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Venice. Such a romantic city, featured on many an adventurous traveler’s itinerary. But now, it will be featured in the lives of poker players too, as the Italian Poker Tour arrives in the beautiful sinking city.

The first IPT event in San Remo was a huge hit, with banker Stefano Puccilli walking off with the first prize of €120,000 after a punishing 14-hour final table. This time, well over 100 players will head to venice to play the second leg of the IPT, with day 1a already behind us. Today is day 1b, for Saturday and Sunday being days 2 and 3.

While some will be coughing up the €2,000 + 200 to play at Venice’s Casino Ca’Vendramin, many more players have secured their seats by qualifying on PokerStars.

They’ll be up against some of the biggest names in the game, including Team PokerStars Pros Dario Minieri, Marcel Luske, Johnny Lodden, Vanessa Rousso and Chad Brown. Also around the felt will be members of Team PokerStars: Italy – Filippo Candio, Simone Ruggeri , Pierpaolo Fabretti, Nicola Fedeli and Elena Ichim.

Good luck to everybody participating, and be sure to not let the stunning surroundings affect your game. Go to the sinking city to pwn the opposition!