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Day 1 Of Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event Draws 138 Entries

Registration Still Open Until End Of Level 12

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The Card Player Poker Tour rolled into the Venetian for a $3,500 main event as part of the December Extravaganza, a 15-event tournament series with more than $900,000 in guarantees.

Much like the rest of the tournament series, the main event proved to be a hit, with 138 entries so far and registration open for an additional four levels on Saturday for day 2. That leaves the event just short of it’s $500,000 guarantee, which will easily be surpassed with even a modest day 2 turnout.

Dan HeimillerAfter eight levels of action, only 70 players survived to bag up for the evening, led by 2014 WSOP Seniors event champion, Dan Heimiller. The 55-year-old also finished third in the 2016 CPPT Venetian main event for $237,719.

Heimiller bagged up an astounding 342,800, or a little less than nine starting stacks. His next closest competitor was Almedin Imsirovic with 211,900.

Other notables who survived the day with healthy stacks included Chris Moorman (108,700), Ryan Laplante (98,200), Joseph Cheong (92,400), Ankush Mandavia (87,000), Byron Kaverman (80,500), Matt Glantz (80,200), Jordan Cristos (79,300), and Kevin MacPhee (68,100).

The action resumes Saturday at noon for day 2. Here’s a look at the top of the overnight chip counts.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Dan Heimiller 342,800
2 Almedin Imsirovic 211,900
3 Claas Segebrecht 198,100
4 Oleg Chebotarev 175,000
5 Ricky Guan 160,100
6 Rok Gostisa 155,300
7 Mai Lehmanski 153,800
8 Eric Bunch 142,200
9 Evan Shaughnessey 129,000
10 James Calvo 122,200
11 Tim Sullivan 115,700
12 John Cosgrove 114,200
13 Patrick Truong 108,900
14 Chris Moorman 108,700
15 Dustin Lee 106,100
16 Eric Vallee 102,000
17 Mike Hack 98,400
18 Ryan LaPlante 98,200
19 Bob Shao 95,300
20 Joris Springaer 94,000
21 Aaron Duczak 92,500
22 Joseph Cheong 92,400
23 Garrett Utt 89,800
24 Ankush Mandavia 87,000
25 Will Jaurez 86,600