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Buy-In: $5,000
Prize Pool: $2,529,875
Entrants: 547

$5,000 CPPT Main Event $2 Million GTD (VPR)

  • Jul 14, '18 - Jul 19, '18
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Updates on Day 4 (Jul 18, 18)

 
 

Anthony Zinno Wins CPPT Venetian Main Event

Anthony Zinno, the 2015 Card Player Player of the Year, has won the $5,000 CPPT Venetian main event, earning $466,670. He defeated a field of 547 players to bank the fifth-largest score of his career and bring his total live tournament winnings to more than $8 million.

Zinno had a number of close calls this summer. The 36-year-old cashed 11 times and made three final tables at the WSOP, finishing third in both the $565 pot-limit Omaha online event and in the $10,000 limit hold’em championship.

“I’ve been looking for a good excuse to take a break,” Zinno said after the victory. “I’ve been grinding, almost nonstop, for the past few months. I had just one night off the entire WSOP. I was on a mission to get another win. So this feels like a good opportunity to take a nice, long vacation. I pulled out a win, and now I can reward myself and focus on things I’ve been neglecting while I’ve been concentrating on poker.”

Zinno’s win came five years after final tabling this exact event, which gave him the bankroll he needed to start traveling the circuit. He has since gone on to win three World Poker Tour titles and a WSOP bracelet in the 2015 $25,000 pot-limit Omaha high roller event.

“My first pretty big score came in this tournament in 2013,” he recalled. “I didn’t have a large enough bankroll to put up $5,000 myself back then, so my buddy was nice enough to go halves with me. I ended up getting fourth place ($86,964), which basically started my live career. Shortly after that, I won the WPT at Borgata.”

Stephen Chidwick -- Fourth-Place FinisherTo secure the title, Zinno had to overcome a stacked final table that included notables such as 2014 WSOP main event champion Martin Jacobson, high-roller regular Dan Shak, EPT champion Anton Wigg, WSOP main event final tablists Jay Farber and Bryan Piccioli, and high-stakes superstar Stephen Chidwick.

Chidwick, who entered the tournament after busting from the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop, finished fourth for $177,091. The 29-year-old has now made an astounding 18 final tables in 2018, winning four titles and more than $7.3 million. As a result of this finish, Chidwick has now surpassed Justin Bonomo for the lead in the Card Player Player of the Year race, even considering Bonomo’s recent win.

Ben Jones, a poker pro from Manchester, England, finished runner-up. Jones was gunning for his second win of the Venetian summer series, having previously taken down the $1,600 six-max no-limit hold’em event for $193,468. Jones was actually in position to double up and take the chip lead during heads-up play before a fortunate run out gave Zinno the title.

Ben Jones -- Second-Place FinisherJones raised the button, and Zinno three-bet from the big blind. Jones then announced all-in, and Zinno quickly called, tabling AHeart SuitJDiamond Suit. Jones, however, had him dominated with ADiamond SuitKClub Suit.

The flop of KDiamond Suit6Spade Suit6Heart Suit pretty much locked up the double for Jones, until the JSpade Suit on the turn produced a bit of drama. Zinno’s rail exploded, however, when the JHeart Suit hit the river to give him trips and the final pot of the tournament. Jones, who had previously made a deal with Zinno during heads-up play, pocketed $390,956 for his deep run.

“He hit the king on the flop, and once I saw that, I actually started mentally counting out his stack to see how much I was going to have to pay him,” Zinno explained. “I was completely ready to pay. The jack hit the turn and I just kind of shrugged it off, but all of my friends on the rail started calling for another jack and it just hit. I haven’t felt genuine shock like that in a long time.”

Other notables who finished in the money included Maria Lampropulos (61st), Matt Stout (48th), Andrew Brown (47th), Eddy Sabat (45th), Steven Van Zadelhoff (43rd), Eric Vallee (41st), Chris Tryba (40th), Cord Garcia (39th), Javier Gomez (33rd), Dutch Boyd (30th), Barry Hutter (29th), Michael Addamo (25th), Guoliang Wei (21st), Anthony Spinella (19th), Michael Tureniec (18th), James Romero (17th), Sorel Mizzi (15th), Men Nguyen (11th), and Tom Marchese (10th).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points
1 Anthony Zinno $466,670 1680
2 Ben Jones $390,956 1400
3 Bryan Piccioli $237,808 1120
4 Stephen Chidwick $177,091 840
5 Jay Farber $134,083 700
6 Xu Ming Qi $101,195 560
7 Anton Wigg $78,426 420
8 Dan Shak $60,717 280
9 Martin Jacobson $48,068 140
 

Anthony Zinno Catches Runner, Runner To Bust Ben Jones In Second Place

Ben Jones raised to 200,000 on the button, and Anthony Zinno three-bet to 800,000.

Jones then announced all-in, and Zinno quickly called, tabling AHeart SuitJDiamond Suit. Jones, however, had him dominated with ADiamond SuitKClub Suit.

The flop of KDiamond Suit6Spade Suit6Heart Suit pretty much locked up the double for Jones, until the JSpade Suit on the turn produced a little drama.

Zinno’s rail exploded, however, when the JHeart Suit hit the river to give him trips and the tournament.

Jones officially walks away with $390,956 for his runner-up finish, after the two players made a deal during heads-up play. Zinno takes home the title, the trophy, and the $466,670 first-place prize.

Congratulations to Anthony Zinno, winner of the 2018 CPPT Venetian DeepStack Championship Poker Series main event!

Player Tags: Anthony Zinno,   Ben Jones
 

Jones Fires Big Turn Bet

From the button Anthony Zinno raised to 200,000. Ben Jones called out of the big blind and the flop brought the QSpade Suit2Club Suit. Both players checked and the 7Club Suit rolled off on the turn.

Jones bet 350,000 and Zinno called. The river was the 7Diamond Suit and Jones cut out a 1,700,000 bet and slid it into the pot.

Zinno mulled it over for a while, but elected to fold his cards.

“I think you have it,” said Zinno.

Jones climbed to around 5 million after the hand.

 

Zinno Picks Off A Big Bluff

Jones limped in and Zinno checked his option. The flop was 9Diamond Suit4Heart Suit3Heart Suit and Zinno bet 100,000. Jones called and the turn was the ASpade Suit.

Both players checked, and the river was the JDiamond Suit. Zinno bet 250,000 and Jones decided to raise to 950,000.

After about 30 seconds, Zinno tossed in the call, turning over QSpade Suit9Club Suit for just third pair. Jones showed 6Diamond Suit2Spade Suit for a busted straight draw turned bluff.

Zinno — 9,200,000
Jones — 4,475,000

 

Zinno Increases His Lead

Anthony ZinnoZinno raised to 200,000 on the button and was snap called. The flop fell ADiamond SuitAHeart Suit5Club Suit and Jones checked.

Zinno bet 80,000 and Jones called. The turn was the 3Spade Suit and both players checked. The river was the 4Spade Suit and Jones bet 600,000. Zinno quickly called with AClub Suit8Club Suit for trips, and Jones could only show JSpade Suit9Heart Suit for a bluff.

Zinno is now up to 8,550,000 while Jones is down to 5,150,000.

Player Tags: Anthony Zinno
 

Level 29

Players have returned from break to increased blinds of 40,000-80,000 with a big blind ante of 40,000.

Blind levels decreased to 30-minutes in length for heads-up play.

 

Break

The players are now on a quick 10-minute break.

Zinno — 7,825,000
Jones — 5,860,000

 

Zinno Gets Paid On The River To Take The Lead

Zinno raised to 150,000 on the button and Jones called. The flop fell KClub SuitJHeart Suit7Club Suit and Jones check-called a bet of 125,000.

The turn was the 6Diamond Suit and Jones checked again. Zinno bet 450,000 and Jones called. The river was the AHeart Suit and this time Zinno fired 900,000. Jones quickly called with KDiamond Suit3Spade Suit, but Zinno’s ADiamond SuitQClub Suit was best to scoop the pot.

Jones — 6,750,000
Zinno — 6,900,000

 

Ben Jones Takes One Down

Ben JonesFrom the button Ben Jones raised to 150,000. Anthony Zinno three-bet to 560,000 from the big blind and Jones called.

The flop brought the JHeart Suit9Spade Suit9Club Suit and Zinno check-called 360,000 from Jones.

The turn was the 4Club Suit and both players checked.

The 3Heart Suit completed the board and Zinno checked again. Jones fired a bet of 700,000. Zinno thought it over, but ultimately elected to fold. Jones took down the sizable pot without showdown. He chipped up to 8,700,000 after the hand.

Player Tags: Ben Jones
 

Zinno Scores Healthy Pot

Ben Jones raised the button to 150,000 and Anthony Zinno three-bet to 450,000 from the big blind. Jones called and the flop was KSpade SuitQHeart Suit5Spade Suit.

Both players checked, and the turn was the 4Club Suit. Zinno bet 450,000 and Jones called. The river was the 7Heart Suit and Zinno bet 1,100,000. Jones quickly folded and Zinno stacked the pot.

Zinno — 6,200,000
Jones — 7,500,000

 
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