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Mark Radoja Leads Final Table In Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event

Radoja, Cheong Have Nearly Half The Chips In Play


It was payday down at the Venetian for the $3,500 buy-in Card Player Poker Tour main event, with 25 surviving hopefuls from a total field of 235 returning for day 3 on the money bubble.

Only 24 could get paid, and it took eights hands of hand-for-hand play before the bubble burst. In the end, Taylor Paur’s pocket aces were cracked by Jim Carroll’s set of tens and Paur was forced to hit the rail without recording the cash.

With the rest of the field in the money and guaranteed at least $7,106, the action picked up quickly. Several notable players were eliminated before the final table, including Maria Ho (22nd), Shannon Shorr (21st), Darren Rabinowitz (17th), Matt Glantz (15th), Ryan Laplante (14th), Claas Segebrecht (13th), Ben Zamani (12th), and Ankush Mandavia (10th).

After seven levels of play, just 9 players remained. Leading the way is Mark Radoja (pictured above) with 2,480,000, who won a massive coin flip against Paul Volpe during the last level when his pocket queens held against A-K.

Joseph CheongGoing into the final day in second place will be 2010 WSOP main event third-place finisher Joseph Cheong, who scored a big double up through Dylan Linde and then picked off a hefty bluff from Almedin Imsirovic to wrap up the day with 2,050,000.

Imsirovic will enter the final table in sixth place, which is an accomplishment in and of itself after being down to less than two big blinds with an hour left in the evening. Joining him at the final table are the aforementioned Linde and Volpe, as well as fellow poker pros Mike Dentale and Jack Salter.

The action will resume Monday at noon PT, and will continue until someone walks away with the $185,061 first-place prize. Be sure to check back with Card Player to follow the live updates.

Here’s a look at the overnight chip counts.

Seat 1 — Jack Salter — 915,000
Seat 2 — Jim Carroll — 675,000
Seat 3 — Dylan Linde — 370,000
Seat 4 — Joseph Cheong — 2,050,000
Seat 5 — Eric Vallee — 490,000
Seat 6 — Mark Radoja — 2,480,000
Seat 7 — Almedin Imsirovic — 530,000
Seat 8 — Mike Dentale — 1,440,000
Seat 9 — Paul Volpe — 455,000