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

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

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
5 Sergii Baranov Ukraine 2,670,000 107
6 Jason Koon United States 2,435,000 97
7 Arie Kliper Israel 2,135,000 85
8 Nacho Barbero Argentina 2,090,000 84
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.


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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.

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)

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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.

Place Payout (USD)
1 $910,370
2 $606,890
3 $448,755
4 $335,200
5 $252,945
6 $192,855
7 $148,580
8 $115,685
9 $91,035
10 $91,035

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

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