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Buy-In: $2,500
Prize Pool: $816,750
Entrants: 363

$2,500 CPPT No-Limit Hold'em $750,000 GTD

  • Nov 17, '22 - Nov 21, '22


Updates on Final Day (Nov 21, 22)


John Riordan Takes Down CPPT Venetian Main Event

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas played host to the Card Player Poker Tour for the 11th time, building upon a history that dates back to 2013. More than $19 million has been paid out in CPPT events at the property, including the $816,750 prize pool for this latest tournament.

After five days of action, it was longtime poker pro John Riordan who finished with all of the chips, nabbing his eighth career title and the $176,221 first-place prize.

“I wasn’t expecting much coming into the final table, coming in sixth of nine,” said Riordan. “But I knew if some good things happened it was anybody’s tournament. I’m very happy and fortunate that it turned out to be mine.”

Riordan made his move late in the tournament, battling with a short stack most of the way until a string of good cards vaulted him up the leaderboard.

“The biggest turning point came on [day 2], where I had the starting stack all day long. Then I went from 100,000 to 2,000,000 in two hours, just winning everything, making tons of hands. It was very fun.”

Riordan now has $2.6 million in total earnings. His biggest score remains the $210,180 he pocketed for taking down the WSOP Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club main event back in 2011 when he was just 19 years old. It’s where he earned the first of his five Circuit rings. The Florida native also won a U.S. Poker Open tournament in 2021.

In addition to the title, trophy, and payout, Riordan also picked up 900 Card Player Player of the Year points, a race sponsored by Global Poker.

The tournament featured three starting flights and re-entries, allowing players plenty of opportunities to find a bag. The final 82 advanced to day 2, but only 46 would make the money, earning a minimum payout of $5,430.

Ben PalmerNotables with deep runs included WSOP main event champ Ryan Riess (40th), five-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus (31st), WPT champion and bracelet winner Dylan Linde (22nd), high roller crusher Chance Kornuth (20th), and WPT champion James Romero (12th).

Connor Stuewe and David Jackson were just a couple weeks removed from a heads-up showdown in the $1,600 MSPT Venetian main event. The two made a deal that saw each take home about $155,000. In the CPPT event, Jackson took 24th place, while Stuewe’s run ended in 18th.

Jayakrishnan Nair was the day 1C overnight chip leader but lost a huge pot at the final table when he ran A-K into both pocket kings and pocket aces to lose the majority of his stack, ultimately sending him to the rail in ninth place. This was the second final table of the year for Nair, who took second in February’s L.A. Poker Classic main event.

It was a cooler that got Ben Palmer as well. The Florida native has made The Venetian a second home of his over the years, racking up 145 cashes and $1.28 million in earnings at the property alone. Palmer, who won the 2019 WPT Venetian main event, had to settle for eighth place this time after he ran his pocket jacks into pocket aces.

Barry ShulmanCard Player’s very own Barry Shulman was looking to match his wife with a CPPT Venetian main event title of his own. (Allyn Shulman won the inaugural CPPT Venetian event back in 2013 for $293,966.) Shulman was cruising to a huge stack when his pocket kings were cracked by A-K late on day 2. He was later sent home in seventh when his pocket sevens were bested by pocket eights. The two-time bracelet winner now has more than $5.9 million in career earnings.

Former Card Player employee turned tournament pro Andrew Moreno was the next to fall, losing most of his stack when his two pair went down to a rivered set. This was Moreno’s fifth final table of the year, which also includes a title he won at Venetian in February for $242,293. He now has $3.5 million in tournament earnings.

Dan ColpoysAlthough he had been eliminated, Andrew wasn’t in a hurry to leave the final table area. He had to sweat his brother Johnnie, who was still at the table and playing for a six-figure payday.

The next player to be eliminated was Dan Colpoys. The MSPT champion, who has found recent success in high roller events, found himself grumbling on social media about the tournament’s ultra-deep structure just minutes after sitting down for day 1A. Of course, it’s called the DeepStack Extravaganza for a reason, and Colpoys ironically ended day 1 as the overall chip leader. His run finally ended in fifth place when he ran his A-J into A-K, bringing him to $2.8 million in career earnings.

Zach McDiarmid lost the rest of his chips in similar fashion, running A-10 into A-K. This was the third largest score for McDiarid, who made a deep run in the 2021 WSOP main event for 46th place. This time he took fourth.

Three-handed play took about 90 minutes and featured some big swings on the leaderboard. In the end it was poker vlogger Johnnie “Vibes” Moreno’s turn to fall, ironically losing with two pair to a rivered set, just like his brother Andrew. (Both pictured below.)

Johnnie had joked that he was on the fence about playing in the tournament until he saw Andrew bag the second-biggest stack on day 1A. The two automatically swap 5% of their action with each other in any event they both play. This time, however, it was Johnnie who had to pay out with the larger cash.

Heads-up play was a much shorter affair. Although Riordan and Carl Oman started with nearly identical stacks of 60 big blinds each, it didn’t take too long to determine a champion.

Carl OmanOn the final hand, Oman raised the button and Riordan defended his big blind. The flop fell KHeart Suit 5Club Suit 2Heart Suit and Riordan checked. Oman made a continuation bet and Riordan check-raised. Oman called, and the turn was the 3Diamond Suit. Riordan bet, and Oman thought it over for a bit before moving all in. Riordan snapped him off with a flopped set a fives, and just needed to fade four outs when Oman showed AClub Suit 2Club Suit for a wheel draw. The river was the 2Spade Suit, but Oman’s trips weren’t enough.

Oman is having a solid year on the felt. After winning a small event at Venetian in February, he also won the WPTDeepStacks California main event for $301,550, and finished second at the Venetian DeepStack Championship senior’s event for another $138,568. He now has $720,000 in lifetime earnings.

Final Table Results

Place Player Payout POY
1 John Riordan $176,221 900
2 Carl Oman $120,900 750
3 Johnnie Moreno $84,416 600
4 Zach McDiarmid $60,004 450
5 Daniel Colpoys $43,433 375
6 Andrew Moreno $32,026 300
7 Barry Shulman $24,065 225
8 Ben Palmer $18,434 150
9 Jayakrishnan Nair $14,400 75

John Riordan Wins 2022 CPPT Venetian Main Event ($176,221), Carl Oman Eliminated In 2nd Place ($120,900)

Carl Oman raised to 375,000 from the button. John Riordan called from the big blind and the blop bought the KHeart Suit5Club Suit2Heart Suit. Riordan checked and Oman bet 300,00. Riordan check-raised to 900,000.

Carl OmanOman called and the 3Diamond Suit hit the turn. Riordan bet 1,700,000. Oman used a time extension chip before announcing that he was all-in. Riordan quickly called and revealed the 5Spade Suit5Diamond Suit for a flopped set. Oman held AClub Suit2Club Suitfor a pair and a gutshot.

The river was the 2Spade Suit, giving Riordan fives full of deuces for the win. The tournament staff counted down both stacks and it was confirmed that Riordan had 8,130,000, which covered Oman’s 7,325,000.

Oman earned $120,900 as the runner-up finisher, while Riordan took home $176,221 as the champion.

Here is a look at the payouts and Card Player Player of the Year points awarded today:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 John Riordan $176,221 900
2 Carl Oman $120,900 750
3 Johnnie Moreno $84,416 600
4 Zachary McDiarmid $60,004 450
5 Daniel Colpoys $43,433 375
6 Andrew Moreno $32,026 300
7 Barry Shulman $24,065 225
8 Benjamin Palmer $18,434 150
Jayakrishnan Nair $14,400 75

A full recap will be posted shortly.

Player Tags: Carl Oman,   John Riordan

Chip Counts

After the elimination of Johnnie Moreno, Carl Oman holds a slight lead over John Riordan with 9.2 million to Riordan’s 8.8 million.


Johnnie Moreno Eliminated In 3rd Place ($84,416)

Johnnie MorenoJohn Riordan raised to 360,00 from the small blind. Johnnie Moreno moved all-in from the big blind for 1.9 million. Riordan called with 7Spade Suit7Diamond Suit.

Moreno showed KDiamond SuitJClub Suit. The board came down JDiamond Suit8Spade Suit5Diamond SuitKSpade Suit7Heart Suit and Riordan rivered a set to win the pot and eliminate Moreno in third place ($84,416).

This was the second-largest score of his tournament career behind the $124,675 he earned as the runner-up finisher in a Mid-States Poker Tour main event at Venetian earlier this year.

Player Tags: Johnnie Moreno

Oman Wins Big One, Shows The Deuce

Carl OmanCarl Oman raised to 325,000 fromthe button and John Riordan called from the small blind.

The flop came down AClub SuitQDiamond Suit10Club Suit and Riordan checked. Oman bet 400,000. Riordan used a time chip before check-raising to 1,100,000.

Oman called and the JHeart Suit hit the turn. Riordan checked. Oman announced all-in and Riordan thought it over before folding. Oman showed the 2Spade Suit as he dragged the pot to grow to 8.5 million. Riordan still sits with 7.3 million.

Player Tags: Carl Oman

Johnnie Moreno Doubles Up

John Riordan shoved from the small blind and Johnnie Moreno called for 1,070,000 from the big blind with ASpade Suit8Club Suit.

Riordan showed QClub Suit3Diamond Suit.

Theboard came down AHeart Suit10Spade Suit7Club Suit6Club SuitJDiamond Suit and Moreno doubled up to over 2 million.


Chip Counts

Carl Oman – 8,200,000
John Riordan – 8,150,000
Johnnie Moreno – 1,700,000


Level 30

The blinds have gone up to 75,000-150,000 with a big blind ante of 150,000 for level 30.


Moreno Check-Raises River

Johnnie Moreno limped in from the small blind and Carl Oman checked his option from the big blind.

The flop came down 9Diamond Suit8Spade Suit5Club Suit and both players checked.

The 9Heart Suit saw Moreno bet 120,000 and Oman called. The ADiamond Suit on the river prompted a check from Moreno. Oman bet 275,000. Moreno check-raised to 700,000 and Oman folded.

Oman – 3.6 million
Moreno – 6.3 million

Player Tags: Johnnie Moreno,   Carl Oman

Moreno Wins A Few Without Showdown

Johnnie Moreno has won a handful of pots without showdown in the past couple of orbits, many squaring off against John Riordan.

In one such hand,the pair saw a flop of KSpade Suit5Club Suit4Diamond Suit and Riordan bet 125,000. Moreno called and the 7Diamond Suit hit the turn. It went check-check and the 8Heart Suit rolled off on the river.

Riordan bet 120,000. Moreno raised to 800,000 and Riordan folded.

After a few points like this, Moreno is back up to 3.1 million.

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