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The Venetian

February 4 - 6, 2021
Main Event: 908 Entrants
Winner: Johnny Oshana
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EVENT RECAP

James Carroll shined at Venetian again, but unlike last time, he didn't have to share the spotlight after a chop.

Two years ago in February, he chopped a big DeepStack Extravaganza event here for $184K apiece. At MSPT Venetian $1,100 this time around, after a small saver that still left the vast majority of the first-place money in play against William Chao, Carroll came out on top for the trophy and $180,850.

It's step one in recapturing the momentum from his stellar 2019 — he cashed for just shy of $1.3 million — that was halted by coronavirus. He said it was his fourth tournament since the lockdowns hit and put the kibosh on most live poker.

"It's nice to stop that online grind," he said. "Probably the best I've ran in a tournament in a single day in my life. Just had a lot of big hands and got paid a lot."

Carroll got some heat early in the day and was cruising with a big stack of about 100 blinds, but where he really started to take over was at the final two tables. There, he opened constantly and swept up blinds while also showing up with some big hands when players tried shoving on him, and he soon had about 20% of the total chips with the final table still yet to convene.

From those final two tables on, it seemed Carroll was locked in a collision course with Chao. Despite being in second place, Chao still had almost double the chips of the third-place Bill Lewis when the final table went to battle.

Chao tested Carroll early with a four-bet and did his best to keep pace even as Carroll collected a couple of knockouts, of Lewis and Veselin Dimitrov.

In fact, Carroll did slip into second momentarily, but he recovered with the good run he referenced when he three-outed Daniel Sammarco shoving king-three suited into queens in a blinds battle. He then dispatched Daniel Jones — it was a day of near misses for Daniel Joneses as a more famous one bubbled the NFL playoffs — and looked to be complete command with a big lead heads up against Chao.

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However, Chao let him know he wasn't going quietly with a three-street value play holding top pair on a pretty coordinated board. That put him down only about 14 million to 10 million.

With deep stacks, the two opted to look at the numbers and quickly agreed to a $10K saver that tightened the payouts a bit.

"He's a super tough player," Carroll said. "So, I didn't mind doing a small saver. But, I wanted to get some heads-up practice in live and make sure the money still meant something."

In the end, he wouldn't get much practice at all. He turned on the aggression with a couple of three-bets that got through, and when Chao three-bet him, Carroll four-bet jammed ace-nine. Chao opted to go with ace-six suited and was left wanting when each player paired his ace but the kicker of Carroll played.

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The RESULTS

Rank
Player Name
City
State
Amount
Points
1
CA 
$130,000
1,500
2
NV 
$119,232
1,500
3
AZ 
$85,000
1,500
4
Seoul 
 
$85,000
1,500
5
HI 
$34,350
1,400
6
CA 
$26,423
1,300
7
NV 
$20,257
1,200
8
 
$14,092
1,100
9
CA 
$12,331
1,000
10
CA 
$12,331
1,000
11
NY 
$10,569
900
12
OR 
$10,569
900
13
Peoria 
AZ 
$9,160
800
14
AK 
$9,160
800
15
MN 
$7,751
700
16
AZ 
$7,751
700
17
CA 
$6,518
600
18
Madrid 
 
$6,518
600
19
Bolton 
MO 
$6,518
600
20
Arvada 
CO 
$6,518
600
21
MI 
$6,518
600
22
MI 
$6,518
600
23
France 
 
$6,518
600
24
NV 
$6,518
600
25
CA 
$5,373
500
26
 
$5,373
500
27
MN 
$5,373
500
28
NY 
$5,373
500
29
IL 
$5,373
500
30
 
$5,373
500
31
Novia 
MI 
$5,373
500
32
CA 
$5,373
500
33
CO 
$4,404
400
34
OR 
$4,404
400
35
GA 
$4,404
400
36
FL 
$4,404
400
37
Renton 
WA 
$4,404
400
38
CO 
$4,404
400
39
MN 
$4,404
400
40
MI 
$4,404
400
41
CA 
$3,611
300
42
NV 
$3,611
300
43
IN 
$3,611
300
44
FL 
$3,611
300
45
CA 
$3,611
300
46
OH 
$3,611
300
47
MN 
$3,611
300
48
IL 
$3,611
300
49
Savage 
MN 
$3,171
250
50
MI 
$3,171
250
51
ND 
$3,171
250
52
Dyer 
IN 
$3,171
250
53
 
 
$3,171
250
54
IL 
$3,171
250
55
NV 
$3,171
250
56
WA 
$3,171
250
57
PA 
$2,907
200
58
CA 
$2,907
200
59
CA 
$2,907
200
60
Miami 
FL 
$2,907
200
61
IL 
$2,907
200
62
MI 
$2,907
200
63
MN 
$2,907
200
64
MN 
$2,907
200
65
Bronx 
NY 
$2,730
150
66
AL 
$2,730
150
67
NV 
$2,730
150
68
OH 
$2,730
150
69
FL 
$2,730
150
70
Paris 
 
$2,730
150
71
NV 
$2,730
150
72
CA 
$2,730
150
73
CO 
$2,554
100
74
Dallas 
TX 
$2,554
100
75
MN 
$2,554
100
76
OH 
$2,554
100
77
TX 
$2,554
100
78
MN 
$2,554
100
79
NV 
$2,554
100
80
CT 
$2,554
100
81
NJ 
$2,378
75
82
IL 
$2,378
75
83
MI 
$2,378
75
84
WA 
$2,378
75
85
MN 
$2,378
75
87
Newton 
NC 
$2,378
75
88
OH 
$2,378
75
89
OH 
$2,202
50
90
CO 
$2,202
50
92
CO 
$2,202
50
93
Odessa 
TX 
$2,202
50
94
CO 
$2,202
50
95
LA 
$2,202
50
96
NV 
$2,202
50