James Carroll rang within the new 12 months in model, defeating a discipline of 1,009 whole entries to win the 2021 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian $1,100 buy-in no-limit maintain’em principal occasion. The two-time World Poker Tour principal occasion champion earned $180,850 for the win.
This was Carroll’s twenty ninth recorded event title, and it introduced him inside placing distance of $5 million in profession earnings. This was the fifth-largest rating on Carroll’s resume, together with his two largest being for his WPT principal occasion wins earned within the 2014 Bay 101 Shooting Star (a $1,256,550 prime prize) and the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (a $715,175 prime prize).
Carroll has an opportunity to develop into a three-time WPT champion within the close to future, as he’s among the many ultimate six gamers on the 2020 WPT L.A. Poker Classic ultimate desk which has been delayed for the reason that begin of the COVID-19 outbreak. Carroll will enter the ultimate desk in third chip place when it’s finally rescheduled this 12 months.
The ultimate day of this occasion started with 133 gamers remaining from the 1,009 entries made. The $978,730 prize pool that was constructed on account of the massive turnout was paid out among the many prime 104 finishers. Plenty of huge names made the cash however fell in need of the official ultimate desk, together with Michael Rocco (103rd – $2,251), Lexi Gavin (93rd – $2,447), World Series of Poker bracelet winner Benjamin Keeline (91st – $2,447), Ricardo Eyzaguirre (74th – $2,838), current Benny Binion Shootout winner William Firebaugh (68th – $3,034), and 2020 MSPT Venetian champion Landon Tice (twentieth – $7,047), who topped a discipline of 1,123 at this identical venue in November of final 12 months to win $201,529.
Carroll had come into the ultimate day in thirty sixth chip place among the many ultimate 133 gamers, however he managed to battle his manner into the chip lead by the point the eight-handed ultimate desk was set.
He scored his first elimination of the ultimate desk when his Okay-Q held up in opposition to the Q-J of Veselin Dimitrov (sixth – $28,383. After that Carroll went on an absolute tear, busting every one of many remaining rivals on his solution to the title. He began this ultimate spree by busting Bill Lewis (fifth – $38,170) with prime set in opposition to Lewis’ prime and backside pair. He then knocked out Daniel Sammarco (4th – $57,745) and Daniel Jones (third – $84,171) to take a large lead into heads-up play in opposition to William Chao.
In the ultimate hand of the occasion Carroll raised to 400,000 on the button with A9 and Chao three-bet to 1,360,000 from the massive blind with A6. Carroll four-bet all-in and Chao known as to place himself in danger. The board ran out 874A8 and Carroll’s superior kicker performed to earn him the pot and the title. Chao took residence $135,277 because the runner-up finisher.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and POY factors awarded on the ultimate desk:
Winner picture credit: MSPT / Venetian Poker Room Twitter accounts.