Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event: Day 1A Draws 249 Entries

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.

Ali Imsirovic on day 1ADay 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:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Ali Imsirovic 484,500
2 Doug Holland 360,500
3 Joshua Prager 337,500
4 Salim Admon 335,500
5 Nick Getzen 242,000
6 Jerry Brown 239,000
7 Brent Hart 218,500
8 Jordan Cristos 203,500
9 Tommy Tran 181,000
10 Erik Cajelais 176,500
11 Ben Underwood 175,500
12 Kfir Nahum 175,500
13 Scott Stewart 172,500
14 Jimmy Zeledon 170,000
15 Brandon Eisen 169,500
16 Tim Reilly 167,500
17 Albert Calderon 167,000
18 Tommy Kivela 161,000
19 Brendan Shiller 159,000
20 Arsenii Karmatckii 155,000
21 Sean Banahan 155,000
22 John Dennehey 149,500
23 Kevin Garosshen 147,500
24 Ankush Mandavia 144,000
25 Kyung Min Lee 138,500
26 Marle Cordeiro 135,000
27 Steve Wilkie 134,000
28 Coby Hoogi 133,500
29 Daniel Park 133,000
30 Jesse Lonis 131,000
31 John Gordon 130,000
32 Matthew Gross 129,500
33 Anthony Grappo 126,000
34 David Poces 126,000
35 Sami Shurbaji 126,000
36 Thomas Tran 123,000
37 Nicholas Pupillo 115,000
38 Noah Muallem 114,000
39 Jeremy Ausmus 114,000
40 Jeanette Mendez 111,000
41 Hyon Kim 107,500
42 Matt Stout 106,000
43 William Chao 105,000
44 David Jackson 100,500
45 Fred Hanna 100,500
46 Alex Feiner 91,500
47 Sean Hegarty 91,000
48 Jean Gaspard 91,000
49 Chad Wassmuth 88,500
50 Johnny Oshana 87,500
51 Harrison Dobin 86,500
52 Ryan Riess 86,000
53 Michael Faulkner 82,500
54 Ryan Laplante 82,000
55 Mitchell Halverson 82,000
56 Philip Yeh 78,500
57 Veselin Dimitrov 78,000
58 Nadya Magnus 75,000
59 Peyman Ahmadi 74,500
60 David Somers 73,000
61 Jason Hickey 68,000
62 Jason Sagle 66,500
63 Kenneth Isaacs 64,500
64 Rodger Johnson 64,000
65 Ken Einiger 62,000
66 Haim Gabay 60,000
67 James Anderson 60,000
68 Barry Hutter 60,000
69 Frank Marasco 57,500
70 Duff Charette 56,000
71 Alex Condon 56,000
72 Anthony Zinno 46,000
73 Alex Foxen 45,000
74 Dean Hutchinson 44,500
75 Adam Burriss 41,500
76 Benny Chen 39,500
77 Michael Rossitto 37,500
78 Matthew Volosevich 36,500
79 Joe Maas 34,500
80 Asher Conniff 34,000
81 Peter Braglia 32,000
82 Ralph Wong 31,000
83 Kristen Bicknell 30,500
84 Robert Peacock 21,000
85 David Offengeym 20,000
86 Raman Afanasenka 9,000

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