An incredible 2,790 entries were made over the course of four starting days at the $1,100 buy-in Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Venetian main event, meaning there was a total of $2,692,350 up for grabs in the prize pool.
The lion’s share ultimately went to 63-year-old Harlen Miller, who more than tripled his career earnings with the $367,801 first-place prize.
This was his second title at the Venetian, having taken down the $600 buy-in seniors event for $75,510 back in 2018.
“I skipped my niece’s wedding to come play this event,” Miller admitted to PokerNews reporters. “I just had a feeling. At least now I can get her a better wedding present.”
Miller went into heads-up play with Ryan Dodd at a significant chip disadvantage, but found a couple of timely double ups to take the lead. On the final hand, Dodd was all-in holding AJ against Miller’s pocket queens.
The flop of AJ6 gave Dodd two pair and a great chance of doubling back into the match, but the turn and river fell 10 K to give Miller a backdoor straight and the final pot of the tournament.
The final table also featured notable poker pros Aaron Massey (9th), Jimmy Tran (6th), and Jonathan Tamayo (5th).
Tamayo picked up $107,694 for his fifth-place finish, bringing his career live tournament earnings to just over $2 million. The Texas poker player was just one week removed from winning a $1,100 event at the Wynn Summer Classic for $237,935, and now sits in 19th place in the Card Player Player of the Year standings.
Here are the final table results.
This MSPT event is part of the DeepStack Championship Poker Series currently being held between May 3 and Aug. 1 at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
*Winner photo courtesy of @VenetianPoker on Twitter.