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Buy-In: $3,500
Prize Pool: $740,250
Entrants: 235

$3,500 No-Limit Hold'em $500K GTD

  • Dec 08, '17 - Dec 11, '17


Updates on Final Day (Dec 11, 17)


Mike Dentale Wins 2017 CPPT Venetian December Extravaganza Main Event

Mike Dentale has won the 2017 Card Player Poker Tour Venetian December Extravaganza $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event. The 47-year-old window business owner from Brooklyn, New York defeated a field of 235 entries to win the title, the trophies and the first-place prize of $185,061. The strong turnout in this event saw the $500,000 guarantee easily surpassed, with the final prize pool reaching $740,250. In the end, the lion’s share of that was awarded to Dentale, who was happy to emerge victorious.

“It means a lot, especially a tournament like this because it’s a bigger buy-in and there are a hell of a lot of really good players,” said Dentale. “But I actually play better with good players, I don’t do well against recreational players, so I like the better fields.”

Dentale was undeniably correct in saying there were a lot of good players in the field, and many of them made the final table. Day 4 of this event day began with Mark Radoja entering the nine-handed final table holding the chip lead. He got off to a strong start when he picked up the AHeart SuitADiamond Suit against Paul Volpe’s 9Spade Suit9Club Suit. The pair two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winners got all-in preflop and Radoja held to eliminate Volpe in ninth place with $17,026. Shortly after that Radoja eliminated Jim Carroll in eighth place ($21,467) to secure his hold on the chip lead.

Dentale scored the next knockout when he called Jack Salter’s all-in with pocket tens. Salter was behind with nines and was unable to draw out, hitting the rail in seventh place with $21,468. The knockouts kept coming, with WSOP Circuit main event champ Dylan Linde (6th – $34,792) and Eric Vallee (5th – $45,896) both being eliminated within a matter of minutes of Salter.

Joseph CheongAlmedin Imsirovic held 3,150,000 at the start of four-handed play, which was good enough for the chip lead. Imsirovic’s run in this event has been a wild one. With 11 players remaining he lost a key hand against Joseph Cheong that left him with just over 1 big blind. He was able to triple up and the find another double up to get back in the mix, ultimately ending day 3 with over 530,000. He was able to spin that up to over 3 million, but quickly ran into trouble during four-handed play. He lost two massive pots to Mark Radoja before eventually getting eliminated by Dentale in fourth place. He earned $61,441 for his deep run in this event.

Cheong was the next-player to hit the rail. The 2010 WSOP main event third-place finisher got all-in with ADiamond Suit7Club Suit against Radoja’s pocket jacks and failed to come from behind. He took home $82,908.

Radoja took roughly 6.2 million chips into heads-up play with Dentale. The tables were quickly turned when Dentale made a straight against Radoja’s two pair to double up and take the lead. From there the two battled for just less than five hours, with the Dentale holding the lead for the majority of the heads-up confrontation.

Mark RadojaRadoja seemed down and out several times, but kept fighting back, and even took the lead at several points. He had a chance to win the tournament when Dentale got all-in with AClub Suit10Club Suit against his pocket jacks, but the ace on the turn gave Dentale new life and from there he had control of the match.

In the end it came down to a preflop cooler. Dentale raised to 400,000 from the button. Radoja announced that he was all-in and Dentale snap called, standing up and flipping over the ADiamond SuitAClub Suit. Radoja had been dealt the ASpade SuitKClub Suit and was in need of help.

The board ran out KHeart Suit7Club Suit5Diamond Suit10Club Suit7Heart Suit and Dentale’s aces held up to secure him the pot and the title. Radoja earned $115,035 for his runner-up showing.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Michael Dentale $185,061 576
2 Mark Radoja $115,035 480
3 Joseph Cheong $82,908 384
4 Almedin Imsirovic $61,441 288
5 Eric Vallee $45,896 240
6 Dylan Linde $34,792 192
7 Jack Salter $27,389 144
8 Jim Carroll $21,467 96
9 Paul Volpe $17,026 48

Mark Rodoja Eliminated In 2nd Place ($115,035), Mike Dentale Is The 2017 CPPT Venetian December Extravaganza Main Event Champion!

Mark RadojaFrom the button Mike Dentale raised to 400,000. Mark Radoja announced that he was all-in and Dentale snap called, standing up and flipping over the ADiamond SuitAClub Suit. It was a preflop cooler, as Radoja had been dealt the ASpade SuitKClub Suit.

The board ran out KHeart Suit7Club Suit5Diamond Suit10Club Suit7Heart Suit and Dentale’s aces held up to secure him the pot and the title. Radoja was eliminated in second place, taking home $115,035 for his runner-up showing.

A full recap of the final table will be posted shortly.

Player Tags: Michael Dentale,   Mark Radoja

Dentale Closing In

Mike Dentale raised to 300,000 on the btuton and Mark Radoja called. The flop was 10Heart Suit9Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit and Radoja checked. Dentale bet 300,000 and Radoja called.

The turn was the 7Spade Suit and Dentale moved all-in. Radoja folded, leaving himself withj 2,350,000. Dentale is now up to 7,050,000,

Player Tags: Michael Dentale

Level 33

Players have returned from break to increased blinds of 75,000-150,000 with an ante of 20,000 for level 33.


Chip Counts From The Break

Player Name Chip Count
Mark Radoja 3,525,000
Mike Dentale 5,875,000


Players are now on break following the completion of level 32.


Mike Dentale Doubles Up

Mike DentaleMike Dentale put in a handful of chips, essentially committing his stack, and Mark Radoja responded by going all in. Dentale called off the rest, tabling AClub Suit10Club Suit, but he was in bad shape against Radoja’s pocket jacks.

Fortunately for Dentale, the board ran out 8Club Suit7Diamond Suit5Diamond SuitAHeart Suit2Heart Suit and he doubled up to 4,100,000. Radoja still leads with 5,300,000.

Player Tags: Michael Dentale,   Mark Radoja

Radoja Has Taken Control

Mark RadojaOver the past half hour Mark Radoja had won the majority of pots. Although there has yet to be a big showdown, he has steadily dragged pot after pot to take the lead and now sits with 6,800,000 to 2,600,000 for Dentale.

Player Tags: Mark Radoja

Things Nearly Back To Even

Through a series of small pots Mark Radoja has steadily closed the gap. With 4,500,000 to Mike Dentale’s 4,900,000 the two players are approaching even stacks.


Heads-Up Battle Royale

The final table was narrowed from nine players down to just two in 2 hours and 30 minutes. Mike Dentale and Mark Radoja have now been battling for 3 hours and 45 minutes, and each time it seems that Radoja is down for the count he has battled back. Who knows how long this battle royale could last?

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