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Card Player Poker Tour Venetian DeepStack Showdown Main Event Draws 258 Entries On Day 1

Registration Remains Open For Main Event Through Start Of Level 13 Saturday Afternoon


With 258 entries on day 1, the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian DeepStack Showdown $3,500 main event has already surpassed last year’s field size, and registration remains open throughout the night and even into Saturday.

The robust field of runners has already shattered the $500,000 guarantee, and with a strong showing on day 2, there’s a chance that the prize pool will reach seven figures.

Raul ManzaresAfter ten levels of play, the player who put himself in the best position for a big payday was Raul Manzares, who bagged up 326,000 to earn the overall chip lead. He was followed closely by Mike Leah, who won a huge pot during the last few orbits of the night with the nut flush to end up with 316,100.

Rounding out the rest of the top five were Ray Qartomy with 267,200, David Coleman with 239,000, Todd Rebello with 225,300. Other notables from the 106 advancing include Will Givens, Craig Varnell, David Pham, Griffin Benger, Scott Clements, Joe Kuether, John Racener, John Morgan, Joseph Cheong, Harrison Gimbel, Chance Kornuth, Jordan Cristos, Aaron Massey, Jon Turner, Ben Palmer, Jay Farber, Ryan Laplante, Ankush Mandavia, Shannon Shorr, Mike Del Vecchio, Justin Liberto, Anthony Zinno, Antoine Saout, and Jesse Sylvia.

Those still looking to still get into the tournament have until the start of level 13 (around 2:15 pm) to do so, and will receive a stack of 40,000 in chips with blinds of 500-1,000 with a 1,000 big blind ante to start day 2.

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Here are the top ten chip stacks entering day 2. Click here for the full overnight list.

Rank Player Name Chip Count
1 Raul Manzanares 326,600
2 Mike Leah 316,100
3 Ray Qartomy 267,300
4 David Coleman 239,000
5 Todd Rebello 225,300
6 Will Givens 218,300
7 Bob Shao 213,900
8 Kfir Nahum 209,900
9 Craig Varnell 205,600
10 Andrew Ostapchenko 204,600