The guarantee is $500,000 for Venice poker player card tour The Main Event ended up being a no sweat with 279 entries entered on Day 1C, bringing the total field size to 560. That was enough to create a total prize pool of $798,000.
The winner, to be decided late Sunday night, is set to take home $154,253 to go along with the trophy and prize. Deepstack Extravaganza nickname.
With 12.5% of the field progressing to Day 2 and earning at least the minimum cashout of $3,463, this means that 35 players will join the 36 players pooled between Day 1A and 1B.
At least that was the plan, but in the last handout of the evening, two players were eliminated. With the rules stating that only those who advanced to the second day earned money, 34 would instead move on, leaving 70 survivors in total between the three journeys started.
Leading the day’s 1C and overall field is Brian Battistone. Battistone won a massive pot by a dozen against Snow Frog’s pocket aces to climb the leaderboard and then finish the night strong at 923,000.
In second place is the three-time bracelet winner Christine Foxen, who bullied her table to 872,000 piles. Her husband, high-stakes breaker and fellow bracelet winner Alex Foxen also advanced, but finished near the bottom on just 44,000 counts.
The rest of the top five is rounded out by Marquis Waters (825,000), Poker Hall of Fame finalists Cathy Lippert (757,000) and Brian Cunningham (748,000). Other notables still in contention include Nippon Java, Brandon Zuidema, John Fann, Jim Collopy, Shawn Daniels, Jesse Sylvia, Patrick Alexander, Eric Blair and Rifle Champion Ben Palmer.
Players will return to The Venetian Resort Las Vegas on Sunday at 11:00 am to take on a champion.
New Year’s splendor
Event No. 53 – Repaint
$1,600 NLH @employee
Day 1a + 1b + 1c:
70 of 560 remain
Prize pool: $798,000
Paid places: 70
Minimum cashout: $3,463
Ninth place: $12,638
First place: $154,253
Day Two Today at 11:00 am pic.twitter.com/yNz1b2bDv1
– Venetian Poker Room (@venetianpoker) January 8, 2023