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Card Player Poker Tour: 5,498 Main Event Entries Made In Season 7

A Look Back At The 12 CPPT Main Event Titles Awarded In 2019


The Card Player Poker Tour kicked off its eighth season in January. With the 2020 events now underway, here is a look back at the tour’s seventh season, which featured 12 stops across North America with buy-ins ranging from as low as $230 all the way up to $5,000. The 12 CPPT main event tournaments held throughout 2019 attracted a total of 5,498 entries, with more than $5.5 million in prize money awarded. Here is a look back at each and every CPPT champion decided this year.

The first event on the schedule for 2019 was the January running of the CPPT Ocean’s Eleven San Diego Classic. The $250 buy-in tournament drew 756 entries during its six starting flights, with another 67 entries made by players who opted to take advantage of the Quantum Tournament structure and bought directly into day 2 for $1,500. In the end, San Diego resident Matthew Welch came out on top, capturing the first big title of his career, in addition to the $41,300 top prize.

The next stop found the tour across the border in Canada. The 2019 CPPT World Cup of Cards $1,100 CAD no-limit hold’em main event drew 317 total entries. After three total days of action, Danny Ibrahim emerged victorious. The Ottawa, Ontario native was awarded $36,533 USD for the win.

The CPPT returned to Ocean’s Eleven in April for the second of three San Diego Classic events held in 2019. This time around there were a total of 728 entries made. 2007 World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitional champion Adam Weinraub secured the victory this time around, cashing for $32,212 in the process.

May saw the tour head to sunny Florida for the CPPT bestbet Jacksonville $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The strong turnout of 329 entries saw the event’s $200,000 guarantee easily surpassed, creating a final prize pool of $319,130. The lion’s share of that was ultimately awarded to Dylan Drazen. The Florida native earned $62,613 as the champion of this event.

The 2019 CPPT Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series $5,000 buy-in main event once again featured a $2 million guarantee. With a total of 564 entries, that prize pool grew to over $2.6 million. In the end, Russian poker pro Andrey Pateychuk outlasted a tough final table to secure the largest top prize of the season: $547,777.

The third and final CPPT Ocean’s Eleven San Diego Classic event of the year took place in July. A total of 926 entries were made in the event, and when the dust settled it was Brazilian poker pro Mateus Lessa who secured the title and the top prize of $43,120.

The CPPT returned to the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in October for a $500,000 guaranteed $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The tournament attracted 507 total entries, including 29 day 2 direct buy-ins made for $4,300. As a result, the prize pool grew to $594,000. In the end, Moldovan poker pro Vyacheslav Stoyanov emerged victorious, earning $108,480 after striking a heads-up deal with Chris Klodnicki, who had finished fourth in the CPPT main event at Venetian Las Vegas just a few months prior.

The 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland $200,000 guaranteed $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event was won by 60-year-old commercial contractor Joe Cashen. He defeated a field of 192 total entries to earn a top prize of $50,680.

The next stop on the circuit was also situated in the Northeast. The 2019 Card Player Poker Tour Seneca Fall Poker Classic $1,000 no-limit hold’em main event saw it’s $200,000 guarantee surpassed when 247 entries built the prize pool up to $218,027. On the fourth day of tournament action it was Peter Kaemmerlen who came out on top. The IT manager from Fairport, New York earned $53,419 and his spot on the cover of Card Player magazine as the champion of this event.

The inaugural running of the CPPT Deadwood Shooutout $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event drew 157 entries to the Silverado-Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex, building a prize pool of $152,290. Rapid City, SD resident Warner Ghere earned $39,215 for the win.

The penultimate main event of the season saw the CPPT return to Las Vegas in December for the Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza Poker Series $3,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event. The $500,000 guaranteed event drew 160 total entries, but when all was said and done Valentyn Shabelnyk came out on top with the title and the first-place prize of $136,080.

The final CPPT stop of the year was held at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida. The centerpiece of the series was a $230 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The tournament’s $60,000 guarantee was easily surpassed when 548 entries were made, building a prize pool of $100,830. Diego Lezcano took home $11,225 as the eventual champion.

Thanks to all of the players who came out and participated in Card Player Poker Tour events in 2019. We look forward to seeing you again at a CPPT stop in 2020.