The World Poker Tour Venice has reached its final table, with six players left in the fight for a $300,000 first prize. Italian Andrea Dato holds the chip lead after making back-to-back WPT final tables.
The World Poker Tour's Venice stop has reached the final table as the field reached just six finalists late last night.
The final table was set after an exciting penultimate day of play at the Casino de Venezia, with Italian Andrea Dato finishing on top after an impressive display on the last levels of the day.
Dato will enter today's finale with a 1,591,000 stack, enough to give him a comfortable lead against number two, Danish pro Simon Ravnsbæk with 922,000 chips.
Impressively, the WPT Venice will see Dato make his second WPT final table in a row following the 2011 edition of the same event in December, in which he finished in fourth place for a $57,872 cash prize.
Second in chips Simon Ravnsbæk will also be making his second WPT final table in less than one year, although his last appearance dates back to the WPT Vienna event in March 2011, where he finished third for $241,263.
The remainder of the final table will made up from Rinat Bogdanov in third place with 907,000, Allesandro Longobardi in fourth with 558,000, Andrea Carini in fifth with 347,000, and Gianluca Trebbi in sixth with 343,000.
All players are already secured a minimum payout of $42,319, while the eventual champion will walk away with a $302,065 first prize, the first WPT trophy of the year and a $25,000 seat to the WPT Championship in Las Vegas in May.
For more updates and running chip counts, see the WPT website