NAPT Venetian: Here Come the High Rollers, $25,000 Bounty Shootout Begins Today

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Ready for some high stakes fun? For games within games? For something special to mark this first ever North American Poker Tour stop at the Venetian in Las Vegas?


Today's first round of the NAPT Venetian $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shootout event brings together a collection of the poker world's most famous, most decorated players in a high stakes hold'em battle with a novel format. 49 players are here today, ready to play what are essentially seven seven-handed sit-n-gos, with the winners advancing to Thursday's final.

Adding to the fun, $5,000 bounties will be awarded for each knockout, with an additional $100,000 (thrown in by PokerStars.net) going to the player claiming the most bounties. All of today's winners will earn $75,000 for their efforts. And the winner of Thursday's final will take home all of the remaining prize pool (minus the bounties).

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Three of today's players -- Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, and Joe Cada -- study the draw


Here is the line-up for today's first round:

Table 1

1. Joe Sebok
2. Phil Laak
3. Justin Bonomo
4. David Williams
5. Joe Cassidy
6. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
7. Tommy Vedes

Table 2

1. (Satellite winner)
2. Dario Minieri
3. Tony G.
4. Alec Torelli
5. Isaac Haxton
6. Daniel Alaei
7. Peter Eastgate

Table 3

1. Chris Moneymaker
2. Keith Gibson
3. Joe Cada
4. Jason Mercier
5. Hasan Habib
6. Matt Glantz
7. Ashton Griffin

Table 4

1. Andrew Robl
2. Lee Markholt
3. John Hennigan
4. Phil Galfond
5. Alex Kamberis
6. Brett Richey
7. Daniel Negreanu

Table 5

1. J.C Tran
2. Joe Hachem
3. Annie Duke
4. Jennifer Tilly
5. Vanessa Rousso
6. Di Dang
7. Faraz Jaka

Table 6

1. Scott Seiver
2. Brian Rast
3. Chau Giang
4. Bertrand Grospellier
5. Antonio Esfandiari
6. Sorel Mizzi
7. Barry Greenstein

Table 7

1. Phil Hellmuth
2. Adam Richardson
3. Hoyt Corkins
4. Greg Raymer
5. John Duthie
6. Hevad Khan
7. Steven Paul (a.k.a. Steve Paul-Ambrose)

So, do you happen to recognize any names there?

Our seven tables will be played in two separate flights, the first scheduled to kick off at 11:00am Vegas time. That's when Tables 5-7 will be playing, then later, starting at 7:00pm, we'll see Tables 1-4 battle it out.

Come back to the PokerStars blog where we'll be chronicling all of the action. You can also follow along live on NAPT TV, where you might just see a familiar face or forty.

All photography © Joe Giron.