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Jon Turner Wins 2016 Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event

Turner Banks $536,858 First-Place Prize


The $5,000 buy-in Card Player Poker Tour Venetian main event drew a field of 537 players, creating a total prize pool of $2,497,050. After six days of action, it was longtime tournament grinder Jon Turner who came away win the win, along with the largest score of his career for $536,858.

Turner topped the biggest event on the schedule for the Venetian Deepstack Extravaganza III, a series boasting more than $16 million in guarantees this summer.

The 34-year-old North Carolina-native is one of the top online poker players in history, earning more than $7.7 million playing under the name PearlJammer. He now has more than $2.56 million in live earnings, meaning he has crossed the $10 million mark in total poker earnings.

Artem MetalidiIn order to secure the victory, Turner had to overcome a tough final table that included Artem Metalidi (2nd), Dan Heimiller (3rd), Jeremy Ausmus (6th), Erick Lindgren (8th) and Tim Reilly (9th). Other notables who made the money included Ben Palmer (53rd), Kathy Liebert (52nd), Tom Kearney (49th), Jason Wheeler (48th), Joe Elpayaa (47th), Lily Kiletto (43rd), Jeff Madsen (40th), Joey Weissman (39th), Eddy Sabat (36th), Hiren Patel (34th), Chris Oliver (25th), Chance Kornuth (22nd), Adrian Mateos Diaz (14th) and Dan Sindelar (12th).

With a generous structure that at one point saw the final four players each working with an average of 83 big blinds, the tournament could have lasted well into the early morning, but Turner started to pull away from the pack and put pressure on the shorter stacks.

After busting Heimiller in third place by rivering the nut flush, Turner took a 4-1 chip lead into heads-up play. It wasn’t long before Turner stretched that lead out even more and Metalidi was down to about 15 big blinds. On his final hand, Metalidi moved in with pocket queens and Turner needed help with AHeart Suit9Heart Suit. The flop came down KHeart Suit8Club Suit4Heart Suit giving Turner a flush draw, and the turn and river JClub Suit ADiamond Suit was enough to give him the title.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jon Turner $536,858 1680
2 Artem Metalidi $329,860 1400
3 Dan Heimiller $237,719 1120
4 Thomas Paul $179,788 840
5 Matt Parry $134,841 700
6 Jeremy Ausmus $102,379 560
7 Ilan Boujenah $79,906 420
8 Erick Lindgren $62,426 280
9 Tim Reilly $47,444 140