The Venetian Resort recently hosted The National Poker League’s (NPL) inaugural 2007 Las Vegas Open, with some of the biggest names in poker signed up for the $15.000 buy-in main event. December 3rd found 57 famous poker players like Jennifer Harman, Jamie Gold, John Juanda, Chris Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, Gavin Smith and David Singer all on hand to battle for their share of the $812,763 prize pool.
The event took place in the elegant Venetian Poker Room, which had a special feature table set up that proved a huge success, allowing spectators a bird’s eye view of the “poker celebrities” in action.
At the end of day one, Sorel Mizzi led the field with 168,000 in chips. Day two folded with Allen Cunningham in the lead and a 540,500 chip stack. Day three saw Cunningham spending most of the day as chip leader. When the day was done however, David Singer would be the one going to the final table as chip leader with 1,014,000. Heading to the final table with Singer was Antonio Salorio with a second position stack of 444,000 and Cunningham third with 252,000.
The fourth and final day brought plenty of action between the three players when play resumed at 3pm. Cunningham patiently stayed on his game and slowly began a comeback. After Singer beat Salorio in a hand, Salorio was left with only with 200,000 chips. Cunningham then put Salorio all-in, beating him with a queen high straight, which sent Salorio out third and $130,042 richer.
Down to heads up action between Singer and Cunningham, managing to withstand sever all-ins, Cunningham once again proved his impeccable skills and slowly managed to rebuild his stack. By the time the dinner break came around, he was a slight chip leader with 968,000 to Singer's 742,000.
After the break, the first hand turned out to be the last hand of the event. Cunningham’s ace high straight awarded him first place and a $325,105 payday, while Singer took home $203,191.
With the impressive all star turnout for this event, the NPL Vegas Open will surely continue to be one of the major events held every year in Vegas.