Event 67: Up From The Bottom

Event 67: $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em $3,000,000 Guarantee 

Level 14
Blinds: 1,000/2,000/300
Total Entrants: 1,012
Players Remaining: 175
Average Stack: 116,800

In just a few levels, players who started Day 2 have built themselves from the below-average stack they pulled out of the bag. It doesn’t take much to get the ball rolling for some and this trio of players is hoping the early momentum will take them through at least the money bubble.

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Paul Hoefer put 79,000 into play when Day 2 opened and is sitting behind a stack of roughly double that size in Level 14. The German-born Hoefer has won tournaments around the world and it attempting to win his first at The Venetian, which would be his second in Las Vegas following his 2015 Little One for One Drop win. 

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One of the hardest of grinders on the High Roller circuit, Sergio Aido is plenty comfortable in a tournament of this buy-in size. The resurgence of Spanish poker has been led, in part, by Aido, who has quickly become one of the top players in his realm. Aido is playing a little over 200,000 and focused on earning another major title. 

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The porkpie hat and beard might look familiar but that is not Walter White sitting behind that stack, it is Iverson Snuffer. Snuffer came into Day 2 with only 28,500 and has spun that up to over 175,000. Mostly known on the East Coast, Snuffer is looking to make players at The Venetian “Say His Name” as he knocks on the door of his first Venetian cash.

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