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Buy-In: $1,600
Prize Pool: $650,360
Entrants: 458

$1,600 CPPT No-Limit Hold'em $400K GTD

  • Feb 15, '24 - Feb 18, '24


Updates on Final Day (Feb 18, 24)


Andrew Rodgers Wins Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event ($103,936)

The 2024 Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $1,600 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event attracted a field of 458 entries, blowing away the $400,00 guarantee to create a final prize pool of $650,360. After three starting flights and one day of combined-field action, it was Andrew Rodgers who emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $103,936. He struck a heads-up deal with 2021 CPPT Venetian champion Ankush Mandavia to lock up the win.

“It was a chop, so I didn’t exactly get to close it out, but yeah, it feels good,” said Rodgers after coming out on top.

The 40-year-old poker player based out of Henderson, Nevada moved to the lower 48 from his home state of Alaska to pursue the game. This was his largest live tournament payday, topping the $62,319 he earned for a runner-up showing in a DeepStack Extravaganza $600 buy-in event here at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas in 2022. He now has $598,000 in career lifetime tournament earnings.

In addition to the title and the money, Rodgers was also awarded 720 Card Player Player of the Year points for the win. This was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but this alone was enough to catapult him into 77th place in the 2024 POY standings presented by Global Poker.

This event played down to the money on each of its three starting flights, which ran from Feb. 15-17. A total of 59 players advanced to day 2, all having locked up at least $3,391. Plenty of big names fell as day 2 marched on, including Farah Galfond (41st), bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (39th), World Poker Tour champion James Romero (35th), bracelet winner Mitch Halverson (31st), 2019 CPPT Venetian champion Valentyn Shabelnyk (29th), WPT champion Lee Markholt (19th), two-time bracelet winner Scott Ball (17th), 2022 CPPT Venetian champion and two-time bracelet winner John Riordan (16th), 2021 CPPT Venetian runner-up Anselmo Villareal (13th), bracelet winner Evan Sandberg (12th), and Aaron Massey (11th).

The final table began with reigning WPT World Championship winner Dan Sepiol in the lead, with Rodgers in seventh chip position when cards got back in the air. Edward Holstein (9th – $11,790) and Dan Ciltan were the first to fall, with Rodgers scoring the knockout against Ciltan to kickstart his climb up the leaderboard.

Rodgers then made a big hero call with pocket eights on a board with two overcards acing a big river bet from Zichuan Huang, who was one of the largest stacks at the time. That hand shot Rodgers up the leaderboard even further, and led to him choosing pocket eights for his winner photo.

Jeremy BeckerZachary Donovan was the next to hit the rail, with his A-3 suited being unable to hold up against the K-9 of Richard Collins, who began day 2 as the chip leader. Donovan earned $19,046 as the seventh-place finisher.

Jeremy Becker’s run in this event came to an end in sixth place ($24,788). He ran 10Spade Suit8Spade Suit into the pocket jacks of Sepiol and failed to connect with a king-high runout. Becker is now the 12th-ranked player in the 2024 POY standings, with six final-table finishes and one POY-qualified title won already this year. He now has more than $1.1 million in recorded earnings after this latest score.

A classic race spelled the end of Zichuan Huang’s quest for the title in this tournament. He was awarded $32,766 as the fifth-place finisher when his A-10 was unable to outrun the pocket eights of a surging Collins.

Rodgers halted that momentum a bit when he won a big pot off Collins with a rivered set of deuces to overtake the chip lead. Rodgers pulled even further ahead when his KSpade SuitKHeart Suit held up against the ADiamond SuitKClub Suit of Sepiol in a massive preflop clash. The board ran out 10Diamond Suit6Club Suit2Club Suit9Spade Suit4Club Suit and Rodgers’ kings held to see him surpass 10,400,000.

Daniel SepiolSepiol was soon all in with AHeart Suit3Diamond Suit facing the pocket queens of Collins. The final board read JClub Suit6Diamond Suit3Spade Suit7Spade Suit9Club Suit and Sepiol was eliminated in third place for a payout worth $43,976. He now has more than $6.9 million in lifetime earnings, with a huge chunk of that coming from his $5,282,954 win in the WPT World Championship in December of 2023.

The next big confrontation saw all the chips get in the middle after an ASpade Suit9Heart Suit2Spade Suit flop. Collins got all in with pocket deuces in the hole and found himself up against the 9Spade Suit6Spade Suit of Rodgers. The 3Spade Suit gave Rodgers a flush, and the 4Club Suit river kept him ahead to send Collins to the rail with a career-best payday of $59,914.

The final two players paused the action to discuss a deal, with Rodgers holding 11,580,000 to Ankush Mandavia’s 6,755,000. They ultimately came to an agreement that saw Rodgers secure the win and the aforementioned payout of $103,936. Mandavia earned $95,149 as the runner-up. The bracelet winner and former champion of this event now has more than $6.6 million in lifetime scores to his name.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Andrew Rodgers $103,936 720
2 Ankush Mandavia $95,149 600
3 Richard Collins $59,914 480
4 Daniel Sepiol $43,976 360
5 Zichuan Huang $32,766 300
6 Jeremy Becker $24,788 240
7 Zachary Donovan $19,046 180
8 Dan Ciltan $14,865 120
9 Edward Holstein $11,790 60

Deal Struck: Andrew Rodgers Wins, Ankush Mandavia Named Runner-Up

Ankush MandaviaThe final two players struck a deal to bring the event to a close based on the following chip counts:

Andrew Rodgers – 11,580,000 (96 bb)
Ankush Mandavia – 6,755,000 (56 bb)

Mandavia, the 2021 CPPT Venetian main event winner, earned $95,149 as the runner-up. Andrew Rodgers took home $103,936 as the champion.

A recap of the day will be posted shortly.

Player Tags: Ankush Mandavia,   Andrew Rodgers

Heads-Up Chip Counts

Here is a look at the chip counts before the start of heads-up play. The final two players appear to be agreeing to a chop at the moment, so the tournament might have reached a conclusion.

Andrew Rodgers – 11,580,000 (96 bb)
Ankush Mandavia – 6,755,000 (56 bb)

Player Tags: Ankush Mandavia,   Andrew Rodgers

Richard Collins Eliminated In Third Place ($59,914)

Richard CollinsThere was 640,000 in the pot with the flop reading ASpade Suit9Heart Suit2Spade Suit when Richard Collins got all in with pocket deuces in the hole. Andrew Rodgers had him covered holding 9Spade Suit6Spade Suit, and the turn and river fell 3Spade Suit4Club Suit to make a flush for Rodgers that topped the set made by Collins.

Collins was eliminated in third place for a payday worth $59,914, and Rodgers stacked up more than 11.5 million. The clock was paused after the hand as the final two players are discussing a chop.

Andrew Rodgers – 11,580,000 (96 bb)
Richard Collins – Eliminated in Third Place ($59,914)

Player Tags: Andrew Rodgers,   Richard Collins

Level 29

The blinds are up to 60,000-120,000 with a 120,000 big blind ante for level 29.


Pause The Clock

The final three paused the clock to talk a potential deal. The chip counts at the time were as follows:

Andrew Rodgers – 9,085,0000
Richard Collins – 3,950,000
Ankush Mandavia – 5,300,000

The final three did not come to a deal after a brief discussion and resumed play.


Daniel Sepiol Eliminated In Fourth Place ($43,976)

Daniel SepiolDaniel Sepiol was all in preflop for less than a million with AHeart Suit3Diamond Suit in the hole from the button, and Richard Collins had him covered holding pocket queens on the big blind.

The final board read JClub Suit6Diamond Suit3Spade Suit7Spade Suit9Club Suit, and Sepiol was eliminated in third place for a payout worth $43,976. Collins stacked up 4.57 million after collecting the pot.

Richard Collins – 4,570,000 (45 bb)
Daniel Sepiol – Eliminated in Fourth Place ($43,976)

Player Tags: Daniel Sepiol,   Richard Collins

Andrew Rodgers Doubles Through Dan Sepiol

Andrew Rodgers raised to 225,000 from under the gun. Dan Sepiol three-bet to 725,000. Rodgers moved all-in for 5,180,000 and Sepiol called with ADiamond SuitKClub Suit.

Rodgers held KSpade SuitKHeart Suit. The board ran out 10Diamond Suit6Club Suit2Club Suit9Spade Suit4Club Suit and Rodgers’ kings held to see him surpass 10,400,000.

Sepiol was left with 950,000 after the hand.

Player Tags: Daniel Sepiol

Ankush Mandavia Doubles Up

Ankush MandaviaRichard Collins raised to 225,000 preflop from the cutoff with JHeart Suit10Spade Suit in the hole, Ankush Mandavia reraised all in for 975,000 from the button holding ADiamond SuitJSpade Suit, and Collins called to cover.

The board hit the table ASpade Suit4Diamond Suit3Heart Suit4Heart SuitKSpade Suit, and Mandavia doubled up to survive with 2.2 million. Collins was at 4.23 million after the hand.

Ankush Mandavia – 2,200,000 (22 bb)
Richard Collins – 4,230,000 (42 bb)

Player Tags: Ankush Mandavia,   Richard Collins

Andrew Rodgers Rivers A Set, Takes The Lead

Andrew RodgersWith a board of KClub Suit7Spade Suit7Diamond Suit6Heart Suit Richard Collins bet 400,000. Andrew Rodgers called and the 2Heart Suit completed the board.

Collins checked. Rodgers bet 1,100,000. Collins called and Rodgers showed 2Spade Suit2Club Suit for a rivered set of deuces. Collins flashed QSpade SuitQClub Suit and the pot was sent to Rodgers.

He now sits with 5,830,000, good for the chip lead. Collins slid to 5,250,000.

Player Tags: Andrew Rodgers,   Richard Collins
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