$8 Million Guaranteed Venom crowns a champion today

$8 Million Guaranteed Venom crowns a champion today
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Geoff Fisk
Posted on: February 03, 2021 07:23 PST

Winner takes home $1,113,330 as WPN flagship tournament plays to a finish

The most ambitious tournament in the history of the Winning Poker Network awards life-changing money at tonight’s final table.

The two-week tournament plays to its conclusion tonight, with the final table commencing at 5 pm EST. Spectators can catch the action on delayed stream on the Americas Cardroom Twitch channel.

The final eight players each stand to take home at least $70,762.50. The final table combatants set their sights on much bigger prizes tonight, however, with $1,113,330 going to the eventual winner.

Tuesday’s Day 3 action saw the field of 65 remaining players trim down to the final eight. Those eight players compete for more than $3.5 million still up for grabs at the final table.

The Venom $8 Million Guaranteed final table payouts*

Place Prize (USD)
1 $1,113,330
2 $849,150
3 $612,331.50
4 $381,117.50
5 $217,005
6 $121,711.50
7 $89,632.50
8 $70,762.50

Massive field trims down to final eight

The $8 Million Guaranteed Venom kicked off with the first of four opening day flights on Jan. 22. Day 1A and Day 1B (Jan. 24) combined to draw 1,431 total entries for the biggest guaranteed prize pool tournament in the history of online poker in the U.S.

Day 1C commenced the following weekend, and by the completion of all four Day 1 flights the field finished up at 3,774 total entries. That attendance pushed the final prize pool to $9,435,000.

That $9,435,000 gives the current edition of The Venom the second-biggest prize pool ever awarded for a WPN tournament. The August 2020 chapter of The Venom still holds the No. 1 spot on that list, with $9,680,000 awarded in that event.

The $8 Million Guaranteed Venom stands as the fifth chapter of WPN’s flagship $2,650 buy-in tournament. The $8,000,000 guarantee stands as the largest guarantee ever offered by WPN, or any U.S.-facing online poker tournament.

The Day 1 survivors returned for Day 2 action Monday, with 596 players coming back for a shot at the payout ladder. By night’s end, the field whittled down from 596 to 65 players.

Tuesday’s Day 3 flight saw the 65 remaining players compete for spots at the eight-handed final table. Day 3 action broke for the night when the field trimmed down to the final eight.

$8 Million Guaranteed Venom final table players and chip counts*

Place Player Screen Name Chip Count
1 PORKNOMAR 285,618,886
2 SmashedAvocado 223,189,508
3 ninjaman100 192,835,747
4 geNet1x 184,542,224
5 Ha19000 101,577,668
6 Pl3aseMuck 65,847,082
7 GORDONITO 42,034,680
8 GreekerFreaker 35,548,964

‘PORKNOMAR’ heads into final table action with the tournament chip lead, and holds a 95 big blind stack. ‘SmashedAvocado’ (74 big blinds), ‘ninjaman100’ (64 big blinds) and ‘geNet1x’ (61 big blinds) round out the top four chip stacks, with all other players trying to spin up a stack into a seven-figure payday.

The $8 Million Guaranteed Venom played out as one of the most anticipated online tournaments in WPN history. Check out the Poker.org interviews with Amercias Cardroom Team Pros Drew Gonzalez and Ebony Kenney conducted over the last two weeks.