CEO Poker Tour kicks off at Venetian in Vegas

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If you didn't think Las Vegas could possibly handle any more poker what with the World Series of Poker plus tournaments at Bellagio, Binion's and more going on, you were mistaken. The CEO Poker Tour also got started this week at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino.

"The first day of the CEO Poker event was a huge success," said William Peraza Jr., CEO Poker Tour CEO. "We knew that we had the right combination, a great hotel, a unique tournament and players that appreciate the game and networking."

The first event saw 342 players heading to the Venetian Monday for the $550 buy-in tournament, creating a $155,610 prize pool. The field included executives from all over the world including New Zealand, Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and more.

The winner was Martin El Kher from Denmark, who will go home $48,238 richer.

The top 10 players of the first event were:

Place Name
Martin El Kher
Ray Lau
Michelle McLeod
United States
Jason Peed
United States
John Pearman United States $9,337
Maurizio Michetti
Wolfgang Robig
Jesus Greer
United States $4,668
Derek LernerCanada
Danny Abdallah United States

Events continue at the Venetian through July 10. The rest of the schedule is:

  • July 4 at 5 p.m.: Event 3, $550 No-Limit Hold'em
  • July 5 at 5 p.m.: Event 4, $550 No-Limit Hold'em
  • July 6 at 5 p.m.: Event 5, $1,075 No-Limit Hold'em
  • July 7 at 5 p.m.: Event 6 $1,075 No-Limit Hold'em
  • July 8 at 5 p.m.: Event 7 $1,075 No-Limit Hold'em
  • July 9 at 5 p.m.: Event 8 $2,620 Championship
  • July 10 at 2 p.m.: Championship final table

You don't have to be an executive to participate, but the tournament gives people a chance to network with other companies as well as play poker for cash, trophies and gold bracelets. Participants also get their choice of a complimentary CEO Poker Tour hat or T-shirt.

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