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Card Player Poker Tour Wraps Up Fifth And Biggest Season Yet

A Look Back At The 12 CPPT Main Event Champions Decided In 2017


The fifth season of the Card Player Poker Tour saw several new benchmarks set. With 12 stops this year, the CPPT offered more great events in more locations than ever before.

The fifth season also saw the largest ever first-place prize in the tour’s history – awarded to 2017 CPPT Venetian $5,000 buy-in main event champion Javier Gomez, who took home $561,349 as that tournament’s champion. The CPPT also saw new champions decided all across the United States, as well as in Canada and the Caribbean. Without further ado, here is a look at the CPPT season five winners.

The year kicked off with the 2017 CPPT Ocean’s 11 San Diego Classic $250 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The tournament drew 630 total entries to build a $178,800 prize pool. Barry Knowlton emerged victorious in the end, earning $17,157.

The second winner of the season was decided at the Casino Royale in beautiful Maho Bay, St. Maarten. The CPPT St. Maarten $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event drew 121 entries, with Pierre Delamare coming out on top with the title and the $32,863 first prize.

In April the tour returned to Oceanside, California for the second CPPT Ocean’s 11 San Diego Classic+ event of the year. This time around the event attracted 920 total entries, the largest turnout ever in this tournament. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Shawn Busse topped the record field to win $48,910.

May saw the tour head to Florida for the CPPT bestbet Jacksonville $1,100 no-limit hold’em main event. The tournament sported a $200,00 guarantee, which was easily surpassed when 378 entries created a $366,660 prize pool. Jared Reinstein was the last player standing, earning $75,714 for the win.

In July the CPPT returned to the Bicycle Hotel & Casino for a lower buy-in, huge field main event. The $245 tournament drew a huge field of 1,754 entries to create a $467,928 prize pool, with $49,123 going to eventual champion Brad Horner.

The next event on the tour was the largest in CPPT history in terms of prize pool. The 2017 CPPT Venetian $5,000 no-limit hold’em main event drew 688 entries to blow away the $2 million guarantee. The event built a $3,199,200 prize pool in the end, with the lion’s share going to Javier Gomez, who took home the largest first-place prize in the tour’s history: $561,349.

The third and final CPPT Ocean’s 11 event of 2017 took place at the end of July. Barry Seidman outlasted the 910-entry field in the $250 buy-in tournament to win $38,873.

In August the tour made its first-ever trek to Mississippi for the CPPT Scarlet Pearl main event. The $360 tournament drew 537 total entries to create a prize pool of $160,026. John Langevin came out on top in the end, earning $22,993 after cutting a deal three-handed.

As August came to a close, Luc Bellerive was the next player to become a CPPT champion. He defeated a field of 191 entries in the CPPT World Cup of Cards $1,650 CAD no-limit hold’em main event to win the $98,000 CAD ($78,361 USD) top prize.

The tour returned to the Los Angeles area for the second CPPT Bicycle Hotel & Casino main event of the season. This time around the event sported a $1,100 buy-in, and with 550 entries the prize pool surged past the $400,000 guarantee to grow to $673,180. Andrew Wisdom came away with the title and the top prize of $165,025.

In November, the tour made its way to the Northeast for the CPPT Seneca Fall Poker Classic $1,000 no-limit hold’em main event. The field of 271 entries was narrowed down to just Guy Klass, who earned $58,608 as the event’s champion.

The final event of the season was the CPPT Venetian December Extravaganza $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event. The tournament drew 235 entries, with Mike Dentale emerging victorious in the end. For the win he earned $185,061.

The Card Player Poker Tour has grown and improved each and every year, and that trend is sure to continue as the tour enters its sixth season. Thanks to all of the players who came out in 2017, we look forward to seeing you again in 2018! Check out all of the upcoming CPPT stops by clicking here.