The 2021 Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $2,500 no-limit hold’em main event has already seen the $500,000 guarantee surpassed after the first starting day. A total of 249 entries were made on day 1A, creating a prize pool worth $560,250 with registration and re-entry available for all of day 1B and the early levels of day 2. Registration will officially close for this event after the break that will follow the conclusion of level 14.
Day 1A saw 12 levels played, each lasting 45 minutes in length. At the end of the day, just 86 players remained to bag up their chips and move on to day 2, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. local time on Sunday, Feb. 21. The chip leader at the end of the night is high roller tournament regular Ali Imsirovic with 484,500. He will be looking to add to his more than $9.4 million in recorded tournament earnings with a deep run in this event. He made the final table of the 2017 CPPT Venetian $3,500 buy-in event, finishing fourth for $61,441.
Other notables who bagged up sizable stacks include World Poker Tour main event winner Jordan Cristos (203,500), World Series of Poker bracelet winner Erik Cajelais (176,500), recent bestbet Jacksonville Winter Open main event winner Scott Stewart (172,500), Tim Reilly (167,500), bracelet winner Ankush Mandavia (144,000), Marle Cordeiro (135,000), Nicholas Pupillo (115,000), bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus (114,000), and Matt Stout (106,000).
2018 CPPT Venetian main event champion Anthony Zinno is still in contention with 46,000. The three-time WPT champion and two-time bracelet winner defeated a field of 547 players in that $5,000 buy-in event to win $466,670. A few other players who made it to day 2 have also found their way into the winner’s circle at the Venetian Poker Room earlier this series. Johnny Oshana, who ended day 1A with 87,500 in chips, won the $1,100 buy-in Mid-States Poker Tour Poker Bowl event for $130,000 on Feb. 6. WPT Championship winner Asher Conniff has 34,000 heading into day 2, and will be looking for his second title of the festival after winning the $800 no-limit hold’em UltimateStack event for $98,669.
Other big names still incontention include 2013 WSOP main event champion Ryan Riess (86,000), bracelet winner Ryan Laplante (82,000), WPT champion Alex Foxen (45,000) and three-time bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell (30,500).
Play will continue on Saturday, Feb. 20 with day 1B beginning at 11:10 a.m. local time.
Here is a look at the chip counts of the 86 players who moved on to day 2:
|25||Kyung Min Lee||138,500|