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Alessio Isaia Wins World Poker Tour Venice

Alessio Isaia Becomes First Italian To Win Major WPT Title

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Isaia Wins WPT Venice Presented By PartyPoker.itAlessio Isaia took down the largest tournament ever to be held in Venice to become the first Italian to win a major WPT title, after topping a 523-strong field at the World Poker Tour Venice.

Isaia beat Hungaraian Szabolcs Mayer heads up for the first-place prize of €380,000 at the Casino di Venezia, which is reputed to be the oldest casino in the world. The young Italian also takes home a $25,500 seat at the WPT World Championship and a Tiffany bracelet.

After his win, the Full Tilt Poker pro said, “I’m very happy. I’ve been trying to win a big tournament for three or four years. I came close in the EPT but I never achieved it. I’m even more happy to win it in Italy, my home country, it is really special…”

The heads up was the longest in the Tour’s history as it took eight hours and 20 minutes to find a champion. Mayer started out ahead but after many twists and turns, Isaia managed to make a comeback and put Mayer out in second place for €228,990.

Here are the final-table payouts and results:

1. Alessio Isaia €380,000
2. Szabolcs Mayer €228,990
3. David Vamplew €149,910
4. Emmanuel Rodrigues €101,960
5. Adrien Camille Garrigues €73,180
6. Luca Fiorini €57,830
7. Max Lykov €43,370
8. Renato Paolini €31,960
9. Paolo Della Penna €22,820
10. Andrea Ferrari €15,210