Edoardo Alescio Wins WPT Venice 2011

Edoardo Alescio Wins WPT Venice 2011Edoardo Alescio has won the WPT Venice Main Event, after defeating a field of 213 players over five days, to lift the title and collect the €175,000 ($255,842) first-place prize.
As the final table of the €3,300 WPT event got underway on Sunday, the players lined-up as follows:
Michele Caroli (Italy) 2,097,000
Edoardo Alescio (Italy) 1,714,000
Andrea Benelli (Italy) 1,143,000
Steve O’Dwyer (USA) 501,000
Alex Dozhenko (Russia) 480,000
Andrea Dato (Italy) 461,000
First to leave the final table was Alexander Dovzhenko, who was dealt pocket nines in early position and raised before calling O’Dwyer’s all-in with A-K. The board then ran out K-4-3-K-6 to eliminate Dovzhenko in 6th for $35,585.
He was followed soon after by a short-stacked Andrea Benelli, whose K-10 push was called by both O’Dwyer (Q-10), and Caroli (K-3). They then checked down the whole 9-8-2-Q-Q board to send Andrea Benelli to the rail in 5th for $45,087.
Subsequently, Steve O’Dwyer continued his final table steam-roll by dispatching Andrea Dato in 4th ($56,822), who was down to 10BB and shoved with K-9 into O’Dwyer’s A-4 with the board falling Q-10-7-5-2.
At this point, Edoardo Alescio started shoving over the top of his opponents’ raises, until Caroli decided to make a stand with his A-J. Unfortunately for him Alescio was holding A-Q, and after collecting $86,990 for his 3rd place finish, the heads-up phase of the competition got underway.
Nevertheless, Edoardo Alescio held a massive chip lead over Steve O’Dwyer and despite the American’s best efforts, the luck was running his opponent’s way. Eventually, O’Dwyer got it all-in with A-7 and was called by Alescio with pocket fives. The board then ran a favourable A-5-J-6-4 to consign Steve O’Dwyer to a runner-up finish worth €95,550 ($125,740).
Meanwhile, Edoardo Alescio was crowned the 2011 WPT Venice, and collected a  $25,500 WPT Championship Seat ticket, as well as the first place prize-money.


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