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For the very first time, the World Poker Tour (WPT) stopped at the Venetian in Las Vegas where it hosted some poker action. its $3,500 buy-in Main Event attracted a field of 734 entries which makes it one of the more lucrative events that have already gone down just a short while into 2019.

Ben Palmer triumphed at the poker tournament and managed to walk away with $431,655 in tournament winnings – this win included a $15,000 entry into the Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions. Palmer was at the second spot on the Venetian’s all-time cash list with a total of 88 caches but the tournament which was his 89th proved to be the very best one in his poker career.

Prior to the win at the World Poker Tour Venetian event, Ben Palmer had just a little over $2.3 million in total tournament winnings with his prior biggest cash in being $189,975 for winning at the Festa Al Lago Classic. He also raked in $185,426 for emerging third at the 2013 World Series of Poker Event #11: $2,5000 NLH 6-Handed, $118,849 for coming in second at the 2018 WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event and $91,052 for finishing in the fifth spot at the 2015 WSOP Circuit Planet Hollywood Main Event.

The Final Day Action

The fourth and final day of the tournament saw a total of nine players return to action and by this time Palmer had a clear lead to defend. Three of the nine players – Sean Yu (9th – $41,665), Jay Farber (8th – $52,790), and Skip Wilson (7th – $67,675) – had to hit the rail even before the final table was set thus leaving six players to battle it out.

By the 69th hand of the official final table, Will Givens, one of the remaining six players, got his stack all in holding king-jack but he failed to get there against Mark Ioli who also failed to get there at Hand #109. Ioli’s mistake was making a two pair that was thwarted when Palmer rolled over a turned straight. A few hands later, Orlando Barrera shoved the flop and went out at the fourth spot. He was then followed by Danny Qutami who was bested by Tony Gargano for a heads-up play with Palmer, albeit with a slight lead.

Gargano and Palmer battled it out veraciously before things came to a head at Hand #268 but by then Palmer had the upper hand with a sizeable lead.

The Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Ben Palmer $431,655*
2 Tony Gargano $277,760
3 Danny Qutami $204,810
4 Orlando Barrera $152,690
5 Mark Ioli $115,105
6 Will Givens $87,760

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