Rettenmaier, Sexton Among WPT Venice Day 1a Leaders

Marvin Rettenmaier
Marvin Rettenmaier

Mike Sexton and Marvin Rettenmaier are both among the top five chip leaders on a surprisingly small Day 1a of the WPT Venice Grand Prix.

Rettenmaier amassed 129,600, good enough for second place overall, while Sexton, who doesn’t always get to play WPTs because of his hosting duties, built a stack of 99,900 to take third place.

The lesser-known Stephen Behm grabbed the overall chip lead with 188,000.

Day 1a only drew 65 players as Venice was hit particularly hard by snow, wind and rain. Organizers are expecting a much bigger Day 1b.

A total of 32 players made it through the eight levels of play on Day 1a including noted pros Kara Scott (81,200) and Rocco Palumbo (67,000), Jon Eames (22,100), Matt Salsberg (15,900) and Dan Cates (13,000).

Here are the top 10 chip counts after Day 1a of the contest:

  • 1. Stephen Behm – 188,000
  • 2. Marvin Rettenmaier – 129,600
  • 3. Mike Sexton – 99,900
  • 4. Raffaele Castro – 96,000
  • 5. Gianluca Rullo – 95,100
  • 6. Armando Donninl – 85,500
  • 7. Lauri Pesonen – 83,800
  • 8. Ivan Losl – 81,300
  • 9. Kara Scott – 81,200
  • 10. Martino Favaretto – 80,000

Big Names Expected to Re-Enter on Day 1b

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth set to appear on Day 1b.

The Venice Grand Prix is a re-entry event so notable bustouts from Day 1a including Ludovic Lacay, Gaelle Baumann and Martin Staszko are likely to rebuy.

There will also be a few new faces in the field including the larger-than-life Phil Hellmuth.

This will mark the first time that Hellmuth has played an Italian poker event.

Galen Hall, Dario Alioto, Vince Van Patten and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree are also expected to join the action today.

Day 1b begins at 15:00 CET at the Casino de Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi in Venice, Italy.

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