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2008 WPT Festa al Lago Main Event Begins Monday

Tournament Returns After One-Year Absence


BellagioPlayers all over the world are currently en-route to Las Vegas for the return of Bellagio’s Festa al Lago tournament. The preliminary events have been running alongside main-event satellites for nearly a month, and tournament officials are expecting a large turnout for the week-long World Poker Tour event.

Here is the schedule:

Oct. 20 — Noon — Day 1A
Oct. 21 — Noon — Day 1B
Oct. 22 — Noon — Day 2 (field combines)
Oct. 23 — Noon — Day 3
Oct. 24 — Noon — Day 4
Oct. 25 — Noon — Day 5 (play down to six)
Oct. 26 — 4 p.m. — Day 6 (TV final table)

The tournament series returns after a one-year absence in 2007. The buy-in has been increased from $10,000 to $15,000, meaning the prize pool is expected to be larger than previous years. Like all Bellagio events, the players will start with triple stacks, meaning 45,000 in chips in this case.

Andreas WalnumHere are the results for the 2006 Festa al Lago:

Buy-in: $10,000
Number of Entrants: 433
Prize Pool: $4,200,100
Places Paid: 100

Final table results:

  1. Andreas Walnum — $1,090,025
  2. Steve Wong — $542,700
  3. Joe Pelton — $292,220
  4. Chris Loveland — $187,745
  5. David Baker — $125,240
  6. Can Kim Hua — $83,490

Notable cashes: David Pham (92nd), David Benyamine (79th), Mike Matusow (73rd), Scott Fischman (63rd), Dan Harrington (45th), Jennifer Harman (37th), Brandi Hawbaker (35th), Victor Ramdin (31st), Brandon Cantu (18th), Carlos Mortensen (14th), and Michael Mizrachi (13th).

Card Player will be providing full coverage from the entire event, including live updates, chip counts, photos, videos, and daily recaps of all the action from Bellagio in Las Vegas.