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Awarded to date

The Venetian

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

For the fifth time in five runnings, the Mid-States Poker Tour Poker Bowl at Venetian ended in a deal. This time around, the final four players chopped up the remaining money after a marathon 15-plus hour day.

Foremost among the dealmakers was Johnny Oshana, who banked $130,000, about three-quarters of the original top payout. Not too far behind was Jordan Cristos, who earned $119,232. Short stacks who had near-identical chip counts, Seungmook Jung and Joris Springael, each got $85,000, a small bump over their ICM numbers.

Those four emerged from a field of 908 total entries, of which 116 made the final day.

"Feels great," said Oshana, who hails from San Jose and had about $21K in live cashes according to The Hendon Mob.

The mechanical engineer who usually plays weekend tournaments at Bay 101 said his main plan for the money is to pay off his son's car.

Quite a few recognizable names made deep runs in the tournament, but many of them fell just a bit before the final table. Ryan Riess, Asher Conniff, Adam Hendrix, Javier Zarco and Sean Yu all made the three-table redraw but busted out before the final eight.

There was a stalemate with 16 left that lasted more than an hour before a furious run of busts saw the final table take shape with Oshana well clear of all of his rivals. Only Springael was within striking distance. Oshana had run hot early in the day with kings over aces to bust Tim Reilly in a huge pot and he kept the pressure on with his big stack after that.

Swingy Finish

However, the final table proved to be a pretty wild affair that Oshana couldn't tame with sheer aggression.

Things went fine for him at first. After Erik Cajelais busted in eighth, Poker Bowl III champ Kfir Nahum sent Oshana all but his last few chips in a bizarre hand that saw the players check down rather than getting the last blind in.

Several times after that, Oshana was caught on big bluffs. Springael in particular seemed to have his number, and Oshana sank to the short stack.

"I guess I got caught up in the moment," Oshana admitted. "After that, I had to rethink it and start playing smart."

Springael couldn't maintain dominance either, as Brandon Eisen trapped him with a turned straight and doubled through him by cracking his aces. Eisen had the lead six-handed, but in typical fashion for this final table, he wound up busting in fifth after losing three all-in pots in a row.

Stalemate then a Deal

They played four-handed for an hour but after a final break, someone suggested they look at the numbers. Everyone seemed amenable, but deal negotiations were anything but smooth.

The tournament staff came back with chip chop numbers, which weren't even close to good enough for Jung. Cristos pulled up ICM, which had Jung taking home around $81K, but he said he wasn't taking a cent less than $85K and would prefer play on.

Cristos played the role of a chief negotiator as he attempted to balance everyone's desires. In the end, some money came off of his ICM number. Jung got his $85K with Springael getting an equal payout that also bumped his ICM number slightly.

Given how short stacks were — only about 70 blinds remained between the four players — Oshana said afterward he was happy to make the deal.

"At this point, it's anybody's game," he said.

That does it for the MSPT Poker Bowl V at The Venetian Las Vegas. Players now have the opportunity to enjoy Sunday's Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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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