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Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event: Evan Sandberg Leads After Day 1A

The First of Three Starting Flights Drew 89 Entries, With 12 Moving On To Day 2


A total of 89 entries were made on day 1A of the $400,000 guaranteed Card Player Poker Tour main event at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas, adding $126,380 to the prize pool. The $1,600 buy-in tournament sports three starting flights, with 12.5% of the field making the money. In the end, 12 players advanced to day 2 from the day 1A contenders, each being guaranteed at least a min-cash.

Each player began with 40,000 in chips to play with during the 40-minute blind levels. Late registration and re-entry were available through the start of level 13. More than 13 hours after cards got in the air, the day concluded with the elimination of World Series of Poker bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion Dylan Linde. He ran his pocket nines into the pocket aces of fellow bracelet winner Ryan Laplante to hit the rail in 13th place to burst the bubble.

Laplante ended the day in second chip position. The Card Player columnist has 482,000. The chip leader at the end of the night was Evan Sandberg (pictured above) with 571,000. The bracelet winner from the Bay Area in California has more than $1.3 million in tournament earnings to his name, with his most recent deep run being an eighth-place finish in the Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian main event that finished here last week for $14,044.

Dan SepiolSandberg scored several knockouts down the stretch, including sending Shannon Shorr and Mike Zulker packing late in the day.

Other big stacks include Dan Auckland (466,000), reigning WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas main event champion Dan Sepiol (449,000), and Brandon Wittmeyer (428,000).

2022 CPPT Venetian main event champion John Riordan also made it through to day 2, ending the night with 181,000.

Notables who took a seat on day 1A but were unable to bag included Jeremy Becker, WPT champion Lee Markholt, two-time bracelet winner and all-time Venetian money leader Eric Baldwin, and WPT champion Qing Liu.

There was 3:15 left remaining in level 18 (5,000-10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000) when play concluded.

Tournament play continues with Day 1B beginning Friday, Feb. 16 at 11:10 AM local time. Day 2 will begin Sunday at 11:00 AM.

Here is a look at the chip counts from day 1A:

Rank Player Chips
1 Evan Sandberg 571,000
2 Ryan Laplante 482,000
3 Dan Auckland 466,000
4 Dan Sepiol 449,000
5 Brandon Wittmeyer 428,000
6 Mike Rangel 273,000
7 Neil Yekell 184,000
8 John Riordan 181,000
9 Robby Rojas 170,000
10 Tim Chang 141,000
11 Dylan Yip 118,000
12 Augie Lee Martinho 73,000