Wheeler Bubble Sets WPT Venice Final Table

Jason Wheeler courtesy of WPT
Jason Wheeler courtesy of WPT.com

American pro Jason Wheeler fell just short of the WPT Venice final table while Andrea Dato will make his second consecutive appearance.

Last year Dato, who hails from Rotue, Italy, came in fourth place for $57,872 at WPT Venice. This time around Dato will attempt to win it all for $302,065. It helps he will take the chip lead of 1.5 million chips into the final table.

Day 4 of the 2012 WPT Venice was an abbreviated affair that took just over three hours to go from nine players to a final table of six.

Massimo Mosele was the first player to bust as he finally smashed K-Q into Dato’s A-J.

Mosele had been a rock in the tournament but finally got so short he had to make a move. He took down $18,133 for getting as far as he did.

Right behind Mosele was Jeremie Sochet who got extremely unlucky to get his pocket jacks cracked by Rinat Bogdanov’s K-J.

Sochet picked up $25,047 for busting in eighth place.

Wheeler Falls Off in Seventh

It proved to be a disastrous day for Wheeler who entered the day as one of the bigger stacks but simply couldn’t get anything going.

Finally Wheeler shoved with A-Q and got called by Dato with J-J. The board gave nothing Wheeler and he was out in seventh place.

Wheeler earned $33,683 for his efforts in Italy but was no doubt disappointed by getting so close the final table of six. The American pro famously finished second in a 2009 $1,500 WSOP for over $400k but he's still looking for his first major live win.

Instead Dato will take the chip lead into a final table of relatively unknown players.

Dane Simon Ravnsbaek, who is second in chips, is probably his biggest threat as he has over $300k in lifetime live tournament winnings.

Outside of Ravnsbaek and Rinat Bogdanov the entire final table is Italian so there’s a good chance the title will stay in the country.

The action resumes at 14:00 CET tomorrow. Keep your eye on the PokerListings news section for updates.

Here’s a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

1. Andrea Dato – 1,591,000
2. Simon Ravnsbaek – 922,000
3. Rinat Bogdanov – 907,000
4. Alessandro Longobardi – 558,000
5. Andrea Carina – 347,000
6. Gianluca Trebbi – 343,000

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