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The Venetian

January 31 - February 2, 2019
Main Event: 1022 Entrants
Winner: Brian Wilson
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EVENT RECAP

The Venetian - Las Vegas, NV

Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2019

Main Event: 1,0222 Entrants

Brian Wilson Wins Poker Bowl III at The Venetian Las Vegas!

The $1,100 buy-in MSPT Poker Bowl III, which coincides yearly with NFL Super Bowl weekend, drew 1,022 entries to The Venetian, surpassing last year’s field of 827 and besting the $650,000 guarantee with a $996,450 prize pool.

After two starting flights and Saturday’s Day 2 (instead of Sunday, to allow players to be free to watch Super Bowl LIII), it was Brian Wilson of Ontario, Canada, taking home $143,929 after a three-way deal (Deals are permitted at MSPT Venetian Main Events).

Wilson, who plays poker regularly, said, "I feel great, it's awesome. This is my biggest cash by about seven and a half x." referring to his previous best cash of $18,406 for a 678th place finish in the 2014 WSOP Main Event.

Wilson wasn't shaken by the stacked final table lineup, and when asked if he had a specific strategy for the final table, he said, "Not really, it was pretty much the same thing all day. I had a lot of tough tables, a lot of really good regulars, but honestly, I felt really confident in my game and I just took it like one hand at a time and just tried to play the best I could." Even the presence of pros Kou Vang, Eddy Sabat, Eric "Basebaldy" Baldwin, and Shannon Shorr wasn't enough to frazzle Wilson, who went on to say, "I felt super comfortable with them all day, I didn't feel outclassed at all."

Obviously we had to ask him about his thoughts on Super Bowl LIII? "It's hard to bet against Brady,” Wilson said. “but I like the Rams."

Wilson also took the time to thank some of the people that helped encourage him to victory: "Shout out to my mom, my brother, my sister, just all my friends and family back home."

On Day 2, 132 players of the initial 1,022 returned to the felt. With 108 scheduled to get paid, that meant 24 players would leave empty-handed. Some of those unfortunate enough to fall before the money included Ryan Remington, Alex Condon, and bubble-boy Chris Nguyen, when his ace-deuce couldn’t overcome the ace-nine of Ira Friedman.

From there, a plethora of big names managed to secure a cash, including last year’s MSPT Poker Bowl II champ Kfir Nahum (11th - $13,950), Dan “Wretchy” Martin (12th - $13,950), Eric Worre (15th - $11,957), WSOP November Niner Bryan Piccioli (16th - $9,765), WSOP Bracelet winner Jared Jaffee (22nd - $6,776), Minnesota’s Hank Mlekoday (27th - $5,680) and Dedric Henderson (29th - $4,384), Jon “PearlJammed” Turner (30th - $4,384), Chris “Moorman1” Moorman (38th - $3,388), former MSPT Canterbury Park champ “DQ” Dan Hendrickson (41st - $3,388), Lee Markholt (50th - $3,089), Jordan Cristos (63rd - $2,790), two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Scott Clements (65th - $2,591), Ryan “Protentialmn” Laplante (67th - $2,591), two-time WSOP Bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva (75th - $2,491), Ian Matakis (84th - $2,391), Season 9 MSPT POY Aaron Johnson (85th - $2,391), and Jewook Oh (105th - $2,093).

Final Table Action

Brad Libson was the first to fall at the final table after flopping top pair with ace-queen and running into the kings of Dylan Thomassie. Libson, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, recorded his first MSPT cash to go along with an impressive resume of over $500,000 in recorded tournament earnings, including a third-place finish in a $3,000 Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP in 2016.

Next to go was the inaugural MSPT Hall of Famer himself Kou Vang. Vang got his last four blinds in with ace-four, but Thomassie’s hot streak continued when his nine-eight turned a straight to leave Vang out in ninth. Vang now sits just shy of $400,000 in career MSPT earnings with the cash, and he also jumps to eighth place in the all-time MSPT Career Earnings leaderboard with this cash.

Chris Coupal was next to go, his eights falling on the river to Shannon Shorr’s Big Slick. Coupal’s second MSPT cash was also the largest overall cash in his career, as Coupal has just a handful of recorded cashes to his name, including a fourth-place finish in the 2012 - $550 event at the Deepstack Extravaganza at The Venetian.

One of the most accomplished players fell next in seventh, as Eric “Basebaldy” Baldwin couldn’t win a flip with his king-queen against the deuces of Thomassie, who recorded his third knockout of the final table. Baldwin, a native of Beaver Dam, WI, has two WSOP Bracelets and over $6 million in lifetime tournament earnings, including a career-best $1,034,715 for a runner-up finish in the $25,000 buy-in Five Star World Poker Classic in 2010. This was Baldwin’s fourth MSPT cash.

Dylan Thomassie fell in sixth when his king-queen found a king high flop, but Pedro Mendes was waiting with Big Slick to felt Thomassie, who bagged the Day 1A chip lead in this event last year. Thomassie, originally from Illinois but now a resident of Las Vegas, made a deep run in the 2016 WSOP Main Event, finishing 79th for $80,721.

Alabama’s all-time tournament earnings leader Shannon Shorr was ousted in fifth, losing a flip with his sevens to Mendes’ king-queen. Shorr boasts $6.6 million in lifetime tournament earnings, including a career best $960,690 cash for a victory in the 2006 Bellagio Cup II. This was Shorr’s third and by far largest cash on the MSPT.

Eddy Sabat had his ace-queen cracked by Eli Ross and his king-queen a short time later to bow out in fourth. The California pro boasts over $3.4 million in lifetime tournament earnings, including a fourth-place finish in the 2017 - $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP, and he notched his second career MSPT cash with this final table appearance.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
 
$143,929
1,900
2
 
 
$119,545
1,700
3
CA 
$119,168
1,600
4
CA 
$62,776
1,500
5
Mobile 
AL 
$47,830
1,400
6
NV 
$36,869
1,300
7
NV 
$28,897
1,200
8
 
$21,922
1,100
9
MN 
$17,936
1,000
10
MD 
$13,950
900
11
NV 
$13,950
900
12
NV 
$13,950
900
13
NV 
$11,957
800
14
CA 
$11,957
800
15
NV 
$11,957
800
16
NY 
$9,765
700
17
NV 
$9,765
700
18
NV 
$9,765
700
19
CA 
$8,171
600
20
MN 
$8,171
600
21
 
$8,171
600
22
NY 
$6,776
500
23
PA 
$6,776
500
24
CA 
$6,776
500
25
NV 
$5,680
450
26
Winona 
MN 
$5,680
450
27
MN 
$5,680
450
28
NV 
$4,384
400
29
MN 
$4,384
400
30
NV 
$4,384
400
31
NV 
$4,384
400
32
CA 
$4,384
400
33
NV 
$4,384
400
34
Auburn 
WA 
$4,384
400
35
CA 
$4,384
400
36
NV 
$4,384
400
37
NV 
$3,388
350
38
 
$3,388
350
39
MN 
$3,388
350
40
NY 
$3,388
350
41
MN 
$3,388
350
42
Caguas 
 
$3,388
350
43
CA 
$3,388
350
44
MN 
$3,388
350
46
KS 
$3,089
300
47
CA 
$3,089
300
48
CA 
$3,089
300
49
Lima 
 
$3,089
300
50
WA 
$3,089
300
51
CA 
$3,089
300
52
MO 
$3,089
300
53
NV 
$3,089
300
54
NV 
$3,089
300
55
Waukee 
IA 
$2,790
250
56
CO 
$2,790
250
57
NV 
$2,790
250
58
CA 
$2,790
250
59
NV 
$2,790
250
60
Tucson 
AZ 
$2,790
250
61
WA 
$2,790
250
62
OH 
$2,790
250
63
CA 
$2,790
250
64
NV 
$2,591
200
65
WA 
$2,591
200
66
Orinda 
CA 
$2,591
200
67
NV 
$2,591
200
68
NM 
$2,591
200
69
CA 
$2,591
200
70
Irvine 
CA 
$2,591
200
71
WA 
$2,591
200
72
ND 
$2,591
200
73
 
 
$2,491
150
74
CA 
$2,491
150
75
Katy 
TX 
$2,491
150
76
 
$2,491
150
77
 
$2,491
150
78
NV 
$2,491
150
79
CA 
$2,491
150
80
NV 
$2,491
150
81
LA 
$2,491
150
82
TX 
$2,391
100
83
IL 
$2,391
100
84
MN 
$2,391
100
85
MN 
$2,391
100
86
NV 
$2,391
100
87
Plano 
TX 
$2,391
100
88
MI 
$2,391
100
89
OH 
$2,391
100
90
CA 
$2,391
100
91
NV 
$2,192
75
92
IA 
$2,192
75
93
NV 
$2,192
75
94
NV 
$2,192
75
95
NV 
$2,192
75
96
IL 
$2,192
75
97
 
$2,192
75
98
KS 
$2,192
75
99
 
$2,192
75
100
NY 
$2,093
50
101
NV 
$2,093
50
102
NV 
$2,093
50
103
IL 
$2,093
50
104
CA 
$2,093
50
105
NY 
$2,093
50
106
NV 
$2,093
50
107
CA 
$2,093
50
108
CA 
$2,093
50