IPT hits Nova Gorica
The PokerStars.IT Italian Poker Tour event in Nova Gorica has kicked off in the beautiful Perla Casino.
One player who is taking a serious bite of out of other people's chips is the Day 1a chip leader here at IPT Nova Gorica, Mustapha Kanit, who has got 174,400 chips.followed by the Italian Muhamet Perati with 135,700 chips.
PokerStars Qualifier Flavio Bano is third with 128,500 chips.
A field of 171 players from around Europe made their way here for Day 1A and 42 of those qualified online with PokerStars.
A total of 68 survived Day 1a and return to see the start of Day 2.
Day 1B will kick off later today with another bumper field, including PokerStars Team Pro Luca Pagano, Dario Minieri, Salvatore Bonavena and Pierpaolo Fabretti, Team PokerStars Online Luca Moschitta and Alfio Battisti, and PokerStars Friend Alberto Russo.
You can follow all the action as it happens over on our sister Italian blog, where Paolo Sgammini is our resident fly on the felt.
The IPT Nova Gorica will be the last stop of the second season. It's been a fantastic year of poker. The overall points champion will win a PokerStars sponsorship package covering Season 3 of the Italian Poker Tour. In addition every player that wins an IPT Main Event, will win a seat to EPT San Remo.