Newcomer Landon Tice Wins MSPT Main Event
Sunday’s 2020 Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian $1,100 Main Event saw a field of 1,123 entries spend nearly 16 hours battling it out on the felt for a whopping $201,529. The winner turned out to be 21-year-old Landon Tice from Boca Raton, Florida – a player who, up until recently, had only three online tournament cashes on his Poker resume.
But Tice’s outlasting of the massive field of entries proved no easy task. Of the nearly 16 hours played, four would be played around the final table by the last remaining eight players of the tournament. The 21-year-old would ultimately end up going head-to-head with second-place finisher Brandon Lombardo, who wasted no time playing himself back in the running for chips after he reached the heads-up round under-dogged by a three to one chip defeat.
Once the time had arrived for final table action to commence, quite a few notable names could be seen to have made their way into the running for the big money. Notable hangers-on included David Larson, Andrew Rogers, Sara Stohler, and Byung Shin. This was after many more big names had already been made to exit the scene – names such as Nick Pupillo, Jason Seitz, Frank Funaro, and even 2019 MSPT Player of the Year Mike Shin.
Onwards to the final table, and it would be Andrew Rodgers seen bumming out as the first casualty, followed shortly after by David Larson – whose king-ten stood not much of a chance against Byung Shin’s pocket queens.
Next out would be Abraham Hichman (5th - $40,304), Sarah Stohler (4th - $62,091), and Jesse Vilchez (3rd - $91,502) – all made to fall one after the other by none other than Landon Tice himself – leaving only Brandon Lombardo standing between Tice and his first major win on the felt.
Lombardo would prove no easy opponent – while managing to stay in the chips and trading it up on the pots for nearly a full level of play before drawing a double worthy of sticking it to Tice’s pair of eights.
All of this would eventually lead to talk of chopping and settling on a split, but since neither party seemed willing to settle on a division, play would eventually resume. But only for Tice to a few minutes later kick Lombardo to the final curb with his own double to show an entire day’s worth of efforts.