The 6th Italian to ever win a Gold Bracelet in the history of the WSOP was declared the winner of the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event #44 which concluded late on Tuesday eve.
Rocco Palumbo of Genoa was the last remaining player of the 2,949 entrants that battled it out for three long days at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Besides the Gold Bracelet, Palumbo left the ESPN Main stage with $464,464 in prize money and could proudly enter the exclusive group of Italian WSOP winners which up until Tuesday eve only included Valter Farina, Dario Minieri, Dario Alioto, Jeffrey Lisandro and Max Pescatori.
Palumbo's previous WSOP record shows a 81st placement in this year's No-Limit Hold'em event #41 which earned him $8,791.
The runner up was the american poker pro Nelson Robinson whose past WSOP merits dates back to 2009 and includes 6 cashes and total earnings of $262,381.
The EPT Tallinn Main Event has a new leader, Oscar Lima, as Day 1b and both starting days are in the books. Oscar Lima, 23, from Spain, is playing his first ever EPT - and his first major tournament - and he will return today with 132,200 chips and play Day 2 of the tournament. Jani Sointula is Lima's closest opponent with a 123,950 stack.
Examples on big names that will return today are Ville Wahlbeck, JP Kelly and Dario Minieri. However, not so many notables will return to Day 2 with lots of chips to work with. We will return with an update as soon as Day 2 is over. Stay tuned!
It's time for the final table of the WPT Venice High Roller Event. Only 19 players took part in the High Roller event and these are the 8 players that will fight for the first place prize of €70,000 (only the winner and the runner-up will get money).
The biggest name on the final table is defiantly the Italian poker pro Dario Minieri (many top finishes at EPT and WSOP). Other players took keep an extra eye on are Marcello "LuckExpress10" Maringliano (plays the highest stakes at Full Tilt) and Dominik Nitsche (many good results in major live tournaments).
420 players entered the EPT Tallinn Main Event this time. Day 1a and 1b of the tournament are both already in the books and at the moment 210 players are seated as Day 2 is about to start. In the top of the field are Perica Bukara 210,600, Ali Tekintamgac 203,200 and Matvey Linov 193,400 followed by many not so familiar faces. In general there were very few notables that took part in EPT Tallinn this year and unfortunately 2 of the biggest names were sent packing during the very first day of the tournament. I'm talking about the EPT veterans Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Dario Minieri.
I have a feeling that we are going to see many new faces on the final table in the EPT Tallinn Main Event this year. But it doesn't mean that it will be a boring one to watch. A final table with lots of money up for grabs is always enjoyable to watch (at least if you ask me).
Many big names were sent packing during the first starting day of the EPT San Remo Main Event - Erick Lindgren, Chad Brown and many more. In the end of the day, 299 out of 585 players made it through to Day 2. Among these 299 players we, unfortunately, don't find many notable players at all in the top of the field. Far down in the field we can find a few notables however, Luca Pagano, Dario Minieri, as well as former winner Arnaud Mattern.
Day 1b of EPT San Remo kicks off in a few hours time. Lets hope that the second starting day will be more interesting to follow than Day 1a. In other words, we want to see more big names in the top of the field.
The Italian PokerStars pro Dario Minieri has taken the lead with 218,600 chips in the PCA High Roller event in Bahamas. Minieri is clossly followed by two players - Lex Veldhuis (214,500) from Holland and Dmitry Stelmak from Russia (203,400). 52 out of 85 players will return to play Day 2 of the tournament.
Elky, The Team PokerStars Pro who won last year's High Roller event only has 7200 chips left and is in last place of the remaining 52 players. Elky needs to double up a few times in the beginning of Day 2, because otherwise the blinds (400/800 blinds + 100 ante) will eat up his stack in no-time.
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Two notable players that made it through from Day 1b to Day 2 are Noah Boeken and Dario Minieri from Team PokerStars. Dario came third in EPT Warsaw 2 weeks ago and now he brings more than 64,000 chips with him to Day 2. Read more » EPT Prague: Noah and Dario through to Day 2
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