Ari Oxman Leads WPT Venetian; Nine Former Champions Still in Contention
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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.
WPT Venetian Top 10 Chip Counts
|Rank||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Ari Oxman||United States||3,310,000||132|
|2||Tim McDermott||United States||3,120,000||125|
|3||Mike Liang||United States||2,750,000||110|
|4||Stephen Song||United States||2,735,000||109|
|6||Jason Koon||United States||2,435,000||97|
|9||Matt Bond||United States||1,945,000||78|
|10||Landen Lucas||United States||1,850,000||74|
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.
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.
|Player||Chip Count||WPT Titles|
|John Hennigan||1,680,000||Borgata Poker Classic (January 2007)|
|Tony Dunst||1,550,000||WPT Caribbean (November 2013)|
|Keven Stammen||940,000||WPT World Championship (April 2014)|
|Pat Lyons||860,000||WPT Legends of Poker (September 2016)|
|Tony Tran||750,000||WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble (October 2018) & WPT Rolling Thunder (March 2020)|
|Scotty Nguyen||730,000||World Poker Open (January 2006)|
|Michael Mizrachi||630,000||L.A. Poker Classic (February 2005) & Borgata Poker Classic (January 2006)|
|Harrison Gimbel||580,000||WPT Rolling Thunder (March 2016)|
|Ben Palmer||390,000||WPT Venetian (March 2019)|
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.
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*Lead image courtesy of the World Poker Tour/Joe Giron
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German, and then studied for a NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance live reporter, and video presenter for the World Poker Tour.