Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian taken down by Landon Tice
By Bob Garcia
The 21-year-old poker pro earned over $200,000 in the $1,100 buy-in event
The 2002 Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian $1,100 NLHE Main Event is in the bag. 1,123 entries were recorded for the tournament, leading to a prize pool of over $1 million that easily overcame the $200,000 guarantee. By the time the dust settled and only one player remained, it would be 21-year-old poker pro Landon Tice hoisting the trophy.
There were just 148 players remaining on the last day of the tournament, and it took 16 hours to finally determine a winner. Tice made it to the final table, but wasn’t in the best of spots when the money action began. However, he fought his way back to take the chip lead and finally face Brandon Lombardo in the final head-up battle. As the two players vied for control, Lombardo threatened his opponent’s position a few times, but a few strategic calls kept him under. When it was over, Lombardo was handed $135,074 for his second-place finish and Vice picked up $201,529.
This was Tice’s biggest ticket to date. The Florida native has cashed in several games since emerging on the scene earlier this year, and his largest purse until now was $29,187, which he won for taking down the $1,000 WSOP.com NLHE Turbo DeepStack Eight Max event this past summer. He also added 960 Card Player Player of the Year points with his latest win.
Vice said via Twitter after the event, “Going to bed now (well trying to), but thank you everyone for the love. I’m extremely proud of myself for executing in spots when ‘money is significant,’ and easy to justify risk aversion.”