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NAPT Venetian: Here Come the High Rollers, $25,000 Bounty Shootout Begins To

Ready for some high stakes fun? For games within games? For something special to mark this first ever North American Poker Tour stop at the Venetian in Las Vegas?Today's first round the NAPT Venetian $25,000 High Roller Bounty event brings together a collection of the poker world's most famous, mo...more

by Brad Willis on February 23, 2010 9:01 PM

NAPT Venetian: Finding the Best of the Best on Day 4

Welcome back to beautiful Las Vegas and the luxurious Venetian.Inside, the poker room is buzzing with excitement already. Players will trickle in shortly. Fans will gather outside the ropes.We have some important poker to play today.The 24 players that start Day 4 have proven themselves to be quite ...more

by Brad Willis on February 23, 2010 8:58 PM

NAPT Venetian: 24 Sail Through to Day 4

by Martin HarrisWhen we started at noon on Saturday, there were nearly 90 tables filled with 872 players, filling the entire poker room and curling all around the immediate environs, zig-zagging every which way. Sort of like those famous canals of the Italian city from which the Venetian gets its ...more

by Brad Willis on February 23, 2010 10:06 AM

NAPT Venetian: Day 3, levels 21 and 22 (8,000-16,000-2,000)

1:12am: Day 3 concludesWith that last flurry of eliminations, Day 3 swiftly comes to a close. The remaining 24 players are starting to bag up their earnings thus far, but all well know there's still a long way to go to that $827,648 first prize.1:06am: Rousso hits rail in 25thDown to 205,000, the t...more

by Brad Willis on February 23, 2010 9:36 AM

NAPT Venetian: Day 3, levels 19 and 20 (6,000-12,000-1,000)

10:35pm: End of levelThat's 20 levels in the books. Of the 872 who began on Saturday, just 36 remain.10:17pm: Cernuto survives"Miami" John Cernuto left for the dinner break after a very tough laydown to an all-in from his opponent, and he was left with less chips than he hoped. His return from dinn...more

by Brad Willis on February 23, 2010 7:29 AM

NAPT Venetian: $25,000 Bounty Shootout draws monsters

What we have just witnessed is no short of history in the making. Sure, we know we tend to get hyperbolic around these parts, but we feel comfortable in suggesting that what we'll witness this week will be the stuff poker people will talk about for ages.When the NAPT announced it was hosting a firs...more

by Brad Willis on February 23, 2010 3:33 AM

NAPT Venetian: Day 3, levels 17 and 18 (4,000-8,000-1,000)

6:38pm: Gimme a break!Ok, settle down. Players are on a break. They are taking 15 minutes and will return to start Level 19. (Hint: There will be another blog for Level 19. Go there after this.)6:29pm: Oh, aces, how they can hurt sometimesMartin Medina played aces the best way he knew how. He risked...more

by Brad Willis on February 23, 2010 3:07 AM

NAPT Venetian: Day 3, levels 15 and 16 (2,500-5,000-500)

3:22pm: Break timeThe 91 remaining players are taking a 15-minute break. 3:15pm: Double-ups keep hope aliveDespite being in the money, most poker players do not want to leave the tournament. The final table is two days away, and a few key double-ups could put them in contention for that run at the...more

by Brad Willis on February 22, 2010 11:48 PM

NAPT Venetian: Dollar Signs on Day 3

The day in Las Vegas will start with some unknowns.Outside the Venetian Hotel & Casino, the day began with rain and cloudy skies. But as the hours passed, the sun emerged and blue skies now reign, despite some rather brisk desert winds. All in all, a beautiful day is in the making.Inside the Venetia...more

by Brad Willis on February 22, 2010 10:44 PM

NAPT Venetian: Dreams of poker stardom

Stardom may be too strong a word.This is only the first American stop of the inaugural season of the North American Poker Tour, a series of live poker tournaments that has already proven itself a serious contender in the poker world.And there were 872 players in the $5,000 buy-in tournament, which p...more

by Brad Willis on February 22, 2010 6:03 AM
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