Barry Hutter Leads Field After Day 1A Of Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event

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Barry Hutter Leads Field After Day 1A Of Card Player Poker Tour Venetian Main Event

The $5,000 buy-in Card Player Poker Tour main event at the Venetian poker room got off to a solid start on Monday by drawing a field of 127 entries in the day 1a flight.

The $2 million guaranteed no-limit hold’em event only attracted 42 entrants on day 1a last year and still managed to get a total of 537, which means this year’s edition might do even better. Registration will remain open until 7 p.m. on day 2, and players can fire up to six bullets in this event with re-entries.

The event is part of the DeepStack Extravaganza series, which definitely lived up to its name with 75-minute levels and a generous 25,000 in starting chips. The blinds will even increase in duration to 90 minutes starting on day 2.

But the deep stacks didn’t stop the players from getting it in often and early. In fact, by the end of play, only 42 were still left to bag up for the night.

Leading the way is Barry Hutter, who enjoyed a steady climb all day long and was never really challenged atop the leaderboard. “I’ve played a few big ones,” Hutter said after the dinner break. “I keep flopping sets and scooping big pots.”

Hutter was far from done, taking a massive pot off of fellow big stack Jimmy D’Ambrosio without even seeing a showdown. He ended the night with 201,950, which is nearly three times the average.

Other notables who bagged up sizable stacks included Matt Gianetti (159,550), John Dolan (145,200), Scott Clements (131,000), Troy Quenneville (122,050), Dimitar Danchev (120,575), Barry Shulman (107,025) and Elio Fox (103,275).

Play will continue Tuesday at noon with the start of day 1b. Here’s a look at the overnight chip counts.

Rank Name Chips Rank Name Chips
1 Barry Hutter 201,950 22 James Romero 64,500
2 Matt Giannetti 159,550 23 Johanssy Joseph 61,500
3 John Dolan 145,200 24 Joseph Gotlieb 57,025
4 Raul Martinez 134,500 25 Artur Koren 53,250
5 Scott Clements 131,000 26 Stephen Chidwick 53,025
6 Fabian Ortiz 127,000 27 Artem Metalidi 51,475
7 Tom Bedell 123,200 28 Justin Young 51,025
8 Troy Quenneville 122,050 29 Anthony Djotte 50,450
9 Dimitar Danchev 120,575 30 Alex Condon 47,900
10 Jimmy D’Ambrosio 116,900 31 Fabio Colonese 47,350
11 Barry Shulman 107,025 32 Jon Cotton 47,200
12 Elio Fox 103,275 33 Alan Goehring 44,600
13 John Andress 95,550 34 Josias Santos 38,850
14 Robert Lofaso 84,425 35 Richard Tuhrim 38,000
15 Christian Rudolph 77,575 36 Andoni Larabe 37,450
16 Jeremy Ausmus 74,575 37 Valentyn Shubelnyk 35,025
17 Ramin Hajiyer 74,000 38 Pakinai Lisawad 30,775
18 Layne Flack 71,975 39 Ben Yu 19,200
19 Yordan Petrov 70,925 40 James Obst 18,850
20 Ankush Mandavia 69,875 41 Class Segebrecht 18,000
21 Cate Hall 66,300 42 Shannon Shorr 12,800