Swedes swarm WPT Venice

Sven Ragnar Astrom
Sven Ragnar Astrom is WPT Venice's first champion.

The World Poker Tour's first trip to Italy wrapped up Sunday with Swede Sven Ragnar Astrom taking home the €397,960 first-place prize.

When play began in the final six at the Casino di Venezia it was actually another Swede that looked poised to run away with the title.

Martin Jacobson busted Mario Adinolfi in the very first hand of the final with kings over queens, then sent Michele Slam home fifth with tens over sixes.

The marquee name in the final six was Canadian Michael "Timex" McDonald.

But even the 2008 EPT Dortmund champ and newly minted Full Tilt Pro could not get past Jacobsen.

He put all his chips in with top pair against the Swede's bottom pair and a flush draw, going out fourth when the river brought Jacobsen two pair.

Title sponsor bwin Poker had 13 qualifiers make it into the money, including Vincent Pasdeloup, who won his WPT Venice seat in a freeroll on bwin and turned that into €159,740 for a third place finish.

Jacobson then rolled into heads-up play holding a substantial chip lead over Astrom, but it would not last.

The two switched spots at the top several times before Astrom took the lead, made a full house and got Jacobsen to commit all his chips holding the nut flush.

Jacobson took €238,840 for second, but the big money and all the glory of the WPT Venice title went to Astrom, who admitted after the win it was his first big live tournament.

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