D'Ambrosio Leads Largest $5,000 WPT Main Event in History; Big Names Galore Still in Contention

Jimmy D'Ambrosio World Poker Tour

After three starting flights, the WPT Venetian Main Event heads to Day 2 with 340 players remaining from a starting field of 1,199, making it the largest $5,000 World Poker Tour Main Event in history.

This comes off the back of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown earlier this year that broke the record for the largest WPT Main Event ever.

Leading the way is Jimmy D'Ambrosio ahead of Sergii Baranov and Ezequiel Waigel. Fourth in chips is Nate Silver, American statistician and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight .

Silver previously cashed at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, finishing 161st for $7,465 and is looking for a second WPT cash to add to his resume.

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WPT Venetian Top 10 Chip Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip Count
1Jimmy D'AmbrosioUnited States568,500
2Sergii BaranovUkraine542,000
3Ezequiel WaigelArgentina428,000
4Nate SilverUnited States462,000
5Tim McDermottUnited States434,500
6Ezequiel WaigelArgentina428,000
7Farid JattinColombia417,000
8Tara KittleUnited States363,000
9Mike LiangUnited States359,000
10Sean PerryUnited States358,500

Outside of the top ten there are plenty of big names still in including Champions Club members Darren Elias, Anthony Zinno, Daniel Negreanu, Michael Mizrachi, John Hennigan, Phil Laak, Erik Seidel and Scotty Nguyen.

Player of the Year leader Brian Altman is also still in the field, along with Kitty Kuo, Bill Klein, Mike Watson, Kristen Bicknell, Joe Cada, Joe McKeehen, Joey Weissman and David Pham to name but a few.

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

  • There are big names everywhere you look with 340 players left in the WPT Venetian Main Event

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