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Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event Draws 457 Entries

Just 59 Players Now Remain, With Each Having Locked Up A Share of the $648,940 Prize Pool

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The 2024 Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $1,600 no-limit hold’em main event attracted a field of 457 entries, blowing away the $400,000 guarantee to create a final prize pool of $648,940.

There are now just 59 players left to battle it out for the title and the top prize of $115,989, with all remaining contenders having made the money and locked up at least $3,383 for making it this far. A full listing of the payouts can be found here.

Day 1C drew 213 entries. Day 1A had 90 turn up, while 154 entries were made on day 1B. Just 12.5 percent of the field advanced from each flight, with 27 moving on from day 1C to join the 12 from day 1A and 20 from day 1B.

Esther KimThe chip leader from day 1C, and overall chip leader, is Esther Kim with 854,000. Hot on her heels are day 1C’s Ivan Ruban (741,000), day 1B’s Michael Rossitto (733,000) and Mira Felice (725,000), and day 1C’s Landon Tice (705,000).

Kim chipped up considerably during the hand-for-hand stretch at the end of the night. Ruban won one of the largest pots of the day hero calling for his tournament life on the river with pocket nines on a queen-high board. He bested an ace-high bluff from Daniel Smiljkovic to take the pot and surge up the standings during the final hours of the day.

There are two World Poker Tour Venetian main event champions still in contention: 2021 winner Qing Liu (612,000) and 2019 champion Ben Palmer (485,000).

Other notables with a shot at the title include bracelet winner Nicholas Pupillo (482,000), bracelet winner Mike Holtz (366,000), Darren Rabinowitz (264,000), two-time bracelet winner Shannon Shorr (243,000), two-time bracelet winner Jesse Yaginuma (205,000), bracelet winner Alexandre Reard (188,000), 2022 CPPT Venetian champion John Riordan (142,000), 2013 WSOP main event champion Ryan Riess (114,000), and Ryan Laplante (108,000).

The final starting flight concluded with the elimination of 2021 CPPT Venetian champion Ankush Mandavia. The bracelet winner was forced all-in in the big blind and was unable to come from behind with 6-3 against the A-9 of Landon Tice.

Day 2 kicks off at 11:00 AM local time. Blinds are being rolled back to the earliest finish time of the three starting flights, which means that there will 37:24 remaining in level 18 (5,000-10,000 with a 10,000 big blind ante) when play resumes.

Here is a look at the complete chip counts of all remaining 59 players:

Rank Player Chips
1 Esther Kim 854,000
2 Ivan Ruban 741,000
3 Michael Rossitto 733,000
4 Mira Felice 725,000
5 Landon Tice 705,000
6 Qing Liu 612,000
7 David Ouellette 576,000
8 Champie Douglas 545,000
9 Eugene Tung 517,000
10 Vinh Ho 502,000
11 Kanghee Lee 500,000
12 Benjamin Palmer 485,000
13 Nicholas Pupillo 482,000
14 Ross Fabrizio 443,000
15 Joshua Paige Remitio 430,000
16 Louis Cheffy 404,000
17 Mindaugas Jonuskis 392,000
18 Quang Ngo 380,000
19 Donald Fulton 368,000
20 Michael Holtz 366,000
21 Sarah Lee 364,000
22 Jason Holzberg 358,000
23 Jody Mitchell 356,000
24 Kfir Nahum 339,000
25 Jessica Vierling 334,000
26 Robert Buckenmayer 326,000
27 Idan Shoshan 326,000
28 Stephen Sola 300,000
29 Zachary Donovan 297,000
30 Brian Meadows 274,000
31 Darren Rabinowitz 264,000
32 Peter Mugar 258,000
33 Shannon Shorr 243,000
34 Patrick Eskandar 229,000
35 Sergei Kislinski 224,000
36 Joseph Kuether 217,000
37 Michael Ferrari 213,000
38 Jesse Yaginuma 205,000
39 Loyal Sprague 196,000
40 Alexandre Reard 188,000
41 Michael Arellano 184,000
42 Pierce Mckellar 171,000
43 Alex Martel-boiteux 152,000
44 David Coleman 148,000
45 Craig Mason 147,000
46 Chad Himmelspach 146,000
47 John Riordan 142,000
48 Julio Clavell 140,000
49 Stephen Zehngut 137,000
50 Evan Sandberg 120,000
51 Ryan Riess 114,000
52 Ryan Laplante 108,000
53 Siriwan Sukmekerd 87,000
54 Ross Lantzy 84,000
55 Juan Maceiras 51,000
56 James Romero 50,000
57 Jonathan Ramirez 14,000
58 Ronnie Lamb 12,000
59 Ian Steinman 5,000

Here is the seating chart for day 2:

Table Seat Name Chips
1 1 Michael Arellano 184,000
1 2 Julio Clavell 140,000
1 3 Eugene Tung 517,000
1 4 Landon Tice 705,000
1 5 Mira Felice 725,000
1 6 Peter Mugar 258,000
1 7 Ross Fabrizio 443,000
1 8 Mindaugas Jonuskis 392,000
1 9 Stephen Zehngut 137,000
2 1 Jesse Yaginuma 205,000
2 2 Michael Rossitto 733,000
2 3 Kanghee Lee 500,000
2 4 Sarah Lee 364,000
2 5 Donald Fulton 368,000
2 6 Robert Buckenmayer 326,000
2 7 Qing Liu 612,000
2 8 Michael Holtz 366,000
2 9 Alexandre Reard 188,000
3 1 Champie Douglas 545,000
3 2 Loyal Sprague 196,000
3 3 Ross Lantzy 84,000
3 4 Joseph Kuether 217,000
3 6 Ivan Ruban 741,000
3 7 Nicholas Pupillo 482,000
3 8 Siriwan Sukmekerd 87,000
3 9 Stephen Sola 300,000
11 1 Benjamin Palmer 485,000
11 2 Jason Holzberg 358,000
11 3 Ryan Riess 114,000
11 4 Quang Ngo 380,000
11 6 Louis Cheffy 404,000
11 7 James Romero 50,000
11 8 Idan Shoshan 326,000
11 9 Shannon Shorr 243,000
12 1 Esther Kim 854,000
12 2 Jody Mitchell 356,000
12 3 Juan Maceiras 51,000
12 4 David Ouellette 576,000
12 6 Brian Meadows 274,000
12 7 Joshua Paige Remitio 430,000
12 8 Ian Steinman 5,000
12 9 Chad Himmelspach 146,000
13 1 Jessica Vierling 334,000
13 2 Pierce Mckellar 171,000
13 3 Alex Martel-boiteux 152,000
13 4 David Coleman 148,000
13 6 Sergei Kislinski 224,000
13 7 Ronnie Lamb 12,000
13 8 Kfir Nahum 339,000
13 9 Darren Rabinowitz 264,000
33 1 Patrick Eskandar 229,000
33 2 John Riordan 142,000
33 3 Ryan Laplante 108,000
33 4 Evan Sandberg 120,000
33 5 Michael Ferrari 213,000
33 6 Jonathan Ramirez 14,000
33 7 Zachary Donovan 297,000
33 8 Vinh Ho 502,000
33 9 Craig Mason 147,000