PokerStars launched its inaugural Italian Poker Tour in June of 2009 in the beautiful city of San Remo. The poker tour spans the northern part of Italy and even a city in Slovania: from the western city of San Remo to the eastern city of Venice to Slovania’s Nova Gorica. Each tournament costs €2000+€200 to enter and has a cap of 400 to 500 players. PokerStars offers satellite tournaments to qualify for this once in a lifetime experience. Winners of these satellites win entry into the tournament in addition to money for airfare, hotel accommodation, and other travel expenses. These satellites start at $2.22 or 111 FPPs so everybody on PokerStars has a chance to win entry to a tournament on the Italian Poker Tour.
The Italian Poker Tour’s first stop was the San Remo Casino in San Remo on June 5th, 2009. PokerStars Team Italia was introduced at this leg of the tour. The Main Event was composed of a field of 255 players playing for a piece of the €494,700 prize pool. After three long days of tournament play, Stefano Puccilli won the Italian Poker Tour title in addition to the first prize of €120,000.
The second stop of the IPT was in the world-famous city of Venice at the Casino Ca’Vendramin on July 30th, 2009. With 439 players, the prize pool was a whopping €851,660. Boasting players from all around the world, this tournament was won by Matt Perrins from the United Kingdom. He beat Swedish player Johannes Soderstrom heads-up and took €200,000 back to the UK.
The IPT returned to San Remo on August 27th, 2009 for another tournament, this time with 368 players competing to win their share of the €713,920 prize pool. This tournament was played over a span of five days. Again, a non-Italian player took home the title. Swedish player, Ramzi Jelassi,took the first prize worth €170,000.
The fourth part of the Italian Poker Tour was not held in Italy; it was actually held in its neighboring country, Slovenia at the Perla Casino & Hotel. IPT Nova Gorica was played by 332 players; the biggest live tournament to ever be held in the country of Slovenia. Marco Figuccia walked away with €160,000 and satisfaction of winning the largest poker tournament to be held in Slovenia.
With the first two tournaments in San Remo being so successful, the Italian Poker Tour is returning to this beautiful town to hold two more tournaments. IPT San Remo 3 & 4 is to be held on November 12th, 2009 and December 7th, 2009, respectively. Satellites for seats to San Remo 3 are set to begin shortly, only on PokerStars.
Italian Poker Tour Tournaments and Results