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Ankush Mandavia Leads After Day 3 In 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $5K Main Event

34 Players Remain To Compete For $655K Prize


Day 3 of the 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $5,000 buy-in no-limit main event saw a field of 95 to start play dwindle to 34 by night’s end on Thursday, with some notable poker pros still in contention for the $655,847 top prize.

The money bubble burst on day 3, with the final 72 players earning at least a couple of buy-ins back. A min-cash was worth $10,557. The event drew a massive field of 688 entries, building a $3,199,200 prize pool that blew away the $2,000,000 guarantee.

The chip leader going into the final scheduled day (the event might be extended to Saturday if necessary) is Ankush Mandavia (pictured), a poker pro from Atlanta with $4.2 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Mandavia has 1.245 million.

He won a huge, knockout pot on the money bubble to reach the top of the chip counts. Perhaps due to some history at the table, he was able to pick off a massive bluff by Eyal Al Revah thanks to flopping a set. Unfortunately for Al Revah, this time he only had second worst pair on board and no draw, so he was drawing dead on the river against Mandavia. Mandavia was up to 1.18 million and basically maintained that stack for the rest of the night.

Other big names with stacks include Matt Giannetti (407,000), David Sands (407,000), Martin Jacobson (386,000) and Paul Volpe (150,000).

Some of the players eliminated on day 3 include Jesse Sylvia (35th), Kristen Bicknell (36th), Eric Blair (37th), Eugene Katchalov (38th), James Obst (45th), Jared Hamby (50th), Layne Flack (56th), Shannon Shorr (58th), Cate Hall (70th) and Eric Baldwin (71st).

The final six players will all earn at least a six-figure sum. The event began on July 17 and was scheduled to run until July 21 at the Venetian Poker Room located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Card Player will be providing live updates of the tournament starting at noon local time.

Here’s a look at the chip counts from the remaining 34 players.

They will be playing 5,000-10,000 with a 1,000-chip ante.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Ankush Mandavia 1,245,000
2 Tsang Yan Shing 1,154,000
3 Samuel Bernabeau 1,075,000
4 Vladimir Dobrovolskii 991,000
5 Dan DiZenzo 950,000
6 Tamer Kamel 939,000
7 Felix Schulze 842,000
8 Dimitar Danchev 793,000
9 Dylan Linde 637,000
10 Renick Patterson 535,000
11 DNR 518,000
12 Ravi Raghavan 462,000
13 Kurt Fitzgerald 455,000
14 Chino Rheem 451,000
15 Sergio Aido 443,000
16 Javier Gomez 442,000
17 Fabian Ortiz 440,000
18 Barry Hutter 408,000
19 Nabil Mohamed 408,000
20 Matt Giannetti 407,000
21 David Sands 407,000
22 Paul Hoefer 395,000
23 Martin Jacobson 386,000
24 Jordan Meltzer 374,000
25 Ben Palmer 354,000
26 Brian Okin 326,000
27 Brett Richey 284,000
28 Thomas Gabriel 230,000
29 Chris Tryba 200,000
30 Petr Bortagov 179,000
31 Dylan Wilkerson 166,000
32 Paul Volpe 158,000
33 Ryan Phan 122,000
34 Danny Noam 95,000