from the button, Sabatini limped in from the small blind, and Shin checked his option. Action checked to the turn of a board, where Shin won the pot with a bet of 800,000.

Hand 3: Shin limped in from the small blind, and Zang raised to 800,000 in the big blind. Shin called. Action checked to the turn of a board, and Shin check-called a bet of 1 million. Shin check-called 1.5 million on the river, only to muck when Zang turned over .

Hand 4: Zeng limped in from the small blind, and Sabatini checked his option. Action checked all the way through a baord and Zeng won with .

Hand 5: Zeng limped in from the button, and Sabatini raised to 1 million. Zeng called, then called a bet of 1.2 million on the flop. Sabatini bet on the turn and Zeng folded before the amount was determined.

Hand 6: Sabatini raised to 800,000 on the button, and Shin called in the big blind. Shin check-folded to a bet of 900,000 on the flop.

Linglin Zeng - 27.7 million (69 bb)
Alessio Sabatini - 21.6 million (54 bb)
Mike Shin - 12.5 million (31 bb)

  • Level: 35
  • Blinds: 200000 / 400000
  • Ante: 200000
Shin And Zeng Showdown
Created (6/22/2019 12:23:14 AM by MSPT)

It may have the most exciting hand of three handed play and it was a game changer.

Linglin Zeng bet out 800,000 on the button and was called by Mike Shin in the big blind. After the flop, Shin check and Zeng bet out another 600,000. Shin called and the came out on the turn. Shin checked again and Zeng put out 1,300,000. Shin fired back with 2,800,000 and Zeng called with Alessio Sabatini staring intently at the action.

The was the river card and Shin moved all-in for 4,200,000 chips. Zeng was forced into a rough decision and after a few minutes released the hand.

Shin moved up to 14,400,000 with the hand and Zeng fell to 27,100,000.

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 300000
Two Orbits With The Final Three
Created (6/22/2019 12:02:22 AM by Brandon Temple)

Hand 1: Mike Shin raised to 700,000 from the button, and Linglin Zeng called in the small blind. Zeng check-called a bet of 600,000 on the flop, then the turn and river was checked down, and Zeng won with .

Hand 2: Zeng raised to 600,000 from the button, and Shin called in the big blind. Shin check-called a bet of 800,000 on the flop, and both players checked the turn. Shin jammed when the fell on the river, and Zeng called, showing her that flopped middle set was now just the board Broadway straight. Shin sheepishly grinned and turned over as they chopped the pot.

Hand 3: Shin limped in from the small blind, and Zeng checked her option. Shin bet 300,000 on the flop and Zeng folded.

Hand 4: Shin limped in from the button, Zeng limped in from the small blind, and Alessio Sabatini checked his option in the big blind. Zeng led out for 400,000 on the flop and both opponents folded.

Hand 5: Zeng limped in from the button, Sabatini limped in from the small blind, and Shin checked his option in the big blind. Action checked to the turn of a board, where Zeng bet 500,000. Everyone folded.

Hand 6: Sabatini raised to 700,000 from the button and everyone folded.

Linglin Zeng - 34.7 million (116 bb)
Alessio Sabatini - 16.8 million (56 bb)
Mike Shin - 9.3 million (31 bb)

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 150000
Not So Fast, My Friend
Created (6/21/2019 11:43:37 PM by MSPT)

The Shin Show hasn’t been cancelled yet.

After a 800,000 chip raise from Linglin Zeng, Mike Shin raised all-in for his remaining 4,600,000 chips. Zeng called and turned over to face off with the of Shin.

Zeng trailed heading into the hand but hit the flop and survived the on the turn. But it was not meant to be as the came out for another river save for Shin.

Shin goes to 9,500,000 chips with the win and keeps the field at three players.

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 300000
Michael Tureneic Eliminated In 4th Place ($187,353)
Created (6/21/2019 11:25:21 PM by Brandon Temple)
Michael Tureneic

Alessio Sabatini raised to 700,000 from the cutoff, then tank-called a three-bet shove for 5.725 million from Michael Tureneic in the small blind.

Michael Tureneic:
Alessio Sabatini:

Sabatini paired his queen on the flop to take a commanding lead, and he locked it up on the turn, leaving Tureneic dead to the river.

Alessio Sabatini - 20 million (67 bb)
Michael Tureneic - Eliminated in 4th place for $187,353

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 300000
Oliver Price Eliminated in 5th Place ($143,519)
Created (6/21/2019 11:19:17 PM by MSPT)
Oliver Price - 5th Place ($143,519)

When you’re hot, you’re hot.

After a raise to 700,000 by Linglin Zeng, Oliver Price moved his 3,800,000 chip stack into the middle. Zeng paused, counted out the chips needed to call and moved them into the middle.

It looked like a mistake Price showed and Zeng flipped up . But Zeng would not be denied when the flop came out giving her a set and then the turn brought the for quads and the elimination of Price.

Oliver Price finishes in 5th place winning $142,519.

With the field being down to four players, the ante is now the size of the small blind the rest of the way current taking it down to 150,000.

  • Level: 34
  • Blinds: 150000 / 300000
  • Ante: 300000
Yilong Wang Eliminated In 6th Place ($113,119)
Created (6/21/2019 11:10:44 PM by Brandon Temple)
Yilong Wang

Alessio Sabatini raised to 800,000 from under the gun, then snapped off a three-bet shove for 2.3 million from Yilong Wang in the big blind.

Yilong Wang:
Alessio Sabatini:

Sabatini flopped top set with the flop, but Wang was still alive with a gutshot. The turn and river bricked off, and Sabatini’s rise continues as he now sits solidly in second place.

Alessio Sabatini - 14 million (47 bb)
Yilong Wang - Eliminated in 6th place for $113,119

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Linglin Zeng  1x Champ  
 
 
China 
61,800,000
61,800,000 
 
 
China 
0
Busted 
 
Sweden 
0
Busted 
 
 
Spain 
0
Busted 
 
 
Italy 
0
Busted 
Mike Shin  1x Champ  
WI 
0
Busted 
 
 
 
0
Busted 
 
China 
0
Busted 
 
 
0
Busted 
 
 
0
Busted 
 
Canada 
0
Busted 
 
 
0
Busted 
 
 
0
Busted 
 
 
0
Busted 
 
0
Busted 
 
 
Brazil 
0
Busted 
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
 
 
China 
$393,506 
2,000 
2
 
Italy 
$356,000 
1,800 
3
WI 
$334,000 
1,700 
4
 
Sweden 
$187,353 
1,600 
5
 
 
$143,519 
1,500 
6
 
 
China 
$113,119 
1,400 
7
 
 
Spain 
$88,374 
1,300 
8
 
 
Italy 
$68,932 
1,200 
9
Mesa 
AZ 
$54,792 
1,100 
10
 
China 
$42,420 
1,000 
11
 
 
$42,420 
1,000 
12
 
 
$42,420 
1,000 
13
 
$33,582 
900 
14
VT 
$33,582 
900 
15
 
Canada 
$33,582 
900 
16
 
 
$31,461 
800 
17
MI 
$31,461 
800 
18
NV 
$31,461 
800 
19
MO 
$26,159 
700 
20
CA 
$26,159 
700 
21
London 
 
$26,159 
700 
22
CA 
$21,917 
600 
23
CA 
$21,917 
600 
24
NY 
$21,917 
600 
25
 
 
$17,675 
500 
26
 
 
$17,675 
500 
27
FL 
$17,675 
500 
28
 
$12,726 
500 
29
NY 
$12,726 
500 
30
NJ 
$12,726 
500 
31
 
 
Brazil 
$12,726 
500 
32
 
Poland 
$12,726 
500 
33
NY 
$12,726 
500 
34
 
 
$12,726 
500 
35
 
 
France 
$12,726 
500 
36
 
 
$12,726 
500 
37
TX 
$10,251 
450 
38
 
Canada 
$10,251 
450 
39
SC 
$10,251 
450 
40
 
 
$10,251 
450 
41
IL 
$10,251 
450 
42
NJ 
$10,251 
450 
43
 
 
$10,251 
450 
44
NV 
$10,251 
450 
45
Edmond 
OK 
$10,251 
450 
46
 
 
$8,837 
450 
47
MA 
$8,837 
450 
48
OR 
$8,837 
450 
49
 
 
$8,837 
450 
50
Ren Lin  
GA 
$8,837 
450 
51
TX 
$8,837 
450 
52
NV 
$8,837 
450 
53
 
France 
$8,837 
450 
54
 
 
Norway 
$8,837 
450 
55
LA 
$7,777 
400 
56
MN 
$7,777 
400 
57
CA 
$7,777 
400 
58
 
 
$7,777 
400 
59
FL 
$7,777 
400 
60
 
 
$7,777 
400 
61
 
 
Greece 
$7,777 
400 
62
CA 
$7,777 
400 
63
 
 
Spain 
$7,777 
400 
64
NV 
$7,070 
400 
65
 
 
$7,070 
400 
66
 
 
$7,070 
400 
67
TX 
$7,070 
400 
68
NY 
$7,070 
400 
69
CA 
$7,070 
400 
70
 
$7,070 
400 
71
Davie 
FL 
$7,070 
400 
72
Tampa 
FL 
$7,070 
400 
73
FL 
$6,363 
350 
74
 
$6,363 
350 
75
CA 
$6,363 
350 
76
Toledo 
OH 
$6,363 
350 
77
 
 
$6,363 
350 
78
CA 
$6,363 
350 
79
 
 
$6,363 
350 
80
FL 
$6,363 
350 
81
NJ 
$6,363 
350 
82
 
 
$6,009 
300 
83
Cabo 
 
Mexico 
$6,009 
300 
84
 
$6,009 
300 
85
 
 
$6,009 
300 
86
 
$6,009 
300 
87
Qing Lu  
CA 
$6,009 
300 
88
 
 
$6,009 
300 
89
FL 
$6,009 
300 
90
FL 
$6,009 
300 
91
 
 
$5,656 
250 
92
 
 
Spain 
$5,656 
250 
93
 
Canada 
$5,656 
250 
94
FL 
$5,656 
250 
95
CA 
$5,656 
250 
96
 
 
$5,656 
250 
97
Mark Yi  
 
 
$5,656 
250 
98
OH 
$5,656 
250 
99
CA 
$5,656 
250 
100
IL 
$5,302 
200 
101
AZ 
$5,302 
200 
102
NV 
$5,302 
200 
103
 
Brazil 
$5,302 
200 
104
 
$5,302 
200 
105
PA 
$5,302 
200 
106
PA 
$5,302 
200 
107
FL 
$5,302 
200 
108
OH 
$5,302 
200 
109
MN 
$5,302 
200 
110
 
Canada 
$5,302 
200 
111
 
 
$5,302 
200 
112
 
 
France 
$5,302 
200 
113
MD 
$5,302 
200 
114
Leeds 
 
$5,302 
200 
115
NC 
$5,302 
200 
116
 
 
France 
$5,302 
200 
117
 
 
$5,302 
200 
118
MD 
$5,302 
200 
119
IL 
$5,302 
200 
120
Athol 
MA 
$5,302 
200 
121
 
 
France 
$5,302 
200 
122
CA 
$5,302 
200 
123
Melun 
 
France 
$5,302 
200 
124
HI 
$5,302 
200 
125
MO 
$5,302 
200 
127
 
 
China 
$4,949 
150 
128
 
$4,949 
150 
129
IL 
$4,949 
150 
130
FL 
$4,949 
150 
131
DE 
$4,949 
150 
132
AZ 
$4,949 
150 
133
UT 
$4,949 
150 
134
 
 
France 
$4,949 
150 
135
NV 
$4,949 
150 
136
 
Canada 
$4,949 
150 
137
CA 
$4,949 
150 
138
Lima 
 
Peru 
$4,949 
150 
139
Katy 
TX 
$4,949 
150 
140
 
 
$4,949 
150 
141
NV 
$4,949 
150 
142
CA 
$4,949 
150 
143
 
$4,949 
150 
144
CA 
$4,949 
150 
145
ME 
$4,949 
150 
146
 
 
$4,949 
150 
147
MA 
$4,949 
150 
148
 
$4,949 
150 
149
KY 
$4,949 
150 
150
London 
 
$4,949 
150 
151
CA 
$4,949 
150 
152
 
 
$4,949 
150 
153
 
 
$4,949 
150 
154
 
 
$4,595 
100 
155
UT 
$4,595 
100 
156
 
 
$4,595 
100 
157
 
 
$4,595 
100 
158
 
 
$4,595 
100 
159
Athens 
 
Greece 
$4,595 
100 
160
 
 
Greece 
$4,595 
100 
161
NV 
$4,595 
100 
162
 
 
$4,595 
100 
163
Austin 
TX 
$4,595 
100 
164
Winona 
MN 
$4,595 
100 
165
Sofia 
 
$4,595 
100 
166
Fresno 
TX 
$4,595 
100 
167
Miami 
FL 
$4,595 
100 
168
 
 
$4,595 
100 
169
 
 
$4,595 
100 
170
 
 
$4,595 
100 
171
 
$4,595 
100 
172
 
 
$4,595 
100 
173
 
 
$4,595 
100 
174
NY 
$4,595 
100 
175
Tokyo 
 
Japan 
$4,595 
100 
176
 
 
Poland 
$4,595 
100 
177
Austin 
TX 
$4,595 
100 
178
 
 
India 
$4,595 
100 
179
NV 
$4,595 
100 
180
 
Canada 
$4,595 
100 
181
NJ 
$4,242 
75 
182
KY 
$4,242 
75 
183
 
$4,242 
75 
184
CA 
$4,242 
75 
185
Miami 
FL 
$4,242 
75 
186
CT 
$4,242 
75 
187
 
 
Canada 
$4,242 
75 
188
NV 
$4,242 
75 
189
 
Spain 
$4,242 
75 
190
 
Canada 
$4,242 
75 
191
NE 
$4,242 
75 
192
Lille 
 
France 
$4,242 
75 
193
 
 
Japan 
$4,242 
75 
194
NV 
$4,242 
75 
195
CA 
$4,242 
75 
196
 
 
Brazil 
$4,242 
75 
197
Fargo 
ND 
$4,242 
75 
198
 
Brazil 
$4,242 
75 
199
 
 
Israel 
$4,242 
75 
200
 
 
$4,242 
75 
201
CA 
$4,242 
75 
202
 
 
$4,242 
75 
203
CA 
$4,242 
75 
204
 
$4,242 
75 
205
 
 
China 
$4,242 
75 
206
CA 
$4,242 
75 
207
Presto 
PA 
$4,242 
75 
208
NY 
$4,242 
75 
209
TX 
$4,242 
75 
210
NY 
$4,242 
75 
211
 
 
$4,242 
75 
212
OH 
$4,242 
75 
213
 
Spain 
$4,242 
75 
214
NY 
$4,242 
75 
215
NV 
$4,242 
75 
216
NC 
$4,242 
75 
217
 
 
$3,888 
50 
218
MA 
$3,888 
50 
219
 
 
France 
$3,888 
50 
220
 
Canada 
$3,888 
50 
221
NV 
$3,888 
50 
222
Casper 
WY 
$3,888 
50 
223
Dallas 
TX 
$3,888 
50 
224
 
 
$3,888 
50 
225
MI 
$3,888 
50 
226
 
 
$3,888 
50 
227
TX 
$3,888 
50 
228
IL 
$3,888 
50 
229
NV 
$3,888 
50 
230
 
 
 
$3,888 
50 
231
 
 
Israel 
$3,888 
50 
232
NV 
$3,888 
50 
233
CA 
$3,888 
50 
234
CA 
$3,888 
50 
235
CA 
$3,888 
50 
236
Auburn 
AL 
$3,888 
50 
237
 
 
$3,888 
50 
238
London 
 
$3,888 
50 
239
 
 
France 
$3,888 
50 
240
PA 
$3,888 
50 
241
NY 
$3,888 
50 
242
MN 
$3,888 
50 
243
AZ 
$3,888 
50 
244
 
$3,888 
50 
245
NV 
$3,888 
50 
246
 
 
$3,888 
50 
247
Marne 
MI 
$3,888 
50 
248
 
 
Brazil 
$3,888 
50 
249
 
 
Sweden 
$3,888 
50 
250
 
 
$3,888 
50 
251
 
 
$3,888 
50 
252
FL 
$3,888 
50 
LEVEL INFO
Level
35
Blinds
200000 / 400000
Ante
200000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
2472
Players Remaining
3
Average Chip Stack
20,600,000
Total Chips
61,800,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
61,800,000
0
0
10 
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
POINTS
2,200
1,600
1,550
1,500
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,400
10 
1,400