Final table set for The Venom PKO

Geoff Fisk
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Posted on: May 12, 2021 7:59 pm EDT

$501,916 and progressive bounties on the line as The Venom plays to a winner tonight

The Venom PKO guaranteed $5 million, achieved a $7,160,000 prize pool, and set a new standard yet again for what’s possible in U.S.-facing online poker tournaments.

The Spring 2021 edition of The Venom played down to the final eight players Tuesday, and those eight players return tonight to compete for the championship. The Venom PKO final table reconvenes at 5pm EDT on the Winning Poker Network, and you can catch live stream coverage on the Americas Cardroom Twitch channel.

The field trimmed down from 48 at the start of Tuesday’s Day 3 action, playing down to the final table by the end of the night. A $501,916 first-place prize awaits tonight’s winner, along with what will end up as a massive addition to that payout in the form of progressive bounties.

The Venom PKO final table and chip counts

PlacePlayer Screen NameChip Count
1‘TIKITTAKA11’174,474,944
2‘The_Founder’148,617,254
3‘BuddahasAces’132,719,664
4‘eeeoooshhh’118,232,080
5‘jeromewinnd’108,755,311
6‘RyDo’78,889,004
7‘Nippler3’67,772,472
8‘WildCard23’28,945,812

Six-figure prizes on the line at the Venom PKO final table

The last time Winning Poker Network ran a progressive knockout version of The Venom, tournament champion ‘pinguinachica’ took home a $751,067 payday. That total came from a $477,814 first-place prize, as well as $273,253 in bounties.

First place for this edition of The Venom PKO stands to award an even bigger payout to the eventual champion. The winner’s share of the payout ladder comes in at $501,916, even bigger than the October/November 2020 chapter of the Venom PKO.

Here’s a look at what’s on the line tonight, minus the progressive bounties:

The Venom PKO final table payout structure

PlacePayout*
1$501,916
2$501,916
3$317,188
4$225,540
5$157,520
6$123,510
7$87,710
8$59,070
*Progressive bounties not included

The current edition of The Venom marks the sixth time WPN has run the tournament. This tournament plays out as the second of four chapters of The Venom scheduled to run on WPN in 2021.

Since introducing The Venom in the summer of 2019, the $2,650 buy-in tournament has become the biggest prize pool online poker tournament available to U.S. players. This edition of The Venom PKO generated the third-largest prize pool in the history of WPN, only eclipsed by the Summer 2020 and Winter 2021 chapters.

You can catch live stream coverage of The Venom PKO final table on the Americas Cardroom Twitch channel tonight, with Justin Kelly and ACR Team Pros Chris Moneymaker and Michael Loncar on the call.

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