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The Venetian

June 25 - 30, 2018

 
  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 120000
Pavel Plesuv Wins MSPT Venetian $3,500 Main Event for $640,062!
Created (6/30/2018 9:43:28 PM by Chad Holloway)

The $3,500 buy-in, $3.5 million GTD Main Event marked the fifth and final collaboration between the MSPT and Venetian during the 2018 Deepstacks Championship Poker Series. The tournament attracted 1,096 entries and spanned four days.

In the end, the Czech Republic’s Pavel Plesuv put on an impressive final table performance to win the title outright for $640,062, which marked the richest first-place prize ever awarded on tour.

“I feel awesome. It was a great tournament, big field, and I’ve been running pretty well,” said the 29-year-old poker pro, who splits his time playing live and online. “The trophy is always nice. I lost heads-up to Isildur at the start of the year. I was close to winning with a big chip lead, but I lost that one. So, winning this one feels pretty good.”

The win brought Plesuv’s live earnings up to $3,112,334 and marked the second-largest score of his career. Back in February, he finished runner-up to Viktor “Isildur1” Blom for $924,841 after busting in one of the more memorable hands of the year.

“I’m going to take a couple days to rest and see the Grand Canyon before playing the World Series of Poker Main Event,” added Plesuv, who was playing in Vegas for just the second time.

Final Table Results
1 Pavel Plesuv (Prague, Czech Republic) $640,062
2 Yat Cheng (Charlotte, North Carolina) $392,806
3 James Romero (Portland, Oregon) $291,448
4 Joni Jouhkimainen (Helsinki, Finland) $221,304
5 Christian Rudolph (Germany) $164,838
6 Karim Rebei (Algeria) $126,259
7 Thomas Boivin (Belgium) $98,202
8 Michael Sklenicka (Slani, Czech Republic) $77,158
9 Mohammed Jaafar (Miami, Florida) $63,130
10 Justin Bonomo (Las Vegas, NV) $49,101

The final table was one for the ages and players came out firing and never let up. On just Hand #6, Justin Bonomo four-bet jammed holding the J♠J♥ and Karim Rebei called with the A♦K♥. The board ran out 4♦5♥2♣K♣7♠ and just like that the man who has destroyed 2018 with more than $14 million in winnings was sent out the door in 10th place.

Rebei took the chip lead after that hand and soon established himself as a wildcard at the table. He attempted to run a big bluff against Plesuv, who was second in chips at the time, and taunted his opponent with table talk while doing it. Despite straight and flush cards on board, Plesuv found a call with trip nines to take a commanding chip lead.

“When I hit trips on the turn, I had the queen of clubs and there were three clubs on the flop,” Plesuv said of the hand. “He raised my bet on the flop so he’s representing pocket jacks or some flush. With the queen of clubs I block a lot of flush combinations and some combinations of ace-nine and pocket nines. The way he was speaking so loudly I thought I couldn’t fold. It was obviously big pressure on me because I had a lot of chips. If I lose this pot I’m eight handed with small chips, but with this hand I decided I should go with it.”

Mohammed Jaafar then exited in ninth after losing A♣9♦ to Christian Rudolph’s J♦J♣ on a 6♠J♥9♣A♥8♥ runout, and then Michael Sklenicka followed him out the door in eighth place when his A♦10♣ failed to overcome Rebei’s J♣J♦.

Thomas Boivin, who in 2016 won the MSPT Venetian for $352,153, was next to go after shoving the small blind with the A♣9♣ only to have Yat Chang wake up with the A♥Q♣ in the big. The board ran out 10♥2♥4♥8♦J♦ and Boivin was ousted in seventh place for $98,202.

It was at that point Rebei and Plesuv would clash again. With the blinds at 60,000/120,000 with a 100,000 big blind ante, Rebei raised to 325,000 from the hijack holding the 6♦6♥ and then called when Plesuv, who looked down at the A♣A♠ in the big blind, three-bet to 1 million. The A♥6♣2♠ flop gave both players a set and Plesuv check-called a bet of 1 million from Rebei, who teased his opponent by clucking like a chicken.

Plesuv checked for the second time on the J♣ turn and Rebei moved all in for 2.2 million. Plesuv called and sent his nemesis to the rail after the 4♣ bricked the river. Plesuv extended his lead after that hand and would never let up.

“I didn’t expect him to have such a strong hand like a set of sixes,” said Plesuv. “I thought maybe he had an ace, so it was a brutal cooler for him.”

Rudolph would exit in fifth place – the result of his pocket fours losing a race to Cheng’s ace- queen – and Joni Jouhkimainen was bounced in fourth place running king-queen into Cheng’s ace-queen. Plesuv then dispatched World Poker Tour champ James Romero in third place when the former’s ace-eight suited held against the latter’s king-queen.

Plesuv held 17 million in chips to Cheng’s 10 million at the start of heads-up play. The two took turns exchanging pots before a cooler hand developed. Plesuv would wind up five-bet jamming with the Q♣Q♦ and Cheng called off holding the A♦K♥. The board ran out 10♠Q♠7♥6♦Q♥ and Plesuv took it down with quads!

Coincidentally, it was the third time in a row the winner of the Venetian’s $3,500 event claimed the title with pocket queens. Javier Zarco did it in 2017 and Andjelko Andrejevic the year before that.

Others to cash the tournament were Nick Petrangelo (13th - $38,579), Harrison Gimbel (21st - $28,408), Thomas Peebles (27th - $19,991), Joe McKeehen (42nd - $11,574), Martin Jacobson (63rd - $9,469), and reigning World Series of Poker Main Event champ Scott Blumstein (71st - $9,119).

Season 9 of the MSPT continues this month with a $350 Regional Event at Milwaukee’s Potawatomi Casino July 7-15 followed by the $1,100 MSPT 2018 Iowa State Poker Championship at Meskwaki Casino the weekend of July 27-29. The MSPT will return to The Venetian Las Vegas in September.

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 120000
Yat Cheng Eliminated In 2nd Place ($392,806)
Created (6/30/2018 9:30:47 PM by Brandon Temple)

Yat Cheng

Yat Cheng raised to 550,000 from the button, and Pavel Plesuv three-bet to 1,800,000 in the big blind.

Cheng thought for a while, then four-bet to 4,500,000, over half his remaining stack.

Plesuv five-bet jammed to cover Cheng’s last 3,000,000 or so, and Cheng snapped him off!

Cheng:
Plesuv:

It was a classic flip, but Plesuv pulled out to a commanding lead on the flop, giving him trips and leaving Cheng looking for a jack to survive. The turn had Plesuv’s rail chanting for a deuce, but the river was even sweeter, as the on the river gave Plesuv quads and meant that Pavel Plesuv is not only our champion but the new all-time leading money winner on the MSPT tour!

Yat Cheng - Eliminated in 2nd place for $392,806

  • Level: 33
  • Blinds: 120000 / 240000
  • Ante: 120000
Pavel Plesuv Pulling Away
Created (6/30/2018 9:22:18 PM by Brandon Temple)

Pavel Plesuv raised to 550,000 from the button, and Yat Cheng called in the big blind.

Cheng checked the flop to Plesuv, who checked behind.

The fell on the turn, and Cheng bet 550,000. Plesuv made the call.

On the river, Cheng cut out a bet of 1,700,000, and Plesuv called.

Cheng showed but Plesuv rivered him with the .

Pavel Plesuv - 19,830,000
Yat Cheng - 7,550,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 100000
Break Time
Created (6/30/2018 8:53:21 PM by Brandon Temple)

Pavel Plesuv and Yat Cheng are off on a fifteen-minute break.

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 100000
Three Barrels From Yat Cheng
Created (6/30/2018 8:47:52 PM by Brandon Temple)

Yat Cheng raised to 500,000 from the button, and Pavel Plesuv called in the big blind.

On the flop, Plesuv check-called a 300,000 bet from Cheng.

The turn saw Plesuv check-call 700,000 from Cheng.

On the river, Cheng bet 2,300,000 after Plesuv checked, and Plesuv mucked.

Pavel Plesuv - 16,390,000
Yat Cheng - 11,000,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 100000
Pavel Plesuv Wins A Big One From Yat Cheng
Created (6/30/2018 8:37:52 PM by Brandon Temple)

Pavel Plesuv raised to 500,000 from the button and Yat Cheng called in the big blind.

The flop was checked through, and Cheng bet 500,000 on the turn. Plesuv raised to 1,700,000, and Cheng went into the tank for a few minutes before making the call.

The hit the river, and Cheng quickly checked. Plesuv bet 3,500,000, almost half of Cheng’s remaining stack, and Cheng thought for a bit before folding.

Pavel Plesuv - 19,490,000
Yat Cheng - 7,890,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 100000
Pavel Plesuv Takes It On The River
Created (6/30/2018 8:31:15 PM by Brandon Temple)

Yat Cheng raised to 450,000 from the button, and Pavel Plesuv called in the big blind.

On a flop, Plesuv checked, and Cheng bet 300,000. Plesuv called.

The on the turn was checked again by Plesuv, and Cheng checked it back.

On the river, Plesuv bet 625,000 and Cheng quickly folded.

Pavel Plesuv - 17,190,000
Yat Cheng - 10,190,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 100000
First Blood To Yat Cheng
Created (6/30/2018 8:25:48 PM by Brandon Temple)

Pavel Plesuv raised to 500,000 from the button, and Yat Cheng called from the big blind.

The flop was checked through, as was the turn, and Cheng bet 600,000 on the river. Plesuv folded.

Pavel Plesuv - 16,740,000
Yat Cheng - 10,640,000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 100000
Heads Up Chip Counts
Created (6/30/2018 8:21:04 PM by Brandon Temple)

Player NameChip CountPreviousProgress
Pavel Plesuv1724000013000000
Yat Cheng101400006030000

  • Level: 32
  • Blinds: 100000 / 200000
  • Ante: 100000
James Romero Eliminated In 3rd Place ($291,448)
Created (6/30/2018 8:20:22 PM by Brandon Temple)

James Romero

James Romero raised to 500,000 from the button, then called off his last 4,000,000 when Pavel Plesuv three-bet shoved to set him all-in from the big blind.

Romero:
Plesuv:

Romero found no help on the flop, but gained some outs with a gutshot on the turn. He missed the river, however, and we’re now heads-up for the title between Plesuv and Cheng.

James Romero - Eliminated in 3rd place for $291,448

 
 
Player Name
City
State
Country
Chips
Progress
Prague 
 
27,400,000  
27,400,000 
 
NC 
0  
Busted 
 
OR 
0  
Busted 
 
 
0  
Busted 
 
DEU 
 
0  
Busted 
 
 
 
France 
0  
Busted 
 
 
0  
Busted 
 
Slani 
 
0  
Busted 
 
Miami 
FL 
0  
Busted 
 
NV 
0  
Busted 
  
Rank
Player Name
City
State
Country
Amount
Points
1
Prague 
 
$640,062
1,900
2
NC 
$392,806
1,700
3
OR 
$291,448
1,600
4
 
$221,304
1,500
5
DEU 
 
$164,838
1,400
6
 
 
France 
$126,259
1,300
7
 
$98,202
1,200
8
Slani 
 
$77,158
1,100
9
Miami 
FL 
$63,130
1,000
10
NV 
$49,101
900
11
 
$49,101
900
12
Mumbai 
 
India 
$49,101
900
14
 
$38,579
800
15
NY 
$38,579
800
17
Tracy 
CA 
$34,371
700
18
WI 
$34,371
700
19
NY 
$28,408
600
20
 
$28,408
600
21
FL 
$28,408
600
22
Katy 
TX 
$23,849
550
23
 
 
Japan 
$23,849
550
24
CA 
$23,849
550
25
MO 
$19,991
500
26
 
 
Greece 
$19,991
500
27
WI 
$19,991
500
28
Smyrna 
TN 
$15,081
450
29
 
Spain 
$15,081
450
30
NV 
$15,081
450
31
FL 
$15,081
450
32
Baku 
 
$15,081
450
33
 
 
$15,081
450
34
 
 
Mexico 
$15,081
450
36
CA 
$15,081
450
37
FL 
$11,574
400
39
 
 
Israel 
$11,574
400
40
Graz 
 
$11,574
400
41
 
Sweden 
$11,574
400
43
Osijek 
 
$11,574
400
44
MI 
$11,574
400
45
Paris 
 
France 
$11,574
400
46
CA 
$10,522
350
47
NJ 
$10,522
350
48
Miami 
FL 
$10,522
350
49
London 
 
$10,522
350
51
Bend 
OR 
$10,522
350
52
NY 
$10,522
350
53
PA 
$10,522
350
55
 
 
Japan 
$9,469
300
57
Kiev 
 
$9,469
300
58
 
 
Brazil 
$9,469
300
59
 
$9,469
300
61
London 
 
$9,469
300
62
York 
 
$9,469
300
63
 
 
Sweden 
$9,469
300
64
Perth 
 
$9,119
250
66
 
 
Brazil 
$9,119
250
67
Aiea 
HI 
$9,119
250
68
 
Sweden 
$9,119
250
69
 
India 
$9,119
250
70
NY 
$9,119
250
72
Pernik 
 
$9,119
250
73
IL 
$8,768
200
74
London 
 
$8,768
200
75
 
 
$8,768
200
76
NV 
$8,768
200
77
Diel 
 
$8,768
200
78
 
 
$8,768
200
79
CA 
$8,768
200
80
Natick 
MA 
$8,768
200
81
Italy 
 
 
$8,768
200
82
IL 
$8,417
150
83
 
 
$8,417
150
84
 
 
Israel 
$8,417
150
85
London 
 
$8,417
150
86
OH 
$8,417
150
87
 
Canada 
$8,417
150
88
 
 
France 
$8,417
150
91
Tampa 
FL 
$7,716
100
92
NY 
$7,716
100
93
NV 
$7,716
100
95
WA 
$7,716
100
96
Sussex 
NJ 
$7,716
100
97
 
Canada 
$7,716
100
98
CA 
$7,716
100
99
London 
 
$7,716
100
102
Baku 
 
$7,014
75
103
PA 
$7,014
75
104
Queens 
NY 
$7,014
75
108
Athens 
 
Greece 
$7,014
75
109
 
$6,664
50
110
NY 
$6,664
50
111
 
$6,664
50
112
 
$6,664
50
114
 
 
Sweden 
$6,664
50
115
NV 
$6,664
50
116
 
 
$6,664
50
LEVEL INFO
Level
33
Blinds
120000 / 240000
Ante
120000
TOURNAMENT INFO
Entries
1096
Players Remaining
1
Average Chip Stack
27,400,000
Total Chips
27,400,000
TOP 10 CHIP COUNT
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
27,400,000
0
0
SEASON TOP 10 POY POINTS
RANK
PLAYER
CHIPS
3,825
3,250
2,250
2,200
2,100
2,050
2,000
2,000
1,850
10 
1,800