Michael Soyza Tops 2,877 at The Venetian to Lead Non-WSOP News

Michael Soyza is the fourth MSPT Champion to be crowned at The Venetian. (MPST Photo)

The Venetian leads the charge for another week outside of the Rio for large fields and mega prize pools. The latest recipient of a six-figure score in the DeepStack Championship Poker Series is Michael Soyza. The Malaysian defeated 2,877 entrants in the Mid-States Poker Tour $1,600 buy-in $3 million guarantee to collect $588,249.

Another Multi-Million Guarantee Crushed

Soyza won a live-streamed final table in a Day 3 that lasted for 15 hours. 2018 WPT Fallsview Poker Classic runner-up Ryan Yu held the lead coming into Day 3 and bowed out in ninth place for $62,143. Another Season XVI runner-up reached the final table in Paul Fisher, who took fifth at WPT Choctaw. Fisher was the first player eliminated from the final table.

A few others who had their hole cards shown on camera where WSOP Circuit ring winner Peter Vitantonio, past MSPT Main Event champ Rich Aslup, and eventual runner-up Jeremy Saderne.

The $800 8-Max $800,000 guarantee hit an overlay snag and drew a crowd of 881. Arunas Sapitavicius emerged to win $133,609 in a heads up deal with Manuel Ruivo, who took home $130,391.

MSPT hosts one more Main Event at The Venetian this summer. The $3,500 tournament carries a hefty guarantee of $3.5 million and finishes on June 30 at a live stream final table.

Single-Day Prizes at the Wynn

The Wynn resumed their familiar schedule of one-day events and produced a few more quality winners. Antoine Saout added a second trophy to his summer collection for winning The $1,100 $200,000 guarantee on June 23 outright for $87,089. On June 2, Saout won the $600 $500,000 SuperStack at The Venetian to ship $137,504.

Joining Saout in the Wynners Circle are Gerald Ringe, who earned $45,808 in the June 25 $500 $100,000 guarantee and Justin Brach. Ringe’s title compliments his 2015 bracelet for conquering the $1,500 Stud Hi-Lo tournament.

Brach finished on top of Joe Kuether in the June 24 $1,100 $200,000 guarantee and cashed out for $92,079.

The next multi-day event at the Wynn starts on June 26 with another $1,100 $1 million guarantee with three starting flights. When the Wynn put a seven-figure guarantee on the board two weeks ago, 2,427 entrants participated to set a record for the largest field at the property.

WPT ARIA 500 Underway

The ‘Main Event’ of the ARIA Poker Classic kicked off this week with the multi-flight WPT500. The $1 million guarantee is expected to draw over 2,500 runners during the nine starting flights before Day 2 opens on July 2.