Igor Saia takes first IPT title in Nova Gorica

Italian player Igor Saia defeated a field of 333 players in Nova Gorica last month to win the latest main event on the Italian Poker Tour.

The event, with a buy-in of €1,000+€100, generated a prize pool of €323,010 from which Saia took a first prize of €70,000 along with an IPT Trophy.

Saia bettered tough opposition heads-up in the shape of WSOP bracelet winner Davide Suriano. On the last hand of the tournament Suriano moved all in with ace-three off-suit which finished some way behind Sais's pocket sevens. Suriano collected €40,000 for second place.

igor-saia-ipt-20nov14.jpgMain Event winner Igor Saia

It's a first major title for Saia, 30, who is a regular on the IPT. Known as "Smagics-84" online, Saia first cashed on the tour back in 2012. He had three cashes prior to this latest win. This latest result subsequently swelled his live tournament career earnings to more than $100,000.

The full result of the all-Italian final table is below:

1. Igor Saia €70,000
2. Davide Suriano €40,000
3. Emanuele Buracchi €30,000
4. Luca Pazzaglini €23,000
5. Andrea Cortellazzi €17,500
6. Constantin Erhan €13,000
7. Nicola Loperfido €10,000
8. Roberto Zanellato €7,800

In other events in Nova Gorica the sixth stop of the Mini IPT Season 6 registered a field of 369 players combining for a €107,379 prize pool. Nardi Petrokosta took home the €21,000 first prize and trophy after a long and challenging heads-up duel against Italian player Micky Blasi who took home €13,000 as runner-up.

The next stop of the IPT will be in Sanremo from November 27 to December 1. It will be the seventh and last stop of Season 6 and the fourth consecutive event with a €990 buy-in and freeze-out format.

The "Mini IPT" will again be incorporated in to the main festival schedule, with a €300 + €30 Single re-entry format with three start days.

Players can win their seats through satellites on PokerStars.it with packages to include a buy-in to a Day 1 of the Main Event, plus €410 in expenses.

For more details go to www.pokerstarsipt.com.

Stephen Bartley
@StephenBartley in Italian Poker Tour