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The Venetian

November 13 - 15, 2020
Main Event: 1123 Entrants
Winner: Landon Tice
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EVENT RECAP

It took almost 16 hours on Sunday at the 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,100 Main Event for a champion to be crowned and the first-place prize of $201,529 awarded. That champion was young up-and-comer Landon Tice, who did so for his first career score in the live realm of poker and in what was only his third live poker tournament. Tice outlasted a field of 1,123 entries in doing so, a figure that generated a total prize pool of more than $1 million.

Prior to this tournament, the 21-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida had just three online tournament cashes on his resume from this past summer: Tice got his start in poker by playing micro-stakes cash games online and has worked his way up, a journey highlighted by a mentor of sorts in Joey Ingram. Tice can now add an MSPT championship to his list of accomplishments.

"It feels good, you know," said Tice after the tournament was over. "It feels so good!"

Tice won after a hard-fought heads-up battle against Brandon Lombardo that capped off a four-hour-long final table. Lombardo entered the match as a three-to-one underdog and held his ground, ultimately finding a double and taking the chip lead for a short time. However, nearly-even stacks went in when Tice made two pair on the river and he doubled to shorted Lombardo, who called Tice's shove with top pair.

Day 2 Action

Of the 1,123 entries logged across two starting flights, 145 players returned Sunday morning for the start of Day 2. Seventeen eliminations occurred within the first level of play, leaving the 128 that remained all set to make it into the money. From there, the pace of eliminations remained steady and the field rapidly saw itself shrink. Just 45 players remained by the second break of the day, and two hours later, the final three tables had been reached with 24 left in contention.

Plenty of notables were still in at that time, including Nick Pupillo, Frank Funaro, Jason Seitz, and Sean Yu. Also still in was 2019 MSPT Player of the Year Mike Shin, and all of them fell short of reaching the final table with Shin being eliminated in ninth place to burst the final table bubble.

Several short stacks were just hanging on at that time, including the likes of David Larson, who had been below one big blind with 15 players remaining. Andrew Rodgers became the first casualty of the final table, and Larson followed in his steps after being unable to improve with king-ten against the pocket queens of Byung Shin. One hand later, Shin found his newly-padded stack all in with pocket nines against the ace-king of Tice, who hit a king on the flop to send Shin packing in sixth.

Fifteen minutes later, Tice knocked out Abraham Hichman in fifth, and play slowed from there. Two full levels of four-handed play passed and eventually Sara Stohler was the next one to find the rail, also falling to Tice. Tice's work was not done, as he also knocked out Jesse Vilchez in third place to take an aforementioned three-to-one chip lead into his heads-up match with eventual runner-up Lombardo.

Lombardo gave Tice a run for his money, staying afloat and trading pots for nearly a full level before finding a double after out-kicking Tice with a pair of eights. A brief talk of chopping arose, but proposed figures worked for neither party and play resumed. A handful of minutes later, it was all over after Tice got a double of his own and finished the job from there.

Tice is not looking at letting up on the grind anytime soon, and is expected to be seen back at the Venetian for next weekend's $1,600 Main Event.

"I'm just going to keep playing," Tice added after the tournament.

A $1,600 buy-in, $400K GTD MSPT Main Event will take place at Venetian from November 19-23. Once again PokerNews will offer live updates straight from the tournament floor.

That tournament will start players with 30,000 in chips and play 60-minute levels. There will also be three starting flights instead of two starting with Day 1a at 11:10 a.m. on Thursday, November 19. Days 1b and 1c will take place at the same time on Friday, November 20, and Saturday, November 21 respectively. Late registration will remain open until 1:15 p.m. on Day 2, which will play out on Sunday, November 22.

result

The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
FL 
$201,529
1,900
2
IN 
$135,074
1,700
3
MI 
$91,502
1,600
4
NC 
$62,091
1,500
5
SC 
$40,304
1,400
6
NV 
$30,501
1,300
7
CA 
$22,876
1,200
8
AK 
$17,249
1,100
9
IL 
$14,706
1,000
10
TX 
$14,706
1,000
11
IL 
$12,527
900
12
NY 
$12,527
900
13
IL 
$10,566
800
14
MN 
$10,566
800
15
MI 
$8,823
700
16
Kent 
WA 
$8,823
700
17
CA 
$7,298
600
18
Minsk 
 
$7,298
600
19
NV 
$7,298
600
20
MI 
$7,298
600
21
NY 
$7,298
600
22
MO 
$7,298
600
23
FL 
$7,298
600
24
MN 
$7,298
600
25
GA 
$5,773
550
26
NC 
$5,773
550
27
Sewell 
NJ 
$5,773
550
28
FL 
$5,773
550
29
NV 
$5,773
550
30
NC 
$5,773
550
31
NV 
$5,773
550
32
NV 
$5,773
550
33
IL 
$4,793
500
34
MN 
$4,793
500
35
FL 
$4,793
500
36
NY 
$4,793
500
37
TX 
$4,793
500
38
NV 
$4,793
500
39
OK 
$4,793
500
40
WA 
$4,793
500
41
CA 
$4,030
450
42
 
 
$4,030
450
43
FL 
$4,030
450
44
NV 
$4,030
450
45
NV 
$4,030
450
46
AZ 
$4,030
450
47
MI 
$4,030
450
48
FL 
$4,030
450
49
WA 
$3,704
400
50
HI 
$3,704
400
51
WA 
$3,704
400
52
AZ 
$3,704
400
53
AZ 
$3,704
400
54
NV 
$3,704
400
55
NC 
$3,704
400
56
IA 
$3,704
400
57
CT 
$3,468
350
58
Groton 
MA 
$3,468
350
59
MI 
$3,468
350
60
MN 
$3,468
350
61
IL 
$3,468
350
62
TX 
$3,468
350
63
NV 
$3,468
350
64
OH 
$3,468
350
65
WI 
$3,268
300
66
Plano 
TX 
$3,268
300
67
Fate 
TX 
$3,268
300
68
CA 
$3,268
300
69
Tulsa 
OK 
$3,268
300
70
AZ 
$3,268
300
71
MA 
$3,268
300
72
Troy 
MI 
$3,268
300
73
NV 
$3,050
250
74
OH 
$3,050
250
75
 
$3,050
250
76
CA 
$3,050
250
77
NV 
$3,050
250
78
 
 
$3,050
250
79
MI 
$3,050
250
80
MI 
$3,050
250
81
CA 
$2,832
200
82
Itasca 
IL 
$2,832
200
83
CA 
$2,832
200
84
IL 
$2,832
200
85
NV 
$2,832
200
86
IL 
$2,832
200
87
MN 
$2,832
200
88
OH 
$2,832
200
89
TX 
$2,614
150
90
TX 
$2,614
150
91
TX 
$2,614
150
92
NJ 
$2,614
150
93
TX 
$2,614
150
94
Divide 
CO 
$2,614
150
95
MI 
$2,614
150
96
MD 
$2,614
150
97
NY 
$2,396
100
98
CA 
$2,396
100
99
KY 
$2,396
100
100
CA 
$2,396
100
101
MI 
$2,396
100
102
MO 
$2,396
100
103
CA 
$2,396
100
104
NV 
$2,396
100
105
AZ 
$2,179
75
106
NV 
$2,179
75
107
FL 
$2,179
75
108
NV 
$2,179
75
109
MT 
$2,179
75
110
CA 
$2,179
75
111
CO 
$2,179
75
112
MN 
$2,179
75
113
OR 
$1,961
50
114
AK 
$1,961
50
115
OR 
$1,961
50
116
CA 
$1,961
50
117
CA 
$1,961
50
118
IL 
$1,961
50
119
CA 
$1,961
50
120
IL 
$1,961
50
121
Payson 
AZ 
$1,961
50
122
CA 
$1,961
50
123
MN 
$1,961
50
124
FL 
$1,961
50
125
Boring 
OR 
$1,961
50
126
CA 
$1,961
50
127
CA 
$1,961
50
128
CA 
$1,961
50