IPT Nova Gorica Won By Claudio Di GiacomoSeptember 3, 2013 1:10 pm
Claudio Di Giacomo has won the IPT Nova Gorica Main Event, after overcoming a field of 715 players over six days on his way to capturing the title, and collecting the €90,000 ($120,564) first place prize.
The €700 buy-in tournament marked the first time a major European Main Event used the “accumulator” system, in which players can enter multiple Day 1s and take their combined chip tallies forward into the later stages of the tournament. It also proved exceptionally popular with 715 entries helping to create a prize pool worth €436,937.
By the time the final table of nine had been reached, Team PokerStars Pro Pier Paolo Fabretti was out in front as the chip leader (3.68m) with Claudio Di Giacomo a little behind in 4th spot on a 1.9m stack. Eventually, the two competitors would then progress all the way through to heads-up, with both players fairly even in chips.
The protracted heads-up battle subsequently swung back and forth several times until Claudio Di Giacomo caught some good cards and was able to pull away to a 14 million to 3 million chip advantage. The defining hand was then played after Di Giacomo (K-9) shoved on a 9-4-2 flop, with an unconvinced Fabretti deciding to call holding pocket sevens. Unfortunately for him, Fabretti´s two-outer failed to materialize on the turn and river and so he had to settle for a runner-up finish worth €70,000 ($93,772), while Claudio Di Giacomo was crowned the 2013 IPT Nova Gorica Main Event champion.
Final table payouts as follows:
1 Claudio Di Giacomo €90,000
2 Pier Paolo Fabretti €70,000
3 Fabrizio D’Agostino €55,000
4 Andrei Lazar €30,000
5 Dario Sammartino €24,000
6 Andrea Bellini €19,000
7 Walter Coan €14,000
8 Marco Venturi €10,837
9 Maurizio Musso €7,750