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Chris Meyers Wins Second Mid-States Poker Tour Title At The Venetian

Former MSPT Player of the Year Topped A Field Of 696 Runners In Las Vegas

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Chris Meyers is no stranger to success on the Mid-States Poker Tour. The poker pro added his second title on the tour at the MSPT Venetian stop in Las Vegas on Wednesday, earning $158,100 to bring his career tournament earnings to $1.2 million.

Meyers previously claimed MSPT Player of the Year honors, and it’s pretty much just a matter of time before he takes his place in the MSPT Hall of Fame.

“This is great! Sometimes it’s just your day,” said Meyers after the win. “These are great events, and they get great turnouts across the country. It’s one of the best tours out there. The Venetian has been running this great series parallel to the WSOP for a long time, and the MSPT has partnered with them every year, so I’m very happy to get this one.”

The $1,600 buy-in no-limit hold’em event attracted a field of 696 entries after two starting flights, and that set the prize pool at $991,800 to top the guarantee of $750,000.

The top 78 players took home at least $3,430 when they returned for the final day of play. Notables that made a deep run included William Givens (11th), Jack Hardcastle (12th), Umut Ozturk (17th), and Mukul Pahuja (22nd).

When the final table began, Meyers was already out in front with a big stack, which he added to when he took out Simon Britton in seventh place.

His next knockout punch came when Meyers took out the red hot David Coleman in fifth place. Coleman banked $50,685 in yet another final-table finish this year. He now has 15 on the year, to go along with four titles to put him in second place in the Card Player Player of the Year race, about 800 points behind front-runner Adrian Mateos.

Meyers kept his foot on the gas, knocking out Sanford Tabin in fifth and WSOP main event runner-up Tony Miles to give himself a nearly 6:1 chip advantage into the heads-up final against Safwane Bahri.

Bahri got all in short with A-10, and Meyers had him covered holding K-Q. Bahri was ahead to the river, but the dealer finished the board with a queen, giving the final pot to Meyers.

Bahri took home a six-figure score worth $117,054 for his deep run in the tournament, and that gives the Frenchman close to $900,000 in career tournament earnings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Chris Meyers $158,100 840
2 Safwane Bahri $117,054 700
3 Tony Miles $87,600 560
4 Sanford Tabin $66,270 420
5 David Coleman $50,685 350
6 Thanh Nguyen $39,197 280
7 Simon Britton $30,685 210
8 Elvyn Santos $24,245 140
9 Mario Luiz Mentrop $19,398 70

Photo credit: MSPT.