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70 Players Advance To Day 2 Of Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event

Winner Will Take Home $154,253 On Sunday


The Venetian Resort Las VegasThe $500,000 guarantee for the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian main event ended up being no sweat as 279 entries were made on day 1C, bringing the total field size to 560. It was enough to create an overall prize pool of $798,000.

The winner, which will be determined late Sunday night, is slated to take home $154,253 to go along with the trophy and the Deepstack Extravaganza title.

With 12.5% of the field advancing to day 2 and earning at least a min-cash of $3,463, that meant that 35 players would be joining the 36 that bagged between day 1A and 1B.

At least that was the plan, but on the final hand of the evening, two players were eliminated. With the rules stating that only those advancing to day 2 made the money, instead 34 will move on, leaving 70 survivors overall between the three starting flights.

Leading the day 1C and overall field is Brian Battistone. Battistone won a huge pot with a set of tens against Snow Frog’s pocket aces to climb the leaderboard and then finished the night strong to bag 923,000.

Kristen FoxenIn second place is three-time bracelet winner Kristen Foxen, who bullied her table to a stack of 872,000. Her husband, high-stakes crusher and fellow bracelet winner Alex Foxen, also advanced, but finished near the bottom of the counts with just 44,000.

The rest of the top five was rounded out by Marquis Waters (825,000), recent Poker Hall of Fame nominee Kathy Liebert (757,000), and Brian Cunningham (748,000). Other notables still in contention include Nipun Java, Brandon Zuidema, John Phan, Jim Collopy, Shawn Daniels, Jesse Sylvia, Patrick Eskandar, Eric Blair, and Venetian tournament standout Ben Palmer.

The players will return to The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. to play down to a champion.