Italian newcomer Edoardo Alescio this weekend became a member of the WPT Champions Club after winning the WPT Venice. The inexperienced Italian took home €175,000 for the win.
The World Poker Tour has crowned a new champion after Italian beginner Edoardo Alescio ascended from nowhere to claim the title at the WPT Venice.
The Venice stop was attended by a large number of especially Italien pros, and this showed in the starting line-up, which only counted a handful of U.S. and European players.
Instead, the local players did what they could to dominate the tournament in the beautiful Casino de Venezia, and they would succeed to some extent, as four of the last six players were indeed Italian once the final table was set.
The final table as such consisted of Edoardo Alescio, Steve O'Dwyer, Michele Caroli, Andrea Dato, Andrea Benelli and Ukrainian sensation Alexander Dovzhenko.
Dovzhenko had deep runs in some of the biggest tournaments of the year, including the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event, but in Venice the talented Ukrainian pro had to leave the tournament as the first player on the final table.
O'Dwyer, in turn, would catch a good run, and after eliminating Benelli and Dato on his way, the American was eventually heads-up with newcomer Edoardo Alescio, who openly admitted to be the least experienced player in the field.
For O'Dwyer, the Venice final table was his 12th this year, with him having reached heads-up play five of the times and won the tournament three of those.
Holding a big lead in chips once heads-up play began, O'Dwyer was therefore a massive favorite to take home the win, but a series of unfortunate encounters instead gave Alescio the lead after some play back and forth.
The decisive blow to O'Dwyer's dreams of a fourth 2011 title came as Alescio's pocket fives got an all-in call from O'Dwyer's
in a massive flip for the tournament title.
Once again, the Italian would come out with the better hand, as he hit a five on the flop to seal the win for good.
"I'm happy," the Italien underdog said according to the WPT website after the winning hand.
"I am really emotional, I don't really have plans. My first plan is to buy drinks for all of my beautiful friends. I will likely reinvest some of my money into my bankroll, and maybe continue as a professional," he added.
The title is Alescio's first big achievement and awards him a nice €175,000 first prize.
O'Dwyer in turn had to settle for €93,530, which impressively is his third-biggest cash of the year.