This past weekend, the World Poker Tour National Series concluded its most recent tournament at the Casino Campione in the province of Como in Italy. The Gioco Digitale WPT National Campione, which featured a single reentry, attracted 488 entries and created a prize pool of €439,200. After five days of play, Francesco Del Foco emerged victorious to capture the €90,000 first-place prize.
|1||Francesco Del Foco||€90,000|
|3||Zdenko Li Vaja||€35,200|
According to pokeritaliaweb.org, Gert Zumkehr was the first player to go from the final table of six. It happened in Level 28 (30,000/60,000/5,000) when Andrea Ettori opened for 140,000 from the small blind and Zumkehr shoved all in from the big for 305,000. Ettori made the call and the cards were turned up.
According to the PokerNews Odds Calculator, Zumkehr had a 59.90% chance of surviving the hand while Ettori would come from behind 39.65% of the time. The flop was disaster for Zumkehr, who saw his chances drop to 20.20% after Ettori paired his king. The turn knocked Zumkehr down even further to 11.36%, and that flatlined when the blanked on the river. Ettori improved to trip kings to send Zumkehr to the rail in sixth place for €15,800.
In Level 30 (50,000/100,000/10,000), Matthew Fratello opened for 200,000 from the button holding the and called when Ettori shoved from the big blind with the . Ettori was primed for a double, but the flop gave Fratello a set and the lead. Neither the turn nor river helped Ettori, and he was eliminated in fifth place for €19,500.
Two levels later, in Level 32 (70,000/140,000/20,000), Zdenko Li Vaja raised to 400,000 under the gun with the . Christophe Stammet then shoved from the big blind for 1.245 million with the , Li Vaja called, and the board ran out . Li Vaja’s pair of kings was best, and Stammet took his leave in fourth place for €25,024.
One level later (Level 33: 100,000/200,000/20,000), Li Vaja joined Stammet on the rail. It happened when Fratello opened for 425,000 from the small blind with the and then called Li Vaja’s shove of 4.63 million from the big with the . Li Vaja was looking for an ace, but he was left wanting as the board ran out a dry .
The heads-up battle didn’t last long. In Level 34 (120,000/240,000/20,000), Fratello got his shorter stack all in holding the and was dominated by the of Del Foco. The flop was fairly dry, but the turn presented some chop options. Unfortunately for Fratello, he came up empty handed as the peeled off on the river. Fratello had to settled for €60,000 while Del Foco claimed the title.