Italy's Andrea Dato Triumphs At WPT Venice For $145,439

Italy's Andrea Dato Triumphs At WPT Venice For $145,439 Italy’s Andrea Dato has won the World Poker Tour Venice, after besting a field of 199 players over six days on his way to lifting the trophy, and collecting the €104,822 ($145,439) first place prize.
The €3,000 buy-in event was held at the Casino Di Venezia in Venice, and created a prize pool worth €385,757 ($535,231). On Saturday, the last six remaining finalists then returned to the arena to play down to a winner, with Andrea Dato out in front as the chip leader.
Dato (Qh-3h) then proceeded to call Sotirios Koutoupas‘ (10-9) all-in on a Jh-7d-5h-Qd board, and after a 6s fell on the river Greece’s all-time money winner  exited the competition in 6th for a €19,400 payday.
Soon after, a short-stacked Alessio Isaia pushed UTG with 8-6, only to be called by Sam Trickett with Q-9. The board subsequently rolled out Q-Q-9-5-8 to eliminate Isaia in 5th for €24,000, and a few hands later Trickett made another full-house, this time against Mario Vojvoda, to send the Croatian to the rail in 4th for €31,000.
Continuing his steam roll of the final table, Trickett (6-4) subsequently eliminated Maurizio Saieva (A-J) in 3rd for €42,000, to go heads-up against Andrea Dato for the title. As the final battle got underway, Trickett held an almost 3-1 advantage over his Italian opponent, but it would take over two hours before the defining hand was played with both Trickett (8-5) and Dato (J-8) all-in on an 8-4-3 flop. The turn and river then produced a 7 and 3 to consign Sam Trickett to a runner-up finish worth €66,000, while Andrea Dato was crowned the champion.
Commenting on his final opponent, Andrea Dato, said: “He might be the ‘Final Boss’ but I don’t care..I run good.”
Final Table Results:
1st Andrea Dato       €105,000
2nd Sam Trickett     €66,000
3rd Maurizio Saieva   €42,000
4th Mario Vojvoda     €31,000
5th Alessio Isaia        €24,000
6th Sotirios Koutoupas    €19,400

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