Rinat Bogdanov Wins 2012 WPT Venice Grand Prix

Russian Rinat Bogdanov has won the WPT Venice Grand Prix, after overcoming a field of 155 players over five days to capture the title, and collect the €229,800 ($302,065) first place prize.
By the time the €4,950 buy-in tournament at the Casinó di Venezia reached its final table, four of the six players remaining were from Italy. In pole position was Andrea Dato (1.591m), followed by Denmark’s Simon Ravnsbaek (922K) and Rinat Bogdanov. Also hoping to capture a WPT title were Alessandro Longobardi (558K), Andrea Carini (347K) and Gianluca Trebbi (343K).
Two hours later, Andrea Carini with A-3 pushed his short-stack over the top of Dato’s raise, who made the call with his pocket eights. With no help from the board, Carini then collected €32,195 ($42,319) for his 6th place finish.
Over an hour later and he was joined by Gianluca Trebbi on the rail, who was eliminated in 5th ($56,134) after pushing his 10h-7h pre-flop into the pocket Jacks of Longobardi.
Meanwhile, Bogdanov (Q-9o) scored an important double-up with blinds at 15k/30k when he shoved his 515k stack into the pocket two’s of Dato, with the board running out A-5-3-3-Q. Bogdanov then followed up by dispatching Simon Ravnsbaek in 4th ($69,095), whose pocket twos were no match for the Russian’s pocket tens.
Dato subsequently lost ground with several mistimed three-bets and was eventually eliminated in 3rd ($95,003) after pushing his short-stack with K-4o into the A-K of Bogdanov.
Any hopes that the local crowd may have held that their fellow countryman Alessandro Longobardi would win the competition in Italy, however, were soon dashed after the second hand of heads-up play.
With blinds at 40k/80k, Longobardi (K-Q) raised to 200k with Bogdanov making the call with 6c-4c. Bogdanov then check-called his opponent’s 60k bet on the Q-7-4 flop, and his 240k bet on the 6 turn. Finally, when a 4 on the river completed Bogdanov’s full-house, he cannily checked once again into Longobardi, who made a 300k bet with his two pair. Longobardi then called the Russian’s all-in re-raise only to see the bad news.
Consequently, Alessandro Longobardi had to content himself with a runner-up finish worth $146,826, while Rinat Bogdanov walked away with the title plus a $25,500 ticket to the WPT Championship in May.


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