No record. Why?
For the first time in its one and a half year history, The Venom tournament failed to break a record for events on poker sites that welcome Americans. Yes, the eight million dollar guarantee was covered, but it was not enough to reach The Venom $7M GTD mark. Why did this happen?
The Venom $8,000,000 GTD was announced only two months ago, and satellites were launched only in early January. It was because of such a short period of qualifying tournaments that the new Venom could not break the 10 million dollar mark.
As a result, the event collected the following number of entries:
- Day 1A - 503.
- Day 1B - 928
- Day 1C - 742
- Day 1D - 1.601
The Venom $8M GTD had 3,774 entries and a $9,345,000 prize pool.
Two Brazilians were at the top of the chip count — they were the ones who set the tone for the last day of game, as they knocked out all their opponents and reached the heads-up.
Players left the final table in the following order:
- Yiannis "GreekerFreaker" Liperis (Cypriot, resident in the UK), eliminated with an all-in preflop AJ vs. 66. Prize — $70,762.
- Alexandre "Pl3aseMuck" Fortin-Demers (Canada) shoved his short stack with 66 and lost to KJ suited. Prize — $89,632.
- Diego "GORDONITO" Bittar, he was the shortest stack of all Brazilians and the strongest regular (over $6M in prizes), and was able to double twice but was eliminated in the 6th place when he decided to 3-bet all-in over 20bb from the button with K9s and lost to pocket queens. Prize — $121,711.
- "Ninjaman100" — an unknown Lebanese who was very careful, but after an hour and half of playing decided to attack the chip leader with a re-raise with AQ, but lost to KK. Prize — $217,005.
- Artem "Ha190000" Koryakovtsev, the first Russian player ever to reach The Venom's final table, lost his 6bb stack with AJ vs. AT. Prize — $382,117
- Michael "geNet1x" Cannon, the only US representative, could not resist AA vs. KJ. Prize — $612,331.
The Brazilian heads-up
Deep stacks in the heads-up game (100bb and 85bb) resulted in two Latinos playing against each other for more than one hour.
And even the final hand, AJ vs. JJ, involved a minimum stack of 25bb. As a result, the finalist whose biggest profit on WPN was $113k and TOP3 Brazilian player (over $9M in online winnings), Yuri "SmashedAvocado" Martins, finished second and took $849,150 for himself.
The winner of The Venom $8M GTD was Brazilian reg Ramon "PORKNOMAR" Kropmanns, who earned $1,113,330.
Six years ago, Ramon played $2.2 tournaments at PokerStars, and now he won more than one million dollars.
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If Winning Poker Network does not deviate from its tradition, then:
The next The Venom will take place in the summer of 2021. And after two events that collected more than 9 million in prizes, players can expect the next event to have a $10,000,000 guarantee.
This milestone is quite real if the network announces the tournament 3-4 months in advance and then add the regular grid of satellites to its rooms. In the spring of 2021, we will see how accurate this forecast is.
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