Carnival and magic created the backdrop for amazing action at WPT Venice Grand Prix, the second televised European event of Season X. Hosted by Ca’ Vendramin, the oldest casino in the world, WPT Venice Grand Prix put on an extraordinary experience for the players braving the Siberian snap, which froze the canal for the first time in thirty years.
World Poker Tour co-hosts Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, the beautiful Royal Flush Girls and guest WPT Anchor Marianela Pereyra were in attendance, filming from Day One until the final hand. After a thrilling week of poker, Rinat Bogdanov rose to the top of the 155-player field to become the second Russian WPT Champion in Season X.
For the win, Bogdanov took home the first place prize of €229,800 including entry into the $25,000 WPT World Championship at Bellagio, Las Vegas this May. In addition, Rinat etched his name onto the stunning WPT Champions Cup and received the coveted WPT Champions Trophy, the Tiffany & Co.® WPT Champions Award and a one-of-a-kind Murano glass replica of the WPT Champions Cup. This special trophy was produced by the world-famous Venetian Consortium Promovetro Murano and certified original by Vetro Artistico® Murano. http://tinyurl.com/6vmqvdr
Bogdanov has only been playing poker for three years and after his win exclaimed, “It’s unbelievable, this was my first big tournament, and now I’m heading to Las Vegas for the first time ever! I have three months to learn English! Of course, I’ll be playing WPT Vienna before then!”
The WPT final table featured two players who had just recently scored big on the World Poker Tour. In December, Italian Andrea Dato took 4th place in the non-televised WPT Venice and this time around one-upped his remarkable run by finishing 3rd for €72,275. Danish player Simon Ravnsbaek also returned to the WPT final table for the second time in less than a year, busting to Bogdanov in 4th place for €52,565.
WPT Venice Grand Prix welcomed an elite crowd of top professionals including Champions Club members James Dempsey, Roberto Romanello, Guillaume Darcourt, Sam El Sayed, and Alessio Isaia along with Tony G, Arnaud Mattern, Giovanni Rizzo, Padraig Parkinson, Max Pescatori, Melanie Weisner, Marvin Rettenmaier and many others.
Among the famous names was very special attendee, the world-renowned Magician Impossible star Dynamo. On Day 2 of the WPT Main Event, Dynamo performed a one-off 90-minute, intimate and spectacular show for all WPT guests during the VIP Players Party at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi. The celebrity magician dazzled the crowd with a breathtaking act that included WPT Anchor Marianela Pereyra. This unforgettable experience for players and media was one of the many highlights of the event.
Dynamo flew in with his production crew from the UK for the WPT Venice Grand Prix. While cameras rolled during the entire event, Magician Impossible: Season 2 will also reveal never-before-seen illusions exclusively performed for the eyes of Mike Sexton, the Royal Flush Girls, Marianela Pereyra, Tony G, Kara Scott and Max Pescatori. The show premieres in May this year on UK channel Watch.
Final Table Standings
1 – Rinat Bogdanov (Russia) €229,800
2 – Alessandro Longobardi (Italy) €111,700
3 – Andrea Dato (Italy) €72,275
4 – Simon Ravnsbaek (Denmark) €52,565
5 – Gianluca Trebbi (Italy) €42,705
6 – Andrea Carini (Italy) €32,195