- Slepe stave:
Matt Stout open-shoved for 36,500 from early position and action folded to the big blind, who put in the call after some thought.
Stout would need a little help to survive, and got just that on the runout — doubling him up with a pair of kings.
The player under-the-gun open limped and the player in the lojack limped behind. The player in the hijack then raised to 9,000 and action folded to Maria Konnikova in the small blind, who shoved for a bit over 20,000. Directly behind her, the big blind called and everyone else got out of the way.
Konnikova was in rough shape, and the runout left her second best — eliminating her her from contention.
Ryan Laplante opened to 4,000 from early position and was called by the hijack and button. Action folded to the big blind, who went all in for about 29,000. Laplante smooth called and the hijack folded, but the button then back-raised all in for a bit more and Laplante snap-called.
"I never win these," Laplante remarked.
However, the runout left Laplante best with his pair of kings and he scooped the massive pot and eliminated two players in the process.
"Sometimes I win these," Lapante said with a smile.
Jared Jaffee opened to 3,500 from early position and found one caller in the big blind.
The flop came and Jaffee bet 3,500 after being checked to. His opponent called.
Both players checked on turn and river. The big blind showed for kings and eights and Jaffee mucked.
Jaffee, who entered just before late registration ended, is currently sitting with about 50,000 in chips.
With 2,011 entries over three starting flights (314 on 1A, 665 on 1B, and 1,032 on 1C), the MSPT Venetian $1,600 Main Event will pay out a $2,865,675 prize pool to the top 207 players. A min-cash will be worth $3,725 while the eventual winner is slated to take home $412,086.
Here's a look at the final table payouts:
The player first-to-act opened limped, Steve Wilkie limped from the lojack, the small blind completed and the big blind checked his option.
The flop came and the player in the small led out for 4,000. Action folded over to Wilkie, who went all in. Everyone folded except the small blind, who called to put Wilkie at risk.
Both players had flopped a flush, but Wilkie was left drawing dead with his smaller flush.
An irrelevant and completed the board and Wilkie was eliminated from the tournament.