The Italian professional Alessio Isaia has won a marathon heads-up encounter lasting over eight hours to pip Szabolcs Mayer to the World Poker Tour Venice crown.
Scotsman David Vamplew headed into the final table as chip leader but the champion of last year’s European Poker Tour (EPT) London could not add a WPT title to his triple crown hopes thanks to eventual runner-up Szabolcs Mayer.
Mayer eliminated Vamplew in third place just after 1800 hours local time and the heads up lasted until almost 0300 hours with an initial drought of all-in calls until the last 40 minutes in which the lead and the onus to win changed hands several times. It wasn’t until level 32, with the blinds at 100,000 and 200,000 that Isaia managed to better his opponent permanently.
Alessio Isaia has taken home €380,000 for his troubles, while Mayers received €228,990 and Vamplew heads back to Scotland with a pocket €149,910 heavier. 523 players paid the €3,000 and created a total prize pool of €1,521,930.
In other WPT Venice events, the high roller final table is now set with PartyPoker’s Giovanni Safina in the lead with 131,000 chips while Dario Minieri is up there with 80,000. The final table at midday local time on Wednesday.