The Card Player Poker Tour (CPPT), a 15-event tournament series with more than $900,000 in guarantees rolled into the Venetian for a $3,500 main event as part of the December Extravaganza.
In the end it was 47 year old Mike Dentale, a window business owner from Brooklyn, who overcame a field of 235 entries to take home a substantial cash prize of $185,061 and the title.
A number of notable players were eliminated before the final table, including WSOP bracelet winners Ryan Laplante (14th) and Ankush Mandavia (10th), Ben Zamani (12th), Claas Segebrecht (13th), Matt Glantz (15th), Darren Rabinowitz (17th), Shannon Shorr (21st) and Maria Ho (22nd).
A look at the final table chip counts at the beginning of play:
Jack Salter — 915,000
Jim Carroll — 675,000
Dylan Linde — 370,000
Joseph Cheong — 2,050,000
Eric Vallee — 490,000
Mark Radoja — 2,480,000
Almedin Imsirovic — 530,000
Mike Dentale — 1,440,000
Paul Volpe — 455,000
Mark Dentale began the day as third in chips behind Mark Radoja and Joseph Cheong. It eventually came down to a heads up battle between Radoja and Dentale which went on for nearly five hours. The chips see-sawed in both directions several times before the final hand.
Dentale raised from the button with AA. Radoja moves all-in with AK to which Dentale obviously snap called. The board ran out K75107 and Dentale’s aces held up to give him the pot and the title.
Radoja picked up a healthy $115,035 for his second place finish.
A look at the final payouts: