While Team PokerStars Blog was a little sad that Team Pro Luca Pagano busted in 12th for €8,200, we're very happy to see that fellow Team Pro Salvatore Bonavena has made the final table of IPT Nova Gorica. Not only that, but he's second in chips!
The final eight players, led by Luca Topazio, sit down today (Monday) to fight for the €190,000 first prize, with each of them now guaranteed a minimum payout of €15,460.
Meanwhile, here's the final table chip count and player profiles:
1,956,000 Luca Topazio
1,429,000 Salvatore Bonavena
1,100,000 Peter Kamaras
887,000 Luciano Dellisanti
653,000 Alessandro Minasi
583,000 Lorenzo Fedeli
565,000 Giuseppe Orlando
472,000 Davide Di Laurenzio
Peter is a 52-year-old player from Hungary who has been playing poker for five years with excellent results, including a fourth place for €57,000 at the last IPT Nova Gorica. Away from the tables he works in the printing industry.
Luciano Prevedello Dellisanti
Luciano is a 43-year-old player from Italy. He's been playing poker for four years and his winnings include a $19,800 prize in Las Vegas, a 16th place at IPT Venice, and a 40th place at the last IPT Nova Gorica.
This will be the first serious cash for 45 year-old-player Fedeli from Italy. He works in business and originally just took up poker for fun.
Davide Di Laurenzio
A chef from Rome who has been playing poker for five years. He is 24 and his best previous winnings include a €12,000 prize at a live event in Campione. He's planning to spend his money to go on holidays and to pay the buy-in of as many IPTs as possible. Di Laurenzio says his favorite player is Salvatore Bonavena - who is now on the same final table!
Student Orlando, 21, has been playing poker for three years and plans to spend his winnings on a car and a holiday. He qualified for this event in a live €100 satellite.
Alessandro is a 36-year-old from Turin, Italy. He's been playing for three years and his past winnings include $7,853 for 19th place at a previous IPT event in San Remo.
Italian Luca is our 23-year-old chip leader. He's been playing poker for four years and this will be his first serious cash. He's already qualified for the next IPT in San Remo.
Salvatore, 46, is a member of PokerStars Team Pro. His winnings are impressive: a first place at the EPT Prague in 2008 for $975,240; 157th at the WSOP in 2009 for $40,288; first place at the IPT Venice 2010 event for $215,846; 11th place at the EPT Grand Final in 2010 for $107,200, and 4th place in a $2,500 NL WSOP event for $254,777.