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Card Player Poker Tour Venetian: Tommy Chen Leads After Day 1A

$2 Million Guarantee Main Event Draws Field Of 42 For First Of Three Starting Flights

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The Card Player Poker Tour returned to the Venetian Las Vegas on Sunday as part of the DeepStack Extravaganza III, a series boasting more than $16 million in guarantees this summer.

At noon, the $5,000 buy-in main event kicked off with the first of three starting flights. Each player began with 25,000 in chips and benefited from a generous structure of 75-minute blind levels. The levels will increase to 90-minutes beginning on day 2.

Tommy ChenA total of 42 showed for day 1A action and only 16 made it through the day. As is the case with most live tournaments, the fields for day 1B and 1C will undoubtedly be much larger.

After eight levels of action, it was Tommy Chen who ended the day on top of the leaderboard with more than three times the average stack. Other notables moving on to day 2 include Ben Yu, Cesar Garcia, John Monnette, Kane Kalas, Andoni Larabe, Chris Oliver, Jonathan Delong and Tom Kearney.

The CPPT made its last appearance at the Venetian back in 2013. That event was won by Card Player’s own Allyn Shulman, who picked up the $293,966 first-place prize.

Card Player will be on hand each day of the tournament as it plays down to a champion. Players can register for this tournament, and re-enter, up to the conclusion of level 10 on day 2.

Here’s a look at the chip counts from the field.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Tommy Chen 213,700
2 Cesar Garcia 123,400
3 Chris Oliver 112,200
4 James Hughes 104,400
5 Chou Chou 84,300
6 Jonathan Delong 75,500
7 John Monnette 71,900
8 Tom Kearney 66,900
9 Andoni Larabe 48,000
10 Paul Tschernia 41,900
11 Ben Yu 35,900
12 Kane Kalas 19,400
13 Pakinai Lisawad 16,300
14 Klein Bach 10,900
15 Julian Parmann 9,600
16 Lev Milman 5,700

For more information about the CPPT, visit the tour’s homepage.