NAPT Venetian: Dollar Signs on Day 3

NAPT logo.jpgThe 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.

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Inside the Venetian Poker Room, the tables are being readied for 149 players to return for Day 3 of the North American Poker Tour's Las Vegas tournament. It started with 872 players only two days ago, and swift action on Day 2 brought the field ever so close to the money bubble.

Players will come back to the felt today to try to turn all of their efforts thus far into a payoff for their $5,000 investment, as the last 128 players standing will receive a minimum of $7,232. But they all have one bigger prize in mind - the whopping $827,648 first place prize that also comes with the prestigious title of NAPT champion.

They start the day with final results unknown. It remains to be seen which of them will even walk away with any cash for their three days of poker. But it won't be long - possibly an hour or so - after play begins today that we have some answers.

One player with dollar signs in his eyes and chips to back up that vision is Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger. He will remove 618,700 chips from the casino-protected plastic bag at noon today and look to take that chip leader status all the way through Day 3. But directly behind him is Andy "BKiCe" Seth with his 602,600 chips, and the aggressive player who started the tournament as Day 1 chip leader will be seeking to regain his position at the top of the leaderboard.

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And no one can discount the Team PokerStars Pros, all of whom are looking to make a splash here at the NAPT. At the top of the charts for the team is Vanessa Rousso, with her chips counted to be 313,600 going into Day 3. But also in the running are Greg Raymer, Tom McEvoy, and Bill Chen. They've got the PokerStars logo in place on the gear they'll be wearing today, and they look to do the team proud.

As we prepare to bring you all of the Day 3 action, may we suggest a look back at Day 1 and Day 2 to get you in the mood for all of the poker you can handle today.

In addition, thanks to PokerStars.TV, we have a Day 2 recap video for your viewing pleasure:

Watch NAPT Venetian 2010: Day 2 Recap on

All photography (c) Joe Giron

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in North American Poker Tour