Final eight set at IPT Campione
Only eight players are left on the shores of Lake Lugano, as the Italian Poker Tour's Campione main event prepares to crown a champion. The showdown is expected to run all night tonight before first place walks away with a hefty CHF 140,000.
Chip leader Antonino Venneri, a 58-year old player from Italy sits with a gigantic chip lead headed into the final showdown.
Here are the final table players.
Massimiliano Bellon Bellucci - 505,000 chips
Massimiliano is a 42 year-old-player from Italy who's been playing poker for only one year. His best results include a third place at the EPT Berlin €2,000 Side event (for a €45,000 prize), a 7th place at the €300 Side event during EPT Campione, 54th place at the EPT Campione 2012 (€9,000), 36th at the Mini IPT Campione 2012 (€ 680), 2nd at the Italian Poker Open in Campione d'Italia (CHF 66,000). When he doesn't play poker, he works in IT. His favourite poker game is Texas Hold'em and his favourite player is Tom "Durrr" Dwan. His style is tight aggressive.
Palumbo Rocco - 421,000 chips
Rocco is a 23 year-old-professional poker player from Italy who's been playing poker for five years online on PokerStars as "roccoge". His best poker performances include a 6th place at the IPT Sanremo €5,250 High Roller (€14,050), a 10th place at the €1,000 Side event "win the button" during the EPT Montecarlo Grand Finl (€2,250), 3rd at the €1,000 Side event "turbo bounty" during EPT Grand Final Montecarlo (€ 7,050), 13th at the EPT Campione 2012 (€ 5,600), 2nd place at "La notte degli assi" (CHF 58,000), final table at the EPT Sanremo (7th place for € 95,000 - October 2011), 34th place at the EPT Sanremo 2011 (€ 20,000), 17th place at the Mini IPT Sanremo 2009 (€1,100). He's planning to spend his next winnings to increase his poker bankroll and to take care of his family. His favourite game is Texas Hold'em tournaments, his favourite player is Phil Ivey, and his biggest dream is to live happy.
Massimiliano Patroncini - 210,000 chips
Massimiliano is a 42-year-old player from Italy who's been playing poker for four years on PokerStars as "DaPapiii". This is is first serious cash at a live tournament. He is planning to use his first poker winnings for his family and to increase his poker bankroll. He won a ticket to IPT Campione after he played a live satellite here at the Casino, the night before day 1A. When he doesn't play poker, he works as manager at a restaurant in Milan and at a shop called "Poker bum bum". The shop sells poker items of any kind. His favourite poker game is hold'em. His favourite players are Barry Greenstein and Amato Landi. His poker style changes according to his opponent
Silvano Peracchi - 327,000 chips
Silvano is a 52 year-old-player from Italy. This is the first time he has cashed at a live poker tournament. He is planning to use his first poker winning to take care of his family. He works as a business man. His favourite game is Texas Hold'em, and his style is tight and relaxed.
Michele Bianchi - 345,000 chips
Michele is a 38-year-old player from Lugano (Switzerland) who's been playing poker for 10 years. His best performance at a live poker tournament was at IPT Campione in January 2011 (14th place for a €7,597 prize). He reached this final table after he won with aces against opponent's aces (flush on the river). His dearest memory about poker is the day he went to Caribbean to play poker. His favourite poker game is Hold'em. His style is "relaxed."
Marco Pistilli - 646,000 chips
Marco is a 44-year-old player from Italy who's been playing poker since 2006 and online on PokerStars as"scalinger". His best results so far: 83rd place at the EPT Campione (€7,500), 1st at the 1st €300 Side event during EPT Prague (€3,050), 12th place at the IPT Nova Gorica March 2010 (€8,410), 22nd at the IPT Sanremo December 2009 (€4,000), 2nd at the IPT Nova Gorica October 2009 (€95,000), 23rd at the IPT Sanremo 2009 (€ 5,500). He works as a manager.
Antonino Venneri - 2,071,000 chips
Antonino is a 58 year-old-players from Italy who plays online on PokerStars as "vennerux." His best results are: 12th at IPT Campione November 2011 (CHF 10,200), 20th at the IPT Sanremo October 2011 (€ 2,370), 10th at the EPT Sanremo April 2011 (€ 50,000). He is planning to use his next winnings to increase his poker bankroll. He works as a business man. He reached the final table after he won all-in preflop with aces against the kings of Oleksii Kovalchuk for 1.3-chip million pot. His favourite poker game is Texas Hold'em. His favourite player is Salvatore Bonavena. His style is aggressive. His dream is to win a bracelet at the WSOP.
Ivan Losi - 1,080,000 chips
Ivan is a 38 year-old-player from Italy who's been playing poker for six years. His best results include a 35th place at the Mini IPT Sanremo and a final table at the "La notte degli assi". He works as a tattooist. His favourite game is Omaha. His favourite player is Daniel Negreanu. His biggest dream is to win the WSOP.