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Isaia Wins WPT Venice After Record Breaking Heads-Up Match

The chance for a World Poker Tour title drew 523 players to the Casinò Municipale di Venezia in Venice, Italy this week for the €3000+€30 WPT Venice main event.

After four days a final table of eight was reached, but while EPT title holders Max Lykov and David Vamplew entered Tuesday's finale as the clear favorites, it was the 24-year-old Isaia from Cuneo, Italy who beat Szabolcs Mayer heads-up to collect the €380,000 first-place prize, a $25,500 WPT Championship seat and a Tiffany bracelet.

After falling short in two previous WSOP final table appearances, the win marked Isaia's first major victory and biggest score of his five-year poker career.

Once EPT London winner Vamplew busted third, Isaia entered heads-up with Hungarian Mayer facing a better than 4:1 chip deficit.

However, he doubled up before the dinner break and eventually grabbed the lead.

Mayer struck back making quads to double up and take a stranglehold on the match again.

But Isaia never gave up, doubled again, took control and finally put Mayer away just after 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The eight hour and twenty minute heads-up match marked the longest in WPT history.

Next up for the WPT is the WPT Celebrity Invitational in L.A. Feb. 19 and the L.A. Poker Classic main event beginning Feb. 25.

Here's how the WPT Venice final table finished up:

1. Alessio Isaia €380,000

2. Szabolcs Mayer €228,990

3. David Vamplew €149,910

4. Emmanuel Rodrigues €101,960

5. Adrien Camille Garrigues €73,180

6. Luca Fiorini €57,830

7. Max Lykov €43,370

8. Renato Paolini €31,960



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