Tamas Lendvai bags PokerStars IPT Venice title and €235,000
It had already been a successful 12 months for Hungarian player Tamas Lendvai. Healthy cashes at EPT London last October ($27,000), then at this year's PCA ($87,500) and WSOP ($21,300) had sent his career earnings up to $180,000.
Now those are dwarfed by his victory in Italy yesterday where he won the PokerStars Italian Poker Tour Venice leg for €235,000 - or $311,000.
What makes his win sweeter is the fact that he was last in chips when the eight players sat down at the final table, and at one point on Day 3 he was down to just 2,200 chips when the blinds were a daunting 150-300.
It was in London that Team PokerStars Blog first met Lendvai, a friendly chap who has an infectious enthusiasm for the game. So much so, we decided to put him before the cameras...
Lendvai, 38, beat a field of 505 players (including 78 PokerStars qualifiers) in Venice - a record field for the IPT - and finally got his win heads-up against Davide Cerrato from Italy, who had only just finished second at the Mini IPT in Venice a few days ago. He took €147,000 for his second place in the main event.
The final action saw Lendvai shove all-in with K♣[10h], called by Cerrato with A♣5♥. The board ran out J♣9♥2♣K♦9♣ and Lendvai's top pair was good enough to take it down.
The next stop of IPT Season 2 is at San Remo from August 19 through 23. Keep an eye on the PokerStars IPT site to see how you can be there.