Italian poker pro Alessio Isaia won the WPT Venice title early on Wednesday morning after a stupendous record-breaker heads-up match that lasted 8 hours and 20 minutes.
The romantic city of Venice was gripped with poker fever from Feb 3 – 9, 2011. The Casino Di Venezia in the Doge Vendremin Gabriele D’Annunzio Palace was the splendid venue of WPT Venice. This fabulous casino, which offers a breathtaking view of the Grand Canal, hosted top professional poker players as well as local poker enthusiasts all these days.
The WPT Venice venue was flooded with 523 poker players, all eager to grab the WPT Venice title. The WPT Venice Main Event had a breathtaking buy-in of €3000 plus €30.
Eight talented poker players reached the final tables at the end of four days. David Vamplew and Max Lykov, the European Poker Tour (EPT) title holders, were clearly the favorites; but 24-year-old Italian poker pro Isaia was the one who finally defeated Szabolcs Mayor at the heads-up tournament and won the colossal first prize of €380,000 along with a Tiffany bracelet and an entry into the $25,500 WPT championship.
Italian player Isaia had not performed extremely well at the finals of the last two WSOP events, owing to which the WPT Venice win turned out to be his first greatest victory and the largest win of a poker career of nearly 5 years.
Vamplew, the holder of the EPT London title, finished third, after which Isaia found himself facing Mayer, a Hungarian poker player in a heads-up match. Although Isaia was the chip leader at the start of the heads-up tournament, Mayer managed to increase his chip stack by double just before dinner break. Shortly thereafter, Mayer took hold of the match in a vice-like grip and appeared as if he would beat Isaia anytime.
Isaia, however, never lost his cool and soon managed to become the chip leader again. Shortly after 3:00 a.m., he beat Mayer and won the WPT Venice title. This match, which lasted 8 hours and 20 minutes, was the longest match in the history of WPT.
Alessio Isaia, the champion of the match, added a cool €380,000 to his bankroll and Szabolcs Mayer, who finished second, won €228,990.
The next WPT event will be the WPT Celebrity Invitational, which is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on February 19 while the LA Poker Classic Main Event will be played on February 25.

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