ACR $5 Million GTD Venom at $3.2M Prize Pool After Day 1B

The Americas Cardroom $5,000,000 GTD Venom is the talk of the online poker community as many players are curious if the lofty guarantee will be met or if a big time overlay is in the cards.

By: Charles Rettmuller

The jury is still out with Day 1C yet to be played on Sunday, July 21. However, we are closer to a verdict after Day 1B saw 439 entrants take to the virtual felt in the biggest online poker tournament ever offered by a US-facing site.

Here are the numbers so far, as of this writing:

Day 1A: 785 entrants
Day 1B: 439 entrants
Day 1C: 59 players registered (and rising)

That's a total of 1,283 entrants multiplied by the $2,500 buy-in equals $3,207,500. If we add the $150 fee to the total buy-in ($2,500 + $150), the amount comes to $3,399,950.

With four days left for players to either buy-in directly to Day 1C or to win a seat via a multitude of satellites and step tournaments available - plus with many wannabe participants waiting on the sidelines to get a good look at the numbers before grabbing a 300,000 chip stack on Day 1C - that $5 million guarantee has a decent chance of being met.

Prior to the Venom kicking off last Sunday, there were many who felt that Winning Poker Network CEO Phil Nagy was off his rocker for attempting a $5 million GTD event. The WPN boss may not be so crazy after all!

Of the 439 entrants on Day 1B, 52 bagged and tagged and will be joining the 117 survivors of Day 1A. Notable among those are "pro.moe92", with a chip stack of 7,834,254, and "cardplayer44", with 6,700,271. Day 1A entrant Tom "HolyCannuli" Cannuli is still the leader of the pack with 9,641,417.

Here are the updated chip counts of the top five:

1 HolyCannuli 9,641,417
2 pro.moe92 7,834,254
3 cardplayer44 6,700,271
4 ninjazebra 6,393,919
5 freddy adu 5,694,669

This massive tournament, which is also the first ever multi-day event in Americas Cardroom history, allows for unlimited re-entry and the Biggest Stack Option. Players can carry their largest stack on to Day 2.

In honor of the Venom, ACR is currently offering a generous 50% up to $500 Reload Bonus thru July 24. That's a nice bankroll booster! Players taking advantage of the offer should use the bonus code "VENOM".

Remember there is still time to win a seat to the Venom on the cheap. Don't sit on the rail with a life-changing $1 million first place prize up for grabs!

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