Riccardo Lacchinelli takes IPT Sanremo crown
Italian player Riccardo Lacchinelli defeated a field of 392 players in Sanremo, to win the latest leg of the Italian Poker Tour, collecting a first prize of €70,500 from a prize pool that totalled €380,240.
It was the second IPT final table of Lacchinelli's career, after he finished in ninth-place at the IPT Grand Final of Saint Vincent last season.
Lacchinelli is one of the most famous and feared player in the Italian Poker scene with a resume that includes 31st place at the EPT San Remo 2011 (buy-in of €5,300) for a prize of €22,500; second place at the IPT San Remo 2010 (€2,200 buy-in) for a payout of €110,000; first place in a €330 side event during EPT San Remo in 2010, for a prize of €20,000; 143rd place at the PCA in 2009 ($ 10,000 buy-in) for a payout of €12,500; third place at the IPT San Remo 2008 (€2,200 buy-in) for a €30,000 prize; 45th place at EPT Prague in 2008 (€5,300 buy-in) for a payout of €8,300.
He proved himself to be the most skilled player at the final table in Sanremo, and that proved enough to capture the trophy.
Lacchinelli's heads-up opponent was French player Michel Segui who took second place for €59,500.
The final hand featured Segui going all-in with 3♠Q♣, called by Lacchinelli with 3♦J♦.
The following board gave the Lacchinelli the prestigious trophy of IPT winner and first prize:
J♠ 7♠ J♣ Q♥ 6♥
This was the final payout:
1. Riccardo Lacchinelli €70,500*
2. Michel Segui €59,500*
3. Roberto Masullo €32,000
4. Giuseppe Di Stasio €25,000
5. Antonio Illiano €20,000
6. Muhamet Perati €15,000
7. Carlo Savinelli €11,000
8. Alessandro Peppino Reich €8,770
*denotes two-way deal.
The fifth stop of the Mini IPT Season 6 registered a total of 534 entries for a €155,394 combined prize pool. Italian player Saimon Omar Pisano took home the €30,000 first prize and trophy after a long and challenging heads-up against fellow Italian player Daniele Nazzaro who took home €18,500.
"Last Man Standing"
Fiodor Martino Lavagetto, from Italy, is the winner of the "Last Man standing" promotion by Neteller. He takes home a €1,000 cheque.
IPT next stop will be in Nova Gorica 23-27 October 2014. This will be the sixth stop of Season 6 and the third consecutive with a €1,100 buy-in and a freeze-out format. The "Mini IPT" will again be incorporated in to the main festival schedule rather than taking place beforehand with a €300 + €30 Single Re-entry with three start days.
Satellites for IPT Nova Gorica 2 Season 6 will start next week on PokerStars.it