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MSPT, The Venetian expand summer event offering

26 March 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Season 9 of the MSPT is expanding its summer offerings in conjunction with The Venetian Las Vegas to five events, offering $12 million in guarantees.

In 2014, the MSPT and The Venetian partnered for the first-ever MSPT Venetian $1,100 Main Event, which drew 854 runners. The tournament has turned into an annual event that grew to 3,273 entries last year, which was the largest poker tournament ever both on the MSPT and at The Venetian.

This year, the keystone $1,100 MSPT Venetian Main Event, which has become one of the summer's most-anticipated tournaments, will take place 3-8 June and offer four starting flights. Not only that, this year's guarantee has been increased to $3.5 million.

In addition, there will be a $600 buy-in, $1 million GTD tournament from 9-13 June, followed by tournaments with buy-ins of $5,000, $1,600 and $3,500. Those three tournaments will have respective GTDs of $1 million, $3 million and $3.5 million.

The final tables from all those events will be broadcast LIVE (15-minute delay) worldwide on MSPTpoker using RFID technology allowing all viewers to see the hole cards. In addition, the entire $1,100 MSPT Venetian Main Event will be live reported in the MSPT live blog as well as Day 2 and on in the other four events.

Here's a look at the MSPT Venetian summer schedule:
  • Main Event 124 – $1,100: 3-8 June ($3,500,000 GTD)
  • Main Event 125 – $600: 9-13 June ($1,000,000 GTD)
  • Main Event 126 – $5,000: 15-17 June ($1,000,000 GTD)
  • Main Event 127 – $1,600: 18-22 June ($3,000,000 GTD)
  • Main Event 128 – $3,500: 25-30 June ($3,500,000 GTD)
Each event is eligible for MSPT Player of the Year points, but each buy-in $1,100 or greater will be calculated at the same level as our $1,100 Main Events. The $600 buy-in tournament will be calculated at 2/3 points of the $1,100 level.

The MSPT tournaments are a part of The Venetian's Deepstack Extravaganza III, which will feature 150 events from 14 May through 29 July and offer more than $31 million in guaranteed prize pools.

"The MSPT Venetian has grown into one of the biggest tournaments on the poker calendar," said MSPT President Bryan Mileski. "We're excited to expand on our partnership by offering five events this summer, and even more excited that, for the first time ever, we'll be live streaming the final table action straight from The Venetian."

Regarding the history of the $1,100 MSPT Venetian, Dale Bronk won the inaugural MSPT Venetian for $163,870, and in 2015 Angelina Rich became the first and thus far only woman to win an MSPT title by topping a field of 1,964 entries for $215,815.

In 2016, the field grew to 2,887 entries to smash the advertised $2 million GTD. Thomas Boivin defeated poker pro Mukul Pahuja in heads-up play to win that event for $352,153. In last summer's record-setting affair, which saw the guarantee upped to $2.5 million, Nader Kakhmazov prevailed to win $395,888. He'd go on to win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet two weeks later.

Additionally, the MSPT introduced the Poker Bowl at The Venetian to coincide with the NFL Super Bowl. In 2017, Jordan Young bested a field of 695 entries to win $139,624, and this year Kfir Nahum was named champ over an 827-entry field to win $108,410 after a four-way deal.

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