EPT8 Campione: Two more to watch


Those looking to spot the latent threats within the tournament field on Day 1B would do well to start with those showing impressive form on home soil. For that, look no further than Domenico Cordi and Andrea Benelli.

Cordi doesn't have the long tournament Palmares, peppered with big wins. In fact, to look at his record it would seem he either hasn't played many events or at least he hasn't cashed in many. But when he does cash he cashes well, starting in June of 2011 when in this same casino he won a stage of the Italian Poker Tour, collecting $271,051. Then less than ten weeks later he finished sixth at IPT Nova Gorica for a further $31,000. In Campione at least, Cordi has proved his worth on course and distance.

Andrea Benelli's resume stretched further than two solid cashes on the IPT. Actually a lot further.

Andrea Benelli at a previous Deauville event

Taken in isolation Benelli's IPT scores are strong, with eight cashes in the IPTs history, including a win in San Remo in 2010 and a further two final tables. But Benelli's success has come mainly from his work across Europe.

In December Benelli finished fifth at WPT Venice, and he has significant cashes at the World Series and closer to home, winning events in Nova Gorica. But it's on the EPT where Benelli has been most successful, his best result coming in Deauville in 2009 where fourth place earned him $291,462.

Benelli has consistently shown himself to be one of the most capable players on the Italian poker scene, and across Europe. Like Cordi, expect his name to feature on the chip list at the end of play.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in Campione