Marcello Miniucchi Leads Final Nine in EPT SanRemo Main Event IPT High Roller

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Marcello Miniucchi Leads Final Nine in EPT SanRemo Main Event IPT High Roller

Marcello Miniucchi is the current chip leader with 4,540,000 in the €770 IPT Sanremo Main Event which has stopped play tonight with an unofficial final table of nine players.

All the remaining players, who wIll be back tomorrow at 12.30pm, are guaranteed at least €13,000 but it's the IPT6 Sanremo trophy and €137,100 first prize they have in their sights. As well as chip leader Marcello Miniucchi (runner up at the IPT Saint Vincent Main Event last month), APPT Cebu champion Jae Kyung Sim, 2012 Swedish Champion Alexander Norden and WPT Venice runner-up Alex Longobardi are also still in. Fellow finalist Niccolo Ceccarelli has already won an event here at the EPT Sanremo Poker Festival when he beat a 75-strong field to take down the €200 NL Turbo (Unl. RB/AO) for €8,620.

Seat 1: Marcello Miniucchi, Italy, 4,540,000
Seat 2: Alessandro Borsa, Italy, 820,000
Seat 3: Fabio Scepi, Italy 2,750,000
Seat 4: Nicolo Ceccarelli, Italy 2,260,000
Seat 5: Adel Kabbani, France, 2,020,000
Seat 6: Alessandro De Fenza, Italy 3,855,000
Seat 7: Alex Longobardi, Italy 2,200,000
Seat 8: Jae Sim, Korea, 1,980,000
Seat 9: Alexander Norden, Sweden 1,955,000

The IPT Main Event attracted 1,124 entries over three accumulator start days, creating a €763,196 prize pool. There were 609 unique players with Italians accounting for more than half (51%, 308 players). In total, players from 49 countries took part; 167 places paid. UKIPT Marbella champion Ludovic Geilich, who won the Super Tuesday last week for a career best online cash of $101,325 and was fourth at EPT London, narrowly missed the final, finishing 11th for €8,480.

The EPT has joined forces with the Italian Poker Tour to create a true festival of poker with 43 events between April 9-20, closely followed by the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final which runs April 23 to May 2 in Monaco, just 30 minutes drive down the road. For more info, see

Click for: Day 2 players | full list of players | prize pool
The €2k IPT High Roller stopped play tonight on the bubble, with Italian pro Gaetano Preite leading the last 28 players. He will start Day 2 with 338,000, ahead of fellow Italian Luca Fiorini who has 254,000. Preite’s best live result to date was a deep run in last year’s WSOP when he finished 48th for $151,063. Also still in contention for the €77,800 first prize Olivier Busquet, Andrea Benelli, Team PokerStars Pro Alex Kravchenko, Dmitry Vitkind, Govert Metaal and Tom Hall. There were 181 entries creating a €351,140 prize pool.

Click for provisional list of EPT Sanremo Main Event players

At least 140 players have won seats to the EPT Sanremo Main Event which kicks off tomorrow, including a whole bunch of EPT champions: Anton Wigg, Michael Tureniec, Roberto Romanello, Frederik Jensen, Jannick Wrang, Kevin MacPhee, David Vamplew, Nicolas Chouity, Remi Castaignon and Julian Track as well as Aussie Millions champ Ami Barer. The qualifiers also include Martin Jacobson, Griffin Benger, Sam Chartier, Alex Bilokur, Adrian Mateos, Kitty Kuo, Stephen Chidwick, Jeffrey Hakim, Jude Ainsworth and Ole Schemion – who is currently leading the current EPT10 Player of the Year race.