Italian Poker Tour kicks off in San Remo
While the World Series dominates the world poker spotlight, the brand new PokerStars Italian Poker Tour is kicking off across the Atlantic.
The first stop of the PokerStars Italian Poker Tour found players right back in San Remo, Italy. More than 250 players, including 37 Pokerstars qualifiers, settled in for some Italian action today. After nine levels on Day 1, 110 players remained.
In action today, the brand new Team PokerStars Pro Italia. The fresh faces on the tour include Filippo Candio, Pier Paolo Fabretti, Simone Ruggeri, Nicola Fedeli, and Elena Ichim.
Among the faces in the Italian crowd, None other than Team PokerStars Pro Isabelle Mercier. Armed with an Italian dictionary and a love for the host country, Mercier is marching into Day 2 with 70,000 chips.
At day's end, Daniele Amatruda is resting on more than 200,000 chips, good for the chip lead and a good night's rest. Italian poker fans will probably also recognize some of the names still in contention:Gianni Giaroni, Daniele Mazzia, Alessandro De Michele, Giorgio Bernasconi, Sergio Castelluccio, Massimo Di Cicco, Simone Rossi, Marco Figuccia, Michele Di Lauro, Stefano Moresco, Simone Coppari, Matteo Pecorella, Danilo D'Ettoris.
Day 2 kicks off on Sunday. Good luck to all the players still in the hunt.