US Poker Open
MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD)
MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event ($2M GTD)
Day 1a completed

Osmin "Oddie" Dardon Bags Day 1a Chip Lead of MSPT $1,600 Main Event

OHairDJ • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Day 1a Chip Leader Oddie Dardon
Day 1a Chip Leader Oddie Dardon

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 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.

Various End-Of-Day Chip Counts (full)

OHairDJ • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante
Osmin Dardon us 618,000 618,000
Tommy Tran us 553,000 553,000
Rittie Chuaprasert us 518,500 518,500
Steven Saklad 476,000 476,000
Denise Pratt us 372,000 17,000
Patrick Eskandar us 324,500 324,500
Shohei Miyazaki us 322,500 322,500
Brady Seeley us 320,000 320,000
Faraz Jaka us 307,500 137,500
Conrad Simpson us 283,000 283,000
Andrew Moreno us 279,000 119,000
David Yokoyama us 271,500 271,500
Julian Parmann us 258,000 258,000
Mike Shin us 248,000 -32,000
Ralph Perry us 222,500 82,500
James Anderson us 205,000 205,000
Alan Snow us 196,000 196,000
Lawrence Broome 187,500 187,500
Jimmy Lujan us 180,000 -10,000
Matthew Wantman us 163,000 163,000
Justin Young us 159,000 -21,000
Au Ngo us 158,000 158,000
Jonathan Tamayo us 153,000 78,000
Tzur Levy fr 150,000 150,000
Ryan Vanderpoorten us 144,000 144,000

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Five More Hands

OHairDJ • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

The tournament director has just announced each table will deal five more hands until bagging and tagging for the evening.

Shin Sends One to The Rail

OHairDJ • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

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 {9-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} 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: {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}
Big blind: {9-Clubs}{7-Clubs}

Shin's top pair had his opponent's second pair in rough shape, and the {6-Diamonds} turn and {3-Spades} river kept him in the lead, awarding him the pot and sending his opponent home.

Mike Shin us 280,000 205,000

Young Rocket's One Home

OHairDJ • Level 15: 2,000-4,000, 4,000 ante

It appeared a player in the hijack shoved for their last 60,000 and was called by Justin Young in the cutoff.

Hijack: {5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}
Cutoff: {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}

The {4-Hearts}{a-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds} runout kept Young best and he eliminated his opponent.

Justin Young us 180,000 85,000

Pratt Lays Down Ace-King

OHairDJ • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

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 {q-Clubs}{2-Spades}{6-Hearts} and Pratt checked to her opponent, who bet 50,000. Pratt folded {a-Spades}{k-Spades} face up.

Despite the hit, Pratt has had an excellent evening of poker and currently sits with 355,000.

Denise Pratt us 355,000 85,000

Jaka's Set Sends One to The Rail

OHairDJ • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 3,000 ante

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 {7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{9-Spades} flop, but Jaka led out for 24,000 on the {k-Spades} turn. His opponent called.

Both players once again checked on the {8-Clubs} river and Jaka showed {9-}{9-} for a flopped set. The all-in player held {j-}{q-} and his other opponent mucked.

Faraz Jaka us 170,000 130,000