Salvatore Bonavena

Salvatore Bonavena in Il Tricolore drowing in chips

When you think of poker in Italy – and on the boisterous EPT these days you rarely have the opportunity not to – you probably think of the Team PokerStars Pro duo Dario Minieri and Luca Pagano, with notable mentions to Max Pescatori and Dario Alioto. But as from this evening, and the second-longest final table in the tour’s history, there’s another contender proudly draped in Il Tricolore and drowning in chips. His name is Salvatore Bonavena and he is the latest EPT Prague champion, €774,000 richer.

EPT5 Prague Main Event
Date: December 9-13, 2008
Buy-in: € 5,000
Players: 570
Prize pool: € 2,764,500

1 – Salvatore Bonavena, Italy, €774,000
2 – Massimo Di Cicco, Italy, €445,000
3 – Andrew Chen, Canada, €257,000
4 – Alexiou Konstantinos, Greece, €199,000
5 – Francesco Cirianni, Italy, €166,000
6 – Fredrik Nygard, Finland, €130,000
7 – Nasr El Nasr, Germany, €99,500
8 – Raul Mestre, Spain, €71,800