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Buy-In: $5,000
Prize Pool: $3,199,200
Entrants: 688

$5,000 Main Event $2 Million GTD

  • Jul 17, '17 - Jul 22, '17
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Updates on Final Day (Jul 22, 17)

 
 

Javier Gomez Wins CPPT Venetian $5,000 Main Event

After six days of poker, including the two starting days, the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian main event wrapped up late Saturday. Javier Gomez of Spain won the event after a lengthy final table, which brings his lifetime tournament earnings to more than $1.5 million.

Gomez was the chip leader going into the final table, but he overcame a back-and-forth battle with Germany’s Paul Hoefer. Former WSOP main event champion Martin Jacobson finished third. The players ended up making a deal three-handed. They agreed to a chop based on chip counts but to leave $135,000 (paid equally from each player) to play for, as well as the Card Player trophy.

At one point, the final three players agreed that they were playing too deep and they changed the structure by doubling the blinds from 50,000-100,000 to 100,000-200,000. After Jacobson finished third, the blinds were soon bumbled to 120,000-240,000. After at least an hour of those stakes, Gomez and Hoefer agreed to a mandatory button bet of 480,000. The two were looking to end the stalemate. In the second hand with blind button bet, Hoefer was all in with K-Q against Gomez and K-2. Gomez flopped kings and deuces, but he ended up being counterfeited on the river.

Hoefer had a commanding lead after that hand, as both players looked pretty relaxed and were each enjoying a beer. Budweiser for the Spaniard and Corona for the German.

Paul HoeferGomez was in the mood for battling though, and he doubled up a couple of times before the final hand went down. Hoefer was down to only 10 big blinds when he got the last of his chips in preflop with QSpade Suit3Club Suit and was called by the QHeart SuitJSpade Suit of Gomez. The final table had been going on nine-plus hours.

The board ran out 9Heart Suit5Heart Suit2Heart Suit6Diamond Suit3Heart Suit to send the German to the rail in second for a nearly $400,000 score thanks to the three-handed deal.

The money bubble burst on day 3, with the final 72 players earning at least a couple of buy-ins back. A min-cash was worth $10,557. The event drew a massive field of 688 entries, building a $3,199,200 prize pool that blew away the $2,000,000 guarantee.

Here’s a look at the final payouts:

1. Javier Gomez — $561,349
2. Paul Hoefer — $393,621
3. Martin Jacobson — $398,303
4. Yan Shing Tsang — $220,745
5. Ankush Mandavia — $166,358
6. Bobby Suer — $124,769
7. Renick Patterson — $95,976
8. Dimitar Danchev — $76,781
9. Samuel Bernabeu — $57,586

Player Tags: Javier Gomez
 

Paul Hoefer Eliminated In 2nd ($393,621)

Paul HoeferPaul Hoefer was down to only about 10 big blinds when he got the last of his chips in preflop with QSpade Suit3Club Suit and was called by the QHeart SuitJSpade Suit of Javier Gomez. Gomez was ahead.

The board ran out 9Heart Suit5Heart Suit2Heart Suit6Diamond Suit3Heart Suit, to send the German to the rail in second for a nearly $400,000 score thanks to the three-handed deal.

Player Tags: Paul Hoefer
 

Gomez Doubles Yet Again

The board was 8Club Suit4Heart Suit4Club Suit, and Gomez checked. Hoefer bet 300,000, and Gomez check-raised to 700,000. Hoefer called. The turn brought the 5Spade Suit, and Gomez bet 1.2 million. Hoefer called. The river was the KDiamond Suit, and Gomez shoved for 4.6 million. Hoefer had him covered only by 2.6 million and tank-called with 9-8. Gomez tabled K-4 for a full house.

Hoefer — 2.6 million
Gomez — 14.6 million

 

Chip Counts

Hoefer: 11 million
Gomez: 6.2 million

 

Paul Hoefer Doubles Up

Paul Hoefer Javier Gomez raised to 480,000 and Paul Hoefer moved all-in. Gomez called with the KHeart Suit2Club Suit and was in trouble against Hoefer’s KClub SuitQClub Suit.

The flop brought the KDiamond Suit2Spade Suit8Diamond Suit to give Gomez two pair and the lead. The JDiamond Suiton the turn changed nothing, but the JHeart Suiton the river counterfeited Gomez’s two pair and Hoefer’s kings and jacks with a queen kicker earned him the double up. He now sits with 11.6 million.

Player Tags: Paul Hoefer
 

Chip Counts

Gomez: 12.9 million
Hoefer: 4.3 million

 

Blinds Up

The blinds are up, and the players have agreed to play 120,000-240,000 with antes of 20,000.

 

Gomez Doubles Up Again

Javier GomezGomez raised to 400,000 on the button; Hoefer three-bet, and Gomez shoved for 7.3 million. Hoefer quickly called with the ASpade SuitQClub Suit, and he was racing against the JSpade SuitJHeart Suit of Gomez. The board was safe for the pocket pair, as it ran out KClub Suit10Spade Suit10Club SuitKSpade Suit5Heart Suit, giving Gomez a commanding lead.

There were 17.2 million chips in play and Gomez had all but about three million.

Player Tags: Javier Gomez
 

Gomez Doubles Up

There was betting until the river, with Hoefer checking to Gomez on a board reading 9Spade Suit4Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit8Club SuitJClub Suit. Gomez shoved, and Hoefer called. Gomez had JHeart Suit2Diamond Suit for a pair of jacks on the river, and they were good against Hoefer’s KHeart Suit8Diamond Suit. The chips were about even at 8.6 million apiece.

 

Martin Jacobson Eliminated In Third Place ($398,303)

Martin JacobsonFrom the button Martin Jacobson raised to 400,000. Paul Hoefer moved all-in from the small blind and Javier Gomez folded.

Jacobson called with the 8Heart Suit8Club Suit and was racing against Hoefer’s KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit.

The board ran out 10Heart Suit4Club Suit2Heart SuitKSpade Suit5Heart Suit and Hoefer paired his king to secure the pot and send the 2014 World Series of Poker main event champion to the rail in third place. He earned $398,303, per his share of the three handed deal made earlier.

Player Tags: Martin Jacobson
 
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