Ari Oxman Leads WPT Venetian; Nine Former Champions Still in Contention

Ari Oxman World Poker Tour Venetian

Day 2 of the WPT Venetian saw the field whittled down to 39 players from 340, with a host of big names still in contention for the $910,370 first prize.

Leading the way is Ari Oxman ahead of Tim McDermott, Mike Liang, Stephen Song and Sergii Baranov. These five players all bagged over 100 big blinds ahead of Day 3.

partypoker Ambassador Jason Koon sits comfortably inside the top 10 and is eyeing a first WPT title of his career.

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WPT Venetian Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Ari OxmanUnited States3,310,000132
2Tim McDermottUnited States3,120,000125
3Mike LiangUnited States2,750,000110
4Stephen SongUnited States2,735,000109
5Sergii BaranovUkraine2,670,000107
6Jason KoonUnited States2,435,00097
7Arie KliperIsrael2,135,00085
8Nacho BarberoArgentina2,090,00084
9Matt BondUnited States1,945,00078
10Landen LucasUnited States1,850,00074

Day 2 Recap

The chip leader coming into Day 2 was Jimmy D'Ambrosio, but he would bust short of the money. Others to do so include reigning Player of the Year champion Brian Altman who was eliminated by Stephen Chidwick, and Ryan Riess who ran kings into the aces of Kathy Liebert.

Daniel Negreanu also bowed out, the former WPT champion tanglign with another as Pat Lyons' pocket aces sent "Kid Poker" to the rail.

Jean Gaspard had lead the field for a period, and burst the bubble by flopping a set of threes to crack the pocket kings of Ting-Yi Tsai. That guaranteed the field $8,915, with Andrew Lichtenberger, Marle Cordeiro and Christian Harder busting just in the money.

Other notable players to cash included Sam Panzica (125th - $9,270), Joe Cada (124th - $9,270), Cliff Josephy (119th - $9,270), Nate Silver (100th - $9,760), Nick Petrangelo (95th - $10,415), Anthony Zinno (93rd - $10,415), Darren Elias (82nd - $11,250), and Chance Kornuth (42nd - $19,920).

The remaining players will return for Day 3 on Tuesday, July 6 at 12:00 pm.

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John Hennigan

Nine Former WPT Champions

Such is the talent present in the WPT Venetian field, almost a quarter of the field is a former WPT champion. Sitting 11th in chips is John Hennigan (pictured) who won his WPT title back in January 2007, ahead of WPT commentator Tony Dunst and former WPT World Championship winner Keven Stammen.

Two players will be looking to win their third WPT title, with Tony Tran and Michael Mizrachi sitting on around 30 big blinds each.

Although the shortest of the former champions, Ben Palmer's WPT title came in the inaugural WPT Venetian in March 2019, defeating a field of 734 to win $431,655.

PlayerChip CountWPT Titles
John Hennigan1,680,000Borgata Poker Classic (January 2007)
Tony Dunst1,550,000WPT Caribbean (November 2013)
Keven Stammen940,000WPT World Championship (April 2014)
Pat Lyons860,000WPT Legends of Poker (September 2016)
Tony Tran750,000WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble (October 2018) & WPT Rolling Thunder (March 2020)
Scotty Nguyen730,000World Poker Open (January 2006)
Michael Mizrachi630,000L.A. Poker Classic (February 2005) & Borgata Poker Classic (January 2006)
Harrison Gimbel580,000WPT Rolling Thunder (March 2016)
Ben Palmer390,000WPT Venetian (March 2019)

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WPT Venetian Payouts

A total of 150 places will be paid with a min-cash worth $8,915. Cracking the top 10 will earn a player $91,035 and the winner will walk away with $910,370 and the title. Their name will also be engraved on the Mike Sexton Cup.

PlacePayout (USD)

Recent World Poker Tour Results

WPT Venetian marks the third Main Event of the WPT Season 19 after the WPT Online Series on partypoker and WPT Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, won by Brian Altman.

It's been a busy few months for the World Poker Tour, so why not check out this list of event recaps right here on PokerNews!

*Lead image courtesy of the World Poker Tour/Joe Giron

  • Just 39 players are left in with a chance of taking home the WPT Venetian $910,370 first prize

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