Day 1b of the World Poker Tour Venice Main Event took place yesterday and saw 135 players pay the €3,300 entry fee for the chance to become a WPT Champion. By the time play drew to a close at the end of nine 60-minute levels it was Raffaele Bertolucci who had the most chips, bagging up 169,400.
At the start of the day there were three British players in the field, John Eames, Roberto Romanello and Zimnan Ziyard but only two of them managed to navigate through the field to make it through to Day 2. It was Eames who was the odd one out after enduring what he described as the worst spell of poker of his career so far. Up to 60,000 chips at one point Eames suffered some poor luck including running into on a flop! His elimination saw him raise to 1,325 from the hijack then move all in for 15,200 when Luca Fiorini three-bet to 3,200. Eames held to his opponent's and he took the lead on a flop but the turn all but busted him. The did not help him and he was sent to the rail.
Of the pair that did make it through Romanello is the best placed with a very healthy stack of 133,200, enough to put him eighth from the remaining 95 players. Romanello tormented his table throughout the day and was extremely entertaining to everyone who was within earshot of Table 1. The Welshman already has a WPT title to his name after winning WPT Bratislava in March but that will not stop him wanting to take down WPT Venice over the weekend.
The other Brit we will be railing and cheering on today is the EPT Loutraki champion Ziyard who starts the day at the wrong end of the chipcounts with just 19,200. We spoke to Ziyard last night at his hotel and he was in confident mood and not letting the fact he has a short stack bother him. In fact he even joked with Dominik Nitsche that he was going to win it. If he does it would be one hell of a comeback.
The plan of action for Day 2 of the WPT Venice Main Event is to play five 90-minute levels and that could see the money bubble burst as the top 27 spots are being paid out in this tournament. The prize pool will be distributed as follows:
First place also received a seat to the $25,500 WPT World Championship at the Bellagio in 2012. Will one of our boys still be in with a chance of claiming the top prize by the time play ends on Day 2? Stay tuned to find out.
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