The crowd is thinning at World Poker Tour Venice and Marvin Rettenmaier is one day closer to ending his phenomenal 2011 with a bang. He leads the final 15 players who survived Day 3 of the event with 817,000.
Rettenmaier had a productive day at the tables and played some fearless poker, tangling in several pots that were five and even six-bet preflop. Rettenmaier was not the only big name to make it through the day with chips either. WPT winner Roberto Romanello made it through, but ended well below average with 237,000. Steve O’Dwyer also ended the day near the bottom of the counts with 186,000.
Only one of the two East Coast players who began the day in Venice survived to the end of it. Ronnie Bardah managed to double up a couple of times to stay alive and end with 257,000. WPT winner Taylor von Kriegenbergh was less fortunate. He exited in 20th place when he ran AQ into Arnaud Mattern’s pocket queens. Von Kriegenbergh managed to collect a small payday of $7,509. Mattern, meanwhile, has racked up his third cash of this WPT season. He ended the day fourth in chips with 519,000 and is looking to improve upon his third place finish at WPT Marrakech.
Day 3 action began with 40 players, 13 of which went home without a payday. The bubble burst with Nicola Ricciardelli’s elimination in 28th place. Dario Alioto (27th), von Kriegenbergh (20th), and Giovanni Rizzo (19th) are some of the players who finished in the money.
Saturday the field will play from 15 down to the six who will make the final table. Here are the top ten chip counts from the end of Day 3 of WPT Venice:
1. Marvin Rettenmaier – 817,000
2. Michele Caroli – 793,000
3. Alex Dozhenko – 730,000
4. Arnaud Mattern – 519,000
5. Andrea Benelli – 516,000
6. Christopher Creus – 495,000
7. Alejandro Sanchez – 495,000
8. Edoardo Alescio – 431,000
9. Feranando Cimaglia – 356,000
10. Wanny Piazza – 304,000
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