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Donovan Dean Leads Day 2 Of Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $2,500 Main Event

Alabama Native Bagged 916,000 At The End of Friday's Day 1B and Leads The Roughly 171 Players Remaining

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Thanks to a late knockout on Day 1B, resulting in a roughly 600,000-chip pot, Donovan Dean will take the chip lead into Day 2 of the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $2,500 no-limit hold’em main event.

The Alabama native bagged up 916,000 to lead the roughly 127 survivors from Friday’s Day 1B. The second starting flight attracted 698 entries, which combined with the 277 entries and 44 survivors from Thursday’s Day 1A, brings the total field size to 985 entries with a more than $2.2 million prize pool.

The Venetian staff is tallying chip counts and seat draws, but there will be roughly 171 players returning at 11 a.m. on Saturday for Day 2. When cards get in the air, one of the first things on everyone’s mind will be surviving into the money.

The top 99 spots will finish in the money for at least a min-cash worth $5,324, but the eventual winner will walk away with a $417,004 payday. The top five finishers will earn a six-figure cash.

Heading into the last few orbits of the day, it didn’t appear that anyone would overtake Vahan Sudzhyan, who finished as the Day 1A chip leader with 752,000. But just before the end of the day Dean flopped the nut straight against bottom set to win a massive pot and score a knockout. Sudzhyan will likely start Day 2 second in chips.

Other notable pros to make secure a seat in the Day 2 field include Matas Cimbolas, Kristen Bicknell, Jonathan Tamayo, Brian Altman, Sergio, Aido, and Mike Dentale.

Not everyone was lucky enough to survive the day, however, as plenty of poker talent hit the rail before the end of the day’s 16, 40-minute levels. For the rest of the tournament, however, levels will be increased to 60 minutes.

Among those that were eliminated on Friday were Ryan Laplante, Dylan Linde, Card Player Publisher Barry Shulman, Mark Newhouse, Ian O’Hara, Ping Liu, and Scott Stewart.

Card Player will have exclusive coverage as the event plays into the money and down to a winner.