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Mark Koeln Bags Biggest Stack In Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Day 1B

Final Starting Flight Starts 11:10 A.M. On Saturday


Mark KoelnDay 1B of the Card Player Poker Tour main event at The Venetian Las Vegas drew 112 entrants. When combined with the 93 from day 1A, the field size is now up to 205 with one starting flight still to go.

As a result, day 1C will need to draw about 130 players in order for The Venetian to avoid an overlay on their $750,000 guarantee.

After 14 levels of play it was Mark Koeln who finished atop the second flight, ending with 534,000. He’s joined on the leaderboard by high roller crusher Jeremy Ausmus (477,000), who finally built up a stack after nine entries.

Poker vlogger Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno finished the night with 451,000. Moreno’s brother Andrew also had a good start in this tournament, accumulating 747,000 in flight 1A which is good for second place among both surviving fields. Dan Colpoys is still the overall leader with 825,000.

Connor Stuewe (147,000) and David Jackson (170,000) are just two weeks removed from a heads-up showdown in the MSPT Venetian $1,600 main event, each deciding on a chop worth about $156,000. Both players were able to find a bag and advance to day 2.

Other notables still in the hunt include Jesse Yaginuma (323,000), Hye Park (302,000), Curt Kohlberg (267,000), Jim Collopy (237,000), John Riordan (140,000), Mitch Garshofsky (107,000), Joseph Cheong (105,000), Taylor Black (91,000), and Zach Donovan (84,000).

The third starting flight kicks off at 11:10 a.m. Saturday. Registration for the tournament will remain open until the start of level 13. Everyone who makes it through will combine on Sunday at noon to play down to the final table.

Check out the full combined chip counts from the first two starting flights below.