April is a great month for live poker players in Europe. The weather starts to get better, the days become longer, and casinos all over the continent are buzzing with great events.
With the European Poker Tour Grand Final set to polarize the attention of the poker world from April 29 on, we had a look at the most interesting live poker events running in Italy right before that, in hopes of suggesting some good ones that may slip under the radar, but are in the region and worth playing.
If you are planning to head to the EPT in Monaco and if you think you have the time to be on the Mediterranean shores of Europe before the last EPT of the season, have a look at the three tournaments listed below. The combination of buy-ins, guarantees, scheduling, and estimated field sizes is sure to give you some very good value for your money.
April 9-13: Italian Poker Open XVIII
The 18th edition of Titanbet-sponsored Italian Poker Open is set to bring some intense poker action to the Casino Campione in Campione d'Italia, the charming Italian enclave within the Swiss canton of Ticino.
Running from Thursday, April 9 to Monday, April 13, the IPO features a €550 Main Event with a €500,000 guaranteed prize pool. What's even better, is that the winner of the event is sure to walk away with a €125,000 cash prize and a ticket to play at the World Series of Poker Main Event this summer.
Around since 2011, the IPO moved from being a relatively small gathering of Italian players to a solid international reality. The 17th edition, which was played in January 2015, attracted a 1,411-player field with players primarily from Italy, Switzerland, France, and Germany.
Besides the €500,000guaranteed Main Event, the IPO XVIII offers a number of side events and promises great action at the cash-game tables from early afternoon until late at night.
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April 17-20: World Poker Tour National Venice
There aren’t many places in the world as beautiful as Venice during spring. If you need an excuse to pay a visit to one of the most picturesque and romantic cities ever built, have a look at Italy’s upcoming World Poker Tour National event.
To be held at the stunning Ca'Vendramin Calergi Casino, located only a stone's throw from imaginative locations such as the St. Mark's Square or the Grand Canal, the WPTN Venice offers an action-packed calendar highlighted by a four-day €990 Main Event and a two-day €500 Big Stack event.
Considered to be one of the most important poker events in the country, especially now that the EPT decided not to include an Italian location on its schedule, the WPTN is sure to see some of Italy's best poker players at its tables.
Among the big names who have already confirmed attendance are the five champion members of the Team Italy from the Global Poker Masters, Dario Sammartino, Rocco Palumbo, Andrea Dato, Mustapha Kanit, and Giuliano Bendinelli. During the event, the players will be celebrated for their victory at the GPM and will participate in some special GPM-themed promotions planned by the organizers.
Check out the WPTN Venice official website for more information.
April 23-28: Mini Italian Poker Tour
PokerStars and Luca Pagano's Pagano Events decided to celebrate the start of the Mini Italian Poker Tour Season 7 with a special €100,000 guarantee.
To be held at the Casino de la Vallée in St. Vincent, Italy, the next Mini IPT will be the chance to celebrate the launch of a new season of Italy's low buy-in tournament series and, at the same time, the opening of Italy's first PokerStars LIVE poker room.
The calendar of the event includes 12 different poker tournaments, with highlights such as the €330 Main Event with a €100,000 guarantee and a €170 SuperSunday Deepstack event. In order to get as many players as possible on the Main Event's table, the organizers have also included on the schedule a freeroll tournament with 10 seats to the Main Event guaranteed. That will take place on April 23.