IPT San Marino crowns Pignataro champion
The Italian Poker Tour's second season has found its first champion.
Luigi Pignataro, a 25-year-old Italian, spent two hours in head-up battle to claim the title. After moving out to a serious lead over opponent Aldo Zambruno, Pignataro was in a position where he could call Zambruno's all-in with any two cards. Zambruno looked to be in good shape with A♥Q♠ against Pignataro's 3♥8♠, but when the board ran out 3♣[10c]Q♥8♥5♥, Pignataro stood from his chair as the the first IPT Champion of the season and winner of €190,000. Zambruno took home €116,000 for his runner-up finish.
Pignataro is no stranger to the IPT. In Season 1, he made the final table of the IPT event in Venice and cashed for €80,000.
IPT San Marino kicked off the second season in style. Nearly 400 players showed up to compete for a prize pook worth €737,200.
The IPT nows heads to Venice on July 26 for the €2,200 main event.
Congrats to Pignataro for another fantastic finish and his first IPT title.