Day 1a completed
Day 1a completed
Day 1a of the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour $1,600 Venetian Main Event ($2 Million GTD) has come to an end with Osmin "Oddie" Dardon of Los Angeles emerging as today’s chip leader with 618,000 in chips.
Dardon is no stranger to poker success, having already cashed for over $2 million in live tournaments, including a first-place finish in an $1,100 Venetian Deepstack Event in 2017, according to thehendonmob.com. Not far behind him is Tommy Tran with 553,000.
Day 1a attracted 314 entries and by the day’s end, just 44 remained. Some notables who bagged into Day 2 include Andrew Moreno (279,000), Faraz Jaka (307,500), Ralph Perry (222,500), Justin Young (159,000), and Denise Pratt (372,500).
Other notables who were not as fortunate include Allen Kessler, Ralph Massey, Chris Moon, Jacob Rich, and Lee Markholt.
All players who failed to bag today will have plenty of chances going forward, as the MSPT $1,600 Venetian Main Event ($2M GTD) will hold two more day 1's on Friday and Saturday.
Stay tuned to PokerNews for another full day of poker action as the MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD) continues with Day 1b tomorrow at 11:10 a.m. local time.
The tournament director has just announced each table will deal five more hands until bagging and tagging for the evening.
Mike Shin opened to 10,000 from the cutoff and was called by Jimmy Lujan in the small blind and another player in the big blind.
Both players checked to Shin on the flop and Shin continued for 13,000. Lujan folded, but the player in the big check-shoved for a bit over 50,000. Shin called and hands were tabled.
Shin's top pair had his opponent's second pair in rough shape, and the turn and river kept him in the lead, awarding him the pot and sending his opponent home.
It appeared a player in the hijack shoved for their last 60,000 and was called by Justin Young in the cutoff.
The runout kept Young best and he eliminated his opponent.
A player on the button opened to 6,500 and Denise Pratt three-bet to 23,000 from the big blind. Undeterred, her opponent then four-bet to 61,500 and Pratt called.
The flop came and Pratt checked to her opponent, who bet 50,000. Pratt folded face up.
Despite the hit, Pratt has had an excellent evening of poker and currently sits with 355,000.
A player in middle position shoved for 28,000 and was called by Faraz Jaka in the lojack and another player in the cutoff.
Both players checked the flop, but Jaka led out for 24,000 on the turn. His opponent called.
Both players once again checked on the river and Jaka showed for a flopped set. The all-in player held and his other opponent mucked.