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IPT Venice Down to Brass Tacks
They are down to the final eight on the Venice leg of the PokerStars.it Italian Poker Tour.
Heading into Monday's battle for a €235,000 first-place prize, it's 2010 WPT Barcelona champ Ali Tekitamgac that leads the way.
However, the German will have to count on all his 20 years of poker experience to book the win with a tough field hot on his heels.
The U.K.'s Toby Lewis is just a few hundred thousand shy of Tekitamgac and although he's just 20, a resume stacked with big scores ensures he'll be a threat in the final.
Laggy Italian Davide Cerrato currently sits third, while fellow countrymen Giovanni La Padula stands fourth in a bid for his first major cash, much of which he's promised to charity.
Hungarian pro Andras Kovacs is next, looking to follow up on his third-place finish in this same event last year, while Taggy Italian student Cristiano Guerra sits sixth looking for a breakthrough score.
Rounding out the final eight are 36-year-old Italian Sandro Mazzei, attempting to earn a little seed money for a house and Hungarian Tamas Lendvai, whose resume filled with side-event cashes at major tournaments is looking more impressive by the day.
The final tablists are guaranteed a minimum of €18,000.
PokerStars IPT Venice drew a total of 505 players to the Ca' Noghera Casino in Venice, a record for the tour.