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CPTV Video Spotlight -- 2013 CPPT Venetian Final Table Recap

Watch Allyn Shulman Top A Stacked Final Table Featuring Anthony Zinno, Jonathan Little and Dan O'Brien


Allyn ShulmanThe Card Player Poker Tour’s action-packed fourth season continues this week with the CPPT Card Player Cruises event kicking off on Sept. 16 and the CPPT Bicycle Hotel & Casino main event beginning on Oct. 15. While new CPPT champions are to be be decided in the coming weeks, this article takes a look back at one of the tour’s biggest and most exciting final tables: the 2013 CPPT Venetian $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event.

The tournament drew 262 players to build a prize pool of $1,224,850. After three full days of play the final table of nine was set, and it featured one of the toughest lineups in the tour’s history including future Card Player Player of the Year Anthony Zinno, two-time World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Little, seasoned poker pro Dan O’Brien and 2012 WSOP senior’s event champion Allyn Shulman.

In the end Shulman emerged victorious and claimed the top prize of $293,966. On the road to Shulman’s victory were several exciting and interesting hands, all of which were documented in Card Player TV’s 30-minute final table recap video which you can find below.

One of the most pivotal hands of the tournament arose during five handed play, when Shulman was the shortest stack remaining. Action folded to Shulman in the small blind and she raised to 40,000 with blinds of 10,000-20,000. Jonathan Little made the call from the big blind, and the two players were set to play a tricky blind-versus-blind pot and the two saw a flop of JSpade SuitJDiamond Suit4Diamond Suit.

Shulman moved all in for 694,000. Little looked anything but comfortable but eventually opted to make the call with the 9Spade Suit9Heart Suit. Shulman had picked up the AHeart SuitADiamond Suit in the blind-on-blind battle and was well ahead. The turn brought another ace to give Shulman aces full and leave Little drawing dead.

From there Shulman was able to knock out Dan O’Brien in third place to enter heads-up play versus Alex Condon with 3 million to his 3.5 million. Shulman took control right away and never looked back. Roughly an hour into heads-up play Shulman sent Condon to the rail, securing the title and the second largest payday of her career.

Check out the video below for all of the exciting action, and head over to the Card Player Poker Tour website to learn more about the tour and it’s upcoming stops.