It's Marchese In An Upset At The NAPT Venetian
February 25, 2022

If Sam Stein, the chip leader going into Day 5 of the PokerStars North American Poker Tour Venetian main event, wasn't already seen as a favorite when play began yesterday, he certainly was after a few hands had been dealt out, personally eliminating the first two players out of the eight at the impressive NAPT final table.  Stein, and his imposing pile of Venetian chips, was the clear mathematical choice at that point in the day, as he was during most of the final table- including at the start of heads-up play- but in the end it was Marchese, who would walk away with the victory.  Tom "Kingofcards" Marchese, who when compared to Stein practically snuck into the final table with the fifth largest stack, won his big hands when they mattered most- in the end- and was able to claim the title and a top prize worth $827,648.

Stein for his part, after a series of disappointing hands during the heads-up portion of the event, settled for second place money, a still substantial $522,306 made possible thanks to the 872 players that chose to compete in this first ever Venetian NAPT event. 

Marchese, after a near miss third place finish at the Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship Event last month, can now claim two major final table finishes in 2010, and over $1,000,000 in tournament winnings in the last two months.

The final table finish positions for the 2010 PokerStars NAPT Venetian main event were as follows:

1st. Tom Marchese- $827,648

2nd. Sam Stein- $522,306

3rd. Daniel Clemente- $309,366

4th. Yunus Jamal- $241,064

5th. David Paredes- $184,816

6th. Thomas Fuller- $144,639

7th. Miami John Cernuto- $104,461

8th. Eric Blair- $60,266

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Story by Mark Anderson

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