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.

RankNameChipsRankNameChips
1Barry Hutter201,95022James Romero64,500
2Matt Giannetti159,55023Johanssy Joseph61,500
3John Dolan145,20024Joseph Gotlieb57,025
4Raul Martinez134,50025Artur Koren53,250
5Scott Clements131,00026Stephen Chidwick53,025
6Fabian Ortiz127,00027Artem Metalidi51,475
7Tom Bedell123,20028Justin Young51,025
8Troy Quenneville122,05029Anthony Djotte50,450
9Dimitar Danchev120,57530Alex Condon47,900
10Jimmy D’Ambrosio116,90031Fabio Colonese47,350
11Barry Shulman107,02532Jon Cotton47,200
12Elio Fox103,27533Alan Goehring44,600
13John Andress95,55034Josias Santos38,850
14Robert Lofaso84,42535Richard Tuhrim38,000
15Christian Rudolph77,57536Andoni Larabe37,450
16Jeremy Ausmus74,57537Valentyn Shubelnyk35,025
17Ramin Hajiyer74,00038Pakinai Lisawad30,775
18Layne Flack71,97539Ben Yu19,200
19Yordan Petrov70,92540James Obst18,850
20Ankush Mandavia69,87541Class Segebrecht18,000
21Cate Hall66,30042Shannon Shorr12,800