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The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas To Host Card Player Poker Tour This Fall

More Than $10 Million In Guaranteed Prize Money To Be Awarded During The Series

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Oct 06, 2021


This fall, it’s time to go all in.

The DeepStack Championship Poker Series offers everything players crave: the chance to show off their hard-earned skills, the anticipation of the next hand, and the thrill of coming out on top. The best part? When you compete at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas, you can stay in the largest standard accommodations on the Strip—where every room is a luxurious suite.

From Sept. 27 to Nov. 28, DeepStack will take over with a nine-week frenzy of spirited gaming that boasts 76 tournaments and more than $10 million in guaranteed prize pools.

The DeepStack Championship Poker Series plays out with several options and formats that include bounties and freezeouts, plus multi- and single-day tournaments. No-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha are popular events that fill up quickly. Tournament buy-ins begin at $300 and vary all the way up to $2,500, ensuring there are accessible and exciting options for everyone.

The Card Player Poker Tour also returns Nov. 11-14 with a $2,500 buy-in and a $1 million guarantee.

Among the bigger events you’ll find on the schedule:

• $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Mid States Poker Tour with a $1 million guarantee Oct. 12-16, 2021
• $1,600 No-Limit Hold’em Mid States Poker Tour with a $1 million guarantee Oct. 18-22, 2021
• $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Mini DeepStack Championship with a $1 million guarantee Nov. 1-5, 2021
• $1,600 No-Limit Hold’em DeepStack Championship with a $1 million guarantee Nov. 7- 10, 2021

Connoisseurs of poker know that DeepStack tournaments are unmatched, where grit and strategy reveal who has what it takes to win. And the ultimate way to celebrate is to indulge in all The Venetian Resort has to offer. Explore globally inspired restaurants, unparalleled cocktails at The Cocktail Collective, and legendary entertainment while playing in one of the most dynamic events in poker.

A Historical Look At The CPPT Venetian Main Event

This will be the tenth time that the CPPT has teamed up with The Venetian since the tour made its debut at the venue in 2013. More than $15.8 million in prize money has been paid out during the nine previous CPPT Venetian main events. With big fields and high buy-ins, these events have been among the very largest in CPPT history. In fact, the top 10 on the tour’s all-time money list is entirely composed of players that have either won or finished in the top few spots in the main events at Venetian.

The inaugural CPPT Venetian main event drew 262 entries back in 2013. WSOP bracelet winner Allyn Shulman came out on top in the $5,000 buy-in tournament to secure the trophy and the top prize of $293,966. Shulman beat out a tough final table full of notable players like Card Player Columnist Jonathan Little (5th place – $67,367), three-time World Poker Tour champion and two-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (4th – $86,964), and Dan O’Brien (3rd – $122,485).

The next CPPT Venetian $5,000 buy-in main event was held in 2016. The tournament drew a field of 537 entries, with Jon Turner beating Artem Metalidi for the win. Turner’s $536,858 bounty as the victor was the largest payday of his career. The 2017 running of the $5,000 buy-in main event saw Spain’s Javier Gomez emerge victorious from a field of 688 entries, overcoming Paul Hoefer heads-up to earn the $561,349 top prize. It remains the largest payout in CPPT history.

The first-ever running of a CPPT Venetian main event held outside of the summer months saw Mike Dentale beat out a field of 235 entries in a $3,500 buy-in tournament in December of 2017 to win $185,061. He outlasted a final table that included three-time bracelet winner Paul Volpe (9th – $17,026), WPT main event winner Dylan Linde (6th – $34,792), 2021 POY race leader Ali Imsirovic (4th – $61,441), bracelet winner and 2010 WSOP main event third-place finisher Joseph Cheong (3rd – $82,908), and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Mark Radoja (2nd – $115,035).

2015 Card Player Player of the Year award winner Anthony Zinno navigated his way through a field of 547 entries to win the 2018 CPPT Venetian $5,000 buy-in main event. Zinno survived a stacked final table, overcoming the likes of 2014 WSOP main event champion Martin Jacobson (9th – $48,068), 2013 WSOP main event runner-up Jay Farber (5th – $134,083), and bracelet winner and high-stakes tournament star Stephen Chidwick (4th – $177,091). Zinno earned $466,670 as the champion.

That winter, Jon Turner came out on top of a field of 341 entries in the $3,500 buy-in main event held in December to win his second CPPT Venetian title and the top prize of $201,000. Turner struck a deal with 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 high roller runner-up Joe Kuether (2nd – $198,584) during heads-up play to bring the event to a close.

European Poker Tour and WPT main event winner Andrey Pateychuk took down the 2019 CPPT Venetian $5,000 buy-in main event, earning $547,777 as the champion. The tournament had drawn 564 entries. Among the other big names at the final table were WSOP bracelet winner Chris Klodnicki (4th – $182,595) and Stephen Chidwick, who managed to improve by one spot on his fourth-place finish in 2018 (3rd – $245,199).

The December 2019 $3,500 buy-in CPPT Venetian main event was won by Ukrainian poker pro Valentyn Shabelnyk. He topped a tough final table that included high-stakes tournament player George Wolff (3rd – $60,480) and two-time bracelet winner Steve Sung (2nd – $85,176) to lock up the trophy and the $136,080 top prize.

The most recent running of the CPPT Venetian saw WSOP bracelet winner Ankush Mandavia top a field of 652 entries in a $2,500 buy-in event in the early months of 2021. Mandavia took home $260,000 for the win after striking a heads-up deal with Anselmo Villarreal.

Be sure to make your way to The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas this fall to take your shot at becoming the next champion crowned on the Card Player Poker Tour.