The $500,000 guarantee for the Venetian Card Player Poker Tour the main event was no problem as 279 entries were made for day 1C, bringing the total field to 560. That was enough to create an overall prize pool of $798,000.
The winner, to be determined late Sunday evening, is expected to take home $154,253 to add to the trophy and prize money. Extravaganza Deepstack title.
With 12.5% of the field making it to day 2 and earning at least a minimum of $3,463, that meant 35 players would join the 36 who cashed between day 1A and day 1B.
At least that was the plan, but in the last hand of the night, two players went bust. With the rules stipulating that only those who progress to day 2 have earned the money, instead 34 will progress, leaving 70 overall survivors between the initial three flights.
Leading day 1C and the overall field is Brian Battistone. Battistone took down a big pot with a set of tens against Snow Frog’s pocket aces to move up the leaderboard and then finished the night strong to take home 923,000.
In second place is three-time bracelet winner Kristen Foxen, who pushed her table to an 872,000 stack. Her husband, high-stakes spiker and bracelet winner Alex Foxen, also advanced, but finished bottom of the league with just 44,000.
The rest of the top five was rounded out by Marquis Waters (825,000), recent Poker Hall of Fame inductee Kathy Liebert (757,000) and Brian Cunningham (748,000). Other notables still in contention include Nipun Java, Brandon Zuidema, John Phan, Jim Collopy, Shawn Daniels, Jesse Sylvia, Patrick Eskandar, Eric Blair and Venetian tournament star Ben Palmer.
Players will return to The Venetian Resort Las Vegas Sunday at 11am to challenge a champion.
New Year’s Eve extravaganza
Event #53 – New draw
$1600 NHL extension @CardPlayerMedia
70 of 560 Remain
Prize Pool: $798,000
Paid seats: 70
Minimum Cash: $3,463
9th place: $12,638
1st Place: $154,253
Day 2 today at 11:00 pic.twitter.com/yNz1b2bDv1
— Venetian Poker Room (@PokerVenezia) January 8, 2023