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World Poker Tour -- Festa al Lago Classic Main Event Preview

Card Player and Card Player TV Will Provide Full Live Coverage from Bellagio


Bertrand Grospellier Wins the 2008 WPT Festa al Lago ClassicThe World Poker Tour $15,000 no-limit hold’em championship event begins today at Bellagio. The event is the 19th on the schedule for the 2009 Festa al Lago Classic tournament series, which is being hosted at Bellagio. You can check out results for all of the preliminary events and news recaps for select preliminary events on the Festa al Lago landing page.

Card Player will feature full live coverage from the WPT event, including live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos from Card Player TV. All of the action starts at noon PDT. Players will begin with 60,000 in tournament chips, and blinds will begin at 50-100. Levels will be 90 minutes long, and there will be a 15-minute break at the end of each level. The official tournament sheet also states that players may buy in for the first eight levels of the event. Here is a look at the full schedule for the event:

WPT $15,000 no-limit hold’em championship

NOTE: All tournament days begin at noon, except for the final table, which will begin at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Day 1 (play five levels)
Thursday, Oct. 22: Day 2 (play five levels)
Friday, Oct. 23: Day 3 (play five levels)
Saturday, Oct. 24: Day 4 (play five levels)
Sunday, Oct. 25: Day 5 (play down to final table of six)
Monday, Oct. 26: Final table

2008 Festa al Lago Championship:

Buy-in: $15,000
Number of Entries: 368
Total Prize Pool: $5,354,400
First-Place Prize: $1,411,015
Places Paid: 50

Final-Table Results:

1: Bertrand Grospellier — $1,411,015 (pictured above left)
2: Nam Le — $943,215
3: Osmin Dardon — $506,245
4: Nenad Medic — $373,010
5: Adam Levy — $266,445
6: William Mietz — $186,510