After three days of intense Italian Poker action, the first event of the Italian Poker Tour (IPT) has come to an end with a victory by a young italian who qualified for the tournament through PokerStars.it. The inaugural event took place in the classic and elegant Casino Sanremo, from the 1st to the 7th of June, and was sponsored by Pokerstars.it.
The main event, a € 2200 buy in NL hold 'em tourney, began on Friday the 5th of June with 255 players at the start of play. Among the participants where some of Italy's top players including Daniele Mazzia, Fabrizio Ascari, Salvatore Bonavena, and Gregory Genovese. Team Pokerstars Pro Isabelle "no mercy" Mercier also paid the € 2200 for her shot at an IPT win.
By Sunday only 22 players remained with the players trying to survive and make their way to the Pokerstars.net sponsored final table. The most dramatic moments were shown across the country on the popular poker show "Poker1Mania" on the Italia1 network. The end came at 4.00 am, and when the smoke cleared, tournament newcomer Stefano Puccilli, who qualified on Pokerstas.it, took the €120,000 first prize, defeating another Italian player Stefano Meraviglia who won €75000 for his second place finish; French pro (Champion Paris Open '08 and Grand Prix de Paris '08) Roger Hairabedian took third for € 50,000.
A great week of poker, probably one of the best ever for Italian poker, brought satisfaction to the organizers (a staff directed by famous Italian player and Pokerstars Team Pro Luca Pagano), the Sanremo Casino, Pokerstars and all the players and participants. The IPT, which is going to be the most important poker tour in Italy, will consist of 8 events, all of them sponsored by Pokerstars.it, with a "Grand final" at the Sanremo EPT stop in 2010.
The next stage of the IPT is set for beautiful Venice Italy from the 20th to 26th of July.
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