Ankush Mandavia managed to top another land-based event. This time he won at Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $2,500 Main Event, where he managed to win a total of $260,000 after a chop with his heads-up opponent Anselmo Villarreal.
The event attracted a total of 652 entries who created a prize pool of $1,467,000. In other words, it was one of the biggest land-based poker events since the Covid-19 shutdowns that took place last spring.
The final table of this event was star-studded, as some of the players, such as Kristen Bicknell and Alex Foxen, made it there. Let’s take a look at how the final table of this tournament unfolded.
The Final Table Overview
The first player to hit the rail in the final table was Qing Liu, one of the best players in Venetian since the return of live poker in 2020. Liu has managed to earn 16 cash rewards from tournaments in the property since last September. Moreover, he made it to six final tables and had one outright win of $83,000, as stated on his Hendon Mob page. Unfortunately, he had to settle for the eighth position this time, winning a total of $23,939.
The next player to leave the game at the final table was Yosif Nawabi, who ended up earning $35,208 for his effort. Nawabi was followed by Alex Foxen, who earned $45,477 this time.
The fifth place was reserved for Derek Gregory, who ended up his run by earning $60,147.
The four-handed play started with Kristen Bicknell having a chip lead, meaning she had plenty of opportunities to aim for the biggest prize. She ultimately lost all chips and ended up being fourth, winning a total of $90,954.
The last player to leave the game before the heads-up was Timothy Capretta. In fact, Capretta started his final table run as the chip leader, but this time he stumbled upon Villarreal and had to hit the rail. During the decisive hand, Villarreal had Q-9 of hearts against K-10. However, the board helped Villarreal improve with another 9, sending Capretta to the rail right away. He won a total of $132,030.
The two remaining players had a similar chip count and decided to go halfsies on the remaining prize. Anselmo Villareal eventually had to settle for the second place, as they decided for the trophy with a coinflip and let the element of luck determine the final outcome.
Villareal’s final prize was $253,441, whereas Ankush Mandavia managed to win a total of $260,000 — just a bit more compared to his second-placed opponent.
Ankush Mandavia wasn’t taking a break from poker even during the Covid-19 shutdowns, as he played a lot of online poker games and tournaments. However, he stated that he played live poker at the Venetian after almost an entire year, meaning he had no live poker games for a really long time.