Andrea Dato Takes Down WPT Venice in Third Attempt

Andrea Dato Wins WPT Venice

The World Poker Tour (WPT) has a split focus this week. While the California Swing heads to Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, European players also have a more local choice. The Gioco Digitale WPT Venice Carnival €3,000 Main Event started Monday afternoon.

Final Update

The third time was indeed the charm for Andrea Dato. After failing to grab the title on two previous attempts at the final table of the Venetian WPT stop, Dato beat Sam Trickett heads-up to finally enter the WPT Champions Club.

As quoted on WSOP.com, “he might be the ‘Final Boss’ but I don’t care ... I run good,” Dato said to the WPT crowd after defeating Trickett. With the win Dato earned €105,000 and a $15,000 seat in the WPT Championship.

Dato won a massive pot the second-last hand of the night. Trickett held a small chip lead when the two collided.

Trickett opened the button to 200,000, Dato called to see a flop of {8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs}. Dato checked and Trickett bet 200,000, Dato then shoved over top and Trickett made the call.

Dato:{J-Diamonds}{8-Clubs} 74%
Trickett:{8-Hearts}{5-Spades} 17%

The turn brought the {7-Hearts} giving Trickett a few more outs, but the {3-Spades} on the river was not one of them, and in one quick scoop, Data held a monster 10:1 chip lead.

The next hand Trickett shoved his last 340,000 with {K-Clubs}{7-Clubs} and Dato could have called blind as he moved the chips in the middle laying down {10-Spades}{2-Hearts}.

Trickett was ahead 66% to 34% for Dato. The flop came {5-Hearts}{4-Spades}{2-Clubs} and Dato jumped in the lead but Trickett still had a 30% chance of pairing one of his hole cards. The turn {9-Spades} was no help and the river {5-Clubs} denied Trickett a title, finishing 2nd for €66,000.

PositionPlayerPrize
1Andrea Dato€105,000
2Sam Trickett€66,000
3Maurizio Saieva€42,000
4Mario Vojvoda€31,000
5Alessio Isaia€24,000
6Sotirios Koutoupas€19,4000

Earlier in the day, Sotirios Koutoupas was the first to fall victim to Dato, the chip leader.

Action had folded around to Dato in the small blind. Dato called the big blind and Koutoupas checked his option. The flop came {J-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}, Dato bet 26,000, and Koutoupas called. Dato bet out 55,000 on the turn {Q-Diamonds} and Koutoupas raised all in for 444,000. Dato tanked for a while trying to get a read from his opponent, eventually making the call. Dato, with {Q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}, had paired his Queen and still had a flush draw while the {10-Spades}{9-Hearts} of Koutoupas was in trouble. The {6-Spades} on the river was not what Koutoupas was looking for as he hit the rail in 6th for €19,400.

Alessio Isaia entered the final table as the only Champions Club member and looking to enter the rare two-time Champions Club. He was short-stacked and tried to get a double up from Trickett.

Isaia open-shoved his tiny two-big-blind stack under the gun, and Trickett made the call in the big blind. Trickett showed {Q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} and Isaia held {8-Spades}{6-Spades}. The {Q-Clubs}{Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} came down in horror as Trickett flopped a monster leaving Isaia drawing dead and exiting the tournament in 5th for €24,000.

Mario Vojvoda was the victim of poker’s evil side in a hand against Trickett. Vojvoda opened from the button and Trickett made the call on the button. The flop came {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{9-Hearts}. Vojvoda c-bet 70,000 and Trickett raised to 140,000. Vojvoda three-bet to 280,000 and Trickett flatted. The {J-Diamonds} came on the turn and Vojvoda checked. Trickett made an awkward bet of 75,000, to which Vojvoda check-raised all in and Trickett disgustedly called. Vojvoda turns over {J-Hearts}{J-Spades} and Trickett glumly reveals his {Q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. Trickett was in big trouble as he had Vojvoda barely covered and with a shocking silence the {8-Hearts} dropped on the river giving Trickett a larger boat and ending Vojvoda’s final table run. Vojvoda took home €31,000 for 4th place.

Maurizio Saieva was very short and when Trickett opened from the button, Saieva shoved over the top in the small blind. Trickett made the call. Saieva’s {A-Hearts}{J-Diamonds} was way ahead of Trickett’s {6-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}. The board ran out {8-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{K-Diamonds} and Trickett’s pair of sixes busted Saieva in 3rd for €42,000.

The WPT now moves over the Atlantic and across the United States to resume the California Swing at the Thunder Valley Casino in Sacramento, California. The WPT has crowned three champions in the last eight days. Chris Moorman shipped the L.A. Poker Classic, James Carroll was victorious at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars, and now Andrea Dato. They will crown a fourth this week at the WPT Rolling Thunder. Keep it locked to PokerNews Canada for all your updates and end of day recaps.

Day 4 Update

Andrea Dato finds himself once again at a Venetian final table. Dato will lead the remaining six into the final table. Europe’s top money leader, Sam Trickett, former WPT Venice Champion Alessio Isaia, Mario Vojvoda, Maurizio Saieva, and Sotirios Koutoupas round out the rest of the table.

PositionPlayerChips
1Andrea Dato1,364,000
2Sam Trickett911,000
3Alessio Isaia708,000
4Mario Vojvoda643,000
5Maurizio Saieva344,000
6Sotirios Koutoupas344,000

Play began on Day 4 with 18 hopefuls. The final table was set when Michele Sigoli busted on the bubble against Dato.

Dato opened under the gun to 40,000, Sigoli shoved over top for 161,000, and Dato made the call. According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Sigoli was a 64% favourite to double up with {10-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} to Dato’s {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts}.

The flop was not friendly to Sigoli as it fell {A-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{4-Hearts}. Sigoli would need one of the two remaining tens to survive. The Turn {A-Spades} changed nothing and the {9-Clubs} ended Sigoli’s tournament life, busting 7th for €15,700.

Other notables busting on Day 4 were Max Pescatori, who was eliminated in 17th for €6,947, Steve Watts, 15th for €7,781, Lasse Frost, 12th for €9,449, and Diego Zeiter, 9th for €12,986.

The final table will play down to a champion starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Casino Di Venezia. Check back to see who will be the next member of the WPT Champion’s Club when play has concluded.

Day 3 Update

A Champion’s Club member sits on top. Season IX WPT Venice Champion Alessio Isaia is back in a familiar position as he leads the final 18 into Day 4.

Isaia bagged 461,500 chips on day 3. His closest opponent, Sotirios Koutoupas, finished with 431,500. Isaia was left as the only reigning WPT Champion in the field when Giacomo Fundaro busted to Koutoupas late in the day.

Here are the top stacks from Day 3:

PositionPlayerChips
1Alessio Isaia461,500
2Sotirios Koutoupas431,500
3Michelle Sigoli379,500
4Diego Zeiter377,500
5Sam Trickett350,000
6Sveva Libralesso316,000
7Antonio Bernaudo273,500
8Steve Watts252,000
9Ivan Gabrieli244,500
10Jan Olav Sjavik243,500

Notables Sam Trickett, Steve Watts, Max Pescatori, and Andrea Dato are left in the hunt. Dato is looking for his third Venetian final table.

Canadian partypoker pro Kara Scott started the day with a below average stack. She was looking to get a double up in the first level of the day. Scott’s open to 3,200 was three-bet by Dato to 7,900. Scott clicked back a four-bet of 20,000 to which Dato moved all-in. Scott made the call putting herself at risk. Scott flipped over {j-}{j-} but Dato was way in front as he had picked up {A-}{A-}. The board was no help to the Canadian as she was eliminated.

Play will resume at 2:30 p.m. in Venice. Check back at day’s end to get a full Day 4 recap.

Day 2 Update

Andrea Dato sits on top of the final 47 players after Day 2. There was one more entry before the start of the day bringing the total to 144 and finalizing a prize pool of €377,136. 18 will be paid, the Champion will receive €105,000 and a $15,000 WPT Championship ticket, and a min-cash will nab €5,000.

Dato ended play with 243,300 chips. Antonio Buonanno and Sam Trickett follow close behind.

PositionPlayerChips
1Andrea Dato243,300
2Antonio Buonanno205,200
3Sam Trickett201,000
4Mario Vojvoda153,600
5Giacomo Fundaro148,300
6Ivan Gabrieli142,500
7Victor Ilyukhin136,600
8Max Pescatori136,300
9Jan Sjrvic134,700
10Simon Hemsworth133,400

Two WPT Champion’s Club members remain in the field: Giacomo Fundaro and Alessio Isaia. Fundaro and Isaia have the only chance at joining the two-time club.

Canada’s Kara Scott survived while short-stacked most of the day. She was able to give her stack a boost in a hand against Steve Watts. Watts opened to 2,400 under the gun, Scott three-bet in next position to 5,100, and action folded back around to Watts who made the call. Flop came {9-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{4-Clubs}. Both players checked. Turn {j-Hearts}. Watts checked again and Scott fired 6,000, Watts made the call. The river brought the {2-Clubs} and Scott shoved for her last 10,000 after Watts checked. Watts tanked for a while and let the hand go. Scott’s stack got a much needed boost.

Notables busting on Day 2 were WPT Champion’s Club members Roberto Romanello, Vladimir Bozinovic, and defending Venice champ Rocco Palumbo.

Check back after Day 3’s action for your full recap.

Day 1b Update

Day 1b is in the books. 92 players registered for the second flight, but only 68 made it through. Lone Canadian and partypoker pro Kara Scott took a seat in the event. Scott was able to boost her stack to just above average with 43,200 chips.

The total number of entries currently sits at 143. Of those, 104 players made it to Day 2. Registration is still open until 14:30 local time at the start of Day 2, so we may still see a few players trickle in.

David Taborsky lead the way on Day 1b. Taborsky built his 30,000 starting stack up to 100,300 after six levels. Following close behind was Charles Chattha with 97,850. Three WPT Champion’s Club members entered the field on Tuesday. Roberto Romanello, Giacomo Fundaro, and Vladimir Bozinovic were all able to build above-average stacks. WPT Prague champion Julian Thomas had a rough day again as he was eliminated for the second time. EPT London winner David Vamplew was also a casualty of Day 1b.

Other notables moving on to Day 2 are Sam Trickett and Max Pescatori. Trickett was able to bag 45,200 while Pescatori will start Day 2 with 59,975.

Here is a look at the top ten stacks entering Day 2:

PositionPlayerChips
1David Taborsky100,300
2Charles Chattha97,850
3Tigran Yazychyan91,525
4WIlliam Dorey81,475
5Massimo Mosele81,000
6Andreas Goeller73,450
7Alberto Fiorilla71,800
8Victor Ilyukhin71,695
9Andrea Dato69,875
10Roberto Masullo68,595

Day 2 will begin on Wednesday at 14:30 local time, and we will have a Day 2 recap when play has ended.

Day 1a Update

Play began just after 2:30 p.m. local time at the world’s oldest casino: the Casino di Venezia in Venice, Italy. 51 players took their seat in the first of two starting flights. Among those was the defending champion, Rocco Palumbo. Palumbo scored €180,692 for his victory in 2013. With the win, Palumbo also won a seat to the $25,000 2013 WPT Championship where he finished 8th adding $101,935 to his winnings.

Other notables in the field were PokerStars Team Pro Liv Boree, WPT Prague Champion Julian Thomas, and expected to enter on Day 1B, Europe’s all-time leading money winner, Sam Trickett, who announced that he joined the Everest Poker team today.

Of the 51 players registering on Day 1A, 37 of them will move on to Day 2 Wednesday.

Julian Thomas was an early casualty when his {Q-}{J-} was defeated by the {Q-Spades}{10-} of Sotirios Koutoupas. Thomas opened from the button and then called a 3-bet from Koutoupas in the small blind. The flop came {K-Spades}{J-Spades}{8-Clubs}. Koutoupas c-bet and Thomas called. Turn card was the {7-Spades} and Koutoupas barrelled again to which Thomas called. The river card brought the {6-Spades}, Koutoupas checked his flush, Thomas shoved and Koutoupas made the call, eliminating Thomas.

Finishing the day on top of the leaderboard was Russian Tigran Yazychyan. Yazychyan was able to build a stack of 91,525 from his 30,000 starting chips. Here are the top ten stacks heading to Day 2.

PositionPlayerChips
1Tigran Yazychyan91,525
2WIlliam Dorey81,475
3Alberto Fiorilla71,800
4Andrea Dato69,875
5Roberto Masullo68,595
6Claudio Di Giacomo66,850
7Sergio Castelluccio56,300
8Sotirios Koutoupas50,150
9Steve Watts46,000
10Georgios Karakousis43,700

Keep checking this post throughout the event, as we'll be continually updating it with the latest news.

* Lead photo courtesy of WPT Blog.
** All chip counts and hand information from the WPT live-update coverage.

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