Full Tilt Poker pro Alessio Isaia wins WPT Venice

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Alessio Isaia became the first Italian to win a World Poker Tour Championship title with victory at the 2011 WPT Venice. The Full Tilt Poker pro earned the €380,000 first prize after an epic heads-up battle that lasted eight hours and 20 minutes.

The WPT Venice was held at the Casinio Di Venezia in Venice, with a field of 523 players entering the €3,300 buy-in event. The tournament ran from February 3rd through February 8th, with Alessio leading the tournament after day 1A and reaching the final table with the second largest chip stack.

By the time the tournament reached heads-up play, however, Alessio held just 2,800,000 to his opponent’s 12,865,000 chips. He would take over eight hours to wrestle the title from his Hungarian opponent, finally emerging as the winner after his opponent shoved all-in with Qc-6c and Alessio called with Ah-Qd. Both players missed the 8c-4s-2s-3h-Jc board and Alessio was crowned the winner.

This marks the biggest win of Alessio’s career so far, surpassing his victory at the 2009 IPT San Remo Main Event, where he earned €140,000. His latest triumph takes his career tournament earnings beyond the €1 million mark.