Latest Winner Of Party Poker Premier League IV Tournament!

11th February, 2010

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A 44 year old civil lawyer from Palmero, Sicily, has won a place in the elite $100,000 Party Poker Premier League IV at the M Resort in Las Vegas. Giovanni Safina, who played with just 100 to reach such heights, won by playing an online satellite. Now he will be playing alongside a line up full of poker superstars including: Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, JC Tran, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Vanessa Rousso, Roland de Wolfe, David Benyamine, Phil Laak, Luke Schwartz and Tony G. Safina beat 15 other online qualifiers to give him the chance to compete for a huge $1.5million prize pool.

This is the very first time I have been to Las Vegas, said Giovanni, who only discovered no limit holdem in 2007. Poker is purely a hobby for me though I have won 25,000 online before. To reach the Premier League was always my goal and I am incredibly happy. I have believed in myself since the beginning yes, I got short-stacked at times but I always knew that with poker anything is possible.

I am a huge poker fan and have seen all the players I will be competing against on television. It is going to be so emotional sitting down with them for the first time but I will keep myself in check. It is no surprise that Giovanni may be a little intimidated as his famous opponents have earned over $47 million in live tournaments alone!

It feels like I have been chosen from up above, he added. I am yet to call my wife - I just know she will not be able to believe it. Safina has one son, Leonardo, who is two years old, Any money I make from this opportunity will be split in half. Half will go to my family and half I will use as a bankroll to fund more poker play. It is so unbelievable that I have got to this stage simply from playing on PartyPoker

The PartyPoker Premier League IV now has 11 players in the running with one more seat to be determined before the main event gets underway on Friday. One player will come from the six handed Team Party heat and Brazilian star Felipe Mojave Ramos goes in as chip leader, followed by Remy Biechel, Bodo Sbrzesny, Ian Frazer, Ambassador of Poker Mike Sexton and Dragan Galic.

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