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Awarded to date

The Venetian

January 29 - February 1, 2020
Main Event: 1093 Entrants
Winner: Bob Whalen
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EVENT RECAP

The fourth edition of the MSPT $1,100 buy-in Poker Bowl at The Venetian Las Vegas featured a $1 MILLION guarantee, and a massive turnout of 1,093 entries over three starting flights resulted in a $1,060,210 prize pool.

On Saturday night, the day before the NFL Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, a winner was crowned in the MSPT Poker Bowl IV after Bob Whalen began as the Day 2 chip leader and rode it to victory after a five-way deal was struck.

Whalen took $140,152 as a part of that deal, which was a new career-high surpassing the $129,967 he previously won back in 2009 after taking down a Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event. In 2008, he also finished 79th in the World Series of Poker Main Event for $77,200.

Whalen, formerly from Wisconsin, has lived in Vegas for the past three and a half years playing about town nearly every day of the week. However, it wasn’t his first taste of victory at The Venetian as ten years ago he won three DeepStack tournaments within a two-week span.

Among those to make the money at the top 150 were Terry Fleischer (14th - $11,662), Marko Pantelic (20th - $8,588), Poker Bowl II champ Kfir Nahum (22nd - $7,209), Kathy Liebert (23rd - $7,209), Sorel Mizzi (31st - $4,559), Brett Halan (41st - $3,499), Ashley Sleeth (47th - $3,181), Kenna James (60th - $2,863), Chipp Jett (66th - $2,757), Eric Wasylenko (70th - $2,757), and MSPT Season 1 Running Aces champ Joe Matheson (77th - $2,651).

Final Table Action

MSPT regular Kou Yang was the first final table casualty after running pocket fours into Justin Young’s sixes, and Eyal Al Revah followed him out the door after committing his short stack with king-ten suited only to see Grachia Minasian roll over pocket aces. Revah flopped a flush draw but bricked the turn and river to fall in ninth place.

The short-stacked Vadim Shlez was next to go after losing king-ten to Young’s ace-queen all in preflop, while Young himself bowed out in seventh running pocket tens into George Brady’s two black jacks.

Next on the chopping block was John Dennehey, who lost holding jacks to Minasian’s ace-nine after the latter made a straight on the river. At that point, the final five players paused the clock to discuss a deal. They came to terms, and as the chip leader, Whalen was crowned the Poker Bowl IV MVP taking down his first MSPT title.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
NV 
$140,152
1,400
2
Russia 
 
$100,682
1,400
3
 
$96,839
1,400
4
 
$94,376
1,400
5
NV 
$85,004
1,400
6
Savage 
MN 
$38,168
1,300
7
NV 
$29,686
1,200
8
 
$23,325
1,100
9
CA 
$19,084
1,000
10
MN 
$14,843
900
11
 
 
$14,843
900
12
Peosta 
IA 
$14,843
900
13
 
 
$11,662
800
14
NV 
$11,662
800
15
NV 
$11,662
800
16
WA 
$10,390
700
17
 
 
$10,390
700
18
NV 
$10,390
700
19
ID 
$8,588
600
20
CA 
$8,588
600
21
NV 
$8,588
600
22
NV 
$7,209
550
23
NV 
$7,209
550
24
MD 
$7,209
550
25
Denver 
CO 
$6,043
500
26
FL 
$6,043
500
27
IL 
$6,043
500
28
Macomb 
MI 
$4,559
450
29
NV 
$4,559
450
30
NV 
$4,559
450
31
 
$4,559
450
32
NC 
$4,559
450
33
NV 
$4,559
450
34
 
 
$4,559
450
35
CA 
$4,559
450
36
CO 
$4,559
450
37
MI 
$3,499
400
38
CA 
$3,499
400
39
NV 
$3,499
400
40
NV 
$3,499
400
41
IL 
$3,499
400
42
AK 
$3,499
400
43
NV 
$3,499
400
44
Spur 
TX 
$3,499
400
45
CA 
$3,499
400
46
MI 
$3,181
350
47
NV 
$3,181
350
48
CA 
$3,181
350
49
TX 
$3,181
350
50
MI 
$3,181
350
51
Chico 
CA 
$3,181
350
52
NV 
$3,181
350
53
WY 
$3,181
350
54
MO 
$3,181
350
55
MO 
$2,863
300
56
OH 
$2,863
300
57
Kona 
HI 
$2,863
300
58
CA 
$2,863
300
59
Clovis 
NM 
$2,863
300
60
NV 
$2,863
300
61
Denver 
CO 
$2,863
300
63
CA 
$2,863
300
64
CA 
$2,757
250
65
VA 
$2,757
250
66
NV 
$2,757
250
67
NV 
$2,757
250
69
CA 
$2,757
250
71
NV 
$2,757
250
72
WA 
$2,757
250
73
 
 
$2,651
200
75
NE 
$2,651
200
76
NV 
$2,651
200
77
MN 
$2,651
200
78
CO 
$2,651
200
79
CA 
$2,651
200
80
NY 
$2,651
200
81
NV 
$2,651
200
82
CA 
$2,545
150
83
MN 
$2,545
150
84
NV 
$2,545
150
85
CA 
$2,545
150
86
CA 
$2,545
150
87
CA 
$2,545
150
88
MN 
$2,545
150
89
 
 
$2,545
150
90
Odessa 
TX 
$2,545
150
91
FL 
$2,332
100
92
NV 
$2,332
100
93
Denver 
CO 
$2,332
100
94
MO 
$2,332
100
95
KY 
$2,332
100
96
NV 
$2,332
100
97
OH 
$2,332
100
98
MN 
$2,332
100
99
ND 
$2,332
100
100
MN 
$2,120
75
101
 
 
$2,120
75
102
 
 
$2,120
75
103
NV 
$2,120
75
104
NV 
$2,120
75
105
NV 
$2,120
75
106
CA 
$2,120
75
107
NV 
$2,120
75
108
NC 
$2,120
75
109
NV 
$2,014
50
110
MN 
$2,014
50
111
NV 
$2,014
50
112
IL 
$2,014
50
113
CA 
$2,014
50
114
CA 
$2,014
50
115
NV 
$2,014
50
116
CA 
$2,014
50
117
NV 
$2,014
50