The Card Player Poker Tour Venetian main event surprised everyone after the $5,000 buy-in event building a $3,199,200 prize pool that blew away the $2,000,000 guarantee. The no-limit main event drew a total of 688 players.
With 149 new players entering the day 2 adding to the 539 entries of the starting two flights, it was an impressive 28% increase of field size of 537 entries from last year. Due to the high turnout, the winner of the event would get $655,847. All the top 6 players will earn in six-figures.
By the end of day two, only 95 players were left, of which top 72 players will make money on day 3. By the end of the night, Troy Quenneville became the chip leader with 451,200. These 95 players are set to return on Thursday noon to play down to a final table, which will play out on Friday.
Day two saw many notable players trying their luck including 2016 CPPT Venetian champion Jon Turner, poker Triple Crown winner Mohsin Charania, 2011 WSOP main event winner Carlos Mortensen and 2015 Card Player Player of the Year Anthony Zinno.