ALESSANDRO LONGOBARDI WPT VENICE GRAND PRIX PROFILE

Alessandro Longobardi

Alessandro Longobardi

Career Stats

Earnings $146,826
Cashes 1
Final Tables 1
Titles 0
Tournaments Played 7

Current Standings

Est. Current Chipcount

Est. Average Chipcount
4,650,000

Current Chipleader
-

Chipcount History

Day 2
221,200

Day 3
783,000

Day 4
558,000

Day 5
2nd

 

The Russian Overcomes the Italians to Win the WPT Venice Grand Prix

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

WPT Final Table Venice
The World Poker Tour (WPT) Venice Grand Prix final table was a clash of styles. In one corner you had the loose aggressive approach of Andrea Dato and Simon Ravnsbaek and then in the other corner you had the rocks. In football there is a saying, that it doesn't matter if the game is pretty - it's the result that counts, and that line suited this final table down to the ground, as Rinat Bogdanov proved that you do not need to play high variance poker to join the elite WPT Champions Club.

The aggressive Andrea Dato started the final table, as the big chip leader with 1,591,000 chips and trailing just behind him was the equally aggressive Simon Ravnsbaek with 922,000. The foundations of those two chip stacks were built through aggression, and as the final table began, both players immediately started to three-bet bluff - only this time a combination of bad timing and great hands for their opponents saw them lose ground straight from the off.

It seemed, in the early stages, as if Dato and Ravnsbaek could only win chips off each other, and it was Ravnsbaek who donated a great pile of them to Dato after representing the nut flush when Dato was actually holding it in his hand. That pot moved Dato into an impressive chip lead and Ravnsbaek fell behind Rinat Bogdanov for the first time.

Andrea Dato

A familiar pattern started to form around Level 23, with Gianluca Trebbi moving all-in indiscriminately and Ravnsbaek falling faster than a skydiver without a parachute, but it was still Dato leading the way as we moved into Level 24. With Trebbi moving in so often he was the bookies favourite to be eliminated first, but instead Andrea Carini won that dubious honour. Andrea Dato raised with pocket eights and Carini moved all-in with Adiamond 3spade and the net result was a €32,195 pay day. Dato moved over 2 million chips for the first time whilst Ravnsbaek had been reduced to a shove or fold strategy at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Andrea Carini Out

The first time Alessandro Longobardi entered the fray ended in bitter disappointment. He opened up the action with pocket tens, Andrea Dato cold called on the button before the hyper aggressive Ravnsbaek squeezed out a jam from the small blind. Given the range of Ravnsbaek, Longobardi was in seventh heaven. He made the call, Dato got out of the way and incredibly Ravnsbaek had found pocket aces. So it was Ravnsbaek back into contention and Longobardi who found himself playing shove or fold.

With Dato seemingly cruising towards the title he suddenly hit his first speed bump and it was that man Ravnsbaek causing him to slow down. The pair got it all in with Dato's pocket eights dueling with the ace-queen of the Dane and a queen on the flop sealed the deal and moved Ravnsbaek into first place.

Andrea Dato VS Simon Ravnsbaek

We are not sure if the momentum got to Ravnsbaek, but no sooner had he collected his chips from Dato, he was handing a chunk of them to the grateful Longobardi. Ravnsbaek opened with the dodgy looking 9spade 2spade and was forced to call off the rest of his chips against Longobardi, who had moved all-in with pocket sevens. Ravnsbaek was still the chip leader, but only just, and Longobardi had a little bit more breathing space.

WPT Final Table Venice

Gianluca Trebbi's tournament ended in Level 25 and it was Longobardi who eliminated him. Trebbi had moved all-in on at least five occasions without being called until Longobardi found pocket jacks. Trebbi's Theart 7heart took the pounding the odds said it deserved and the pocket tens hand against Ravnsbaek had all but vanished from Longobardi's mind.

Gianluca Trebbi

Towards the end of Level 25 Dato so nearly eliminated Bogdanov. He opened with pocket deuces and called a Bogdanov shove. The Russian held Qclub 9diamond and the baby deuces so nearly got there before a Qheart on the river gave Bogdanov a lifeline and 1,065,000 in chips.

Into Level 26, and we lost the talented Simon Ravnsbaek. He moved his final 600,000 into the middle holding pocket deuces and Bogdanov found pocket tens and the easiest call of his life. Ravnsbaek had been superb all tournament and it certainly won't be the last we will see of him on the WPT circuit.

Simon Ravnsbaek Out

So the three-way battle was set and for a long period it seemed as though there was only ever going to be one winner - Andrea Dato. But then things started to go sour for Dato. He ran a few three-bet bluffs on Longobardi who just kept waking up with playable hands. Dato bled 800,000 chips in this fashion and slipped into the middle of the pack. But Dato plays his poker like a car rides the roller coaster and by the end of Level 27 he was back in front.

The next all-in involved Dato and Bogdanov and the kicker of Bogdanov came into play in a Kspade Tspade v Kclub 8club battle to save him from elimination. Dato then started to lose chips and amazingly found himself at risk of elimination when he moved all-in with pocket treys only to be called by the Adiamond Tspade of Longobardi. The treys held up and Dato survived and once again took the chip lead.

Into Level 28, and Dato was one card away from a dominating heads up position. He was all-in with pocket eights versus the Jclub 9club of Longobardi and a 9heart on the river saved the big man and Dato was left wondering what he had to do to finish these two off?

Finally, the blinds started to catch up with the players and it was arguably the best player of the tournament who was eliminated in 3rd place. Dato moved all-in with Kclub 4diamond and Bogdanov woke up with Aclub Kdiamond sending Dato to the rail.

Andra Dato Out

The Royal Flush Girls splayed the felt with cash and our heads up encounter began, but it finished not long after. The final action lasted two hands when Bogdanov hit a boat holding 6club 4club on a Qheart 7diamond 4diamond 6spade 4spade board with Longobardi holding Kheart Qdiamond for top pair.

WPT Final Table Venice

So congratulations to the Russian Rinat Bogdanov and commiserations to the rest of the final table participates. Our attention now turns to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood and the WPT Lucky Hearts Championship and you will see us back in Europe in April for WPT Vienna.

Sorted In: Andrea Dato, Rinat Bogdanov, Featured Blog, Simon Ravnsbaek, Gianluca Trebbi, Andrea Carini, Alessandro Longobardi, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
02:17 AM, 02/11/12

Rinat Bogdanov is the WPT Venice Grand Prix Champion

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

WPT Final Table Venice
Rinat Bogdanov has just joined the WPT Champions Club after defeating Alessandro Longobardi in only two hands of heads up action. Here is the final hand…

Alessandro Longobardi raises to 200,000 holding Kheart Qdiamond and Rinat Bogdanov calls holding 6club 4club. Our final flop of the WPT Venice Grand Prix is Qheart 7diamond 4diamond and Bogdanov check-calls a 60,000 Longobardi c-bet. On the turn, Bogdanov hits two pair when the 6spade comes down from the sky. Bogdanov plays it cool, once more, and it is another check-call, this time for 240,000.

On the river we see the 4spade and Bogdanov remains composed and checks for a third and final time. Longobardi bets 300,000 and Bogdanov cannot contain his excitement. A smirk comes over his face as he moved all-in. Longobardi looks to the sky, checks his cards and then makes the call. Bogdanov turns over his hand and Longobardi gets to his feet to congratulate the new WPT Champion.

Bogdanov takes home €229,800 and Longobardi takes home €111,700.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Rinat Bogdanov, Alessandro Longobardi, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
12:34 AM, 02/11/12

The First Hand Goes To Bogdanov

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

WPT Final Table Venice

Rinat Bogdanov raises to 200,000 holding Aheart 8club and Alessandro Longobardi calls with Jspade Tclub. The flop delivers a little something for both players but they both decide to check - Jclub 8diamond 4spade. The turn gives Bogdanov two pair Aclub and he bets 200,000 when checked to. The final card is the 7diamond and this time Bogdanov bets 360,000 when checked to and Longobardi folds.

Bogdanov ~ 3,750,000
Longobardi ~ 900,000

Sorted In: Alessandro Longobardi, Rinat Bogdanov, Featured Blog, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
12:27 AM, 02/11/12

Heads Up: Rinat Bogdanov v Alessandro Longobardi

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

WPT Final Table Venice

Our heads up battle for the WPT Venice Grand Prix title and €229,800 first prize will commence shortly.

It is Russia versus Italy and the Italian media are going crazy in here...

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Rinat Bogdanov, Alessandro Longobardi, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
12:10 AM, 02/11/12

Longobardi Doubles Through Dato

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Alessandro Longobardi

Andrea Dato raises to 160,000 on the button, holding pocket eights, Alessandro Longobardi raises all-in holding Jclub 9club and Dato snap calls.

The flop hands Lombardi the world Kclub Qclub 4spade but the turn 5heart goes the way of Dato. One more card to come and Dato turns away in disgust as the 9heart hits the deck to hand Lombardi the double up.

Bogdanov ~ 1,670,000
Dato ~ 1,595,000
Longobardi ~ 1,140,000

Sorted In: Andrea Dato, Alessandro Longobardi, Featured Blog, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
11:57 PM, 02/10/12

Bogdanov Forces Longobardi Off The Best Hand

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Alessandro Longobardi raises to 175,000, on the button, holding Kspade Qdiamond and Rinat Bogdanov three-bets, from the big blind for 420,000, holding Kheart 6spade. Longobardi takes some time before folding the best hand.

Bogdanov ~ 1,300,000
Longobardi ~ 875,000

Sorted In: Alessandro Longobardi, Rinat Bogdanov, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
11:49 PM, 02/10/12

Dato's Baby Threes Hold

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Andrea Dato VS Alessandro Longobardi

This three way competition has been turned on its head. Andrea Dato has gone from the controlling chip leader to being forced to shove. He moves all-in from the button, holding 3spade 3heart, and Alessandro Longobardi makes the call holding Adiamond Tspade.

Both players rise to their feet as the dealer does her job and hands us a board of  Qclub 6spade 4club 8diamond 2heart. The baby three's survive and Dato is back to the top of the food chain.

Dato ~ 2,200,000
Longobardi ~ 1,100,000

Sorted In: Andrea Dato, Alessandro Longobardi, Featured Blog, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
11:40 PM, 02/10/12

Another Ill-TImed Three Bet From Dato

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Alessandro Longobardi raises to 140,000 holding Aclub Qdiamond and Andrea Dato three-bets to 320,000, holding 9spade 6heart. Longobardi moves all-in and Dato once again folds - that is nearly 800,000 wasted by Dato in the last three hands.

Longobardi ~ 2,330,000
Dato ~ 1,295,000
Bogdanov ~ 1,050,000

Sorted In: Rinat Bogdanov, Andrea Dato, Alessandro Longobardi, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
11:27 PM, 02/10/12

A Couple Of All-Ins

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Alessandro Longobardi raises to 140,000, on the button, with Jspade Jheart and Andrea Dato three-bets, from the small blind, with Tspade 8club. Rinat Bogdanov folds and Longobardi moves all-in prompting a fold from Dato.

Andrea Dato opens to 120,000 and Rinat Bogdanov moves all-in prompting another fold from Dato.

Sorted In: Rinat Bogdanov, Andrea Dato, Alessandro Longobardi, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
11:20 PM, 02/10/12

Top Pair For Longobardi

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Andrea Dato raises to 120,000 on the button, holding Adiamond 8club, and Alessandro Longobardi defended his big blind with Qdiamond Jclub. The flop comes down Qheart 8heart 6club and Longobardi leads with a bet of 140,000. Dato makes an instant call and both players check the 5heart turn. Finally we see the 6heart on the river and Longobardi bets 200,000 forcing Dato to fold.

Longobardi ~ 1,360,000
Dato ~ 2,160,000

Sorted In: Alessandro Longobardi, Andrea Dato, Tournaments, Season X, Casino Di Venezia Ca Vendramin Calergi, WPT Venice Grand Prix
11:05 PM, 02/10/12
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